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Summer Reading at MBA: AP English

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

AP English Summer Reading

Summer Reading List   English IV AP   2019-20

I. Each senior Advanced Placement student 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:

        Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man

        Robert Penn Warren, All the King’s Men                          


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 must also read one book from the optional list below. This book will serve as the basis for an essay written in response to an AP topic to be assigned on the first day of class.

The Blind Assassin, Margaret Atwood

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

A Passage to India, E.M. Forster

The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Beloved, Toni Morrison

A Bend in the River, V.S. Naipaul

Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton

The Moviegoer, Walker Percy

The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf