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Summer Reading List for Year 10

Summer Reading List for Year 10

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A selection of novels, classic and modern with a brief description
A selection of novels, classic and modern with a brief description

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Published by: pierrette1 on Jul 20, 2013
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Summer Reading List for Year 10
one modern
one classic
. They are great stories.Also visit Book Drum toget extra informationabout your books:
Love Reading 4 Kids is agreat web site to getfurther readingsuggestions and you candownload a chapter of the novel to see if ithooks you.
Classic Texts:
The Woman in White
by Wilkie Collins
A young drawing teacher, Walter Hartright, takes up a new position in Cumberland, andsoon falls in love with his student, the lovely Laura Fairlie. But although she reciprocates hislove, she is already promised to a baronet with designs upon her fortune. Sir Percival Glyde
is not the only threat to Laura’s happiness and sanity; his alarming associate, Count Fosco,adds further complications to a sinister and intricate plot. Will Walter and Laura’s half 
-sisterMarian be able to save the unfortunate bride? Everything, it seems, hinges on themysterious
and potentially unhinged
woman in white.Why you should read itCelebrated as the forerunner of the modern suspense novel, The Woman in White is agripping read from start to finish. Hidden identities, murky motives and bizarre coincidencesmean that nothing is what is seems. With a plot full of mystery, twists and cliff-hangers, TheWoman in White is frequently cited as one of the greatest novels of all time.
David Copperfield
by Charles Dickens
One of the most enduring classics of English literature, David Copperfield traces the journeyof a boy from a wretched childhood at the hands of his brutal stepfather through to asuccessful adulthood as a famous author.
Why you should read itA story of tyranny and treachery, love and rejection, degradation and success, life and death- this book is at times funny, tragic, enchanting, whimsical, distressing and uplifting: it isalways engaging. More than anything else he has penned, this semi-autobiographical novelwill bring you close to the life and times of Dickens himself.
Oliver Twist
by Charles Dickens
 The classic story of a young boy who seeks his fortune on the streets of London. After Oliver Twistasks nasty Mr Bumble for more food, he has to flee the workhouse for the streets of London. Herehe meets the Artful Dodger, who leads him to Fagin and his gang of pickpockets. When a thievingmission goes wrong, Oliver narrowly avoids prison and finds himself in the care of kind MrBrownlow. But Fagin and the brutal Bill Sikes go in search of the young orphan, determined to draghim back . . .
Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
 Mrs Bennet has five daughters, all of whom need husbands if their futures are to besecured. The rich and charming Mr Bingley seems perfect for sweet-natured Jane. But willElizabeth, who has resolved to marry only for love, find anything to like in proud, haughtyMr Darcy?Why you should read it
Quite simply one of the world’s best loved books, this novel of manners, misunderstanding,
marriage and love is exquisitely crafted and perfectly observed. Even after numerous filmand television adaptations, this is a story that remains fresh and impossible to resist twocenturies on.
Tess Of The D'Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy 
When Tess Durbeyfield is persuaded by her impoverished but hopeful parents to claim aconnection with the noble D'Urberville family, she ends up disgraced and ruined. A new lifeand love are held out to her by gentlemanly Angel Clare, but Tess must decide whether toconfess her shameful past and risk losing him forever.Why you should read itTeeming with exquisite descriptions and heart-wrenching observations, Hardy's mostfamous novel evokes a world we have lost filled with dilemmas and tensions that are stillrife today.
The Mayor of Casterbridge
by Thomas Hardy 
 In a fit of drunken anger, Michael Henchard sells his wife and baby daughter for five guineas at a
country fair. Over the course of the following years, he manages to establish himself as a respectedand prosperous pillar of the community of Casterbridge, but behind his success there always lurk theshameful secret of his past and a personality prone to self-destructive pride and temper. Subtitled 'AStory of a Man of Character', Hardy's powerful and sympathetic study of the heroic but deeplyflawed Henchard is also an intensely dramatic work, tragically played out against the vivid backdropof a closeknit Dorsetshire town.
Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt and then an awful charity school,where she endures loneliness and cruelty. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer,Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with himand live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man sheloves?
The Hound of the Baskervilles
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Doyle actually stole the story from a legend of the Moors. Generations ago, a hound of hell tore outthe throat of devilish Hugo Baskerville on the moonlit moor. Poor, accursed Baskerville Hall now hasanother mysterious death: that of Sir Charles Baskerville. Could the culprit somehow be mixed upwith secretive servant Barrymore, history-obsessed Dr. Frankland, butterfly-chasing Stapleton, orSelden, the Notting Hill murderer at large? Someone has been signalling with candles from themansion's windows. Supernatural forces cannot be ruled out. Can Dr. Watson (left alone by SherlockHolmes to sleuth in fear for much of the novel) save the next Baskerville, Sir Henry, from the hound'sfangs? Perhaps not one for the dog lovers amongst you, but a gripping tale none the less.
The Mill on the Floss
by George Eliot 
 This novel, based on George Eliot's own experiences of provincial life, is a masterpiece of ambiguityin which moral choice is subjected to the hypocrisy of the Victorian age.As the headstrong Maggie Tulliver grows into womanhood, the deep love which she has for herbrother Tom turns into conflict, because she cannot reconcile his bourgeois standards with her ownlively intelligence.Maggie is unable to adapt to her community or break free from it, and the result, on more than onelevel, is tragedy.
Modern Texts:The Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald 

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