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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 freshmen 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
June Ender's Game Buried Onions Huckleberry Finn Confederacy of Dunces
July The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Fast Food Nation Ishmael Butcher's Crossing
August 7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens Animal Farm There, There Ordinary People
September Great Expectations House on Mango Street The Scarlet Letter Catcher in the Rye
October Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde Lord of the Flies 1984 Pride and Prejudice
November A Midsummer Night's Dream The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down The Great Gatsby Streetcar Named Desire
December The Old Man and the Sea Night Native Son All the Pretty Horses
January Color of Water To Kill A Mockingbird The Other Wes Moore The Laramie Project
February The Odyssey Counting Descent Heart of Darkness The Iliad
March The Human Comedy The Overachievers Things Fall Apart Piano Lesson
April Of Mice and Men Fahrenheit 451 A Doll House The Awakening
May 100 Best Loved Poems As You Like It Macbeth Earth Abides