• IB English HL 1, 2022-2023 Summer Reading Assignment

    Required Texts

     The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

    The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

    The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

    I highly suggest obtaining a copy of the books that you will be able to keep.  This way, you can write your own notes in the book, and you can keep it as part of your own literary library – a good practice for any honors student.  Furthermore: each of these 3 texts will be an integral part of IB assessments throughout your time in IB English; it would behoove you to have access to a copy down the road.  The Used Copies portion of Amazon and thriftbooks.com have very affordable options; there’s no reason for you to buy a brand-new copy.

    BUT, if you find that you can’t obtain a copy of your own, you have some options:

    1. If you don’t have a library card, GET ONE!  (Fun fact: Cincinnati has the second-most-used library system IN THE COUNTRY.)  You can get a download-only card here: https://www.cincinnatilibrary.org/account/application.aspx, then
    2. Download the Libby app to the device of your choice (I use my phone, for what that’s worth), then
    3. Enter your library card info, then
    4. Download the summer reading book(s) you need.  You may need to place a hold--so at the very least, put holds in ASAP in case there’s a longer wait time.


    1. Use your library card to get a hard copy from the library system–again, you may need to place a hold.


    You can access all 3 books as full PDFs linked through our Google Classroom.

    A brief spot of info about What These Books Are About (in case that helps you decide which to read first, or something):
    --The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz is about the life of Oscar de León, an overweight Dominican boy growing up in Paterson, New Jersey, who is obsessed with science fiction and fantasy novels and with falling in love, as well as a curse that has plagued his family for generations.
    --The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry follows a young prince who visits various planets in space, including Earth, and addresses themes of loneliness, friendship, love, and loss. Despite its style as a children's book, The Little Prince makes observations about life, adults and human nature.

    --The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin begins with a fortune teller who attracts the 4 young Gold children, who wish to have their fortunes told as a way to stave off their summertime boredom. The psychic ushers them one by one into her apartment lair, where they each become privy to the kind of forbidden knowledge that is both a curse and a gift: the exact date when they will die. 

    Additionally--I do NOT recommend waiting until the end of the summer to start on these assignments.  I solemnly swear that I have selected texts that are interesting/engaging/can be read relaxing in the sun--but you’ve got to give yourself enough time to read them in full.

    And that’s it, honestly.  You need to read the books.  Like, actually read them.  Don’t you dare SparkNotes it and think that’ll cut it.  (It won’t!) I would highly recommend that you mark up the text, if you have your own copy of the book, OR making notes about quotes/things that stand out to you, if you are using a digital copy.

    You should also anticipate being assessed over these works during the first few days back to school, and to look at them in greater detail for most of the quarter.

    Pertinent Passwords/Info
    The Google Classroom code for IB English 2022-2023 is mf3m7hk.  I think most of you are probably already on there, from when I created the Classroom just a bit ago.  If you somehow missed it (or I somehow missed you), go ahead and join!  Also--if you know of anyone who intends to take IB English 11 but hasn’t been included on the Classroom, please share the code with them.

    My email address is klampe@vikingmail.org.  I try to respond to emails in a timely fashion, BUT it’s still summer, so don’t freak out if I don’t get back to you within 24 hours.

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