2018-19 Summer Reading List

  1. Summer reading books

  2. All students must read the first book listed. It will be given to them by the school. Additionally, each student must select one of the following texts (texts with letters next to them) and acquire it on their own.
     

    1. 9th – Animal farm – required

      1. Calico Joe – John Grisham – Novel

        1. Baseball, athletics, forgiveness, responsibility

      2. The Secret Life of Bees – Sue Monk Kidd – Novel

        1. Coming of age, racism, family history

      3. American Born Chinese – Gene Luen Yang – Graphic Novel

        1. prejudice, discrimination, coming of age

      4. Castaway Kid – R.B. Mitchell – Autobiography/Memoir

        1. Forgiveness, coming of age, overcoming adversity, achieving goals
           

    2. 10th – The Last Lecture

      1. Bleachers – John Grisham – Novel

        1. Football, athletics, forgiveness, responsibility

      2. Hunger Games (first novel in series) – Suzanne Collins – Novel and movie

        1. Class conflict, coming of age, dystopian, action

      3. Anya's Ghost — Vera Brosgol — Graphic Novel
             i. Identity, Friendships, Relationships, School, Community, Courage
      4. The Help – Kathryn Stockett – Novel and Movie

        1. Race, white-savior, Southern dynamic, Class
           

    3. 11th grade – Lord of the flies

      1. The Book Thief – Markus Zusak – Novel and Movie

        1. Coming of age, the power of words, the Holocaust

      2. Trust me I’m lying – Ryan Holiday – Book (non-fiction)

        1. Media, media manipulation, marketing, advertising

      3. Excellent Sheep – William Deresiewicz – Book (non-fiction)

        1. College, making life decisions, career

      4. Harry Potter Order of Phoenix – J.K. Rowling – Novel and Movie

        1. Coming of age, confronting self, friendship, love
           

    4. 12th grade – Tuesdays with Morrie

      1. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho – Novel

        1. Coming of age, self-fulfillment

      2. The Great Gatsby (movies, 2013, 1974) + two reviews

        1. Media study, social class

        2. 2013 review: click here

        3. 1974 review: click here

      3. The Road – Cormac McCarthy –Novel and movie

        1. Father-son relationship, dystopian, apocalypse, creative style, media study

      4. The Moon is Down – John Steinbeck – Book and Movie (life is Beautiful is the movie title )

        1. Oppression, Nazi, Strength of Human spirit, sacrifice

 

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