There will be a one-week unit focused on this book to start to the year.
Bring the book with you to school and make sure it is fresh in your mind.
You do not need to annotate the book as you read.
Students are expected to read three books during the summer. All students have one required book and two choice books from the list below. All students should complete the summer reading by the time they arrive on campus in September and bring the books read to school.
Choose 2 From the List Below After Required Reading (see above)
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Backfield Boys by John Feinstein. According to School Library Journal, “A riveting, cautionary tale about behind-the-scenes, big-money pressures confronting talented high school athletes. . . . Timely hot topics are embedded in this action-packed sports story. Readers will breathlessly await Terrell’s final decision.”
Dress Codes for Small Towns by Courtney Stevens. According to David Arnold, New York Times bestselling author of Kids of Appetite, “A poetic love letter to the complexities of teenage identity, and the frustrations of growing up in a place where everything fits in a box—except you.”
Ghost of Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen. “Our differences should be our strength, not why we fight.”
I Am Malala: How One Girl Stood Up for Education and Changed the World(Young Readers Edition) by Malala Yousafzai. From Common Sense Media, “Many a kid, and many an adult, will find I AM MALALA an engaging, accessible introduction to Malala Yousafzai, education advocate, Nobel laureate, and 17 years old at the time of writing. It's an inspiring look at what one person can do to stand up to wrongdoers and make things better -- and a fascinating window into daily life in a culture that's very different from that of Western kids.”
I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak. From Common Sense Media, “Ed is a loser. His friends are losers. He drives a cab, lives in a shack, hangs out, plays cards, gets drunk. His dog smells. His mother despises him. The girl he loves doesn't love him back. That's his life, until the day he accidentally captures a bank robber who's an even bigger loser. He has his five minutes of local fame and is happy to go back to his slacker life. But a few days later the Ace of Diamonds arrives in his mailbox, with three addresses and times written on it. At each address and time, Ed finds someone in need of help, some fun (an old lady who needs some company), some harder (a brutal man who abuses his wife). As he continues to receive clues about other people, he finds that his view of himself, and his relationships with his friends and relatives, are changing, but a mystery remains: Who is sending him these clues, and why? And how does this mystery person know so much?”
Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer. The chilling and haunting real like tale of thrill-seekers who paid to be part of a challenging adventure and disappeared...Into Thin Air.
Ironman by Chris Crutcher. “You know, Bo, there is a feeling, in that instant following some life-changing tragedy, that you can actually step back over that sliver of time and stop the horror from coming. But that feeling is a lie, because in the tiniest microminisecond after any event occurs, it is as safe in history as Julius Caesar. Data in the universal computer is backed up as it happens.”
Marcelo In The Real World by Francisco Stork. “Then it comes to me. It cannot be that this is the first time I realized this, but it is. We all have ugly parts. I think of the time in the cafeteria when Jasmine asked me what the girl in the picture was asking me. How do we live with all the suffering? We see our ugly parts, and then we are able to forgive, love kindness, walk humbly.”
March by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin. From Common Sense Media, “MARCH follows real-life U.S. Representative John Lewis (D-Ga.) from his early days on his family's Alabama chicken farm, where he objected to the way his beloved birds were killed, through his education about the birth of the civil rights movement, up to his experiences as a nonviolent student protester. Much of this graphic novel focuses on the sit-ins at Nashville department-store lunch counters in 1960 and how they led to a confrontation on the steps of the town's city hall.”
Miles Morales: Spider-Man by Jason Reynolds. "Everyone gets mad at hustlers, especially if you're on the victim side of the hustle. And Miles knew hustling was in his veins."
Monster by WalterDean Myers. The story of a teenager implicated and on trial for murder in a botched robbery which went horribly wrong.
Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie. “The impossible could not have happened, therefore the impossible must be possible in spite of appearances.”
Shoeless Joe by W. P. Kinsella. “Baseball is the most perfect of games, solid, true, pure and precious as diamonds. If only life were so simple. Within the baselines anything can happen. Tides can reverse; oceans can open. That's why they say, "the game is never over until the last man is out." Colors can change, lives can alter, anything is possible in this gentle, flawless, loving game.”
We Will Not Be Silent: The White Rose Student Resistance Movement That Defied Adolf Hitlerby Russell Freedman. According to School Library Journal, "A highly readable and well-documented overview of a fascinating aspect of World War II.
The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin. “Life, too, is senseless unless you know who you are, what you want, and which way the wind blows.”
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. “What you do, the way you think, makes you beautiful.”