SUMMER READING

Mrs. Kochien’s AP Language and Composition Summer Reading Assignment

Mrs. Kochien’s 9 Honors English Summer Reading Assignment

Mrs. Boyd’s 9 Honors English Summer Reading Assignment

Mr. Lamb’s AP European History Summer Reading List

Mrs. Donahue’s English 10 Honors Summer Reading Expectations

Mr. Collins’ English 10 Honors Summer Reading Expectations

Mrs. Boyd’s AP English Literature & Composition Summer Reading Assignment

When think about what book you want to read, ask yourself this:

What would I like to discover while reading this summer?

For next year, the theme for the school is discovery. Below is a list of  some titles that your teachers are planning to discover this summer. These are the types of books you may consider reading; however your book does not have to be on this list. It does not matter what you read as long as there is something you would would like to discover from reading it.

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Going Bovine by Libba Bray

I want to discover more about Cameron, a 16-year old with Mad Cow Disease, and his Mexican-American dwarf sidekick as they battle a happiness cult and try to protect a garden gnome.  Really. -Mr. Gunn

 

The Path to Power (The Years of Lyndon Johnson) by Robert Caro

Lyndon Johnson was probably the most powerful man in the country not only as President, but also in the Senate during the 50’s and 60’s.  If you wanted something done he was the go to person. Imagine a Texan responsible for the Civil Rights act of 1964 when the south held sway in Congress. – Mr. Gulick

 

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

I am hoping to read the Hunger Games trilogy so that I can find out what all the fuss is about and then see the movie! – Mrs. Laufenberg

 

The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman

I want to discover how an author tells a fictional story based on facts about Masada (900 Jews holdout against Roman armies with only two women and five children surviving).  -Mrs. Simensen

 

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed

I want to learn what drove Strayed to hike the PCT–an eleven hundred mile hike–by herself at the age of 26, as well as her thoughts and experiences while doing so. – Mrs. Boyd

 

Training the Three-day Event Horse and Rider by James C. Wofford  and

Alphabetter Juice:  or, The Joy of Text by Roy Blount Jr. 

For all of these books reading will help me grow and discover more of myself by uncovering information, ideas, and worlds beyond what I know now. – Mr. Smith

 

The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey

I am going to discover why Mrs. Dougherty stated that this was one of the best books that she read this year! -Ms. Fleck

 

Stuck on Earth by David Klass

I am dying to discover how Ketchvar III, alien posing as a common snail, answers his major dilemma: Should the Sandovinians unleash the Gagnerian Death Ray and eradicate human beings for once and for all? -Ms. Coleman

 

A Good Year by Peter Mayle

I want to discover what it would be like to spend a year living in Provence, France, among the vineyards. -Mrs. Jemery

 

Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

I want to discover what all the hubbub is about! -Mr. Fogarty

 

Unfamiliar Fishes by Sarah Vowell

I’m interested in discovering how Americans developed an interest in creating an empire in the late 19th century. – Mr. Leblanc

 

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children  by Ransom Riggs

 I want to discovery what makes Miss Peregrine’s Children so peculiar. – Ms. Donovan

 

Flip by Martyn Bedford

14-year-old Alex goes to bed one night and wakes up the next morning to find he has become someone else, literally.  I want to discover how Alex finds his way back to his family, his house, and most importantly, himself! -Mrs. Campbell

 

New Hampshire’s General John Stark by Clifton La Brie

I am interested in what research this author has compiled about one of America’s first “Rangers” and the man that coined the phrase “Live Free or Die: Death is not the Worst of Evils.  – Mr. Willey


Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach  I want to discover how Harbach tells the story of peoples personal ambitions and limits against the backdrop of Americas  favorite pastime. -Mr. Boyle

 

The Longest Winter by Alex Kershaw

I am hoping to discover a new appreciation of the sacrifices made and hardships endured by members of my grandparents’ generation during one of the most turbulent times in human history, World War II. – Mr. Demien

 

Lizz Free or Die: Essays by Lizz Winstead

I want to discover how this co-creator of The Daily Show uses humor to battle lifes challenges. -Mrs. Simmons

 

There’s a Porcupine in My Outhouse: Misadventures of a Mountain Man Wannabe by Michael Tougias

I want to discover what hilarious adventures a flatlander gets into when he moves to Northern Vermont. -Mr. Havey

 

How to Teach Relativity to Your Dog by Chad Orzel

I want to discover a method of relating general relativity and other “Einsteinian ideas” to my somewhat unenlightened dog. – Mrs. Blanchard

 

The Fault in our Stars by John Greene

I want to see how much life Hazel can squeeze out before dying of cancer. -Ms. Dougherty

 

Divergent by Veronica Roth

I hope to discover what happens when a post-apocalyptic society is divided into five different virtues. -Mr. Amtmann

 

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

I am interested in discovering how Hitler and the Nazis managed to charm so many people (members of the British aristocracy, politicians from many countries, and so on) in the mid 1930s. – Mrs. O’Brien

 

Salt: A History by Mark Kurlansky

I want to learn about how the only rock we eat influenced trade routes, was used as currency, and even initiated wars. -Mr. Collins

 

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez

I am hoping to discover how a young woman was able to survive a political coup that saw many other members of her family killed. – Mr. Harris

 

Casi una mujer (Almost a Woman) by Esmeralda Santiago

I want to learn about the life and challenges of this amazing woman, Santiago, who grew up in poverty in Puerto Rico and then moved to the U.S. as a child. She overcame enormous obstacles. Eventually she graduated from Harvard and is now a famous writer! -Ms. Rella

 

Catch Me by Lisa Gardner

I will discover who the murderer is and what kind of twists are going on in detective DD Warren’s life. -Ms. Bona

 

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

I want to see what Louis Zamperini, Olympic distance runner, discovers about himself after his plane is shot down in WWII, setting him adrift in the Pacific Ocean with no hope of rescue.

– Mr. Lamb

 

The Tipping Point:  How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell

I’m interested in how ideas and trends go viral, the phenomenon when they spread throughout society like wildfire. -Mr. Peters

 

The Gifts Of Imperfection by Brene’ Brown

I wish to discover “an awareness and a clarity” that is grounded in “courage, compassion, and connection… which are “the tools” to self-discovery. -Ms. Rich

 

Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesinger.

I want to discover more about the Middle East prior to the modern countries and all of the subsequent problems. A good beach-reading book! -Mr. Mausolf

 

A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

I love learning about history through fictional stories with outstanding characters.

– Mrs. Morrison