Solvay High School Summer Reading


Solvay High School Summer Reading

Tenth Grade ELA

You only need to read ONE book from this paper for summer reading, and you should complete it by the first day of school in September.

Your teacher will expect you to read ONE book off the list.

You may have to purchase the book (i.e., depending on its availability) or you can go to a library to sign out the book.

The book must be read by the start of school.

You SHOULD take notes or complete a graphic organizer for some of the book’s most important concepts.

Since the teacher will assign to you a significant task relating to the book, you may want to take some notes

(i.e., about such things as plot, setting, characterization, conflicts, climax, resolution, theme, etc.) to remind you of the work’s important ideas in case you forget information over break.

To minimize preparatory work, you can choose to write about only those ideas crucial to a better understanding of the book.

During the first five weeks of school, you will complete a major project on the book for a substantial grade.




Big Mouth & Ugly Girl, by Joyce Carol Oates: Sometimes the most innocent remark blows up in your face.

My Big Nose and Other Natural Disasters, by Sydney Salter: Big noses don’t run in the family and that is why Jory wants nothing more than to join the “Nice Nose Club” before the start of her senior year.

Duckling Ugly, by Neal Shusterman: Very ugly girl finds beauty and then takes revenge on classmates who tormented her.

More Than a Label: Why What You Wear and Who You’re With Doesn’t Define

Who You Are, by Aishay Muharrar: A guide to fitting in (not) and how to define yourself despite peer pressure and self-esteem issues.

The Adoration of Jenna Fox, by Mary E. Pearson: Awoken from a year old coma,

Jenna Fox finds herself in a strange new world.

Life Lessons

She’s Got Next: A Story of Getting In, Staying Open, and Taking a Shot, by

Melissa King: Through pick-up basketball games and the people she meets on the streets of Chicago, the author learns valuable life lessons.

The Carbon Diaries 2015, by: Staci Lloyd: In 2015, when England introduces carbon dioxide rationing, 16-year-old Laura documents the first year of rationing and the consequences of global warming.

Real Life

Out of Orbit: The Incredible True Story of Three Astronauts Who Were

Hundreds of Miles Above Earth When They Lots Their Ride Home, by Chris

Jones: The mission seemed jinxed from the start and nothing could have prepared the team for the challenge of being stranded in earth orbit after the destruction of the shuttle Columbia and its crew.

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie: Arnold

Spirit was born an outsider with water on his brain, lopsided eyes and a mediocre reservation education. After switching to an all white high school, he realizes that though he’ll never easily fit in, he still has the chance to succeed and transcend.

Wheelchair Warrior: Gangs, Disability, and Basketball, by Melvin Juette and

Ronald J. Berger: The inspiring story of the transformation of a 16 year old African

American from gang member to wheelchair athlete playing for the U.S. National

Wheelchair Basketball Team.

Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers: The tale of a young soldier who enlists in the army. Far from the mean streets of Harlem, the jungles of Vietnam offer Richie Perry a little more than what he had bargained for.

Ghosts of War: My Tour of Duty, by Ryan Smithson: After witnessing the

September 11 th attacks while in high school, Smithson, a man from Upstate New York, decides to join the Army Reserves after graduation. Shortly after, he is sent to Iraq.

Through this inspiring story, we’re able to experience one man’s tour of duty.

History and Cultures

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz: “Ghetto nerd,” outcast and animal loving Oscar Wao is the latest in a long line of doomed generations to suffer the dreaded fuku curse of his native Dominican Republic. With humor and talent, he perseveres.

Things Fall Apart. by Chinua Achebe:

A classic story of a “strong” man who is motivated by fear and rage, a figure comparable to Greek tragic heroes.

Black Elk Speaks, by Black Elk:

Medicine man tells of the meaning of life as it was for the Plains Indians and as it might be for all men.

All Kinds of Creepy

The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time, by Mark Haddon:

Christopher has two mysteries to solve: who killed Wellington the dog and what happened to his mother. But Christopher, who has Asperger Syndrome, a form of autism, approaches these mysteries and the world in a unique and special way.

Frankenstein. by Mary Shelley:

A monster assembled from human parts develops a mind of his own and learns to loathe himself and his creator.

Stranger in a Strange Land. by Robert Heinlein:

An unsettling story of a man from Mars with superhuman abilities who sets up a strange society on Earth.

Relationships: Friends and Family

The Glass Castle: A Memoir, by Jeannette Walls: This is the story of the author growing up in chaos and poverty with a family that prized freedom and unconventionality over comfort and safety.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky: A new school year, new friends, and new experiences trigger a repressed trauma.

What Hearts, by Bruce Brooks: A bittersweet tale of first romance. Asa has to grow up fast when the adults in his life let him down.

Delirium, by Lauren Oliver: “

the first in a dystopian trilogy—this book presents a world as terrifying as George Orwell's 1984 and a romance as true as

Romeo & Juliet


Love has been declared a disease, and at the age of 18, everyone is forced to have a procedure called the Cure. Lena can’t wait to have her procedure, but a few months out, she meets Alex.

Strangers in Paradise: High School!, by Terry Moore: Best friends navigate the treacherous emotional waters of high school in this volume of the popular graphic novel series.

Son of the Mob, by Gordon Korman: And you think your family is weird.

Graphic Novels: Superheroes and Beyond

Oh My Goddess! 1-555-GODDESS, by Kosuke Fujishima: Kelichi dials a wrong number and reaches the goddess Belldandy who grants him one wish.

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West, by Gregory

Maguire: The Wizard of Oz retold from the point of view of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West.