Radnor High School

 

2014 Summer Reading List
Radnor High School English Department

Radnor High School's English department assigns summer reading for all of its English courses. For your reference, we have made this webpage, complete with the list of titles for all classes, to help you complete the summer reading requirements.

Students are expected to return in September having read the book(s) and being prepared to work with it (them). Teachers will teach the book(s) as part of an opening unit and/or ask students to write about it (them) on one of the first days of school.

Our new Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks offer summer reading selections found on this list. Use your network login information to borrow these books. Download them to any device! Summer reading books can also be found at your local public library and on their Overdrive system.


Ninth Grade Interdisciplinary (Integrated Government and Economics (05990011)
 
 Students are to read TWO books:
  • One L:  The Turbulent True Story of a First Year at Harvard Law School, by Scott Turow (memoir)

      AND

  • House Rules, by Jodie Picoult (fiction)

Ninth Grade Honors (English 05010110)

Students are to read TWO books from the following list:

  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz (fiction)
  • Cinder, by Marissa Meyer--with the suggestion to also read Scarlet, the second book in the series (fiction)
  • The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore (non-fiction)
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson (fiction)
  • The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston (non-fiction)
  • Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (fiction)
  • The Affair, by Lee Child [Contains violent and adult situations] (fiction)

Ninth Grade Advanced (English 05010112)
 
Students are to read ONE book from the following list:
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, by Benjamin Alire Saenz (fiction)
  • Cinder,  by Marissa Meyer--with the suggestion to also read Scarlet, the second book in the series (fiction)
  • The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore (non-fiction)
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory, by Laurie Halse Anderson (fiction)
  • The Hot Zone, by Richard Preston (non-fiction)
  • Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd (fiction)
  • The Affair, by Lee Child [Contains violent and adult situations] (fiction)

Ninth Grade College Prep (English 05010114)
 
Students are to read ONE book from the following list:  PA Reader's Choice Nominees 2014-2015
 

Tenth Grade Interdisciplinary (Integrated Global Issues 05990020)
 
Students are to read TWO books:
  • Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley (fiction)

           AND

  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (fiction)

This class also requires students to follow international current events over the summer.  Please click here for a copy of the assignment.


Tenth Grade Honors (English 05010120)
 
Students are to read ONE book:
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (fiction)

Tenth Grade Advanced (English 05010122)
 
Students are to read ONE book:
  • The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini (fiction)

Tenth Grade College Prep (English 05010124)
 
 Students are to read ONE book from the following list:  PA Reader's Choice Nominees 2014-2015

Focused Reading/Writing 9/10
 
Students are to read ONE book of their choosing.
 

Eleventh Grade Interdisciplinary (Integrated Viewpoints 05990030)
 
Students are to read ONE novel and ONE memoir and watch ONE film:
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, by Michael Chabon (fiction)

          AND

  • The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (memoir)

         OR

  • This Boy's Life, by Tobias Wolff (memoir)

          AND

  • The Godfather, directed by Francis Ford Coppola (film)

Note:  RTSD Board policy states that any R-rated film to be used in class must be a part of the curriculum and requires parent permission for viewing.  Get your parents' permission before viewing The Godfather; if your parents do not want you to watch this film, please contact the teachers to tell us, and we will provide you with an alternative.


Eleventh Grade Advanced Placement (English Language and Composition 05010128)
 
Students are to read TWO books:
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain (novel)

      AND

  • The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (memoir)

Eleventh Grade Honors (English 05010130)
 
Students are to read ONE novel and ONE memoir that considers growing up--through childhood and/or young adulthood--in America.
  • A Lesson Before Dying, by Ernest Gaines (fiction)

         AND

  • The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (memoir)

         OR

  • This Boy's Life, by Tobias Wolff (memoir)

Eleventh Grade Advanced (English 05010132)
 
Students are to read ONE book:
  • The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (memoir)

Eleventh Grade College Prep (English 05010134)
 
Students are to read ONE book:
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian, by Sherman Alexie (fiction)

Focused Reading/Writing 11/12
 
Students are to read ONE book of their choosing.

Twelfth Grade Interdisciplinary (Integrated Senior Seminar 05990040)
 
Students are to read TWO books:
  • Galapagos, by Kurt Vonnegut (fiction)

         AND

  • Never Let Me Go, by Kazuo Ishiguro (fiction)

Twelfth Grade Advanced Placement (English Literature and Composition 05010138)
 
Students are to read ONE book:
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle:  A Novel, David Wroblewski

Twelfth Grade Honors (English 05010140)
 
Students are to read TWO books:
  • Morality Play, by Barry Unsworth (fiction)

      AND a choice book from the following list:

  • Emma, by Jane Austen (fiction)
  • Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett (fiction)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (fiction)
  • Light Thickens, by Ngaio Marsh (fiction)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory (fiction)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon (fiction)
  • High Fidelty, by Nick Hornby (fiction)
  • Grendel, by John Gardner (fiction)--a recommended selection, as this text will complement the class study of Beowulf.

Twelfth Grade Advanced (English 05010142)
 
Students are to read ONE of the following books:
  • Emma, by Jane Austen (fiction)
  • Eye of the Needle, by Ken Follett (fiction)
  • The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams (fiction)
  • Light Thickens, by Ngaio Marsh (fiction)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl, by Philippa Gregory (fiction)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon (fiction)
  • Grendel, by John Gardner (fiction)

Twelfth Grade College Prep (English 05010144)
 
Students are to read ONE book:
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, by Mark Haddon (fiction)