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2020 Required Summer Reading - Grade 10
All students starting Grade 10 in Fall Semester, 2020, are required to read one of these books for English:
1984, by George Orwell
The Grace Year, by Kim Liggett
Students should be prepared to discuss and write about the book at the start of classes in August. You may find it useful to record your responses to the texts you choose in writing or as an audio note.
Questions? Email Alayna Garvin.
Book Choices for 10th Grade - Read ONE
Publication Date: 1950-07-01
A chilling portrait of a totalitarian society under the ever-watchful gaze of Big Brother, where love, privacy, and individuality are banned. The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell's nightmare vision from 1949 of the world we are becoming is timelier than ever.
Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…
The Grace Year by
Publication Date: 2019-10-08
In Garner County, girls are told they have the power to lure grown men from their beds, to drive women mad with jealousy. They believe their very skin emits a powerful aphrodisiac, the potent essence of youth, of a girl on the edge of womanhood. That’s why they’re banished for their sixteenth year, the grace year, to release their magic into the wild so they can return purified and ready for marriage. But not all of them will make it home alive.
Sixteen-year-old Tierney James dreams of a better life—a society that doesn’t pit friend against friend or woman against woman, but as her own grace year draws near, she quickly realizes that it’s not just the brutal elements they must fear. Their greatest threat may very well be each other.