Upper School

2018 Summer Reading

2018-2019 Upper School Summer Reading & Other Assignments

Updated May 25, 2018
The goal of summer reading at Roland Park Country School is consistent with the School’s philosophy in that it “strives to instill in its students a lifelong love of learning as well as the motivation to look within and beyond themselves” while also promoting the importance of reading a variety of works.

  • The Upper School Summer Reading program for 2018-2019 consists of three required summer reading assignments, which are detailed in the sections further below:
    1. All Upper School Reading Assignment
    2. Grade Level Reading Assignment
    3. English Reading Assignment

  • Certain other RPCS courses have additional required summer work.  These are listed in a separate section below.

  • Coordinated junior English and U.S. History and senior elective courses may have their unique additional reading requirements. Please check with your teacher at Bryn Mawr, Gilman, or RPCS for further details.  The information listed on our webpage is for the courses held on the RPCS campus.  You may find information for coordinated schools at the following links:
  • Students should expect assessments on their summer work when they return to school in the fall.
  • We encourage as much reading as possible, so for additional optional reading material, please see the links to the departmental Suggested Reading Lists, which include faculty and staff recommended texts.

All Upper School Reading Assignment

Required summer reading for all RPCS Upper School students: Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, by Becky Albertalli

(A paper copy of the book or an e-book may be used for the All Upper School Reading Assignment.)

Grade Level Reading Assignment

Required summer reading for each grade level:

(A paper copy of the book or an e-book may be used for the Grade Level Reading Assignment.)

9th Grade: Piecing Me Together, by Renée Watson

10th Grade: Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy, by Judith Pearson

11th Grade: The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas
12th Grade: Piecing Me Together, by Renée Watson

English Reading Assignment

Required summer reading for the following English courses:

(A paper copy of the book must be used for the English Reading Assignment.)

English 9
Escape from Aleppoby N.H. Senzai

English 9 Honors:
English 10: Into the Wild, by Jon Krakauer

English 10 Honors:
English 11: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
Note: Students taking English 11 at Gilman have a different assignment. Please see the Gilman Summer Reading Program link at the top of the page for details.

English 12 Elective – Coming of Age Literature: Annie John, by Jamaica Kincaid

English 12 Elective – Dreams and Disasters:  Tortilla Curtain, by T.C. Boyle

English 12 Elective – Irish Literature: 
Walk the Blue Fields: Stories, by Claire Keegan

Other Courses With Required Summer Work


Arabic IV Honors: 
Students may choose to read one of these two books:
Chinese V and AP Chinese: China in Ten Words, by Yu Hua

AP French Language & Culture:


AP Psychology:
NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman


Suggestions For Further Optional Reading

Below are department suggestions for additional reading material:
     • English ~ Suggested Reading List
     • Foreign Language ~ Suggested Reading List
     • History ~ Suggested Reading List
     • Mathematics ~ Suggested Reading List
     • Performing Arts ~ Suggested Reading List
     • Physical Education & Athletics ~ Suggested Reading List
     • Science ~ Suggested Reading List 
     • Visual Arts ~ Suggested Reading List