Summer Reading for CP English Students (choices and summaries below)
Students in college prep English 1-4 are not required to read a book but encouraged to chose a book from the provided list and take a test. If students make a 70 or above, they will receive a 100 as a test grade. If they make below a 70, no grade will be placed in the grade book. Various prizes will be awarded for those who read and pass the test.

English I CP – choose one from 2016 list

English II CP – choose one from 2016 list

English III CP – choose one from 2016 list
English IV CP – choose one from 2016 list


English III Honors – choose one from the 2016 list plus read A Separate Peace by John Knowles.

English IV Honors  Lord of the Flies by William Golding plus one book of choice from the 2016 list.

Honors Advanced Composition
Students need to read Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs and complete a reading guide plus read one book of choice from the 2016 list.

AP Language

Read all of the following novels:
Fast Food Nation by E. Schlosser
Thank You for Arguing by Jay Heinrichs
*Reading assignment and handouts available on website (under Dr. Rosenberg)
AP Literature

Read all of the following novels:

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingslover

How to Read Literature Like a Professor by T. Foster
Complete a CPR data sheet on the books by Bronte and Kingslover. A short reading quiz and AP style writing prompt will be given in class the first week on these two novels. Complete a reading guide for the Foster work and be prepared for a reading test the first week. Materials found on Dr. Rosenberg's website.

Note: PVHS will not be providing these books to students. You will need to purchase online (Amazon and Barnes & Noble) or at a local store (Barnes & Noble, Poor Richards, etc.)
andthen  And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie, 264p
First, there were ten - a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unknown to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal - and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.
longway   A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah

This remarkable firsthand account shows how civil strife destroys lives. Ishmael Beah was twelve years old in 1993 when insurrection tore apart his native country of Sierra Leone. Beah became a remorseless killer. Beah writes his story with painful honesty, horrifying detail, and touches of remarkable lyricism. *Warning: mature subject matter and war violence

 michaelvey  Michael Vey: Prisoner of Cell 25 by Richard Paul Evans
To everyone at Meridian High School, Michael Vey is an ordinary fourteen-year-old. In fact, the only thing that seems to set him apart is the fact that he has Tourette’s syndrome. But Michael is anything but ordinary. Michael has special powers – he can shoot electricity through his body. Michael thinks he's unique until he discovers that a cheerleader named Taylor also has special powers. With the help of Michael’s friend, Ostin, the three of them set out to discover how Michael and Taylor ended up this way, but their investigation brings them to the attention of a powerful group who wants to control them – and through them the world. Michael will have to rely on his wits, powers, and friends if he’s to survive.
brave  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Far in the future, the World Controllers have created the ideal society. Through clever use of genetic engineering, brainwashing and recreational sex and drugs, all its members are happy consumers. Bernard Marx seems alone harboring an ill-defined longing to break free. A visit to one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old, imperfect, life still continues, may be the cure for his distress.

delirium  Delirium by Lauren Oliver
In this dystopian novel set in a future Portland, Maine, everyone is safe, unhappiness can be cured, and the freedoms that we take for granted have been relinquished in the name of "security" and "the common good" - one such freedom being the chance to fall in love with the person of your choice, NOT the person with whom the government pairs you. When Lena meets and falls for Adam, a boy rebelling against such governmental controls, she must decide whether to join him and fight for their love or resign herself to doing what the government wants of its citizens.
 bitterend  Bitter End by Jennifer Brown

When Alex falls for the charming new boy at school, Cole, she can't believe she's found her soul mate...someone who truly loves and understands her. As the months pass, though, Alex can no longer ignore Cole's small put-downs, pinches or increasingly violent threats. She is soon forced to choose between her "true love" and herself. Warning: mature subject matter and language

gamestands  When the Game Stands Tall by Neil Hayes
By 2002, The Streak - a historic 13- year run of consecutive wins by the Spartans, a high school football team from Concord, California, that couldn't be beat - was still going strong. Neil Hayes, who had unrestricted access to the De La Salle team, writes from the inside about the games, the players, and their visionary coach. 

Unsigned Hype by Booker Mattison

Tory Tyson may only be in high school, but he knows what he wants out of life--a successful music career. And he's not going to learn about all that at school. So when school lets out next month he's not going back. He's finally ready to stop spinning old records at parties and start laying down his own beats--and the Unsigned Hype music contest is the perfect place to launch his career. But will he be able to handle the fame and fortune he seeks? 

catcher  The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. It begins,"If you really want to hear about it, the first thing you'll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don't feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them." His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.
*mature language & situations
**recommended for Juniors and Seniors only


fifthwave  The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey
After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one. Now, it’s the dawn of the 5th wave, and on a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth’s last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie’s only hope for rescuing her brother—or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up.