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Summer Reading

In preparation for the 2020-21 academic year, below is the required reading for students enrolled in Humanities III, IV or V. Students may use either a paper copy of the book or an e-book. Links provided take the user to the text on Amazon.

Humanities III

Required Reading:
Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson
ISBN: 978-1-68119-105-8 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-1-68119-106-5 (e-book)

Humanities IV

Required Reading (both books):
The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
ISBN: 978-0-385-35084-6 (hardcover)
ISBN: 978-0-385-35085-3 (e-book)

When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
ISBN: 978-0385721813

If you are joining St. Paul’s School as  a new Fourth Former, we recommend you read the following three texts which were discussed in Humanities III in preparation for joining Humanities IV:

The Odyssey by Homer
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger


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: 978-1616202415

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
ISBN: 978-1416562603

The Attack by Yasmina Khadra
ISBN: 978-0307275707

If you are joining St. Paul’s School as  a new Fifth Former, we recommend you read the following three texts which were discussed in Humanities III or IV in preparation for joining Humanities V:

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
There There by Tommy Orange


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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