Recommended Summer Reading 2012
Just for Pleasure:
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak
Beals, Melba Patillo. Warriors Don't Cry: A Searing Memoir of the Battle to Integrate Little Rock
Donnelly, Jennifer. A Northern Light
Foster, Thomas. How to Read Literature Like a Professor: a Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines
Guest, Judith. Ordinary People
Haddon, Mark, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
LeGuin, Ursula. The Lathe of Heaven
Lightman, Alan. Einstein’s Dreams
Martel, Yann. Life of Pi
Mikaelsen, Ben. Tree Girl
Potok, Chaim. The Chosen
Quinn, Daniel. Ishmael
Rodriguez, Luis. Always Running
Urrea, Luis Albert. The Hummingbird's Daughter
Students going into English 9:
Buck, Pearl S. The Good Earth
Dickens, Charles. A Tale of Two Cities or Great Expectations
Homer. The Odyssey
Golding, William. Lord of the Flies
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Bean Trees
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace
Remarque, Erich Maria All Quiet on the Western Front
Steinbeck, John. Of Mice and Men
Students going into English 10:
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart
Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits
Anaya, Rudolfo. Bless Me, Ultima
Chen, Nien. Life and Death in Shanghai
Coellho, Paulo. The Alchemist
Courtney, Bryce. The Power of One
Divakaruni, Chitra Banergee. Sister of My Heart
Dostoevsky, Fyodar. Crime and Punishment
Gaarder, Jostein. Sophie’s World
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Nye, Naomi Shihab. 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Kerenina
Satrapi, Marjane. Persepolis
Students going into English 11:
Abbey, Edward. Desert Solitaire
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Armstrong, Karen. A History of God
Black Elk Speaks, as told to John Niehardt
Ellison, Ralph. The Invisible Man
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury
Heinlein, Robert. Stranger in a Strange Land
Hemingway, Ernest. The Sun Also Rises
Kesey, Ken. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Kingsolver, Barbara. High Tide in Tucson
Neale Hurston, Zora. Their Eyes Were Watching God
Schlosser, Eric. Fast Food Nation
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club
Thoreau, Henry David. Civil Disobedience and Walden
Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Students going into English 12:
Atwood, Margaret. The Handmaid’s Tale
Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
Clarke, Arthur C. Childhood’s End
Conrad, Joseph. Heart of Darkness or The Secret Sharer
Ehrenrich, Barbara. Nickle and Dimed
Forster, E.M. A Room With A View
Franke, Viktor. Man’s Search for Meaning
Hardy, Thomas. Tess D’Urbervilles
Hesse, Herman. Siddhartha
Joyce, James. Portrait of the Artist As A Young Man
Orwell, George. 1984
Paton, Alan. Cry, the Beloved Country
Shelly, Mary. Frankenstein
Woolfe, Virginia. A Room of One’s Own
AP ENGLISH 12 Suggested Reading List
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It on the Mountain
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
Forster, E.M. A Passage to India
Hong Kingston, Maxine. The Woman Warrior: Memoir of a Girlhood among Ghosts
Kafka, Franz. The Trial
McCullers, Carson. The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence
Recommended Reading from the Princeton Review (for taking the SAT or ACT):
A Man in Full, Tom Wolfe
A Prayer for Owen Meaney, John Irving
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Godforsaken Sea, Derek Lundy
House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende
Jitterbug Perfume, Tom Robbins
Microserfs, Douglas Coupland
Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long-Distance Swimmer, Lynne Cox
Thank You for Smoking, Christopher Buckley
The Bell Jar, Sylvia Plath
The Chosen, Chaim Potok
The Handmaid’s Tale, Margaret Atwood
The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan
The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
Time and Again, Jack, Finney
Undaunted Courage, Stephen Ambrose
AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination)Suggested Summer Reading
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail, by Bill Bryson. Broadway Books (a division of Random House) 1999
"Back in America after twenty years in Britain, Bill Bryson decided to reacquaint himself with his native country by walking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which stretches from Georgia to Maine. The Appalachian Trail offers an astonishing landscape of silent forests and sparkling lakes -- and to a writer with the comic genius of Bill Bryson, it also provides endless opportunities to witness the majestic silliness of his fellow human beings. For a start there's the gloriously out-of-shape Stephen Katz, a buddy from Iowa along for the walk. Despite Katz's overwhelming desire to find cozy restaurants, he and Bryson eventually settle into their stride and meet a bizarre assortment of hilarious characters on the trail. But A Walk in the Woods is more than just a laugh-out-loud hike. Bryson's acute eye is a wise witness to this beautiful but fragile trail and, as he tells its fascinating history, he makes a moving plea for the conservation of America's last great wilderness. An adventure, a comedy, and a celebration, A Walk in the Woods is a wonderful read."
In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson. Broadway Books. 2000
"Every time Bill Bryson walks out the door, memorable travel literature threatens to break out. In A Sunburned Country is his report on what he found in Australia -- the country that doubles as a continent, and the place with the friendliest inhabitants, the hottest, driest weather, and the most peculiar and lethal wildlife found on the planet. The result is a deliciously funny, fact-filled, and adventurous performance by a writer who combines humor, wonder, and unflagging curiosity. Despite the fact that Australia harbors more things that can kill you in extremely nasty ways than anywhere else, including sharks, crocodiles, snakes, even riptides and deserts, Bill Bryson adores the place, and he takes his readers on a rollicking ride far beyond that beaten tourist path. Wherever he goes, he finds Australians who are cheerful, extroverted, and unfailingly obliging. He also catalogs the geological, geographical, and biological wonders of a land with clean, safe cities, cold beer, and almost constant sunshine. Australia is an immense and fortunate land, and it has found in Bill Bryson its perfect guide."
A Short History of Nearly Everything, by Bill Bryson. Broadway Books. 2004
"In A Short History of Nearly Everything, Bill Bryson confronts his greatest challenge yet: to understand -- and, if possible, answer -- the oldest, biggest questions posed about the universe and ourselves. He takes as his territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization. The result is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Anyone with even a glimmer of interest in science will enjoy reading this book and come away with a treasure chest of fun-filled facts to enliven many a day in the classroom."
1491 : New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus, by Charles C. Mann. Knopf. Vintage Books. 2005
"In a riveting and fast-paced history, massing archeological, anthropological, scientific and literary evidence, Mann debunks much of what we thought we knew about pre-Columbian America. Reviewing the latest, not-widely-reported research in Indian (i.e. native inhabitants of the Americas) demography, origins, and ecology, Mann zestfully demonstrates that long before any European explorers set foot in the New World, Native American cultures were flourishing with a high degree of sophistication. The new researchers have turned received wisdom on its head. For example, it has long been believed that the Inca fell to Pizarro because they had no metallurgy to produce steel for weapons. In fact, scholars say, the Inca had a highly refined metallurgy, but valued plasticity over strength. What defeated the Inca was not steel, but epidemics of smallpox and other diseases to which the indigenous populations of North and South America in general had no immunity. Mann also shows that the Maya constructed huge cities and governed them with a cohesive set of political ideals. Most notably, according to Mann, the Haudenosaunee, in what is now the Northeast United States, constructed a loose confederation of tribes governed by the principles of individual liberty and social equality. The author weighs the evidence that Native populations were far larger than previously calculated. Any teacher of social studies should read this book because it corrects misconceptions that may still persist in standard elementary and secondary textbooks."
The Electric Life of Michael Faraday, by Alan W. Hirshfeld. Walker & Company. 2006
"This is the second Faraday biography I've read in the past year. The first, A Life of Discovery: Michael Faraday, Giant of the Scientific Revolution, by James Hamilton, published in 2002 by Random House, was an equally good read. This second biography looks at Faraday's life from a slightly different perspective, with less emphasis on Michael Faraday. the person, and more on sharpening understanding of the scientific discoveries that this nineteenth-century English scientist made. Son of a blacksmith, Faraday (1791-1867) was apprenticed at an early age to a bookbinder, who encouraged him to pursue the interest in science that he'd gained from reading the books that crossed his workbench. By a great stroke of luck, he went to work for the eminent scientist Sir Humphry Davy. From that point on, Faraday proved unstoppable as he made important discoveries in every field to which he applied himself. His breakthrough came when he discovered that he could induce an electric current by moving a magnet inside a coil of wire. That led to his development of the dynamo, precursor to the electric motor. In this elegantly written biography, Alan Hirshfeld, winner of a Templeton Foundation prize for an essay on Faraday, and himself a professor of physics, beautifully elucidates the science of electromagnetism for which Faraday is chiefly known."
A Brief Chapter in My Impossible Life, by Dana Reinhardt. Wendy Lamb Books. 2006
"I just read and loved this young adult book. It's about an adopted teen who is encouraged to meet her biological mother by her adoptive parents. I don't want to give away the plot because it does have twists. It also deals with a discovery of roots and faith among the many themes. I found the book realistic, sensitive, and moving. Teens (and adults) who came to love the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants series will like this same-feel book."
The Excellent 11, by Ron Clark. Hyperion. 2004
"In this book, Ron Clark pinpoints what it takes to make a great student -- and shows how the same qualities apply both to educating children and to becoming a great teacher or parent. You'll find out what those characteristics are, why they work, and how you can incorporate them into your classroom, home and life.
The Year of Magical Thinking, by Joan Didion. Knopf. 2005
"Joan Didion has written a memoir that discusses how she has dealt with the sudden death of her husband. There's a very lovely, lyrical quality to her work that makes one contemplate life."
Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America's Teachers, by Dave Eggers et al. New Press. 2005
"Dave Eggers and assorted authors present logical arguments for improving the teaching profession."
A Whole New Mind: Moving From the Intellectual Age to the Conceptual Age, by Dan Pink. Riverhead Hardcover. 2005
"This book is on my summer reading list. It has been suggested as a great companion to A World is Flat.
The World is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century, by Thomas L Friedman. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2005
"This book is a real eye-opener to the drastic changes that have happened right under our noses -- and for the most part without us taking notice. The book explores reasons for changes in world economy and politics and provides an indication of where we are headed."
700 Sundays, by Billy Crystal. Warner Books. 2005
"In this book, Crystal talks about his relationship with his father and the influences that his father and his father's associates had on him as he grew up. He focuses on the days (Sundays) spent with his father and how much they impacted him. The book is a fast read, but a meaningful one."
What Great Teachers Do Differently: Fourteen Things That Matter Most, by Todd Whitaker. Eye on Education. 2002
"Short, easy read about how good teacher become great ones. What are the defining differences in teachers?
How to Talk So Kids Can Learn, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish. Scribner. 1995
"Easy to follow advice about how talking to kids make a difference in what they will do for you, whether at home as a parent, or in the classroom as a teacher. Lots of stories, sample dialogues, and other interesting tidbits to keep your interest."
Boys and Girls Learn Differently, by Michael Gurian. Jossey-Bass. 2001
"This book explains why students react so differently to assignments, instructions, and so on. It offers practical advice on reaching all students by thinking about how their gender impacts their learning."
If They're Laughing, They Just Might Be Listening, by Elaine Lundberg and Cheryl Miller Thurston. Cottonwood Press. 1992
"Lots of fun activities to use in your classroom to make learning fun for you and your students. Games, quizzes, strategies, to help everyone, even those who are 'humor-challenged.'"
Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia, by Jean P. Sasson. Avon Books. 1993 "Not for the faint-hearted."
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri. Mariner Books. 2003
Angela's Ashes, by Frank McCourt. Touchstone. 1996
Mayada: Daughter of Iraq, by Jean P. Sasson. Dutton (Penguin Group). 2003 "Not for the faint-hearted."
The Real World of Technology, by Ursula M. Franklin. Anansi. 1990