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Upper School Required Summer Reading 2016

Upper School Summer Reading 2016

In addtion to your required reading, select one book from the Upper School Student Nominated Books List.

Incoming Grade 9:

English Department: The Catcher in the Rye, by J. D. Salinger. (Get the Back Bay Books edition, available from Amazon.com ISBN-10: 0316769177 or ISBN-13: 978-0316769174 ) You are required to buy the version listed here.

Technology Department: The Innovators, by Walter Isaacson. You are required to read only the chapter on Ada Lovelace (pgs 7-33).

Math Department: Algebra Success in Twenty Minutes a Day is strongly recommended for all incoming 9th graders but not required. Problem sets.

Personal Choice: Choose one book from the Upper School Student Nominated Books List.


In addtion to your required reading, select one book from the Upper School Student Nominated Books List.

Incoming Grade 10

English Department: Wide Sargasso Sea, by Jean Rhys W. W. Norton & Company; Reissue edition,  ISBN-10: 0393308804 or ISBN-13: 978-0393310481. Do NOT get the the Norton Critical Edition.  

History Department: (Modern World) Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe (paperback, $10.95)

AP World History: AP World History will read the grade wide book Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe, and a selection of AP specific works. Dr. Riley will send a packet with the AP specific works over the summer.

French 4H."Rex" by Sempe-Gosciny and an additional reading/assignment to be determined. Get packet from Ms. McAndrew.

Spanish 4H:   Packet including listening exercise; questions; short story "La desesperación de las letras” by Ginés S. Cutillas ; and a short writing piece. Get packet from Ms. Gray. 


Personal Choice: Choose one book from the Upper School Student Nominated Books List.


In addtion to your required reading, select one book from the Upper School Student Nominated Books List.

Incoming Grade 11:

Biology Department:  

Biology: The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (Paperback,  you are encouraged to purchase a used copy.) 

Honors Biology:  The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert (Paperback,  you are encouraged to purchase a used copy.)

English Department: The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien.  (Mariner Books; 1st edition, 2009)


Please note: Students taking English at Gilman must check their reading list. It is linked to our library webpage.

French 4H. "Rex" by Sempe-Gosciny and an additional reading/assignment to be determined. Get packet from Mme McAndrew.

Spanish 4H:   Packet including listening exercise; questions; short story "La desesperación de las letras” by Ginés S. Cutillas ; and a short writing piece. Get packet from Ms. Gray. 

AP French Language:  Packet including listening exercises; questions; grammar exercises; and a short writing piece.   See Dr. Barck.

AP Spanish Language:  Packet with various activities including a choice of short stories by Juan Rulfo, Isaac Aisemberg or Isabel Allende. Get packet from Mr. Mendaro.

Personal Choice: Choose one book from the Upper School Student Nominated Books List.

Please note: If you are taking classes at Roland Park or Gilman, you must check their summer reading lists!

Incoming Grade 12:

If taking Gilman or Roland Park courses, you should ask the faculty teaching those courses if they have pre-requisite reading. In addtion to your required reading, select one book from the Upper School Student Nominated Books List.


History Department Electives:

AP Economics: The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity by Russell Roberts. Princeton, 2008 (Paperback $11.50)

Baltimore Issues. Also called Charm City: Down to the Wire: Cop in the Hood by Peter Moskos (Paperback $12.87)

America in the World: The Post-American World:Release 2.0 , by Fareed Zakaria. W.W. Norton, (Paperback $9.35)

Justice in the Eyes of the World: In the Name of Honor: A Memoir by Mukhtar Mai. (Paperback $10.00 through Amazon)

World Languages and Cultures Electives:

French 4H: "Rex" by Sempe-Gosciny and an additional reading/assignment to be determined. Get packet from Mme McAndrew.

French Senior Honors Seminar: Offered at RPCS. Students should  see Sara Rollfinke at RPCS for assignment.

Spanish 4H:   Packet including listening exercise; questions; short story "La desesperación de las letras” by Ginés S. Cutillas ; and a short writing piece. Get packet from Ms. Gray. 

Spanish Senior Honors Seminar: "En la ardiente oscuridad" (first two acts) by Antonio Buero-Vallejo. Get instruction sheet from Ms. Gray. Book available through the Bryn Mawrket.

AP Courses :

AP Biology:  Serengeti Rules by Sean B. Carroll ( At this time is only available in hard copy for $18.00, or on Kindle for $14.49.  You may borrow a copy from the Edith Hamilton Library during the summer, but you must arrange this with Ms. Rickert-Wilbur.)

AP Economics: The Price of Everything: A Parable of Possibility and Prosperity by Russell Roberts. Princeton, 2008 (Paperback $11.50)

AP English: The Yellow Wallpaper , by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Feminist Press at CUNY; 2nd Revised ed. , September 1, 1996 (Paperback $6.95) ISBN-10: 1558611584 or  ISBN-13: 978-1558611580

AP Environmental Science: The Ghost Map by, Steven Johnson‚Äč.


AP French Language: Packet including listening exercises; questions; grammar exercises; and a short writing piece.   See Dr. Barck.

AP Physics: Seven Brief Lessons On Physics, by Carlo Rovelli‚Äč

AP Spanish Language:  Packet with various activities including a choice of short stories by Juan Rulfo, Isaac Aisemberg or Isabel Allende. Get packet from Mr. Mendaro.


AP Statistics: How to Lie with Statistics, by Darrell Huff. (W.W. Norton, $11.00)

Please note: If you are taking classes at Roland Park or Gilman, you must check their summer reading lists!

May 2016

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