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English class Summer Reading for all students


Due: first week of English class


1. Pick five books from the following lists for each grade level.
2. Using the criteria listed, read and respond to all of the tasks in paragraphs using specific references from the books to support your response. Be sure to put the references in quotation marks with the specific page numbers where the information is taken from:


1. Identify a significant quote from the novel. Then, explain in detail the meaning of the quote, why you think it is important and what connections you can make to your life/life of others or other selections of literature in two pages.
__2. Select a character from the story  who is in conflict with himself, another character   and with society. Analyze the conflict and discuss the moral and ethical implications for the individual, the other character and the society in two or more pages.  Do not summarize the  plot.
_3. Identify two major themes in the novel. Give specific examples of how the author presents the themes.  How do the themes relate to today’s society in two or more pages.
_4. What common experiences do you share with the characters in the novel? How do you relate to these characters? How do the ethical decisions that these characters make relate to the decisions you make?  Respond in two or more pages,
__5. If you could enter the story and become part of it, at which point would you enter? What events would you change and how would this alter the outcome of the story? Respond in one page.

Entering grade 9—Summer Reading Assignment
1. Waiting for Normal by Leslie Connor
2. One-handed Catch by Mary Jane Auch
3. Don’t You Know There’s a War On? By Avi
4. Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
5. Pictures of Hollis Woods by Patricia Reilly Giff
6. My Last Skirt : the story of Jennie Hodgers, Union Soldier by Lynda Durrant
7. Dreamsleeves by Colleen Paratore
8. Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt
9. Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo
10. The revolution of Evelyn Serrano (#0865MA3) by Manzano, SoniaDunk by David Lubar
11. I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You this by Jacqueline Woodson
12. The Convicts by Iain Lawrence
13.  The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
14.  A Long Way From Chicago by Richard Peck
15.  A Single Shard by Linda Sue Park
16. Turnabaout by Margaret Peterson Haddix
17.  Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
18. Bucking the Sarge by Christopher Paul Curtis
19. Heroes by Robert Cormier
20.  Heart of a Samurai : Based on the True Story of Nakahama Manjiro by Margi Preus
21. Claudette Colvin by Phillip Hoose
22. The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for 23. 23. Immigrant Teens   by Hauser, Brooke
24. The Real Benedict Arnold by Jim Murphy
25. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
26. The Invisible Man by H. G Wells
27. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
28. Death be not Proud by John Gunther
29. The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Entering grade 10-- Summer Reading Assignment
1. Kick by Walter Dean Myers
2. Elijah of Buxton by Christopher Paul Curtis
3. Scrawl: a novel by Mark Shulman
4. Slake’s Limbo by Felice Holman
5. Graceling by Kristin Cashore
6. A Certain October by Angela Johnson
7. Island of Thieves by Josh Lacey
8. Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer
9. Double Identity by Margaret Peterson Haddix
10. Resistance by Carla Jablonski  (graphic novel)
11. Fat Kid Rules the World by K. L. Going
12. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
13. Speechless by Hannah Harrington
14. See You at Harry’s by Johanna Knowles
15. Eve and Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
16. Promise the Night by Michaela McColl
17. The Dark Game: true spy stories from invisible ink to CIA moles by Paul Janeczko 
18. Spilling Ink: a Young writer’s Handbook by Anne Mazer
19. Rite of Passage by Richard Wright
20. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
21. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
22. From the Earth to the Moon by Jules Verne
23. Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
24. In Our Time by Ernest Hemingway
25. 18 Best Stories by Edgar Allan Poe
26. The Great Gatsby
27.  I, Robot by Isaac Asimov
28. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore

Entering grade 11- Summer Reading Assignment.
1. The Picture of Dorian Gray—Wilde (failed attempt to remain forever young)
2. Tess of the D’Urbervilles—Hardy (social criticism)
3. Brave New World—Huxley (dystopian novel)
4. Jane Eyre—Bronte (Victorian Gothic tale)
5. The Year of Wonders—Brooks (historical fiction)
6. Pride and Prejudice-Austen (gentle satire/love and money) 
7. Heart of Darkness-Conrad (psychological journey/social criticism)
8. The Power and the Glory—Greene (inner conflict)
9. The Picture of Dorian Gray—Wilde (failed attempt to remain forever young) 
10. A Walk in the Woods—Bryson (Appalachian Trail)
11. Mountains Beyond Mountains—Kidder (humanitarian activism) 
12. The Perfect Mile—Bascomb (strength of the individual) 
13. Nine Hills to Nambonkaha—Erdman (memoir) 
14.  Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in Boom-Time America—Ehrenreich (political perspective)
15.  Brave New World—Huxley-(dystopian novel) 
16. My Jim by Nancy Rawles 
17. Pudd'nhead Wilson by Mark Twain
18.  Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom 
19. Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 
20. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 
21. A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines 
22. The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane 
23. Last Shot by John Feinstein 
24. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini


Entering  grade 12- Summer Reading Assignment.
1.  Beloved—Morrison (effects of slavery)
2  The Things They Carried—O’Brien (Vietnam War)
3. Waiting for Godot—Becket (Theater of the Absurd)
4. The Grapes of Wrath—Steinbeck (social tragedy)
5. One Hundred Years of Solitude—Marquez (Latin American literature)
 6, Portrait of an Artist As a Young Man, Joyce              
7. Fathers and Sons, Turgenev
8. Lord Jim, Conrad                                                     
9.  Sanctuary, Faulkner
10. Moby Dick, Melville                                                  
11. Babbitt, Lewis
12. Hard Times, Dickens                                                 
13.Wise Blood, O’Connor
14.A Farewell to Arms, Hemingway                             
15. Possession, Byatt
16. Brave New World, Huxley                                        
17.  No Country for Old Men, McCarthy
18. In Cold Blood, Capote                                                         
19.   Madam Bovary, Flaubert
20.  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
21. Alive by Piers Paul Read
22. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold  
23.  Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut