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Email: brian.dinkelman@cjuhsd.net

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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:

  • Black Boy- Richard wright
  • The Choson – Chaim Potok
  • Bless Me Ultima- Rudolfo Anaya
  • Rain of Gold- Victor Villaseñor
  • China Boy- Gus Lee
  • 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:

  • The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkien*
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel*


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
  • House Made of Dawn- N. Scott Momaday
  • No No Boy- John Okada
  • Beloved- Toni Morrison
  • Days of Obligation: An Argument with my Mexican Father- Richard Rodriguez


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:

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