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Burlingame High School - Summer Reading List 2013

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9th Grade

Freshman CP/AS:

All students CP/AS must read "The Chrysanthemus" by John Steinbeck.


10th Grade

Sophomore CP:

All CP students must read The Kitchen Gods Wife by Amy Tan.

Sophomore AS:

All AS students must read Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger as well as a book of literary merit. A title from one of the authors below will work.

  • Louisa May Alcott
  • Madeline L’Engle
  • Sandra Cisneros
  • Julia Alvaerz
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Khaled Hosseini (not The Kite Runner)
  • Annie Dillard
  • Virginia Woolf
  • John Irving
  • Isabelle Allende
  • Jane Smiley
  • Willa Cather
  • Joyce Carol Oates
  • Ray Bradbury (not Fahrenheit 451)
  • Thomas Moore
  • Maya Angelou
  • Gustav Flaubert
  • Nick Hornby
  • Barbara Kingsolver
  • George Elliot
  • Victor Villasenor
  • Viktor Martinez
  • Truman Capote
  • Leo Tolstoy
  • David Wroblewski
  • Edward P. Jones


11th Grade

Juniors CP:

All CP Students are required to read a book by an author from the following list:

Juniors AP:

All AP Read any two nonfiction works* (not necessarily the same author) from this list:


12th Grade

Seniors CP:

All CP students must read a biography or autobiography of their choice.

AP Literature:

Choose a pair of novels that explore the theme of separate worlds (or worlds apart). Listed below are some authors whose work often examines themes of separate worlds.

  • Salman Rushdie
  • Bharati Mukherjee
  • W. Somerset Maughm
  • Gish Jen
  • Nadine Gordimer
  • Colm Toibin
  • Ian McEwan
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Neal Stephenson
  • Zadie Smith
  • Pat Barker
  • Anita Desai
  • Abraham Verghese
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Jane Austen
  • Lewis Carroll
  • Amy Tan
  • Gustave Flaubert
  • Cormac McCarthy
  • Jonathan Franzen
  • Jane Smiley
  • E.M. Forster
  • Toni Morrison
  • Philip Roth
  • Ernest Hemmingway
  • Haruki Murakami
  • Richard Price
  • Irene Némirovsky