Bentley Upper School
2019 Required Summer Reading
Incoming Freshmen: TBD
Rising Sophomores: The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Rising Juniors: The Soul of an Octopus by Sy Montgomery
Rising Seniors: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
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Acclaimed by critics, beloved by readers of all ages, taught everywhere from inner-city grade schools to universities across the country, and translated all over the world, The House on Mango Street is the remarkable story of Esperanza Cordero. Told in a series of vignettes - sometimes heartbreaking, sometimes deeply joyous - it is the story of a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago, inventing for herself who and what she will become. Few other books in our time have touched so many readers.
Interviews with author Sandra Cisneros
In The Soul of an Octopus, Sy Montgomery recounts her friendships with several octopuses, complex, spirited creatures who make remarkable connections with humans. She explores their almost alien intelligence, one that is of the Earth but so different from our mammalian and human consciousness that it might not be out of place on another world. Practicing true immersion journalism, Montgomery journeys from the New England Aquarium to the reefs of French Polynesia and the Gulf of Mexico in pursuit of these wild, solitary, predatory mollusks. It’s an underwater adventure story but also the story of relationships that are forged within the community of people that arises from their mutual care for the octopuses. Each octopus turns out to have a distinct personality, and each becomes the central character in her own drama, like a character in a Jane Austen novel. By turns, the story is funny, entertaining, touching, and profound, as it reveals what octopuses can teach us about the meeting of two very different minds.
Video linked in the bibliography of the book
LOVE, REVOLUTION, TYRANNY, SECRECY, BETRAYAL, FATE, HISTORY, SACRIFICE
Sound like a new Netlix series? No - it's your summer reading!!!
"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to heaven, we were all going direct the other way–in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
After eighteen years as a political prisoner in the Bastille, Doctor Manette is finally released and reunited with his daughter in England. There the lives of two very different men, Charles Darnay, an exiled French aristocrat, and Sydney Carton, a disreputable but brilliant English lawyer, become enmeshed through their love for Lucie Manette. From the tranquil roads of London, they are drawn against their will to the vengeful, bloodstained streets of Paris at the height of the Reign of Terror, and they soon fall under the lethal shadow of La Guillotine.