This guide will give you more information about this year's STUDENT SUMMER READING.
This summer, all freshmen will read, The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row Young Reader's Version by Anthony Ray Hinton. This book should be read before returning to school in the fall. This book will be released on June 14th. Freshmen have the option to read the regular version as well.
All sophomores, juniors, and seniors will read The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton for a shared community experience. This book should be read before returning to school in the fall.
Some students will also read an additional title during the summer. Check the chart below to see if you need to read an additional title before returning to school in the fall. Based on the class you will be in this fall, click the link below (or use the tabs/drop downs up above) to find summaries, author info, videos, read-alikes, and more.
The Sun Does Shine: How I Found Life and Freedom on Death Row by Anthony Ray Hinton
ADDITIONALLY, based on your Senior Selective,
Senior AP English Literature will read two other books (choose your class on linked senior page)
Born in Alabama in 1957, Anthony Ray Hinton was 29 years old when he was wrongly convicted of the murders of two restaurant managers. Held on death row for nearly 30 years he was finally released on 3 April 2015 after his appeal was taken right up to the US Supreme Court, which ruled that his case should be retried. Since his release he’s become a popular and powerful speaker, planning to devote the rest of his life to help counter discrimination, bolster justice and share his message of hope and forgiveness.
A powerful, revealing story of hope, love, justice, and the power of reading by a man who spent thirty years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
In 1985, Anthony Ray Hinton was arrested and charged with two counts of capital murder in Alabama. Stunned, confused, and only twenty-nine years old, Hinton knew that it was a case of mistaken identity and believed that the truth would prove his innocence and ultimately set him free.
But with no money and a different system of justice for a poor black man in the South, Hinton was sentenced to death by electrocution. He spent his first three years on Death Row at Holman State Prison in agonizing silence—full of despair and anger toward all those who had sent an innocent man to his death. But as Hinton realized and accepted his fate, he resolved not only to survive, but find a way to live on Death Row. For the next twenty-seven years he was a beacon—transforming not only his own spirit, but those of his fellow inmates, fifty-four of whom were executed mere feet from his cell. With the help of civil rights attorney and bestselling author of Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, Hinton won his release in 2015.
With a foreword by Stevenson, The Sun Does Shine is an extraordinary testament to the power of hope sustained through the darkest times. Destined to be a classic memoir of wrongful imprisonment and freedom won, Hinton’s memoir tells his dramatic thirty-year journey and shows how you can take away a man’s freedom, but you can’t take away his imagination, humor, or joy.
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