John Overton High School
Summer Reading List
It's summer. That means time at the beach, time to just relax around the house, and time to do summer reading. Here is the summer reading list....
English I Honors
Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story—Ben Carson
English II Honors
Fahrenheit 451—Ray Bradbury
English III Honors
Pay It Forward—Catherine Ryan Hyde
The Grapes of Wrath—John Steinbeck
English IV Honors
The Kite Runner--Khaled Hosseini
Angela’s Ashes—Frank McCourt
AP English III (Language and Composition) AND Dual Enrollment—see Riley in room 216 for specific assignments
Devil in the White City—Erik Larson (reading questions attached)
Night by Elie Wiesel
AP English IV (Literature and Composition)
How to Read Literature Like a Professor—by Thomas Foster (read this one FIRST)
The Bean Trees —Barbara Kingsolver
The Kite Runner— Khaled Hosseini.
AP Language and Composition
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
You might want to take notes on the following themes as you read the book. Your summer reading test will be entirely essay-based and it will come from these essay questions. Page numbers may/may not correspond to your book. Please realize that this is a book of non-fiction and all of the incidents in the book have been verified historically. Please also pay close attention to the juxtaposition of the two protagonists- Henry H. Holmes and Daniel Burnham. I would recommend NOT reading this book close to bed time; it can be a bit scary.
1. In the note "Evils Imminent," Erik Larson writes "Beneath the gore and smoke and loam, this book is about the evanescence of life, and why some men choose to fill their brief allotment of time engaging the impossible, others in the manufacture of sorrow" [xi]. What does the book reveal about "the ineluctable conflict between good and evil"? What is the essential difference between men like Daniel Burnham and Henry H. Holmes?...