Delaware Valley Friends School Summer Reading List 2017
This year’s summer reading assignment will continue with the community discussion model that has been done in recent years. All students, Grades 7 through 12, will read the book A Mango Shaped Space by Wendy Mass as one of their three reading selections. This young adult novel addresses themes of identity and self-awareness, learning differences, and relates to the Quaker testimony of Integrity to the self. When school resumes in September, students and faculty will engage in a query-style dialogue that uses this novel to explore broader issues of relationships with others and the context of our larger community.
To complete the summer reading requirement, students will read two additional books of their own choosing:
- in a reasonable reading range (no picture books)
- from different authors
- and in different genres.
This year, we are offering an additional community option to address issues of diversity, race, and social justice. The book, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas, explores the story of a teenage girl named Starr who witnesses the shooting of her unarmed best friend Khalil by a police officer. This book contains mature subject matter, but we believe that it will inspire timely and thoughtful dialogue about issues facing our society. The discussion group will be facilitated by members of the DVFS Diversity Committee.
As was the case in previous years, students will submit an expanded paragraph overview of each book on the second day of school.
Thanks in advance for your participation!
~ The DVFS English Department
Required All-Community Book: A Mango Shaped Space
Description: Teenage Mia lives with a condition called synesthesia, where words and numbers are associated with colors and sounds in her brain. This makes parts of school, like history, easy for her, and other parts, like math class, a challenge. This a the coming-of-age story of how Mia learns to accept her differences and understand herself.
P.S. We encourage you to use audio books or Learning Ally to help you complete your reading. See your English teacher for help in setting up Learning Ally Link on your phone, iPad, or home computer and for how to put these books on your audio bookshelf so you can access them over the summer when you don’t have access to your school computer. *Books marked with an asterisk (*) on the list are available on Learning Ally.