Books Essential

Summer SAT Reading List (for Gr9 to Gr12)

Go buy the theme book ($3 to $5 each) required for each session that you attend.

❶ (6/17 - 6/28) Voltaire, Candide.  (Dover Thrift Editions).  The Enlightenment philosophe’s best-known work, a satirical novel about the worldly awakening of a curious young traveler; it has been listed in Martin Seymour-Smith’s book,  The 100 Most Influential Books Ever Written.

❷ (7/1 - 7/12) Mary Wollstonecraft, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.  (Dover Thrift Editions).  Decades before the great feminist labors of Susan B. Anthony, Elizabeth Cady Stanton in the United States, this pioneering work planted important seeds in the soil of Human Rights.

❸ (7/15 - 7/26) John Locke, The Second Treatise on Government & A Letter Concerning Toleration.  (Dover Thrift Editions).  John Locke exerted an immense influence on the American Founders, especially Jefferson.  The Declaration of Independence incorporates several of his ideas.

❹ (7/29 - 8/9) John Stuart Mill, On Liberty.  (Dover Thrift Editions) .  Mill, like Locke, was a formidable champion of liberty, but also a man of his own time and place, a Victorian political and social philosopher.

❺ (8/12 - 8/23) Franz Kafka, The Trial.  (Schocken Books).  A German committee recently judged this book as the second-most influential German novel of the 20th century.  It is a foundational text of existentialist thought. 

DR. THOMSON SAYS: BUY THESE BOOKS! … not just for the SATs, not just for school, but for LIFE!

  1. Michael Strumpf & Auriel Douglas, The Grammar Bible (New  York, 2004)
  2. William Zinsser, On Writing Well:  (New York, 2006)
  3. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th edition (Boston, 2011)
  4. Harry H. Harrison, Jr.,  1001 Things Every Graduate Should Know  (How to Succeed in the Adult World) (Nashville, 2010)

NOTE:  All of the above titles may be readily ordered through Barnes & Noble or Amazon.  They are all essential implements you need for your TOOLKIT!