Summer Reading List 2011

This year we will be looking at themes in American History.  We will spend more time talking about the whys and less time talking about the whats.  The reading list’s fiction represents modern authors.  Over the course of the year, historical writers will be explored.


Charles G. Mann 1491:  New Revelations of the Americas before Columbus (AV)

Tony Horwitz’s A Voyage Long and Strange (JV)

Stephen Ambrose’s Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson and the Opening of the American West (AV)

Buckner F. Melton, Jr.’s  Aaron Burr: Conspiracy to Treason (JV)


James L. Collier’s My Brother Sam is Dead (Lower and Upper)

Janet Lunn’s The Hollow Tree (Lower and Upper)

Jennifer Holm’s Boston Jane (Lower and Upper)

Ann Rinaldi’s Mine Eyes Have Seen

Irene Hunt’s Across Five Aprils

Lawrence Yep’s Dragon’s Gate (JV, AV)

Katherine Paterson’s Bread and Roses, Too (JV)

You must also familiarize or review these works and mythologies and histories


  • Odyssey                                                           


  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Julius Caesar

Bullfinch’s Greek Mythology

  • Daedalus and Icarus
  • Prometheus
  • Eurydice and Orpheus
  • River Styx
  • Hercules
  • Persephone and Demeter
  • Theseus
  • Jason
  • The Journey of the Hero


  • Birth of Jesus
  • Parable of the Prodigal Son
  • Lazarus
  • The temptation of Christ
  • Jesus in the desert
  • Sermon on the Mount
  • John the Baptist
  • Jordan River
  • Last Supper
  • Judas (the kiss)
  • The Creation
  • Adam and Eve
  • Cain and Abel
  • Noah’s Ark
  • David and Goliath
  • Moses
  • Ten Commandments
  • Exodus – the action
  • Abraham and Isaac
  • Jacob and Esau
  • The Tower of Babel
  • Samson and Delilah
  • Jonah and the Whale
  • Jezebel
  • The meaning of Ichabod

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