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Posted on: May 15, 2012

[ARCHIVED] Andover High School 2012 Summer Reading Program

Dear parent or guardian:

The Andover High School English Department is happy to announce The Book Thief by Markus Zusak as its selection for the 2012 Summer Reading Program. All high school students, including incoming 9th graders, are required to participate in this important activity.

This year we are pleased to partner with Memorial Hall Library and its One Book. One Community. Andover Reads program. The Book Thief has received wide critical and popular acclaim since its publication in 2006. In her New York Times book review, Janet Maslin writes, “The Book Thief is perched on the cusp between grown-up and young-adult fiction….It deplores human misery. It celebrates the power of language. It may encourage adolescents to read….The Book Thief will be appreciated for Mr. Zusak’s audacity…It will be widely read and admired because it tells a story in which books become treasures. And because there’s no arguing with a sentiment like that.”

In joining with Memorial Hall, Andover High School looks forward to providing students easy access to books and opportunities for book talks during the summer months and upon their return to school in the fall. The goals of the summer reading program are as follows:
• To promote reading and thinking during the summer months
• To have a common text read by all students on the first day of school
• To build a community of readers.

The AHS English Department is mindful of the busy summer schedules of Andover families. We believe that reading enhances a student’s time away from school and improves critical thinking and imagination. We hope your student chooses to read beyond this title. The summer reading program is intended to be one of the many positive activities students engage in during the summer. We appreciate your support.

Sincerely,

Patricia Whalen
English Language Arts Program Advisor
pwhalen@aps1.net
978-623-8613

To learn more about The Book Thief, visit any of the following sites:
http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/19063.The_Book_Thief
www.nytimes.com/2006/03/27/books/27masl.html
http://readinggroupguides.com/guides_b/book_thief1.asp
http://www.mhl.org/andoverreads2012/

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