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Summer Reading 2018



In the spirit of One Book, One New York, an initiative in which all New Yorkers have been invited to read the same book simultaneously, Calhoun High School has also selected one summer reading title for our students. In doing so, we strive to build a community of readers and bring individuals together in conversation about universal themes. This year's selection is Gae Polisner's The Memory of Things. Enjoy the summer with a good book!!

All students in grades 9-12 are expected to read The Memory of Things over the summer.

If you are an taking an AP English class, please refer to the tabs above for additional assignments.

The Memory of Things cover

The Memory of Things
By Gae Polisner

On the morning of September 11, 2001, sixteen-year-old Kyle Donohue watches the first twin tower come down from the window of Stuyvesant High School. Moments later, terrified and fleeing home to safety across the Brooklyn Bridge, he stumbles across a girl perched in the shadows, covered in ash, and wearing a pair of costume wings. With his mother and sister in California and unable to reach his father, a NYC detective likely on his way to the disaster, Kyle makes the split-second decision to bring the girl home. What follows is their story, told in alternating points of view, as Kyle tries to unravel the mystery of the girl so he can return her to her family.

Hardcover, paperback, and digital copies of The Memory of Things are available now at your local library or favorite retailer.