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Required Summer Reading 2020: Huntsville City Schools

This guide contains required and suggested reading for schools in the Huntsville-Madison county area.

Recommended Reading

All books listed are SUGGESTIONS. Students may choose a different book if desired, but the book should include the following: descriptive or figurative language, character development, plot development, thematic depth, and substantial length (100+ pages).

Students in Honors English and English AP have an additional reading assignment, which IS required.

Students will complete a "Book Talk" during the first two weeks of the Fall semester, which will be due no later than August 28, 2020. 

Click on the image or title to find the book in the HMCPL library catalog. A hold can be placed from the catalog online once you log in to your account with card number and PIN.

Additional information can be found on Huntsville City School's website link:

2020 Summer Reading: Grades 6-8

Honors/AP Reading: Grades 6-8

2020 Summer Reading: High School

High School Honors/AP/IB Reading

Book Talk Assignment

From Huntsville City School website:

Hook your audience!

  • Read a quote from the book
  • Ask a question of your audience
  • Introduce the main character
  • Vividly set the scene

You may use a combination of a few of the above techniques.

Make sure to also give the title and author of the book.


In a paragraph or two, summarize the plot of the book.  Be sure that your summary introduces the main character, identifies the problem, and leads us toward the solution - without giving away the ending!


Share your opinion!

  • How did you feel about the book?
  • What did you think of the author?
  • Would you recommend it to others?
  • What would you rate it?

Entice your audience!

  • Ask a rhetorical question
  • Read a quote from the book
  • Use a cliffhanger

You may use a combination of the above techniques.

Remember, your book talk should flow nicely like a commercial.  It should not be a giant list answering these questions.

Additional Copies of Titles,which include eBooks, CDs, and Digital Audiobooks