Summer Reading Lycée

Lycée Summer Reading Assignments 2020 

Welcome to new students and the SIS tradition of holiday reading!  

  • All students must purchase and read the following books over the summer.
  • Highlight interesting passages and take notes as you read through the novels.  
  • There will be a test on your reading at the “Rentrée" in September.


All students entering Seconde:

The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

The Talented Mr Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith


Students entering Première SI Group:

The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid


Students entering Première OIB:

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid

The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins*. Students are expected to read The Prologue and The First Period: The Loss of the Diamond (up to page 246) for the rentrée.

*As this will be one of the set texts on the OIB syllabus, you MUST purchase the Penguin English Library edition (2012) which the whole class and your teacher will be using: ISBN-13: 978-0141198873


Students entering Terminale SI Group:

The Talented Mr Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

On Beauty, by Zadie Smith


Students entering Terminale OIB:

Hag-Seed,  by Margaret Atwood

Imposture, by Benjamin Markovits (you can also read this on the Kindle e-version if the paperback version is no longer available onÅMÅŽÕÑ&dchild=1&keywords=benjamin+markovits&qid=1592128507&s=english-books&sr=1-4).

*Terminales OIB will also be set an OIB essay question on one of the set texts studied in Première (Sense & Sensibility or Byron's poems). So alongside their summer reading, they will need to review their notes and revisit the texts for the rentrée.


Reading, Reading, and More Reading!

Success on the IGCSE and OIB depends, in no small measure, on a student's fluency and range of vocabulary.  There is no better way to gain fluency in English than by reading.  Students MUST get in the habit of regular reading: not only novels, but also news articles (eg. Guardian website), short stories, biographies, history, travel writing, etc.

You may also enjoy exploring podcasts on BBC radio about topics and authors you will be studying in English class : . Another source for general culture and current issues is NPR Podcasts: .


With all best wishes for an enjoyable summer from the English Department,

Betty Lau-Vanchet

Head of English



Par : B. Lau-Vanchet le 14/06/2020


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