This summer, we are returning to several titles we have had in the past or that were popular in our library. These are the choices available if you would like a chance to win prizes through our “Summer Reading Challenge,” a series of quiz shows designed to test your knowledge. Winners will get prizes and move on to “The Super Book Bowl” in October!
If you don’t want to participate in the Summer Reading Challenge, you can choose a book on your own---from our teacher recommendations, from our library or your own resources! It’s up to you. The important thing, regardless of your choice, is to spend some time reading this summer.
Unwind by Neal Shusterman (Dystopia)
The Second Civil War was fought over reproductive rights. The chilling resolution: Life is inviolable from the moment of conception until age thirteen. Between the ages of thirteen and eighteen, however, parents can have their child "unwound," whereby all of the child's organs are transplanted into different donors, so life doesn't technically end. Connor is too difficult for his parents to control. Risa, a ward of the state, is not enough to be kept alive. And Lev is a tithe, a child conceived and raised to be unwound. Together, they may have a chance to escape and to survive. (Goodreads)
337 pages. 2007.
Refugee by Alan Gratz (Historical fiction)
Three different kids. One mission in common: ESCAPE.
Josef is a Jewish boy in 1930s Nazi Germany. With the threat of concentration
camps looming, he and his family board a ship bound for the other side of the
Isabel is a Cuban girl in 1994. With riots and unrest plaguing her country, she and her family set out on a raft, hoping to find safety and freedom in America…
Mahmoud is a Syrian boy in 2015. With his homeland torn apart by violence and destruction, he and his family begin a long trek toward Europe… (Goodreads)
352 pages. 2017.
All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely (Contemporary Fiction)
Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white, both American—face the unspeakable truth that racism and prejudice didn’t die after the civil rights movement. There’s a future at stake, a future where no one else will have to be absent because of police brutality. They just have to risk everything to change the world.
Cuz that’s how it can end. (Goodreads)
316 pages. 2015.
Baseball’s Greatest Experiment by Jules Tygiel (Non-Fiction/Biography/Sports)
In this gripping account of one of the most important steps in the history of American desegregation, Tygiel tells the story of Jackie Robinson's crossing of baseball's color line. Examining the social and historical context of Robinson's introduction into white organized baseball, both on and off the field, Tygiel also tells the often-neglected stories of other African-American players--such as Satchel Paige, Roy Campanella, Willie Mays, and Hank Aaron--who helped transform our national pastime into an integrated game. Drawing on dozens of interviews with players and front office executives, contemporary newspaper accounts, and personal papers, Tygiel provides the most telling and insightful account of Jackie Robinson's influence on American baseball and society. (Goodreads)
448 pages. 1997
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han (Young Adult/Romance)
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. (Goodreads)
355 pages. 2014.
Tara Westover was 17 the first time she set foot in a classroom. Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, she prepared for the end of the world by stockpiling home-canned peaches and sleeping with her "head-for-the-hills bag". Then, lacking any formal education, Tara began to educate herself. Educated is an account of the struggle for self-invention. It is a tale of fierce family loyalty and of the grief that comes with severing the closest of ties. With the acute insight that distinguishes all great writers, Westover has crafted a universal coming-of-age story that gets to the heart of what an education is and what it offers: the perspective to see one's life through new eyes and the will to change it. (Goodreads)
334 pages. 2018.
Don't forget: When you have made your choice, fill out the Summer Reading Reading form!