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Summer Reading 2018

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Why Choose This Book?

The Nowhere Girls, by Amy Reed

The Nowhere Girls, by Amy Reed (2017)

"Three misfit girls come together to avenge the rape of a girl none of them knew and in the 

process start a movement that transforms the lives of everyone around them"-- NoveList

Read this book if...

  • You want to read about young women standing up for others, and themselves, in the face of adversity.
  • You are interested in protagonists who are LGBTQ or on the Autism Spectrum
  • The #MeToo movement is important to you.
  • You are comfortable reading fiction with strong language, intense situations, and frank discussions of rape, sexual assault, and sexuality.
    • ​if you're not okay with any of those things, but still want to read a book with similar themes of young women acting for justice in the name of feminism, try Moxie. 


SEE BELOW for more background, relevance, etc.

More About the Book

About the Book

About the Author

Things to Think About While You Read

Discussion Guides

Theme-based Questions for Any Book on the Reading List

Theme-based Guided Questions for All Books

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.

Before you start reading ... How do you (the reader) define "justice"?

While you read the book
  • How did your book define "justice", and what evidence could you provide to support that definition?
  • Did your own perception of justice or injustice change as you read your book, and if so, how?"

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).

Consider also:
  • How are the characters or people in the book affected by injustice?
  • What conflicts arise between people and the society or culture surrounding them?
  • How are the injustices connected? (if you see more than one injustice in the book)
  • How are the injustices addressed? How are the conflicts resolved?
    • How did you feel about the way the injustices were addressed and/or the conflicts resolved?
    • Would you suggest another way to address the injustices or resolve the conflicts?
Consider also:
  • are they the main characters of the story, other people, both?
  • are they those who have suffered injustice? Direct witnesses of injustice? Well-meaning outsiders?
  • What finally inspires them to action?  What obstacles stand in their way?
  • What conflicts do those who take action face?
Consider also:
  • Are they large actions, small actions? Local? National? International?
  • How do they attempt to address or make changes to the injustice?
  • How are those actions received? Do they generate any conflicts?
  • What is their impact on culture or society?
  • What challenges are faced in taking action?

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Gale - Opposing Viewpoints

Topic Pages from GALE Opposing Viewpoints in Context & Global Issues in Context

The following issues are among those that are evident in the books on the Summer Reading List.  Each term below links to a topic page on GALE Opposing Viewpoints in Context or Global Issues in Context, which are databases that contain: viewpoint essays; newspaper, magazine, and academic journal articles; reference sources;  primary source documents; and more.

Passwords for Off-Campus GALE Database use are available on Canvas.