Somerville Public Schools 51 West Cliff Street Somerville New Jersey 08876 Tel (908) 218-4118 Fax (908) 526-9668 Email: [email protected] Thomas A. Conroy Director of Curriculum and Instruction June 1, 2012 Dear Parents/Guardians: Enclosed is your child’s summer reading assignment. The goal of the district’s Summer Reading Program is to “develop a love of reading by promoting reading as an enjoyable experience.” This year, Summer Reading Friday is on September 14, 2012 and celebrates the summer reading assignment in your child’s class. Please encourage reading during the summer. You are invited to share in the joy and pleasure of reading with your child. You may access additional summer reading program information and electronic versions of the enclosed assignment by visiting the Somerville Public School district's website: www.somervillenjk12.org. Sincerely, Thomas A. Conroy Attachments c: Corey Jones, Principal of Somerville High School The required summer reading for all students entering grade 10 is The Ditchdigger’s Daughters by Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D. Each tenth grade student must read at least two books: the required reading The Ditchdigger’s Daughters by Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D. and a book of his/her choice. Suggestions for the self-selected reading choice are listed below. 90 Minutes in Heaven by Don Piper A False Spring by Pat Jordan A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris Brave New World by Aldous Huxley Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King World War Z by Max Brooks A book of your choice selected from a current or past best seller list Honors level classes in grade 10 receive additional summer reading requirements • • • • • • • • • • Catch-22 by Joseph Heller Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton Giving by Bill Clinton His Excellency: George Washington by Joseph J. Ellis Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer On Writing by Stephen King Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Wicked Years (series) by Gregory Maguire Name: _______________________________________________ Entering: 10th Grade Summer Reading Summary Complete the summary below with information about the required reading. Title: The Ditchdigger’s Daughters Author: Yvonne S. Thornton, M.D. Moral implications of this novel: Summary of story: Climax: Resolution: Donald Thornton raised his daughters with a definite plan to succeed in very specific ways. Is a strict upbringing necessary to instill in children’s success later on in life? Explain. How do you think the book might have been different if told by a different daughter. What is stronger in the book, plot or character development? Why? The second book I read was: Title: __________________________________________ Author: _____________________________ Would you recommend this book to a friend: ______ Why or Why Not? _________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________________ Read, relax, and enjoy your summer!