Summer Reading

Middle and Upper School students are asked to complete the following Summer Reading before the start of school in August. Although you may purchase the books from your preferred retailer, Brownell Talbot has partnered with the Bookworm in order to offer BT families a 20% discount on the books listed below. 

Bookworm In-Store Purchases
Let the bookseller know at the beginning of the transaction you are purchasing these books as a part of Brownell Summer Reading to get 20% off on the books. Note these purchases do not count toward the Bookworm's Baker's Dozen program.

Bookworm Online Purchases
Put "For Brownell Summer Reading" in the order comments and process payment as usual. 

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Grade Level: incoming fifth graders
Book Title: Hatchet by Greg Paulsen (ISBN 9781416936473)
Guidelines for Reading: Students are required to annotate given the guidelines on this bookmarkA bookmark and instructions for this process were provided during the school year.

Grade Level: incoming sixth graders
Book Title: A Diamond in the Desert by Kathyrn Fitzmaurice (ISBN 9780142424377) and Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan (ISBN 9780545846615)
Guidelines for Reading: Students are required to annotate given the guidelines on this bookmark. A bookmark and instructions for this process were provided during the school year.

Grade Level: incoming seventh graders
Book Title: The Giver by Lois Lowry (ISBN 9780544336261) and Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith (ISBN 9780143131663)
Guidelines for Reading: Students should follow the specific, detailed directions from Mrs. Vetter. General annotation guidelines on this bookmark should also be followed.

The Wreck This Journal activity will help students prepare for journaling assignments by stimulating and developing creativity. This should be a fun exercise that encourages students to think outside the box. View an example journal.

Grade Level: incoming eighth graders
Book Title: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee (ISBN 9780060935467), The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton (ISBN 9780142407332), and Animal Farm George Orwell (ISBN 9780451526342)
Guidelines for Reading: Students should follow these guidelines, paying close attention to the guiding questions and identifying supporting evidence in the text.

Grade Level: incoming ninth - twelfth graders
Book Title: 19 Ways of Looking at Wang Wei by Eliot Weinberger (ISBN 9780811226202) and Why Poetry by Matthew Zapruder (ISBN 9780062343086) 
Guidelines for Reading: All incoming 9-12 students are being asked to read the same book. This is an intentional step to bring all Upper School students' attention to a global topic of importance and for all students to engage around the central theme of translation. Students will have the opportunity to work with this theme in their English and World Language classes.

Students should follow these guidelines, paying close attention to the guiding questions and identifying supporting evidence in the text.  

Grade Level: incoming eleventh grade students in AP United States History
Book Title: A Larger Memory (A History of our Diversity, with Voices) by Ronald Takaki (ISBN 978-0316311625)
Guidelines for Reading: Mr. Coffey will reach out over the summer to assign selections from the book, to begin the process of studying American History.

Grade Level: incoming tenth grade students in both AP European History and Modern World History
Book Title: 1493: Uncovering the New World Columbus Created by Charles C Mann (ISBN 978-0307278241)
Guidelines for Reading: Mr. Smith will assign each student one section of the overall book to read. Notes, big ideas, and interesting factoids will be compiled and be used in our early studies of the Age of Exploration in the fall of 2021.