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    Norwell High School 2020 Summer Reading

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    **also a Book Challenge title

    +eAudio available in Norwell Town Schools Digital library via OverDrive

    *eBook available in Norwell Town Schools Digital library via OverDrive

     

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     Incoming Ninth Grade

    CP Students: Read two books from the list and prepare for reading quizzes on each during the first week of school.

    H Students: Read Fahrenheit 451 and one additional book from the list below and prepare for a reading quiz on each during the first week of school. Fahrenheit 451 will also be used for a writing sample or other class activity. 

     

    Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (classic, dystopian) + *

    Bomb: The Race to Build - and Steal - the World’s Most Dangerous Weapon by Steve Sheinkin (non-fiction,

       history) +

    Death Cloud by Andrew Lane (mystery, historical fiction, young Sherlock Holmes) +

    The Downstairs Girl by Lee Stacey (historical fiction, Chinese Americans) + (**2020 Book Challenge)

    Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff (historical fiction, Roman Britain)

    Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card (science fiction) +

    Far from the Tree by Robin Benway (contemporary, adoption, race relations)  +

    Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier (historical fiction, art) +

    The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien (classic, fantasy) + *

    Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford (historical fiction) +

    I Kill the Mockingbird by Paul Acampora (contemporary)

    Invasion by Walter Dean Myers (historical fiction, WWII) + (**2020 Book Challenge)

    Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer (contemporary, dystopian) + *

    Monster by Walter Dean Myers (prisons, African-Americans, murder trials) + 

    No Hero: the Evolution of a Navy Seal by Mark Owen (military science, biography) + *

    Red Rising by Pierce Brown (fantasy, race relations)  +

    Revenge of the Whale by Nathaniel Philbrick (non-fiction, Massachusetts history)

    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (historical fiction, WWII) +

    Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson (contemporary)

    Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris (historical fiction; survival) +

    Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen (adventure, survival) +

    True Legend by Mike Lupica (sports) *

    A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (classic) +

    The Umbrella Man and Other Stories by Roald Dahl (short stories)

    Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team by Steve Sheinkin (biography, sports) +

    Unwind by Neal Shusterman (dystopian) *


    Incoming Tenth Grade

    CP Students: Read two books from the list and prepare for reading quizzes on each during the first week of school.

    H Students: Read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde  and one additional book from the list below and prepare for a reading quiz on each during the first week of school. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde will also be used for a writing sample or other class activity.  

     

    The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (classic) +

    Alex & Eliza by Melissa De la Cruz (historical fiction, American Revolution) +

    The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (contemporary) +

    The Chosen by Chaim Potok (baseball, Jewish Americans, WWII)

    Circe by Madeline Miller (Greek mythology) (**2020 Book Challenge)

    The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart (English mythology) + 

    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon (contemporary, mystery) +*

    The Daughter of TIme by Josephine Tey (historical fiction, mystery, King Richard III)

      Destination Moon: The Remarkable and Improbable Voyage of Apollo 11 by Richard Maurer 

      (NASA Apollo Program, history, astronomy, space travel)

    Dry by Neal Shusterman (dystopian, survival) +

    The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

      (WWII historical fiction) +

    Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly (history, mathematics, civil rights) *

    Ironman by Chris Crutcher (sports) 

    A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman (contemporary) +

    Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick (short stories) 

    Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan (fantasy and suspense fiction) 

    The Port Chicago 50 by Steve Sheinkin (non-fiction, WWII history, Civil Rights) + * (2020 Book Challenge)

    Prince of Shadows: a Novel of Romeo and Juliet by Rachel Caine (historical fiction)  *

    Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (gothic suspense) (2020 Book Challenge)

    Sarah’s Key by Tatiana de Rosnay (historical fiction) + *

    Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See (historical fiction, China) *

    Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (contemporary, dystopian) *

    Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy (classic) 

    Under a Painted Sky by Stacey Lee (historical fiction) 

    When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi (memoir, neurosurgery, health & medicine)

    Wild Bird by Wendelin Van Draanen (contemporary, substance abuse, wilderness survival) +


    Incoming Eleventh Grade

    CP Students: Read two books from the list and prepare for reading quizzes on each during the first week of school.

    H Students: Read Into the Wild and one additional book from the list below and prepare for a reading quiz on each during the first week of school. Into the Wild will also be used for a writing sample so please take notes.

     

    Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (non-fiction, Alaskan wilderness; adventure) + *

    The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (fable, philosophy) +

    All the Missing Girls by Megan Miranda (mystery and detective fiction) 

    Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress by Dai Sijie (historical fiction, Communist China) +

    The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver (contemporary) + *

    Before We Were Yours by Lisa WIngate (historical fiction)

    The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow (historical fiction, boxing, Holocaust) *

    The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (historical fiction, Massachusetts, feminism) +

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba - (non-fiction, Africa, energy and the environment)

    The Burning by Laura Bates (social media, bullying, sexual harassment; mature language) ( ** 2020 Book Challenge)

    The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson (non-fiction, history, serial killer)

    Dune by Frank Herbert (classic, science fiction)

    The Finest Hours: The True Story of a Heroic Sea Rescue by Michael J. Tougias & Casey 

         Sherman (Massachusetts history, shipwrecks, survival) - *Note:  please read the young reader’s edition

    The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (contemporary, memoir) + *

    The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck (classic, historical fiction) + *

    The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas (contemporary, race relations) +

    Heart in the Body in the World by Deb Caletti (contemporary, activism, running, gun violence) + 

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett (historical fiction, civil rights) *

    If It Bleeds by Stephen King (horror, novellas) (**2020 Book Challenge)

    Lost in Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff (non-fiction, WWII history, South Pacific)

    The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin (contemporary fiction, wilderness survival/plane crash)

    The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie (mystery and detective fiction) +

    The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (historical fiction, WW II, France)  

    The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith (detective stories, Botswana, human nature studies) 

    Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (contemporary and  historical fiction) *

    The Road by Cormac McCarthy (dystopian fiction) *

    The Stranger in the Woods by Michael Finkel (biography, hermits, survival) + * ** 2020 Book Challenge

    Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (fiction, Colonial Africa, hero’s journey) *

    Turtles All the Way Down by John Green (contemporary, mental health)


    Incoming Twelfth Grade

    CP and H STUDENTS: Read The Last Lecture and be prepared for a reading quiz during the first week of school.

    CP Students: Read one additional book from the list and prepare for a reading quiz during the first week of school.

    H Students: Read two additional books from the list and prepare for reading quizzes on each during the first week of school. 

     

    The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch (memoir) +

    The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by Laurie R. King (mystery/suspense, Sherlock Holmes) +

    The Blue Sweater:  Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World by Jacqueline

      Novogratz (non-fiction, global poverty, humanitarian aid) (**2020 Book Challenge)

    The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison (fiction, African-American experience, contemporary classic) +

    Calico Joe by John Grisham (sports) *

    Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (mystery and detective fiction)

    David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell 

          (non-fiction)

    Deadline by Chris Crutcher (sports, contemporary) +

    Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman (contemporary) +

    In Cold Blood by Truman Capote (non-fiction, crime, journalistic narrative)  *

    Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards (contemporary) + *

    Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout (short stories)

    A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline  (historical fiction, painter Andrew Wyeth) *

    A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving (contemporary) *

    Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen (classic) + *

    The River by Peter Heller (survival, adventure, suspense) **2020 Book Challenge

    The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (historical fiction, civil rights) *

    The Shoemaker’s Wife by Adriana Trigiani (historical romance, immigration) *

    The Silver Star by Jeanette Walls (contemporary) +

    Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson (historical fiction, legal) *

    Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner (classic)

    Troy by Adele Geras (mythology) +

    War Doctor: Surgery on the Front Line by David Nott (memoir, humanitarian medicine, war zones)

    Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens (North Carolina, coming of age, survival) + 

    The Women in the Castle by Jessica Shattuck (historical fiction, post-WWII Germany) 

    Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (classic) + *

    Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks (historical fiction, plague) +