2017-2018 10th Grade
English II Pre-AP
East of Eden by John Steinbeck- First Semester Title (ISBN: 978-0-14-018639-0)
In his journal, Nobel Prize winner John Steinbeck called East of Eden "the first book," and indeed it has the primordial power and simplicity of myth. Set in the rich farmland of California's Salinas Valley, this sprawling and often brutal novel follows the intertwined destinies of two families—the Trasks and the Hamiltons—whose generations helplessly reenact the fall of Adam and Eve and the poisonous rivalry of Cain and Abel.
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Available for $15.00 (ISBN: ISBN 978-0-06-093546-7)
The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck - Option to purchase for $11 (ISBN: 978-0-01-401-7739-8) Class copies will be available, students are not required to purchase
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens - Available for $7 (ISBN:978-0553-21176-4)
When the starving French masses rise in hate to overthrow a corrupt and decadent government, both the guilty and innocent become victims of their frenzied anger. Soon nothing stands in the way of the chilling figure they enlist for their cause—La Guillotine—the new invention for efficiently chopping off heads.