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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 2023-24: Each boy in grades seven through twelve is required to read The Race of the Century: The Battle to Break teh Four-Minute Mile by Neal Bascomb. All students will take a quiz on this book the first week of school.

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 

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

Octavia Butler, Kindred

Willa Cather, O Pioneer

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Percival Everett, God's Country

Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Ernest J. Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men  

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

John Irving, Cider House Rules

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Chang-Rae Lee, Native Speaker

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  

Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-5 (Honors students who read this book last year cannot pick this one.)

Tobias Wolff, Old School

​Richard Wright, Black Boy

Samuel Clemens, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Honors students cannot pick this book. It is the required book for Honors students.)