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Summer Reading for Rising Sophomores -- Pre-AP

COMMUNITY BOOK. You must read the following community book. The community book is one which is read by every member of the class. Parents are also invited to read the community book. During the first week of school, your English teachers will review, conduct, or oversee projects, presentations, and group seminars -- all in an effort to generate a sharing of ideas as a community.



Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow. A murder mystery of sorts, a young boy’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog makes for one of the most captivating, unusual, and widely heralded novels in recent years.


 INDEPENDENT CHOICE: Read one book from one of the lists of literary prize-winners. Be sure to choose a book which you have not already read for another school assignment. 


ENGLISH DEPARTMENT CHOICE: You must also read one book from the following list.




Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." So begins the famous love story of Elizabeth Bennet and Fitzwilliam Darcy, two people hampered by both pride and prejudice, who manage to figure things out in the end.

Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre. An orphan girl grows up in Victorian-era England and eventually becomes a governess in a mysterious mansion on the wind-swept moors. Classic romance tale.

Charles Dickens

Great Expectations Pip receives a mysterious inheritance which enables him to live like a gentleman -- but at what cost?

E.M. Forster

A Room With a View. The story of Lucy Honeychurch and the conflict she feels between the desires of her heart and the requirements of society, this book is both a social comedy and a discussion of class structure.

Neil Gaiman The Ocean at the End of the Lane. After returning home for a family funeral, a middle-age man relives a magically fantastical, yet frightening, childhood memory with a  young girl named Lettie and her unusual mother and grandmother who lived on the farm at the end of the lane.

Nevil Shute

On the Beach. What would it be like to know you were doomed to die within a few months, and the rest of the planet with you? This book is the story of the aftermath of nuclear war, as Australian survivors wait for the fallout to arrive.  

 Oscar Wilde The Importance of Being Earnest. A play which is a hilarious attack on Victorian manners, romance, and mistaken identities.

P.G. Wodehouse

Right Ho, Jeeves! A house party in the country, mixed-up romances, plans that backfire, and a wise butler who knows all the answers--these ingredients come together to create Wodehouse’s comic style. The life and loves of the English aristocracy are satirized in this novel.




You may want to visit the school’s website for summer reading guidelines http://www.maclay.org/Page/4231

I recommend that you read as much as possible this summer. Please do not limit yourself to three books. There is a list below of other recommended books. Feel free to choose any of these for your independent choice.

You will be reading George Orwell’s novel 1984 second semester; you are welcome to read that over the summer, but take notes, for you will need them for a review.

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens

Alice Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, Lewis Carroll

A Passage to India by E. M. Forster

Dracula by Bram Stoker

Mallory's King Arthur and His Knights: Selected Tales by Sir Thomas Malory

The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

The War of the Worlds, H. G. Wells

Northanger Abbey or Emma - Jane Austen

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Ivanhoe  or Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott

Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Thomas Hardy

Lord Jim, Joseph Conrad

Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

Vivian Grey, Benjamin Disraeli

A Study in Scarlet, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (introduction of Holmes and Watson)

The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde