New York – A Long Island school district’s summer reading list must have been hastily thrown together because it is just rife with awkward, embarrassing, and obvious errors.
It’s not the type of stuff you wouldn’t catch if you weren’t a literature buff either. When a movie based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby debuts to great success at the beginning of the year, most folks will notice that the book itself is falsely and awkwardly titled The Great Gypsy on their reading list. Just saying.
There are a ton of other awesomely terrible errors on the summer reading list, as well (yes, the Great Gypsy flub is real). Author Emily Bronte is called “Bonte,” George Orwell is listed as “Ornell” and Frederick Douglass drops a single “s,” becoming “Douglas.”
As far as books go, Maya Angelou’s 1969 autobiography is called I Know Why Caged Birds Sing on the list (the actual title is I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings) and Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel The Lovely Bones turns into the awkward The Lovely Bone.
Newsday reports that there are as many as 30 errors on the list provided by Hempstead Public Schools. A note accompanying the list also has its fair share of grammatical problems as well.
“In September 2013, your child, should return the completed worksheets, to their teacher for reading credit.”
The New York State Department of Education blamed the grammatical mistakes on the lack of a “stable administration” for the school district, which they have not had for “a long time.”
The district’s superintendent did not return NBC News‘ calls for comment.
Check out the awful summer reading list below:
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