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Summer Reading Basics

Welcome to Shady Side Academy 

Senior School Summer Reading 2024!


All students are required to read 2 books over the summer. One title for English class, and one title from a list of Pittsburgh-themed books. Please review the information below to find your assigned English text, and select your Pittsburgh-themed book. 



English Course Required Reading: Read the text assigned for your grade

English Required Text: See the list below for your Form’s text. You should be prepared to discuss it in your English class, so be sure to read and take notes so that you have some knowledge of it in your working memory when you are back on campus; your first semester English teacher will give you more details about what you will do with that knowledge when you meet on the first day of classes. Above all, enjoy the reading!


Form III (Grade 9)

March Book One


Form IV (Grade 10)

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


Form V (Grade 11) AND Form VI (Grade 12)

Klara and the Sun


Please see below for more information about each title. If you have any questions regarding Summer Reading, please reach out to Dr. David Barndollar or Mrs. Lindsey Myers.

English Required Texts

Pittsburgh-Themed Required Reading: Select 1 Book

Pittsburgh-themed Required Read: This summer, students are required to read 1 title from the following list of Pittsburgh-themed books. The book options are: 

Once you have selected a book, please fill out THIS FORM to let us know which title you will be reading. Full descriptions of the books are below. 

When we return to school in the fall, we will meet in groups to discuss the text. More details to come in August. Happy reading!

Book Descriptions- Select one!