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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 2022-23: Each boy in grades seven through twelve is required to read The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba. 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.

Arthur Miller, The Crucible

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

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