The 48 Book Program

Reading is at the very heart of the educational process and serves to broaden a student’s experience, University High School requires continuous reading outside of class over the four years they are in high school. Reading and discussing a common core of significant books builds bridges between students with diverse backgrounds, improves writing, develops cultural literacy, and prepares students for the rigorous reading demands of college. All students are given one book a month to keep for the four years they are at UHS. Because incoming freshman receive books for the months of June, July, and August before they start at UHS and outgoing seniors receive a book right through May of their senior year, all graduates will have received 48 books as part of this program.

  English 9 English 10 English 11 English 12
September Great Expectations The House On Mango Street Post Captain Butcher's Crossing
October Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde To Kill a Mockingbird The Scarlet Letter All the Pretty Horses
November A Midsummer Night's Dream Lord of the Flies Gulliver's Travels Streetcar Named Desire
December The Old Man and the Sea A Raisin in the Sun Macbeth The Laramie Project
January Color of Water Fahrenheit 451 The Great Gatsby Pride and Prejudice
February The Odyssey Financial Literacy for Teens Lord Jim The Importance of Being Ernest /Mother Courage
March The Human Comedy The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down Major Barbara Heart of Darkness
April Of Mice and Men All Quiet on the Western Front Winesburg, Ohio The Awakening
May 100 Best Loved Poems Night The Sorrows of Young Werther Earth Abides
June Ender's Game Buried Onions Huckleberry Finn Zen and the Art of
Motorcycle Maintenance
July The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Fast Food Nation Old School Confederacy of Dunces
August 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens Fist, Stick, Knife, Gun: A History of Violence in America The Alchemy of Air Ordinary People