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LHS 11th Grade Summer Reading List

 11th Grade Summer Reading List 2012

Longwood High School



Title Author Description
1984 1984  Orwell, George Portrays life in a future time when a totalitarian government watches over all citizens and directs all activities.
 A Time to Kill  A Time to Kill  Grisham, John Criminal lawyer Jake Brigance faces the fight of his life when he is asked to defend Carl Hailey, who, in a rage of anger, shot and killed the men on trial for the rape of his daughter.
 Animal Farm  Animal Farm  Orwell, George  A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.
 Beloved  Beloved  Morrison, Toni  Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is persistently haunted by the ghost of her dead baby girl.
 Catch-22  Catch-22  Heller, Joseph  Presents the contemporary classic depicting the struggles of a United States airman attempting to survive the lunacy and depravity of a World War II airbase.
 Death of a Salesman  Death of a Salesman  Miller, Arthur  An unsuccessful traveling salesman finally confronts, in his early sixties, his shattered dreams.
 Fahrenheit 451  Fahrenheit 451  Bradbury, Ray  The classic science fiction novel about censorship, in which Guy Montag unquestioningly does his job of burning books until a seventeen-year-old girl tells him of a past in which people were not afraid.
   Fences  Wilson, August  
 Franny and Zooey  Franny and Zooey  Salinger, J.D.  Two children of the Glass family appear in separate stories laid in twentieth-century New York.
 I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings  Angelou, Maya  A black woman recalls the anguish of her childhood in Arkansas and her adolescence in northern slums.
 In Cold Blood  In Cold Blood  Capote, Truman  An account of the senseless murder of a Kansas farm family and the search for the killers.
 My Antonia  My Antonia  Cather, Wila  The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska, particularly a young Bohemian girl named Antonia Shimerda, are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation of the immigrant.
 Profiles in Courage  Profiles in Courage  Kennedy, John F.  President Kennedy's Pulitzer Prize-winning book chronicles the experiences of courageous American statesmen from a variety of political and personal backgrounds, who pursued their political beliefs with great courage.
 Secret Life of Bees  Secret Life of Bees Monk Kidd, Sue   After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
 The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn  Twain, Mark  The adventures of a boy and a runaway slave as they travel down the Mississippi River on a raft.
 The Bean Trees  The Bean Trees  Kingsolver, Barbra  Growing up in a rural Kentucky home, young Taylor Greer dreams of a better life. heading out west with a beat-up car, Taylor finds herself caring for an abandoned Cherokee infant, and eventually aids a couple of Guatemalan immigrants.
 The Color Purple  The Color Purple  Walker, Alice  The lives of two sisters--Nettie, a missionary in Africa, and Celie, a Southern woman married to a man she hates-are revealed in a series of letters exchanged over thirty years.
 The Crying of Lot 49  The Crying of Lot 49  Pynchon, Thomas  When Oedipa Maas is named as the executor of her late lover's will, she discovers that his estate is mysteriously connected with an underground organization.
 The Help  The Help  Stockett, Kathryn  In Jackson, Mississippi, in 1962, there are lines that are not crossed. With the civil rights movement exploding all around them, three women start a movement of their own, forever changing a town and the way women--black and white, mothers and daughters--view one another.
 The Jungle  The Jungle  Sinclair, Upton  Instead of finding the American Dream in early 20th century Chicago, Rudkus and his Lithuanian immigrant family inhabit a brutal, soul-crushing urban jungle dominated by greedy bosses, pitiless con-men, and corrupt politicians.
 The Poisonwood Bible The Poisonwood Bible  Kingsolver, Barbara  The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization.
 The Scarlet Letter  The Scarlet Letter  Hawthorne, Nathaniel  Set in 17th-century Puritan New England, this story of illicit passion, guilt and punishment revolves around Hester Prynne, who is condemned to wear a scarlet letter as a sign of her adultery.
 The Things They Carried  The Things They Carried  O'Brien, Tim  Heroic young men carry the emotional weight of their lives to war in Vietnam in a patchwork account of a modern journey into the heart of darkness.
 Trail of Tears  Trail of Tears: The Rise and Fall of the Cherokee Nation  Ehle, John  Recounts the many broken U.S. treaties with the Cherokees, describes how they were forced to leave their lands in Tennessee, Georgia, and North Carolina, and looks at the hardships they faced on the trail west.
 Uncle Tom's Cabin  Uncle Tom's Cabin  Stowe, Harriet Beecher  In the classic 1852 novel that brought the abolitionists' message to the public, a devoutly Christian slave becomes separated from his wife and family when he is sold to the brutal planter Simon Legree.
 White Noise  White Noise  DeLillo, Don  Jack Gladney, a professor of Nazi history at a Middle American liberal arts school, and his family try to handle normal family life as a black cloud of lethal gaseous fumes threatens their town.
Last updated June 15, 2012.