Summer Reading 2013

Summer Reading: Delbarton English Department

Dear Delbarton Students:
Find below your summer reading list. We are excited about the summer book choices and hope you will be, too.  While you do not need to keep a journal or write an essay on these books, you should read the books actively and attentively.  When you return to school in the fall, your teacher will lead activities to assess your completion and measure your comprehension of these works. 
Please note that, beginning Friday, May 17, these books may be ordered directly from our online bookstore, MBS Direct.  Link Here. Click on Order My Books, then select Summer Reading 2013. We also encourage you to read for pleasure during the summer. Reading good books is the best way to improve your reading comprehension, reading rate, and vocabulary. 
Finally, ALL students and faculty are required to read Jim Yardley’s Brave Dragons. This additional school-wide reading requirement addresses our educational goal of global awareness. From the former New York Tines Beijing bureau chief, Brave Dragons is a closely observed story of a struggling, professional Chinese basketball team and its quixotic, often comical attempt to make the playoffs by copying the American stars of the NBA.


1. Brave Dragons by Jim Yardley. Vintage Books. ISBN 13: 978-0-307-47336-3  (school-wide text)


Entering 7th Grade (EN001) Required Reading:
1. Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. Scholastic. ISBN 13: 978-0-439-02352-8 
2. Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Scholastic. ISBN# 978-0439-81378-5


Entering 8th Grade (EN050) Required Reading:
1. That was Then, This is Now by S. E. Hinton. Puffin Unicorn. ISBN 13: 978-0-14-038966-1
2. Grendel by John Gardner.  Vintage.  ISBN 13: 978-0-679-72311-0


Entering 9th Grade (EN101) Required Reading:
1. The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.  Ballantine Books. ISBN 13: 978-0-345-41005-4 
2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN# 978-0446310789 
(All students should re-read this text if they have read it previously.)


Entering 10th Grade (EN201) Required Reading:
1. Mort by Terry Pratchett. HarperCollins.  ISBN 13: 978-0-062-22571-5
2. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Ballantine Books. ISBN 13: 978-0-345-36179-0


Entering 11th Grade (EN301) Required Reading:
1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy. Vintage Books. ISBN 13: 978-0-307-38789-9
2. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick. Penguin Books. ISBN 13: 978-0-14-100182-1


Entering 11th Grade: AP LANGUAGE & COMPOSITION (EN605) Required Reading:
1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines by Thomas C. Foster. Quill. ISBN 13: 978-0-06000-942-7
2. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson. Farrar, Strauss & Giroux. ISBN 13: 978-0-312-42440-4
3. The Portable Thoreau by Henry David Thoreau. Penguin Classics. ISBN 13: 978-0-143-10650-
(NOTE: Read only Walden from this text. Students will read other materials from this text during the academic year.)


Entering 12th Grade (EN401) Required Reading:
1. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe. Anchor Press.  ISBN 13: 978-0-385-47454-2
2. Little Big Man by Thomas Berger. Delta Books. ISBN 13: 978-0-385-29829-2


Entering 12th Grade: AP LITERATURE (EN602) Required Reading:
1. The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy.  Penguin Classics. ISBN 13: 978-0-14-143978-5
2. The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. HarperCollins. ISBN 13: 978-0-061-14851-4
3. Metamorphoses by Ovid (Trans. David Raeburn). Penguin Classics. ISBN 13: 978-0-140-44789-7