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Student Nominated Summer Reading - Read one!

The Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas, by Frederick Douglass

"The paper became my meat and my drink. My soul was set all on fire. Its sympathy for my brethren in bonds--its scathing denunciations of slaveholders--its faithful exposures of slavery--and its powerful attacks upon the upholders of the institution--sent a thrill of joy through my soul, such as I had never felt before!"

The Shining, by Stephen King

“Jack Torrance’s new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he’ll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote . . . and more sinister. “

Warning:  This book is REALLY scary! 


Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell

“David Mitchell combines flat-out adventure, a Nabokovian lore of puzzles, a keen eye for character, and a taste for mind-bending philosophical and scientific speculation. “

Cloud Atlas is recommended for rising 11th and 12th graders.

Between the Lines by Jodi Picoult

“In her first foray into teen fiction, Picoult and her co-author daughter deliver an enjoyable, metafictive twist on the traditional teen-romance novel...Book lovers in particular are likely to get a kick out of the blurring of the lines between character and reader, fact and fiction. ...Fizzy fairy-tale fun.”


The Last Lecture, by Randy Pausch

“Imagine, for a moment, that you are a college professor and you are posed with  giving a “Last Lecture” in which you must decide what is the most important piece of information or wisdom that you would like to leave for the world, should tomorrow be your last day. What would you talk about?”


Eleanor and Park, by Rainbow Rowell

“This is the story of two star-crossed misfits—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. “

Warning: This book includes some profanity, most of which is in the first chapter.


Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, by Robin Sloan

“Mr.Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore is a novel about books and technology, cryptography and conspiracy, friendship and love. On this journey with Clay and his friends you solve clue after clue of the mysterious secrets behind Mr. Penumbra’s bookstore. Sloan’s incredible way of filling each page with mystery and humor had me enthralled completely. ”


Slaughter-house Five, by Kurt Vonnegut

“This work tells the story of Billy Pilgrim, a man with the extraordinary ability to live in any given moment of his life at any time.” This is not to say that he can “time travel” in the conventional sense, but he can go back and re-live moments of his life at random, without any control over which events he visits and when.”


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