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Recommendations for your American History Focused Humanities Class

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Dear 10th Graders,

Summer reading should be an opportunity for you to continue to hone your literacy skills, prepare yourself for the content and rigor of next year and also enjoy yourself.  Below are some suggestions to get you thinking about American Literature, as your humanities course for 11th grade will focus on American history.  Please read as few or as many as you are able this summer, although the suggestion is to read between 4 and 8 books over the summer.  A list will also be compiled of recommended books from your peers, which will be posted on my schoolrack site.

There are so many choices!  

Poetry Novels Plays
The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman
The Raven and Other Works by Edgar Allan Poe
Ariel by Sylvia Plath
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet B. Stowe
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Franny and Zoey by J.D. Salinger
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Sun Also Rises by E. Hemingway
A Farewell to Arms by E. Hemingway
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Day of the Locust by Nathaniel West
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Black Boy by Richard Wright
Kindred by Octavia Butler
The Scarlett Letter by N. Hawthorne
The House of Mirth by Edith Wharton
Native Son by Richard Wright
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Snow Falling on Cedars by D. Guterson
Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Streetcar Named Desire by T. Williams
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by T. Williams
All My Sons by Arthur Miller
Fences by August Wilson
A Raisin in the Sun by L. Hansberry
Our Town by Thornton Wilder



Recommendations from Your Peers...Be sure to scroll all the way down!!!!

Last updated 6 years, 9 months ago.


Hunger Games Trilogy- Suzanne Collins
In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. The Capitol is harsh and cruel and keeps the districts in line by forcing them all to send one boy and one girl between the ages of twelve and eighteen to participate in the annual Hunger Games, a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. But Katniss has been close to dead before-and survival.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky
Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie is navigating through the strange worlds of love, drugs, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", and dealing with the loss of a good friend and his favorite aunt.
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close - Jonathan Safran Foer
Nine-year-old Oskar Schell has embarked on an urgent, secret mission that will take him through the five boroughs of New York. His goal is to find the lock that matches a mysterious key that belonged to his father, who died in the World Trade Center on the morning of September 11. This seemingly impossible task will bring Oskar into contact with survivors of all sorts on an exhilarating, affecting, often hilarious, and ultimately healing journey.
The Virgin Suicides - Jeffrey Eugenides
This beautiful and sad first novel, recently adapted for a major motion picture, tells of a band of teenage sleuths who piece together the story of a twenty-year-old family tragedy begun by the youngest daughter’s spectacular demise by self-defenestration, which inaugurates “the year of the suicides.”
The Memory Keeper’s Daughter - Kim Edwards
Haunted by the memory of growing up with a chronically ill sister, David makes a split-second decision. He asks Caroline to take his infant daughter to an institution, and when Norah wakes, he tells her that the second child was stillborn. The right decision? Clearly not, yet David fervently believes he's chosen the best course of action. But his decision has a ripple effect that will last throughout his life, touching the lives of others.
It’s Kind of a Funny Story - Ned Vizzini
Craig Gilner is a gifted 15-year-old boy who works hard to get into a fiercely competitive high school, then crumbles under the intense academic pressure. Blindsided by his inability to excel and terrified by thoughts of suicide, Craig checks into a psychiatric hospital where he finally gets the help he needs. Vizzini, who himself spent a brief time in psychiatric "stir," invests his novel with great emotional honesty. A graceful, skillful, and witty handling of a sensitive issue, this is an important book we heartily recommend for older teens.
Nineteen Minutes - Jodi Picoult
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens--until the day it’s complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her very own eyes--or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult community begin to show--destroying the closest of friendships and families. Nineteen Minutes asks what it means to be different in our society, who has the right to judge someone else, and whether anyone is ever really who they seem to be.
Looking for Alaska - John Green
Miles Halter is fascinated by famous last words and tired of his safe life at home. He leaves for boarding school to seek what the dying poet Francois Rabelais called the "Great Perhaps." Much awaits Miles at Culver Creek, including Alaska Young. Clever, funny, screwed-up, and dead sexy, Alaska will pull Miles into her labyrinth and catapult him into the Great Perhaps.
Graceling - Kristen Cashore
Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight—she’s a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill.  When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change. She never expects to become Po’s friend. She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace—or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away . . . a secret that could destroy all seven kingdoms with words alone.With elegant, evocative prose and a cast of unforgettable characters, debut author Kristin Cashore creates a mesmerizing world, a death-defying adventure, and a heart-racing romance that will consume you, hold you captive, and leave you wanting more.
The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She's stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she'll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father's recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother's open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.
Along for the Ride - Sarah Dessen
When Auden decides to spend the summer before college with her father and stepmother in a small beach town, she finds herself freed to discover a new world of friendship with other girls, as well as an unexpected romance with Eli, a rising star on the BMX circuit and a fellow insomniac, who joins her in exploring the late night world of the small town. As Auden struggles to turn from the path her mother has set for her and Eli tries to come to terms with the death of a friend for which he holds himself responsible, the two break out of their mutual self-imposed isolation and find one another
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Jane Austen classic everyone should simply be familiar with.
Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz
Until three months ago, everything in sixteen-year-old Camelia’s life had been fairly ordinary: decent grades, an okay relationship with her parents, and a pretty cool part-time job at the art studio downtown. But when a mysterious boy named Ben starts junior year at her high school, Camelia’s life becomes anything but ordinary.
Rumored to be somehow responsible for his ex-girlfriend’s accidental death, Ben is immediately ostracized by everyone on campus. Except for Camelia. She’s reluctant to believe he's trouble, even when her friends try to convince her otherwise. Instead, she’s inexplicably drawn to Ben…and to his touch. But soon, Camelia is receiving eerie phone calls and strange packages with threatening notes. Ben insists she is in danger, and that he can help—but can he be trusted? She knows he's hiding something... but he's not the only one with a secret.

Therese Fowler
Ballantine Books
ISBN: 9780345515537
384 pages
Amelia Wilkes's father does not allow her to date, though that doesn't stop the high school senior from carrying on a secret romance with her classmate, Anthony Winter. But the couple's passion is exposed sooner than expected when Amelia's father finds naked pictures of Anthony on his daughter's computer. Just hours later, Anthony is arrested. As events spiral out of control and the scandalous story makes national news, Amelia and Anthony must risk everything to clear their names. Reviewed by Norah Piehl.

Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan
In her best-selling debut, Commencement, J. Courtney Sullivan explored the complicated and contradictory landscape of female friendship. Now, in her highly anticipated second novel, Sullivan takes us into even richer territory, introducing four unforgettable women who have nothing in common but the fact that, like it or not, they’re family.
For the Kellehers, Maine is a place where children run in packs, showers are taken outdoors, and old Irish songs are sung around a piano. Their beachfront property, won on a barroom bet after the war, sits on three acres of sand and pine nestled between stretches of rocky coast, with one tree bearing the initials “A.H.” At the cottage, built by Kelleher hands, cocktail hour follows morning mass, nosy grandchildren snoop in drawers, and decades-old grudges simmer beneath the surface.
As three generations of Kelleher women descend on the property one summer, each brings her own hopes and fears. Maggie is thirty-two and pregnant, waiting for the perfect moment to tell her imperfect boyfriend the news; Ann Marie, a Kelleher by marriage, is channeling her domestic frustration into a dollhouse obsession and an ill-advised crush; Kathleen, the black sheep, never wanted to set foot in the cottage again; and Alice, the matriarch at the center of it all, would trade every floorboard for a chance to undo the events of one night, long ago.
By turns wickedly funny and achingly sad, Maine unveils the sibling rivalry, alcoholism, social climbing, and Catholic guilt at the center of one family, along with the abiding, often irrational love that keeps them coming back, every summer, to Maine and to each other.

Okay for Now by Gary D. Schmidt
As a fourteen-year-old who just moved to a new town, with no friends and a louse for an older brother, Doug Swieteck has all the stats stacked against him. So begins a coming-of-age masterwork full of equal parts comedy and tragedy from Newbery Honor winner Gary D. Schmidt. As Doug struggles to be more than the “skinny thug” that his teachers and the police think him to be, he finds an unlikely ally in Lil Spicer—a fiery young lady who “smelled like daisies would smell if they were growing in a big field under a clearing sky after a rain.” In Lil, Doug finds the strength to endure an abusive father, the suspicions of a whole town, and the return of his oldest brother, forever scarred, from Vietnam. Together, they find a safe haven in the local library, inspiration in learning about the plates of John James Audubon’s birds, and a hilarious adventure on a Broadway stage. In this stunning novel, Schmidt expertly weaves multiple themes of loss and recovery in a story teeming with distinctive, unusual characters and invaluable lessons about love, creativity, and survival.
Water for Elephants- Sara Gruen: Fiction, It’s about a 90 year old man, who remembers his younger days where he was penniless and orphaned. Taking place during the beginning of the great Depression, he gets a job with a famous circus, and encounters a woman (the star of the circus) who fell in love with “the wrong man” (a mean circus boss), and an elephant who was hired to save the circus (in it’s time of need) even though it couldn’t follow instructions.

Notre Dame de Paris- Victor Hugo: Also known as The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the disfigured Quasimodo, who works as a bell ringer in Notre Dame, Paris and is viewed as a monster to everyone. When the gypsy Esmeralda enters the city, he falls in love. There are many other drama scenes on the side (some cases of murder!).

Of Mice And Men- John Steinback: This is a tragic tale of a mentally challenged male and his loving friend. The story tells of how even though these men live in a tragic society Steinback creates a intimate portrait filled with petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But throughout the story a shared friendship shows that in life there is a mean of existence worthwhile for an individual.

A Separate Peace- John Knowles: Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

Jane Eyre- Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre is a governess, who was abused and shunned by her relatives (her parents died?).  

1948- George Orwell

As I lay Dying- William Faulkner

The Color Purple- Alice Walker

The Great Gatsby- F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Farewell to Arms- Hemingway: By turns romantic and harshly realistic, Hemingway's story of a tragic romance set against the brutality and confusion of World War I cemented his fame as a stylist and as a writer of extraordinary literary power. A volunteer ambulance driver and a beautiful English nurse fall in love when he is wounded on the Italian front. (Via

Le Phantom de l’Opera (The Phantom of the Opera)- Gaston Leroux: About an opera singer who is conflicted with loving Raoul, her childhood friend, and the Phantom of the Opera, a man with a mask to hide his disfigured face, whom resided in the opera she works and taught her to sing. He becomes obsessed, and begins to murder people of the opera house. Very dramatic :) ooooo

Les Miserables- Victor Hugo: It’s about a convict named Jean Val Jean who was arrested for stealing food for his younger sibilings whom were starving (before the french revolution). He becomes a mayor(?) of a town, and is very successful and tries to help out as much as he can. The book has various characters: The prostitute Fantine, who couldn’t keep her child Cosette and had to keep her in the hands of Thernardines, whom abuse and use Cosette.  

Rash- Pete Hautman: It’s about a boy who lives in a place where violence is completely illegal (football or any other violent sport) called the USSA (United SAFER States of America). One day, he couldn’t control his temper, and is sent to work at a pizza factory in Canada. He has to compare which place is better: a place that’s completely against violence, or a place where you could become “polar bear food”

Sherlock Holmes- Sir Conan Doyle: A famous mystery collection, with cases solved by the famous Sherlock Holmes.

The Alchemist’s Daughter- Katharine McMahon: In the spring of 1725, father and daughter begin their most daring alchemical experiment to date -- they will attempt to breathe life into dead matter. But their work is interrupted by the arrival of two strangers: one a researcher, the other a dazzling young merchant. During the course of a sultry August, while her father is away, Emilie experiences the passion of first love. Listening to her heart rather than her head, she makes a choice.
Banished to London and plunged headlong into a society that is both glamorous and ruthless, Emilie discovers that for all her extraordinary education she has no insight into the workings of the human heart. When she tries to return to the world of books and study, she instead unravels a shocking secret that sets her on her true journey to enlightenment.
Girl, Interrupted- Kaysen Susanna: This book tells the autobiography of a young teenage girls journey in life. She has been from mental ward to psychiatrists her entire life.This book challenges your definition of sanity and insanity.
1984 by George Orwell : This book is a powerful example of the troubles that a society can face under extreme totalitarian rule. If you liked “Brave New World” then this is another great book to read focusing on a negative impact of an utopian society.

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinback : This book has a very interesting background to it and the way it was written through his own experiences. He placed himself in a position where he would be able to write a book based on his own experiences.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant : This is a novel based on past religious stories and it’s based on serious and mature events. It’s a challenging read but overall it’s a great novel.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain: A sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer written during the time when slavery was still big. It’s a great adventurous book to read and it draws an audience in very well.

The Great Gatsby by Francis S.K. Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby as well is a great adventure to read about as the author places himself in the position of the character he writes about a lot. If you liked Catcher in the Rye you will most likely enjoy this book as well.  

Crank Series by Ellen Hopkin
Crank is about a is about seventeen year old girl named Kristina Snow who visits her father over the summer  but then is introduced to crank. She begins to call herself “Bree” and  becomes addicted. When she goes back home from her trip, her family notices the changes in her and try to help her but Kristina is confused and lost in the world of drugs and sex. There are four books and I recommend to read it. The style of writing is in a poem form, but it’s really easy and opening to read because you can feel her emotions and her struggle to stop.

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles

This is a romantic story about two different races. A guy who’s name is Alejandro who is Mexican, and a ‘white’ girl named Brittany. Both of them are complete opposites of each other and are brought together by their chemistry teacher. Ironic huh? Throughout the novel they start to like each other and understand their differences. This book was pretty amazing and I could not stop reading it!

Kissed by an Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
The Kissed by an Angel series is a trilogy with love, faith, humor, and tragedy. It is about two young lovers, Tristan and Ivy, who are separated by an awfTristan's death. Ivy, devastated by the loss of her love, continues on with life despite the pain she ul car accident which results in is feeling with the help of her step brother Gregory. Ivy believes that everyone has a set of angels that help them through ever step of their lives but loses faith in them because Tristan died that night and she didn't. Little does she know, Tristan is her new guardian angel. All angels have a purpose, to help a specific person. Tristan's mission is to help Ivy, but he has problems figuring out just what his mission is till one day it hits him. He is forced to make a decision, finish his mission on earth and move on into the afterlife, or stay with her forever.

Forever by Judy Blume is about two teenagers Katherine and Micheal who try things together for the first time and it doesn’t turn out how they expect, it isn’t perfect. The book shows the relationship between these two teenagers and  how their love is either perfect or just the beginning of true romance.

Forever by judy Blume

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Speak is about an unpopular 14-year-old girl that had her life turned around when she was raped at a popular party and chooses not to speak about it. She handles her problems by not thinking about them and keeping to herself. Even her own parents know nothing about her life.
All quiet on the Western Front by Erick Maria Remarque
-we chose it because it relates to American History and we think it will be very helpful to our humanities class.

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
-we chose it because it has to do with problems like slavery, and depression.

Generation Dead by Daniel Waters
-we chose this because it appeals to young American teens and the description of it interested us.
They Cage The Animals at Night  By Jennings Michael Burch-(Autobiography) Flashback about little boy left at an orphanage and his mom says “ill be right back”. She never comes back. The book follows him  through his experiences from foster homes and eventually re uniting with his family.
Tribute By Nora Roberts: A child star comes back to fix up her grandmothers house. She has dreams about her grandmother who apparently died of an overdose 30 years

 Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher-  Girl commits suicide and leaves tapes for thirteen of her friends and explains how they each played a role in her death.
The Dream : By Gurbaksh Chahal- (Autobiography) - A boy moved to CA when he was an infant  and his parents only had 25 in their pocket. By 16 he dropped out of high school, founded his own company and became a millionaire  In his early 20s he sold his company “Blue Lithium” to Yahoo for $400 million.
Sybil By Flora Rheta Schreiber - This book is about a girl who abused by her mother and is possessed through 16 personalities.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott -  its about a family named March who are having trouble and loses wealth,  and gains much more love and unity. Since their father is out at the war, they have to go through the difficulties with the families.
The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton -  This book is about two gangs socs and grease. Soc are rich and Grease is poor. In the Gang the Grease , there is a young member and his name is pony boy and he has to learn to grow up without his parents and live in the streets.
How The Garcia Sisters Lost Their Accents: By Julia Alvarez - Sisters move to the US and try to fit in by dismissing their original Dominican culture by straightening their hair, forgetting Spanish..etc etc
The Wolf of Mercy Falls By Maggie Stiefvater is about a young girl by the name of grace and her boyfriend Sam who’s half human half wolf its an intense read i defiantly recommend it the series has 2 books out so far and one more on the way its going to be released at the end of this month
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This book is about racial segregation and learning to have courage to stand up for what you believe in. This book is emotionally heartbreaking and it shows that people should not be judgemental towards each other in order for people to coexist.

The Odyssey by Homer
This book is adventurous and it teaches people about Greek mythology and culture. The conflict that arises throughout the book leaves the reader with their mouth open.

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling
This book is the last in the collection of Harry Potter. It is adventurous, nail biting and wraps up Harry Potters life. Since the movie is coming out this would be good for comparing them together.

Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
This book is a sad book that takes you back in time were the yellow fever broke out. It is a touching story that sparks emotion.

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
This book is about a teenage girl who has just lost her father and is still trying and learning to cope with his death. She meets a group of friends that also help her get over the grief.

The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox
This book is an adventure for a kid who is the slave of a ship. He was practically kidnapped from his home. It is a very touching story.
The Book Thief --Markus Zusak

→ New Perspective, Death.

→ Takes place during WW2

House of the Scorpion --Nancy Farmer

→ Sci-fi

→ Cloning

Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac --Gabrielle Zevin

→ Novel, teenager looses memory, realises what kind of person she has become

Go Ask Alice by Anonymous
“Go Ask Alice is a controversial 1971 book about the life of a troubled teenage girl.  The book happens to be the actual diary of an anonymous teenage girl who became addicted to drugs.”

Into The Wild by Jon Krakauer

- The book depicts the two-year wilderness trek of Christopher McCandless from 1990 through 1992 and is an expansion of Krakauer's 9,000-word article, "Death of an Innocent", which appeared in the January 1993 issue ofOutside

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson

- The book describes Mortenson's transition from mountain-climber to a humanitarian committed to reducing poverty and promoting education for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.


Children of the River by Linda Crew.
    1. This book is about a girl named Sundara who comes from Cambodia because of the Khmer Rouge. Her family has high expectations from her and what she has to become. Before meeting Jonathan, Sundara had only two goals in life, to become something successful and to always have her family be proud of her. But once she meets Jonathan, her feelings take over how she actually feels and what her priorities are. I recommended this book because I think many of us can relate to the feeling of what our parents want from us and what we actually want to do. This book is AMAZING!

Burnedby Ellen Hopkins
    1. It’s about this Morman girl who starts to rebel in her school. Her family can’t control her so they take her to her aunt for the summer.

Fallout by Ellen Hopkins
    1. It’s about a 19 year old girl, Kristina Snow  that gets pregnant and starts to go down the wrong path in life. This is the third book. First is Crank, then Glass, and last Fallout. The book is in perspective from her children.

Jay’s Journal by Anonymous
    1. First of all, the nevel is a journal written anonymously. Jay was a sweet, bright high school student who cared about his grades and his friends. He had ambitions. He was happy. And he thought he could handle anything. He was wrong. When Jay falls in with a crowd that's dabbling in drugs and the occult, he finds himself in over his head and doing things he never thought possible. Fascinated by the dark arts and in love with a dangerous girl, Jay falls deeper and deeper into a life he no longer recognizes...and sees no way out.

Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer
    1. This book is the fourth book of the Twilight saga. It’s divided into 3 parts in which part one is about Bella, the second part is of Jacob, and the 3rd part is about Bella. In this book Bella ends up marrying Edward (the main character.) In this book the main characters are Bella, Jacob, and Edward. Before you read this book you must read the first 3 books which are: * twilight

 * New Moon

 * Eclipse

The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen
Macy’s summer stretches before her, carefully planned and outlined. She will spend her days sitting at the library information desk. She will spend her evenings studying for the SATs. Spare time will be used to help her obsessive mother prepare for the big opening of the townhouse section of her luxury development. But Macy’s plans don’t anticipate a surprising and chaotic job with Wish Catering, a motley crew of new friends, or … Wes. Tattooed, artistic, anything-but-expected Wes. He doesn’t fit Macy’s life at all–so why does she feel so comfortable with him? So … happy? What is it about him that makes her let down her guard and finally talk about how much she misses her father, who died before her eyes the year before? Sarah Dessen delivers a page-turning novel that carries readers on a roller coaster of denial, grief, comfort, and love as we watch a broken but resilient girl pick up the pieces of her life and fit them back together.

Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen

When Auden decides to spend the summer before college with her father and stepmother in a small beach town, she finds herself freed to discover a new world of friendship with other girls, as well as an unexpected romance with Eli, a rising star on the BMX circuit and a fellow insomniac, who joins her in exploring the late night world of the small town. As Auden struggles to turn from the path her mother has set for her and Eli tries to come to terms with the death of a friend for which he holds himself responsible, the two break out of their mutual self-imposed isolation and find one another.

I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone by Stephanie Kuehnert

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
The Girl with a Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson ,The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest by Stieg Larsson ,The Girl Who Played with Fire by Stieg Larsson WARNING: THESE ARE GRAPHIC BOOKS. This is a series based on violence against females.  
Every Boy’s Got One by Meg Cabot (Quick and fun read)
When cartoonist Jane Harris's best friend Holly, New York Journal art director, announces that she's eloping to Italy with longtime doctor boyfriend Mark, and asks Jane to come along as her witness, Jane jumps at the chance, delighted by the prospect of her first ever trip to Europe.
What Jane doesn't gamble on is Mark's witness, New York Journal foreign affairs correspondent Cal Langdon. It's hate at first sight for Jane and Cal, and neither is too happy at the prospect of sharing a villa with one another for a week —not even in the beautiful and picturesque Le Marche countryside.
But when Holly and Mark's wedding plans hit a major snag that only Jane and Cal can repair, the two find themselves having to put aside their mutual dislike for one another in order to get their best friends on the road to wedded bliss, and end up on a road themselves —one neither of them ever expected....

The Lullaby (The summary is interesting)
When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about? From acclaimed author Sarah Dessen, this is a captivating novel about a tough-as-nails girl and the unexpectedly charming boy who's determined to soften her up.

The Kids Are All Right by Liz Welch, Amanda Welch, Dan Welch, Diana Welch. (Interesting read!)
Told in the alternating voices of the four siblings, their poignant, harrowing story of un­breakable bonds unfolds with ferocious emotion. Despite the Welch children’s wrenching loss and subsequent separation, they retained the resilience and humor that both their mother and father endowed them with–growing up as lost souls, taking disastrous turns along the way, but eventually coming out right side up. The kids are not only all right; they’re back together.

The Thing Around Your Neck by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi
These twelve dazzling stories from Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — the Orange Broadband Prize–winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun — are her most intimate works to date.
In these stories Adichie turns her penetrating eye to the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Nigeria and the United States. In “A Private Experience,” a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman, and the young mother at the centre of “Imitation” finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home.
Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow and longing, this collection is a resounding confirmation of Adichie’s prodigious literary powers.

Remember Me by Sophie Kinsella

Summary: When twenty-eight-year-old Lexi Smart wakes up in a London hospital, she’s in for a big surprise. Her teeth are perfect. Her body is toned. Her handbag is Vuitton. Having survived a car accident—in a Mercedes no less—Lexi has lost a big chunk of her memory, three years to be exact, and she’s about to find out just how much things have changed. Somehow Lexi went from a twenty-five-year-old working girl to a corporate big shot with a sleek new loft, a personal assistant, a carb-free diet, and a set of glamorous new friends. And who is this gorgeous husband—who also happens to be a multimillionaire? With her mind still stuck three years in reverse, Lexi greets this brave new world determined to be the person she…well, seems to be. That is, until an adorably disheveled architect drops the biggest bombshell of all. Suddenly Lexi is scrambling to catch her balance. Her new life, it turns out, comes complete with secrets, schemes, and intrigue. How on earth did all this happen? Will she ever remember? And what will happen when she does?

Dreamland (thumbs up)

Rogerson Biscoe, with his green eyes and dark curly hair, is absolutely seductive. Before long, sixteen-year-old Caitlin finds herself under his spell. And when he starts to abuse her, she finds she's in too deep to get herself out...

Rumble Fish by the same author for the Outsiders

This is a great summer reading book. Rumble Fish is about a boy named Rusty-James who wants to live up to his brothers reputation. His brother is called the Motorcycle Boy and his reputation is the toughest kid in the world so Rusty-James is always fighting people so that he can be like his brother. Rusty-James fights everyone to try to be like his brother. The biggest fight in the story is when Biff and Rusty-James fight. During the fight biff pulls out a knife and slices Rusty-James. Even after this he still wants to be like the Motorcycle Boy until he reaches a conclusion. S.E. Hinton does a great job of using imagery words to help you create a mental picture of the setting. You actually felt like you were there. This was an overall good book and was easy to read and I would recommend it to anyone who like a lot of action, and this book is geared toward teens.

Stolen by Lucy Christopher

Gemma, 16, is on layover at Bangkok Airport, en route with her parents to a vacation in Vietnam. She steps away for just a second, to get a cup of coffee. Ty—rugged, tan, too old, oddly familiar—pays for Gemma's drink. And drugs it. They talk. Their hands touch. And before Gemma knows what's happening, Ty takes her. Steals her away. The unknowing object of a long obsession, Gemma has been kidnapped by her stalker and brought to the desolate Australian Outback. STOLEN is her gripping story of survival, of how she has to come to terms with her living nightmare—or die trying to fight it.


NY Times Contest

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Summer Reading Contest

Please invite your students to participate in The New York Times Learning Network’s  Summer Reading Conteststudents tell us what they are reading in The Times and explain why it interests them.  Each week, one or more winning entries will be posted on the Learning Network. The contest takes place between July 1 and July 29; students ages 13 to 25 are eligible to participate.  For complete information, visit