Summer Reading Lycée

Lycée Summer Reading Assignments 2021 

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.
  • Please don't forget to order the books on the previous page that will be used in class during the upcoming school year >> see list


Students entering Seconde SI GROUP:

The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

The Talented Mr Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith


Students entering Seconde OIB:

The Secret River, by Kate Grenville

Native Son, by Richard Wright


Students entering Première SI GROUP:

Anita & Me, by Meera Syal

Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid


Students entering Première OIB:

The Confessions of Frannie Langton, by Sara Collins

The Moonstone, by Wilkie Collins*. Students are expected to read The Prologue and The First Period: The Loss of the Diamond (to end of chapter 23) for the rentrée.

*As this will be one of the set texts on the OIB syllabus and a specific edition will be used by the teacher with the whole class, please buy this edition:


Students entering Terminale SI GROUP:

Small Island, by Andrea Levy

Madam, by former SIS teacher, Phoebe Wynne


Students entering Terminale OIB:

Madam, by former SIS teacher, Phoebe Wynne

The Devil on the Cross, by Ngugi wa Thiong'o

*Terminales OIB will also be set an OIB essay question on one of the set texts studied in Première (The Moonstone or Shelley's poetry). 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 02/07/2021


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