Summer Reading 2017

Recognizing the relationship between recreational reading and academic success, we at Prep require summer reading of all our students. Each student entering grades seven through twelve must read one or two required texts for discussion in the fall.

All students presently enrolled at Flintridge will receive their assigned books before the end of the fourth quarter. Students who will be attending Flintridge for the first time in September may obtain the appropriate book or books from the school front office during the month of June. The school’s summer hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Students entering the 9th and 10th grades should refer to the letter about their summer reading assignments.

Required Summer Texts

7thLiteratureMikaelson, Touching Spirit Bear
8thEnglish 8Yousafzai, I Am Malala
9thEnglish 9One work chosen per faculty instructions.
10thAmerican LiteratureTwain, Huckleberry Finn
11thAP LiteratureDickens, Great Expectations
12thThe City in Literature
CainDouble Indemnity
12thContemporary Fiction
Saunders, Lincoln the Bardo
12thShakespeareShakespeare, Titus Andronicus

Middle School Recommended Texts

Mystery and Suspense
Crichton, MichaelAirframe
Christie, AgathaThe Murder of Roger Ackroyd; And Then There Were None; A Pocketful of Rye
DuMaurier, DaphneJamaica Inn; Rebecca
Duncan, LoisThe Twisted Window; Killing Mr. Griffin; Stranger with My Face
Garfield, LeonSmith
L’Engle, MadelineThe Arm of the Starfish
King, LaurieThe Beekeeper’s Apprentice
Peck, RichardGhosts I Have Been; The Ghost Belongs to Me
Raskin, EllenThe Westing Game
Sleator, WilliamHouse of Stairs; Singularity
Tey, JosephineDaughter of Time
Voigt, CynthiaThe Callender Papers
Wells, RosemaryThrough the Hidden Door
Adams, RichardWatership Down
Creech, SharonThe Wanderer
Hobbs, WillJason’s Gold
Kipling, RudyardCaptains Courageous
Krakauer, JonInto Thin Air
London, JackThe Call of the Wild; Martin Eden
Renault, MaryThe King Must Die
Steinbeck, JohnTravels with Charley
Stevenson, R.L.Kidnapped; Treasure Island
Verne, JulesThe Mysterious Island; Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea
General Fiction 
Buck, PearlThe Good Earth
Burnett, Frances H.A Little Princess
Cisneros, SandraThe House on Mango Street
Dickens, CharlesDavid Copperfield
Hemingway, ErnestThe Old Man and the Sea
Kingsolver, BarbaraThe Bean Trees
Lewis, C.S.The Chronicles of Narnia
Oates, Joyce CarolBig Mouth and Ugly Girl
Orwell, GeorgeAnimal Farm
Potok, ChaimThe Chosen
Steinbeck, JohnThe Red Pony, The Pearl
Stoker, BramDracula
Twain, MarkA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court; The Prince and the Pauper
Short Stories 
Berry, JamesA Thief in the Village and Other Stories
Brooks, MarthaParadise Cafe
Cormier, RobertEight Plus One
Doyle, Arthur ConanThe Complete Sherlock Holmes
Henry, O.The Best Short Stories of O. Henry
Hughes, LangstonShort Stories of Langston Hughes
Kipling, RudyardPlain Tales from the Hills
Poe, Edgar AllanTales of Mystery and Imagination
Singer, Isaac B.A Crown of Feathers and Other Stories
Fantasy/Science Fiction 
Asimov, IsaacFoundation Trilogy
Bradbury, RayThe Illustrated Man; Fahrenheit 451
Heinlein, RobertStranger in a Strange Land
Herbert, FrankDune
L’Engle, MadelineA Wrinkle in Time
LeGuin, UrsulaThe Beginning Place; The Tombs of Atuan; A Wizard of Earthsea
Lowry, LoisGathering Blue
Pierce, TamoraAlanna: The First Adventure
Pullman, PhilipThe Golden Compass (first of trilogy)
Sleator, WilliamInterstellar Pig; Rewind
Stewart, MaryThe Crystal Cave; The Hollow Hills; The Last Enchantment
Wells, H.G.The Time Machine
Wrede, PatriciaDealing with Dragons
Yolen, JaneDragon’s Blood; Briar Rose
Historical Fiction 
Clavell, JamesShogun
Crane, StephenThe Red Badge of Courage
Crichton, MichaelTimeline
Dana, Richard H.Two Years Before the Mast
Gaarder, JostenSophie’s World
Greene, BetteSummer of My German Soldier
Haley, AlexRoots
Hersey, JohnHiroshima
Michener, JamesHawaii
Paton, AlanCry, the Beloved Country
Peck, RobertA Day No Pigs Would Die
Remarque, Erich M.All Quiet on the Western Front
Taylor, MildredRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; The Land
Uris, LeonExodus
White, T.H.The Once and Future King
Wouk, HermanThe Caine Mutiny
Zindell, PaulThe Gadget
Angelou, MayaI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Crow Dog, MaryLakota Woman
Denenberg, BarryNelson Mandela: No Easy Walk to Freedom
Fossey, DianGorillas in the Mist
Frank, AnneDiary of a Young Girl
Herriot, JamesAll Creatures Great and Small
Houston, Jeanne WakatsukiFarewell to Manzanar
Keller, HelenThe Story of My Life
Myers, Walter DeanMalcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
Parks, RosaRosa Parks: My Story
Wolff, TobiasThis Boy’s Life
Wright, RichardBlack Boy

High School Recommended Texts

Austen, JaneEmma; Sense and Sensibility; Persuasion
Bronte, CharlotteJane Eyre
Camus, AlbertThe Fall
Chopin, KateThe Awakening
Collins, WilkieThe Woman in White
Conrad, JosephLord Jim
Defoe, DanielMoll Flanders; Journal of the Plague Year; Robinson Crusoe
Dickens, CharlesDavid Copperfield; A Tale of Two Cities; Hard Times
Eliot, GeorgeMiddlemarch; Silas Marner
Ellison, RalphInvisible Man
Faulkner, WilliamAs I Lay Dying; Light in August
Flaubert, GustaveMadame Bovary
Forster, E.M.A Passage to India; A Room with a View
Hardy, ThomasTess of the d’Urbervilles; The Mayor of Casterbridge
Hemingway, ErnestFor Whom the Bell Tolls; A Farewell to Arms
James, HenryThe Portrait of a Lady; The Turn of the Screw
Joyce, JamesA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
Lawrence, D.H.Sons and Lovers
Lewis, SinclairMain Street; Arrowsmith; Babbit
Morrison, ToniBeloved; Song of Solomon; Paradise
Remarque, ErichAll Quiet on the Western Front
Rhys, JeanWide Sargasso Sea
Salinger, J.D.Nine Stories (short stories)
Steinbeck, JohnEast of Eden; Cannery Row; The Moon Is Down; Tortilla Flat; Sweet Thursday
Shelley, MaryFrankenstein
Tolstoy, LeoAnna Karenina
Twain, MarkA Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court;  Puddinhead Wilson
Warren, Robert PennAll the King’s Men
Waugh, EvelynBrideshead Revisited; Decline and Fall; The Loved One
Wharton, EdithEthan Frome
Wilde, OscarThe Picture of Dorian Gray
Woolf, VirginiaMrs Dalloway; To the Lighthouse
Wright, RichardBlack Boy
General Fiction 
Achebe, ChinuaThings Fall Apart
Adams, RichardShardik
Alexie, ShermanThe Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven
Allende, IsabelThe House of the Spirits
Angelou, MayaI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Asimov, IsaacFoundation; I,Robot
Atwood, MargaretThe Handmaid’s Tale
Auster, PaulMr. Vertigo; The Music of Chance; City of Glass
Barnes, JulianFlaubert’s Parrot
Brown, DanAngels and Demons
Byatt, A.S.Possession
Chandler, RaymondThe Long Goodbye
Chevalier, TracyThe Girl with a Pearl Earring
Cisneros, SandraThe House on Mango Street
Clarke, ArthurChildhood’s End
Clavell, JamesKing Rat
Courtenay, BryceThe Power of One
Dahl, RoaldRoald Dahl’s Tales of the Unexpected (short stories)
Danielewski, MarkHouse of Leaves
Davies, RobertsonFifth Business
Doyle, Arthur ConanThe Complete Sherlock Holmes (short stories)
Doyle, RoddyPaddy Clarke Ha Ha Ha; The Commitments
Fforde, JasperThe Eyre Affair
Fowles, JohnThe French Lieutenant’s Woman; The Magus
Franzen, JonathanThe Corrections
Frazier, CharlesCold Mountain
Gaarder, JostenSophie’s World
Gardner, JohnGrendel
Garcia Marquez, G.Love in the Time of Cholera; One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gibbons, KayeEllen Foster
Greene, GrahamThe Power and the Glory; The Heart of the Matter; Travels with My Aunt
Hansberry, LorraineTo Be Young, Gifted, and Black
Hasek, JaroslavThe Good Soldier Schweik
Hearn, LiamAcross the Nightingale Floor (volume one of trilogy)
Hegi, UrsulaStones from the River
Heller, JosephCatch-22
Herbert, FrankDune
Hesse, HermannSiddhartha
Irving, JohnA Prayer for Owen Meany
Ishiguro, KazuoThe Remains of the Day
Jen, GishTypical American
Jackson, MickThe Underground Man
Kesey, KenOne Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
Kingsolver, BarbaraAnimal Dreams; The Bean Trees; Pigs in Heaven
Kingston, Maxine H.The Woman Warrior
Knowles, JohnA Separate Peace
Kundera, MilanThe Unbearable Lightness of Being
Lamb, WallyShe’s Come Undone
Lewis, C.S.The Screwtape Letters; Till We Have Faces
London, JackThe Sea Wolf
Malamud, BernardThe Natural
McCarthy, CormacBlood Meridian
McEwan, IanAtonement
Mitchell, MargaretGone with the Wind
Murdoch, IrisA Severed Head
O’Connor, FlanneryWise Blood
Ondaatje, MichaelThe English Patient
Proulx, AnnieThe Shipping News
Reynolds, SheriRapture of Canaan
Sillitoe, AlanThe Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner (short stories)
Strieber, WhitleyCommunion
Styron, WilliamConfessions of Nat Turner; Sophie’s Choice
Tan, AmyThe Kitchen God’s Wife; The Joy Luck Club; The Bonesetter’s Daughter
Tremain, RoseSacred Country; Music and Silence
Trumbo, DaltonJohnny Got His Gun
Vonnegut, KurtCat’s Cradle;  Slaughterhouse Five
Walker, AliceThe Color Purple
Welsh, IrvineTrainspotting
White, T.H.The Once and Future King
Bettelheim, BrunoThe Uses of Enchantment
Brooks, GeraldineNine Parts of Desire: The Hidden World of Islamic Women
Campbell, JosephThe Hero with a Thousand Faces
Capote, TrumanIn Cold Blood
Carson, RachelSilent Spring
Davis, MikeCity of Quartz
Didion, JoanSlouching Towards Bethlehem
Eggers, DaveA Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
Ehrenreich, BarbaraNickel and Dimed
Ellis, JosephAmerican Sphinx
Friedman, ThomasFrom Beirut to Jerusalem
Galbraith, J.K.The Affluent Society
McCullough, DavidJohn Adams or Truman
Orwell, GeorgeCollected Essays; Down and Out in London and Paris
Reisner, MarcCadillac Desert
Said, EdwardCulture and Imperialism
Schlosser, EricFast Food Nation
Wiesel, ElieNight
Woolf, VirginiaA Room of One’s Own; To the Lighthouse
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