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.
Quick Look for Each book: Here or click on a title below for individual book pages.
Honors/AP students ALSO read the book below that corresponds to their course. Honors/AP Students read a total of 2 books.
Basketball Junkie, by Chris Herren and Bill Reynolds
Butterfly Yellow, by Thanhhà Lai
I Was Their American Dream, by Malaka Gharib
The Island of Sea Women, by Lisa See
Patron Saints of Nothing, by Randy Ribay
They Called Us Enemy, by George Takei; Justin Eisinger; Steven Scott; Harmony Becker (Illustrator)
Honors I (9th):
The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
Honors II (10th):
Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood,
It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime (Adapted for Young Readers) , by Trevor Noah.
Honors III (11th):
Death Comes for the Archbishop , by Willa Cather
Handmaid's Tale , by Margaret Atwood
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.
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.
We respond to setbacks with renewed determination
In which situations does a character in the novel show resilience?
In what way does a character show resilience?
How would the story have changed if thatcharacter lacked resilience?
Why did they make that choice?
What were the effects of that choice?
How could a show of resilience have changed the story?
We are generous and considerate of others
What is the situation where a character chooses to show kindness?
How does the character demonstrate kindness?
What drove a character to be unkind?
What effect did this choice have?
How might the story have been different if a character had been kind at that moment?
We do the right thing even when no one is watching
How does a character act with integrity?
What is the result of their action?
In what way is that integrity tested in the story?
What is an instance where a character does act without integrity?
What is the result of this action?
In your opinion, why does the choice to act with integrity matter to the overall story?
We value hard work and are deliberate in what we do
How does the character show a desire to be conscientious?
To what goal is the character striving as they demonstrate conscientiousness?
How did the character not choose to do what was right?
How did this affect the story?
If the character had been more diligent and conscientious, how would the story have changed?