Summer Reading 2019
Book Review Assignment - Required
THE ASSIGNMENT - Due 8/5/2019
This assignment is 100 Points. You will need to read one novel from the reading list and complete the assignment below. This assignment will be submitted through Turnitin.com. Request to enroll in the Summer Reading Class using the
12th grade/AP Literature Class ID 21201442 Enrollment Key SUM19.
11th grade/AP Language Class ID 21201465 Enrollment Key SUM19.
10th grade/Pre-AP Class ID 21201486 Enrollment Key SUM19.
9th grade/Pre-AP Class ID 21201525 Enrollment Key SUM19.
(Length – 3-5 typed - double-spaced - pages)
The idea of a professional book review is to briefly summarize the ideas of the book, but mainly to give your opinion about the book’s merits – it is a critical analysis of the book. Just like in the literature critique assignment, ‘critical’ does not imply that you are going to be mean or harsh in your review. It means that you are going to evaluate objectively whether the author(s) have fulfilled their objectives in the book, and whether they have used persuasive and unbiased evidence to support their claims. Did you find the book engaging? Persuasive? Did you agree with it? Did you enjoy it? Would you recommend it to others? What is the intended audience of the book? Does it succeed in reaching this audience?
Work hard on making your book review very readable to a general audience. You should have an Introduction, Body (discussion of the book), and clear Conclusion (although these do not have to be broken into explicit sections – you can write this like an essay).
(1) The title and author of the book you are reviewing
(2) The author’s objective(s) and the audience
(3) The author’s main arguments
(4) Your evaluation of the author’s support of his arguments (provide examples)
(5) Your evaluation of the author’s interpretation and success with his/her objectives in writing the book (provide examples)
(6) Comparison with other books or sources if appropriate
(7) Your conclusions about the book
(8) You can rate the book - would you recommend this book to other people?
- why or why not
Be sure to put any quotes from the novel in quotation marks and to cite any sources used.
Throne of Glass Series
It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vazzini
Fifth Wave Series by Rick Yancey
The Mortal Instruments (series)
Maximum Ride (series)
The Furnace Series - Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Gordon Smith
Period.8 by Chris Crutcher
Delirium by Lauren Oliver (trilogy)
Life as We Knew It by Susan Pfeffer (trilogy)
The Bunker Diary by Kevin Brooks
Conviction by Kelly Loy Gilber
Midwinter Blood by Marcus Sedgwick
The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline-Probably liked more by girls
Simon vs The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli
The Darkest Path- Jeff Hisirch
A Walk among the Tombstones- Lawrence Block
Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen
The Demon King (series) - Cinda Williams Chima
Son of the Mob-Gordon Korman
Into Thin Air-Jon Krakauer
The Kane Chronicles-Rick Riordan
The Warrior Heir Cinda Williams Chima
Sherlock Holmes Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Naural by Bernard Malamud
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
A Separate Peace By John Knowles
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Jayne Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The House on Mango Street by Susan Cisneros
Apollo 13 by Jim Lovell & Jeffrey Kruger
The Blind Side: Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts
Why Summer Reading?
Summer may be your chance to take a break from school, but you can still continue your learning over the summer and have fun at the same time.
High school students that read during the summer months are more likely to score higher on standardized tests like the SAT, ACT and AP Exams. While literary classics are vital to developing written and verbal skills, contemporary novels can provide just as much help and influence to students preparing for tests as well as classes.
Taken from the article “Fun, Smart Summer Reading Lists for Students” by Kathryn Knight Randolph - April 17, 2018.