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Grades 11-12. BFIS Library Recommended Summer Reading by dcevoli


									BFIS Library Recommended Summer Reading: Grade 11 & 12
The Wolf Gift: a novel. Rice, Anne (2012)
Contemporary fiction, wolves
“A young reporter on assignment is attacked and bitten by an unknown beast in rural
Northern California and begins a terrifying but seductive transformation into a being
with a dual nature, both man and wolf.”
(From the publisher)
The Fault in Our Stars. Green, John (2012)
Realistic Fiction, Cancer
“Hazel Grace Lancaster, a three-year stage IV–cancer survivor, is clinically
depressed. To help her deal with this, her doctor sends her to a weekly support group
where she meets Augustus Waters, a fellow cancer survivor, and the two fall in love.
Both kids are preternaturally intelligent, and Hazel is fascinated with a novel about
cancer called An Imperial Affliction. Most particularly, she longs to know what
happened to its characters after an ambiguous ending.”
(Booklist starred, January 1, 2012, Vol. 108, No. 9)
Robopocalypse: a novel. Wilson, Daniel H. (2011)
Science Fiction, Robots, War
“Archos, a powerful artificial intelligence, takes on the persona of a shy human boy
and begins to take over the world's technology and turn it against humanity, launching
a robot war that no one seems to be able to contain or stop.”
(From the Publisher)

Or I´ll dress you in mourning. Collins, Larry & Lapierre, Dominique (1968)
Biography, Spain, Andalucia
“A biography of Manuel Benitez, El Cordobés, the bullfighter who rose from the
poorest birth and living conditions in Andalucía to become the inspiration to his
country through extreme dedication and bravery. It´s a story of indomitable courage,
of triumph over insuperable odds that embodies the dreams of every Spaniard and the
aspirations of a restless nation. It is also a dramatic history of Spain from the Civil
War and the Franco era, introspective, wounded and poverty-stricken, to the Spain of
today, finally roused from her long stupor, a Spain of tourists and television, mini-
skirts and the Common Market - a new Spain of which El Cordobés is the symbol.”
(From the Publisher)
Kite Runner. Hosseini, Khaled (2003)
Historical Fiction, Ethnic fiction, Afghanistan
“An epic tale of fathers and sons, of friendship and betrayal, that takes us from
Afghanistan in the final days of the monarchy to the atrocities of the present. The
unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy
and the son of his father's servant, The Kite Runner is a beautifully crafted novel set
in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.“
(From the Publisher)

South from Granada. Brenan, Gerald (1957)
Travel writing, history
“Between 1920 and 1934, the author lived in the remote Spanish village of Yegen.
This book depicts his time there, evoking the essence of his rural surroundings and the
Spanish way of life before the Civil War. It portrays the landscapes, festivals and
folk-lore of the Sierra Nevada, the rivalries, village customs, superstitions and
(From the Publisher)

Becoming Madame Mao. Min, Anchee (2001)
History, Biography, China
“This is an evocation of the woman who married Chairman Mao and fought to
succeed him. The unwanted daughter of a concubine, she refused to have her feet
bound, ran away to join an opera troupe and eventually met Mao Zedong in the
mountains of Yenan.”
(From the Publisher)
Ocean drifters : a secret world beneath the waves. Kirby, Richard R. (2010)
Non-fiction, science, ocean life, plankton
“Molecular-geneticist Kirby studies the diversity of plankton, displayed here in a
series of highly magnified photographs that reveal not only the truly alien nature of
many planktonic species but also their beauty. Producing approximately 50 percent of
the world’s oxygen, the phytoplankton are the “plants” of the plankton. Preying on the
phytoplankton are the “animal” forms, the zooplankton. Some of these remain in the
plankton their entire lives, such as the krill, the food of the great whales. Others are
the larvae of larger animals such as crabs, barnacles, or fish. Kirby’s bright and clear
images are paired with explanations of what species is pictured and facts about its
(Booklist, January 1, 2012, Vol. 108, No. 9)
The Omnivore's Dilemma : a natural history of four meals. Pollan, Michael
Non-fiction, science, food, agriculture
“Pollan takes the reader on a journey into the origins of four different meals. He
evaluates the McDonald's burger and fries, a chicken dinner prepared from
ingredients bought at Whole Foods, a similar one from a sustainable farm, and,
finally, a feast of mushrooms and pork from wild foraging.”
(Library Journal, April 1, 2011)

The thorn and the blossom : a two-sided love story. Goss, Theodora (2012)
Fiction, Romance
Evelyn Morgan and Brendan Thorne meet in the village book store and begin a
mysterious love affair that mirrors the medieval romance they find in the books store.
Readers can open the book in either direction to decide whether they'll first read
Brendan's, or Evelyn's account of their mysterious love affair.
(From the Publisher)


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