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					FIRST PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL




Summer
Reading
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL
2011
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THE IMPORTANCE OF READING
God has given us language as a means of learning about creation, a
way to communicate with and about God, a way to communicate about
His creation and how we should live, and a tool to care for creation and
change our world. God has chosen to communicate to us in writing
through the Bible. Through written text, we learn about the world and
other people by stepping into their shoes and we enjoy vicarious expe-
riences by exercising our God-given imagination.

We expect all FPD students to develop the ability to learn from written
text as well as find written genres they enjoy. Our reading program
will help equip the student to develop cognitively, communicate with
and about God, care for and appropriately use the resources around
us, and act redemptively in our world. To this end we encourage our
students to read and to discuss the texts that are read. Research has
shown consistent connections between proficiency with reading com-
prehension and certain activities, for example:

   The availability of reading material in the home.
   Parental modeling of good reading habits.
   Parental help with monitoring homework and television viewing.
   Reading and/or being read to regularly for enjoyment.
   Discussing what you have read with someone or otherwise re-
     sponding to what you have read.

Colleges recently pressured the College Board to change the SAT to
have a greater emphasis on reading comprehension. The current SAT
includes more reading selections and related comprehension ques-
tions.

Our summer reading program at FPD is designed to encourage stu-
dents to read appropriate selections that can challenge and improve
their reading comprehension. We have also incorporated a great de-
gree of choice while still requiring students to respond to what they
read. We hope each student will find these reading assignments will
enhance their summer experience.


Barry E. Shealy, Ph.D.
Curriculum Director
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Table of Contents



THE IMPORTANCE OF READING             2

OVERVIEW OF REQUIREMENTS              4

REQUIRED READING FOR ENGLISH COURSE

   MIDDLE SCHOOL                      4

   HIGH SCHOOL                        5

SELF-SELECTED READING                 6

   MIDDLE SCHOOL LIST                 6-15

   HIGH SCHOOL LIST                   16-22

FACULTY SELECTIONS                    23

HOW DO WE MAKE READING SELECTIONS     24
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SUMMER READING OVERVIEW
The FPD Summer Reading Program is designed to provide a great
degree of choice for the student, encourage a variety of selected
texts, encourage a variety of responses to the reading, and encour-
age spreading the reading over the summer. Each student in
grades 6-12 will read three books (note Senior differences):
   1 book is required by their upcoming English class and is as-
     sessed as the teacher sees fit in class near the beginning of school.
   1 book is selected from a recommended list to be assessed by
     taking an Accelerated Reader test at FPD when completed during
     the summer. (SEE WEBSITE OR UPPER SCHOOL OFFICE FOR
     SCHEDULE.)
   1 book is from faculty selections and will be read and discussed
     with a faculty member and a small group of fellow students.
   SENIORS have two (2) books assigned by their English teacher
     and one (1) faculty selection. Thus, NO AR selection or test!!




           ENGLISH COURSE REQUIRED BOOK
The required book for each English course will be studied in class at
the beginning of the school year. This reading will allow the student
participate in class discussion and activities. Each teacher will assess
the students comprehension of the book near the beginning of school.
Assessments may include a quiz, test, or short paper.

                           MIDDLE SCHOOL

SIXTH GRADE
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson


SEVENTH GRADE
Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson


EIGHTH GRADE
The Giver by Lois Lowry
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                            HIGH SCHOOL

The high school selections are regularly referred to on the College
Board Advanced Placement exams and are commonly on college-
bound reading lists. Books for 11th and 12th grade may contain some
adult language and themes. Please refer to the article on reading se-
lections at the end of this brochure.

NINTH GRADE
The Outsiders by S. E. Hinton

NINTH GRADE HONORS
The Old Man and the Sea by Earnest Hemingway

TENTH GRADE
Boys — A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ismael Beah
Girls — A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

TENTH GRADE HONORS
Life of Pi by Yann Martel

AMERICAN LITERATURE (11th Grade)
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

ADVANCED PLACEMENT LANGUAGE AND COMPOSITION
(11th grade)
The Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis

BRITISH LITERATURE (12th Grade)
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
The Road by Cormac McCarthy

ADVANCED PLACEMENT LITERATURE AND COMPOSITION
(12th grade)
How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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                  SELF-SELECTED READING
Students may select one book from the following lists. Middle school
students may select a book from the high school list with parents per-
mission. Books must be unabridged versions. Students should select
a book that they have NOT read in the past.
Assessment: Students may demonstrate careful reading of this
selection by passing an Accelerated Reader test. Students
may take a test at the school during the summer on dates to be
announced in June, July, and August. The Accelerated Reader
system will not allow you to take a test that you have previously
taken at any time at FPD. Students may only take one AR test
per testing session.
What if I don’t pass the AR test?
If a student does not pass the Accelerated Reader test, the student may
select a second AR book to read or complete a more extensive project on
the first book. Students who do not pass the second AR test MUST com-
plete a project on one of the two books read. Project specifications are
available in the Upper School Office. All work on this choice must be
completed by the first day of classes.

MIDDLE SCHOOL LIST
Alcott, Louisa. Little Women. The classic story of Meg, Jo, Beth,
   and Amy is set in nineteenth century New England.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Chains. After being sold to a cruel couple
  in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels dur-
  ing the Revolutionary War.

Avi. Crispin: the Cross of Lead. The first in a trilogy.
Falsely accused of theft and declared a “wolf’s head” (whom any
   man may kill) after his mother’s death, humble, pious Crispin
   flees the feudal village where he was raised and the steward
   who wants him dead. Taken in as an apprentice by a massive,
   red-haired juggler who calls himself Bear, Crispin learns about
   music and mummery, about freedom and questioning fate, and
   about his own mysterious parentage that seems to be the rea-
   son behind the steward’s continuing pursuit of him. Newbery
   Award 2002

Balliett, Blue. The Calder Game. When seventh grader Calder
  Pillay disappears from a remote English village—along with an
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   Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangely
   drawn—his friends Petra and Tommy fly from Chicago to help
   his father find him.

Bauer, Joan. Peeled. In an upstate New York farming community,
  high school reporter Hildy Biddle is determined to be a reporter
  whom her father would have been proud of, but she finds her-
  self pitted against psychics and unexplained phenomenon.

Bloor, Edward. Tangerine. Twelve-year-old Paul’s family revolves
   around his football-hero brother, and fails to notice Paul as he
   fights for the right to play soccer after his bad eyesight disquali-
   fies him.

Cabot, Meg. Airhead. Sixteen-year-old Emerson Watts, an ad-
  vanced placement student with a disdain for fashion, is the re-
  cipient of a whole body transplant and finds herself trans-
  formed into one of the world‘s most famous teen supermodels.

Carey, Janet Lee. Dragon’s Keep. In 1145 A.D., as foretold by
  Merlin, fourteen-year-old Rosalind will be the twenty-first Pen-
  dragon Queen of Wilde Island. But she has much to accomplish
  to fulfill her destiny, all the while hiding from her people the
  dragon’s claw she was born with.

Christie, Agatha. And Then There Were None. Ten people, each
  with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a
  lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly,
  fails to appear. And then, one by one, they begin to die.

Clemens, Andrew. Things Not Seen. Bobby is frustrated by his
   parents and feels invisible in school. But when he wakes up one
   morning, he discovers he really is invisible. The first thing Bob-
   by does is tell his parents, and he quickly discovers being invis-
   ible isn't as much fun as you might think.

Colfer, Eoin. Artemis Fowl. The hallmarks of this popular series
  are action, suspense, and a humorous B-movie writing style.
  It’s about the adventures of a ruthless child-criminal genius,
  thirteen-year-old Artemis Fowl.

Dumas, Alexandre. The Three Musketeers. Young d‘Artagnan
  comes to Paris to join the Musketeers; there he and his new
  friends Athos, Porthos, and Aramis serve King Louis XIV and
  try to foil the evil plots of Cardinal Richelieu. Lots of swordplay!
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DuPrau, Jeanne. The City of Ember. The story is about Ember,
  an underground city that is slowly running out of power and
  supplies due to its aging infrastructure. The young protagonist,
  Lina Mayfleet, and her friend, Doon Harrow, manage to decode
  a message and follow clues left behind by the original builders
  of the City of Ember that would lead them to safety in the out-
  side world of Earth.

Farley, Walter. The Black Stallion. A shipwreck leaves young
  Alec stranded on a deserted island with a wild stallion. Depend-
  ent on each other for survival, boy and horse learn to trust and
  love each other as they establish an amazing friendship that
  lasts a lifetime. Pulled to a desert island by a wild black stallion
  he has freed during a shipwreck at sea and then rescued by a
  southbound freighter, a seventeen-year-old boy befriends the
  horse, trains him by night, and rides him to victory in a match
  race.

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion. In a future where
  humans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young
  clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug
  empire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Feinstein, John. Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl. Steve
   Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, high school reporters,
   learn that every player on the offensive line of a pro football
   team slated to play in the Super Bowl has failed his drug test
   and that the team owner has covered it up. Now they must find
   a way to prove it.

Ferguson, Alane. The Angel of Death: a forensic mystery.
   While investigating the death of her English teacher, seventeen-
   year-old Cameryn Mahoney, who works as assistant coroner for
   her father, begins a romance with the most popular guy in
   school, awaits the arrival of her long-missing mother, and puts
   her life in danger.

Fleming, Candace. The Great and Only Barnum : The Tremen-
   dous, Stupendous Life of Showman P.T. Barnum. Filled with
   reproductions of old photographs, circus posters, and museum
   flyers, this fascinating biography of the life of showman Phineas
   Taylor Barnum will both engage and entertain readers.
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Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. Toddler Bod, short for No-
  body, stumbles into a graveyard after his family is brutally
  murdered, and is raised lovingly and carefully to the age of
  eighteen by the graveyard‘s ghosts and otherworldly creatures.
  Newberry Medal Winner 2009.

Green, Tim. Baseball Great. When Josh's father, a minor-league
  baseball player, is cut from his team, he gets a job with an un-
  der-14 championship traveling team and pushes Josh into join-
  ing. Despite grueling practices and some hazing, Josh is begin-
  ning to fit in. But then he is offered steroids by one of the other
  kids, steroids that the other players use, and that presumably
  come from the intense and somewhat scary coach, who is now
  his father's employer.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Uprising. Newly arrived in New York
  from Italy in 1911, Bella gets a job at the Triangle Shirtwaist
  Factory working long hours under terrible conditions alongside
  hundreds of other immigrants. When a spark ignites a bit of
  cloth, the factory becomes engulfed in flames.

Haddix, Margaret Peterson. Among the Hidden. In a society that
  allows only two children per family, the third child is a “shadow
  child,” illegal and forbidden Luke is “among the hidden” in this
  chilling novel.

Hahn, Mary Downing. Deep and Dark and Dangerous: A Ghost
  Story. When thirteen-year-old Ali spends the summer with her
  aunt and cousin at the family's vacation home, she stumbles
  upon a secret that her mother and aunt have been hiding for
  over thirty years.

Hale, Shannon. Book of a Thousand Days. Dashti, a maid, and
  Lady Saren, her mistress, are shut in a tower for seven years
  for Saren’s refusal to marry a man she despises, and the two
  prepare for a long, dark imprisonment. Saren’s two suitors—
  one welcome, and the other decidedly less so—arrive outside
  the tower, bringing both hope and danger.

Hiaasen, Carl. Scat. Nick and Marta are determined to find what
   happened to the biology teacher after she disappears on a
   school field trip to Black Vine Swamp, resulting in a fast paced
   ecological mystery involving the Florida panther and a cast of
   unique characters.
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Higgins, Jack. Sure Fire. Resentful of having to go and live with
   their estranged father after the death of their mother, fifteen-
   year-old twins Rich and Jade soon find they have more compli-
   cated problems when their father is kidnapped and their at-
   tempts to rescue him involve them in a dangerous international
   plot to control the world’s oil.

Hobbs, Will. Crossing the Wire. When falling crop prices threaten
  his family with starvation, fifteen-year-old Victor Flores heads
  north in an attempt to “cross the wire” from Mexico into the
  United States, so he can find work and send money home. But
  with no coyote money to pay the smugglers who sneak illegal
  workers across the border, Victor must struggle to survive as he
  jumps trains, stows away on trucks, and hikes grueling miles
  through the Arizona desert.

Horowitz, Anthony. Stormbreaker. After the death of the uncle
  who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is co-
  erced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intel-
  ligence agency, MI6. Series title: Alex Rider Adventure.

Korman, Gordon. No More Dead Dogs. Eighth grade football hero
  Wallace Wallace is sentenced to detention attending rehearsals
  of the school play where, in spite of himself, he becomes
  wrapped up in the production and begins to suggest changes
  that improve not only the play but his life as well.

Larson, Kirby. Hattie Big Sky. For most of her life, sixteen-year-
   old Hattie Brooks has been shuttled from one distant relative to
   another. Tired of being Hattie Here-and-There, she summons
   the courage to leave Iowa and move all by herself to Vida, Mon-
   tana, to prove up on her late uncle's homestead claim. Under
   the big sky, Hattie braves hard weather, hard times, a cantan-
   kerous cow, and her own hopeless hand at the cookstove on her
   quest to discover the true meaning of home. 2007 Newbery
   Honor Book

Law, Ingrid. Savvy. For generations, the Beaumont family has
  harbored a magical secret. They each possess a “savvy” or spe-
  cial supernatural power that strikes when they turn thirteen.
  What will Mib’s savvy be, and will it help her save her father
  who has just been in an accident?
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Lord, Cynthia. Rules. Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a nor-
   mal life, which is nearly impossible when you have a brother
   with autism and a family that revolves around his disability.
   She has spent years trying to teach her brother David a set of
   rules she has created to head off all of his embarrassing behav-
   iors.

Lupica, Mike. Heat. Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run
  from social services after being banned from playing Little
  League baseball. Rival coaches doubt he is only twelve years
  old, but he has no parents to offer them proof.

Lupica, Mike. The Big Field. When shortstop Hutch is moved to
  second base on his team to make room for more talented, but
  arrogant, new player Darryl, he rolls with the punches for the
  good of the team. But when he sees his own father, who never
  seems to have any time for or interest in him coaching Darryl,
  he can't handle it and endangers both what's left of his relation-
  ship with his dad and his team's chances in the championship.

Oppel, Kenneth. Airborn. Matt, a young cabin boy aboard an
  enormous airship, and Kate, a wealthy young girl traveling with
  her chaperone, team up to search for the existence of mysteri-
  ous winged creatures and to fight pirates.

Park, L.S. A Single Shard. In this Newberry Award winner Tree-
  ear is homeless, living under a bridge in twelfth-century Korea.
  A physically disabled man, the proud and ethical Crane-man, is
  raising him. Tree-ear loves to hide behind one of the master
  potter’s houses in the village and watch Master Min use the
  potter's wheel to make delicate and beautiful celadon pottery.
  When Tree-ear accidentally breaks one of Min's pieces, he must
  work for Min to pay for the damage. Tree-ear's constant hope is
  that Min will teach him to use the potter's wheel.

Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have I Loved. The title refers to the
   sibling rivalry between Jacob and Esau. The novel follows the
   story of the Bradshaws, a family who depends on the father,
   Truitt Bradshaw, and his crabbing/fishing business. Truitt's
   two daughters, Sara Louise and Caroline, are twins, and Caro-
   line has always been the favorite. She is prettier, more talented,
   and better at receiving more attention, not only from their par-
   ents but also from others in the community. The book traces
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  Louise's attempts to free herself from Caroline's shadow, even as
  she grows into adulthood.


Patterson, James. Maximum Ride, the Angel Experiment. Non-
   stop action ensues as Max leads a band of mutant orphans hid-
   ing from the sinister scientists at “the School.” The scientists
   grafted avian DNA onto their genes, giving them wings. Eras-
   ers, genetic combinations of men wolves, pursue them at every
   turn. A page-turner from start to finish. Maximum Ride Series

Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet. This novel is based on a thirteen-year-old
  boy named Brian Robeson. It is summer time, and Brian is
  headed for the Canadian tundra to visit with his father. What
  seems like a simple flight turns into the challenge of Brian's
  life. Brian must take control of the plane, land it, and then try
  to figure out how to stay alive until he is rescued.

Paulsen, Gary. Woods Runner. In the wild frontier of British
  Pennsylvania, 13-year-old Samuel is a "woods runner," or
  someone who hunts food for his entire settlement. Growing up
  sheltered by his gentle parents, Samuel feels far from the Amer-
  ican patriot war they have barely heard about -- until his village
  is attacked and burned, leaving neighbors murdered and his
  parents kidnapped by Iroquois and British Redcoats. Armed
  with only a knife and a rifle, Samuel uses his forest skills to
  track the kidnappers.

Peck, Richard. The Teacher’s Funeral: a Comedy in Three
   Parts. In rural Indiana in 1904, fifteen-year-old Russell’s
   dreams of quitting school and joining a wheat threshing crew
   are disrupted when his older sister takes over the teaching at
   his one-room schoolhouse after mean old Myrt Arbuckle “hauls
   off and dies.”

Pearson, Ridley. Kingdom Keepers: Disney After Dark. In this
  fantastical thriller, five young teens tapped as models for theme
  park guides find themselves pitted against Disney villains and
  witches who threaten both the future of Walt Disney World and
  the stability of the world outside its walls.

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. The Dead and the Gone. Alex made three
   columns and labeled them: WHAT I KNOW; WHAT I THINK; and
   WHAT I DON’T KNOW. Under WHAT I KNOW he wrote: no sub-
   ways, floods, moon closer to earth, Carlos all right, Bri and Ju-
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  lie all right, & school on Monday. Under WHAT I DON’T KNOW
  he wrote: How long will it take for things to get back to normal?

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. The Yearling. A young boy living in
  the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he
  has lovingly raised as a pet.

Riordan, Rick. The Lightning Thief. The first book in the Percy
   Jackson & the Olympians series, a fantasy novel based on
   Greek mythology charts the adventures of modern day 12 year-
   old Percy Jackson, a demigod who goes on a quest to the Un-
   derworld to retrieve Zeus’s lightning bolt and prevent an apoca-
   lyptic war between the Greek gods.

Riordan, Rick. The Sea of Monsters. The second book in the Per-
   cy Jackson & the Olympians series and the sequel to The Light-
   ning Thief. This book chronicles the adventures of thirteen-year
   -old demigod Percy Jackson as he and his friends rescue his
   satyr friend Grover from the Cyclops Polypemus and save the
   camp from Titan's attack by bringing the Golden Fleece to cure
   Thalia’s poisoned pine tree.

Schmidt, Gary D. The Wednesday Wars. Holling is stuck alone
  every Wednesday afternoon with his teacher, Mrs. Baker. Nei-
  ther of them is happy at the prospect, and Holling is sure Mrs.
  Baker hates him as a result. At first Mrs. Baker just has Hol-
  ling clean erasers, but then decides to make better use of the
  time by introducing him to Shakespeare. And as events in the
  larger world during the 1967-'68 school year unfold in the
  background, Holling begins to learn about himself, his family,
  friends, and the mysterious adult world.

Schusterman, Neil. The Shadow Club. Jared and Cheryl see
  themselves as the "second best" at their talents. They form a
  club called the Shadow Club made up of kids who live under
  someone’s shadow. They start out by pulling innocent pranks
  on their enemies, but then unexplained, dangerous pranks
  begin to occur. They think the only kid, who knows about the
  Shadow Club, Tyson McGaw, is framing them. They finally dis-
  cover that all of the pranks were individually pulled by mem-
  bers of the Shadow Club, and they wonder what has become of
  them.
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Scott, Michael. The Alchemyst. Fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and
  Josh, find themselves caught up in the deadly struggle between
  rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the pos-
  session of an ancient book that holds the secret formulas for
  alchemy and everlasting life.

Scieszka, Jon, ed. Guys Write for Guys Read. This collection of
   short stories, drawings, comics, poems, and memoirs from well-
   known writers of guy fiction, written by boys, for boys includes
   pieces by Daniel Pinkwater, Neil Gaiman, Will Hobbs, Stephen
   King, Gary Paulsen, and others.

Shulman, Polly. Enthusiasm. Julia’s best friend Ashleigh has de-
  cided that this year Jane Austen’s world will be theirs. They try
  to master the proper forms of dancing, speech and behavior
  (sort-of) for the early nineteenth century, and then they set off
  to find the boys of their dreams at the local exclusive boys prep
  boarding school.

Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. In a future world where those be-
  tween the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives un-
  wound and their body parts harvested for use by others, three
  teens go to extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs—and, per-
  haps, save their own lives.

Smith, D. James. The Boys of San Joaquin: A Novel. In a small
  California town in 1951, twelve-year-old Paolo and his deaf
  cousin Billy get caught up in a search for money missing from
  the church collection, leading them to complicated discoveries
  about themselves, other family members, and townspeople they
  thought they knew.

Stead, Rebecca. When You Reach Me. Miranda finds a mysteri-
   ous note scrawled on a tiny slip of paper: “I am coming to save
   your friend’s life, and my own. I must ask two favors. First, you
   must write me a letter.”
   The notes keep coming, and Miranda slowly realizes that who-
   ever is leaving them knows all about her, including things that
   have not even happened yet. Each message brings her closer to
   believing that only she can prevent a tragic death. Until the fi-
   nal note makes her think she’s too late. Newbery Medal Winner
   2010

Steinbeck, John. The Red Pony. A young boy receives a pony as
   a gift. A classic coming-of-age story.
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Stevenson, Robert Louis. Treasure Island. While going through
   the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the
   mistress of an inn and her son find a treasure map that leads
   them to a pirate’s fortune.

Swanson, James L. Chasing Lincoln’s Killer. This is a nail-biting
  and detailed telling of the assassination of Lincoln and all the
  accompanying chaos of the struggle to catch his killer.

Van Draanen, Wendelin. Flipped. All Bryce has ever wanted is for
  Juli Baker to leave him alone. For her to back off- you know,
  just give him some space. It all started the summer before se-
  cond grade when his moving van pulled into her neighborhood.
  An since they are about done with the eighth grade, that makes
  more than half a decade of strategic avoidance ad social dis-
  comfort.


Warren, Andrea. Surviving Hitler: A Boy in the Nazi Death
  Camps. At age fifteen, Jack Mandelbaum was placed in a Nazi
  concentration camp and managed to overcome intolerable con-
  ditions in order to avoid becoming a victim of Hitler’s Final So-
  lution.

Wells, H.G. War of the Worlds. Martians invade late 19th century
  England and create havoc in this classic science fiction story.

Westerfield, Scott. Uglies. The sixteenth birthday means a body
  makeover in Tally‘s world, but Tally begins to question this pro-
  cedure when she is forced to spy on a friend who does not want
  to transform her own body.

Woodson, Jacqueline. Hush. After Toswiah Green’s father testifies
  against a fellow police officer in a murder case, the Greens are
  forced to enter the Witness Protection Program and give up all
  traces of their past.
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HIGH SCHOOL LIST
This list includes classic as well as modern literature that is at least on the
8th grade reading level. The list includes works commonly cited on the
Advanced Placement tests and college English courses. Note that some
books (usually marked with an “*”) contain adult themes and/or profanity
but are on the list because they are considered important works of litera-
ture. Please use parental guidance in making selections. See page 6
for explanation of assessment.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak. Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-
  summer party by caling the cops, so her old friends won’t talk to
  her, and people she doesn’t know hate her from a distance. It’s no
  use explaining to her parents; they’ve never known what her life is
  really like. The safest place for Melinda to be is alone, inside her
  own head.

Anderson, Laurie Halse. Wintergirls. Anderson takes us into the
  mind of an anorexic. This is a haunting story about Lia’s desire to
  be the thinnest girl in school, her struggle with anorexia, and path
  to recovery. BBYA Fiction 2010

Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Elizabeth and Jane Bennet
  overcome obstacles to their happiness with Mr. Darcy and Mr.
  Bingley in this comedy of manners set in early nineteenth-century
  England.

Baldwin, James. Go Tell It On the Mountain. In 1935 Harlem,
  young John Grimes searches for God while struggling with his
  identity as the stepson of a stern, evangelist preacher.

Bradbury, Jennifer. Shift. The summer before they begin college,
  Chris and Win bike from West Virginia to Seattle. After a fight,
  and 50 miles from their goal, Win rides off while Chris changes a
  flat tire and simply disappears. Win’s manipulative father enlists
  the FBI to question Chris.

Bradley, Alan C. The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. A dead
  bird on a doorstep with a stamp stuck on its beak and a delicious
  trick on an older sister launch this funny and clever mystery. Fla-
  via is isolated in the English countryside, busy practicing chemis-
  try in her deceased mother’s lab. Strange things begin to happen,
  and Flavia is just smart enough to figure them out, but only after
  a host of strange characters, literary allusions, and unexpected
  happenings. BBYA Fiction 2010

Burns, Olive Ann. Cold Sassy Tree. Cold Sassy, Georgia had never
  been a whirlpool of excitement. That is, until the day E. Rucker
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  Blakeslee, barely three weeks a widower, eloped with Miss Love
  Simpson, a woman half his age and a Yankee!

Christie, Agatha. And Then There Were None. Ten people, each
  with something to hide and something to fear, are invited to a
  lonely mansion on Indian Island by a host who, surprisingly, fails
  to appear. And then, one by one, they begin to die.

Clark, Mary Higgins. A Cry in the Night. Jenny MacPartland has
   married the man she loves and feels like a princess in his exquis-
   ite mansion only to eventually find herself trapped in a world of
   horror that threatens her marriage, her children, and her life.

Collins, Suzanne. Catching Fire. Sequel to The Hunger Games
  where in the not too distant future, the United States has col-
  lapsed and has been replaced by the totalitarian regime, Panem.
  Sixteen-year-old Katniss becomes a contestant in the annual Hun-
  ger Games, a televised, gladiator-like contest where teens compete
  to the death.

Cox, Lynne. Swimming to Antarctica: Tales of a Long Distance
  Swimmer. At age sixteen, legendary swimmer Lynne Cox reached
  her lifetime goal of setting a new world record for an English
  Channel swim, so she set her goals even higher. With a poet’s eye
  for detail, Cox shares the beauty of her time in the water in this
  classic sports memoir illustrated with photos and maps through-
  out.

Cussler, Clive. Raise the Titanic! In the depths of the sea, lies the
  corpse of the world’s most famous ship. And within that ship lies
  a substance that could save a nation . . .

Dekker, Ted. Thr3e. Kevin Parson is driving his car late one summer
  day when, suddenly, his cell phone rings. A man who identifies
  himself as Slater speaks in a breathy voice and says, “You have
  exactly three minutes to confess your sin to the world. Refuse,
  and the car you’re driving will blow sky high. Kevin ditches the
  car. Precisely three minutes later, a massive explosion sets his
  world on a collision course with madness.

Dumas, Alexander. The Count of Monte Cristo. After escaping from
  the island fortress where he has been imprisoned for treason, Ed-
  mund Dantes sets out to discover the treasure of Monte Cristo
  and seek revenge against the people who falsely accused him.

Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca. For months after her death, the
  memory of Rebecca de Winter continues to dominate everyone at
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   her former home, Mandrey, one of the most famous English coun-
   try houses.

Farmer, Nancy. The House of the Scorpion. In a future where hu-
  mans despise clones, Matt enjoys special status as the young
  clone of El Patron, the 142-year-old leader of a corrupt drug em-
  pire nestled between Mexico and the United States.

Feinstein, John. Change Up: Mystery at the World Series. Playing
   in the World Series is every ballplayer’s dream, but no one is more
   surprised to actually be here than Norbert Doyle, a late call up for
   an underdog team.

Feinstein, John. Cover-Up: Mystery at the Super Bowl. Steve
   Thomas and Susan Carol Anderson, high school reporters, learn
   that every player on the offensive line of a pro football team slated
   to play in the Super Bowl has failed his drug test and that the
   team owner has covered it up. Now they must find a way to prove
   it.

Feinstein, John. Last Shot A Final Four Mystery. March mad-
   ness. The final four. Courtside seats. For basketball fiend Steven
   Thomas, it’s a dream come true. He won a writing contest and
   now is in New Orleans, wearing a press pass around his neck at
   the biggest weekend in college sports. Unfortunately, the dream
   takes an ugly twist.

Gaiman, Neil. The Graveyard Book. Toddler Bod, short for Nobody,
  stumbles into a graveyard after his family is brutally murdered,
  and is raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen by the
  graveyard’s ghosts and otherworldly creatures. Newberry Medal
  Winner 2009

Huxley, Aldous. Brave New World. A bitter satire of the future in
  which the world is controlled by advances in science and social
  changes.

Johnson, Maureen. Suite Scarlett. Fifteen-year-old Scarlett Marvin
  is stuck in New York City for the summer working at her quirky
  family's historic hotel, but her brother's attractive new friend and
  a seasonal guest who offers her an intriguing and challenging
  writing project improve her outlook

Johnson, Steven. The Ghost Map: The Story of London’s Most Ter-
  rifying Epidemic—And How It Changed Science, Cities, and
  the Modern World. In 1854, when the existence of bacteria and
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  the concept of waterborne disease are still unknown, two men,
  one a physician and the other a clergyman, successfully trace the
  source of a cholera epidemic to a contaminated well in an impov-
  erished part of London.

Kidd, Sue Monk. *The Secret Life of Bees. Set in South Carolina
   in 1964, this novel tells the story of Lily Owens whose life has
   been shaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her
   mother was killed. This is a tale of a motherless daughter’s dis-
   covery of what family really means.

Lubar, David. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie. Scott Hudson's first
  day at Zenger High is a busy one: a girl he's known forever is sud-
  denly beautiful and unattainable, his bus driver shouts and drives
  way too fast, there's an impenetrable language barrier in his
  Spanish class, and his mom has just announced that she's preg-
  nant. Compelled by his own hectic high school experience, he
  decides to keep a manual for surviving high school for his unborn
  sibling, complete with tips, lists, random facts, and various vocab-
  ulary words.

King, Laurie. The Beekeeper's Apprentice. Retired Sherlock Holmes
   meets his intellectual match in 15-year-old Mary Russell, who
   challenges him to investigate yet another case.

Marshall, Catherine. Christy. At nineteen, Christy Huddleston left
  home to teach school in the Smokies, coming to know and care for
  the wild mountain people, with their fierce pride, terrible poverty,
  dark superstitions, and yearning for beauty and truth.

Murdock, Catherine Gilbert. Dairy Queen. D.J. spends most of her
  time helping out on the family farm until she is coerced into help-
  ing train Brian, the star quarterback on the town’s rival football
  team. D.J. decides to go out for the other team herself. The fact
  that she has a major crush on Brian complicates matters.

Myers, Bill. Eli. A fiery car crash hurls TV journalist Conrad Davis
  into another world exactly like ours except for one detail—Jesus
  Christ did not come 2,000 years ago, but today. What if Jesus had
  not come until today? Who would follow Him? Who would kill
  Him?

Pfeffer, Susan Beth. Life As We Knew It. An asteroid has hit the
   moon and knocked it out of orbit, causing havoc in the world. Life
   for sixteen-year-old Miranda and her family changes to a mode of
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  survival. As they struggle to survive, they find hope and strength
  to exist even though the future may be short-lived.

Paolini, Christopher. Eragon, Eldest, or Brisingr. A trilogy which
  details the adventures of Eragon and his dragon as they continue
  to aid the Varden in the struggle against the evil king Galbatorix.

Patterson, James. Maximum Ride, the Angel Experiment. Nonstop
   action ensues as Max leads a band of mutant orphans hiding from
   the sinister scientists at “the School.” The scientists grafted avian
   DNA onto their genes, giving them wings. Erasers, genetic combi-
   nations of men wolves, pursue them at every turn. A page-turner
   from start to finish. Maximum Ride Series

Picolt, Jodi. My Sister's Keeper. Conceived to provide a bone mar-
  row match for her leukemia-stricken sister, teenage Kate begins to
  question her moral obligations in light of countless medical proce-
  dures and decides to fight for the right to make decisions about
  her own body.

Rees, Celia. Sovay. For privileged young maidens in the year 1794,
  adventure seems limited to primping, preening and sitting for por-
  traits. The beautiful Sovay is drawn to more thrilling pastimes,
  namely donning a man’s cloak and holding up stagecoaches in
  broad daylight.

Rivers, Francine. A Voice in the Wind. First of a trilogy. Torn by
   her love for a handsome aristocrat, a young slave girl clings to her
   faith in the living God for deliverance from the forces of decadent
   Rome.

Scott, Michael. The Alchemyst. Fifteen-year-old twins, Sophie and
  Josh, find themselves caught up in the deadly struggle between
  rival alchemists, Nicholas Flamel and John Dee, over the posses-
  sion of an ancient book that holds the secret formulas for alchemy
  and everlasting life.

Shafer, Mary Ann and Annie Barrows. The Guernsey Literary and
  Potato Peel Society. It is 1946, WWII has just finished, and Ju-
  liet Ashton has writer’s block. She is struggling to think of a sub-
  ject for her next book when out of the blue she receives a letter
  from a stranger - a man from isolated Guernsey Island. Through
  a series of letters with members of this man’s literary group, Juliet
  becomes enthralled with life on post-war Guernsey. As she be-
  comes more involved in the lives of her new pen friends, she de-
  cides to visit the island and witness their lives for herself.
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    HIGH SCHOOL LIST


Shusterman, Neal. Unwind. In a future world where those between
  the ages of thirteen and eighteen can have their lives unwound
  and their body parts harvested for use by others, three teens go to
  extreme lengths to uphold their beliefs—and, perhaps, save their
  own lives.

Shields, Charles J. I am Scout: the Biography of Harper Lee. This
  biography provides interesting facts and sheds light on the reclu-
  sive life of Nelle Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Read-
  ers will see many parallels between the feisty author's life in a
  small Southern town and the characters she created in the only
  novel she has ever written. BBYA 2009

Sparks, Nicolas. The Last Song. Veronica “Ronnie” Miller’s life was
  turned upside down when her parents divorced and her father
  moved from New York City to Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.
  Three years later, she remains angry and alienated from her par-
  ents, particularly her father until her mother decides she and her
  brother should spend the summer with their dad.

Ten Boon, Corrie. The Hiding Place. Holocaust story of the Ten
  Boon family’s attempt to hide Jews during WWII.

Vonnegut, Kurt. *Slaughterhouse Five. After surviving the bombing
  of Dresden in World War II, Billy Pilgrim returns to civilian life and
  has a successful career until he is kidnapped by aliens and dis-
  played in a zoo on the planet of Tralfamador.

Walker, Sally M. Written in Bone: Buried lives of Jamestown and
  Colonial Maryland. A detailed and illustrated account of an ar-
  chaeological dig in Jamestown. The search for human remains
  and materials from colonial Maryland is revealed layer by fascinat-
  ing layer.

Wells, H.G. War of the Worlds. Martians invade late 19th century
  England and create havoc in this classic science fiction story.

Westerfield, Scott. Uglies. The sixteenth birthday means a body
  makeover in Tally‘s world, but Tally begins to question this proce-
  dure when she is forced to spy on a friend who does not want to
  transform her own body.

Williams, Suzanne Morgan. Bull Rider. All it takes is eight seconds .
   . . Cam O’Mara, grandson and younger brother of bullriding
   champions, is not interested in partaking in the family sport.
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  Cam is a skateboarder, and perfecting his tricks- frontside flips,
  360s -means everything until his older brother, Ben, comes home
  from Iraq, paralyzed from a brain injury.

Zeises, Laura M. The Sweet Life of Stella Madison. It’s not easy
   being the daughter of a famous chef and restaurant owner when
   your idea of a great meal is the kind that’s served via a drive
   through window. Stella is forced to broaden her horizons when
   she gets a job as a food critic for a local newspaper.

Zusak, Markus. The Book Thief. Trying to make sense of the hor-
  rors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young
  German girl, whose book stealing and storytelling talents help
  sustain her family, the Jewish man they are hiding, and her
  neighbors. National Jewish Book Award 2006
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FACULTY SELECTIONS
Each faculty and participating staff member has selected a book that
they will read over the summer and prepare to discuss with a small
group of students. Students will sign up for the selected faculty mem-
ber’s reading group through their English teachers. Students in
grades 6-11 should select a book that they have not previously read
and have at least two or three preferences as some groups may fill
up. Some books will show up on the faculty selections and the self-
selection list. Students still must select a different book from each list.
Assessment will be based on evidence of careful reading of the text
exhibited in small group discussion.




Title of Selection                  Author            Grade




 YOU SHOULD HAVE SIGNED UP
 FOR A BOOK THROUGH YOUR
       ENGLISH CLASS.

  SEE THE UPPER SCHOOLS
OFFICE TO SIGN UP OR VERIFY
       YOU CHOICE.
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     How are Reading Selections Made?
From the time of the Reformation a great deal of emphasis has been
placed on literacy for all people. The reformers believed that every-
one needed to be able to read the scripture, and thus understand and
teach others. They believed that all students needed to read and study
literature and history so that they “hear of the doings and sayings of the
entire world, and how things went with various cities, kingdoms, princ-
es, men, and women. . . . They could in a short time set before them-
selves in a mirror the character, life, counsels, and purposes—
successful and unsuccessful—of the whole world from the beginning;
on the basis of which they could then draw the proper inferences and
in the fear of God take their own place in the stream of human
events” (Martin Luther). Clearly, reading is an important part of our
lives. It is important in a practical everyday sense, but also in a cultural
sense. We have the responsibility of caring for creation and redeem-
ing our culture (Genesis 1:26-31). We cannot, however, care for some-
thing we do not understand. God has chosen to communicate to us
through the written word in the Bible. God has also chosen to give us
written communication by which we pass down history, communicate
arguments and worldviews, and express our humanity creatively and
imaginatively. There is no better way to understand what someone
believes than by studying what they have written.

In recent years, educators have been concerned that reading is declin-
ing in our society. In response they have re-emphasized reading com-
prehension in our schools and expectations of strong reading compre-
hension in higher education. For example, the SAT will change this
year to place a greater emphasis on critical reading with longer and
more difficult reading selections. Others, like E. D. Hirsch and Dianne
Ravitch have decried our loss of cultural literacy. There are a variety of
strategies for helping students develop strong reading comprehension
skills. But, ultimately all include (1) regularly working though appro-
priately challenging texts and (2) discussing, thinking about, and writ-
ing about what you read. The path to strong reading comprehension,
cultural literacy, understanding and impacting our world, and, yes,
even strong verbal SAT scores includes becoming a strong reader who
has experienced a variety of literature.

Keeping these ideas and the goal of developing strong widely read
students the faculty of FPD put a significant amount of work into choos-
ing reading selections. Most often the process begins with the class-
room teacher. The teacher makes selections in consultation with his or
her department that are appropriate for the level of students and the
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curriculum concerns being addressed. As Curriculum Director, I work
with departments when question arise or if teachers desire help finding
the right choice. As I look over the big picture of the curriculum, I
make sure we do not have duplications, that we are not missing a par-
ticular genre, etc. As we look at required reading selections, we take
the following concerns into consideration—(1) relevance to curriculum,
(2) importance or cultural significance, (3) readability, (4) objectiona-
ble content, and what I call (5) the big picture.

RELEVANCE TO CURRICULUM

Our students should work through a comprehensive variety of literature
including different time periods, genres, author backgrounds, purpos-
es, places of origin, and world-views and traditions. Understanding
that “all truth is God’s truth” and thus that we ultimately deal with one
integrated curriculum, we often make interdisciplinary selections. In
the elementary school, for example, we often select literature related
to topics in science or regions the students are studying in geography.
We may select books because of the issues raised. Frankenstein, for
example, is an excellent vehicle for raising current biological science
issues such as cloning and stem cell research.

CULTURAL SIGNIFICANCE

We read so that we might understand God and His works, ourselves
and our relationship and responsibilities to God and our fellow men,
and our culture and world around us. Understanding our culture in-
volves not only experiential participation in the current but also
knowledge of the past. Recognized classics in literature help us to see
where our culture has come from and why we are where we are today.
Classics give us a rich vocabulary of images and common knowledge
that helps us communicate vivid ideas. Consider ideas like an Achil-
les’ heel, Pandora’s box, Icarus flying too high, Sisyphus rolling his
stone to the top of the hill for eternity, the tortoise and the hare, or Da-
vid and Goliath. Ideas from classical literature and the Bible find their
way regularly in our common discourse.

Studying works of modern importance help us to learn to understand
and engage our culture. Most of our students will attend secular uni-
versities and have to encounter texts that are sometimes openly and
often subtly hostile to the Christian faith. The best way to learn to rec-
ognize and confront these ideas is with the help of a competent Chris-
tian teacher. Thus, particularly in the junior and senior years, our stu-
dents read important contemporary works.
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READABILITY

Reading selections should also be on an appropriate reading level.
There are a number of readability measures that take into account vari-
ous characteristics including grammar, syntax, vocabulary, and con-
tent. According to standardized measures, a large majority of our stu-
dents read at least two grades above grade level. With few excep-
tions, required reading selections are no more than two grade levels
above the grade the selections are assigned for. Sometimes books
with a lower readability score are used when the content is important
for a particular class. At other times, books with a readability score for
a particular grade will not be used because of content deemed inap-
propriate for that grade. A good example is Steinbeck’s Of Mice and
Men which has a readability score around the 4th grade level when
content is not taken into account. Content would make this book more
appropriate for older students.

A number of resources exist to verify the appropriateness of reading
selections for particular grade levels. These resources include reada-
bility rating programs like Accelerated Reader and widely used com-
prehensive programs like Core Knowledge, Mortimer Adler’s Paideia
Proposal, and various home school and classical school programs. The
National Endowment for the Humanities surveyed public and private
schools nationwide and published a list of the most commonly assigned
reading selections for each grade level. The College Board Advanced
Placement English reading list is also an important resource. We look
at range of sources to make sure each selection has an appropriate
level of challenge for the students.

OBJECTIONABLE CONTENT

Our students need to be prepared to engage our culture in redemptive
ways. They need to be able to recognize and challenge ideas raised
up against their faith (II Corinthians 10:4, 5). The best way to learn to
confront these situations is to address them with a competent Christian
teacher. We do have students in the upper grades read texts that may
even be opposed to a Christian world-and-life view. But, still this does
not mean any text would be open for our use in the classroom. The
reading selection should not contain objectionable material that is pre-
sent for no other purpose than for its own sake. Further, the material
should not be excessively explicit. Generally, the teacher will be
aware of any objectionable material before assigning the text, will
have an explicit purpose and set of objectives for the text, and have a
plan for helping students deal with any objectionable material. For
these reasons, a book that may be appropriate for reading during the
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school year may not be appropriate for summer reading.

THE BIG PICTURE

In addition to these considerations, we place reading assignments in
the context of a big picture. The length and difficulty of reading as-
signments are weighed against the student’s overall workload. For
example, our outside reading requirements in social studies, science,
and mathematics are spread over different quarters. Students need to
work through books that are challenging because of their reading lev-
el, the issues raised in the content, and at times the length of the book.
We also understand students should read for enjoyment as well. We
choose some selections with this in mind and are currently working to
incorporate more self-selection during the school year and especially
during the summer.

Barry E. Shealy, Ph.D.
Assistant Headmaster
Curriculum & Faculty Development Director
First Presbyterian Day School
Macon, GA 31210
                    FPD HONOR CODE PLEDGE

I pledge to abide by the FPD Honor Code and, accordingly, not to
lie, cheat or steal. I agree to do whatever possible to discourage
lying, cheating and stealing around me. I pledge to maintain
strict confidentiality about honor offenses. I pledge, “On my hon-
or I have neither offered nor received help on this work, and I will
not discuss this work with anyone.”


                    SUMMER READING PLEDGE

I have chosen books for my self-selected reading and faculty se-
lections that I have not read prior to May of 2011 and I will only
ask to take an Accelerated Reader test on a book that I have read.


           ACCELERATED READER TESTING
                  High School Computer Lab
 (may be moved at times but signs should direct to new location)

                      10:00 am — 2:00 pm

        Wednesdays       June 15, 22, 29
                         July 6, 13, 20, 27
                         August 3, 10

        Mondays          July 25, August 1, 8

ALL AR TESTING MUST BE DONE BEFORE THE FIRST DAY
                      OF CLASSES

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL



5671 Calvin Drive
Macon, GA 31210


Phone: 478-477-6505
Fax: 478-477-2804
www.fpdmacon.org

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