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Summer Reading 2019 Selections

1. The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir by Thi Bui
An intimate and poignant graphic novel portraying one family's journey from war-torn Vietnam. This beautifully illustrated and emotional story is an evocative memoir about the search for a better future and a longing for the past.
2. One Free Choice Book - Recommendations >
3. Honors AP Also Read:
Incoming 9HP: Warriors Don’t Cry - Melba Beals
Incoming 10HP: Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Incoming 11AP: The Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
Incoming 12AP: Candide - Voltaire
Othello - William Shakespeare
4. Spanish 5 AP Must Read:
El alquimista - more info (also at SM Public Library)
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Over thSamohi Summer Reading Choicee summer, Samohi students are required to read two books. You can get the books from a library or bookstore. (Santa Monica Public Library branches will have many copies.)  Help your child make time to read them - a daily half-hour is perfect - and ask your child regularly about what’s happening. Parents, if you too read the assigned books, the experience will be especially rewarding - for both of you!

Copies of the specific summer titles are heavily stocked at Santa Monica libraries, and we usually offer them for sale on campus at certain spring events and at August registration. Students in most summer school English classes read the summer books as part of their course curriculum, with the texts supplied by the school.

Here are all of our All-Samo summer reading selections to date:

2018 Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
2017 The Martian by Andy Weir
2016 How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon
2015 Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
2014 Every Day by David Levithan
2013 The Fault in our Stars by John Green
2012 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2011 Zeitoun by Dave Eggers
2010 A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
2009 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2008 Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
2007 Fast Food Nation/Chew On This by Eric Schlosser
2006 Funny in Farsi by Firoozeh Dumas
2005 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
2004 A Yellow Raft in Blue Water by Michael Dorris

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