Long Branch High School

English Department

Grade 10 Summer Reading List



All students are required to read two books duringthe summer. In addition to reading, students are responsible for completing areading response journal as they read throughout the summer. These readingresponse journals should be written in a notebook and will be collected andgraded the first week of school. In September each student will give an oralpresentation based on their journal entries and the books they read.


Directions for Reading Response Journals:

You will be required to complete areading response journal for the summer reading book(s) of your choice. Eachentry should have a heading which includes the date, the title of the workunder discussion, and the section/page numbers of the work. Topics forresponses can center on, but are not limited to: 


·        What parts of the book did you find interestingor confusing in the reading?

·        Explain a character’s thoughts or actions at keypoints in the story.

·        Describe any characters you can personallyrelate to.

·        Connect themes or characters to other books orstories you have read.

·        Describe any characters you can relate to a realworld context.

·        Write diary entries from a major character’spoint of view.

·        Discuss any social relevance you discover in thethemes or events of the play.

·        Respond to key developments of the plot.

·        Predict a conflict’s resolution.


Your responses should begin toreflect informed opinions about the book(s) being read and should use passagesfrom the text to support your opinions. It will be important to discuss in yourresponses various literary techniques and elements including, but not limitedto, structure, diction, syntax, tone, figurative language, and poetic andrhetorical devices.


I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

This memoir traces Maya Angelou’s childhood in a small,rural community during the 1930’s. Filled with images and recollections that point to the dignity andcourage of black men and women, Angelou paints a sometimes disquieting, butalways affecting the picture of the people- and the times- that touched herlife.


The Robber Bride by Margaret Atwood

In this consistently entertaining and profound new novel,Margaret Atwood reports from the farthest reaches of the war between the sexes,proactively suggesting that if women are to be equal they must realize thatthey share with both men the capacity for villainy and the responsibility formoral choice.  The group of women and menat the center of this funny and wholly involving story all fall prey to achillingly recognizable menace, which is given power by their own fantasies andillusions.


Tiger Eyes by Judy Blume

After Davey’s father is killed in a hold up. She and hermother and younger brother visit relatives in New Mexico. Here Davey I befriended by a young man who helps her find the strengthto carry on and conquer her fears.


Bury my Heart at Wounded Kneeby Dee Brown

Bury Me Heart atWounded Knee is Dee Brown’s eloquent, fully documented account of thesystematic destruction of the American Indian during the second half of thenineteenth century.

A Stranger is Watching by Mary Higgins Clark

Ronald Thompson knows he never killed Nina Peterson…yet intwo days the state of Connecticutwill take his life, having found him guilty via due process of law.  But Thompson’s death will not stop the painand anger of Nina’s husband, Steve. Thompson’s death will not still the fears of Nina’s six year old son,Neil witness to his mother’s brutal slaying.


David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

Beginning in 1845 up through his death in 1870, CharlesDickens abridged and adapted many of his more popular works and performed themas stage readings.  This version, eachpage illustrated with lovely watercolor paintings, is a beautiful example ofone of these adaptations.


A Yellow Raft on Blue Water by Michael Dorris

The author has crafted a fierce saga of three generations ofIndian women, beset by hardships and torn by angry secrets, yet inextricablyjoined by the bond of kinship.  Starting inthe present day and moving backward, the novel is told in the voices of thethree women: fifteen year old part-black Rayona; her American Indian mother,Christine, consumed by tenderness and resentment toward those she loves; andthe fierce and mysterious Ida, mother and grandmother whose haunting secrets,betrayals and dreams echo through the years, braiding together the strands ofthe shared past.


Stranger with my Face by Lois Duncan

Have you ever been haunted by the feeling that someone isspying on you, lurking around your house and yard, even entering yourbedroom?  Are your friends plottingagainst you when they say they’ve seen you do things you know you haven’tdone?  What’s going on- and does Lauriereally want to find out?


They Never Came Home by Lois Duncan

They couldn’t have just disappeared!  Or could they?  That’s the way it looks when Dan and Larrydon’t return from a weekend camping trips in the mountains.  Then Joan, Larry’s sister, gets a mysteriouscall from a man who says Larry owes him a lot of money.  Where could her brother be?  Can Joan, with the help of Dan’s brotherFrank, find Dan and Larry?  Or are thetwo destined never to return.


The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett

A one time detective and a master of the deft understatement,Hammett virtually invented the hard-boiled crime novel.  In TheMaltese Falcon, Sam Spade, a private eye with hi own solidarity code ofethics, tangles with a beautiful and treacherous women whose loyalties shift atthe drop of a dime.


The House of Seven Gables  by Nathaniel Hawthorne

The sins of one generation are visited upon another inhaunted New England mansion until the arrivalof a young woman from the country breathes new air into moldering lives androoms. Written shortly after The ScarletLetter, The House of Seven Gablesre-addresses the theme of the human guilt in a style remarkable in both itsdescriptive virtuosity and its truly modern mix of fantasy and realism.


The Boys of Summer by Roger Kahn

Roger Kahn, who covered the team for the New York HeraldTribune, makes understandable humans of his heroes as her chronicles the dreamsand exploits of their young lives, beautifully intertwining them with his own,then recounts how so many of those sweet dreams curdled as the body of theseonce shining stars grew rusty with age and battered by experience.  It is the rare sports book that cannot becontained by the limitations of it’s genre; it is equal parts journalism,memoir, social history, and poetry.


The Secret Lives of Bees by Sue Mink Kidd

Set in the South Carolina in 1964, TheSecret Lives of Bees tells the story of Lily Owens, whose life has beenshaped around the blurred memory of the afternoon her mother was killed.  When Lily’s fierce-hearted “stand inmother”Rosaleen, insults three of the town’s fiercest racists, Lily decidesthey should both escape to Tiburon, South Carolina, a town that holdsthe secrets to her mother’s past.


A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

Dave Peltzer shares his unforgettable story of the manyabuses he suffered at the hand of his alcoholic mother and the averted eyes ofthe neglectful father.  Someone with noone to turn to, his dreams barely kept him alive.  Through each of his struggles, readers willfind themselves enduring his pain, comforting his loneliness and fighting hiswill to survive.


Reviving Opehelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girlsby Mary Pipher Pipher

She posits and persuasively argues her thesis that today’steenaged girls are coming of age in “a girl-poisoning culture”.  Backed by anecdotal evidence and researchfindings, she suggests that, despite the advances in feminism, young womencontinue to be victims of abuse, self mutilation (e.g. anorexia) consumerismand media pressure to conform to others’ ideas. With sympathy and focus she cites case histories to illustrate the strugglesrequired of adolescent girls to maintain a sense of themselves among the mixedmessages they receive money from society, their school, and often, theirfamilies.


Everything We Had by Al Santoli

Here is an oral history of the Vietnam War by thirty-threeAmerican soldiers who fought it.  A 1983American Book Award nominee.


The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Shockingly original and completely unforgettable, The Lovely Bones is the story of afamily devastated by a gruesome murder- a murder recounted by the teenagevictim.  The details of the crime arelaid out in the first few pages; from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmondescribes how she was comforted by the murder one December afternoon on her wayhome from school.  Lured into anunderground hiding place, she was raped and killed.  But what the reader knows, her family doesnot. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family,desperate for the killer to be found and punished.


The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

A quiet English country village is distributed by thearrival of a mysterious stranger who keeps his face hidden and his back toeveryone.


The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Deeply moving study of the tyrannical and rigid requirementsof New Yorkhigh society in the late19th century and the effect of these structures on thelives of the three people.  Vividlycharacterized drama of affection thwarted by a man’s sense of honor, family,and societal pressures.  A long-timefavorite with readers and critics alike.


The Once and future Kings by T.H.White

The whole world knows and loves this book.  It is the magical epic of King Arthur and hisshining Camelot; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and menwho fly, of wizardry and war.  It is thebook of all things lost and wonderful and sad. It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged.


The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer

Here is the magical legend of King Arthur, vividly retoldthrough the eyes and lives of the women who wielded power from behind thethrone.  A spellbinding novel, anextraordinary literary achievement, TheMists of Avalon will stay with you for a long time to come.


Marie Antoinette: The Journey by AntoniaFraser

The author weaves a richly detailed account of MarieAntoinette’s journey from an ill-educated girl to a courageous woman withconsummate intelligence. A brilliantly written historical work, AntoniaFraser’s study is an intensely riveting book.


Over a Thousand Hills I Walk with You by Hanna Jansen

The author and her adopted daughter come to terms with hermemories of genocide in Rwandain 1994. This searing novel is remarkable for the sense of place it conveysthrough vividly remembered details of an African world where daily life becameinterrupted with unimaginable violence.