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Travel The World With a Good Book - Summer RDG Preview 4/4A

Black Horse Pike Regional School District, Summer Reading 2014
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on 23 May 2014

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Transcript of Travel The World With a Good Book - Summer RDG Preview 4/4A

Travel The World With a Good Book:
Summer Reading Preview - 4/4A
Complete your CHOICE before you return in September
There will be a test!
“All endings are also beginnings. We just don't know it at the time.”


Finding the meaning of life and the answer to the essential question, "Why am I here?" through a meeting with five people that impacted one man's life.
if are interested in . . .

read this!
original story lines
interwoven narratives
life & afterlife
if you might like . . .

read this!
a unique perspective
“Usually we walk around constantly believing ourselves. 'I'm okay' we say. 'I'm alright'. But sometimes the truth arrives on you and you can't get it off. That's when you realize that sometimes it isn't even an answer--it's a question. Even now, I wonder how much of my life is convinced.”
It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death, the narrator, has never been busier, and will become busier still.

an interesting take on Nazi Germany
well-developed characters
“In a brutal country like ours, where human life is 'cheap', it's stupid to destroy yourself for the sake of your beliefs. Beliefs? High ideas? Only people in rich countries can enjoy such luxuries.”
if you are interested in . . .

read this!
current global issues
little-known places
a challenging read
“It's fear that makes us lose our conscience. It's also what transforms us into cowards.”
if you are interested in . . .

read this!
politics, religion & growing up

It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

graphic novels
memoirs
“Of all the hardships a person had to face, none was more punishing than the simple act of waiting.”
if you like stories about . . .

read this!
mother-daughter relationships
the Taliban and its effects
war, heroism, and love
Main Character:
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life.
The Gist:
Main Character:
Setting:
Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books, which she shares with others, including the Jewish man hidden in her basement
Main Character:
Ka, an exiled poet who returns to Turkey, to the city of Kars, during a historic blizzard. His plan: report on a wave of suicides among religious girls and find his lost love, Ipek.
The Gist:
A lost gift returns with ecstatic suddenness. A theatrical evening climaxes in a massacre. And finding god may be the prelude to losing everything else.
The Focus:
Author MarJane Satrapi's unforgettable childhood in Iran and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution and, ultimately, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland.
Main Characters:
Two women, Mariam and Laila, born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, and brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate.
The Setting:
Kabul, Afghanistan as the Taliban gains power, and wages war, and changes Afghanistan for the worse.
“The story of a poor man's life is written on his body, in a sharp pen.”
if you like books with . . .

read this!
dark humor
a murderer's confession
conflict between rich & poor
Main Character:
The narrator, an Indian man named Balram, a chauffeur who murders his employer and justifies his crime as the act of a "social entrepreneur."
The Gist:
In letters to the Premier of China, who is slated to visit India soon, Balram recounts his transformation from an honest, hardworking boy growing up in rural India to a determined killer.
“It is not for me to judge another man's life. I must judge, I must choose, I must spurn, purely for myself. For myself, alone.”
if you are interested in . . .

read this!
a spiritual journey
wisdom through experience
religion and philosophy
The Gist:
A young Indian man leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again.

Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.
“I told you stories to give you wings, Raami, so that you would never be trapped by anything-your name, your title, the limits of your body, this world's suffering”
if you might like . . .

read this!
war novels
Cambodian culture
stories of survival
Main Character:
Raami, a seven-year old in a family of privilege, whose life changes civil comes to Cambodia. In the chaos of war and against the threats on cultural and national identity, Raami clings onto the mythic legends told to her by her father.

Setting:
Phnom Penh, the capital of Cambodia in the 1970's, during the Cambodian Civil War
if you like . . .
read this!
fantasy
adventure
survival
Main Character:
The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes, but the ship sinks.

Setting:
Lost at sea in the Pacific Ocean, between Japan and North America
“It is true that those we meet can change us, sometimes so profoundly that we are not the same afterwards, even unto our names.”
if you like . . .

read this!
Main Character:
A young man, Toru Okada, who is searching for his wife's missing cat and soon finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the calm surface of Tokyo. As these searches intersect, Okada encounters a bizarre group of allies and antagonists.
Setting:
In a suburb and netherworld of Tokyo, Japan in the 20th century
“Spend your money on the things money can buy. Spend your time on the things money can’t buy.”
unusual characters
different genres rolled into one
the mundane and the bizarre
Taking Contemporary Studies next year?
Choose one of the following:
An accompanying summer assignment will be provided by your Contemporary Studies teacher!
Taking AP Language & Composition IV Next Year?
Read BOTH of the following:
An accompanying summer assignment will be provided by your AP Lang & Comp IV teacher!
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