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Rising 12th Grade AP Literature and Composition

Student engagement with summer reading has been shown through considerable research to be invaluable to overall academic progress.  Summer reading provides students with the opportunity to learn about themes that will be explored in the coming year as well as to discover the types of books that they enjoy reading for pleasure. The books selected for summer reading are chosen based on a variety of factors, including literary merit and student appeal. Literature reflects a multitude of perspectives and offers a safe place to consider a wide range of opinions and life experiences; however, not every book is the right fit for every child. We encourage parents to discuss the available choices with their children, so that students and parents can find books that are a great fit and engage in conversations about reading. Parents who are curious to learn more about titles may seek reviews from their favorite bookseller, Goodreads.com, or Common Sense Media.

The English department will finalize the instructions for the summer reading assignments by April 15, 2019.

Click the image below for a link to the SGIS summer reading site.

Required Title:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Suggested Titles (choose two from the list):

All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren

Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck 

Beloved by Toni Morrison

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr 

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines

Tess of the D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers 

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu

 

 

Frankenstein Cover Image
By Mary Shelley, Maurice Hindle (Editor), Maurice Hindle (Introduction by), Maurice Hindle (Notes by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141439471
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - May 6th, 2003

All the King's Men Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780156012959
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Mariner Books - September 3rd, 2002

The Grapes of Wrath Cover Image
By John Steinbeck, Robert DeMott (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9780143039433
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - March 28th, 2006

Beloved (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
Availability: Backordered
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

Song of Solomon (Vintage International) Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781400033423
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Books) Cover Image
By Tennessee Williams, Robert Bray (Introduction by)
$12.95
ISBN: 9780811214049
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: New Directions Publishing Corporation - June 17th, 1999

Salvage the Bones: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781608196265
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bloomsbury USA - April 24th, 2012

All the Light We Cannot See: A Novel Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781501173219
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Scribner - April 4th, 2017

Pride and Prejudice Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9780553213102
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Bantam Classics - December 1983

A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel (Vintage Contemporaries) Cover Image
$14.00
ISBN: 9780375702709
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - September 28th, 1997

Tess of the D'Urbervilles Cover Image
By Thomas Hardy, Tim Dolin (Editor), Tim Dolin (Notes by), Margaret Randolph Higonnet (Introduction by)
$10.00
ISBN: 9780141439594
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - May 27th, 2003

Catch-22: 50th Anniversary Edition Cover Image
By Joseph Heller, Christopher Buckley (Introduction by)
$18.00
ISBN: 9781451626650
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Simon & Schuster - April 5th, 2011

The Picture of Dorian Gray Cover Image
By Oscar Wilde, Robert Mighall (Editor), Robert Mighall (Introduction by), Robert Mighall (Notes by)
$9.00
ISBN: 9780141439570
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Classics - February 4th, 2003

The Yellow Birds: A Novel Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780316219341
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Back Bay Books - April 30th, 2013

The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781594482854
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Riverhead Books - February 5th, 2008