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Required Summer Reading 2019: Huntsville City Schools

This guide is comprised of summer reading lists for the summer of 2019 in preparation for the school year 2019-2020. Schools include Huntsville City, Madison County, and surrounding schools within the 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 Friday, August 23, 2019. 

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.

2019 Summer Reading: Grades 6-8

Honors/AP Reading: Grades 6-8

Middle School Titles Available as eBooks and Audiobooks

The following book selections are available in other formats besides paperback. These include downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks as well as audiobooks in CD format. Click on the title to check catalog or Digital Media Zone for current checkout availablity.

2019 Summer Reading: High School

High School Honors/AP/IB Reading

High School Titles Available as eBooks and Audiobooks

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.