Although the English department has yet to release the official titles for the 2018/2019 academic year online, The Bradford has received exclusive early access to them (and permission to distribute) from the department head, Mr. John Finneron.


For rising freshmen:

CP and ACP: Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Honors: Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya


For rising sophomores:

CP: Dear Martin by Nic Stone 

ACP: Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng 

Honors: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver


For rising juniors:

CP: American Born Chinese by Gene Yang

ACP: The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore

Honors: 1984 by George Orwell


For rising seniors enrolled in traditional English courses:

CP: Different Seasons by Stephen King

ACP: On Writing by Stephen King

Honors: The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri


For rising seniors enrolled in the alternative English classes:

Diverse American Voices: The Autobiography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

World Literature: Nervous Conditions by Tsitsi Dangarembga

Beyond the Binary: The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

Creative Writing: On Writing by Stephen King


In addition to these texts, all students will be expected to read one book of their choice.


The summer reading page on the English department’s website can be found here.


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