The following are required for incoming sophomore for the Garden City High School:
Required text for 10R:
The Moon Is Down by John Steinbeck (Nook/Kindle)
Steinbeck’s commentary on the moral and ethical implications of war begins in an unknown town that has recently been occupied by a small regiment of enemy soldiers. With no alternative, the mayor of the town agrees to meet with the enemy to try to work out a plan for peaceful co-existence before the impending war goes much further.
Required text for 10H:
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (Nook/Kindle)
It’s just a small story really, among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich, Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist-books.
CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING:
1.The Alchemist by Paul Coelho (Nook/Kindle)
Paulo Coelho’s enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way.
2.The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (Nook/Kindle)
Narrated by a fifteen-year-old autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, this dazzling novel weaves together an old-fashioned mystery, a contemporary coming-of-age story, and a fascinating excursion into a mind incapable of processing emotions.
3. Into Thin Air – Jon Krakauer (Nook/Kindle)
This is a riveting first-hand account of a catastrophic expedition up Mount Everest. In March 1996, Outside magazine sent veteran journalist and seasoned climber Jon Krakauer on an expedition led by the celebrated Everest guide, Rob Hall. Despite the expertise of Hall and the other leaders, by the end of the summit day, eight people were dead. Krakauer’s book is one the story of the ill-fated adventure and an analysis of the factors leading up to its tragic end.
4. Fences by August Wilson
This is a wonderful mix of drama and comedy that emphasizes the tribulations and confusions people were going through, during the changing sixties. In this two-act play, Troy Maxson is a middle-aged African American who is struggling to raise a son, keep a family together and deal with the new desires and needs everybody is beginning to feel as social standards slowly begin to change.
5. Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Nook/Kindle)
We find Steve Harmon 16 years old and on trial for murder. His parents’ hearts break as they watch the drama unfold from their seats in the back of the courtroom. Did Steve serve as the lookout when Bobo Evans and James King robbed the drugstore and then killed the store’s owner in the commotion? Or was he just in the wrong place at the wrong time?
Excerpt: “Sometimes I feel like I have walked into the middle of a movie. Maybe I can make my own movie. The film will be the story of my life. No, not my life, but of this experience, I will call it what the lady who is the prosecutor called me – Monster.”
6.A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (Nook/Kindle)
The beloved American classic about a young girl’s coming of age at the turn of the century, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a poignant and moving tale filled with compassion and cruelty, laughter and heartache, crowded with life, people and incident. The story of young, sensitive and idealistic Francine Nolan and her bittersweet formative years in the slums of Williamsburg has enchanted and inspired millions of readers for more than sixty years.