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Upper School Required Summer Reading 2017

Upper School Summer Reading 2017

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.

Math Department: Algebra Success in Twenty Minutes a Day is strongly recommended for all incoming 9th graders. Problem sets. 

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

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

Incoming Grade 10

English Department:Life of Pi, by Yann Martel (paperback, $8.96)

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: Packet including listening and grammar exercises, the short story, "Rex", by Sempe-Gosciny, and a short writing activity. 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. 


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

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

Incoming Grade 11: 

Science 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: Packet including listening and grammar exercises, the short story, "Rex", by Sempe-Gosciny, and a short writing activity. 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! 

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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: The Corner: A Year in the Life of an Inner CIty Neighborhood, by  David Simon and Edward Burns.  (Paerback $13.27)


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: Packet including listening and grammar exercises, the short story, "Rex", by Sempe-Gosciny, and a short writing activity. 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. You may borrow a copy from the Edith Hamilton Library during the summer, but you must arrange this with Ms. Rickert-Wilbur beforehand.

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

AP Environmental Science: The Martian, by Andy Weir​.


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​

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! 

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