WMHS Summer Reading Book Clubs
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Book club sign up is officially closed.
On the day of book clubs, you will be assigned to an advisory where you'll read and discuss a short selection.
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Book TitleAmazon LinkBook CoverBook's AuthorHookGrade LevelStaff NameGenre
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A Very Large Expanse of SeaAmazon Link
Tahereh MafiAs the country nears the one-year anniversary of 9/11, Shirin, an American-born Iranian, starts the year at a new school and must navigate xenophobia, prejudice, and romance. This book will apeal to those who enjoyed The Sun is Also a Star.freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorAbby GillisFiction, Realistic fiction
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American Street Amazon Link
Ibi Zoboi For readers that are interested in immigration and the pursuit of the American dream while learning about another culture. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorCatarina Saenz & Catherine MandavilleFiction
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BarracoonAmazon Link
Zora Neale HurstonThis is a text by an anthropologist about the last slave cargo in the US. Over a three-month period, in 1927, Zora Neale Hurston traveled to Plateau, Alabama to visit eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Clotilda, the last slaver known to have made the transatlantic journey. Illegally brought to the United States, Cudjo was enslaved fifty years after the slave trade was outlawed.junior, seniorKristen McMahon & Ryan GillNonfiction, Historical Nonfiction
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BeartownAmazon Link
Fredrik BackmanThis is a great novel for all students centering on a hockey town where loyalties are tested. Due to heavy theme involving rape, we would suggest 11th and 12 graders, both male and female. junior, seniorDonna Sands & Cally SandsFiction, Mystery, Realistic fiction
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Eleven SecondsAmazon Link
Travis RoyThe true story of BU student and hockey player Travis Roy who, in the first game of his first season, suffered a tragic and life-altering injury. His story of courage, determination and resilience will appeal to not only hockey enthusiasts, but anyone who appreciates the story of someone overcoming incredible odds.freshman, sophomoreChristina BeecherAutobiography, Memoir, Nonfiction
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Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl GangAmazon LInk
Joyce Carol OatesThis book was a favorite of mine when I was in high school. The story of this group of teenage girls finding power through their shared connection and vision to fight against the oppressive, misogynistic world of 1950's America really appealed to me.junior, seniorMary DiLunaDrama, Fiction, Realistic fiction
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From the Streets to Real Happiness and PeaceAmazon Link
Elizabeth AshShort but powerful this book provides a glimpse into the life of a young girl from NYC and what she believes is her only option to help support her family. After experiencing some horrific events, our narrator pulls herself out of cycles of poverty, sex work, and abuse to find internal peace and forgiveness of her past sins.junior, seniorAmy Cardoso & Kelly CurranDrama, Memoir, Nonfiction, Thriller
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HomegoingAmazon Link
Yaa GayasiHomegoing' is a fascinating book that traces multiple generations, beginning with two half sisters in 1700's Ghana. One is sold into slavery and one marries a slave trader. Each chapter tells the story of a descendant. By following the generations, Gyasi introduces many diverse characters and deftly illustrates the echoing effects of colonialism and the slave trade. It is a truly engrossing, eye-opening (and thus quick) read; but it will leave the reader ruminating for quite a while.freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorBridget ScholnickHistorical fiction
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In the Country We LoveAmazon Link
Diane GuerreroThis memoir is a story of personal triumph that casts a much-needed light on the fears that haunt the daily existence of families like the author's. This book has also been chosen for "Woburn Reads" and a series of events related to the book will be held this fall at the Woburn Public Library. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorTerrie Taranto & Deb JacksonAutobiography, Memoir
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Let's Go Swimming on DoomsdayAmazon Link
Natalie C. AndersonForced to become a child soldier and then a spy for the CIA, a sixteen-year-old Somali refugee must confront his painful past in this haunting, thrilling tale of loss and redemption. The book is a great fit for fans of'A Long Way Gone and What is the What. junior, seniorHillary FifieldFiction, Thriller
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Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life...and Maybe the World.Amazon Link
William H. McRavenLittle things that may seem unimportant add up to the big things; maybe how you start your day has a cascading domino effect on the rest of your day--and even your life. Admiral William McRaven uses his experiences as a Navy Seal to explain how meeting challenges with discipline, determination, a positive attitude, and the support of others will most often lead an individual to a meaningful life that will inspire others--and quite possibly change the world.freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorBrian SkeffingtonNonfiction
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Mountains Beyond MountainsAmazon Link
Tracy KidderHave you ever wondered how much impact one person can really have? This book shows how the determination of one man, Dr. Paul Farmer, changed the lives of countless people around the world through his study--and curing--of infectious diseases. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorCourtney Young & Wendy SpragueBiography, Nonfiction, Social Justice
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One of Us is Lying Amazon Link
Karen McManus Entertainment Weekly dubs this high school murder mystery as a cross between Pretty Little Liars and The Breakfast Club. This high school drama contains secrets--both big and small--and a healthy dose of suspicion, too. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorMichael ParzialeFiction, Mystery
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Operation Mincemeat: How A dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled The Nazis and Assured an Allied VictoryAmazon Link
Ben Macintyre Follow spies, double agents and heroes in this true story of how two intelligence officers thrwarted the Nazis and likely helped win the war. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorBrendan DohertyNonfiction
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Salt to the SeaAmazon LInk
Ruta SepetysWorld War II refugees meet the Titanic in this compelling historical fiction novel about survival. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorSusan DuffyHistorical fiction
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Say Nothing - a true story of murder and memory in Northern IrelandAmazon Link
Patrick Radden KeefeIf you ever wanted to know about the Troubles in Northern Ireland, this presents a great overview. There’s also a mysterious disappearance at the beginning of the book which forms the basis of the story. There are hunger strikers too!freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorDevin McDonough & Liz MillerBiography, Drama, Memoir, Mystery, Nonfiction
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Shop Class as Soulcraft, an inquiry into the value of workAmazon Link
Matthew B. CrawfordDrawing from his background as a mechanic and an electrician, Crawford discusses the merits of trade skills and the need for more hands-on skill building in this book about the value of manual labor. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorPaul Hayes & Westy AdamsAutobiography, Nonfiction
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Speak No EvilAmazon Link
Uzodinma IwealaNiru, a high school senior headed to Harvard, is terrified to come out to his Nigerian parents. He stumbles through normal teenagehood with his best friend, Meredith. There is an explosive twist in the book that had me shouting out loud, "NOOO!" freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorAbby MortonDrama, Fiction, Realistic fiction
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The Basketball DiariesAmazon Link
Jim CarrollGrowing up on the streets of New York had its highs-and-lows for Jim Carroll. Raw and passionate, The Basketball Diaries is a collection of edited entries from his journal that detail his daily life, sexual experiences, high-school-basketball career, and his addiction to heroin. Due to the content of the memoir, we strongly suggest only juniors and seniors select this book. junior, seniorMatthew Gangi & Alex BromleyAutobiography, Drama, Memoir
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The Lovely BonesAmazon Link
Alice SeboldThe Lovely Bones is one book that I will always remember, especially the first page, which instantly grabs the reader's attention. This book, told from the point of view of 14-year-old Susie Salmon after her murder, is very intriguing, easy to read, and unforgettable. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorJennifer BarryFiction
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower Amazon Link
Stephen Chbosky Since it was published in 1999, The Perks of Being a Wallflower has sold more than 1.5 million copies and been published in 16 countries. As a high school student, I loved it! As an adult, I think it speaks to the place where many students find themselves: somewhere in between being a wallflower or hiding from problems and fully living and participating in life. I think this book validates the roller coaster lives of high school students. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorKatie LeMay Fiction, Realistic fiction
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The Queen of WaterAmazon Link
Laura Resau with Maria Virginia FarinangoBased on a true account, the novel tells the story of Virginia, a young Ecuadorian girl who is taken from her indigenous family to be an unpaid servant for a mestizo family. This book will open your eyes to the racism and classism rampant in Latin American society. Virginia's story speaks to anyone who has ever struggled to find his or her place in the world. It will make you laugh and cry, and ultimately, fill you with hope.freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorKatherine Escobar & Tina CaamanoAutobiography, Drama, Memoir
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The Radius of UsAmazon Link
Marie MarquardtHow much can 90 seconds change someone's life? Told in alternating points of view, The Radius of Us introduces readers to Pheonix, an asylum seeker from El Salvador, and Gretchen, a young woman trying to overcome PTSD after a robbery. Will they overcome their individual traumas or get swept up in xenophobic turmoil? freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorJessica CallananFiction, Realistic fiction
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The Red Umbrella Amazon Link
Cristina Diaz Gonzalez A light read for those interested in coming of age stories with strong female character. Students may have read and enjoyed 'Esperanza Rising' or other immigrant stories. The Red Umbrella is a moving tale of a 14-year-old girl's journey from Cuba to America as part of Operation Pedro Pan—an organized exodus of more than 14,000 unaccompanied children, whose parents sent them away to escape Fidel Castro's revolution.freshman, sophomoreElena Santos & Alexa Divadkar Fiction, Historical fiction
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The Shining Amazon Link
Stephen King This was one of the first Stephen King books that I read at a young age! It terrified me, but it also introduced me to a genre of writing that I would forever love! sophomore, junior, seniorNicole MiniFiction, Thriller, Horror
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The Three-Body ProblemAmazon Link
Cixin Liu (author), Ken Liu (translator)What would happen if we develop extrasolar space flight and there are other civilizations out there? Sound physics matched with political science/philosophy. A great book if you are taking physics next year.junior, seniorSteve OxxScience Fiction
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They Both Die at the EndAmazon Link
Adam SilveraIf you knew you had 24 hours to live, how would you spend your remaining time? The winner of numerous YA book awards, They Both Die at the End addresses that question as two strangers spend the End Day together. freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorGretchen Pollard-Ramos & Rosemary DonovanFiction
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Truly DeviousAmazon Link
Maureen JohnsonFrom Goodreads: "The past has crawled out of its grave. Someone has gotten away with murder." If you enjoy mystery and twists and turns, this is the book for you.freshman, sophomore, junior, seniorMichelle GetherallFiction
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