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Summer Reading 2019

Reading by Grade Level

Incoming 9th graders should read: The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo.

Check out the eBook here (student ID and password required)

Listen to the Audiobook here (student ID and password required)

Students taking Sophomore honors should read: Home Fire, by Kamila Shamsie.

Students taking Sophomore Global honors should read: 1984,by George Orwell.

Students taking Sophomore New Media Communities should listen to ONE of the following podcast series:
a) Serial, season one (true crime, murder mystery)
b) Mogul (History of Hip-Hop)
c) Gladiator (Aaron Hernandez story)
d) Last Seen (Boston art heist)
e) You Must Remember This: Charles Manson's Hollywood (movies and cults)
f) Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


All other incoming sophomores should read: Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah.

All incoming juniors whose class is not specifically listed below should read Educated, by Tara Westover. 
Students taking Junior New Media Communities, watch and read:
a) When They See Us (Netflix series)
b) Central Park Five (Ken Burns Documentary)
c) HONORS ONLY: Ta-Nehisi Coates, "The Case For Reparations" (The Atlantic)


Students taking Junior Honors, please read Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth (just the title novella)


Students taking Juniors Global Honors, please read Passing by Nella Larsen.

Students should read the book assigned for their particular English class. See individual course assignments here.

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