Upper School 2015-16 Summer Reading Requirements


Summer Reading for
Upper School History 2015-16
  • Rising III Form: The Judgment of Caesar by Steven Saylor. You will take a quiz on this book in early September.

  • Rising IV Form: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Solider by Ishmael Beah.  You will take a quiz on this book in early September.
  • Rising V FormAutobiography of Malcolm X. You will take a quiz on this book in early September.


Summer Reading for
Upper School English 2015-16

You will take a test on your summer reading during the first week of classes.


Rising III Form: Please click on this link

Rising IV Form Students:

• You will read Cry, the Beloved Country, by Alan Paton.

Rising V Form Students:

You will read TWO books for English class this summer.

1. Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand

2. In addition, choose one of the following titles:

• A Perfect Union: Dolley Madison and the Creation of the American Nation, by Catherine Allgor
• Things that Fall from the Sky, by Kevin Brockmeier
• March, by Geraldine Brooks
• The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz
• When the Emperor Was Divine, by Julie Otsuka

Rising VI Form Students:

You will read TWO books for English class this summer.

1. Frankenstein, by Mary Shelley

2. In addition, choose one of the following titles:

• Emma, by Jane Austen
• The Sense of an Ending, by Julian Barnes
• Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
• The Once and Future King, by T.H. White

Rising III Form

Summer Reading for III Form English

We are looking forward to meeting you in September! As your English teachers, we are excited about the prospect of working with you this next year, and to that end we are providing you with a summer reading assignment and a few questions.

We feel it is essential that you read over the summer, yet it is clear that not everyone likes the same kinds of books. Given this, we want you to find a novel (or, better yet, a few novels!) that really appeals to you. To help you select a novel, we have given you a range of possible titles from which to choose.

We have also provided a series of open-ended questions that will allow you to interact with the text and demonstrate to us that you have met our expectation for summer reading. This sample of your writing will also allow us to assess where you are in terms of your writing and analysis skills.

So that you may be given credit for your efforts, you are to bring your responses to these questions with you when you arrive for the start of school this September. Please note that while we encourage you to read as much as you can, you are only required to answer questions for one (1) of your summer readings.

More specific instructions are below, and on the back of this sheet you will find the questions you are to answer.

Enjoy your summer! Enjoy your reading!
Your English teachers

Read a work of fiction from the list of ten below.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
This Boy's Life by Tobias Wolff
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Into the Wild or Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
Panther in the Basement by Amos Oz
Annie John by Jamaica Kincaid
Speak by Laurie Halsey Anderson
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

In making your selection, investigate the subject matter to make sure it is a book that you will find appropriate, engaging and challenging.
The book you choose should be a novel you have not previously read.
As you read, be conscious of the questions below. Some of the questions can be answered while you are reading the novel. Others require that you wait until you have finished reading.

Please note the following:

1. You are to answer 2 of the first 4 questions. Write 8-10 sentences for each response.

2. You MUST also answer question #5. Again, write 8-10 sentences.

3. Responses may be neatly hand-written or word-processed.

4. Please submit your responses to your English I teacher on the first day of classes. It will be graded on an O (100%) / S (80%) / U (60%) scale.


1. What would the book be like without the development of a certain character or without a key event? Briefly explain the importance of the character/event, then explain what the effect on the novel would be of eliminating that character/event.

2. Discuss the relationships characters have to one another, quoting specific words or phrases to give evidence for your opinion.

3. Pretend you are an actor playing one of the characters. Put yourself inside that character’s mind. Explain how the character feels about himself or herself, and about the situation in the novel.

4. Finish the following thought: “In this novel, I like (or do not like) the way the author … because …” In other words, find and identify something the author has done in this novel that you like or don’t like, then explain why you feel this way.

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Write a summary of “the next chapter”—what happens to all the main characters after the events of the book are over. What do you think should or would happen? Your response should be both logical and imaginative. Try to be true to the events and to the personalities of the characters.