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ELA Pre AP Summer Reading

Pre-AP Summer Reading


Dear Parent,


Congratulations to your child for choosing to participate in the Northside Independent School District Pre-AP ELA course. The Connally ELA teachers and I are pleased that your son or daughter has accepted the challenge of this more rigorous course. An important part of this academic program is summer reading, which offers an opportunity for enrichment in reading and writing.


Students who have selected Pre-AP ELA will need to read one book (fiction or nonfiction). Below are links to access lists of book titles to help your child decide on a book. Students MAY NOT select a picture book, or a book that they have read, or a book that was taught in their previous ELA classes. Summer reading novels need to be read by the end of August 2020.


We are excited to see what great books our students will be selecting to read over the summer. When students return to school this fall, they will be given a menu board, and they will be selecting one activity to complete with their summer reading book. They will be given two weeks to work on their assignment.


Students can access books at the public library, local bookstores (Half Price Book Store), and online book

sellers. The students are responsible for obtaining a copy of the book they choose.

           ~ Free San Antonio Public Library Card Visit:

            ~ Try free ebooks by visiting:

If you are having trouble selecting a book, scroll down to the second page for suggestions on where to start.


If you have any questions, you may contact your child’s ELA teacher.  In the meantime, congratulations to your child for choosing Pre-AP ELA. I wish them happy reading!



Melissa Estrada

John B. Connally Middle School

ELA Department Coordinator



Novel Choices: we have developed a list of suggested authors and popular novel lists you can pick from. Don’t forget to ask family members, friends, and teachers for novels to read.



Jason Reynolds         

Jeanne Duprau

Sandra Cisneros         

Lynda Hunt

Stephanie Meyer         

Suzanne Collins

Marissa Meyer             

Neal Shusterman

Veronica Roth             

Gordon Korman

John Green                 

Joan Lowery Nixon

Ally Condie                 

Lois Duncan

Lauren Oliver             

Robert Lipsyte

J.K. Rowling               

Rick Riordan

Gary Paulsen             

 Kamkwamba & Mealer

Markus Zusak             

Carl Deuker

Alex London               

Tim Green

Sarah Dessen             

Sharon Draper

Caroline Cooney         

Ann M. Martin

Jerry Spinelli               

James Patterson         


Popular Novel Lists

International Literacy Association: Young Adult’s Choice List

Lone Star Reading List

Scholastic Summer Reading Book List 2017-2018




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