Meet Yasmin! – Saadia Faruqi
Marty McGuire Digs Worms – Kate Messner
Because of Winn Dixie – Kate DiCamillo
The One and Only Ivan – Katherine Applegate
Middle School & Upper School
Please use the editions listed below. All are to be paper copies; no ebooks.
Dead End in Norvelt – Jack Gantos (978-1250010230)
Refugee – Alan Gratz (1407184326)
Chains – Laurie Halse Anderson (0312535678)
9th Grade World Literature
Students must choose ONE book from the list below. Before selecting, students should research and read reviews in order to wisely consider the subject matter, themes, and complexity and find a good fit. Goodreads.com, School Library Journal, and Amazon are good places to find and read such reviews.
While reading, students should pay special attention to the setting — geographical, historical, chronological, and cultural. They should also think about the themes they see in the book. Students will be asked to discuss and write about their chosen novel in the first week of school.
These books are arranged in loose chronological order representing the time period in which the story is set. Many of these books reference times periods, places, and themes students will study in both World History and World Literature.
The King Must Die – Mary Renault
The Red Tent – Anita Diamant
The Singing Mountaineers: Songs and Tales of the Quechua People – José María Arguedas
The Plague – Albert Camus
Snowflower and the Secret Fan – Lisa See
The Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier
O Pioneers! – Willa Cather
Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe
The Underdogs – Mariano Azuela
The Good Earth – Pearl S. Buck
The Book Thief – Markus Zusak
Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetys
The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet – Jamie Ford
To the End of the Land – David Grossman
Between the World and Me – Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Poet X – Elizabeth Acevedo (this is a novel in verse)
10th Grade American Literature
Juneteenth – Ralph Ellison
11th Grade Advanced Literary Studies
Winter Garden – Kristin Hannah (ISBN-10: 0312663153)
Popular Literature (Fall Elective)
Devil in the White City – Erik Larson (ISBN 10: 0609608444)
Speech (Fall Elective)
Find ONE speech about a topic which you find interesting or relevant, watch it/read it, and be ready to discuss with the rest of the class. Make sure you note: author, time, place, occasion, and effectiveness.
Major Author Studies (Spring Elective)
A Long Way Home: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier – Ishmael Beah (9780374531263)
Advanced European Literature (Spring Elective)
The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory (ISBN 978-0-7432-2744-5)
AP Language and Composition
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks – Rebecca Skloot (ISBN-10: 9781400052189)
AP Literature and Composition
Read any “classic” novel. Get approval from Ms. Concannon (email) before reading.
Note: The above reading for spring electives should be done over the summer.