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    2017 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 Overdrive ebooks and audiobooks offer some of our 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:
    • The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace, by Jeff Hobbs (non-fiction)

              AND 

    • Wild:  From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail, by Cheryl Strayed (non-fiction) 

    Ninth Grade Honors (English 05010110)

    Students are to read TWO books from the following list:

    • The Darkest Corners, by Kara Thomas (fiction)
    • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (non-fiction)
    • Red Queen, by Victoria Averyard (fiction)
    • All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (fiction)
    • Girl Underwater, by Claire Kells (fiction)
    • Still Life with Tornado, by A. S. King (fiction)

    Ninth Grade Advanced (English 05010112)
     
    Students are to read ONE book from the following list:
    • The Darkest Corners, by Kara Thomas (fiction)
    • Into Thin Air, by Jon Krakauer (non-fiction)
    • Red Queen, by Victoria Averyard (fiction)
    • All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (fiction)
    • Girl Underwater, by Claire Kells (fiction)
    • Still Life with Tornado, by A. S. King (fiction)

    Ninth Grade College Prep (English 05010114)
     
    Students are to read ONE book from the following list:  PA Reader's Choice Nominees 2017-2018
     

    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.  For complete assignment information, please see Social Studies 2017 Summer 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 2017-2018

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

    Eleventh Grade Interdisciplinary (Integrated Viewpoints on Modern America 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      • Hillbilly Elegy, by J. D. Vance (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:
    • Friday Night Lights, by Buzz Bissinger (non-fiction)

              AND

    • The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls (memoir)      OR      • This Boy's Life, by Tobias Wolff (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 from the following list:  PA Reader's Choice Nominees 2017-2018

    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 ONE book of fiction and ONE book of non-fiction:
    • Dragon Teeth, by Michael Crichton (fiction)
    • A Man Called Ove, by Frederik Backman (fiction)
    • Slaughterhouse Five, by Kurt Vonnegut (fiction)

             AND

    • Evicted, by Matthew Desmond (non-fiction)
    • The Other Wes Moore, by Wes Moore (non-fiction)
    • How Starbucks Saved My Life, Michael Gates Gill (non-fiction)

    Twelfth Grade Advanced Placement (English Literature and Composition 05010138)
     
    Students are to read ONE book:
    • Station Eleven:  A Novel, by Emily St. John Mandel (fiction)

    Twelfth Grade Honors (English 05010140)
     
    Students are to read ONE book:
    • White Teeth:  A Novel, by Zadie Smith (fiction)

    Twelfth Grade Advanced (English 05010142)
     
    Students are to read ONE book:
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon (fiction)

    Twelfth Grade College Prep (English 05010144)
     
    Students are to read ONE book from the following list:  PA Reader's Choice Nominees 2017-2018