ALL SCHOOL SUMMER READING CHOICES
ADDITIONAL HONORS/AP REQUIRED READING
Every single student, regardless of grade or track, chooses and reads one of these books.
Honors/AP students ALSO read the book below that corresponds to their course. Honors/AP Students read a total of 2 books.
All American Boys - Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
Barking to the Choir - Fr. Gregory Boyle, SJ
The 57 Bus - Dashka Slater
The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas
How Dare the Sun Rise - Sandra Uwiringiyimana, with Abigail Pesta
Just Mercy - Bryan Stevenson
Moxie - Jennifer Mathieu
The Nowhere Girls - Amy Reed
Piecing Me Together - Renée Watson
The Silence of Our Friends - Mark Long, ill. Nate Powell
Honors I (9th):
The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
Honors II (10th):
A Long Way Gone - Ishmael Beah
Honors III (11th):
Snow Falling on Cedars - David Guterson
The Things They Carried - Tim O'Brien
For each book on the list, we have prepared a short guide that includes background material, context as to why the book is relevant, resources to go deeper, and questions to think about to help guide your reading, as well as links to places to find a copy of the book. You can find those links in the left-hand column of this page.
When we return to school in the fall, we will engage in classroom activities that will be based on the Guiding Questions found below.
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THEMATIC DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR ALL BOOKS
These are the kind of questions you should be prepared to answer and discuss in the fall, using evidence and quotations from the book you chose.
All of the books on the reading list relate to these questions in some way, and you will be discussing these questions with people who have read other books.
There are also useful guiding questions on the pages for each individual book. Being able to answer those questions will help you participate in the conversation, and find supporting textual evidence.
Consider these questions as you are reading your book. Having answers to them, with quotations from the book (cite the page number) as supporting evidence will be very helpful when it is time to discuss and assess your reading.
In each book one or more issues of social injustice is present (ex. Racism, Sexism, Poverty, etc.). Be prepared to list specific examples and events from your book. These injustices often lead to conflicts between people (person vs person) and society or cultures (person vs society).