Summer Reading List 2017

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari - A comedian and a sociology professor look at how technology has impacted the way that people find love in the modern age. [recommended for grades 11 & 12]

The Memory Book by Lara Avery - Sammie is the smartest girl in her town, as she is stricken by a rare disease she races against herself to keep a record of her hopes and dreams.

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo - A ragtag group of street kids takes on an impossible challenge to break into an impenetrable fortress to save their world.

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway - When Oliver is abducted in elementary school, it changes the nature of his town. When he returns before senior year of high school there is another shift.

The Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks - The 369th infantry was an African-American infantry unit who spent more time in combat than any other American troops in WW1. This is their story.

My Antonia by Willa Cather - This American classic tells the story of Bohemian immigrants in Nebraska.

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline - Wade spends most of his time in OASIS, a virtual world where he is in place to win a huge fortune, if he can manage to stay alive in the physical world.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi - The story of two sisters in Ghana, one married to a British colonial, one sold into slavery is followed through to the modern age.

The Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse - The mystery of a missing girl in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam is investigated by a black marketeer who is pulled into the drama of the times.

Be Frank with Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson - In her first job out of college, Alice is sent to Los Angeles to help a notoriously difficult writer produce new work.

The First Time She Drowned by Kerry Kletter - When Cassie signs herself out of the mental institution where she has spent the last 2 years, she finds she can’t escape the pull of her mother who put her there.

Outrun the Moon
by Stacey Lee - Grace uses her considerable business skills to get herself into a posh boarding school from her Chinatown shack, but the San Francisco earthquake changes her plans completely.

How to Hang a Witch by Adriana Mather - When Sam moves to Salem, Mass. she finds that her family history makes her a target for a group of very unforgiving locals.

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah - The Daily Show host tells his hilarious and painful story of growing up half-black-half-white in Apartheid era South Africa.

Summer Days, Summer Nights edited by Stephanie Perkins - A collection of short stories by popular writers focusing on summer romance.

The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds - After the death of his mother, Matt starts working at a funeral home where he finds hope and possibly love.

Grunt by Mary Roach - The impact of armed conflict on the human body is both more complex than you would think, and the way Mary Roach explains it is funnier than you would believe.

If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo - When Amber moves from the big city to a small town to live with her father, she can’t escape her complicated past.

The Wasp that Brainwashed the Caterpillar by Matt Simon - A hilarious, salty look at how the animal kingdom fights for survival. [recommended for grades 11 & 12]

I Woke Up Dead at the Mall by Judy Sheehan - Sarah can’t figure out who could have poisoned her or why, but in the afterlife - at the Mall of America - she has plenty of time to figure it out.

Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin - Jim Thorpe, Pop Warner and the players of the Carlisle Indian School knock the stuffing out of the Ivy League in the early days of football.

The President Has Been Shot by James Swanson - An investigation into the assassination of JFK.

Lafayette and the Somewhat United States by Sarah Vowell - You loved him in Hamilton, now see Lafayette take America by storm during the Revolution. 

The Sun is Also a Star Nicola Yoon - Natasha and Daniel meet in New York City where they have one day to figure out how the choices they make will determine their futures.