Starting in 2017, we are changing how we approach summer reading. Rather than dictating a specific book to each grade-level, we have created an All-School Summer Reading List of titles to choose from.
There are two main reasons why:
The following list contains a mix of both 20th-century classics and 21st-century Young Adult literature, plus a Graphic Novel and a work of Non-Fiction. Some titles are satirical or speculative, while others are grounded in reality. All of them have been chosen because they provide excellent material for generating discussion on the theme "Truth(iness), Technology, and Totalitarianism".
We will be upfront about it: some of the best written, most thematically appropriate, literature contains words and ideas that could make some readers uncomfortable. At the same time, the dangers of institutional censorship are integral to this year's theme. To that end, we have done our best to identify cases where a book may have strong language, or discuss mature themes that might be a barrier to some readers' enjoyment of the book. You can find that information on the individual pages for each book. Take some time in making your choice; we have taken time to make sure there are options for many different kinds of readers on the list.
Note to Parents, Guardians, and other Responsible Adult Caretakers
As much as we would like our students to “own” their choice, there may be selections on the reading list that you would prefer your student not choose to read. As a parent you have the right to be involved in guiding your student’s selections, and we absolutely respect that right. We worked hard to create a list that should have something to meet every reader’s needs, and our goal is not to force challenging reading, but to foster discussion on the theme.
|1984||London, 1984||Adults, Male Lead||Bleak||Speculative||300||All other books connect in some way|
|Brave New World||Earth , 2540||Adults||Satrical||Speculative/ Sci-fi||<300||Satirical Utopia|
|Fahrenheit 451||Earth, ~2053||Adults||Bleak||Speculative||<200||REQUIRED for Honors I (9th grade honors)|
|Teens Male, Female||Satirical, Serious||Sci-fi||<250||Strong Language, used for satirical purpose.|
|Maggot Moon||England, 1954||
Teen Male (Learning Difference)
|Bleak / Heroic||Alternate History||<300, short chapters||Simply written, but with depth. One violent scene.|
|Prez, vol 1||USA, 2036||Teen Female||Satirical, Humorous||Speculative. Comics Format||<160, Illustrated||Worth reading twice: first for plot, then for images|
|UnSpun||USA, Modern Day||n/a||Informative||Non-Fiction||<200||Examples from 2004, but content still highly relevant|
|Watched||NYC, Modern Day||Teen Male (Immigrant)||Suspenseful||Realistic Fiction||<300||Least "Techy", but technology still plays a role.|