AP Summer Reading

The things they carried : a work of fiction

by Tim O'Brien.

Military Fiction, Literary Fiction

*Required summer reading for all Cecil County 11th grade students in AP Language and Composition.*

One of the first questions people ask aboutThe Things They Carriedis this: Is it a novel, or a collection of short stories? The title page refers to the book simply as "a work of fiction," defying the conscientious reader's need to categorize this masterpiece. It is both: a collection of interrelated short pieces which ultimately reads with the dra...


The adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain ; edited with an introduction by John Seelye ; notes by Guy Cardwell.

Literary Fiction

*Required summer reading for all Cecil County 11th grade students in AP Language and Composition.*

Of all the contenders for the title of The Great American Novel, none has a better claim than The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . Intended at first as a simple story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley-a sequel to Tom Sawyer-the book grew and matured under Twain's hand into a work of immeasurable richness and complexity. More than a ce...


How to read literature like a professor : a lively and entertaining guide to reading between the lines

Thomas C. Foster.

Arts, Nonfiction

*Required summer reading for all Cecil County 12th grade students in AP Literature and Composition.*

What does it mean when a fictional hero takes a journey'. Shares a meal? Gets drenched in a sudden rain shower? Often, there is much more going on in a novel or poem than is readily visible on the surface-a symbol, maybe, that remains elusive, or an unexpected twist on a character-and there's that sneaking suspicion that the deeper meaning of a l...


The poisonwood Bible : a novel

Barbara Kingsolver.

Literary Fiction

*Required summer reading for all Bo Manor High students in 12th grade AP Literature and Composition.*

The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it -- from garden seeds to Scripture -- is calamitously transformed on A...


Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

Literary Fiction

*Required summer reading for Perryville High School 12th grade students in AP Literature and Composition.*

An orphan girl's progress from the custody of cruel relatives to an oppressive boarding school culminates in a troubled career as a governess. Jane's first assignment at Thornfield, where the proud and cynical master harbors a scandalous secret, draws readers ever deeper into a compelling exploration of the mysteries of the human ...


Frankenstein

Mary Shelley.

Literary Fiction, Horror, Paranormal

*Required summer reading for all North East High School students in 12th grade AP Literature and Composition class.*

The story of Victor Frankenstein's monstrous creation and the havoc it caused has enthralled generations of readers and inspired countless writers of horror and suspense. Includes the author's own 1831 introduction.


A Prayer for Owen Meany a novel

John Irving.

Literary Fiction

*Required summer reading for all Elkton High School 12th grade students in AP Literature and Composition.*

John Irving's A Prayer for Owen Meany is the inspiring modern classic that introduced two of the author's most unforgettable characters, boys bonded forever in childhood: the stunted Owen Meany, whose life is touched by God, and the orphaned Johnny Wheelwright, whose life is touched by Owen. From the accident that links them to the mystery ...


One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey.

Literary Fiction

*Required summer reading for all Rising Sun High School 12th grade students in AP Literature and Composition.*

An international bestseller and the basis for a hugely successful film, Ken Kesey's One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest was one of the defining works of the 1960s. A mordant, wickedly subversive parable set in a mental ward, the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and ...