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Summer Reading 2014 • Upper School

Students entering all grades must read three books: one required (marked with an asterisk), one from the list provided for each grade level, and one of their own selection. Please note that students registered for the Honors or AP level must read a second required text (also listed at each grade level with an asterisk) in addition to those three.

Students’ Membean accounts will stay open and available throughout the summer. We encourage students to continue their work with Membean; frequent vocabulary practice improves reading comprehension and performance on standardized tests. 9th graders and new 10th and 11th graders will  open Membean accounts at the start of the school year.


Grade  9 

* The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (Required for all)
* The Color of Water, James McBride (Add for Honors)

Life of Pi, Yann Martel
The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver
Black Ice, Lorene Cary
How The Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Play Their Hearts Out, George Dohrmann
Someone to Run With, David Grossman

Grade  10

* Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut (Required for all)
* West with the Night, Beryl Markham (Add for Honors)

All Souls, Patrick MacDonald
The Glass Castle, Jeannette Walls
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, Maya Angelou
The Liar’s Club, Mary Karr    
The Cat’s Table, Michael Ondaatje
My Name is Iran, Davar Ardalan
Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s, John Elder Robison
Wait 'Til Next Year, Doris Kearns Goodwin

Grade  11

* One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Ken Kesey (Required for all)
* Flight, Sherman Alexie (Add for AP Language & Composition)
* Let The Great World Spin, Colum McCann (Add for AP Lit.)

Catch 22, Joseph Heller
The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, Erik Larson
In Cold Blood, Truman Capote
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
In the Heart of the Sea, Nathaniel Philbrick
The Other Wes Moore, Wes Moore
A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
Truth and Beauty, Ann Patchett

Grade  12

* 1984, George Orwell (Required for all)
* A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul (Add for Honors)
* The Elements of Journalism, edited by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel (Add for Advanced Composition only)

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje
Interpreter of Maladies, Jhumpa Lahiri
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Tender Bar: A Memoir, J.R. Moehringer
Unbroken, Lauren Hillenbrand
You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers
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