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Summer Reading 2018 Selections

1. Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
By turns alarming, sad and funny, the book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah's family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country's lurching entry into a postapartheid era in the 1990s.
2. One Free Choice Book - Recommendations >
3. Honors AP Also Read:
Incoming 9HP: Kindred - Octavia E. Butler
Incoming 10HP: Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut
Incoming 11AP: The Boys in the Boat-Daniel James Brown
Incoming 12AP: Candide - Voltaire
Othello - William Shakespeare
How to Read Literature Like a Professor - Thomas Foster
4. Spanish 5 AP Must Read:
El alquimista - more info (also at SM Public Library)
One free choice

Samohi Summer Reading

Over the summer, Samohi students are required to read two books—three 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 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!

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

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