English 12 Summer Reading one

English 12 Summer Reading
Choose any one novel from the list below. You have many choices, so use Amazon.com and
check summaries and reviews to select a novel that may interest you. Multiple copies of these
novels are available for FREE at your public library, provided you have a library card. If your
neighborhood library does not have the book, other libraries will send it over to your library
FREE of charge. Call your local library if you do not know how to do this.
Reading reflection assignment--Use approximately one page of lined paper (front and back)
to answer the following:
1. Find any ten interesting or challenging words from your novel and 1) rewrite the original
sentence and page number where you found the word; 2) write the definition according
to how it is used in the sentence (you may use dictionary.com for this).
2. Write a brief summary of your novel (about ½ page) in your own words.
3. Choose any popular song and explain why it would be your protagonist’s favorite song.
If you have more than one main character, choose one.
4. Copy one sentence with page number from the novel that illustrates the main conflict.
Explain the conflict and how it is resolved (or not resolved) at the end of your novel.
5. Discuss your author’s writing style. Does s/he write using a dialect? Explain why or why
not. Does s/he use an elevated style with complex vocabulary or does s/he write in a
style that is more conversational and straightforward? Why do you think the author
wrote the novel in this particular style?
6. Is your novel written in first or third person? Does it work best written this way, or would
it be more effective if written from a different perspective? Explain.
7. Finally, would your novel be able to take place in your neighborhood? Explain.
Books are listed in the order of difficulty from least to most difficult, but all are contemporary
novels with high teen interest.
William E. Coles, Jr. Another Kind of Monday
Marjane Satrapi Persepolis I and II (you must read BOTH graphic novels for this choice)
Walter Mosley The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey
Wes Moore The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
Kalisha Buckhanon Upstate
Don Robertson The Greatest Thing Since Sliced Bread
Bernardine Evaristo Blonde Roots
Erin Morgenstern Night Circus
Markus Zusak The Book Thief
Kazuo Ishiguro Never Let Me Go