UMHS Summer Reading 2020

Requirements for Summer Reading 2020

Every UMHS student is required to choose one of the books for their grade level or to follow the specific directions for the course they are entering in the Fall.

Students are certainly encouraged to read additional books of their choice

that are not on the list OR multiple titles from the grade level's list.

This, however, is not a requirement.


Upon their return to school in September, students will engage in small and large group discussion focused on their book of choice. Teachers will also utilize the summer reading titles as an opportunity to gain a sense of students' writing ability as they are assigned writing activities linked to the title they have read.

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GRADE 9: The Journey

  • Long Way Down Jason Reynolds

  • The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore

  • Speak Laurie Halse Anderson

  • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (graphic novel or regular novel)

GRADE 10: The Triumph of the Human Spirit

GRADE 11: American Ideals?

GRADE 12: Heroism


Click on the button below for the requirements for your summer reading.

Where to Get Your Books

There are many, many places where you can find copies of the summer reading titles we have chosen. Some typical avenues are Barnes & Noble and Amazon. However, there are also many, many socially conscious and local booksellers who would be happy to receive support in continuing to carry out their mission of bringing literature to all.

Better World Books

Better World Books diverts books from landfills by collecting material from libraries, bookstores, college campuses through the community and in other areas where surplus materials exist. It then sells those used books and contributes a portion of the revenue on each sale to support literacy, libraries and education. Books that cannot be sold are frequently donated to at risk communities in the U.S.

Local Bookshops Where You Can Order Online:

Harriet’s Bookshop

Hakim’a Bookstore

Uncle Bobbie’s

The Black Reserve Bookstore

Brave New Worlds

The Upper Moreland Free Public Library...

also has many titles that you can access digitally. Information regarding how to access these digital titles can be find on the Library's website at

Many e-books and e-audiobooks are available through OverDrive and the Libby app, hoopla, and Freading.

Students can also earn prizes for their reading, and completing other challenges, in our SummerQuest: Imagine Your Story program. More info here:

Literature and Inclusivity

Windows, Mirrors, and Sliding Glass Doors

“Books are sometimes windows, offering views of worlds that may be real or imagined, familiar or strange. These windows are also sliding glass doors, and readers have only to walk through in imagination to become part of whatever world has been created and recreated by the author. When lighting conditions are just right, however, a window can also be a mirror. Literature transforms human experience and reflects it back to us, and in that reflection we can see our own lives and experiences as part of the larger human experience. Reading, then, becomes a means of self-affirmation, and readers often seek their mirrors in books.”

- Rudine Sims Bishop, from the National Council of Teachers of English

The Danger of a Single Story

Why We Have Included Graphic Novel Options

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Parents are encouraged to work with their children to choose a book title that is consistent with any concerns that they may have regarding language or plot developments that are inconsistent with their family values. Some of the book titles offered do include profanity and adult themes. Parents who would like to have help regarding these choices may contact Lindsey Stock, Director of Education, at .