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Oliver Ames High School

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English Department Summer Reading List 2021


Entering grade 12 AP Literature

Required Reading: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Students will take an assessment the first week of school.

Entering grade 11 AP Language:

Required Reading:

Read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Students will take an assessment the first week of school.


Pre-AP Literature :

Required Reading:

Read Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann

Students will take an assessment the first week of school.

In an effort to create a culture of readers in our classrooms, the members of the OA English department have culled a list of books they believe students would enjoy reading this summer. Students may choose one or more books from these lists, and during the first few weeks of school, students will engage in class discussions about their reading. 


The books are listed by recommended age appropriateness, but students may choose from either list: 

2021 Grades 9-10 summer reading recommendations:


The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

Heft- Liz Moore

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Solo by Kwame Alexander

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Radium Girls by Kate Moore

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui 

Dumplin' by Julie Murphy 

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer

Don’t Ask Me Where I’m From by Jennifer De Leon

Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi,  Mattias Ripa

Overturned by Lamar Giles

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

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

A Pho Love Story by Loan Le

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Vincent and Theo: the Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Color Me In by Natasha Diaz

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls

Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld 

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart  

I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai 

Warcross by Marie Lu

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Brain on Fire by Susannah Cahalan

Circe by Madeline Miller

Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorran

2021 Grades 11 and 12 summer reading recommendations:



The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood

Never Let me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Educated by Tara Westover

American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins

The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Internment by Samira Ahmed

Autobiography of Malcolm X by Malcolm X

Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Lebron James by Clayton Geoffreys

The Shallows by Nicholas Carr 

The Other Wes Moore  by Wes Moore

Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Giver of Stars- Jojo Moyes

The Bluest Eye- Toni Morrison

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

A Stolen Life by Jaycee Lee Dugard

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

Bossypants by Tina Fey

Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming

The 57 Bus by Dashka Slater

I Wish You All the Best by Mason Deaver

Sway by Kat Spears

Looking for Alaska by John Green

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Playing for Keeps:Michael Jordan by  David Halberstam

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

Every Day by David Levithan

The Right Stuff by Tom Wolfe

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Americanah by Chimanada Ngozi Adichi

March: Book Three by John Lewis

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

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Kelly M. Cavanaugh, Principal

Thomas J. Flanagan, Assistant Principal

Catherine Queally, Assistant Principal

Oliver Ames High School
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Oliver Ames High School Core Values

earn collaboratively
Express creativity
Act with integrity
Demonstrate responsibility
Embrace curiosity
Respect each other
Strive for excellence


Oliver Ames High School Mission Statement

The Oliver Ames High School community of faculty, staff, students, parents, and residents believe that in order to fulfill its mission of excellence and equity in education, we must embody the ideals of a comprehensive high school. We will work together to create a safe, nurturing, and stimulating learning environment. Students will become critical learners, problem solvers and independent thinkers who contribute in many ways to our ever changing world. We recognize the need for a variety of educational experiences that extend beyond the classroom and promote intellectual curiosity, individual responsibility and respectful interaction. By achieving goals and overcoming adversity, students will be encouraged to reach their potential and be prepared to assume meaningful roles in society.

Oliver Ames High School Academic Expectations

OA Students Will ACCESS Information in a Variety of Ways Including:

A.1 - Actively and critically reading, listening, and observing.
A.2 - Initiating appropriate questions.
A.3 - Conducting independent and collaborative research.
A.4 - Using appropriate technologies to locate and retrieve information.
A.5 - Demonstrating initiative while seeking information.

OA Students Will PROCESS Information in a Variety of Ways Including:

P.1 - Assimilating and organizing information.
P.2 - Recognizing patterns, evaluating trends, and comparisons.
P.3 - Drawing inferences and making conclusions.
P.4 - Quickly responding and adapting to unexpected challenges
P.5 - Creating and designing unique solutions to problems and challenges.
P.6 - Applying and adapting appropriate form and technique for performance tasks.

OA Students Will COMMUNICATE Information in a Variety of Ways Including:

C.1 - Doing, writing, and speaking clearly and purposely for a variety of audiences.
C.2 - Presenting creative projects in a variety of formats.
C.3 - Using technology to present information.
C.4 - Demonstrating leadership while promoting individual and collaborative activities.

OA Students Will DEVELOP Themselves in a Variety of Ways Including:

D.1 - Demonstrating a sense of curiosity by considering alternative perspectives.
D.2 - Gaining a better understanding of their learning process through consistent self-reflection

Oliver Ames High School Social/Civic Expectations for Learning

OA Students Will ACT RESPONSIBLY for Themselves and Others in a Variety of Ways Including:

SC.1 - Working cooperatively and collaboratively.
SC.2 - Respecting and understanding cultural differences.
SC.3 - Participating with a local/global perspective.

OA Students Will ACT RESPECTFULLY to Themselves and Others in a Variety of Ways Including:

SC.4 - Interacting appropriately with all members of the school community.
SC.5 - Honoring school policies and procedures.
SC.6 - Understanding and demonstrating academic integrity.