Reading List Course 4
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This celebrated novel is about the relationship between two
boys at boarding school during World War II. One of the boys
is a brilliant student, the other is a great athlete, and
the tension between them leads to a tragedy that symbolizes
the darkest forces of adolescence.
This popular novel is a mystery, a morality tale, and a coming-of-age
story all rolled into one. The first-person narrator Pip falls
into unrequited love and unexpected wealth as he makes his
way from boyhood to adulthood.
of the Flies
When a group of boys become stranded on an uninhabited island,
they must struggle for their lives. Two leaders emerge, and
the boys must choose sides in this frightening exploration
of human nature.
Place Where the Sea Remembers
Through a series of intertwined stories, this novel explores
the hopes, loves, failures, and relationships of the inhabitants
of a small seaside village in Mexico. Their lives and dreams
are guarded by Remedios, the village curandera, or
House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros uses her childhood experience as a subject
in both her fiction and her nonfiction writing. This novel
tells the story of Esperanza, a Mexican American girl, who
lives, as Cisneros did, in a Spanish-speaking community in
Chicago. Esperanza's hopes, joys, and fears are explored in
a series of short vignettes.
Truth: Ain't I a Woman?
Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack
This page-turning biography explores the dramatic life of
a woman who was born into slavery and eventually gained her
freedom. After struggling to keep her family together under
extremely difficult conditions, Sojourner Truth became an
eloquent spokesperson for the abolitionist cause and greatly
influenced the politics of her day.
Chance to See
Douglas Adams and Mark Carwardine
A best-selling author and a well-known zoologist team up to
travel the world looking for endangered species. Adams and
Carwardine recount their adventures with humor and flair,
even while describing the heart-breaking plight of the exotic
animals they encounter.
Chinese American Family Album
Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler
In order to tell the story of Chinese immigration to the United
States, the Hooblers gather photographs, letters, journals,
and other firsthand accounts from the people who made the
trip from one country to the other. Life in China, the conditions
of the journey, and the challenges of the new world are all
explained in personal, intimate detail.
Walter Dean Myers
When seventeen-year-old Perry's college plans fall through,
he enlists in the army and fights in the Vietnam War. Perry
faces both racism and death, but he also manages to find friendship
and virtue through his experiences.
Same Sky: A Collection of Poems from Around the World
by Naomi Shihab Nye
Nearly every culture has a poetic tradition, and all over
the world, poets share similar subjects: childhood, family,
and the beauty of the natural world. This collection of 129
poets from 68 countries celebrates both the diversity of their
origins and the similarity of their feelings and aspirations.
Always Endures: Native American Poems
by Neil Philip
Whether in the death song of a Cheyenne warrior or in an Apache
prayer for happiness, this collection of traditional Native
American chants, prayers, and songs vibrates with a sense
of the sacred. The historic photographs included in this volume
contribute to the book's appeal, making past eras come to
for Life: Famous People Select Their Favorite Poem and Say
Why It Inspires Them
by the Grade V Classes from The Nightingale-Bamford School
Determined to raise money for a good cause, a group of students
in New York City mailed letters to a host of famous people.
"We were wondering if you would like to send us a copy of
your favorite poem with an explanation of why you chose it,"
they wrote. Fifty renowned writers, musicians, politicians,
actors, and television personalities responded, and the result
is this fascinating collection.
Kill a Mockingbird
One of the most beloved characters in modern American literature,
Scout Finch is a bold, smart, and funny little girl growing
up in a small Alabama town in the 1930s. When her father,
a brilliant lawyer, agrees to defend an African American in
court, many people react with anger. In the controversy that
follows, Scout learns about justice as her father and his
defendant embark on a life-or-death struggle against racial
Town: A Play in Three Acts
In Grover's Corners, New Hampshire, at the turn of the twentieth
century, two neighbor children fall in love and grow into
adulthood. Each of the play's acts takes place at a different
point in the characters' lives, providing snapshots of life
and death in a small town. Generations of readers have been
moved by this Pulitzer Prizewinning play, which includes
one of the most famous last acts in American theater.
of America from American Folklore for Young Actors
L. E. McCullough
The ten plays in this collection draw on subjects ranging
from Native American myths to traditional European, African,
and Asian stories and include pioneer-era heroes as well as
recent cultural figures such as Elvis Presley. Each play includes
historical notes and tips on staging.
in the Elizabethan Theater
Actors have not always been glamorous stars and respected
professionals. In fact, in the past they were considered little
more than vagabonds. It wasn't until Shakespeare's time that
their lowly status began to change, and they gained admittance
to Queen Elizabeth's court. This book provides fascinating
details of what life was like for those involved with the
English theater during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
In 1917, Hana Omiya leaves her native Japan and sails to San
Francisco to marry a man she has never met. Living with a
stranger in a new country isn't easy, and when Japanese citizens
are interned during World War II, Hana's troubles increase.
Zeus and Odysseus, Cupid and Psyche, Hercules and the Titans
these and other Greek gods and heroes have inspired,
frightened, enlightened, and entertained generations of readers
around the world. This classic book presents many of the Greek
myths that are an important part of Western culture.
and the Queen
What was happening in Ithaca while Odysseus was away? This
novel tells the story of Queen Penelope, who must defend the
kingdom from takeover in her husband's absence. Among Penelope's
few allies are Kleea, a faithful servant, and Aleta, Kleea's
granddaughter. Despite many obstacles, Aleta summons courage
and resourcefulness to help Penelope fend off greedy suitors.
An American Indian Odyssey
This book incorporates the folklore of Plains and Southwest
Indians to tell the story of Anpao, a poor but brave young
man who falls in love with the daughter of a chief. She agrees
to marry him, but only after he attains the permission of
the sun. Anpao undertakes a dramatic journey across mountains,
deserts, and prairies to achieve his goal.
Midsummer Night's Dream
One of the most light-hearted of Shakespeare's plays, this
fantasy follows young lovers into a magical forest, where
the meddling of a mischievous elf causes comedy and chaos
to ensue. Meanwhile, the king and queen of the fairies are
having their own problems, and another group of humans is
making humorous attempts to put on a play.
Ear, the Eye, and the Arm: A Novel
The place is Zimbabwe. The year is 2194. After sneaking in
to the city, three children are kidnapped by a monkey and
forced into a life of hard labor. When the children's parents
hire a trio of mutant detectives to retrieve them, trouble
and adventure begin. This Newberry Award winning novel
combines elements of both science fiction and traditional
Isaac Asimov and Robert Silverberg
Two great science fiction writers collaborated on this suspenseful
tale, which explores what happens when darkness slowly falls
in a world that has seen nothing but sunlight for the last
two thousand years. As a terrified society verges on chaos,
only a few citizens are prepared to face a truth that reveals
some of the most fundamental aspects of human experience.
Winds of Mars
H. M. Hoover
Annalyn Court's father is President of Mars. Or is he? Annalyn must
decide whether or not her dad has been secretly replaced by
an android, and in the meantime, a rebellion is threatening
to tear the planet apart. The suspense mounts as battles rage
in this exciting science fiction novel.