2016 MGA Summer Reading Requirements

The Maine Girls’ Academy recognizes that one of the most important things you can do for yourself in your years of high school and beyond is to read. Studies show that the best way to prepare oneself for standardized tests, such as the PSAT and SAT, is to read a variety of material. It has also been found that students who read more become better writers.

English I CP & Honors: BOTH

  • Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Smith

English II CP & Honors: BOTH

  • Charles and Emma: The Darwins’ Leap of Faith, Heiligman
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany, Irving


  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Skloot
  • The Spirit Catches You When You Fall Down, Fadiman
  • On the Rez, Frazier

English III Honors: BOTH

  • Pride and Prejudice, Austen
  • Lord of the Flies, Golding

English III CP: 

  • Lord of the Flies, Golding

AP English IV: ALL

  • The Awakening, Chopin
  • The Kite Runner, Hosseini
  • Frankenstein, Shelley

English IV Honors: BOTH

  • The Poisonwood Bible, Kingsolver
  • The Kite Runner, Hosseini

English IV CP:

  • The Kite Runner, Hosseini

2016 MGA Community Read (required for all students, faculty and staff): I Am Malala

Communities read a common book together for many different reasons. MGA chose this book because of its elements that resonate for us as a school devoted to educating girls and to developing a community-wide sense of social responsibility.

Although a formal written response to the book is not required, the MGA community is encouraged to make notes surrounding reactions, thoughts, questions and ideas in preparation for our school-year discussions.

Textbook Ordering:

A complete list of 2016-2017 school year novels to purchase (for English I-IV) can be found here.

A complete list of ISBN numbers, correlating to 2016-2017 MGA courses, can be found here soon.

ClassBook.com, MGA’s official online bookstore, may be accessed here soon.

For more information, please contact Rebecca Redlon, Academic Dean, at (207) 797-3802 ext. 2054.