Freshman Summer Reading 2020-21 Assignment

Summer 2020 Assignments
Posted on 07/14/2020
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Incoming freshmen, class of 2024

This summer, please read The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak and complete the assignment which can be downloaded below. 

About the book (description from

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

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. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

“The kind of book that can be life-changing.” —The New York Times

“Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank.” —USA Today

Download a copy of the complete assignment for English General Paper here.