Friday, June 8, 2007

See You in September...

We have had a remarkable year in the school library, and it is not over yet! The library is open everyday until 3:30 p.m. The last day for students is June 21st. Now is the perfect time to come in and study for your final exams or Regents Exams. You can pick up an extra copy of the summer reading list in the library before school lets out. We have copies of all the books on the list. Browse through them and make your selection. Thank you for making my first year teaching at Mepham High School so memorable. Have a wonderful vacation. I’ll see you in September!

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Extra, Extra, Read All About It!

Meeting Khaled Hosseini

Ms. Paccione, Mr. Cooney, Ms. Dalpiaz, and Ms. Schneiderman had the unique opportunity to attend the Friends Evening Lecture with New York Times Bestselling Author Khaled Hosseini at the New York Public Library. Dr. Hosseini discussed his debut novel, The Kite Runner, which was nothing short of a cultural phenomenon. He also answered questions about his much anticipated second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns. Ms. Dalpiaz closed the evening when she asked Dr. Hosseini if he felt he has grown as a writer and to which book he felt a closer connection. Dr. Hosseini responded that he has definitely grown as a writer from his first novel to his second. He added that his first novel will always hold a very special place in his heart. However, as a writer he feels more accomplished with his second novel. The Kite Runner is on the 11th Grade Advanced Placement Summer Reading List.

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Booked for the Summer?

We are pleased to present the Summer Reading Program. Each student is required to select a book from the appropriate grade-level list below. If you are having trouble choosing a book, ask a parent, teacher, librarian or the English department chair for help. The Mepham High School homepage has pamphlets with short summaries to help make your selection easier and the titles below are linked to for more information. Enjoy the summer with a good book!

Incoming 9th Grade Summer Reading List:
Alicia, My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman
The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
Driver's Ed by Caroline B. Cooney
Things Change by Patrick Jones
The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King
The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver

Incoming 10th Grade Summer Reading List:
Having Our Say by Sarah L. Delany and A. Elizabeth Delany
A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly
Marley and Me: Life and Love with the World's Worst Dog by Josh Grogan
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult

Incoming 11th Grade Summer Reading List:
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark
Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher
Jim the Boy by Tony Earley
Bleachers by John Grisham
Going Postal by Terry Pratchett

The Pickup* by Nadine Gordimer
The Kite Runner* by Khaled Hosseini
*Only required for E3 AP English students at Mepham High School

Incoming 12th Grade Summer Reading List:
For One More Day by Mitch Albom
Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius by Dave Eggers
Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner
Cat's Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Ironweed* by William Kennedy
The Shipping News* by Annie Proulx
*Only required for E4 AP English students at Mepham High School