The Summer Reading Program at Suffield Academy reflects several important aims. First, we want to encourage our students to read outside of the classroom and beyond the school year. Additionally, we value the shared experience of all faculty and students reading a common text. Students should annotate their books as they read and expect to write and discuss the selections during the first few weeks of fall term. At a minimum, students must read the community text and choose one book from the reading list. However, students are encouraged to read throughout the summer and urged to choose two books from the reading list.
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THE LAST LECTURE by Randy Pausch
SUMMER READING LIST: PICK ONE BOOK -REQUIRED FOR ALL GRADES
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
This is the story of a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.
Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is 12, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea.
In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.
Away Offshore:Nantucket Island and Its People by Nathaniel Philbrick
This book provides a rich narrative about the contemporary vacation destination. Nathaniel Philbrick remains a compelling author of many historic nonfiction pieces and Away Offshore does not disappoint in offering an engaging and informative overview of the island’s history. As late author Russel Baker puts it, “For everyone who loves Nantucket Island this is the indispensable book.”
Chasing Cezanne by Peter Mayle
It is Camilla who has sent our hero, Andre Kelly, to Cap Ferrat to take glamorous photographs of the houses and treasures of the rich, famous, and fatuous. He happens to have his camera at the ready when he spots a Cézanne being loaded onto a plumber’s truck near the home of an absent collector. Odd, thinks Andre. And in no time, he’s on the trail of a state-of-the-art art scam, chasing Cézanne.