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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 List – Tenth Grade 2019-20

I.  Each rising tenth-grader is required to read the two books below.  These novels 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.


             Samuel Clemens   The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (any edition)    

             Ken Kesey               One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (try to buy the edition with the ISBN: 0-451-16396-6)


II.  Each boy in grades seven through twelve will read our All School Read, Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyange, by Alfred Lansing.  All students will finish a project related to this book due on Monday, August 19th, to each student’s advisor (not English teacher, though they might be the same teacher). Use the following link for instructions regarding the project:  


III.  Each student will also read one book from the list below.  On the second day of school, 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.

James Agee, A Death in the Family

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

Paul Auster, Mr. Vertigo

Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Jim Butcher, Storm Front

Octavia Butler, Kindred

James Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice

Truman Capote, In Cold Blood

Willa Cather, My Antonia

Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye

Pat Conroy, The Prince of Tides  

Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep

Dave Eggers, What is the What

Percival Everett, God's Country

William Faulkner, Sanctuary  

F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Ernest J. Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men  

Ursula K. Le Guin, The Left Hand of Darkness  (Honors students who read this book last year cannot pick this one.)

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

Ernest Hemingway, A Moveable Feast

Ernest Hemingway, For Whom the Bell Tolls

Josephine Humphries, Rich in Love  

John Irving, Cider House Rules

Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Barbara Kingsolver, The Bean Trees

W.P. Kinsella, Shoeless Joe

James McBride, The Good Lord Bird

Larry McMurtry, Horseman, Pass By

Toni Morrison, Song of Solomon

Walter Mosely, Little Scarlet

John Nichols, The Milagro Beanfield War  

Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried  

Ann Patchett, Bel Canto  or  Taft

J.D. Salinger, Franny and Zooey

John Steinbeck, The Grapes of Wrath

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

Colson Whitehead, Sag Harbor or The Underground Railroad

Richard Wright, Black Boy