English Department
Voorhees High School

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To: Parents and students of Voorhees High School (including current 8th graders)

From: Chris Maslonka, Supervisor of English

Re: Summer Reading

Date: May 2016

The members of the Voorhees High School English department strongly believe that students need to read throughout the entire year in order to improve their reading ability. As a result, all Voorhees High School students are required to read at least two books for their summer reading – one from the list for their grade level and one book of their own choice. Summer reading is a requirement for all students, including seniors who may not have an English class during the first semester.

1. Book from the list for your grade level

Read one book from the list for the grade level you will start in August. Please note that English III Honors, Advanced Placement: Language and Composition, and Advanced Placement: Literature and Composition have specific required texts to read. The list of books is available at http://www.nhvweb.net/vhs/english/summer-reading/.
Your English teacher will assess your reading of this book when you return to school in August.

2. Book of your own choice

Read any other book that you would like to read that is appropriate for school and for your reading level. This book can be fiction or nonfiction.

Answer the following questions for this book:

  • What is the name of the book?
  • Who wrote the book?
  • On a 1-10 scale (with 10 being the highest), what score would you give this book?
  • Why did you give the book that score? Write one paragraph in response to this.
  • Do you think other students would enjoy this book? Explain your answer.

This information will be collected by your English teacher when you return to school in August.

Many of the books on the summer reading list are available in the Voorhees High School media center and your local library. You can check these books out from the Voorhees media center before you leave for the summer.

Happy reading!

Students must read one book from the below list:

Among the Barons (Haddix)
Among the Betrayed (Haddix)
After the Dancing Days (Rostkowski)
Airborn (Oppel)
The Andromeda Strain (Crichton)
The Body of Christopher Creed (Plum-Ucci)
Companions of the Night (Vande Velde)
Iliad (Homer, translated by Fagles)
The Lost Years of Merlin (Barron)
The Pearl (Steinbeck)
The Pox Party (Anderson)
The Prince and the Pauper (Twain)
Private Peaceful (Morpurgo)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Bradbury)
The Lightning Thief (Riordan)
Whale Talk (Chris Crutcher)

Students must read one book from the below list.

All Quiet on the Western Front (Remarque)
Armageddon Summer (Yolen and Coville)
The Bean Trees (Kingsolver)
Bless the Beasts and Children (Swarthout)
Circle of Friends (Binchy)
A Cry in the Night (Clark)
The Eyes of the Dragon (King)
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter (McCullers)
How I Live Now (Rosoff)
Peeling the Onion (Orr)
Sledding Hill (Crutcher)
World Made by Hand (Kunstler)

Students taking English III and English III CP must read one book from the below list. Students in English III Honors must read The Grapes of Wrath. Students taking AP English Language and Composition must read the required books** (Notes of a Native Son and Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass).

Ender’s Game (Card)
The Fixer (Malamud)
Girl with a Pearl Earring (Chevalier)
The Good Earth (Buck)
The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck) This novel is required for English 3 Honors
*The Joy Luck Club (Tab)
A Lesson Before Dying (Gaines)
Little Women (Alcott)
My Sister’s Keeper (Picoult)
**Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass (Douglass) Required for AP**
**Notes of a Native Son (Baldwin) Required for AP**
The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
Ordinary People (Guest)
Our Town (Wilder)
A Prayer for Owen Meany (Irving)
The Things They Carried (O'Brien)

Students must read one book from the below list. Students taking AP English Literature and Composition must read 1984 (Orwell), The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood), and Brave New World (Huxley).

Alive: The Story of the Andes Survivors (Read)
Angela's Ashes (McCourt)
Autobiography of a Face (Grealy)
The Awakening (Chopin)
Black and Blue (Quindlen)
Chronicle of a Death Foretold (Garcia Marquez)
Cold Mountain (Charles Frazier)
A Doll's House (Ibsen)
The Fifth Child (Lessing)
The Fountainhead (Rand)
Grendel (Gardner)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood)
Hiroshima (Hersey)
Inexcusable (Lynch)
Jane Eyre (Bronte)
Light in August (Faulkner)
People's Choice (Greenfield)
Poisonwood Bible (Kingsolver)
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston)
A Thief of Time (Hillerman)
Watership Down (Adams)
Wuthering Heights (Bronte)