Samohi Summer Reading 2013
Over the summer, Samohi students are required to read two booksthree for HP/AP. Please help get the books from a library or bookstore. (Santa Monica Public Library branches will have many copies.) Then help your child make time to read thema daily half-hour is perfectand ask your child regularly about what’s happening. Parents, if you too read the assigned books, the experience will be especially rewardingfor both of you!
Reading the two or three summer books will make your child a better reader, a better writer, and a better thinker; enlarge his or her understanding of people and the world; and help him or her start strongly in English in the fall. And, of course, there are the adventures, discoveries, shocks, laughs, tears, terrors, victories! Reading is sweet and intense.
In order to remember each book, your child should record passages, with page number, followed by comments or questions, for:
important events and changes
parts that show why things happen, why characters do what they do
favorite passages and scenes
parts that are confusing or puzzling
Students may write these comments on paper, on Post-It notes stuck to the pages, or in the book’s margins (if you own the book).
We wish you a sweet, intense summer!
The Santa Monica High School English Department
Here are all of our All-Samo summer reading selections to date:
• 2012 The Glass Castle by Jeanette 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
1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green
Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel’s story is about to be completely rewritten.