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Summer Reading Assignments for  English Classes  2017

One School One Book--  Eric LeGrand's Believe: My Faith and the Tackle that Changed My Life
Author will be visiting the school on September 18. 
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 
Believe 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



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

African DiaryBill Bryson

Invictus: Nelson Mandela and the Game that Made a Nation -- John Carlin 
 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind --  William Kamkwamba

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 Believe by Eric LeGrand
and 1 of the following(total of 3 books): 


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

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
Nifenegger, Audrey--  The Time Traveller’s Wife            

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
Sebold, Alice --  Lovely Bones
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
Toibin, Colm -- Brooklyn 
Vonnegut, Kurt--  Cat's Cradle
Walls, Jeanette – The Glass Castle
Weir, Andrew --  The Martian


Grade 11
 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       
DeRosnay, Tatiana--  Sarah’s Key
Doerr, Anthony -- All the Light We Cannot See
D’Orso, Michael   Eagle Blue
Ellis Nutt, Amy -- Becoming Nicole 
Grisham, John -- Calico Joe  
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
Moorehead, Caroline --  A Train in Winter 
O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried
O'Reilly, Bill -- Killing Lincoln
Setterfield, Diane -The Thirteenth Tale          
Simonson, Helen --  The Summer Before the War
Sittenfeld, Curtis – Prep
Townsend, Jacinda -- Saint Monkey
Whitehead, Colson, --Underground Railroad
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
and one of the following:


Atwood, Margaret --  Oryx and Crake      
Bronte, Charlotte-- Jane Eyre
Cleave, Chris --  Little Bee
Coates, Ta-Nehisi-- Between the World and Me
Cullen, Linda -- Mrs. Poe
Diffenbaugh, Vanessa- The Language of Flowers
Fowler, Therese Anne-- Z a Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald
Garcia Marquez, Gabriel --  100  Years of  Solitude           
Hamilton, Steve -- The Lock Artist 
Hemingway, Ernest – A Farewell to Arms
Hesse, Hermann-- Siddhartha 
Hobbs, Jeff -- The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace  
 Hurston, Zora Neal --  Their Eyes Were Watching God            
Jahren Hope -- Lab Girl 
Keegan, Marina -- The Opposite of Loneliness
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  
McCann, Colum -- Let the Great World Spin 
McCandless, Carine-- the Wild Truth
McLain, Paula -- The Paris Wife
Monk Kidd, Susan - The Invention of Wings
Moore, Alan -- Watchmen
Morrison, Toni –  A Mercy
Nafisi, Azar -- Reading Lolita in Tehran
O'Brien, Tim -- Going After Cacciato                    
Roy, Arundhati – The God of Small Things           
Ruiz Zafon, Carlos—Shadow of the Wind                        
Stein, Garth -- The Art of Racing in the Rain
Tartt, Donna - The Goldfinch
Tolkein, JRR -- The Fellowship of the Ring
Towles, Amor-- Rules of Civility            
Vance, Ashlee --  Elon Musk
Vonnegut, Kurt --  God Bless You Mr. Rosewater  or Mother Night           
 Wolff, Tobias – Old School
Nonfiction titles which are also on  AP Human Geography Reading List:
(students may select any of these books even if they are not taking AP Human Geography)
de Blij, Harm.-- Why Geography Matters, Three Changes Facing America: Climate Change, The Rise of China and Global Terrorism
Friedman, Thomas. --The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century
Pollan, Michael.--Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
Timmerman, Kelsey. --Where am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries,Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes
Additional Assignments: due Friday, 9/8

AP English Language and Composition

(3 Books from the following choices)

must read Believe 


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

Survivor's Club by Michael Bornstein and Debbie Bornstein Holinstat

Dead Wake by Eric Larson
Eagle Blue
by Michael D'Orso
Missoula by Jonathan Krakauer
Killing Lincoln
by Bill O'Reilly
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
O’Brien, Tim – The Things They Carried 
 Setterfield, Diane – The Thirteenth Tale

Simonson, Helen – The Summer Before the War

 Sittenfeld, Curtis – Prep   or   

 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 3 books and post to class blog:
Baldwin, James -- The Fire Next Time
Bronte, Charlotte-- Jane Eyre
Dickens, Charles-- Great Expectations      

Critical Reading Assignment

AP Literature and Composition: Critical Article Summer Assignment

After your reading of Great Expectations, The Fire Next Time and Jane Eyre , choose ANY 3 academic critical articles (1 for each text) from the Literary Database—JSTOR (click on the link via the JCHS Library Database page).

·        Print out the articles

·        Annotate each article: highlight and comment on insightful points and connections asserted in each article

Writing of Personal Essay-- Due 9/8