• Our new program: Hamilton Reads Together


    Hamilton’s summer reading program is now SUGGESTED (except for AP World Studies (9th), AP Language (11th), AP Literature (12th), and STEM writing (12th) classes—for those classes, summer reading is required). Scroll to the bottom of this page for the required summer reading for each of these courses.


    Throughout the 18-19 school year, a panel of Hamilton students read a variety of young adult literature. They selected their four favorite books, and we presented those four choices to the student body. The students voted, and the choices for this year’s summer reading are: Obsessed by Allison Britz and Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan.


    ALL Hamilton students AND families are invited to participate! Choose to read one book or even both. Then, join us for our book related programming throughout the year (book talks and other themed events). We are hoping to build an authentic reading community by having students across grade levels reading the same books. There is no required assignment, but there will be prizes for students who participate—such as Air Pods! To be eligible for prizes, students will need to take a test over the book they read at the beginning of the year. English teachers will provide more information about this once school starts.


    All who read are encouraged to participate in the library’s summer reading challenge as well. Students log their reading minutes and receive free food, mini golf, and books. More information about the library’s summer reading challenge can be found here: https://www.chandlerlibrary.org/src.html.


    Summer book talks will be offered at the library on the following dates:


    Wed. June 19th @ 5:30pm: Obsessed                                       Host: Audra Johnson

    Wed. June 19th @ 6:30pm: Counting by 7s                             Host: Emily Rutherford

    Wed. July 10th @ 5:30pm: Counting by 7s                              Host: Audra Johnson

    Wed. July 10th @ 6:30pm: Obsessed                                        Host: Lily Chen


    Again, anyone in the Hamilton community who participates (students, parents, siblings, teachers, staff) is invited to take part in these discussions.


    Additional book talks will be scheduled during the first quarter.


    Students: Are you interested in helping us find next year’s book selections? You can receive service hours for attending the meetings and sharing your opinions. Email Audra Johnson at Johnson.audra@cusd80.com if you would like to help during the 19-20 school year.


    Parents: Can you help by donating items for reading prizes? If so, please email Audra Johnson at Johnson.audra@cusd80.com. We would love to have your support!



    Required Summer Reading Courses/Assignments:


    Required Text


    Questions? Email link:

     AP World Studies (9th)  

     The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo

     AP World Studies Summer Reading Assignment

     Hilary Johannes

     AP Language (11th)



     Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs (3rd edition)

     AP Language Summer Reading Assignment

     Julie Eilertsen

     AP Literature (12th)  




     Choose one: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski OR Animal Dreams by Barbara Kingsolver

     AP Literature Summer Reading Assignment

     Renee Stafford

    STEM Writing (12th)

     see assignment for links to texts

     STEM Summer Reading Assignment and Texts

     Dr. Susan Rockwell


Last Modified on May 7, 2019