2017 Summer Reading Assignments

Summer assignments should be completed before school begins in August. Any work associated with an assignment should be printed and brought to the first day of classes unless otherwise stated in the specific assignment document. We prefer that you use the editions listed on www.mbsdirect.net, as these will be the versions that will be cited in class.

RaiderQuest for Incoming Students

On June 5 all incoming students will be able to begin the required ONLINE Summer course entitled RaiderQuest.

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Boys Division

All students should expect a summer reading exam the first week of the new school year.

  • Advanced Journalism
    Seniors who are taking this course as an English Elective must read:
    • Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay
  • African American Literature
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • American Literature
    • Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • American Studies
    • Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
  • AP Biology
    • Summer review is posted in Canvas. If you have not received an invitation to enroll in the course, please email Mr. Powell '95.
  • AP Chemistry
    • Summer review is posted in Canvas. If you have not received an invitation to enroll in the course, please email Mrs. Bartholomew.
  • AP Environmental Science
    • The Summer Assignment is posted in Canvas. If you have not received an invitation to enroll in the course, please email Ms. Dutton.
  • AP Language and Composition
    • The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
  • AP Literature and Composition
    • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
    • The Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
      Please read the following selections: “Dedication,” “The Coming of Arthur,” “Merlin and Vivien,” “Lancelot and Elaine,” “The Holy Grail,” “The Last Tournament,” “Guinevere,” “The Passing of Arthur”
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture
  • AP Studio Art Drawing
  • AP Studio Art 2D Design
  • AP US History
  • British and World Literature
    • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Detective Fiction
    • The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie
  • English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • Graphic Novel
    • Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
  • Honors British Literature
    • Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Honors English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • Literature into Film
    Please read ONE of the following books and ALSO view the film. The first week of the school you will be asked to write an essay discussing various elements of both the novel and the film.
    • The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
    • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
    • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • Mandarin 1
  • Mandarin 2
  • Mandarin 3
  • Perspectives of War in Literature
    • A Time of War by Bill Murphy, Jr.
  • Religious Literature
    • The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Sustainability, Food, and Culture
    Please read ONE of the books in its entirety:
    • Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef by Gabrielle Hamilton
    • The Tummy Triolgy: American Fried; Alice Let's Eat; Third Helpings by Calvin Trillin
    • Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell
  • World History/Global Civilizations
    • Freshmen: Students are encouraged to read about current events for World History/Global Civilizations class.
    • Sophomores: A History of the World in Six Glasses by Tom Standage         
 

Girls Division

  • Advanced Journalism
    Seniors who are taking this course as an English Elective must read:
    • Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay
  • African American Literature
    • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • American Studies and American Literature
    • True Grit by Charles Portis
  • AP Biology
  • AP Language/American Literature
  • AP Latin
  • AP Literature and Composition
    Students must read one of the following:

    • Caramelo by Sandra Cisneros
    • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
    • Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy
    • Obasan by Joy Kogawa
  • AP Spanish Language
  • AP Spanish Literature & Culture
  • AP Studio Art Drawing
  • AP Studio Art 2D Design
  • AP US History
  • English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • English 2
    • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • French 3
  • Graphic Novel
    • Comic Book History of Comics by Fred Van Lente and Ryan Dunlavey
  • Honors Algebra
  • Honors English 1
    • Please select one of the titles on this list.
  • Honors English 2
    • Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
    • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (ISBN: 978-1416500261)
  • Honors French 2
  • Honors French 3
  • Honors Spanish 2
  • Honors Spanish 3
  • Mandarin 1
  • Mandarin 2
  • Mandarin 3
  • Multicultural Literature
    • The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • Literature into Film
    • Q & A by Vikas Swarup
  • Reading and Writing Fiction
    • When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanathi
  • Reading and Writing Poetry
    • The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems by Billy Collins
  • Shakespeare
    • “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare
  • Women in Literature
    • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier