East Hamilton Middle High School

English II

English II (10th Grade) Summer Reading

Summer Reading Instructions

  1. Choose a novel
  2. Purchase, download a PDF, or loan a copy from the Chattanooga Public Library (all HCDE students may apply for a free library card)
  3. Read entirely and be prepared for a MCQ exam upon return to school.

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Summer Reading Selections

Enders Game

Orson Scott Card — Ender’s Game

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.


John Green — The Fault in Our Stars

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison — The Bluest Eye


The first novel for Toni Morrison, a book heralded for its richness of language and boldness of vision. Set in the author's girlhood hometown of Lorain, Ohio, it tells the story of eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove. Pecola prays for her eys to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful and beloved as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America. In the autumn of 1941, the year the marigolds in the Breedlove's garden do not bloom. Pecola's life does change - in painful, devastating ways.

With its vivid evocation of the fear and loneliness at the heart of child's yearning, and the tragedy of its fulfillment. The Bluest Eye remains one of Toni Morrison's most powerful unforgettable novels - and a significant work of American fiction. Parents should preview this novel due to some mature content.
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