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El Camino High School - Summer Reading List 2013

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For more information go to the El Camino Summer Reading page.

Freshman / Sophomore

CP Students:

  • Choose any book off the Freshman/Sophomore Free Choice Reading List - This list may be found below.

Honors Students:

  • Choose two books off the Freshman/Sophomore Free Choice Reading List. One Fiction and one Non-fiction - This list may be found below.

Grades 9 & 10 Choose from this list
(Honors Students Choose 2: 1 Fiction AND 1 Non Fiction)

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Fiction)
  • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie (Fiction)
  • Ask the Passengers by A.S. King (Fiction)
  • Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley (Non-fiction)
  • Born Confused – Tanuja Desai Hidier (Fiction)
  • Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair (Fiction)
  • The Curious Incident … Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon Fiction
  • Different Seasons (Suspense/Horror Fiction) *another book by Steven King
  • Eagle Blue: a Team, a Tribe, and a High School Basketball Season in Arctic Alaska by Michael D’Orso (Non-fiction)
  • Ender’s Game – Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction)
  • Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki (Non Fiction)
  • Feed - MT Anderson (Science Fiction)
  • Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (Non-fiction)
  • A Game for Swallows by ZeinaAbirached (Non – Fiction Graphic Novel)
  • Heavier Than Heaven: a Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross (Biography Non-fiction)
  • Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupak Shakur by Michael Eric Dyson (Biography Non-Fiction)
  • I am the Messenger by Markus Zuzac (Fiction)
  • Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure by Peter Stark (Fiction-Short Stories)
  • The Liars Club by Mary Karr (Memoir Non-fiction)
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow (Fiction)
  • The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury (Fiction – Short Stories)
  • Maus I & II by Art Spiegelman (Graphic Novel)
  • Nation by Terry Pratchett (Fiction)
  • Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (Fiction)
  • On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony (Fiction) *or any other book in the Incarnations of Immortality series
  • Persepolis by MarjaneSatrapi (Graphic Novel)
  • Putting Makeup on the Fat Boy by Bill Wright (Fiction)
  • Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas (Fiction)
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean (Fiction- Short Stories)
  • So Hard to Say by Alex Sanchez (Fiction)
  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (Fiction)

Junior / Senior

Grades 11 & 12 Choose from this list

  • 1776 by David McCullough (Non-fiction)
  • The 13th Juror* by John Lescroart *or any John Lescroart novels (Fiction)
  • Air Guitar: Essays on Art and Democracy – Dave Hickey (Essays)
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay – Michael Chabon (Fiction)
  • America is in the Heart by Carlos Bulosan
  • An Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa, 1942-1943 by Rick Atkinson (Non-fiction)
  • Aristotle and Dante … Secrets of the Universe -Benjamin Alire Saenz (Fiction)
  • The Battle for God by Karen Armstrong (Non-fiction)
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao – Junot Diaz (Fiction)
  • The Difference Between You and Me by Madeleine George (Fiction)
  • The Hades Factor by Robert Ludlum and Gayle Lynds (Fiction)
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (Non-Fiction)
  • Killer Angels by Michael Shaara (Fiction)
  • Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto (Fiction)
  • Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal by Christopher Moore (Fiction)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Fiction)
  • A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway (Non-Fiction)
  • Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami (Fiction)
  • The Omnivore’s Dilemna by Michael Pollan (Non-fiction)
  • On Writing Stephen King (Memoir)
  • Outliers by MalcomGladwell (Non-fiction)
  • Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitantsby Robert Sullivan (Non-fiction)
  • The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (Mystery)
  • Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson (Science Fiction)
  • Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson (Biography)
  • The Templar Legacy by Steve Berry (Fiction)
  • Temple of My Familiar by Alice Walker (Fiction)
  • Thinking in Pictures by Temple Grandin (Autobiography)
  • This is Your Brain on Music: the Science of a Human Obsession by Daniel Levitin (Non-fiction)
  • Unbroken – Laura Hillenbrand (Non-Fiction)
  • A Walk in the Wood: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (Non-fiction)
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan (Fiction)
  • Zeitoun by Dave Eggars (Non Fiction)

AP Language:

  • On Writing by Stephen King
  • Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller

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