EMHS Grade 11

2020 Summer Reading List

Students must complete the summer assignment found here.

Native Son by Richard Wright (AP)
In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a wealthy white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the wild and crazy teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up because he knows that he will not receive justice.

The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (Honors)
A tale reminiscent of “Hamlet” that also celebrates the alliance between humans and dogs follows speech-disabled Wisconsin youth Edgar, who bonds with three yearling canines and struggles to prove that his sinister uncle is responsible for his father’s death.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (College Level)
An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father’s servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.

A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway 
When a wounded American volunteer ambulance driver on the Italian front in World War I falls in love with an English nurse they try to find some sanctuary in a world gone mad with war.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Written at the end of American Civil Rights movement, this autobiography explores the isolation and loneliness faced by Angelou, and the attributes of her character that helped her cope with the prejudices of society.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
The author describes his spring 1996 trek to Mt. Everest, a disastrous expedition that claimed the lives of eight climbers, and explains why he survived.

Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo 
In 1918 a soldier is badly wounded and has both his arms and legs amputated. Plunged into a chilling nightmare, we hear the young war victim’s thoughts.

Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand
The story of one horse’s journey from also-ran to national luminary. Seabiscuit: an American legend is an inspiring tale of unlikely heroes, a classic story of three embattled individuals overcoming the odds in the Great Depression.

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 
During the summer of 1964 in rural South Carolina, a young girl is given a home by three black, beekeeping sisters. As she enters their mesmerizing secret world of bees and honey, she discovers a place where she can find the single thing her heart longs for most.

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
A baseball star at a small college near Lake Michigan launches a routine throw that goes disastrously off course and inadvertently changes the lives of five people, including the college president, a gay teammate, and the president’s daughter.

The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Juno Diaz
Living with an Old World mother and rebellious sister, an urban New Jersey misfit dreams of becoming the next J.R.R. Tolkien and believes that a longstanding family curse is thwarting his efforts to find love and happiness.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway 
A group of Americans that have become friends because of the war, spend their time in Europe in 1922, still living as if every day was their last

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