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.
Dragon Hoops, by Gene Luen Yang
Furia, by Yamile Saied Mendez
Martin Marten, by Brian Doyle
Redbone: The True Story of a Native American Rock Band, by Christian Staebler, Sonia Paolini and Thibault Balahy
Sanctuary, by Paola Mendoza and Abby Sher
The Voting Booth, by Brandy Colbert
Honors I (9th):
Choose and read a second book from the all-school list.
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):
The Age of Innocence , by Edith Wharton
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 cross-grade-level discussions.
You're not "locked in" with this choice, but we'd love to know what you think you might read. Please click on the survey link below (Thanks!!!)...
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 which situations does a character in the novel demonstrate fairness?
In what way does a character demonstrate fairness?
How would the story have changed if that character acted unfairly?
Why did they make that choice?
What were the effects of that choice?
How could a demonstration of fairness have changed the story?
What is the situation where a character chooses to be forgiving?
How does the character demonstrate forgiveness?
What drove a character to be unforgiving?
What effect did this choice have?
How might the story have been different if a character had been forgiving at that moment?
How does a character act respectfully?
What is the result of their action?
What is an instance where a character act disrepectfully?
What is the result of this action?
In your opinion, why does the choice to be respectful matter to the overall story?
How does the character demonstrate generosity?
To what goal is the character striving as they demonstrate generosity?
How did the character act selfishly?
How did this affect the story?
If the character had been more generous, how would the story have changed?