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Summer Reading 2021



See information on the following pages with specific details about summer reading assignments. 

All students in grades 7-12: More Information on pages 2-3 

1. Read Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore 


You have additional books to read. See below for your course and the required reading list. Specific assignment details are on the following pages. 

Freshmen Honors English: (You will complete two (2) quote journals)

1. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore 

2. Choose one (1) of the following: 

The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell ○ Hotel of the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford 

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom 

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay 

Sunrise over Fallujah by Walter Dean Myers 

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd 

A Long Way Gone:Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah 

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

The 57 Bus: A True Story of Two Teenagers and the Crime That Changed Their Lives by Dashka Slater

Positive: A Memoir by Paige Rawl 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon 

○ Lord of the Flies by by William Golding 

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan 

Sophomore Honors English: (You will complete three (3) quote journals)

1. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley 

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak 

3. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore 

Junior Honors English: (You will complete two (2) quote journals) 

1. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger 

2. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore 

AP English: See page 5 of this document for more information on assignment.

1. How to Read Literature Like a Professor by Thomas C. Foster 

2. Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison 

3. Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore




Dear Jr/Sr High Berkshire Students, 

It is just about summer, which means it is time for summer reading. Like last year, Berkshire Jr/Sr High School will model the summer reading after “One Book, One City” and “One Book, One School” programs already active around our country. In other words, all students in grades 7-12 will read the same book! Berkshire staff members collaboratively selected the nonfiction title Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore. This unique format can help unify the staff and students, excavate themes through discussions in the classrooms, and encourage a community of readers by forming connections with one another.


Wes Moore Book


The story of “the other Wes Moore” is one that the author couldn’t get out of his mind, not since he learned that another boy with his name—just two years his senior—grew up in the same Baltimore neighborhood. He wrote that boy—now a man—a letter, not expecting to receive a reply. But a reply came, and a friendship grew, as letters turned into visits and the two men got to know each other. Eventually, that friendship became the inspiration for Discovering Wes Moore, a moving and cautionary tale examining the factors that contribute to success and failure—and the choices that make all the difference. 

About the author: 

WES MOORE is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and was a Rhodes Scholar. He served as a paratrooper and captain in the U.S. Army in Afghanistan and as a White House Fellow in the U.S. Department of State. He is executive producer of the three-part PBS series Coming Back with Wes Moore. Moore was named one of the top young business leaders in America and has appeared on the cover of Time magazine, which featured him in the article “The New Greatest Generation.” Wes lives in Baltimore with his wife and daughter. 

Each student is required to obtain a copy (through purchasing or borrowing) the book. Here are some recommended sites that carry our title: 

Half Price Books: 

Amazon: (available on Kindle) ** There is an audio book option available on 

Barnes and Noble: (available on Nook) 

Public Library: Students may also borrow the book through the public library.