W. T. CLARKE HIGH SCHOOL
2020 Summer Reading List
Students must complete the summer assignment found here.
Mandatory Reading, 12R
Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw
Professor Higgins attempts to transform an unkempt London flower girl into a society belle.
The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing
A self-satisfied couple intent on raising a happy family is shocked by the birth of an abnormal and brutal fifth child.
The Hot Zone by Richard Preston
A highly infectious, deadly virus from the central African rain forest suddenly appears in the suburbs of Washington, D.C. There is no cure. In a few days 90 percent of its victims are dead. A secret military SWAT team of soldiers and scientists is mobilized to stop the outbreak of this exotic “hot” virus.
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
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.
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
Ninety-something-year-old Jacob Jankowski remembers his time in the circus as a young man during the Great Depression, and his friendship with Marlena, the star of the equestrian act, and Rosie, the elephant, who gave them hope.
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Hundreds of years in the future, the World Controllers have created an ideal civilization. Its members, shaped by genetic engineering and behavioral conditioning, are productive and content in roles they have been assigned at conception. Only Bernard Marx is discontented, developing an unnatural desire for solitude and a distaste for compulsory promiscuity. When he brings back a young man from one of the few remaining Savage Reservations, where the old unenlightened ways still continue, he unleashes a dramatic clash of cultures that will force him to consider whether freedom, dignity, and individuality are worth suffering for.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The epic story of two cities and two men. Charles Darnay and Sydney Carton are alike in appearance, very different in character, but in love with the same woman. Darnay, who has abandoned the cruelty of the French nobility for London, has to return to Paris during the violent Revolution to rescue his faithful servant from the guillotine. But what part does Carton play in the dramatic events that follow?
Grade 12 Syracuse University Project Advance
Feed by M.T. Anderson
In a future where most people have computer implants in their heads to control their environment, Titus meets Violet, an unusual teenage girl who is in serious trouble.