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June 1, 2016Dear Upper School Parents and Students,Each year we ask our students to continue their learning through the summer. Acquiringknowledge, exercising intellectual curiosity, and reading for aesthetic pleasure are activities thatshould not cease in the summer months.Consequently, the English Department provides asummer reading list for Upper School students.At the beginning of the year, students will be assessed on all required texts.Therequiredcourse-specific texts are:Form III:The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianbySherman Alexie and onebook from the freshman list.Form IV:Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstressby Dai Sijie and one book from thesophomore list.Form V:The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, updated 2014 Penguin Classicsedition (ISBN # 9780143107309).Students are required to read the entire text,including the introduction, the preface, and the appendix.Students are alsorequired to readone additional book from the list of eight selected titleslistedbelow. There will be a longer list of recommended titles for those students whowish to read more books.The Eight Selected TitlesThe Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel HawthorneUncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher StoweA White Heron and Other Stories, Sarah Orne JewettMrs. Spring Fragrance,Sui Sin FarLife Among the Piutes, Sarah WinnemuccaEthan Frome, Edith WhartonMy Antonia, Willa CatherBlack Boy, Richard WrightForm VI:Remains of the Dayby Kazuo Ishiguroand one book from the senior list.Of course, our more advanced readers are welcome to choose books from grade level listsabovetheir own.
On the suggested grade level lists, students can pick any book they like.The classics markedwith an asterisk would be appropriate for students interested in sitting for the AP EnglishLiterature exam at the end of their junior year.We encourage parents to join students in reading and discussing many of the books on theattached list.And, of course, we hope you all will read far beyond the list, enjoying the freedomof time to read as much as you like.Have a wonderful summer!Chris TaylorDenise Brown-Allen, Ed.D.English Department ChairUpper School DirectorSUMMER READING LIST PINGRY UPPER SCHOOL 2016Books recommended for incoming freshmen:Adams, Douglas.The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.Arthur Dent begins his wild journey in time andspace.Adams, Richard.Watership Down.An epic novel about a group of rabbits journeying to and establishinga new society.A wonderful look at democratic leadership.Alvarez, Julia.How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents.Four sisters from the Dominican Republic findin New York a very different life from the genteel existence they left behind.Auel, Jean.The Clan of the Cave Bear.Prehistoric days brought to vivid life.

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