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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 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.

Honors English:

             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)

Regular English:

             Colson Whitehead  The Nickel Boys

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

II.  All-School-Read: Each boy in grades seven through twelve will be required to complete the all-school read. This year the novel is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. All students will complete a project related to Frankenstein due on Monday, August 17, 2020, and turn it in to the 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.

Isaac Asimov, Foundation

Paul Auster, Mr. Vertigo

Octavia Butler, Kindred

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

Neil Gaiman, American Gods

Ernest J. Gaines, A Gathering of Old Men  

Robert Heinlein, Starship Troopers

Josephine Humphries, Rich in Love  

John Irving, Cider House Rules

Jack Kerouac, On the Road

Chang-Rae Lee, Native Speaker

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  

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