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Summer Reading

In preparation for the 2021-22 academic year, below is the required reading for students enrolled in Humanities III, IV or V. 
Print versions are preferred for all summer reading books, so that students can annotate the text and bring it to school in the fall. For international students who cannot obtain a print version, a digital e-book version is acceptable. Links provided take the user to the text on Amazon.

Humanities III

Required Reading:
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
ISBN: 978-1-68119-107-2 (paperback)

Humanities IV

Required Reading (both books):
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
ISBN: 978-0-385-345-80640-6 (paperback)
ISBN: 978-0-385-35085-3 (e-book)
When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
ISBN: 978-0-385-72181-3
If you are joining St. Paul’s School as  a new Fourth Former, we recommend you read the following additional text which was discussed in Humanities III in preparation for joining Humanities IV:
Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng, 2019 edition, ISBN 978-0-735-22431-5

Humanities V

Required Reading:
The Industrial Revolutionaries: The Making of the Modern World 1776-1914 by Gavin Weightman
ISBN: 978-0-8021-4484-3
Student Choice (read one of these books):
Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
ISBN: 978-1-61620-241-5
The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
ISBN: 978-1-4165-6260-3
If you are joining St. Paul’s School as  a new Fifth Former, we recommend you read the following two texts which were discussed in Humanities III or IV in preparation for joining Humanities V:
The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid, 2008 edition, ISBN 978-0-156-03402-9
There, There by Tommy Orange, 2019 edition, ISBN 978-0-525-43614-0

Additional Recommended Reading

You are strongly encouraged to read as much as possible this summer. Below is a link to additional recommendations from SPS students, faculty, and staff.

Additional recommendations
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