Ann Arbor Academy Summer Reading Suggestions 2010 *Please note: Although the books for younger readers are suggested for elementary and middle school students, many of them will be of great interest to high schoolers as well (or even their parents) and vice versa. Also, if your child is reading a book or is interested in reading a book not on this list, it still will count towards summer reading. Younger Readers (elementary/middle school): How to Train Your Dragon by Cressida Cowell. Little Brown, 2004. A Viking boy must disregard all tradition and use his brains, his ability to speak to dragons, and the help of some unexpected friends to save the day. Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick. Scholastic, 2007. Cinematic-style illustrations take on much of the narrative in this innovative mystery about a boy living hidden in a Paris train station, an elderly toymaker, and the secrets that threaten to destroy them both. Knucklehead: Tall Tales & Mostly True Stories About Growing Up Scieska by Jon Scieszka. Viking, 2008. Short chapters with family photos describe this popular author’s childhood and the adventures he had growing up with five brothers. It’s easy to see how he developed his wacky sense of humor with stories that are laugh out loud funny. The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins by Bea Uusma Schyffert. Chronicle Books, 2003. Fly to the dark side of the moon with Michael Collins, the astronaut who went all the way to the moon, but never got to walk on its surface. Scrapbook-style illustrations and photos help describe the sights, sounds, tastes, and smells of one man's space travel. The Maze of Bones (The 39 Clues) by Rick Riordan. Scholastic, 2008. Orphans Amy and Dan have a choice to make when their wealthy grandmother dies; they can inherit one million dollars or they can receive the first of 39 clues that will lead them to discover the secret that has made their family the most powerful one in the world. Clues can be entered on the series website and readers can play along. (The 39 Clues series) Satchel Paige: Striking Out Jim Crow by James Sturm. A graphic novel about baseball pitcher Satchel Paige, who played baseball for the Negro Leagues and was arguably the league’s hardest thrower, most entertaining storyteller and greatest attraction. Told from the point of view of a sharecropper, the story follows him from game to game as he travels throughout the segregated South. Rick Yancy. The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp. Through a series of dangerous and violent misadventures, teenage loser Alfred Kropp rescues King Arthur's legendary sword Excalibur from the forces of evil. Eoin Colfer. Airman. This is a fast-paced, highly entertaining tale of flying machines, criminals, martial arts, swordplay, princesses, poisons, and evil villains, mixed with themes of justice, revenge, romance, good triumphing over evil, realizing one's dreams, blackmail, conspiracy, corruption, and betrayal. From the author of Artemis Fowl. Karen Hesse. The Music of the Dolphins. After rescuing an adolescent girl from the sea, researchers learn she has been raised by dolphins and attempt to rehabilitate her to the human world. E. L. Konigsburg. The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place. Upon leaving an oppressive summer camp, twelve-year-old Margaret Rose Kane spearheads a campaign to preserve three unique towers her grand uncles have been building in their back yard for over forty years. Cynthia Lord. Rules. Twelve-year-old Catherine just wants a normal life. Which is near impossible when you have a brother with autism and a family that revolves around his disability. She's spent years trying to teach David the rules-from "a peach is not a funny-looking apple" to "keep your pants on in public"-in order to stop his embarrassing behaviors. But the summer Catherine meets Jason, a paraplegic boy, and Kristi, the next-door friend she's always wished for, it's her own shocking behavior that turns everything upside down and forces her to ask: What is normal? Newbery Honor Book. Stephanie Tolan. Surviving the Applewhites. Jake, a budding juvenile delinquent, is sent for home schooling to the arty and eccentric Applewhite family's Creative Academy, where he discovers talents and interests he never knew he had. Newbery Honor Book Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (illus.) An extraordinarily powerful tribute to friendship, this Newbery Award-winning novel recounts the unlikely friendship of a country boy, Jess, and his neighbor, an uprooted city girl named Leslie. When Leslie is killed during a storm while trying to reach Terabithia, their secret hiding place, Jess must gather all his strength to come to terms with his loss and find a way to heal. Catherine, Called Birdy by Karen Cushman Catherine, the spirited and inquisitive daughter of an English country knight, narrates in diary form the story of her 14th year -- in the year 1290. Here, she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off. The Midwife's Apprentice by Karen Cushman In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she wants most: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (illus.) This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth's gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked "Which," Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the "impossible" mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom. Along his journey, Milo learns the importance of words and numbers -- and learns to appreciate life. L 'Engle, Madeleine, A Wrinkle in Time Charles, Wallace, and Meg make a difficult journey to find their vanished father and free him from the hateful force that holds him captive Older Readers (middle/high school): Neil Gaiman. The Graveyard Book. Newbery Award Winner The orphan Bod, short for Nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months and raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures. Jack London. The Call of the Wild. Buck, who is half St. Bernard and half Scotch shepherd, is abducted and taken to the Klondike where he reverts to the wild and becomes a leader of a pack of wolves. Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird Lawyer Atticus Finch defends a black man accused of raping a white woman in a small Alabama town Card, Orson Scott Ender's Game - Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war. Faulkner, William The Bear - Considered to be one of the greatest hunting stories of all time, but is also one of the finest stories about the initiation of a young man into adulthood. Faulkner deals with sin, tainted wealth, duty to fellow human, and many other significant social issues. Gardner, John Grendel - In the Old English epic Beowulf the hero of the title slays Grendel, the half-human monster that nightly came to assault the citadel of the Danish king. When Grendel's even more formidable mother comes to avenge him, Beowulf chases her back to her lair and dispatches her, as well. In 1971 American novelist John Gardner achieved deserved celebrity for retelling these above events from Grendel's point of view. King, Laurie The Beekeeper's Apprentice: Or on the Segregation of the Queen - King has created a wonderfully original and entertaining story that is funny, heartwarming, and full of intrigue, with Holmes and his young apprentice, Mary Russell, matching wits with some of the finer criminal minds of the times, including the brilliantly diabolic daughter of Holmes' old enemy, Professor Moriarty. The Complete Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, Chris Van Allsburg (illus.) Enter the magical land of Narnia, where enchanted creatures live and battles are fought between good and evil! The seven volumes of C. S. Lewis's famed fantasy series come boxed in a hardcover case. Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart A proud village leader is driven to murder and suicide by European changes to his traditional Ibo society Adams, Douglas, A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Universe Hilarious travel guide to the galaxies Allende, Isabelle, House of the Spirits Ghosts and strange occurrences in the life an upper class family in South America Austen, Jane, Pride and Prejudice Can Mrs. Bennet find husbands for her five daughters? Bradbury, Ray, Fahrenheit 451 Reading is a crime and firemen bum books in this futuristic society Camus, Albert, The Stranger Existential novel about a pointless murder by Nobel Prize winning author Clarke, A. C., Childhood's End The Overlords' conquest of the earth is peaceful until. . . Cooper, Susan, Over Sea. Under Stone Children enter the world of King Arthur; four other novels complete the adventures in the series The Dark is Rising Courtenay, Bruce, The Power of One A young white boy growing up in South Africa deals with racial and other issues while he strives to be a boxing champion. Beautifully written; great story Hammett, Dashiel, The Maltese Falcon First of the Sam Spade detective stories; hard-boiled characters in suspenseful plot Maclean, Norman, A River Runs Through It "In our family, there was no clear line between religion and fly fishing." Three beautifully written stories of the West, fly fishing, and family. Mahfouz, Naguib, Palace Walk Fascinating story of a Muslim family in Cairo by Nobel Prize winning author Poe, Edgar Allan, Tales Chilling tales of the supernatural are not for the faint of heart Shaara, Michael, The Killer Angels Pulitzer Prize winning novel of the Battle of Gettysburg. Lee, Chamberlain, Pickett and others come alive in this meticulous re-enactment of the great battle Stewart, Mary, The Crystal Cave The illegitimate son of a Welsh prince becomes the wizard Merlin. The sequel is The Hollow Hills in which Merlin's adventures continue. Two more novels complete the set of the Arthurian legend. Vonnegut, Kurt, Slaughterhouse-Five or the Children's Crusade, Billy Pilgrim, free in time, shuttles between the cellars of Dresden during the firebombing of World War II and a luxurious zoo run by aliens Wright, Richard, Native Son Set in Chicago, this first major novel by the author of Black Boy tells of a young man's victimization by racism and his inevitable lashing out.