2009 9 Honors Summer Reading Assignment
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - 1943 by Betty Smith
Freshmen 9 Honors Book Assignment
the book that moved me most when I was growing up was A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I had a tree in my backyard, too, so
I identified with her. I just thought, "Oh, this is my life." And then I discovered Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn: Click here to read a review and a sample chapter! This is the mandatory read for the freshman honors
class but anyone can read this novel. A classic story with universal truths!
9 Honors Teacher Selection: September - May 2009 - 2010
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
While not a summer requirement, Freshman
Honors will study this novel later in the year. If you want to read ahead feel free!! Hard to read at the beach,
but necessary for the honors level of critical thinking and learning! Allow plenty of time to read!
No other novel
in the English language so epitomizes upward mobility, the rise from poverty to wealth, as Great Expectations. Often considered
to be one of Dickens's best novels, it tells the story of young Pip who is mysteriously helped by two people: escaped convict
Magwitch and the eccentric dowager Miss Havisham. Here is storytelling at its best, alive with bigger-than-life characters,
plot twists that turn on a dime, and scenes that burst off the page with color.
Great Expectations Amazon Review and sample chapters. You may read any publishers copy and I also have copies available to
lend. You must make prior arrangements.