Dear Young Kings and Families,

We hope that you are enjoying your summer break thus far!

In order to continue to prepare you for the college and career opportunities that lie ahead, we are asking that each 9th and 10th Grade Young King read at least one of the novels on our Summer Reading List (see below).  The book reports will be collected on the first day of school, or can be emailed to AP Edwards at  Each student who addresses the guidelines for the book report, will receive 50 points of extra-credit for each part of the report that he completes, which will be added to both his ELA and Elective Class 1st Quarter Grade.

Book Report Part 1: Construct a 5-6 sentence summary for each chapter in your selected novel.  Each summary must be labeled with the respective chapter and include complete sentences.              50 Points

Book Report Part 2: Create a collage of images and words/statements that describe the theme of your novel.  The collage must include at least five images and at least five words/statements.  The student must also construct a 7-10 sentence written response that analyzes the theme/message in the novel.         50 Points

Book Report Part 3:  Each novel choice on the Summer Reading List was chosen because it connects to many of the challenges that young males face with forming their own identity.  Write a five-paragraph essay that describes the connections that you were able to make to the novel that you selected.  As you write, consider questions such as: In what ways am I similar or different than a character in the novel?  What emotions and/or experiences from the novel connect to my personal life, or someone that I know?  What lessons did I learn from reading this novel that I can apply to my own life?         50 Points

Soaring Readers List  
9th Grade Reading Level and Above**

RBHS 2017 Summer Reading Lis

1. Diaz, Junot. The Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao.  

The book chronicles both the life of Oscar De León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in NJ who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels and with falling in love, as well as the curse that has plagued his family for generations.  Narrated by multiple characters, the novel incorporates a significant amount of  Spanglish and neologisms, as well as references to fantasy and science fiction films and books.

2. Wright, Richard. Native Son
Bigger Thomas is a young African-American man in Chicago in the 1930's whose fury at and fear of the white world bring him increasing difficulties when he is accused of a crime in the white world.

3. Salinger, J.D. The Catcher in the Rye. 

The novel deals with complex issues of innocence, identity, belonging, loss, and connection.

4. Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy. 

The story focuses on the brutality of the apartheid system and how the narrator escaped from it to become a well-known tennis player. The author also depicts how the young black children in Africa dealt with racism and stereotypes by embracing education. 

5. Wright, Richard. Black Boy
This book is a memoir of Wright as a curious child living in a household of strict, religious women and violent, irresponsible men. He quickly chafes against his surroundings, reading instead of playing with other children, and rejecting the church in favor of atheism at a young age. The memoir follows him into adulthood as he struggles with his identity and place in the world.

6. Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia.

This novel tells of a fantasy world, talking animals, magic, good and evil that a group of children experience in the world of Narnia.

7. Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
A young African-American man seeking identity during his high school and college days, and later in New York's Harlem, relates his terrifying experiences .

8. Coates, Ta-Nahesi. Between the World and Me.

This book is written as a letter to the author's teenaged son about the feelings, symbolism, and realities associated with being black in the United States.

Rising Readers List
(all readers)

1. Davis, Sampson; Jenkins, George, Hunt, Rameck. We Beat the Street.  

This is a story about the journey of three teenage friends who overcame the obstacles in their neighborhoods and made a pact to pursue a career as doctors.

2. Malumud, Bernard. The Natural.

All he ever wanted was to be the best in the game of baseball.  The story follows Roy Hobbs, a baseball prodigy whose career is sidetracked when he is shot by a woman whose motivation remains mysterious.

3. Griffin, John Howard.  Black Like Me.

Griffin was a native of Dallas, Texas, who had his skin temporarily darkened to pass as a black man. He traveled for six weeks throughout the racially segregated states of LouisianaMississippiAlabama, and Georgia to explore life from the other side of the color line.

4. Spiegelman, Art. Maus I: A Survivor's Tale.  

Maus depicts Spiegelman interviewing his father about his experiences as a  Holocaust survivor.  The work employs techniques and represents Jews as mice and other Germans and Poles as cats and pigs to illustrate the events that occurred during that time period.

5. Twain, Mark. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

The story is about the adventures of a teenage boy who has been brought up by his father, the town drunk, and has a difficult time fitting into society.

6. Mowat, Farley.  Lost in the Barrens.
This book is a tale of survivorship and bravery, this time about two young teenage boys in the north, who set out on an adventure only to find themselves horribly lost and all alone in the wilderness.  Together, they face the countless dangers and challenges that nature throws at them – wild animals, foraging for food in the frozen tundra, frigid temperatures in their attempt to find their way back to civilization.

7. Tyson, Timothy. The Blood of Emmett Till.

In 1955, white men in the Mississippi Delta lynched a fourteen-year-old from Chicago named Emmett Till. His murder was part of a wave of white terrorism in the wake of the 1954 Supreme Court decision that declared public school segregation unconstitutional.

8. Lubar, David. Hidden Talents

This book is about five kids that think they're going to reform school. This is actually a research facility, for the kids that have unusual talents. 

9. Berry, Rachel. A Slip in the Right Direction

The coming-of-age story of a 14-year-old boy, Clifton Henderson, aka Slip, living in Chicago. His daily struggles with surviving the street gangs, puppy love and family life matures him to unexpected wisdom and the desire to inspire others. Clifton also discovers and learns to deal with the natural occurrences of becoming a young man, and his visions of premonitions.

Please contact AP Edwards with any questions. Happy Reading!

Leslie Edwards, Assistant Principal
Ron Brown College Preparatory High School
Telephone: 202.729.4343
Cell: 202.794.3599