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Summer Reading at MBA: Tenth Grade

Information on summer reading for all grades, including the all-school read.

Tenth Grade Summer Reading

Summer Reading Requirement – Tenth Grade

I.  Each rising tenth-grader has to read one required novel. This novel will be quizzed the first week of school and will be the basis of the year’s first theme. While reading, jot down character and place names, the key events in each chapter, and, if you own the book, underline passages that you think are essential to character and thematic development.

Honors English:

             Samuel Clemens   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (any edition)    

Regular English:

             Colson Whitehead  The Nickel Boys

II.   All School Read for 2024-25: Each boy in grades seven through twelve is required to read James Clear's Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones.

III.  Each student will also read one book from the list below. Students will write a short in-class essay on a topic from this book. Please have access to a copy of this novel when school starts.

 Ken Kesey, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest 

Octavia Butler, Kindred

Willa Cather, O Pioneer

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Percival Everett, God's Country

Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Ernest J. Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men  

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Chang-Rae Lee, On Such a Full Sea

Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

Larry McMurtry, Horseman, Pass By

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried  

Ann Patchett, Bel Canto  

Amy Tan, The Joy-Luck Club  

Viet Than Nguyen, The Sympathizer  

Tobias Wolff, Old School