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South San Francisco High School Summer Reading List 2013

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Freshmen

College Prep - Read one of the following and complete the Summer Reading Assignment:

Honors - Choose one fiction AND one non-fiction book and complete the Summer Reading Assignments:

  • The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (Fiction)
  • Ball Don’t Lie by Matt de la Pena (Fiction)
  • The Boys of Winter: The Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team by Wayne Coffey (Non-fiction)
  • Catalyst by Laurie Halse Anderson (Fiction)
  • Coffee Will Make You Black by April Sinclair (Fiction)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas (Fiction)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in Night-time by Mark Haddon
  • Different Seasons by Steven King* (Suspense/Horror Fiction) *or any other 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* by Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction)*or any other book in the Ender Wiggins Saga
  • Eragon* by Christopher Paolini (Fantasy) *or any other book in The Inheritance Cycle
  • Fables: Legends in Exile by Bill Willingham * or any other book in the Fables Series (Graphic Novel)
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (Non-Fiction)
  • Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser (Non-Fiction)
  • Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger (Non-fiction)
  • Forgotten Fire by Adam Bagdasarian (Non-fiction)
  • The Godfather* by Mario Puzo (Fiction) *or any other book in The Godfather series
  • The Great Santini by Pat Conroy (Fiction)
  • The Guns of Navarone by Alastair MacLean (Fiction)
  • Heavier Than Heaven: a Biography of Kurt Cobain by Charles R. Cross (Biography Non-fiction)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (Fiction)
  • Holler If You Hear Me: Searching for Tupak Shakur by Michael Eric Dyson (Biography Non-Fiction)
  • Last Breath: The Limits of Adventure by Peter Stark (Fiction-Short Stories)
  • The Liars Club by Mary Karr (Memoir Non-fiction)
  • The Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan (Fiction) *or any other book in the series NOT the graphic novels
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Fiction)
  • The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis (Fiction) * or any other book from the Chronicles of Narnia series
  • 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)
  • October Sky: A Memoir by Homer Hickman (Non-fiction)
  • On a Pale Horse by Piers Anthony (Fiction) *or any other book in the Incarnations of Immortality series
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (Fiction)
  • Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi (Graphic Novel)
  • Rats: Observations on the History and Habitat of the City’s Most Unwanted Inhabitants by Robert Sullivan (Non-fiction)
  • Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas (Fiction)
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean (Fiction- Short Stories)
  • Seabiscuit: an American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand (Non-fiction)
  • The Spy Who Came in from the Cold by John Le Carre (Fiction)
  • This Boy’s Life: A Memoir by Tobias Wolff (Autobiography Non-fiction)
  • A Walk in the Wood: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson (Non-fiction)
  • Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen (Fiction)
  • Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher (Fiction)
  • Watchmen by Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons (Fiction – Graphic Novel)

Sophomores -

College Prep - Read one of the following and complete the project:

Honors English - Read these two titles (The project is not required for Honors.):

  • The Help by Katheryn Stockett
  • Native Son by Richard Wright

Additionally, read two of the following books:

Juniors -

College Prep English - Read one of the following and complete the project:

Honors - Read these three books (The project is not required for Honors). Additionally, you must read the packet of readings you received from the course instructor:

Seniors -

College Prep English - Read one of the following and complete the project:

Expository Reading and Writing - Read one of the following (no project is required):

Advanced Placement English read three books (the project is not required for Honors):