About the program 2017-2018
Dear Parents and Students:
We know that summer is time to kick back, relax, and enjoy friends and family. We also know this is a good time for reading and reflection. A requirement for Honors and AP English 10-12th grade is summer reading. The selections are listed by grade below. Students will be able to check out a copy through the library and will be responsible for returning it when school resumes.
For Honors English 10, 11 & AP Language and Literature:
Incoming Honors Sophomores:
Students will take a test at the beginning of the school year covering the novel they choose to read over the summer.
A Dog’s Purpose – Heartwarming, insightful, and often laugh-out-loud funny, A Dog’s Purpose is not only the emotional and hilarious story of a dog’s many lives, but also a dog’s-eye commentary on human relationships and the unbreakable bonds between man and man’s best friend.
Ashfall, Mike Mullin – After the eruption of the Yellowstone super-volcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.
Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini (parent permission required) A sweeping story of family, love, and friendship told against the devastating backdrop of the history of Afghanistan over the last thirty years, The Kite Runner is an unusual and powerful novel that has become a beloved, one-of-a-kind classic.
Incoming Honors Juniors:
Students should bring the completed Summer Reading Form printed out and completed on the 1st day of school.
The Martian Andy Weir – Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh –After a childhood spent in the foster-care system, she is unable to get close to anybody, and her only connection to the world is through flowers and their meanings. Now eighteen and emancipated from the system with nowhere to go, Victoria realizes she has a gift for helping others through the flowers she chooses for them. And when she’s forced to confront a painful secret from her past, she must decide whether it’s worth risking everything for a second chance at happiness.
The Hobbit, JR Tolkien – Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf whisks him away on an adventure. Bilbo reluctantly joins a quest, unaware that on his journey to the Lonely Mountain he will encounter both a magic ring and a frightening creature known as Gollum.
The Monstrumologist – The diary of Will Henry, orphan and assistant to a doctor with a most unusual specialty: monster hunting. In the short time he has lived with the doctor, Will has grown accustomed to his late night callers and dangerous business. But when one visitor comes with the body of a young girl and the monster that was eating her, Will’s world is about to change forever
AP Juniors :
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak –The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still. Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books.
Fahrenheit 451- Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future. Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.
AP Seniors will need to bring the completed Summer Reading Form printed out and completed on the 1st day of school.
1984 George Orwell View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984.Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell’s chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell’s narrative is timelier than ever. 1984 presents a startling and haunting vision of the world, so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.
Summer Reading Form (Word)