2019 SUMMER READING for ESL Students
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Sir Richard Steele
Emma's New Beginning (ESL 2A)
by Jessica S. Gunderson
The year is 1910, and Emma Schweitzer and her family are immigrating to America in hopes of finding a better life. Their German colony in South Russia is falling under new restrictions imposed by the Russian government, and in order to escape poverty and tyranny, the family decides to move to North Dakota to live with an uncle. But their journey is not an easy one. The ship is overcrowded, health inspectors can detain any family or deny them entry, and swindlers are eager to prey on new immigrants. Can Emma be strong enough to succeed in a new country where she can't even understand the language? Through Emma's story, this gripping historical novel captures the hardships immigrants faced in pursuit of the American dreams.
The Diary of a Young Girl (ESL 2B/3A)
by Anne Frank
Anne Frank's extraordinary diary, written in the Amsterdam attic where she and her family hid from the Nazis for two years, has become a world classic and a timeless testament to the human spirit. Now, in a new edition enriched by many passages originally withheld by her father, we meet an Anne more real, more human, and more vital than ever. Here she is first and foremost a teenage girl—stubbornly honest, touchingly vulnerable, in love with life. She imparts her deeply secret world of soul-searching and hungering for affection, rebellious clashes with her mother, romance and newly discovered sexuality, and wry, candid observations of her companions. Facing hunger, fear of discovery and death, and the petty frustrations of such confined quarters, Anne writes with adult wisdom and views beyond her years. Her story is that of every teenager, lived out in conditions few teenagers have ever known.
Tuesdays with Morrie (ESL 3B)
by Mitch Albom
“Tuesdays with Morrie is the story of Morrie Schwartz' battle with ALS and the lessons he taught his former student during his sickness, Mitch Albom. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is heartbreaking, inspiring, and eye- opening to the truths of life.” – Kaitlyn Schraffa, Class of 2021