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Summer Reading List for Advanced Placement and Honors/GATE

Teachers in the Honors/AP program advocate year-round reading both for pleasure and for improvement of vocabulary, comprehension, and critical thinking skills. Voracious readers become top scholars. To this end, we urge students to read widely, both fiction and non-fiction. Many students choose to read all the selections on their Summer Reading lists.

Summer Before Grade Nine
Students are to read:
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (Required) and read at least one of the following:

  1. Things Fall Apart- Chinua Achebe
  2. The Chosen - Chaim Potok
  3. Bless Me Ultima- Rudolpho Anaya
  4. Rain of Gold- Victor Villaseñor
  5. China Boy- Gus Lee
  6. Nectar in a Sieve-Kamala Markandaya

Summer Before Grade Ten
Students are to read:
A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini and at least one of the following:

  1. A Hundred Years of Solitude- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  2. Snow- Orhan Pamuk
  3. The Firebrand- Marion Zimmer Bradley
  4. The Once and Future King- T.H. White
  5. Wild Swans- Jung Chang

Summer Before Grade Eleven (AP English III)
Students are to read either Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin or Walden – Henry David Thoreau and read and at least one of the following works:
Woman Warrior- Maxine Hong Kingston

  1. House Made of Dawn- N. Scott Momaday
  2. No No Boy- John Okada
  3. Beloved- Toni Morrison
  4. Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father- Richard Rodriguez
  5. Woman Warrior - Maxine Hong Kingston

Summer Before Grade Twelve (AP English IV)
Students are to read Hamlet-William Shakespeare and watch the film version (starring Mel Gibson) and read at least one of the following works:

  1. The Remains of the Day- Kazuo Ishiguro
  2. A Passage to India- E.M. Forster
  3. Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
  4. Tess of the D’Urbervilles- Thomas Hardy

Students enrolled in A.P. U.S. History are strongly encouraged to read the first 6 chapters in the textbook The American Pageant by Thomas A. Bailey. The library will check out the textbook to A.P. U.S. History students for the summer. Students may also purchase the textbook on-line or sometimes the Chaffey Community College bookstore has used available copies. Any edition of the textbook is acceptable; there is very little change in the various editions. The advantage of purchasing a textbook is that students can highlight and take notes in their text.