• 2019 SUMMER READING for students entering GRADE 11

    “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Sir Richard Steele

    All students are required to read a minimum of two books; however, we strongly encourage students to read several books for fun and for mental exercise.  At least one of the books must be from the four choices listed below.  The second book can be from below, can be from the other books listed on the back, or can be a suitably challenging book not on the list.  At the beginning of the school year, students will be asked to write about the books they read over the summer. Students should work on their note-taking skills to prepare for discussions and assessments.

     

    All students entering 11th grade must read at least one of the following four books:

    All students taking A.P. Eng. Language must read On Writing and Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be in addition to a third book of their choosing.

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  • I'll Give You the Sun I'll Give You the Sun

    by Jandy Nelson

    This novel takes you into the two different perspectives of a pair of twins at two very different parts of their lives. I personally love and recommend this book because it is such a wonderful read and it showcases how their worlds changed without the other.”

    • Virginia Richard, Class of 2020

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  • The Porcupine of Truth The Porcupine of Truth

    by Bill Konigsberg

    This novel led me through an emotional journey from cheerful times to moments of extreme despair. I highly recommend this book for anyone who wants to see another side of social issues involving religion and sexuality.”

    The Porcupine of Truth is about a boy, Carson, and his friend (but not girlfriend), Aisha, who go on a search for Carson's grandfather. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants a moving story and more LGBT characters in literature.”

    • Guilherme Melo, Annie Newman, Class of 2020

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  • The Other Wes Moore The Other Wes Moore 

    by Wes Moore

    “This memoir shows readers how fate, luck, and someone’s decisions can mold people’s lives. I liked this book because I was able to follow the men’s trajectories and see why one was so successful and the other ended up in jail. I recommend this book for people who are indecisive, or anyone who needs an eye-opening story to get inspired.

    • Luiny Juliao, Class of 2020

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  • F Far from the Tree by Robin Benway

    Far from the Tree beautifully depicts the story of three biological siblings adopted into different families who find their way back to each other, learning the meaning of family and all its forms. This was a fast read that discuses vital topics, while keeping you wondering about what’s to come.”

    • Vitoria Do Carmo, Class of 2020

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     One of Us is Lying 

        by Karen McManus

     NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!

    Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive. 

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  • The Book of Unknown Americans The Book of Unknown Americans

    by Christina Henriquez

    An apartment complex in Delaware is the setting of this novel, told from the perspectives of its residents, all of whom are immigrants from all parts of Latin America.  The story especially focuses on the blossoming relationship between two teens: Mayor and newly-arrived Maribel, whose family is struggling to adjust to life in the United States.  This novel shines a realistic light on the challenges and triumphs faced by people attempting to start over in a new place.”

    • Ms. Courchesne, FHS Librarian

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  • Where You Go Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be

    by Frank Bruni

    “Frank Bruni wisely and passionately takes the present college admission process and acceptance practices to task in this book. Fusing carefully researched data and stories with his satirical wit, Bruni encourages students and parents to pause and realize that while getting into a 'good' college is important, it is really what you DO there that will help to define you.”

    - Ms. Sicotte, English Teacher

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  • Is Everyone Hanging Out Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

    by Mindy Kaling

    “This book explains the struggles and surprises Mindy Kaling faces in her years in high school and later in television. I could relate to the author in many chapters, and it humorous. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to do some quick and funny reading..”

    • Gabby Branco, Class of 2020

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  • On Writing On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft (Required AP English Lang)

    by Stephen King

    “Stephen King's On Writing is part memoir and part instruction, but it is complete with King's engaging and inspiring voice on the tools every writer needs in order to convey her ideas. It is his ‘attempt to put down, briefly and simply, how [he] came to the craft’. It is, however, much more than that. On Writing is an honest account of the challenges writers-- even very successful ones-- face, and it offers concrete suggestions for aspiring authors. Above all: it is an entertaining read about a writer's ‘day job’ and his love for language.”

    - Ms. Sicotte, FHS English Teacher

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