DHS English Summer Reading 2018Dear Students,See the lists below for your summer reading assignment. Note that no packets or online posts are required.
Our hope, of course, is that you will read many books over the summer, in addition to the required text(s) on these lists. Engaging in habitual, independent reading will improve your academic skills and (more importantly) enrich your life. Ms. Larissa DuBois, Young Adult Librarian of the Duxbury Free Library, will happily provide you with suggestions.
Feel free to contact me with questions. Meanwhile, enjoy the summer!
Karen Baynes, Ed.D.
Duxbury Public Schools
(781) 934-7650, ext. 4316
Incoming Grade 9 (Honors and College Prep) - Students choose one:
The Gospel According to Larry, Janet Tashjian
Fever, 1793, Laurie Halse Anderson
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
The Right Stuff, Tom Wolfe
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Belzhar by Meg Wolitzer
Incoming Grade 10 (Honors and College Prep) - Students choose one:
Whistling Past the Graveyard, Susan Crandall
The Invention of Wings, Sue Monk Kidd
Dracula, Bram Stoker
Slow Getting Up, Nate Jackson
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, Robin Sloan
An Invisible Thread, Laura Schroff
Incoming Grade 11 (Honors and College Prep) - Students choose one:
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
The Devil in the White City, Erik Larson
Boys in the Boat, Daniel James Brown
Where'd You Go, Bernadette, Maria Semple
Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance
Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks
Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson
The Round House, Louise Erdrich
Incoming Grade 11 (AP) - Students read ALL of the following:
Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs provides an overview of the basic tools of argument that are the foundation of AP English Language using contemporary examples and illustrations.
The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester chronicles the contributions of Dr. William Minor in the development of the Oxford English Dictionary. It is not only a testament to the changing nature of language, but a highly engaging work of nonfiction.
On Writing by Stephen King, which is part memoir and part writing manual, follows the development of one highly successful writer who shares his secrets of success.
Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss argues for clarity in writing by pointing out some of the most abused rules of Standard Written English as well as providing insight into the historical development of punctuation.
Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder follows Paul Farmer as he establishes a first world medical center in Haiti while working to eradicate tuberculosis. The biography traces the career of an exceptional doctor from his unorthodox upbringing to an internationally renowned champion of social justice.
Incoming Grade 12 (Honors and College Prep) - Students choose one of the following (picking a book related to one of the semester courses they plan to take):
A Walk in the Woods, Bill Bryson (Humor or Survival)
Right Ho, Jeeves, P. G. Wodehouse (Humor)
Death on the Nile, Agatha Christie (Crime or Survival)
Pronto, Elmore Leonard (Crime)
The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro (Contemporary Social Issues or Creative Writing)
The Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama (Survival or Creative Writing)
Ball Four, Jim Bouton (Sports Literature)
The Breaks of the Game, David Halberstam (Sports Literature)
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut (Survival or Contemporary Social Issues)
Dead Fathers Club, Matt Haig (Shakespeare)
Incoming Grade 12 (AP) Students read ALL of the following:
Enrique’s Journey, Sonia Nazario
Students will consider both sides of the immigration debate through the story of one young boy coming to America from the Honduras in search of his mother.
The Things They Carried, Tim O’Brien
This work of post-modernism will prepare students to understand the shifting realities and truths experienced by characters in literature of the 20th Century.
How to Read Literature Like a Professor, Thomas C. Foster
Students will consider archetypes, timeless literary themes, methods for close reading, and common literary allusions.
Emma, Jane Austen
Austen’s heroine is willful, intelligent, and ambitious. As such, she contrasts starkly with other female literary heroines of the time (early 1800’s). Students should draw conclusions about the roles and expectations of women and men in this novel and relate their conclusions to their knowledge and understanding of the Industrial Revolution.