2012-13: A Preview

As we expect the BHS community will be taking a much deserved respite from our hectic year, our updates on this page will be on a semi-hiatus until we get close to the next school year. We do, however, wish to relay some of the exciting new developments in the English Department for the upcoming year:

A New Elective
Our Young Adult Fiction class will run for the first time next year

A New Online Vocabulary Text for Freshmen
Starting next year, we will begin to phase out our older vocabulary textbooks in favor of an in-house, custom-made online textbook for our freshmen (available next year) and our sophomores (available the following year).

New Titles in the Classroom
The following books will be new, or renewed next year at BHS; some have never been taught at the school before, some have not been taught recently, and some have never offered as extensively as they have in the past.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (Freshmen)
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (Freshmen)
The Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (Sophomores)
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkein (Sophomores)
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (Juniors)
Travels with Charley by John Steinbeck (Juniors)
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou (Juniors)
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (Juniors)
The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka (Seniors)
[2 more Eastern European titles for our World Literature component for seniors, TBD]
The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (Seniors)
Demain by Herman Hesse (AP Literature)
The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende (AP Literature)
The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Contemporary Literature)
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (Young Adult Fiction)
Impulse by Ellen Hopkins (YA Fiction)
Paper Towns by John Green (YA Fiction)
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery (YA Fiction)
[One or Two more texts for the YA Fiction elective, TBD]

An Updated BHS Literary Map [UPDATE]
Our Literary Map (in the menu bar above) will be broadened to include some of our new texts, and to provide more points from the texts we have already covered. We explored other sites to completely restart this project, but they proved to either be too limiting or too expensive.

That’s all for now. Have a great summer!

Annual BHS Faculty vs. BHS Varsity softball game

On Thursday, June 21st at 1:00 PM, the BHS Varsity softball team will take on the BHS Faculty Assembled Players in a showdown for the ages. The Varsity team has only lost twelve games total over the past three seasons, including 3 tournament berths and an Eastern MA championship … but they haven’t beaten the faculty since 2003. Come see the game!

Thursday, June 21 (no rain date)

BHS Faculty

“Starring” … Kristen “Coach” Mahoney, Emily “Remington” Bularzik, Krista “Southpaw” Roberts, Kevin “Out in Left” Field, Benjamin “Nor’Easter” Lally, Amy “Laser Show” Doughty, Pam “Pop-Up” Coppola, Adam “Turkey Club” Chiocca, and Patrick “Lightower Power” Larkin (and more!)


BHS Varsity – 2012 Middlesex League champs

1:00 @ Marvin Field … BE THERE!

2012 Teen Summer Reading Program

In the English Hallway, on our FREE BOOKS table (nobody is up for the Tolkein biography? Really? The Hobbit is coming out this year…) you will find bookmarks that announce the beginning of…


The Burlington Public Library is hosting this program, which runs from June 18th to August 22. The official kick-off celebration will be June 28th. For more information, go to:


…or visit the Burlington Library.

And in the meantime, stop by our table, because who couldn’t use a free bookmark? Nobody.

Summer Reading Suggestions for Young Men

Outside Reading List for High School Boys

A suggested summer reading list, compiled by Ms. Kelley-DiSanto

City of Bones; City of Ash; City of Glass, City of Fallen Angels, City of Lost Souls

by Cassandra Clare (Other books by Clare, Clockwork Angel, Bk.1&2)

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder—much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons.  Enter the world of the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. Exhilarating and utterly gripping, Cassandra Clare creates a ferociously entertaining fantasy, adventure and takes readers on a wild ride that they will never want to end


Hunger Games; Catching Fire; Mocking Jay Trilogy by Suzanne Collins Suspense and philosophy, adventure and romance. The gladiators meet the “Survivors”


Knife of Never letting Go; The Ask and the Answers; Monsters of Men

Dystopian Trilogy by Patrick Ness

Science Fiction, adventure, thriller, Todd lives in a world that is infected by a mysterious chemical that caused all the men who came in contact with it to broadcast all of their thoughts.


The Uglies; The Pretties; The Specials; The Extras

Series by Scott Westerfeld ( other books Peeps, a novel ; Leviathan)

Science Fiction, adventure


Shaman’s Crossing; Forest Mage; Renegade”s Magic

Soldier son trilogy by Robin Hobb  ( this author has many fantasy adventures series)

Fantasy, adventure Nevare Burvelle follows his father into the cavalry, training at the elite King’s Cavella Academy in Old Thares, where he begins to realize his life path is not as solid as he was led to believe.


Incarceron; Sapphique

Trilogy by Catherine Fisher

Incarceron is a prison so vast that it contains not only cells, but also metal forests, dilapidated cities, and vast wilderness. Finn, a seventeen-year-old prisoner, has no memory of his childhood and is sure that he came from Outside Incarceron. Finn is determined to escape the prison, but there is more to Incarceron than meets the eye and escape will take their greatest courage and cost more than they know. Because Incarceron is alive.


Eon Dragon Eye reborn; Eona

Fantasy Series by Alison Goodman

Quickly paced and full of surprising twists, Eon transcends standard fantasy fare because author Alison Goodman focuses on the intrigue—poison, secret tunnels, rebellious eunuchs


The Naming; The Riddle; The Crow; The Singing

Fantasy Adventure Series by Allison Croggon

In the classic spirit of epic fantasy comes this glittering saga of a young girl who learns she possesses an uncanny gift – and is destined to use it to save her world from a terrifying evil.


Eragon;  Eldest; Brisingr

Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini


Science Fction Adventure

Any book by Michael Crichton

Any Book by Dan Abnett

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi and the companion book

Ender’s Game by Olsen Card

Little Brother by Cory  Doctorow

Shades Children by Garth Nix


Fantasy Adventure

Any book by Rick Riordan

Any book by Graham McNeil

Maximum Ride Series by James Paterson

Graceling, Fire, and Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore.

Guardian of the Dead

Life of Pi by Martel

Zombies Vs. Unicorns by Black



Sherlock Holmes Books by Doyle

Tightrope by Gillian Cross

Acceleration by Graham McNamee

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Death Cloud by Andrew Lane

Reality Check by Peter Abrahams

Jasper Jones by Silvey

Shelter by Coben

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Pecular Children by Riggs



Any book by Dan Brown

Any book by James Rollins

Any book by Chris Wooding

The Scorpio Races by Stiefvater


Realistic Fiction

Jude by Morgenroth

Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Draper

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Half Brother by Kenneth Oppel

YOU by Charles Benoit

Shattering Glass by Gail Giles

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

Any Book by John Green


Sport – Fiction

Open Ice by Pat Hughes – Hockey

Wrestling Sturbridge by Rich Wallace – Wrestling

Pinned by Alfred Martino – Wrestling

Payback Time by Carl Deuker – Football

Gym Candy by Deuker

Runner by Deuker

Shooting the Star

Crackback by Jon Coy

Game by Myers

The Berlin Boxing Club  by Sharenow

Tilt by Alan Cumyn

Now is the time for Running – Williams



Non- Fiction

A Long Way Gone: Memories of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah.

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer.

Spies of Mississippi:  The True Story of the Spy Network that Tried to Destroy the Civil Rights Movement by Rick Bowers

The Dark Game: True Spy Stories  by Paul Janeczko

Bad Boy: a Memoir by Myers

Hole in the Life by Gantos

Friday Night Lights by Bissinger

Ice Time by Atkinson

Blindside by Lewis

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Ralston

Shadow Divers by Kurson

Walk in the Woods by Bryson

Isaac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History by Erik Larson

Devil in the White City by Erik Larson

Basketball Junkie by Chris Heron



Congratulations, English Dept Book Award Winners!

Congratulations are in order for the following students, who received the annual book awards given out to students who have stood out in their English classes:

Brown Book Award: Samantha Healey

21st Century Book Award
Class of 2012: Kelsey Carnell
Class of 2013: Michelle Malone
Class of 2014: Robensly Auguste
Class of 2015: Juliana Purvis

Great Work! Congratulations from the English Department!

Death of a Salesman wins “Best Revival of a Play” at the 2012 Tonys

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, a core text in our sophomore curriculum, just won the 2012 Tony for “Best Revival of a Play”. This production features Philip Seymour Hoffman as Willy Loman, and Andrew Garfield as his son Biff, and has been hailed as the consummate production of this play, bettering even the stellar 1985 production starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich.