• 2019 SUMMER READING for students entering GRADE 12

    “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 12th grade must read at least one of the following four books:

     

    All students taking A.P. Eng. Literature must also read Americanah

     

    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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  • The Best We Could Do The Best We Can Do

    by Thi Bui

    The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

    “The graphic novel followed a family as they immigrated from Vietnam to America. I liked the book because it conveyed the characters' emotions incredibly vividly through the story and the artwork; I would recommend this book because it shows the immigrant struggle in a way that allows all readers to connect to it.”

    • Dahlia Chow, Class of 2019

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  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life The Inexplicable Logic of My Life

    by Benjamin Alire Saenz

    The Inexplicable Logic of my Life tells the story of a senior named Sal as he seeks to clarify his purpose in both his family, close friends, and the world after high school. He is unsettled when he is given a letter from his deceased mother, a letter he is afraid to open because of all of the unknowns.  If you enjoy stories like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, and you have been reflecting recently on your own life path, then this could be the epiphanous journey for you.”

    - Ms. Lovett, FHS English Teacher

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  • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    by Erika Sanchez

    I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter tells the empowering story of fifteen year old Mexican American Julia Reyes and her journey to find out the truth about her sister Olga. Julia is a relatable, funny and sarcastic character who trys to find happiness, love, and acceptence of herself.

    - Vitoria Do Carmo, Class of 2020

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  • E Educated by Tara Westover

    Educated is a moving and captivating memoir about the author’s experiences being born into a survivalist family who didn’t allow her to attend school until she rebelled at the age of 17. What develops is a riveting tale of persistence, trauma, resilience, and the recognition that culture, family, and our relationships are, quite possibly, our most profound forms of education.

    • Mr. George, FHS English Teacher

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  • O On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

      (Required for AP Lang)

    “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 ideas. 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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  • W Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni

      (Required for AP Lang)

    “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, FHS English Teacher

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  • S Scythe by Neal Shusterman

    “Scythe is a science fiction novel that takes place in a futuristic world in which humans have achieved immortality. In order to control the human population, people called Scythes kill a certain quota of people each year. The only regulation for the Scythes is the number of people they kill, along with the expectation of unbiased killing, separate from race, gender, and age. Everything else is up to the individual Scythe. Everything.

    We love this book because it is unlike anything we've ever read before. It's witty, thought-provoking, and keeps you hooked. It allows the reader to be in the shoes of the main characters in a way that creates a unique view of morality and humanity.”

    -Isabelle Blais & Eliana Cohen, Class of 2020

     

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  • The Head of the Saint The Head of the Saint

    by Socorro Acioli

    “Samuel, a fourteen year old orphan, leaves his home on foot to make his way to his father’s hometown of Candeia, Brazil to fulfill his mother’s last wishes.  In Candeia, he is rejected by his grandmother, robbed of his possessions, and finds himself homeless, so he takes shelter in the hollow head of the statue of Saint Anthony.  In a magical realist twist, he finds that the head of the statue gives him some special powers. This slim novel reads like a fable, but with a dry sense of humor.”

    - Ms. Courchesne, FHS Librarian

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  • A Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie

    “A young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, gets a scholarship to an Ivy League school and starts a life in America. But, life is not what she thought it would be. While Ifemelu is trying to thrive in America, her boyfriend, Obinze, is similarly trying to find success in Britain. Although I am usually a fan of mysteries and action books, Adichie’s realistic novel totally hook me. It is funny, brilliant, and offers important perspective that I found enlighting.”

    -Ms. Crofut, FHS English Teacher

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  • T They Both Die at the End by Adam Silvera

    “The premise of this story is simple: two boys are going to die today, and they want an adventure before they do. This book is great because you already know the ending, but as you turn the pages, you’ll find yourself hoping for another one anyway.”  

    • Anthony McCann Jr, Class of 2020

     

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  • O On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

    “Written by Angie Thomas, a #1 New York Times bestseller, On the Come Up tells the story of a young rapper named Bri hoping to make it in the music industry. Along the way she faces racism, sexism, gang violence, poverty, and the loss of loved ones, timely and relevant issues in today’s world.”

    • Emma Rothwell, Class of 2022

     

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  • Between the World Between the World and Me

    by Ta-Nehisi Coates

    “Between the World and Me is a moving, engaging, and insightful letter written from the author to his son about the racial history of our country and the residue it has left. Coates transitions smoothly from personal anecdotes, to civil war battlefields, to modern day Baltimore to consider the state of race relations in our country. His meditation offers a riveting glimpse into our country's fraught history, its challenging present, and its potential future.”

    - Mr. George, English Teacher

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