AI High Summer Reading 2015-16 – Suggested Selections Why read during the summer? Reading is a vital skill and practice is important to becoming a better reader Students who read widely write better, have stronger vocabularies, achieve higher grades, and perform better on SATs Reading takes you places and it’s just plain fun to get lost in a book Have a wonderful summer and make reading an enjoyable part of your relaxation The books are available in the AI High library, area public libraries, and book stores Plan to complete your reading just prior to your return in August so it will be fresh. What to read during the summer? For Honors ELA, students are required to read any ONE of the suggested books for young adults listed below OR Students may select a similar title as recommended by the public library or an online site such as TeenReads.com or Amazon Select a book that interests you and/or challenges you Choose an author you are interested in and read one of his/her books that you haven’t yet read – If you saw a movie you liked, read the book or a similar book to compare with the movie If you read a book in a series you enjoyed, read another in the same series. For CP ELA, students are encouraged to read one book for extra-credit and complete a reading log. A Few Suggested Titles: (Available at local public libraries and booksellers) Title Author Topic Description Fiction/ Nonfiction Boy 21 Matthew Quick High School Sports Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school's varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences. Fiction Paper Towns John Green Coming of Age One month before graduating from his Central Florida high Fiction school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until the beautiful and exciting Margo Roth Spiegelman, Q's neighbor and classmate, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. Me and Earl Jesse Andrews and the Dying Girl Friendship Purple Heart Patricia McCormick Iraq War Stolen Lucy Christopher Kidnapping Enrique’s Journey (Young Adult version) Sonia Nazario Immigrants A Walk in the Woods Bill Bryson Adventure Hole in My Life Jack Gantos Memoir Dogs of War Sheila Keenan Graphic Novel Boxers Gene Luen Yang Graphic Novel Seventeen-year-old Greg has managed to become part of every social group at his Pittsburgh high school without having any friends, but his life changes when his mother forces him to befriend Rachel, a girl he once knew in Hebrew school who has leukemia. While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali. Sixteen-year-old Gemma, a British city-dweller, is abducted while on vacation with her parents and taken to the Australian outback, where she soon realizes that escape attempts are futile, and in time she learns that her captor is not as despicable as she first believed. Enrique’s Journey recounts the unforgettable quest of a Honduran boy looking for his mother, eleven years after she is forced to leave her starving family to find work in the United States. Braving unimaginable peril, often clinging to the sides and tops of freight trains, Enrique travels through hostile worlds full of thugs, bandits, and corrupt cops. But he pushes forward, relying on his wit, courage, hope, and the kindness of strangers. Author Bill Bryson provides an entertaining and insightful account of his experiences hiking the Appalachian Trail with a childhood friend, telling of how they survived a blizzard, got lost, and had encounters with eccentric characters along the way. The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer. Three fictional stories, told in graphic novel format, about soldiers in World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War who were aided by combat dogs. Based on true stories. In 1898 during the Boxer Rebellion a boy named Little Bao recruits an army of Boxers to rid China of foreign missionaries and soldiers who bully and rob Chinese peasants. Fiction Fiction Fiction Nonfiction Nonfiction Nonfiction Fiction Fiction A Few Authors You May Like: A Few Series You May Like: Laurie Halse Anderson The Mortal Instruments Series – Cassandra Clare Sharon Flake Michael Vey Series – Richard Paul Evans Gayle Forman Gone Series – Michael Grant John Green Legend Series – Marie Lu Ellen Hopkins The Giver Series – Lois Lowry A.S. King The Lunar Chronicles – Marissa Meyer Walter Dean Myers Matched Series – Ally Condie Patrick Ness The Selection Series –Kiera Cass Jodi Picoult The Lorien Legacies – Pittacus Lore Rick Riordan Escape from the Furnace – Andrew McCall Smith Ni-Ni Simone The Raven Cycle – Maggie Stiefvater Alison van Diepen Maze Runner Series – James Dashner Paul Volponi Unwind Series – Neal Shusterman Rick Yancey Vampire Academy Series – Richelle Mead A.S. Young Uglies Series – Scott Westerfield Markus Zusak Pretty Little Liars Series – Sara Shepard Delirium Series -- Lauren Oliver Summer Reading Project Menu Please select one of these options to demonstrate your appreciation of the book you selected. 1. If you are enrolled in an Honors ELA class for 2015-16, please complete a Dialectical Journal. See the directions available at the AIHS web page. 2. If you are enrolled in a CP class for 2015-16, please complete the AIHS Big READ Book Log. See the log at the AIHS web page.