All entering 12A students will read 5 points from the accompanying list of grade 12 choices.

All entering 12 Honors students will read The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  Also, complete the linked reader response journal assignment. 

All entering 12 AP students will read How to Read Literature Like a Professor, by Thomas C. Foster, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, and Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte.  Also complete the linked assignment.


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COD: A Biography of the Fish that Changed the World | by Mark Kurlansky (5) History
This book spans 1,000 years and four continents. From the Vikings to Clarence Birdseye, Mark Kurlansky introduces the explorers, merchants, writers, chefs and fisherman, whose lives have been interwoven with this prolific fish. He chronicles the cod wars of the 16th and 20th centuries. He blends in recipes and lore from the Middle Ages to the present. In a story that brings world history and human passions into captivating focus, he shows how the most profitable fish in history is today faced with extinction

IN THE HEART OF THE SEA: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex | by Nathaniel Philbrick (or any book by this author) (3) History
The ordeal of the whaleship Essex was an event as mythic in the nineteenth century as the sinking of the Titanic was in the twentieth. In 1819, the Essex left Nantucket for the South Pacific with twenty crew members aboard. In the middle of the South Pacific the ship was rammed and sunk by an angry sperm whale. The crew drifted for more than ninety days in three tiny whaleboats, succumbing to weather, hunger, disease, and ultimately turning to drastic measures in the fight for survival.

FRANCONA: The Red Sox Years | by Terry Francona and Dan Shaughnessy (3) Sports Memoir
The former Red Sox coach discusses his eight-year tenure with the team, chronicling the challenges posed by managing difficult players, satisfying multiple owners with different expectations, and dealing with both championship and losing seasons.

The Glass Castle | by Jeannette Walls (or any book by this author) (3) Memoir
Hers is a story of triumph against all odds, but also a tender, moving tale of unconditional love in a family that despite its profound flaws gave Walls the fiery determination to carve out a successful life on her own terms.

THE HOT ZONE: A Terrifying True Story | by Richard Preston (3) Medical
The dramatic and chilling story of an Ebola virus outbreak in a suburban Washington, D.C. laboratory, with descriptions of frightening historical epidemics of rare and lethal viruses. More hair-raising than anything Hollywood could think of, because it’s all true.

HURRICANE: The Miraculous Journey of Rubin Carter | by James S. Hirsch (3) Biography
Chronicles Rubin Carter’s twenty-year imprisonment, discussing why he was accused of three murders he did not commit, how racial issues affected the outcome of his trial, how he earned the support of celebrities, and why a group of Canadians decided to help him prove his innocence.

Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks | by Rebecca Skloot (5) Science
Examines the experiences of the children and husband of Henrietta Lacks, who, twenty years after her death from cervical cancer in 1951, learned doctors and researchers took cells from her cervix without consent which were used to create the immortal cell line known as the HeLa cell; provides an overview of Henrietta’s life; and explores issues of experimentation on African-Americans and bioethics.

INKLINGS: A Memoir | by Jeffery Koterba (3) Biography
At age six, Jeffrey Koterba began drawing cartoons, creating with ink and white paper a clean, expansive refuge from the pandemonium surrounding him. His father was subject to violent facial and vocal tics—symptoms of Tourette’s syndrome, a condition Jeffrey inherited—as well as explosions of temper and eccentricity. Jeffrey fights his way out from beneath the shadow of his domineering father and clinging mother to follow his lifelong dream of cartooning for a living. A funny heart-felt memoir

KILLING PABLO: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw | by Mark Bowden (4) True Crime
The story of the violent rise and fall of Pablo Escobar, the head of the Colombian Medellin cocaine cartel. Escobar’s criminal empire held a nation of thirty million hostage in a reign of terror that would only end with his death. Bowden has produced a gripping narrative that is a stark portrayal of rough justice in the real world.

LONG WALK: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom | by Slavomir Rawicz 3) Memoir
In 1941, the author and six other fellow prisoners escaped a Soviet labor camp in Yakutsk–a camp where enduring hunger, cold, untended wounds, untreated illnesses, and avoiding daily executions were everyday feats. Their march–over thousands of miles by foot–out of Siberia, through China, the Gobi Desert, Tibet, and over the Himalayas to British India is a remarkable statement about man’s desire to be free.

LOOK ME IN THE EYE: My Life with Asperger’s | by John Elder Robinson (4) Biography
John Robison recounts his struggles to fit in and communicate with others as he grew up, describing why he had so many problems relating to others and why he often turned to machines for comfort, rather than people, and explains how his life was changed when he was diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome at age forty.

NO EASY DAY: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden | by Mark Owen (2) Military History
No Easy Day puts readers alongside Owen and the other handpicked members of the twenty-four-man team as they train for the biggest mission of their lives. The blow-by-blow narrative of the assault, beginning with the helicopter crash that could have ended Owen’s life straight through to the radio call confirming Bin Laden’s death, is an essential piece of modern history.

MUCK CITY: Winning and Losing in Football’s Forgotten Town | by Bryan Mealer (3) Sports History
In a town deep in the Florida Everglades, where high school football is the only escape, a haunted quarterback, a returning hero, and a scholar struggle against terrible odds.

SILVER LIKE DUST: One Family’s Story of America’s Japanese Internment | by Kimi Cunningham Grant (4) History
The author relates the story of her grandmother’s years in a Japanese internment camp, like 112,000 other Japanese Americans, after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, and the shame that she experienced as a result.

Tuesdays with Morrie | by Mitch Albom (or any book by this author) (1) Memoir
A true story about the love between a dying teacher and his pupil.

A Walk in the Woods | By Bill Bryson (or any book by this author) (3) Memoir
Returning to the U.S. after 20 years in England, Iowa native Bryson decided to reconnect with his mother country by hiking the length of the 2100-mile Appalachian Trail. Awed by merely the camping section of his local sporting goods store, he nevertheless plunges into the wilderness and emerges with a consistently comical account of learning hard lessons about self-reliance.

WHERE MEN WIN GLORY: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman | by Jon Krakauer (or any book by this author) (5) Biography
Presents a biographical discussion of Pat Tillman, covering the true events and actions surrounding the death of the U.S. Army soldier by friendly fire in Afghanistan in 2004, and examines the misrepresentation of his story by the Bush administration before the truth was revealed.


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Ant Colony | by Michael Deforge (3)
A colony of black ants serves as a vehicle to examine the human condition in this masterfully realized work. Absurd and existential.

BAREFOOT GEN: A Cartoon Story of Hiroshima | by Keiji Nakazawa (or any book by this author) (3)
A graphic novel account of the dropping of the atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, based on the experiences of the author who was six years old at the time of the attack.

Dance in the Vampire Bund | by Nozzomu Tamaki (1)
After millennia in hiding, Mina Tepes, the princess of the ancient covenant and ruler of all vampires, wants change. Using the vast wealth of the Tepes line, she has paid off the entire gross national debt of Japan and in so doing, gained the authority to create a “special district” off the coast of Japan that is to become the future haven for vampires from all over the world! Now, on the eve of the landmark press conference announcing the existence of vampires to the world, terrorists and rival factions are plotting to assassinate Mina Tepes.

Fullmetal Alchemist | by Hiromu Arakawa (1)
Edward and Alphonse Elric, physically altered by their dabblings in alchemy, become agents of the government whose demands put them in touch with a world of evil alchemists, all in search of the Philosopher’s Stone.

KILL MY MOTHER: A Graphic Novel | by Jules Feiffer (3)
When three daunting dolls intersect with one hapless heroine and a hard-boiled private eye, deception, betrayal, and murder stalk every mean street in…Kill My Mother.

THE LIVES OF SACCO AND VANZETTI: The Crime, The Evidence, A Global Cause | by Rick Geary (1)
A graphic novel account of the lives and deaths of Italian immigrants and admitted anarchists Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti, who were accused of murder in Braintree, Massachusetts, in 1920, tried, convicted, and executed, in a case that caused an uproar around the world due to the questionable circumstances surrounding the case.

Stiches: A Memoir | by David Small (1)
Remarkable and intensely dramatic, Stitches tells the story of a fourteen-year-old boy who awakes one day from a supposedly harmless operation to discover that he has been transformed into a virtual mute—a vocal cord removed, his throat slashed and stitched together like a bloody boot. From horror to hope, Small proceeds to graphically portray an almost unbelievable descent into adolescent hell and the difficult road to physical, emotional, and artistic recovery.

THE THRILLING ADVENTURES OF LOVELACE AND BABBAGE: The (Mostly) True Story of the First Computer | by Sidney Padua (3)
. . . in which Sydney Padua transforms one of the most compelling scientific collaborations into a hilarious series of adventures. “Sydney Padua’s impeccably researched, yet playfully imagined graphic biography is a treat for history buffs and graphic novel lovers alike…With fantastically detailed art, footnotes and diagrams…, this is a whimsical graphic account like no other.” – Bookpage

THE WALKING DEAD, VOL. 1: Days Gone Bye | by Robert Kirkman (1)
An epidemic of apocalyptic proportions has swept the globe, causing the dead to rise and feed on the living. Rick Grimes finds himself one of the few survivors in this terrifying future. Separated from his family, he must now sort through all the death and confusion to try and find his wife and son. In a world ruled by the dead, we are forced to finally begin living.

Y THE LAST MAN, VOLUME I: Unmanned | by Brian Vaughn (or any book by this author) (1)
The saga of Yorick Brown—the only human survivor of a planet-wide plague that instantly kills every mammal possessing a Y chromosome. Accompanied by a mysterious government agent, a brilliant young geneticist and his pet monkey, Ampersand, Yorick travels the world in search of his lost love and the answer to why he’s the last man on earth.

Zahra’s Paradise | by AMIR (2)
Follows the efforts of Zahra and her oldest son, an Internet blogger, to locate another son, Mehdi, after the young man vanishes during the protests in the aftermath of Iran’s fraudulent elections of 2009.