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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 Requirement - English IV AP 

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.  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 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.

Oryx and Crake, Margaret Atwood

Death Comes for the Archbishop, Willa Cather

All The Light We Cannot See,  Anthony Doerr

Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi

The Mayor of Casterbridge, Thomas Hardy

Catch-22, Joseph Heller

Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston

The Buried Giant, Kazuo Ishiguro

The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver

The Namesake, Jhumpa Lahiri

Beloved, Toni Morrison

The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

Cry, The Beloved Country, Alan Paton

The Moviegoer, Walker Percy

The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

White Teeth, Zadie Smith

A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole

Fathers and Sons, Ivan Turgenev

Mrs. Dalloway, Virginia Woolf