Rome High SchoolSummer Reading 2011-2012 Rome High School’s summer reading program aims to encourage a lifelong habit of reading for enrichment. Bookselections are based on literary merit, the new state standards, and teacher recommendations. The list below includes instructions and book choices for each level. Summaries for grade level books are located on the school website. For all levels, summer reading is a requirement and counts as a test grade. · 12th grade AP students - The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri AND The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball Students should annotate books, or make note cards as they read. On the first Friday of school, students will write an in-class essay analyzing all novel elements. · 11th grade AP students - March by Geraldine Brooks AND The Outliers by Malcolm GladwellStudents should annotate books, or make note cards as they read. On the first Friday of school, students will write an in-class essay analyzing all novel elements. · CPA (All grades) – One book from the proper grade-level list (except young adult selection) or the faculty recommended list. Students should annotate books, or make note cards as they read. On the first Friday of school, students will write an in-class essay analyzing all novel elements. · CP and Tech (All grades) – One book from the proper grade-level list or the faculty recommended list. Students should annotate books, or make note cards as they read, concentrating on character analysis. Students will turn in a character analysis on the first Friday of school. · Local bookstores and the public library have received copies of the summer reading list, which can also beaccessed from the RHS Website: www.rcs.rome.ga.us/rhs. From the home page, click on the Summer Reading Link. Please call the high school if you have any questions at (706)235-9653. Rome High School---Summer Reading List 2011-12 Ninth Grade Recommended Novels: Contemporary: Izzy, Willy, Nilly by Cynthia Voight Young Adult : That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. HintonClassic: Call of the Wild by Jack London Others: Buried Onions by Gary Soto 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Death and Life by Don Piper with Cecil MurpheyFaculty Recommendations on the back Tenth Grade Recommended Novels: Contemporary: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Young Adult : That Was Then, This is Now by S.E. HintonClassic: A Separate Peace by John Knowles Others: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi The Book Thief by Markus ZusakFaculty Recommendations on the back Eleventh Grade Recommended Novels: Contemporary: *March by Geraldine Brooks (11th grade AP requirement) Young Adult : Revolver by Marcus SedgwickClassic: In Cold Blood by Truman CapoteOthers: The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy *The Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (11th grade AP requirement) Faculty Recommendations on the back Twelfth Grade Recommended Novels: Contemporary: *The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (12th grade AP requirement) Young Adult : Revolver by Marcus SedgwickClassic: Pride and Prejudice by Jane AustenOthers: The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourtFaculty Recommendations on the back Faculty Recommended List **Students from any grade may read a book from this list as their summer reading selection. *The Dirty Life by Kristin Kimball (12th grade AP requirement) - Floyd County’s One Book, Many Voices for 2011 - Kimball chucked life as a Manhattan journalist to start a cooperative farm in upstate New York with a self-taught New Paltz farmer she had interviewed for a story and later married. The Harvard-educated author, in her 30s, and Mark, also college educated and resolved to "live outside of the river of consumption," eventually found an arable 500-acre farm on Lake Champlain, first to lease then to buy. In this poignant, candid chronicle by season, Kimball writes how she and Mark infused new life into Essex Farm, and lost their hearts to it. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – This is a story about the nature of human freedom and equality, of a woman who struggles for self-definition and determination in a society that too often denies her that right. Rochester, whom Jane eventually falls for, is a man who sets his own laws and manipulates the lives of those around him; before he can enter into a marriage of equals with Jane he must undergo a spiritual transformation. Jane Eyre is full of drama: fires, storms, attempted murder, and a mad wife conveniently stashed away in the attic. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen - Jacob ran away and joined the circus when he was twenty-one. His parents were killed in an auto accident one week before he was to sit for his veterinary medicine exams at Cornell. He buried his parents, learned that they left him nothing because they had mortgaged everything to pay his tuition, returned to school, went to the exams, and didn't write a single word. He walked out without completing the test and ended up on a circus train. His story about traveling with that circus is full of amazing twists and turns. The Road by Cormac McCarthy – (Pulitzer Prize winner, New York Times Notable Book of the Year) – A father and son walk alone on a road through burned America. Everything is covered in ash and the sky is dark. They have nothing but a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bandits that stalk the road. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. 19 Minutes by Jodi Picoult – This novel deals with the truth and consequences of a small town high-school shooting. Set in Sterling, New Hampshire, Picoult offers readers a glimpse of what would cause a 17-year-old to wake up one day, load his backpack with four guns, and kill nine students and one teacher in the span of nineteen minutes. As with any Picoult novel, the answers are never black and white, and it is her exceptional ability to blur the lines between right and wrong that make this author such a captivating storyteller. **Parents, although all of the books on the list below have literary merit, some may be suitable for more mature students. We urge you, therefore, to carefully review the list and help your son or daughter make a selection that is appropriate for his or her interests, age, reading level, and maturity. For your convenience, you can find a short summary of each book on the school’s website.