• Summer Reading Recommendations

     High School

  • Develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain/even increase your reading skill level

    To continue to develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain (and even increase) your reading skill level, you are encouraged to read at least 10 full-length texts over the summer months, including books like these:

    • Wintergirls (Anderson)
    • Monster (Myers)
    • The Red Badge of Courage (Crane) The Fault in our Stars (Green) Speak (Anderson)
    • The Book Thief (Zuzak)
    • Mosquitoland (Arnold)
    • We Were Liars (Lockhart)
    • Fangirl (Rowell)
    • If I Stay (Forman)
    • Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Riggs)
    • City of Bones (Clare) Rot & Ruin (Maberry) Dumplin’ (Murphy)

  • “Pathways to Theme” Unit (English I and English I Honors)

    To specifically prepare for the “Pathways to Theme” Unit (English I and English I Honors), read fiction (in novels or short stories), such as

    • 50 Great Short Stories edited by Milton Crane
    • Athletic Shorts: Six Short Stories by Chris Crutcher
    • The short stories of O. Henry
    • Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
    • Yellowcake by Margo Lanagan
    • The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

  • “Epic Revival” unit (English I and English I Honors)

    To specifically prepare for the “Epic Revival” unit (English I and English I Honors), read texts that contain the characteristics of the epic, such as

    • Divergent, Insurgent, and Allegiant by Veronica Roth
    • Paper Towns by John Green
    • The Maze Runner Trilogy by James Dashner
    • Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
    • Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
    • True Grit by Charles Portis
    • I Am Number Four by Pittacus Lore
    • The Young Elites by Marie Lu
    • Graceling by Kristin Cashore
    • Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
    • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys

  • “Classic Re-Mix” unit (English I and English I Honors)

    To specifically prepare for the “Classic Re-Mix” unit (English I and English I Honors),read modern reworkings of classic texts, such as

    • Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith
    • Tempestuous by Kim Askew
    • Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys
    • Wicked by Gregory McGuire
    • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski
    • Railsea by China Miéville
    • The Steep and Thorny Way by Cat Winters
    • Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

  • “Creative Non-Fiction” unit (English I and English I Honors)

    To specifically prepare for the “Creative Non-Fiction” unit (English I and English I Honors), read literary non-fiction texts such as

    • The Influencing Machine: Brook Gladstone on the Media by Brooke Gladstone
    • Counting Coup: A True Story of Basketball and Courage by Larry Colton
    • The Girls of Atomic City by Denise Kiernan
    • The Taste of Sweet: Our Complicated Love Affair with Our Favorite Treats by Joanne Chen
    • Women of Courage: Intimate Stories from Afghanistan by Katherine Scott Heidler
    • The Signal and the Noise: Why So Many Predictions Fail but Some Don’t by Nate Silver
    • Stiff : the curious lives of human cadavers by Mary Roach
    • X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
    • Humans of New York: Stories by Brandon Stanton
    • Girl at War by Sara Novic
    • Most Dangerous: Daniel Ellsberg and the Secret History of the Vietnam War by Steve Sheinkin
    • Undocumented: A Dominican Boy’s Odyssey from a Homeless Shelter to the Ivy League by Daniel Padilla Peralta

  • Develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain/even increase your reading skill level

    To continue to develop your personal tastes in reading and to maintain (and even increase) your reading skill level, you are encouraged to read at least 10 full-length texts from a variety of genres over the summer months. Consider texts such as these:

    •  All-American Boys (Reynolds and Kiely)
    • Annexed (Doger) Bad Boy (Myers) Before I Fall (Oliver)
    • The Berlin Boxing Club (Sharenow) Between Shades of Gray (Sepetys) The Book Thief (Zusak)
    • Bruiser (Schusterman) Call of the Wild (London)
    • Clockwork Angel: The Infernal Devices (Clare)
    • The Color Purple (Walker) Compulsion (Ayarbe) Court of Fives (Elliott)
    • The Dark Endeavor: The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein (Oppel)
    • Dead Girls Don’t Write Letters (Giles)
    • The Emperor of Any Place (Wynne-Jones)
    • Girl in Translation (Kwok)
    • The Great American Whatever (Federle)
    • Highly Illogical Behavior (Whaley)
    • Hole in My Life (Gantos)
    • How I Stole Johnny Depp’s Alien Girlfriend (Ghislain)
    • Illuminae (Kaufman) Lucy & Linh (Pung)
    • The Mockingbirds (Whitney)
    • The Reader (Chee) Red Queen (Aveyard) Replica (Oliver)
    • Rot & Ruin (Maberry)
    • Salt to the Sea (Sepetys)
    • The Serpent King (Zentner)
    • The Space Between Trees (Williams)
    • Speak (Anderson)
    • Split (Avasthi)
    • Sunrise over Fallujah (Myers)
    • Teen Angst? Naaah…(Vizzini)
    • Teenage Waistland (Biederman and Pazer)
    • Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Green and Levithan)
    • You Against Me (Downham)

  • “The Pen is Mightier” unit

    To specifically prepare for the “The Pen is Mightier” unit, read memoirs, such as these:

    • Manchild in the Promise Land (Brown)
    • The Circuit (Jimenez)
    • To Dance (Siegel)
    • When I was Puerto Rican (Santiago)
    • A Long Way Gone (Beah)
    • Aya of Yop City (Abouet and Oubrerie) Between a Rock and a Hard Place (Ralston) Autobiography of a Face (Grealy)
    • A List of Things That Didn’t Kill Me (Schmidt)
    • Persepolis (Satrapi)
    • Hole in My Life (Gantos)
    • We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, A True Story (Sundquist)
    • Little Fish: A Memoir from a Different Kind of Year (Beyer)