Salesianum School Summer Reading List

In addition to the school’s One School, One Book choice of Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle,  the English Department requires reading for all classes over the summer.  Students will be evaluated on each book they have read.  The English Department assessments will be administered during the first couple of days of the school year, counting as a major grade for the first marking period of the English class.

 

These books will NOT be available for purchase through Follett Virtual Bookstores.  Students may purchase these books in hard copy or for the iPad.

 

Peruse the following list and make your choices.  Then, read with care, taking notes in the margins or on paper.  Review plot details carefully before the administration of the tests.

 

All incoming freshmen in phases ONE or TWO are to read ONE of the following:

  • Fences — August Wilson (this is a play)
  • Montana 1948 — Larry Watson
  • Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury
  • Black Like Me — John Howard Griffin

 

All incoming freshmen in phases THREE or FOUR are to read TWO of the following:

  • Fences — August Wilson (this is a play)
  • Montana 1948 — Larry Watson
  • Fahrenheit 451 — Ray Bradbury
  • Black Like Me — John Howard Griffin

 

*We request that students who have already read a book from the list please make another selection or read the book again to avoid failing the reading test.  The reading test is a major grade for the 1st quarter, and many students fail it because they rely on their memory from junior high.  Students should read and take notes as they go, so that they can review the material before the test.

 

All sophomores are to read TWO of the following:

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time — Mark Haddon
  • Ender’s Game — Orson Scott Card
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy — Douglas Adams

 

All juniors are to read ONE of the following:

  • The Lords of Discipline — Pat Conroy *Warning: explicit description and language
  • Eye of the World — Robert Jordan

 

Juniors: AP English Language and Composition read ONE of the above AND

  • The Picture of Dorian Gray  by Oscar Wilde

 

All seniors NOT TAKING AP are to read TWO of the following:

  • The Lost World — Michael Crichton
  • Into Thin Air — Jon Krakauer
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany – John Irving

 

Seniors assigned to Mr. Crawford’s AP class are to read all of the following INSTEAD OF THE LIST ABOVE::

  • The Aeneid
  • The Life of Pi
  • Equus

 

URSULINE AP STUDENTS SHOULD CONSULT URSULINE FOR THE LIST.   The following was LAST summer's reading list from Ursuline.

 

Seniors assigned to Ursuline’s AP class (course #251) are to read all of the following:

  • Mrs. Dalloway — Virginia Wolff
  • The Things They Carried — Tim O’Brien
  • The Great Gatsby — F. Scott Fitzgerald

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