Students are encouraged to choose at least one of the below titles to read over the summer. Readers are welcome to post to the Summer Reading blog on the
Young Adult (more mature content)
If you're entering 8th LA Honors:
When Ivan, a gorilla who has lived for years in adown-and-out circus-themed mall, meets Ruby, a baby elephant that has beenadded to the mall, he decides that he must find her a better life.
Lizzie and Karl's mother brings home and then flees
Pitching prodigy Michael Arroyo is on the run from socialservices after being banned from playing Little League baseball because rivalcoaches doubt he is only twelve years old and he has no parents to offer themproof.
After spending her summer running the family farm and training thequarterback for her school's rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decidesto go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those aroundher.
Through a series of poems, a young girl chronicles thelife-changing year of 1975, when she, her mother, and her brothers leave
After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is auseless language, Ned Begay and other Navajo men are recruited by the Marinesto become Code Talkers, sending messages during World War II in their nativetongue.
Ten-year-old Auggie Pullman, who was born with extremefacial abnormalities, goes from being home-schooled to entering fifth grade ata private middle school in
Orphans Naomi and Lizzie, living in rural
An astonishing technique for recovering and cloning dinosaurDNA has been discovered. Now humankind’s most thrilling fantasies have cometrue. Creatures extinct for eons roam
After years in foster homes, seventeen-year-old BensonFisher applies to
The difficult star of the reality television show,"Expedition Survival," disappears on location in the FloridaEverglades, where they were filming animals from the wildlife refuge run byWahoo Crane's family.
Tara, a self-proclaimed shrinking violet, tries to break outof her shell by stealing the school mascot, a goat, but she gets caught and isshipped off for the summer to stay with relatives in the quirky town of
In a dark future, when North America has split into twowarring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June,the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a commonenemy.
In a futuristic world, teenaged Nailer scavenges copperwiring from grounded oil tankers for a living, but when he finds a beachedclipper ship with a girl in the wreckage, he has to decide if he should stripthe ship for its wealth or rescue the girl.
When seventh-grader Calder Pillay disappears from a remoteEnglish village--along with an Alexander Calder sculpture to which he has felt strangelydrawn--his friends
When Ted and Kat's cousin Salim disappears from the London Eye ferriswheel, the two siblings must work together--Ted with his brain that is"wired differently" and impatient Kat--to try to solve the mystery ofwhat happened to Salim.
Prue's life shifts from ordinary to extraordinary when herbaby brother is kidnapped by a murder of crows and she must embark into theImpassable Wilderness, a dense forest in the center of Portland, Oregon, withher friend Curtis in tow, where the pair will encounter warring creatures,peaceful mystics, and other dark-minded, powerful figures.
Young Ender Wiggin may prove to be the military genius Earthneeds to fight a desperate battle against a deadly alien race that willdetermine the future of the human race.
The adventures of a boy growing up in a nineteenth-centuryMississippi River town as he plays hookey on an island, witnesses a crime,hunts for pirates' treasure, and becomes lost in a cave.
The four March sisters weather love and loss during theCivil War.
Young Adult (more mature content)
Sixteen year old Hazel, who has cancer, meets Augustus at akids-with-cancer support group and as they fall in love they both wonder howthey will be remembered.
In 1943, a British fighter plane crashes in Nazi-occupiedFrance and the survivor tells a tale of friendship, war, espionage, and greatcourage as she relates what she must to survive while keeping secret all thatshe can.
A look at fast food, what's in it, how it's made, and whatit does to our bodies.
A look at the end of
Explores the important role oil plays in
Examines the history of the atomic bomb, discussing thediscovery of the behavior of uranium when placed next to radioactive material,the race to build a bomb, and the impact of the weapon on societies around theworld.
(students must choose one of the following)
In 1944, when the Americans liberate Bikini Atoll from theJapanese, fourteen-year-old Sorry Rinamu does not realize that in two years hewill lead a desperate effort to save his island home from a much more deadlythreat.
Sixteen-year-old Matilda Cook, separated from her sickmother, learns about perseverance and self-reliance when she is forced to copewith the horrors of the yellow fever epidemic in
The author describes how he spent his teenage years climbingmountains in the