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Summer Reading at MBA: Twelfth Grade

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

Twelfth Grade Summer Reading

Summer Reading Requirement – Twelfth-Grade

I.  Each regular English IV student is required to read the two books below.  These works 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.

·      Arthur Miller                         The Crucible (any edition)

·      Ernest Hemingway            A Farewell to Arms, Scribner Paperback Fiction, ISBN 0-684-80146-9


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.

James Baldwin, Go Tell It On a Mountain

Richard Bausch, Peace

John Le Carre, The Little Drummer Girl

Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

William Gibson, Pattern Recognition

Lauren Groff, The Monsters of Templeton

Ursula Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Robert A. Heinlein, Stranger in a Strange Land

John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany

P.D. James, The Murder Room

Barbara Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible

Phil Klay, Redeployment

Michael Knight, The Typist

Jumpha Lahiri, The Namesake

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Walter Mosley, The Devil in a Blue Dress

V. S. Naipaul, A Bend in the River

Tom Rachman, The Imperfectionists

Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind

Zadie Smith, On Beauty

Ed Tarkington, Only Love Can Break Your Heart

John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle