Summer: Social Class and Summer Reading Essay

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. Each student will be asked to read the “required” book for their grade level and one additional book from the suggested list. Students slated for an Honors level course need to read two additional books from the suggested list. However, students are obviously encouraged to read beyond these requirements. Please be mindful of helping your child choose a book that is commensurate with his or her reading ability. Also, please consult teachers, local librarians, and book websites as you aid your child in choosing additional books to gain information about reading levels and other information about various titles.

In order to complete the Summer Reading requirement, students should be prepared to take a reading comprehension test based on the required novel once they return to school. Also, within the first two weeks of school, your child will complete a writing assessment based on the other book(s) he or she read from the suggested list. In order to best prepare for this assessment, we encourage your child to keep a set of notes or an outline as he or she reads his or her suggested book(s). These notes and/or outlines may be used in class as your child crafts his or her individual writing assignment.

Both the test and the writing assessment will be administered in your child’s English class during the first two weeks of school. Specific test and due dates will be provided by your child’s teacher when they return to school. For your convenience, the Summer Reading Lists are posted on the ALJ website and they have been sent to the Clark Public Library and the Barnes & Noble in Clark. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Jennifer Viti at 732-382-0910 x3177 or via e-mail at before the end of the school year.

Have a safe and enjoyable summer! Happy Reading!
Jennifer Viti

Supervisor of Language Arts and the Humanities

10th Grade Summer Reading
Required: Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn

Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Mexican Whiteboy by Matt de la Pena
As Simple As Snow by Gregory Galloway
Peeled by Joan Bauer
Game by Walter Dean Myers
All We Know of Heaven by Jacquelyn Mitchard
Truancy by Isamu Fukui
Middleman and Other Stories by Bharati Mukherjee
Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E. Pearson
Taken by Edward Bloor
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
The Indigo Notebook by Laura Resau
Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater
Nothing Comes Easy by Y.A. Tittle with Kristine Setting Clark
Jumped by Rita Williams-Garcia
Dear Julia by Amy Bronwen Zemser
The Blindside: The Evolution of a Game by Michael Lewis
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult, Jodi
The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler
Ties That Bind, Ties That Break by Lesley Namioka
An Abundance of Katherines by John Green
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland (NF) by Sally M. Walker
Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter (NF) by Adeline Yen Mah
The Greatest Generation (NF) by Tom Brokaw
Finding Their Stride: A Team of Young Runners and Their Season of Triumph (NF) by Sally Pont
Into Thin Air (NF) by Jon Krakauer
Three Little Words: A Memoir by Ashley Rhodes-Courter

Students must read Breathing Underwater and one additional book from the suggested list.

Honors students must read Breathing Underwater and two additional books from the suggested list.

Summer Reading Topics for Consideration

As you read your book(s) from the suggested list, begin to think about how some of the various topics listed here may apply to your book(s). These topics are provided here for you so that you may read with a purpose in mind. Remember, during the first two weeks of school, you will be asked to complete a writing assessment whereby you will write about your additional book(s) based on one of the topics below.

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