2009 Sanborn Regional High School Summer Reading List Note This

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					                        2009 Sanborn Regional High School Summer Reading List

Note: This year’s Summer Reading List was developed from student requests. All students
are expected to choose one book from the list and read it over the summer for book
discussions in the fall. Informal discussions, facilitated by a teacher, will be held in
September during one or two 20 minute advisory sessions. At those meetings people who
read the same book will meet to share thoughts and ideas. The Summer Reading Program
is an enrichment activity designed to encourage reading. No grades are given but
participation is expected. Please be aware of interest level information as some books are
more appropriate for older students. Lexile scores are listed when available. (Lexile text
scores range from 25 – 2000 based on the difficulty of the text, not the content or
quality of the writing.) Please give your choice to your English teacher.

   1.   All We Know of Heaven (Jacquelyn Mitchard) Summary:                  Sixteen-year-old best friends Maureen
        and Bridget are in a terrible accident where Bridget dies and is incorrectly identified as Maureen; but when
        Maureen recovers, she must deal with the repercussions of the accident as well as the loss of her best
        friend. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile 760 Teacher: Mrs. Price and Mrs. Morrison
   2.   A-List series (Zoey Dean) Summary:           Seventeen-year-old blueblood Anna Percy leaves Manhattan to
        spend the second half of her senior year with her father in Los Angeles and quickly becomes tied up in the
        lives of the rich and famous at Beverly Hills High School, incurring the wrath of the "A-list" girls her first
        night in town for dating the boy they want. Interest level: Young Adult Teacher: Ms. Giovando
   3.   A Child Called It (and other David Pelzer books) Summary: David Pelzer, victim of one of the
        worst child abuse cases in the history of California, tells the story of how he survived his mother's
        brutality and triumphed over his past. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile 850. Mr. Pantazis
   4. Crank (Ellen Hopkins) Summary: Kristina Georgia Snow's life is turned upside-down, when she visits
        her absentee father, gets turned on to the drug "crank", becomes addicted, and is lead down a desperate
        path that threatens her mind, soul, and her life. and         Glass (sequel to Crank) Interest level: Young
        Adult Lexile: NP (Non-prose) Teacher: Mrs. Jules
   5. Identical (Ellen Hopkins) Summary: Sixteen-year-old identical twin daughters of a district court
        judge and a candidate for the United States House of Representatives, Kaeleigh and Raeanne Gardella
        desperately struggle with secrets that have already torn them and their family apart. Interest level: Young
        Adult Lexile: NP (Non-prose) Teachers Mrs. Lanzillo and Mrs. White
   6. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (John Boyne) Summary: Bored and lonely after his family moves
        from Berlin to a place called "Out-With" in 1942, Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who
        lives behind a wire fence. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 1080 Teacher Ms. Stone
   7.   Cirque du Freak series (Darren Shan) Summary: These stories will chill and thrill as they are filled
        with grotesque creatures, murderous vampires, and unexpected endings. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile:
        580-920 Teacher: Mr. Kinsley
   8. Dreamland (Sarah Dessen) Summary: After her older sister runs away, sixteen-year-old Caitlin
        decides that she needs to make a major change in her own life and begins an abusive relationship with a boy
        who is mysterious, brilliant, and dangerous. & Just Listen (or any other                  Sarah Dessen books)
        Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 650-1020 Teacher: Mrs. Magnusson
   9. Eragon series (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr) Summary: In Aagaesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of
        unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of
        destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile:
        710-1050 Teacher: Mrs. Northrup
10. Forever (Judy Blume) Summary: Two high school seniors believe their love to be so strong that it will
      last forever. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: Teacher: Ms. DeBay
11. Fruits Basket series (Natsuki Takaya) manga Summary: Translated from the Japanese.;Books
      read from right to left. Ordinary high school girl Tohru Honda must adjust to a very different way of life
      after she is taken in by the mysterious Sohma family following her mother's death, and learns the Secret
      of the Zodiac that makes living with them so exciting and complicated. Interest level: Young Adult
      Teacher: Mr. Cass
12.   Gossip Girl Series (Cecily von Ziegesar) Summary:             Gossip Girl, an unknown narrator, shares the
      inside scoop on her friends and foes in a privileged private school in New York City, focusing on the return
      of the beautiful Serena van der Woodson, who is rumored to have been kicked out of boarding school.
      Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 730-950 Teacher: Ms. Ladd
13. Guys Write for Guys Read (Contains a collection of short stories, drawings, poems, and memoirs
      from well-known writers of "guy" fiction, written by boys, for boys. Includes pieces by Daniel Pinkwater,
      Neil Gaiman, Will Hobbs, Stephen King, Gary Paulsen, among other. ) Interest level: Young Adult Lexile 920
      Teacher: Mr. Moore
14. How I Live Now (Meg Rosoff) Summary: To get away from her pregnant stepmother in New York
      City, fifteen-year-old Daisy goes to England to stay with her aunt and cousins, with whom she instantly
      bonds, but soon war breaks out and rips apart the family while devastating the land. Interest level: Young
      Adult Lexile 1620 Teacher: Ms. Morong
15.   Just Like That ( Marsha Qualey) Summary:           A tragic accident ending with the death of two people
      her own age changes life forever for an eighteen-year-old woman. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 640
      Teacher: Mrs. Kosta
16.   Life As We Knew It (Susan Pfeffer) Summary:               Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda
      describes her family's struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis,
      earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 770 Teacher Mr. Salge
17.   Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac (Gabrielle Zevin) Summary:                After a nasty fall, Naomi realizes
      that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life.
      Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 720 Teacher Mrs. Perry
18. My Side of the Mountain (Jean Craighead George) Summary: A young boy relates his adventures
      during the year he spends living alone in the Catskill Mountains, including his struggle for survival, his
      dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship.
      Interest level: grades 5-8 Lexile: 810 Teacher: Mr. Martinelli
19. Speak (Laurie Halse Anderson) Summary: A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a
      devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 690
      Teacher: Ms. Brown
20. Street Pharm (Allison Van Diepen) Summary: Seventeen-year-old African-American drug dealer, Ty
      Johnson, takes over his father's business and struggles to make sense of his life when competition from
      out of town threatens him and those who are close to him. Interest level: Young Adult Teacher: Ms. Lang
21. The Lorax (Dr. Seuss) Summary: The Once-ler describes the results of the local pollution problem.
      Interest level: All Lexile: 560 Teacher: Mrs. Fisk
22. The    Mortal Instruments series (City of Bones, City of Ashes, and City of Glass)
      (Cassandra Clare) Summary: Sixteen-year-old Clary continues trying to make sense of the swiftly
      changing events and relationships in her life as she becomes further involved with the Shadowhunters and
      their pursuit of demons and discovers some terrifying truths about her parents, her brother Jace, and her
      boyfriend Simon. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 720 Teacher: Ms. Burnell and Ms. Fall
23. The    Off Season (Catherine Murdock) Summary: High school junior D. J. Schwenk staggers under
      the weight of caring for her badly injured brother, her responsibilities on the dairy farm, a changing
      relationship with her friend Brian, and her own athletic aspirations. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile:
      1160 Teacher: Mr. Adams
24.   Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher) Summary: High school student Clay Jenkins receives a box in
      the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and
      spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice
      recounting the events leading up to her death. Interest level: Young adult Lexile: 550 Teacher Mrs. Hadwen
25.   Twilight series (Stephenie Meyer) Summary: Seventeen-year-old Bella leaves Phoenix to live with
      her father in Forks, Washington, where she meets an exquisitely handsome boy at school for whom she
      feels an overwhelming attraction and who she comes to realize is not wholly human. Interest level: Young
      Adult Lexile: 720 Teachers: Ms. Belcher and Mrs. Norton
26. Vampire Kisses series (Ellen Schreiber) Summary: Sixteen-year-old Raven, an outcast who always
      wears black and hopes to become a vampire some day, falls in love with the mysterious new boy in town,
      eager to find out if he can make her dreams come true. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 700-800
      Teacher: Ms. Krumm
27. The Midnighters series (Scott Westerfeld) Summary: Jessica Day learns that she is one in a
      special group born at the stroke of midnight who can roam the town at a secret hour while others sleep--
      and that she must fight the evil creatures who share her power. Interest level: Young Adult Lexile: 740-
      810 Teacher:
28.   Sweep Series (Cate Tiernan) Summary:          A seemingly average teenage girl named Morgan begins to
      experience strange powers and feelings. Is she "magickal"? Could she be a blood-witch, a member of one of
      the Seven Great Clans. Interest level: Young Adult
29.   Uglies series (Scott Westerfeld) Summary:             Tally is faced with a difficult choice when her new
      friend Shay decides to risk life on the outside rather than submit to the forced operation that turns
      sixteen year old girls into gorgeous beauties, and realizes that there is a whole new side to the pretty
      world that she doesn't like. Interest level: Young Adult
30.   Beloved (Toni Morrison) required reading for AP Literature and A Prayer for Owen
      Meany (John Irving) required reading for AP Language Interest level: Adult Teacher: Ms. Miles
31.   And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie) Summary: Ten strangers--each with a sordid
      past--are summoned by an absent millionaire to a private island off the coast of Devon and begin to die one
      by one upon arrival. Interest level: Adult Teacher: Mr. Collupy
32. books by Clive Cussler Interest level: Adult Lexile range 900-1040 Teacher: Mr. Arsenault
33. A Million Little Pieces (James Frey) Summary: Presents the author's first-hand account of his
      recovery from drug and alcohol addiction, beginning with his enrollment in a Minnesota rehabilitation center
      after a two-week blackout and ending with his rejection of all Twelve Step programs. Interest level: Adult
      Teacher: Mrs. Scanlon
34. A Piece of Cake (Cupcake Brown) Summary: Cupcake Brown shares the story of her life, beginning
      with her mother's death in 1976 when she was just eleven, discussing how she ended up in foster care, her
      introduction to drugs, alcohol and sex as a runaway, her gang affiliation, and her addiction to crack, and
      telling how she turned her life around and eventually became an attorney and motivational speaker. Interest
      level: Adult Teacher: Mr. Schoenenberger
35. Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls) Summary: The author recalls her life growing up in a dysfunctional
      family with an alcoholic father and distant mother and describes how she and her siblings had to fend for
      themselves until they finally found the resources and will to leave home. Interest level: Adult Lexile: 1010
      Teacher: Ms. Hambucken
36. Information and articles on getting a pilots license Teachers: Dr. Lennox and Mr. Welch
37. Marley and Me (John Grogan) Summary: The author presents a tender story of his family's love
      for their golden retriever, Marley, and recalls how he grew from a mischievous puppy into a nearly
      impossible adult that no amount of obedience school training could correct, and of the love they felt for
      him. Interest level: Adult Lexile: 1050 Teacher: Ms. Hays
38.   Nineteen Minutes (Jodi Picoult or others she has written)              Summary: The people of Sterling,
      New Hampshire, are forever changed after a shooting at the high school leaves ten people dead, and the
      judge presiding over the trial tries to remain unbiased, even though her daughter witnessed the events and
      was friends with the assailant. Interest level: Adult Lexile: 890 Teacher: Mrs. Boisvert
39.   The Running Man (Stephen King) Summary:             In 2025, America's favorite TV game show features
      contestants attempting to evade death at the hands of the Hunters. Thirty days of survival takes the
      prize--one billion dollars. Interest level: Adult Lexile 700 Teacher: Mr. Smith
40. Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey (Chuck Palahniuk) Summary: High school rebel
      Buster "Rant" Casey escapes from his small hometown and heads to the city, where he becomes the leader
      of an urban demolition derby called Party Crashing, which eventually causes Rant his life and brings his
      friends together to reflect on his legacy. Interest level: Adult Aaron Wiles
41. Slapstick (Kurt Vonnegut) Summary: In a future time, a former President of the United States writes
      his memoirs, including an explanation of how, as President, he was forced to sell the original Louisiana
      Purchase lands to the King of Michigan. Interest level: Adult Lexile: 810 Teacher: Ms. Karcz
42. Welcome to the Monkey House (short stories)(Kurt Vonnegut) Interest level: Adult Lexile:
      810 Teacher: Mr. Czyzowski
43. The     Host (Stephenie Meyer) Summary:            Melanie, whose mind has been almost completely taken over
      by an alien named Wanderer, convinces the alien to search for her lost lover, who fled the extraterrestrial
      invasion, and tries to find a way in which she and Wanderer can coexist. Interest level: Adult Lexile: 640
      Teacher: Mr. Palladino
44. The     Ice Queen (Alice Hoffman) Summary: After being struck by lightning, a woman undergoes
      startling physical and emotional changes, and sets out to find another lighting-strike survivor in the hopes
      of learning how to cope with her new life. Interest level: Adult Teacher: Mrs. Sudduth
45. Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte) Summary: Forced by a storm to spend the night at the home of
      the somber Heathcliff, Mr. Lockwood uncovers a tale of terror and hatred on the Yorkshire moors.
      Interest level: Adult Lexile: 880 Teacher: Mr. Kelly
46. The     Paths We Choose (Sully Erna) Summary: Chronicles Godsmack founder’s turbulent years
      growing up in Lawrence. Sully's story shows us that whatever hardship we may face, ultimately, our
      choices determine our destiny. He's made the most of every advantage and obstacle he has faced, and
      reminds us that we can, too. But for Sully, career success is not an ultimate destination. Every day brings a
      new fork in the road another path to choose. (Amazon) Interest level: Adult Teacher: Ms. LaFlamme
47. The Wallflower (Tomoko Hayakawa - manga) Summary: Translated from the Japanese.; Book
      reads right-to-left in the traditional Japanese format. Sunako Nakahara, a shy, frizzy-haired, agoraphobic,
      recluse is horrified when her uncle offers to let four teenage boys live in their mansion for free on the
      condition they turn Sunako into a true beauty. Interest level: Adult Teacher: Mrs. Comeau
48.   The Yankee Years (Joe Torre) Summary: Former Major League Baseball player Joe Torre describes
      his years of success as manager for the New York Yankees--from 1996 through 2007--and discusses
      players, the media, scandals, and more. Interest level: Adult Teacher: Mr. Welch
49. True Believer (Nicholas Sparks) Summary: Successful Manhattan science journalist Jeremy Marsh
      is invited to the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, to investigate a sighting of strange lights in a
      local cemetery and meets librarian Lexie Darnell, who causes the smitten Jeremy to make some difficult
      choices about his life. Interest level: Adult Lexile: 880 Teacher: Mrs. Babcock
50. Ultramarathon        Man : Confessions of an All-night Runner (Dean Karnazes) Summary: The
      author chronicles his extraordinary running career which included a one hundred thirty-five mile run
      through Death Valley and a run at the South Pole in minus forty-degree weather. Interest level: Adult
      Teacher: Mr. Wood
   51.   Undefeated Rocky Marciano (Everett Skehan) Summary: Photographs and text profile the life
         and career of third-generation American Italian boxer Rocky Marciano, who beat the odds and became one
         of the country's few undefeated fighters. Interest level: Adult Teacher: Mr. Gray
   52. Without      a Map (Meredith Hall) Summary: Author Meredith Hall reflects on her life, discussing how
         she was treated by her parents and community after becoming pregnant at the age of sixteen, the forced
         adoption of her son, her experiences wandering the Middle East, and her journey back to the United States
         where she fell in love, had two children, and was reunited with her firstborn. Interest level: Adult Teacher:
         Mrs. Reczek
   53. Skiing magazines
   54. Simpson’s Comics Presents Bart Simpson (compilations)

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Your name_____________________________________Year of Graduation____________

Summer reading first choice____________________________________________

English teacher___________________Block___ Advisor’s name____________________

SST mid-session next year?              Y          N       (circle one)