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Textbooks: Upper school summer assignments

Menlo School required texts

When purchasing books for upper school English classes, be aware that teachers require print books (no ebooks). Please purchase the specific edition indicated by the ISBN, as assignments will refer to the page numbers in that edition.

Upper School English summer reading & assignments

Course Teacher Title Author ISBN Notes
English 1 (Freshmen)
(One required title plus one choice. Two books in total.)
All  teachers Required: When the Emperor Was Divine  Julie Otsuka 9780345807274 View teacher instructions
    Choose one from this list:      
    Ender's Game Orson Scott Card 9780765378484  
    The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver 9780061765223  
    There There Tommy Orange 9780525436140  
    Monster Walter Dean Myers 9780064407311  
    Where the Crawdads Sing Delia Owens 9781984827616  
English 2 (Sophomores)
(two required books)
All teachers The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros 9780679734772 View teacher instructions
    The Glass Castle: a Memoir Jeannette Walls 9780743247542  
Junior year options:          
English 3: Rebels
(One required title plus one choice

from teacher instructions list.
Two books in total.)
Plamondon Looking for Alaska (required) John Green 9780142402511 View teacher instructions
English Language (AP) Sincoff/King In Fact: The Best of Creative Nonfiction Lee Gutkind, ed. 9780393326659 View teacher instructions
English Literature (AP):
One assigned title + one choice - see instructions.
Harris White Teeth  Zadie Smith 9780375703867 View teacher instructions
Senior year options:          
Café Society: Paris '20s & '30s Longust Time Was Soft There:
A Paris Sojourn at Shakespeare and Co.
Jeremy Mercer 9789312347406 View teacher instructions
Contemporary Global Literature King Americanah Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie 9780307455925 View teacher instructions
Dangerous Ideas Jinnett Madness: A Very Short Introduction Andrew T. Scull 9780199608034 View teacher instructions
Ralph Waldo Emerson Ramsey No reading assigned; see teacher-provided journal assignment     View teacher instructions
Global Mythologies
(Two books)
Bush The Power of Myth Joseph Campbell 9780385418867  
    A Short History of Myth Karen Armstrong 9781841958002  
Gothic South Newton Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward 9781501126079  
Investigations Plamondon League of Denial Mark Fainaru-Wada 9780770437541  

Upper School history, math and science summer assignments

Course Teacher Assignment
History courses    
Freshman Modern World History All teachers View teacher instructions
Sophomore US History All teachers View teacher instructions
Sophomore US History (AP) Tieck View teacher instructions (Menlo login required)
American Economic History C. Hanson View teacher instructions
Download assigned reading (Menlo login required)
AP Economics C. Hanson View teacher instructions
AP European History K. Hanson View teacher instructions
Philosophy Bowen View teacher instructions
Math courses    
Precalculus All teachers Summer math assignment
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Advanced precalculus All teachers Summer math assignment
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Honors precalculus All teachers

Summer math assignment
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Science courses    
Physics (non-AP) All teachers View teacher instructions