12th grade Theme: A Different Perspective (All 12th grade students are required to read The Screwtape Letters).
All students are required to read the selection listed above, according to their grade level. Additionally, each student must read one other novel from his or her grade level list, resulting in a total of two summer novels.
Honors students from 10th, 11th, and 12th grade are required to choose two books to read from their corresponding list in addition to the required reading for their grade, resulting in a total of three summer novels.
A Different Perspective – 12th grade
*The Screwtape Letters – Lewis
The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis is a classic masterpiece of religious satire that entertains readers with its sly and ironic portrayal of human life and foibles from the vantage point of Screwtape, a highly placed assistant to "Our Father Below." At once wildly comic, deadly serious, and strikingly original, C.S. Lewis's The Screwtape Letters is the most engaging account of temptation—and triumph over it—ever written.
The Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield recounts the days following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a private school. After a fight with his roommate, Stradlater, Holden leaves school two days early to explore New York before returning home, interacting with teachers, nuns, an old girlfriend, and his sister along the way. J.D. Salinger's classic The Catcher in the Rye illustrates a teenager's dramatic struggle against death and growing up.
Things Fall Apart – Achebe
Things Fall Apart tells two intertwining stories, both centering on Okonkwo, a “strong man” of an Ibo village in Nigeria. The first, a powerful fable of the immemorial conflict between the individual and society, traces Okonkwo’s fall from grace with the tribal world. The second, as modern as the first is ancient, concerns the clash of cultures and the destruction of Okonkwo's world with the arrival of aggressive European missionaries. These perfectly harmonized twin dramas are informed by an awareness capable of encompassing at once the life of nature, human history, and the mysterious compulsions of the soul.
The Art of Racing in the Rain – Garth Stein
Enzo knows he is different from other dogs: a philosopher with a nearly human soul (and an obsession with
opposable thumbs), he has educated himself by watching television extensively, and by listening very closely to the
words of his master, Denny Swift, an up-and-coming race car driver.
Through Denny, Enzo has gained tremendous insight into the human condition, and he sees that life, like racing,
isn't simply about going fast. On the eve of his death, Enzo takes stock of his life, recalling all that he and his family
have been through.
A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family, love, loyalty, and hope, The Art of
Racing in the Rain is a beautifully crafted and captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life...as only
a dog could tell it.
1984 – George Orwell
The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of "negative utopia" -a startlingly original and
haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the first sentence to the last four words. No one can deny the novel's hold on the imaginations of whole generations, or the power of its admonitions -
a power that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time.