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Why Do We Read?

There are as many answers to this question as there are readers. But one thing is certain: when we read, we connect ourselves invisibly, and for a brief time, to a world beyond our own doorstep. As F. Scott Fitzgerald once said, “That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you're not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.”
This spring we are excited to announce a re-design of our previous summer reading program, the result in large part of our inaugural student-faculty advisory committee: this summer, all students will be expected to read at least two books in those idyllic days between May and September. For their first book – required by grade level – students should refer to the list provided below.
For their second book, students in all grade-levels are encouraged to read Neal Shusterman’s novel Scythe, chosen unanimously by the student-faculty committee. While students are welcome to choose a different text for their second book, there will be a reception in the fall designed for readers of Scythe, followed by a student-moderated discussion examining the various themes and subtexts that resonate throughout that novel. Please note: while AP and off-campus-program reading obligations supersede the reading of Scythe as a student’s second required book, we encourage those enrolled in such programs to also read Scythe, should time permit.
Finally, we further encourage all students to challenge themselves to read beyond the two required texts; to that end, we have included additional recommendations linked on this site.
In the words of the renowned philosopher, Dr. Seuss, “The more you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” In providing opportunities such as those listed here, we hope that students and families may find themselves immersed in new worlds that speak vividly to our shared experiences and, as a result, illuminate our shared humanity.
Here’s to a healthy and restful summer full of new books and new worlds.

Summer Reading 2018

Book 1 - Required
Book 2 - Choice
9th (enrolling in World History and Introduction to Literature)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman*
10th (enrolling in US History and American Literature)
Scythe by Neal Shusterman*
11th or 12th (enrolling in English Seminars or AP English; AP Social Science or Electives)
Students enrolled in AP English, AP Social Science, AP Environmental Science, AP World Language and/or Ocean Classroom may count the reading for any of those courses as their second book; these students are encouraged to also read Scythe, time permitting. The complete list of books for AP courses, as well as further alternatives to Scythe, can be found on the link to the right.
Located in  Andover, NH,  Proctor Academy is a private coeducational day and boarding school for grades 912. Students benefit from a rigorous academic program, experiential off-campus programs, fine and performing arts, competitive athletics, and a wide selection of extracurricular activities.
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