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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 Ernest Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms, This book 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.

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 the 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. Early in the year, 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 Night Manager

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

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

Michael Knight, The Typist

Jumpha Lahiri, The Namesake

Toni Morrison, The Bluest Eye

Philip Roth, The Human Stain

Patrick Rothfuss, Name of the Wind

Zadie Smith, White Teeth

Ed Tarkington, Only Love Can Break Your Heart

John Kennedy Toole, A Confederacy of Dunces

Kurt Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle