• June 2022

    Dear MRMHS Community,
    Join us for the 2022 summer Monadnock Reads novel selections under the theme of survival. In-coming grade 9-12 students should choose one of the following novels to read over the summer. Please note that
    some novels may not be appropriate for all students. We encourage parents and guardians to decide which novel will be the best fit for their children. Included on the second page are descriptors of each text for

    ● Be Not Far from Me by Mindy McGinnis
    ● Five Total Strangers by Natalie Richards
    ● Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    ● Wilder Girls by Rory Powers
    ● Circe by Madeline Miller
    ● The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

    *The Toadstool Bookshop in Keene will give Monadnock students a 25% discount on any summer reading book.
    *The summer reading list was also shared with the town libraries in the district. Students can check out books with their town libraries.
    *If, for any reason, a student cannot purchase a copy of one of the selected books, please contact the school at 603-903-6704 for a copy.

    Here is the full reading list for all students and courses:
    ALL students entering grades 9-12: Read at least ONE of the above titles. In Addition: 

    • Grade 9 Honors English: Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
    • Grade 10 Honors English (Read both texts.): Parallel Journeys by Eleanor Ayer AND Maus (I and II) by Art Spiegelman
    • Grade 11 Advanced Placement Language and Composition (Read both texts.): The Road by Cormac McCarthy AND Freakonomics by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner
    • Grade 12 Advanced Placement Literature and Composition (Read both texts.): The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien AND In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien

    *Honors and AP students should check for Google Classroom invites from their teachers in order to see additional assignments and course information.

    The following information is provided to help parents help their children decide which novel may be the best fit based on their children’s maturity and interest. Please note that the notes here are not exhaustive.
    They are intended to aid in thoughtful decision-making.

    ● Be Not Far from Me, by Mindy McGinnis, is narrated by the protagonist, Ashley Hawkins. Ashley gets lost in the woods after confronting her boyfriend for having sex with an old girlfriend. (brief sex, some profanity, gory action in response to an injury, killing of an animal for food) Common Sense Recommended Age: 14+
    ● Five Total Strangers, by Natalie Richards, is about Mira who is desperate to get home to her mother for Christmas during a blizzard. When all connecting flights are canceled, a fellow plane passenger offers Mira and three others a ride in her rented car. A mystery ensues when someone sabotages their trip home. (some violence, suspense) School Library Journal Recommendation: Grade 9+
    ● Life of Pi, by Yann Martel, is a story about an Indian zookeeper’s son, Pi, who survives a shipwreck along with a few zoo animals. The reader follows Pi’s survival journey on a lifeboat over the course of several weeks. (descriptions of animal behaviors, references to murder and cannibalism, discussions around the teachings of the Catholic, Hindu, and Muslim religions) Common Sense Recommended Age: 16+, from Parents: 15+ and Kids: 13+
    ● Wilder Girls, by Rory Powers, is a dystopian thriller set on an island off the Maine coast where a deadly virus called the Tox kills and disfigures both humans and animals. The survivors use weapons to protect themselves. (violence, kissing, some profanity) Common Sense Recommended Age: 14+, from Parents: 9+ and Kids: 12+
    ● Circe, by Madeline Miller, is the retelling of the mythological story about Circe, the daughter of Helios, god of the sun. Circe, a bullied child for her seeming lack of beauty and power, finds that she possesses the power of witchcraft which can transform monsters. (non-graphic references to sex, murder, torture, and rape as mirrored in many Greek myths) *https://triggerwarningdatabase.com/2021/05/10/circe-by-madeline-miller/
    ● The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead, was inspired by a mass grave of boys who had been tortured, raped, mutilated, and discovered by archaeology students at the University of South Florida. Whitehead explores the past through a fictional lens to uncover what happened to these boys and why. (explicit violence, school abuses (including sexual), and abundant racism)

    Please contact Dr. Heather Gigliello with any questions or concerns: hgigliello@mrsd.org

    MRMHS English Department