Grade Summer Reading List for ism english 3 and 4 students

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In-Coming 11th & 12th Grade Summer Reading List

for ISM English 3 and 4 students

ISM English teachers have collaborated on a master book list for in-coming upperclassmen. Here you will find a variety of contemporary and classic novels, as well as a range of compelling nonfiction. Please see recommendations as follows below. Be sure to pack your books this summer and surround yourself with great literature!

  • Regardless of course selection, students are expected to read quality literature this summer

  • Students may be assessed on this reading. English classes will begin the year with summer reading discussions and activities, so please be prepared!

Specific Course Reading Requirements:

In coming juniors enrolled in English 3 and 4:

Read at least one book from the list below. You are encouraged to choose from those texts listed in the section English 3 and 4, although you are free to choose any book.

Classic Novels and Commonly Taught IB Texts:

  1. Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

  2. The Brothers Karamozov, Fydor Dostoevsky

  3. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens

  4. Jane Austin, Pride and Prejudice

  5. The Scarlet Letter, Nathanial Hawthorn

  6. The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner

  7. A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemmingway

  8. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemmingway

  9. Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe

  10. Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad

  11. Candide, Voltaire

  12. One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

  13. The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende

  14. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse

  15. Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

  16. Catch 22, Joseph Heller

  17. All the King’s Men, Robert Penn Warren

  18. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

  19. Short Stories by Flannery O’Conner

Contemporary Classics:

  1. The Guide, R.K. Narayan

  2. Midnight’s Children, Salmon Rushdie

  3. Sea of Poppies, Amitav Ghosh

  4. The White Tiger, Aravind Adiga

  5. In Other Rooms, Other Wonders, Daniyal Mueenuddin (short stories)

  6. Games at Twilight, Anita Desai, (short stories)

  7. The English Patient, Michael Ondaatje

  8. Never Let Me Go, Kazuo Ishiguo

  9. Waiting, Ha Jin

  10. The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse, Louise Erdrich

  11. Fool’s Crow, James Welsh

  12. Ceremony, Leslie Marmon Silko

  13. House Made of Dawn, N. Scott Momaday

  14. The Help, Kathryn Stockett

  15. Let Great World Spin, Colum McCann

  16. The Road, Cormack McCarthy

  17. No Country for Old Men, Cormack McCarthy

  18. Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, Junot Diaz

  19. Jazz, Toni Morrison

  20. Beloved, Toni Morrison

  21. Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison

  22. Native Son, Richard Wright

  23. The Color Purple, Alice Walker

  24. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society, Mary Ann Schaffer & Annie Barrows

  25. The Crying of Lot 49, Thomas Pynchon

  26. Atonement,arkness, Joseph Conradnwayendercia Marquezsh classes will begin the year with usmmer studenjts ten language, she stil Ian McEwan

  27. On the Road, Jack Kerouac

  28. Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini

  29. Bridget Jones’s Diary, Helen Fielding


  1. Shakespeare, Bill Bryson

  2. In Cold Blood, Truman Capote

  3. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer

  4. Into thin Air, Jon Krakauer


  1. Breaking the Silence, Lourdes Montinola (Filipino writer)

  2. Chino and His Time, Vergel O. Santos (Filipino writer)

  3. A Country Not Even His Own, Steve Psinakis (Filipino writer)

  4. When Heaven and Earth Changed Places, Le Ly Hayslip* (Vietnamese)

  5. Red Azalea, Anchee Min (Chinese/Cultural Revolution)

  6. When Broken Glass Floats: Growing Up Under the Khmer Rouge: A Memoir, Chanrithy Him*

  7. Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi* (female freedom/literature issues in Iran)

  8. Alicia, My Story, Alicia Appleman-Jurman (WWII holocaust survivor)

  9. Our Street, Gilda O’Neill (London during WWII)

  10. If I Die in a Combat Zone, Tim O’Brien (US Vietnam War veteran)


  1. Green Hills of Africa, Ernest Hemingway

  2. Endurance: Shakleton’s Incredible Voyage, Alfred Lansing

  3. Red Dust: A Path Through China, Ma Jian

  4. Songlines, Bruce Chatwin (Austrialian)

  5. The Places Between, Rory Stewart (British Journalist walks across Afghanistan)

  6. Riding the Iron Rooster, Paul Theroux

Suggestions for English 3 and English 4 students:


  1. I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

  2. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

  3. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

  4. The Big Sleep by Raymond Chandler

  5. How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

  6. White Teeth by Zadie Smith

More Challenging Novels

  1. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

  3. Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell


  1. Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer

  2. Fire Season by Philip Connors

  3. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown

  4. The Story of Art by E. Gombrich

  5. The Periodic Table by Primo Levi

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