Vincent Massey Collegiate Secondary 1 ela reading List 2016-2017 Students entering Secondary 1 must read the following book



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Vincent Massey Collegiate

Secondary 1 ELA Reading List

2016-2017
Students entering Secondary 1 must read the following book:


Author

Title

NF/F

Description

Sean Covey

7 Habits of Highly Successful Teens

NF




Fullerton, Alma

Libertad

F

Two brothers embark on a dangerous journey to find their father.



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Vincent Massey Collegiate

Secondary 2 ELA Reading List

2016-2017
Students entering Secondary 2 should read ONE book from the following list:


Author

Title

NF/F

Description

Anonymous

Go Ask Alice

F

A controversial 1971 book about the life of a troubled teen

Cashore, Kristen

Graceling

F

The story of Katsa, born with an exceptional skill that sets her apart from others

Clare, Cassandra

City of Bones

F

The first in a trilogy—an urban fantasy

Cronin, Justin

The Passage

F

A security breach at a secret government lab unleashes the monstrous product of a military experiment, causing chaos throughout the world. One refugee, Amy Bellafonte, holds the key to survival.

Dasher, James

The Maze Runner

F

Thomas’ memories don’t serve him well when he wakes on an elevator, only to find himself in the Glade, trapped by monsters and a maze tha changes daily.

Donnelly, Jennifer

Revolution

F

Haunted by the death of her brother, Andi is taken to Paris by her estranged father, where an encounter with a mysterious diary may bring her back from the edge.

Brooks, Martha

True Confessions of a Heartless Girl

F

Even when Noreen Stall has the best intentions, it seems that she screws everything up. When she makes so many mistakes that she starts to hate herself, she runs from the people who love her.

Mulligan, Andy

Trash

F

Three young teens, trash-pickers living in the city dump of an unnamed third world country, discover a mysterious bag one morning, triggering a chain of events that will change their lives forever.

Summers, Courtney

Some Girls Are

F

Regina used to be a member of the Fearless Five but is now being frozen out by her friends and must find acceptance among the peers she used to terrorize.

Westerfield, Scott

The Uglies

F

Tally is about to turn sixteen, and she can’t wait. Not for her license—for turning pretty. In Tally’s world, your sixteenth birthday brings an operation that turns you from a repellant ugly into a stunningly attractive pretty.

Yen, Adeline Mah

Chinese Cinderella

NF

An autobiography written by a woman in her fifties about her childhood.

Vincent Massey Collegiate

Secondary 3 ELA Reading List

2016-2017

All students entering Secondary 3 must read the following:

The Kite Runner - Graphic Novel

  • This powerful illustrated edition of the best-selling novel is not only a story of friendship and loss but one of the tragic events of modern Afghanistan.


In addition, students must choose ONE additional title from the following list:

Looking for Alaska, by John Green

  • From the writer of The Fault in our Stars, the novel centres on the tragic relationship between Miles and the title character, Alaska Young.

We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart

  • A deeply haunting mystery novel which takes place at a beach on summer vacation. The ending is not to be missed.

Fever Pitch, by Nick Hornby

  • A funny and poignant glimpse into the coming of age story of a lifelong Arsenal football fan.

The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd

  • An exploration of racism and loss through the eyes of a girl growing up in the American south

I’ll Give you the Sun, by Jandy Nelson

  • Two twins who spend their early years inseparable are both marked by events that force them apart. Years later, they will need to find a way to get back.

All American Boys, by Jason Reynold

Two teens- one white and one black get caught up in racial tensions caused by a police beating.



Vincent Massey Collegiate

Secondary 4 ELA Reading List

2016-2017
Students entering Secondary 4 should read TWO books from the following list:


Author

Title

NF/F

Description

Angelou, Maya

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

NF

World famous African American writer tells of her childhood, overcoming abuse, poverty and racism.

Card, Orson Scott

Ender’s Game

F

A brilliant child is raised by the military to defend earth from an alien threat.

Coupland, Douglas

Hey Nostradamus!

F

Using the voices of four characters deeply affected by a high school shooting, Coupland explores the lingering aftermath.

Ned Vizzini

It’s Kind Of A Funny Story

F

Ambitious New York City teenager Craig Gilner is determined to succeed at life, and when he makes his way into Manhattan's Executive Pre-Professional High School, the pressure becomes unbearable.

French, Thomas

Zoo Story: Life in the Garden of Captives

NF

A respected journalist explores the unpleasant truth behind zoos.

Hornby, Nick

Slam

F

Sam, a teenaged skater, gets the shock of his life when he finds out his girlfriend is pregnant.

Maguire, Gregory

Wicked

F

The background story of the Wicked Witch of the West and the Land of Oz.

Martel, Yann

Life of Pi

F

After a harrowing shipwreck, a boy finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a hyena, an orangutan and a 450-pound Bengal tiger.

Moore, Chistopher

A Dirty Job

F

Charlie Asher is a pretty normal guy until People start dropping dead around him and giant ravens perch on his building. It seems that he has been recruited for a new job, an unpleasant but utterly necessary one: Death.

Richler, Mordecai

The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz

F

The story of an overly-ambitious young Montrealer on his unscrupulous quest for fortune.

Zusak, Mark

The Book Thief

F

The book tackles one of the darkest moments in history—the holocaust—through the eyes of an orphaned young girl.


Vincent Massey Collegiate

Secondary 5 ELA Reading List

2016-17
Students entering Secondary 5 should read TWO selections: one fiction and one non-fiction.


Author

Title

NF/F

Description

Abbott, Edwin A.

Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions

(Dover Thrift Ed.)



F

An unusual narrative set in the world of math…


Alexis, Andre

Fifteen Dogs

F

Greek gods experiment…

Atwood, Margaret

The Handmaid’s Tale

F

A classic in the dystopia genre

Ferrante, Elena

My Brilliant Friend

F

A tale of friendship

King, Stephen

Different Seasons

F

Includes “The Body” “Apt Pupil” and “The Shawshank Redemption”

Poe, Edgar Allan

The Gold-Bug & Other Tales (Dover Thrift Ed.)

F

Classic horror

Uhlman, Fred

Reunion

F

Coming of age, WW II

Carnegie, Dale

How to Win Friends and Influence People

NF

Timeless advice from the master of the self-help genre

Gladwell, Malcolm

Outliers

NF

A “blueprint for making the most of human potential”

Strayed, Cheryl

Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail

NF

A memoir of discovery and redemption

Warhol, Andy

The Philosophy of Andy Warhol

NF

A pop artist’s perspectives on life and art

Wolfe, Tobias

This Boy’s Life

NF

A coming of age memoir


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