All students enrolled in Honors or College-Prep World History II (Courses 111 or 112) should read ONE (1) of the following books.


Robert Sharenow, The Berlin Boxing Club, (ISBN: 9780061579707)

“Sharenow delivers a masterful historical novel that examines racism through the eyes of both children and real historical figures. This story follows aspiring cartoonist Karl, a 14-year-old Jewish boy in 1930s Berlin who is on the receiving end of beatings from his Aryan classmates (Karl's cartoons and comics appear throughout). His father's friend, boxing champion Max Schmeling, agrees to train Karl as a boxer so that he can defend himself and his younger sister, Hildy. As the Nazi regime gains power and influence, it becomes clear that Germany will eventually not be safe for Karl and his family….” - Publishers Weekly


Padma Venkatraman, Climbing the Stairs, (ISBN: 9780142414903)

Venkatraman makes a memorable debut with this lushly evoked novel set in India during WWII. Fifteen-year-old Vidya is shocked and proud to learn that her appa (father), a compassionate doctor, has joined the "freedom fighters," who follow Gandhi's example of nonviolent protest against British rule. But tragedy strikes: during a rally Vidya's father is beaten nearly to death and left with severe brain injury. Because he can no longer practice medicine, the family is forced to move in with relatives, who treat them as servants…. More than a feisty Cinderella story (and yes, Vidya does find a prince), this novel vivifies a unique era and culture as it movingly expresses how love and hope can blossom even under the most dismal of circumstances.” – Publishers Weekly


Candace Fleming, The Family Romanov:  Murder, Rebellion, and the Fall of Imperial Russia, (ISBN: 9780375867828)

Fleming examines the family at the center of two of the early 20th century's defining events. It's an astounding and complex story, and Fleming lays it neatly out for readers unfamiliar with the context.…The secretive deaths and burials of the Romanovs fed rumors and speculation for decades until modern technology and new information solved the mysteries. Award-winning author Fleming crafts an exciting narrative from this complicated history and its intriguing personalities. It is full of rich details about the Romanovs, insights into figures such as Vladimir Lenin and firsthand accounts from ordinary Russians affected by the tumultuous events.…A remarkable human story, told with clarity and confidence.” – Kirkus Reviews


Ying Chang Compestine, Revolution Is Not a Dinner Party, (ISBN: 9780312581497)

“It's 1972 China, and nine-year-old Ling is the child of two doctors. Life isn't perfect, but Ling is happy, excels at school and loves studying English with her father. Everything changes with the advent of Chairman Mao's regime. Luxurious items like flowered fabrics and pastries disappear. Anything associated with the West becomes suspect. Then a political watchdog moves into the family's apartment. Their upstairs neighbors, the Wongs, are denounced and arrested; Ling's parents are demoted; and the family lives in fear about the future….This child's-eye view of the Chinese Cultural Revolution is ultimately a tale of survival; lyrical yet gripping, accessible and memorable, it's based on the author's experiences. Certain to inspire discussion about freedom and justice.” – Kirkus Reviews


All students enrolled in Honors U.S. History I (Course 121) should read the following book.


Geraldine Brooks, Caleb’s Crossing, (ISBN: 9781101525685)

“Pulitzer Prize–winner Brooks (for March) delivers a splendid historical inspired by Caleb Cheeshahteaumauck, the first Native American to graduate from Harvard. Brooks brings the 1660s to life with evocative period detail, intriguing characters, and a compelling story narrated by Bethia Mayfield, the outspoken daughter of a Calvinist preacher. While exploring the island now known as Martha's Vineyard, Bethia meets Caleb, a Wampanoag native to the island, and they become close, clandestine friends.” – Publishers Weekly


All students enrolled in College-Prep U.S. History I (Course 122) should read the following book.


Caroline Cooney, The Ransom of Mercy Carter, (ISBN: 0385326157)

“The drama of history unfolds in this gripping tale based on the actual destruction of Deerfield, Massachusetts, in February, 1704. In a surprise attack, Mohawk Indians entered the town, burned it, and took captives with them on a 300-mile trek to Canada. This is 11-year-old Mercy Carter’s story.” – School Library Journal


All students enrolled in Pre-A.P. United States History I (Course 120) should read Caleb’s Crossing and Ch 1: A New World and Ch 2: Beginnings of English America in Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty! An American History 3rd Edition.


Check this space again in the near future for online access to the new textbook.  You will have a major quiz on the summer chapters mentioned above on the second day of class.  You may use ONE page of your own notes that should either be handwritten or be 12 point, Times New Roman font if done digitally.  Notes must be printed beforehand; just like the AP exam, we will be going low-tech for the first day.


All students enrolled in Honors U.S. History II (Course 131) should read the following book.


Stephen Puleo, A City So Grand, (ISBN: 9780807001493)

“No period in Boston's history was more dynamic” than the second half of the 19th century, writes Puleo in this smoothly narrated account of that time and place. Through the determination of the abolitionists, the empire-building of the city's merchants, the dogged endurance of the impoverished Irish immigrants, the city was propelled into ever greater significance. All segments of Boston society rallied to the Union during the Civil War, and the story of the Sixth Massachusetts Regiment and the defense of Washington, D.C., is particularly dramatic. Boston became the hub of the nation's railway system, turned the stagnant waters of the Back Bay into a prosperous residential center, and built the first American subway. After the Civil War, thousands of new immigrants, most especially the Italians, arrived to become a vibrant part of the urban community, and despite tensions and disasters, Boston emerged as one of the world's leading cities.” – Publishers Weekly


All students enrolled in College-Prep U.S. History II (Course 132) should read the following book.

Sarah Vowell, Assassination Vacation, (ISBN: 9780743260039)

“Vowell has a perspective on American history that is definitely funny. She visits museums, historic sites, statues, libraries, anything remotely relevant to successful presidential assassins, and a few of those not so successful. This is an amusing way to learn history, but it is also an unusual look at the interconnectedness of things.” – School Library Journal


All students enrolled in A.P. United States History II should read A City So Grand and chapter 16 from Eric Foner’s Give Me Liberty! An American History 3rd Edition. The chapter can be accessed here: Chapter 16 



All students enrolled in A.P. Psychology should read Chapter 1, History and Chapter 4, Sensation and Perception in David G. Myers’ Psychology for A.P. 2nd Edition. 

As this is a college-level course on a high school schedule, it is necessary to assign two chapters in the textbook Myers AP Psychology over the summer.   After a great deal of discussion and deliberation, we decided that it would benefit you the most if we had you work with Chapters 1 and 4.   Please make sure that you have prepared the chapters on History (Ch. 1) and on Sensation and Perception (Ch. 4) well.  Day one of our course will have the opportunity for you to demonstrate your knowledge in the form of a large quiz. You will not be able to use any informational aids while taking the quiz, and it will count as a classwork grade.

Please familiarize yourself with the large number of resources that our online text offers as you work on chapters one and four.  There are online flashcards, enrichment activities and links to other resources (videos etc.).  We are also experimenting with having a site open just for Psychology over the summer.  If you are interested, please make or log into your Schoology account and join 140 AP Psychology Summer with the passcode M25JD-6S2QR.  Both teachers will be checking in with the site over the summer, and the work posted is the same for both instructors.  As the entire school switches over to Schoology, we hope that this class will be uninterrupted.  There may be unexpected challenges, however, so please bear with us as we all learn.


All students enrolled in A.P. World History should read A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage, (ISBN 0802715524)

You should be prepared for a major quiz and a discussion of the book on the second day of class.

“Standage starts with a bold hypothesis—that each epoch, from the Stone Age to the present, has had its signature beverage—and takes readers on an extraordinary trip through world history. The Economist's technology editor has the ability to connect the smallest detail to the big picture and a knack for summarizing vast concepts in a few sentences.” – Publishers Weekly