Summer Reading Assignments for  English Classes  2019

    One School One Book--  The Art of Racing in the Rain
     by Garth Stein
    Author will be visiting the school on October 4. 
    Some titles are available in e-book format via the school library website. Once on library site go to link for Overdrive. Sign in using school id #.


    Grade 9  Grade 10 Grade 11
    Grade 12 AP Language and Composition AP Literature and Composition
    Grade 9 
    The Art of Racing in the Rain  and 

    of the following 



    Ties that Bind, Ties that Break--  Lensey Namioka

    Shanghai Girls – Lisa See 
    Red Scarf Girl -- Ji-li Jiang
    China Dolls -- Lisa See
    The Night Tiger -- Yangsze Choo



    White Tiger--Aravind Adiga
    The Namesake--Jhumpa Lahiri 
    The Lowland- Jhumpa Lahiri
    Family Life --  Akhil Sharma
    The Full Moon Bride -- Shobhan Bantwal 
    A Long Way Home --  Saroo Brierley


    The Power of OneBryce Courtenay 

    Tears of the GiraffeAlexander McCall Smith

    Purple Hibiscus -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

    Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation -- John Carlin 
     The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind --  William Kamkwamba
    Children of Blood and Bone -- Tomi Adeyemi

    Memoirs of a Geisha--  Arthur Golden 

    Samurai’s Garden --  Gail Tsukiyama

    Shizuko’s Daughter --  Kyoko Mori
    The Girl with the White Flag -- Tomiko Higa
    Latin America
    Before We Were Free-- Julia Alvarez
    Motorcycle Diaries --Ernesto Guevara
    How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents -- Julia Alvarez
    Middle East
    I am Malala--  Malala Yousafzai
    9 Parts of Desire-- Geraldine Brooks
    Leonardo's Shadow-- Christopher Grey 
     orphan train
    Grade 10 and Eng 10 Honors
    Honors read Kindred by Octavia Butler,
    English 10 read Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
    All read The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
    and 1 of the following(total of 3 books): 


    Acevedo, Elizabeth -- The Poet X
    Alcott, Louisa May -- Little Women
    Anderson, Laura Halsie –Chains
    Beah, Ishmael--  A Long Way Gone:  Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
    Belfer, Laura --  City of Light
    Conroy, Pat My Losing Season  
    or The Lords of Discipline
    Foer, Jonathan Safran --  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
    Ford, Jamie --  Hotel at the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

    Green, JohnLooking for Alaska

    Guerro, Dian--  In the Country We Love
    Hannah, Kristen -- The Great Alone

    Irving, John--  A Prayer for Owen Meany 

    King, Stephen -- Mr. Mercedes

    Kruger, William Kent--Ordinary Grace

    Landay, William -- Defending Jacob
    Lockart, E. -- We Were Liars
    McBride, James--  Miracle at St. Anna

    McCullogh, David -- The Wright Brothers

    McDonald, Helen -- H is for Hawk
    Moriarty, Liane --  The Husband's Secret

    Mowat, Farley - Never Cry Wolf: Amazing True Story of        Life      Among Arctic  Wolves

    Owens, Delia - Where the Crawdads Sing            

    Phillips, Gin -- The Well and the Mine
    Picoult, Jodi – 19 Minutes
    Rifka Brunt, Carol -- Tell the Wolves I'm Home
    Riggs, Ransom -- Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
    Saunders, George -- Lincoln in the Bardo
    See, Lisa --  Peony in Love or 
                Dreams of Joy (sequel to Shanghai Girls)
    Shemilt, Jane-- The Daughter 
    Smith, Andrew -- Winger 

    Smith, Betty-- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

    Stambach, Scott --  The Invisible Life of Ivan Isaeka
    Swanson, James-- Manhunt: the 12 Day Chase for Lincoln's Killer
    Thomas, Angie -- The Hate U Give
    Toibin, Colm -- Brooklyn 
    Vonnegut, Kurt--  Cat's Cradle of God Bless You Mr. Rosewater
    Walls, Jeanette – The Glass Castle
    Weir, Andrew --  Artemis


    Grade 11
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
     and one of the following:


    (Choose 1)
    Ackerman, Diane -- The Zookeeper's Wife
    Austen, Jane – Northanger Abby or 
    Bornstein, Michael and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat -- Survivor's Club
    Bronte,  Emily --  Wuthering Heights
    Brown, Daniel James -- The Boys in the Boat
    Bryson, Bill -The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid       
    Buntin, Judy - Marlena: A Novel
    DeRosnay, Tatiana--  Sarah’s Key
    Dick, Philip W. -  The Man in the High Castle
    Doerr, Anthony -- All the Light We Cannot See
    D’Orso, Michael   Eagle Blue
    Ellis Nutt, Amy -- Becoming Nicole 
    Grisham, John -- Calico Joe  
    Hamilton, Steve -- The Lock Artist
    Hannah, Kristen -- The Nightingale
    Heaney, Seamus(translator) –  Beowolf          
    Hillebrand, Laura -- Unbroken
    Howe, Katherine– The Physick Book  of  Deliverance Dane            
    Krakauer, Jon-- Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman
    Larson, Erik -- Dead Wake
    Lewis, Anthony -- Gideon's Trumpet
    Luttrell, Marcus -- Lone Survivor
    McCarthy, Carson -- The Road
    Moorehead, Caroline --  A Train in Winter 
    Ng, Celeste -- Little Fires Everywhere
    O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried
    Quinn, Kate -- The Alice Network
    Reid, Taylor Jenkins - Daisy Jones and the Six
    Sepetys, Ruta -- Salt to the Sea
    Setterfield, Diane -The Thirteenth Tale          
    Simonson, Helen --  The Summer Before the War
    Sittenfeld, Curtis – Prep
    Townsend, Jacinda -- Saint Monkey
    Vonnegut, Kurt - Mother Night
    Whitehead, Colson, --Underground Railroad
    Wingate, Lisa -- Before We Were Yours
    Wojnarowski, Adrian -- The Miracle at  St.  Anthony
    Zusak, Markus -- The Book Thief  
    Additional Assignments: 
    Preliminary Research: Background reading and  research proposal
    Due Friday, Sept 8 


    Grade 12
    The Art of Racing in the Rain
    and one of the following:



    Atwood, Margaret --  Oryx and Crake      
    Bronte, Charlotte-- Jane Eyre
    Cleave, Chris --  Little Bee
    Diffenbaugh, Vanessa- The Language of Flowers
    Fowler, Therese Anne-- Z a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
    Garcia Marquez, Gabriel --  100  Years of  Solitude           
    Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
    Hesse, Hermann-- Siddhartha 
     Hurston, Zora Neal --  Their Eyes Were Watching God             
    McCann, Colum -- Let the Great World Spin 
    McCreight, Kimberley--  Reconstructing Amelia
    McLain, Paula -- The Paris Wife
    Monk Kidd, Susan - The Invention of Wings
    Moore, Alan -- Watchmen
    Morrison, Toni –  A Mercy
    O'Brien, Tim -- Going After Cacciato                    
    Reid, Taylor Jenkins -- Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo
    Roy, Arundhati – The God of Small Things           
    Ruiz Zafon, Carlos—Shadow of the Wind                        
    Tolkein, JRR -- The Fellowship of the Ring
    Towles, Amor-- Rules of Civility            
    Vonnegut, Kurt --  Sirens of Titan
     Wolff, Tobias – Old School
    Bernard, Emily-- Black is the Body
    Coates, Ta-Nehisi-- Between the World and Me
     Hobbs, Jeff -- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace   
    Jahren, Hope -- Lab Girl 
    Keegan, Marina -- The Opposite of Loneliness
    Kelly, Scott - Endurance
    Kidder, Tracey -- The Strength in What Remains
    Krakauer, Jon -- Under the Banner of Heaven  or
    Larson, Eric -- Devil in the White City 
    Lewis, John -  March: Book One  
    McNamara, Michelle - I'll be Gone in the Dark
    Miller, Patricia -- Bringing Down the Colonel
    Moore, Wes -- The Other Wes Moore
     Nafisi, Azar -- Reading Lolita in Tehran
    O'Malley Greenburg, Zack -- 3 Kings: Diddy, Dr. Dre, Jay-Z and Hip Hop's Multibillion-Dollar Rise
    Stevenson, Bryan -- Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
    Westover, Tara -- Educated
    Vance, Ashlee --  Elon Musk
    Additional Assignments: due Friday, 9/8


    AP English Language and Composition


    (3 Books from the following choices)


    must read The Art of Racting in the Rain


    One of the following nonfiction books:

    Unbroken by Laura Hillebrand

    Boys in the Boat by  Daniel James Brown
    The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson

    Dead Wake by Eric Larson
    Eagle Blue
    by Michael D'Orso
    Missoula by Jonathan Krakauer
    Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
    Endurance by Scott Kelly
    Lone Survivor by Marcus Luttrell

    Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman  by Jon Krakauer
    Nine Parts of Desire by Geraldine Brooks
    Gideon's Trumpet by Antony Lewis


    one of the following fiction books:

    Ackerman, Diane - The Zookeeper's Wife

    Austen, Jane – Northanger Abby or 

    Bronte, Emily -- Wuthering Heights 
    DeRosnay, Tatiana-- Sarah’s Key 

    Doerr, Anthony – All the Light We Cannot See
    Hannah, Kristen – The Nightingale

    Heaney, Seamus(translator) – Beowolf
    Howe, Katherine– The Physick Book of  Deliverance Dane

    Moorehead, Caroline --  A Train in Winter

    Ng, Celeste --  Little Fires Everywhere

    O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried 

    Quinn, Kate -- The Alice Network

    Reid, Taylor Jenkins -- The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo or

                            Daisy Jones and the Six

    Septys, Ruta -- Salt to the Sea

     Setterfield, Diane – The Thirteenth Tale
    Simonson, Helen – The Summer Before the War

     Sittenfeld, Curtis – Prep   or    Eligible

    Vonnegut, Kurt --  Mother Night

    Whitehead, Colson-- Underground Railroad
    Zukas, Markus -- The Book Thief              


    Additional Assignments:
    Preliminary Research: background reading and research proposal due 9/8
    Essay Assignment due 9/15
    AP English Literature and Composition
     Must read 4 books and post to class blog:
    Baldwin, James -- The Fire Next Time
    Bernard, Emily -- Black is the Body
    Bronte, Charlotte-- Jane Eyre
    Dickens, Charles-- Great Expectations   
    The Art of Racing in the Rain must be read by October 4.  

    Critical Reading Assignment


    See letter for details
    Writing of Personal Essay-- See assignment -- due second day of class