10th Grade Summer Reading List


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10th Grade Summer Reading List


All English students may choose to read up to four books this summer for twenty bonus points per book which will be awarded at the beginning of each of the four quarters. For example, if you read one book, you will be awarded twenty bonus points at the beginning of the first quarter. If you read two, then you will be awarded 20 bonus points for the first and second quarter. Reading 3 or 4 books will give you bonus points for the 3rd and 4th quarter respectively.

All Summer Reading Forms are due NO LATER than the first day of school.

Honors English students MUST read the required assignment and complete a summer reading form.

REQUIRED READING FOR 10TH GRADE HONORS ENGLISH: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Holden Caulfield, a cynical adolescent who has just been expelled from prep school, searches for the truth and acknowledges the hypocrisy of the adult world.

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas. The ultimate story of revenge.

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter. This story tells of a boy orphaned very young, who is adopted by his Cherokee grandparents in the Appalachian mountains of Tennessee during the Great Depression.

Monster by Walter Dean Meyers. Monster tells the story of Steve Harmon, a teenaged boy, in juvenile detention and on trial. Presented as a screen play of Steve’s own imagination, and peppered with journal entries, the book shows how one single decision can change our whole lives.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. The author relates his experience of climbing Mt. Everest during its deadliest season and examines what it is about the mountain that makes people willingly subject themselves to such risk and expense.

Jellico Road by Melina Marchetta . Taylor Markhan isn’t just one of the new student leaders of her boarding school, she is also the heir to the Underground Community, one of three battling school factions in her small Australian community.

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines. In a small Cajun community in the late 1940s, a young black man named Jefferson is an unwilling party to a liquor store shooting in which three people are killed. As the only, survivor, he is convicted and sentenced to death.

A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. High school students Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan fall in love. Pain and sorrow lie ahead for the pair, but the story allows you to believe in the power of love and that dreams do come true.

The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter. At four years old, John Butler is captured by Indians who adopt him as one of their own. But then a treaty is made which returns all captives to their own people. How can John (now True Son) adapt to living with people he has been trained to hate?

War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells. The earth is invaded by aliens who use heat rays to cause devastation in England.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury. In a society where books are illegal, Guy Montag is a fireman whose job is to set the fires that destroy any books that are found. But what happens when Guy decides he might want to have books?

An Enemy of the People by Henrik Ibsen. In this drama, Dr. Thomas Stockmann has the good of the people in mind when he wants to warn everyone of a contaminated water supply…but the townspeople do not want to have the tourist industry threatened. Dr. Stockmann is ridiculed and ostracized for his honesty.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. It is 1964 in Sylvan, South Carolina, and Lily Melissa Owens, a fourteen-year-old white girl, lives on a peach farm with her father, T. Ray, who is both neglectful and abusive. Lying in bed in her room at night, Lily is often visited by bees that seem to be at home with her. Lily holds a terrible and guilty secret: She believes she shot and killed her mother, Deborah, when Lily was four years old.


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