Please note: Books are rated on a scale of 1-3. Those books with a rating of 1 are at an easier reading level than those at a 3. All books, however, may contain mature language or situations and parents are encouraged to review any books that their children read if that is a concern.

Summer Reading for students entering English 10/10R/10H

Absolutely True Story of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie –follow the adventures of a smart, hilarious teenage Indian boy trying to live on an Indian reservation and go to an all-white school. Not only is it hysterical, he also draws comics about his life which are included in the book. For more mature readers. 1

All Souls by Christine Schutt. At this prestigious school girls confront a painful truth: Astra, one of their classmates, is suffering from a rare disease and may soon die. Follow the group as they complete their senior year. 1

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green. Colin Singleton is always getting dumped by Katherines! Join him and a friend on a road trip to find love in this comic novel. 1

American Youth by Phil LaMarche. A fourteen year old loads his father’s gun to show off to his two friends. When one accidentally shoots the other, the boy’s life is changed when he is befriended by a group called American Youth. 1

Ask Elizabeth by Elizabeth Berkley.  Advice for girls about everything from handling stress to dealing with friends. 2

Autobiography of a Face  by Lucy Grealy.  A true story of a woman who has to deal with her facial disfigurement after cancer. 2

Beautiful Creatures  by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl. People think nothing ever happens in Gatlin County until Lena moves in to the local haunted mansion. 1

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.  “What if you only had one day to live? What would you do? Who would you kiss? And how far would you go to save your own life? Samantha Kingston has it all: looks, popularity, the perfect boyfriend. Friday, February 12, should be just another day in her charmed life. Instead, it turns out to be her last. The catch: Samantha still wakes up the next morning. Living the last day of her life seven times during one miraculous week, she will untangle the mystery surrounding her death—and discover the true value of everything she is in danger of losing.” – Amazon.com book description.   2

The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly.  This is the tale of a 12-year old boy whose mother passes away, so he escapes through books until, one day, he finds that his world has become that of fairy tales he has always read.  2

Boy 21 by Matthew Quick. Finley McManus longs to escape his violent neighborhood by capitalizing on his basketball talents. When a new kid takers over his starting position on the team, Finley’s ability to escape is threatened. 2

A Canticle for Leibowitz by Walter Miller, Jr. If you enjoy playing the video game Fallout, then this sci-fi thriller set in a post-apocalyptic America is for you. Look for the similarities between the game and the novel as you read. 1

Change of Heart by Shari Maurer. After a virus attacks her heart, a formerly healthy sixteen year old athlete needs a heart transplant. This book was written by a North HS graduate. (1)

Childhood’s End by Arthur C. Clark.  When the Overlords first came to Earth, they brought peace and prosperity with them, but it soon became apparent that their purpose was the elimination of the human race. 2

Closing Time by Joe Queenan. In this memoir, Queenan describes growing up poor in South Philadelphia in a family dominated by an abusive, alcoholic father. Queenan insists it was education that saved him from the “bad hand” life dealt him. 2

Crank by Ellen Hopkins (part of a trilogy about a girl who gets involved with drugs) –Written in poetry, this follows the heartbreaking tale of a girl who does meth for the first time with her father and gets hooked. The tale will hook you in with its heartbreaking story and rawness. 1

The Dark Knight Returns by Frank Miller. This graphic novel expands the story of Batman as he rescues Gotham City from rampant street gangs. 1 (Only one (1) ofyour selections may be a graphic novel.)

Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther.  This autobiography of a father who must cope with his son’s terminal illness will captivate you from beginning to end.  2

Divergent Trilogy (includes Insurgent and Divergent ) by Veronica Roth. “One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.” 3

Dreaming Anastasia by Joy Preble. What really happened to Anastasia, daughter of the last Russian tsar? Suppose she really die in a hail of bullets after all. 1

Eaters of the Dead by Michael Crichton. Set in the year 922, an Arab ambassador joins a tribe of Vikings heading north to find and kill a menacing group of beasts. 2

Finding their Stride by Sally Pont. One coach's story of her first year coaching a co-ed cross country team to victory both on and off the track. 1

Gap Creek:  The Story of a Marriage by Robert Morgan.  This is the story of a young couple living in Appalachia and struggling to survive the constant tragedy that surrounds them.  They endure everything from floods to poverty to death.  2

The Gates by John Connelly. In this fantasy thriller, Samuel Johnson experiences the intersection of science and the supernatural while trick-or-treating in his neighborhood. 1

Girl with a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier. A young girl takes the position of house servant in the home of the painter Vermeer and becomes involved with his family and his artistry. 1

The Golden Age by James Robinson This graphic novel follows the postwar adventures of the Justice Sociey of America. 1 (Only one (1) of your selections may be a graphic novel.)

The Host by Stephenie Meyer. If you enjoyed reading the Twilight series, try this new science fiction book by the same author. Earth has been invaded by aliens that take over the brains of their human hosts. But one girl refuses to fade away. 1

I Am Scout(a Biography of Harper Lee) by Charles J. Shields. This is the story of the author of To Kill a Mockingbird. Learn more about this fascinating author in this “behind-the-scenes” look at her life, family, and friendships. 2

Incognegro by Mat Johnson. Explore the effects of racism in this GRAPHIC NOVEL (comic book). Zane Pinchback, a reporter, is a black man who can pass for white. He uses this to investigate and expose racism. This book is loosely based on the life experiences of the author. 1

The Infernal Devices Series (Clockwork Angel or Clockwork Prince) by Cassandra Clare.  If you enjoyed the Mortal Instruments Series, you will take a liking to this vampire fleeing protagonist as well.  One main difference, though, is that this series takes place in Victorian England.   2

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness. This is the first volume in Chaos Walking Series. You may also read The Ask and the Answer or The Knife of Never Letting Go. This sci-fi series takes place on an earth-like  planet where war with the natives has killed all the women and infected men with a germ that broadcasts their thoughts aloud for all to hear. 2

Last Man Down by Richard Picciotto. A true story about FDNY Chief Richard Picciotto 's fight for survival as he and his men find themselves trapped in the rubble of the North tower on the tragic day of September 11, 2001. 1

The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. Readers are swept up into the turbulent world of four young men–friends, cadets, and blood brothers–and their days of hazing, heartbreak, pride, betrayal, and, ultimately, humanity. 2

The Lost City of Z by David Grann. An eye-opening account of one of the world’s greatest explorers Percy H. Fawcett. Based on Fawcett’s mysterious disappearance during his famous 1925 expedition to find “Z,” the ancient civilization in the Amazon Rainforest, we experience the wonders and dangers of the Amazon. There are poison arrow attacks, vivid fatal diseases, mysterious indigenous tribes, deadly animals, and insects, and much more. David Grann pieces together a masterful tale of Fawcett’s quest, even becoming personally involved by going into the Amazon to find out Fawcett’s fate firsthand. Recommended for people who like mysteries and adventure. 2

The Magicians by Lev Grossman. If you loved Harry Potter, try this fantasy novel for grown-ups. Quentin Coldwater, high school senior, gets more than he bargained for when he joins a sorcery society. 2

Matched by Ally Condie.  “In this dystopian romance, a girl rebels against a deterministic future society.” (Amazon)  2

Midnight Charter by David Whitley. In Agora everything can be bought and sold. After Mark is sold by his father to a doctor who is researching the plague, he meets and befriends Lily, servant to a powerful astrologer. Join them as they try to outwit the city’s most powerful citizens. 1

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Piccoult.  A mystery about school shooting from the perspectives of the attacker and all the people whose lives are touched by the attack.  2

Now in November by Josephine Johnson. Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1934, this book tells the story of a middle class, urban family turned into dirt-poor famers by the Depression. 1

Odd Thomas by Dean Koontz. The hero of this novel uses his ability to communicate with the dead to solve crimes. 2

A Painted House by John Grisham. A story of an Arkansas boy in the 1950s who loves the game of baseball but lives on a farm where life is hard and work is constant. 1

Peak by Roland Smith. The tension-filled story of a fourteen-year-old boy who wishes to be the youngest person to climb Mount Everest. 1

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay.  This captivating novel takes you through the trials and tribulations of the main character Peekay, as he pursues his quest to become the Welterweight Champion of the World.  He struggles with everything from bullying to racism to finding ways to hide that he is smarter than his peers.  The people he meets along the way will stay with you as strongly as Peekay does.  This is one of my all time favorites and is well worth the time you’ll spend reading it.  2 

Romeo’s Ex: Rosaline’ Story by Lisa Fiedler. A retelling, with some liberties taken, of the story of Romeo and Juliet from the perspective of Rosaline. Other characters take turns narrating too. Are the lovers more selfish than tragic? This book may change your mind! 1

Sag Harbor by Colson Whitehead. Reggie and Benji attend a mostly white private school. When summer comes they go to Sag Harbor where generations of their family have summered and where they are no longer in the minority. 2

The Sharp Time by Mary O’Connell.  After her mother dies, Sandinista Jones is angry at her school and the world around for the way they have abandoned her.  After gaining a close friend in a local thrift shop she works at, she must choose between anger and revenge or love and forgiveness.  2

Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi.   Winner of the 2011 Michael Prince Award for Science Fiction, this novel takes place in America’s Gulf Coast Region, where a teenage boy scavenges grounded oil tankers.  One day, he discovers an exquisite clipper ship and is faced with a life-changing decision. 1

Shiver by Maggie Stiefaver. Each year Sam spends a few months as a human before turning again into a wolf. Find out what happens when he falls in love with Grace. A chilling romance. NOTE:  Linger and Forever from the Wolves of Mercy Falls Series are also acceptable.  1

Sickened by Julie Gregory—The true story of a mother who made her child sick on purpose to get attention. 1

Sloppy Firsts by Megan McCafferty.  An easy to read teenaged chick-lit which is actually very smart, as well…it’s the first in a series of novels about the main character, Jessica Darling.  As Jessica ages-from high schooler to college graduate-the material becomes more adult. 1

Snow in August by Pete Hamill. Set in the slums of 1947 Brooklyn, this novel chronicles the bond between 11-year-old Michael Devlin, an Irish Catholic, and the elderly Rabbi Jacob Hirsch. This story reveals the prejudices of the time—and the friendship between Michael and the rabbi despite the backlash from Michael’s Christian pals. 2

Stolen by Lucy Christopher. Sixteen year old Gemma is kidnapped by a stalker at the airport in Bangkok. Will she be able to escape her captor or will he succeed in imprisoning her forever? 2

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder. How does a penniless immigrant manage to graduate from Columbia and attend medical school? Find out in this inspiring story. 2

Tales from Watership Down by Richard Adams. Read the sequel to Richard Adams novel Watership Down. What happens to the bunnies after they establish Watership Down? Find out. 2

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher. Clay receives recordings from a classmate who committed suicide explaining the thirteen reasons why she did it. He is one of them. 1

Trash by Andy Mulligan. Three “dumpsite” boys live atop and make their living from picking through garbage piles in an impoverished country. One day they happen upon something valuable -- so valuable, in fact, that the authorities pursue them in order to get it back. If you liked the movie Slumdog Millionaire, you’ll enjoy this book. 1

Twisted by Laurie Anderson.  In this novel by the same author as the riveting Speak, we are introduced to Tory Miller, and he starts off in trouble with his High School principal. After his summer of making of working to pay off his debts, he is faced with a series of events that change his course of High School forever. 1

The Warded Man by Peter Brett. In this fantasy novel, demons rise at night and humans live in fear. The book follows three humans who are thrown into the battle at a young age. “Brett uses demons and magic to examine issues prevalent in our own society, such as religion versus science.” School Library Journal. 1

When March Went Mad by Seth Davis. Read about how the famous 1979 match up between Magic Johnson and Larry Bird changed the NCAA tournament forever. 2