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Memorial Hall Library

APS Summer Reading Choices

Find your required summer reading choices here and request them through the catalog. The Teen Room has multiple copies of all of these books.

Middle School Choices

Entering 6th Grade

Choose one.

Out of my mind
Out of my mind
by Sharon M. Draper
 
Possessing a photographic memory in spite of an inability to walk or speak, Melody is mistaken as mentally challenged by those who cannot see beyond her cerebral palsy, impelling her to discover a way to communicate. By the two-time Coretta Scott King-winning author of Copper Sun.
The lightning thief
The lightning thief
by Rick Riordan
 
After learning that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea, Percy Jackson is transferred from boarding school to Camp Half-Blood, a summer camp for demigods, and becomes involved in a quest to prevent a catastrophic war between the gods. Teacher's Guide available.

Entering 7th Grade

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Crispin : the cross of lead
Crispin : the cross of lead
by Avi

Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in fourteenth-century England flees his village and meets a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
Counting by 7s
Counting by 7s
by Holly Goldberg Sloan

Twelve-year-old genius and outsider Willow Chance must figure out how to connect with other people and find a surrogate family for herself after her parents are killed in a car accident.

Entering 8th Grade

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Peak
Peak
by Roland Smith

After being arrested for scaling a New York skyscraper and then sent to live with his long-lost father and fellow climber, Peak Marcello finds it difficult to rebuild their bond, thus when his father suddenly pushes him to climb Mt. Everest, Peak must take into consideration his father's questionable motives.
The running dream
The running dream
by Wendelin Van Draanen

Losing her leg in a car accident and fitted with a prosthetic that challenges her athletic ambitions, Jessica finds herself alienated from former friends and is tutored by a misfit girl she previously avoided.

High School Choices

Entering 9th Grade

Choose one.

The hobbit, or, There and back again
The hobbit, or, There and back again
by J. R. R. Tolkien

Celebrating 75 years of one of the world's most treasured classics with an all new trade paperback edition. Repackaged with new cover art. 
The glass castle : a memoir
The glass castle : a memoir
by Jeannette Walls

The second child of a scholarly, alcoholic father and an eccentric artist mother discusses her family's nomadic upbringing from the Arizona desert, to Las Vegas, to an Appalachian mining town, during which her siblings and she fended for themselves while their parents outmaneuvered bill collectors and the authorities. 
The book thief
The book thief
by Markus Zusak

Living with a foster family in Germany during World War II, a young girl struggles to survive her day-to-day trials through stealing anything she can get her hands on, but when she discovers the beauty of literature, she realizes that she has been blessed with a gift that must be shared with others, including the Jewish man hiding in the basement. 

Entering 10th Grade

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	The other Wes Moore : One Name, Two Fates
The other Wes Moore : One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore

Traces the parallel lives of two youths with the same name born a year apart in the same community, describing how the author grew up to be a Rhodes Scholar, White House Fellow and promising business leader while his counterpart suffered a life of violence and imprisonment.
Into the wild
Into the wild
by Jon Krakauer

A portrait of Chris McCandless chronicles his decision to withdraw from society and adopt the persona of Alexander Supertramp, offering insight into his beliefs about the wilderness and his tragic death in the Alaskan wilderness.
The secret life of bees
The secret life of bees
by Sue Monk Kidd

After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.

Entering 11th Grade

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	David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants
David and Goliath : underdogs, misfits, and the art of battling giants
by Malcolm Gladwell

The best-selling author of Outliers uncovers the hidden rules that shape the balance between the weak and the mighty, the powerful and the dispossessed.

	Haroun and the sea of stories
Haroun and the sea of stories
by Salman Rushdie

Vowing to return to his father--the city storyteller--his lost gift of speech, Haroun begins a quest that introduces him to a mad bus driver, the Shadow Warriors, and the land of darkness

	The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
The curious incident of the dog in the night-time
by Mark Haddon

After stumbling upon his neighbor's dog, Wellington, impaled on a garden fork and being blamed for the killing, fifteen-year-old Christopher John Francis Boone, an autistic savant obsessed with Sherlock Holmes, decides to track down the real killer and turns to his detective hero to help him with the investigation, which brings him face to face with a family crisis. A first novel. Reader's Guide available. Reprint. 150,000 first printing.

Entering 12th Grade

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	Homegoing
Homegoing
by Yaa Gyasi

Two half sisters, unknown to each other, are born into different villages in 18th-century Ghana and experience profoundly different lives and legacies throughout subsequent generations marked by wealth, slavery, war, coal mining, the Great Migration and the realities of 20th-century Harlem.

	Between the world and me
Between the world and me
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Told through the author's own evolving understanding of the subject over the course of his life comes a bold and personal investigation into America's racial history and its contemporary echoes.

	The woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts
The woman warrior : memoirs of a girlhood among ghosts
by Maxine Hong Kingston

A first-generation Chinese-American woman recounts growing up in America within a tradition-bound Chinese family, and confronted with Chinese ghosts from the past and non-Chinese ghosts of the present
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