The English Department recommends that, if possible, students read the texts listed for each English class, as the texts provide a baseline for the coursework in that class. If that is not possible, read any book that is representative of the course. Check your local libraries for print books, eBooks and audiobooks. For some free ebooks, go to https://www.hoopladigital.com/.
If possible, read one of the three titles from the list below, as well as one book of your choice. If that is not possible, read any 2 age-appropriate books of your choice.
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
The Public Libraries in Topsfield and Boxford have some Masco owned books that you can keep for as long as you need them. Give them a call and support your local library!
Topsfield Public Library 978-887-1528
Boxford Public Library 978-887-6352
On The Come Up
The protagonist, Bri, is a sixteen-year-old who wants to be a rapper. She is trying to find her voice and her identity through her lyrics and has to decide if she wants to be famous for a popular song she writes, even though it strays from who she really is.
The Song of Achilles
The focus the novel is the romantic relationship between the warriors Achilles and Patroclus. The writer keeps all of the supernatural elements known through the myths intact including Achilles’ goddess mother Thetis, his centaur teacher Chiron, and the prophecy regarding his life and death. Miller is faithful to the classic myths and still manages to bring forth a new theme regarding ancient heroes and present day lives.
Have you ever been involved in a conflict where your parents were REALLY upset with you? Imagine… because of that conflict, your parents sent you to a camp for you to be “unwound?” Hmm.. sounds relaxing, right? A place where you can go and unwind, get relaxed.. WRONG! The camp is actually where unwanted and challenging children are sent, to have their body “unwound…” Meaning: their organs and body parts are harvested to be donated to other people, sort of like the organ transplant that we are used to hearing about today, only.. they are ALIVE and it’s involuntarily. CRAZY, RIGHT?!
Unwind follows three teenagers: Connor, Risa and Lev, all from very different backgrounds, on their intense journey as they band together and attempt to escape their fate. Their goal: Survive until their 18th birthday, adulthood, when they are finally safe. Do they make it? What happens when ethics and law conflict? Should an individual be in charge of their own life, of their own destiny, no matter their age?