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					Dear Shelton High School Parents and Students,

This suggested summer reading list is a
combined effort of teachers, students, and
librarians. Books on the list were selected by
many people with varying interests in an effort
to provide choices for all readers. Parents are
encouraged to view the list to help find
appropriate titles for their children. An * before
the title indicates that a Shelton H.S. student
suggested the book. An * after the title indicates
that a member of the Shelton H.S. staff
recommended the title. An annotated list with
book descriptions is available on the Shelton            To help further promote reading, Shelton High
High School website and at the Plumb Memorial            School English teachers will be offering book
Library and its Huntington branch. The Shelton           talks for SHS students and their parents at
High School Media Center and Main Office will            Written Words Bookstore this summer. Please
also have copies.                                        see below for further information.

***Students must read at least one book this             Book talks with SHS teachers will take place
                                                         on the following Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Written
summer. Previously read books for English
                                                         Words Bookstore, located in Shelton on 194
class or summer reading assignments are not
                                                         Leavenworth Rd. 944-0400.
acceptable. Students will choose one of the four
                                                          Date      Discussion Leader
options at the end of this packet on which to
                                                         July 10th Zampano
write a full page response. Students should use
                                                          The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank by Ellen Feldman
the attached form and make copies if more than
one book is read. An electronic copy of the form
                                                         July 24th Coffin/Macchia
also is available on the Shelton High School
                                                          Breakfast with Tiffany by Edwin John Wintle
website. These forms will be collected by
English teachers the first week of school for a
                                                         July 31st Jeanette-Kneen
quiz grade. While it is not mandatory for
                                                          A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
students to read a book from this list, they will
receive ten extra points if they do so. Many of
                                                         All books are on the summer reading list.
these titles are available at the Shelton High
School Media Center and the Plumb Memorial
Library. Students who read more than one book
and fill out appropriate forms will be eligible to
win a raffle prize.

Happy reading!

Dana Jeanette-Kneen
English Curriculum Leader

Suggested Summer Reading List 2008
Classic Fiction
                                                         Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse
Flatland by Edwin A. Abbot
                                                         Harry Haller, a joyless, reclusive intellectual,
Flatland imagines a two-dimensional world
                                                         finally learns to reconcile the warring parts of
inhabited by geometric shapes who think their
                                                         his personality after meeting Hermine, a woman
planar world is all there is. One Flatlander, a
                                                         who knows how to enjoy life.
Square, discovers the existence of a third
dimension and the limits of his world's
                                                         Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella
assumptions about reality. *Halko
                                                         W. P. Kinsella plays with both myth and fantasy
                                                         in his lyrical novel. It begins with the magic of a
Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen
                                                         god-like voice in a cornfield and ends with the
A spirited young woman in early nineteenth-
                                                         magic of a son playing catch with the ghost of
century England must cope with the courtship
                                                         his father.
of a snobbish gentleman, as well as the romantic
entanglements of her four sisters.
                                                         The Natural by Bernard Malamud
                                                         Roy Hobbs makes the mistake of pronouncing
Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen
                                                         aloud his dream: to be the best there ever was.
Two sisters of opposing temperaments share the
                                                         Such hubris, of course, invites divine
pangs of tragic love. Their mutual suffering
                                                         intervention, but the brilliance of Bernard
brings a closer understanding between the two
                                                         Malamud's novel is the second chance it offers
sisters and true love finally triumphs.
                                                         its hero, elevating him--and his story--into the
                                                         realm of myth.
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
When a penniless governess falls in love with
                                                         Focus by Arthur Miller
the brooding master of Thornfield, she is
                                                         Written in 1945, Focus was Miller's first novel
unaware of the tragic events that will follow.
                                                         and one of the first books to directly confront
                                                         American anti-Semitism. It remains as chilling
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
                                                         and incisive today as it was at the time of its
In early nineteenth-century Yorkshire, the
                                                         controversial debut. As World War II draws to a
tumultuous relationship between a headstrong
                                                         close, anti-Semitism is alive and well in
girl and a foundling boy raised in the same
                                                         Brooklyn, New York. *Fineman
home wreaks havoc on them and those around
them, even into the next generation.
                                                         The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
                                                         This is the story of a gifted young architect, his
This Side of Paradise by F. Scott Fitzgerald
                                                         violent battle against conventional standards,
Fitzgerald's first novel uses numerous formal
                                                         and his explosive love affair with a beautiful
experiments to tell the story of Amory Blaine as
                                                         woman who struggles to defeat him.
he grows up during the crazy years following
the First World War. *Jeanette-Kneen
                                                         *Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger
                                                         This volume containing two interrelated stories
*Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert
                                                         by J.D. Salinger was published in book form in
Emma Bovary is a woman possessed by a
                                                         1961. The stories, originally published in The
burning hunger for life and love. Feeling
                                                         New Yorker magazine, concern Franny and
trapped in a loveless marriage, Emma indulges
                                                         Zooey Glass, two members of the family that
herself in a lifestyle of reckless overspending
                                                         was the subject of most of Salinger's short
and a series of shocking affairs which threaten to
destroy her and everyone around her.

The Jungle by Upton Sinclair                                Angels & Demons by Dan Brown
This novel describes the conditions of the                  Pitting scientific terrorists against the cardinals
Chicago stockyards through the eyes of a young              of Vatican City, this thriller is crammed with
immigrant struggling in America. *Martin                    Vatican intrigue and high-tech drama. Robert
                                                            Langdon, a Harvard specialist on religious
Contemporary Fiction                                        symbolism, is called in by a Swiss research lab
Watership Down by Richard Adams                             when Dr. Vetra, the scientist who discovered
This epic rarely fails to win the love and respect          antimatter, is found murdered. *Collimore
of anyone who reads it. The story follows a
warren of rabbits fleeing the destruction of their          The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown
home by a land developer. As they search for a              Investigating the murder of a Louvre curator,
safe haven, we become acquainted with the                   Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon and
band and its compelling culture. *Kellogg                   French cryptologist Sophie Neveu find clues
                                                            painted into a Da Vinci work, inadvertently
For One More Day by Mitch Albom                             uncovering a plot involving the Holy Grail and
In this novel from Tuesdays with Morrie author              the secret society known as the Priory of Sion.
Albom, grief-stricken Charles "Chick" Benetto               *Collimore, Gardiner
goes into an alcoholic tailspin when his always-
attentive mother, Pauline, dies. Framed as an "as           *The Alchemist by Paul Coelho
told to" story, Chick quickly narrates his descent          This story is about a shepherd boy who travels
into loneliness and isolation.                              from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian
                                                            desert in search of a treasure buried in the
The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood                       Pyramids. Along the way he meets a gypsy
This story within a story is the memoir of World            woman, a man who calls himself king, and an
War II era button heiress Iris Chase alternating            alchemist, all of whom point him in the
with a science fiction romance about a blind                direction of his quest.
killer who falls in love with a mute virgin.
                                                            The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Cloudsplitter by Russell Banks                              Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the
This is a fictionalized account of abolitionist             Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and
John Brown's life, family, and antislavery                  stories to express thoughts and emotions about
activities which led to the raid on Harpers Ferry.          her oppressive environment. *Gulash

The Sweet Hereafter by Russell Banks                        What Girls Learn: A Novel by Karin Cook
The novel explores a small community's                      Tilden and her younger sister Elizabeth are
response to the loss of fourteen children in a              uprooted again when their ever optimistic,
school bus accident.                                        romantic mother Frances moves them north to
                                                            live with Nick, the owner of a limousine service.
Love Invents Us by Amy Bloom                                Everything seems to be going just fine until
This is the tale of Elizabeth, charting her                 Frances discovers a lump in her breast.
progress from an unloved adolescent to an
unloved, middle-aged mother. Elizabeth has
had no shortage of suitors, yet, one by one, they
desert her, leaving nothing but their imprints
upon her personality--which, if we are to take
the title literally, is almost all the personality we
have. *Fineman

*The Red Tent by Anita Diamant                            A Time to Kill by John Grisham
In the Bible, Dinah’s life is only hinted at in a         (and other titles by author)
brief and violent detour within the more                  In Clanton, Mississippi, the life of a ten-year-old
familiar chapters of the Book of Genesis that are         girl is shattered by two drunken and
about her father, Jacob, and his dozen sons. Told         remorseless young men. The mostly white town
in Dinah's voice, this novel reveals the traditions       reacts with shock and horror at the inhumane
and turmoils of ancient womanhood-the world               crime until her African-American father
of the red tent.                                          acquires an assault rifle and takes justice into his
                                                          own hands.
The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion
After her husband's fatal heart attack, which             Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
came at a time when their daughter Quintana               Nitta Sayuri, a young Japanese woman who was
was in intensive care for complications after             taken from her home at the age of nine and sold
pneumonia, Didion was labeled "a pretty cool              into slavery as a geisha, discovers a rare
customer" by a social worker because she                  opportunity for freedom when the outbreak of
seemed to be handling these shocks so calmly.             World War II forces an end to the only life she
*Visser                                                   has ever known.

The Immigrants series by Howard Fast                      The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-
Dan Lavette, the son of an Italian fisherman,             Time by Mark Haddon
battles from the rubble of the 1906 San Francisco         Mark Haddon's bitterly funny debut novel is a
earthquake to build a fortune in the shipping             murder mystery of sorts. Fifteen-year-old
industry. Rising to success through hard work             Christopher John Francis Boone is
and a loveless marriage to the daughter of the            mathematically gifted and socially hopeless,
city's wealthiest family, he risks it all for the         raised in a working-class home by parents who
exotic beauty of a woman who shares his secret            can barely cope with their child's quirks. He
and scandalous passion.                                   takes everything that he sees (or is told) at face
                                                          value, and is unable to sort out the strange
*White Oleander by Janet Fitch                            behavior of his elders and peers.
Astrid is the only child of a single mother,
Ingrid, a brilliant, obsessed poet. Astrid                A Soldier of the Great War by Mark Helprin
worships her mother and cherishes their private           In summer 1964, a distinguished-looking
world full of ritual and mystery -- but this world        gentleman in his seventies dismounts on
is shattered when Ingrid falls apart over a lover.        principle from a streetcar that was to carry him
                                                          from Rome to a distant village, instead
Me & Emma by Elizabeth Flock                              accompanying on foot a boy denied a fare. As
8-year-old Carrie, the raven-haired narrator, is          they walk, he tells the boy the story of his life. A
timid and introverted, while her little sister            young aesthete from a privileged Roman family,
Emma is a powerhouse with no sense of fear.               Alesandro Giuliani found his charmed existence
The girls depend on a mother that has never               shattered by the coming of World War I.
recovered from her husband’s murder and an                *Tabaka
abusive stepfather. After the sisters' plan to run
away from home unravels, their world takes a              A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
shocking turn -- and one shattering moment                From the author of The Kite Runner, this story
ultimately reveals a truth that leaves everyone           covers three decades of anti-Soviet jihad, civil
reeling. *Macchia                                         war, and Taliban tyranny through the lives of
                                                          two women.

Cider House Rules by John Irving                          *I Know This Much is True by Wally Lamb
(and other titles by author)                              For most of his life Dominick Birdseye has been
Set in rural Maine in the first half of the               living in the shadow of his schizophrenic
twentieth century, it tells the story of Dr. Wilbur       identical twin, Thomas, but when Thomas
Larch, an obstetrician and director of the                commits a violent act that affects both their
orphanage in the town of St. Clouds and of his            lives, Dominick decides to leave his home and
favorite orphan, Homer.                                   search for his true identity.

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon                             In the Lake of the Woods by Tim O’Brien
by Stephen King                                           After John and Kathy realize that their marriage
While hiking a stretch of the Appalachian Trail           has been built on deception, Kathy mysteriously
with her mother and brother, nine-year-old                disappears in the Minnesota north woods.
Trisha McFarland steps off the path to relieve
herself and then attempts a shortcut to catch up.         *A Confederacy of Dunces
With this unfortunate decision, she becomes lost          by John Kennedy O’Toole
and alone in the woods for over a week, with              This is a spectacular, Pultizer Prize-winning
limited food and water and what becomes her               novel set in the French Quarter by a master of
prize possession, a personal stereo.                      comedy, beloved by readers and critics alike.

The Green Mile by Stephen King                            How to Make an American Quilt
(and other titles by author)                              by Whitney Otto
The setting is the small "death house" of a               Seven sets of quilting instructions tie together
Southern prison in 1932. The Green Mile is the            the stories of a weekly quilting circle in a
hall with a floor "the color of tired old limes"          California town.
that leads to "Old Sparky" (the electric chair).
The charming narrator is an old man, a prison             *Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult
guard, looking back on the events decades later.          Picoult's novel deals with the truth and
                                                          consequences of a small-town high school
The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver                shooting. *Coffin
Nathan Price and his family move to the Belgian
Congo in 1959, and the experiences they have              The Chosen by Chaim Potok
while living in Africa affect each member of the          This tale recounts the story of Reuven Malter
family in a different way.                                and Danny Saunders--one an orthodox Jew, the
                                                          other the son of a Hasidic rabbi--and the course
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri                             of their friendship as they grow up in Brooklyn.
Born to an Indian academic and his wife, Gogol
is afflicted from birth with a name that is neither       *The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
Indian nor American nor even really a first               Fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon, the victim
name at all. *Wilson                                      of a sexual assault and murder, looks on
                                                          from the afterlife as her family deals with
She’s Come Undone by Wally Lamb                           their grief and waits for her killer to be
A series of tragedies leave Dolores Price                 brought to some type of justice.
wounded both mentally and physically, but she             *R. Pagliaro
miraculously finds the strength to give herself
one more chance at life and love. *R. Pagliaro

*Love Story by Erich Segal                                The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
This is the wonderful, tumultuous, heartfelt              Winnie and Helen have kept each other's worst
story of Oliver and Jenny--the story of a rich            secrets for more than fifty years. Now, because
Harvard jock and a wisecracking Radcliffe                 she believes she is dying, Helen wants to expose
music major who have nothing in common but                everything.
love and everything else to share but time.
                                                          Breakfast of Champions by Kurt Vonnegut
Brighton Beach Memoirs by Neil Simon                      Dwayne Hoover, a successful automobile dealer
This is a comedy built around the Jerome family           in Midland City, suddenly decides that he is a
during the Depression and focusing on fifteen-            machine and begins to act accordingly. Science
year-old, Eugene, preoccupied with sex and the            fiction writer Kilgore Trout is on his way to the
Yankees.                                                  Midland City Festival of the Arts. When they
                                                          meet, the result is catastrophe.
*The Coldest Winter Ever by Sister Souljah
In a stunning first novel, renowned hip-hop               Historical Fiction
artist and activist Sister Souljah brings the             Murphy’s Law by Rhys Bowen
streets of NY to life with an utterly unforgettable       Bowen conveys a nice sense of place and period
tale. Ghetto-born Winter is the young, wealthy            in this debut of a new historical series with its
daughter of a prominent Brooklyn drug-dealing             spunky, 19th-century Irish heroine, Molly
family. Quick-witted, business minded, and                Murphy. *Collimore
fashionable, Winter knows no restrictions.
                                                          Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See
*At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks                        In nineteenth-century China, in a remote Hunan
Sparks brings back two characters from his                county, a girl named Lily at the tender age of
bestseller True Believer in this continuing saga of       seven is paired with a laotong, “old same,” in an
extraordinary love between Jeremy Marsh and               emotional match that will last a lifetime. *Visser
the love of his life Lexie Darnell. As Marsh looks
forward to the birth of his first child, old              *A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
wounds are reopened, setting off a chain of               After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895,
events that will change the course of his                 sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England,
marriage.                                                 after many years in India, to attend a finishing
                                                          school where she becomes aware of her magical
*True Believer by Nicholas Sparks                         powers and ability to see into the spirit world.
(and other titles by author)
As a science journalist with a regular column,            Kindred by Octavia Butler
Jeremy Marsh specializes in debunking the                 Kindred utilizes the devices of science fiction in
supernatural--until he falls in love with the             order to answer the question "How could
granddaughter of the town psychic.                        anybody be a slave?". Dana, a woman from the
                                                          twentieth century, is repeatedly brought back in
Fate by Pamela Leigh Starr                                time by her slave-owning ancestor Rufus when
 Starr explores the universal theme of
                                                          his life is endangered. *The Ryans
predestined love but spices it up with the
element of two races coming together and
falling in love. She describes what happens
when two attractive, intelligent, well-educated
people meet and are able to see beyond the
superficiality of different skin colors and
respond to the love they feel.

The Boy Who Loved Anne Frank                              The Hunt for Red October by Tom Clancy
by Ellen Feldman                                          A race between the Soviet and American fleets
Feldman pens a deeply affecting, unsettling look          to find a Russian submarine takes place across
into the soul of a man whose attempts to bury             4,000 miles of ocean. The deadly game of hide-
his past cannot prevent it from seeping into his          and-seek played out in the depths of the Atlantic
present life. *Stellavato                                 brings the superpowers to the brink of disaster.

Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier                          Patriot Games by Tom Clancy
Inman, a wounded Confederate soldier, leaves              (and other titles by author)
the hospital where he is being treated and                While vacationing in London, CIA analyst Jack
determines to walk home to his sweetheart Ada,            Ryan saves the prince and princess of Wales
only to find the land and the girl he remembers           from a terrorist attack and gains the gratitude of
as changed by the war as he. *Finley                      a nation and the enmity of its most dangerous
*The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Two sisters compete for the greatest prize: the           No Place Like Home Mary Higgins Clark
love of a king. When Mary Boleyn comes to                 (and other titles by author)
court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches        Over twenty years after the brutal murder of her
the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king,               mother and her own acquittal of the crime, Liza
Mary falls in love with both her prince and her           Barton's new husband, unexpectedly buys the
growing role as unofficial queen. However, she            New Jersey home where Liza's mother died and
soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her          becomes a suspect in another murder.
family’s ambitious plots.                                 Congo by Michael Crichton
                                                          Deep in the African rain forest, near the
The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
                                                          legendary ruins of the Lost City of Zinj, an
This is a fictional account of four days in July,
                                                          expedition of eight American geologists is
1863 at the Battle of Gettysburg discussing
                                                          mysteriously and brutally killed in a matter
tactics, plans, and preparations for battle from
                                                          of minutes.
both the Northern and Southern points of view.

                                                          Sphere by Michael Crichton
The Last Crossing by Guy Vanderhaeghe
                                                          A group of American scientists are rushed to a
Englishmen Charles and Addington Gaunt are
                                                          huge vessel that has been discovered resting on
ordered by their tyrannical industrialist father to
                                                          the ocean floor in the middle of the South
find their brother Simon, who has gone missing
in the wilds of the American West.
                                                          Eye of the Needle by Ken Follett
Mystery/Suspense                                          One enemy spy knows the secret to the Allies'
Flowers in the Attie by V.C. Andrews                      greatest deception, a brilliant aristocrat and
The four Dollanger children had such perfect              ruthless assassin -- code name: "The Needle" --
lives -- a beautiful mother, a doting father, a           who holds the key to ultimate Nazi victory.
lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car               Only one person stands in his way: a lonely
accident, and Momma could no longer support               Englishwoman on an isolated island, who is
the family. She began writing letters to her              beginning to love the killer who has
millionaire parents, whom the children had                mysteriously entered her life. *R. Pagliaro
never heard of before.

Sole Survivor by Dean Koontz                               *Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale by Holly Black
(and other titles by author)                               Sixteen-year-old Kaye Fierch is not human, but
A catastrophic, unexplainable plane crash leaves           she doesn't know it. Sure, she knows she's
three hundred and thirty dead -- no survivors.             interacted with faeries since she was little--but
Among the victims are the wife and two                     she never imagined she was one of them, her
daughters of Joe Carpenter, a Los Angeles Post             blond Asian human appearance only a
crime reporter. A year after the crash, still              magically crafted cover-up for her true, green-
gripped by an almost paralyzing grief, Joe                 skinned pixie self. First-time author Holly Black
encounters a woman named Rose, who claims to               explores Kaye's self-discovery and dual worlds
have survived the crash. She holds out the                 in her riveting, suspenseful novel.
possibility of a secret that will bring Joe peace of
mind.                                                      Shannara series by Terry Brooks
                                                           Long ago the world of Shea Ohmsford was
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy by John leCarré               ruined by the wars of ancient Evil. Now
John le Carré's classic novels deftly navigate             mankind must compete for the Earth with many
readers through the intricate shadow worlds of             other races-- gnomes, trolls, dwarfs and elves.
international espionage with unsurpassed skill             But Shea, the half-human, half-elven adopted
and knowledge and have earned him -- and his               son of an innkeeper, knows little of such
hero, British Secret Service agent George Smiley           troubles.
-- unprecedented worldwide acclaim.
                                                           *The Wanting Seed by Anthony Burgess
Science Fiction/Fantasy                                    This is a Malthusian comedy about the strange
Westmark by Lloyd Alexander                                world that overpopulation will produce.
A boy fleeing from criminal charges falls in with          Tristram Foxe and his wife, Beatrice-Joanna, live
a charlatan, his dwarf attendant, and an urchin            in their skyscraper world of spacelessness. This
girl, travels with them about the kingdom of               time of the near future is eventually transformed
Westmark, and ultimately arrives at the palace             into a chaos of cannibalistic dining-clubs,
where the king is grieving over the loss of his            fantastic fertility rituals, and wars without
daughter.                                                  enemies. The Wanting Seed is a novel both
                                                           extravagantly funny and grimly serious.
Xanth series by Piers Anthony
The Xanth stories are full of wonderful puns and           Lord Foul's Bane by Stephen Donaldson
jokes and filled with action and romance.                  He called himself Thomas Covenant the
                                                           Unbeliever because he dared not believe in the
                                                           strange alternate world in which he suddenly
Foundation and Earth series by Isaac Asimov
                                                           found himself. Yet, he was tempted to believe, to
Councilman Golan Trevize is wondering if he
                                                           fight for the Land, to be the reincarnation of its
was right to choose a collective mind as the best
                                                           greatest hero… *Halko
possible future for humanity over the anarchy of
contentious individuals, nations and planets. To
                                                           Time and Again by Jack Finney
test his conclusion, he decides he must know the
                                                           “Sleep--and when you awake everything you
past and goes in search of legendary Earth, all
                                                           know of the twentieth century will be gone from
references to which have been erased from
                                                           your mind. Tonight is January 21, 1882. There
galactic libraries.
                                                           are no such things as automobiles, no planes,
                                                           computers, television. 'Nuclear' appears in no
                                                           dictionary. You have never heard the name
                                                           Richard Nixon."

Dune series by Frank Herbert                               The Big Empty by J.B. Stephens
Complex, brilliant and prophetic, Frank                    One year ago, a devastating plague called Strain
Herbert's award-winning Dune chronicles                    7 killed three quarters of the human race.
captured the imaginations of millions of readers           Around the world, power systems failed and
worldwide — and transformed their perception               supply chains screeched to a halt. The surviving
of what the future could be.                               population of the United States has been
                                                           relocated to the coasts; the heartland is now a
*Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked                  wasteland called The Big Empty. Seven teens
Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire                       trying to put their lives back together will learn
When Dorothy triumphed over the Wicked                     that the abandoned zone holds danger, secrets,
Witch of the West in L. Frank Baum's classic               and above all, hope. *Coffin
tale, we heard only her side of the story. But
what about her arch-nemesis, the mysterious                *Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
Witch? Where did she come from? How did she                This is an enormously inventive tale about a
become so wicked? And what is the true nature              mad surgeon-turned-vivisectionist on a remote
of evil?                                                   island who performs ghoulish experiments that
                                                           transform animals into men.
*Eragon, Eldest by Christopher Paolini
In the #1 New York Times’ bestselling novels               *Sword of the Rightful King by Jane Yolen
Eragon and Eldest, fifteen year-old Eragon                 The newly crowned King Arthur is unsure of
discovers his destiny as a Dragon Rider. With              himself; worse, the people are unsure of him.
only an ancient sword and the advice of an old             Merlin magically places a sword into a slab of
storyteller for guidance, Eragon and his dragon            rock, lets it be known that whosoever removes
must navigate the dangerous terrain and dark               the blade will rule all of England, and invites
enemies of an empire ruled by a king whose evil            any man who would dare to try to pull out the
knows no bounds.                                           sword.

*The Kingdom Keepers by Ridley Pearson                     Young Adult Fiction
In this fantastic thriller, five teenagers are hired       Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson
by Disney as actors for its newest technology,             Tyler Miller was a socially invisible nerd before
Daylight Hologram Images. Soon, the kids are               he sprayed some attention-getting graffiti and
pitted against Disney villains and witches that            became a legend. *Coffin
threaten both the future of Walt Disney World
and the stability of the world outside the park's          *Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants
walls.                                                     Forever in Blue by Ann Brashares
                                                           Brashares has created a wonderful, heartfelt
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn                                    series for teens around four girls, Lena, Bridget,
The narrator of this extraordinary tale is a man           Carmen, and Tibby, and a pair of pants. This
in search for truth. He answers an ad in a local           fourth and final novel in the series, promises a
newspaper from a teacher looking for serious               dazzling finale--one "last glorious summer" for
pupils, only to find himself alone in an                   the four girls.
abandoned office with a full-grown gorilla who
is nibbling delicately on a slender branch. "You
are the teacher,?" he asks incredulously. "I am
the teacher," the gorilla replies. Ishmael is a
creature of immense wisdom and he has a story
to tell, one that no other human being has ever

*Candy by Kevin Brooks                                    *The Wish List by Eoin Colfer
When Joe meets Candy, it seems like a regular             Meg Finn is in trouble. She's dead, but not at
boy-meets-girl scenario. They chat over coffee,           peace--she's in limbo, her good deeds perfectly
she gives him her number, and he writes her a             balanced against her bad deeds; Heaven or Hell
song. Then Joe is drawn into Candy's world-- a            wait, a tip of the scale away.
world of drugs, violence, and desperation.
                                                          Driver’s Ed by Carolyn B. Cooney
*Haunted by Meg Cabot                                     Three teenagers' lives are changed forever when
Suze is used to trouble, but this time she's in           they thoughtlessly steal a stop sign from a
deep. Ghostly Jesse has her heart, but Paul               dangerous intersection.
Slater, a real flesh -- and -- blood guy, is warm
for her form. Also, mediator Paul knows how to            Tunes for Bears to Dance to by Robert Cormier
send Jesse to the Great Beyond.                           Eleven-year-old Henry escapes his family's
                                                          problems by watching the woodcarving of Mr.
*The Boy Next Door by Meg Cabot                           Levine, an elderly Holocaust survivor, but when
In this entertaining romp told entirely through           Henry is manipulated into betraying his friend
e-mails, Melissa Fuller, celebrity-gossip                 he comes to know true evil.
columnist for the New York Journal, lives a
relatively shallow existence until her elderly            The Sledding Hill by Chris Crutcher
neighbor is attacked and sent to the hospital in a        Eddie’s story is narrated in Lovely Bones-esque
coma, leaving behind her Great Dane and two               fashion by his dead friend, who, if not in
cats.                                                     heaven, is in a very good place—free of pain and
                                                          full of neat tricks to employ during his ghostly
*Becoming Me by Melody Carlson                            mission to help Eddie overcome sadness so deep
Sixteen-year-old Caitlin O'Conner reveals the             he has stopped speaking. *Jeanette-Kneen
inner workings of a girl caught between
childhood and womanhood.                                  Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher
                                                          The daily class discussions about the nature of
*The Turning by Gillian Chan                              man, the existence of God, abortion, organized
At 16, Ben Larsson is sullen and uncooperative.           religion, suicide and other contemporary issues
Still reeling from his mother's death, he finds           serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior's
himself living with his long-absent father, who           attempt to answer a friend's dramatic cry for
takes him away from his Canadian home on a                help.
sabbatical to England. There, Ben learns that he
has inherited his Icelandic grandfather's hero's          This Place Has No Atmosphere
blood, which brings with it the ability to see and        by Paula Danziger
communicate with the beings of the other world.           Aurora loves her life on Earth in the twenty-first
                                                          century until she learns that her family is
*The Perks of Being a Wallflower                          moving to the colony on the moon.
By Stephen Chbosky
This is the story of what it's like to grow up in
high school. More intimate than a diary,
Charlie's letters are singular and unique,
hilarious and devastating. Caught between
trying to live his life and trying to run from it
puts him on a strange course through uncharted

Dreamland by Sara Dessen                                 *Crank by Ellen Hopkins
Strange, sleepy Rogerson, with his long brown            Kristina Georgia Snow is the perfect daughter,
dreads and brilliant green eyes, had seemed to           gifted high school junior, quiet, never any
Caitlin to be an open door. With him she could           trouble. On a trip to visit her absentee father,
be anybody, not just the second-rate shadow of           Kristina disappears and Bree takes her place.
her older sister, Cass. But now she is drowning          Bree is the exact opposite of Kristina. Through a
in the vacuum Cass left behind when she turned           boy, Bree meets the monster: crank. What begins
her back on her family's expectations by running         as a wild ecstatic ride turns into a struggle
off with a boyfriend. Caitlin wanders in a dream         through hell for her mind, her soul - her life.
land of drugs and a nightmare of Rogerson's
sudden fists, lost in her search for herself.            The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
*Zampano                                                 Bobby’s carefree teenage life changes forever
                                                         when he becomes a father and must care for his
*A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly                   adored baby daughter.
In 1906, sixteen-year-old Mattie, determined to
attend college and be a writer against the wishes        One of Those Hideous Books Where the Mother
of her father and fiance, takes a job at a summer        Dies by Sonya Jones
inn where she discovers the truth about the              Ruby has turned her grief into anger at her
death of a guest. This is based on a true story.         father: because he divorced her mother before
                                                         she was born, because she has had to leave her
Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse                           best friend and her boyfriend to come to Los
In a series of poems, fifteen-year-old Billie Jo         Angeles to live with him, and because he is
relates the hardships of living on her family's          Whip Logan, a very famous and rich movie star.
wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl              *J. Tichy
years of the Depression.
                                                         California Blue by David Klass
*Green Angel by Alice Hoffman                            When seventeen-year-old John Rodgers
Haunted by grief and by her past after losing            discovers a new sub-species of butterfly which
her family in a fire, fifteen-year-old Green             may necessitate closing the mill where his dying
retreats into her ruined garden as she struggles         father works, they find themselves on opposite
to survive emotionally and physically on her             sides of the environmental conflict.
                                                         Shooter by Walter Dean Myers
The River King by Alice Hoffman                          Written in the form of interviews, reports, and
For more than a century, the small town of               journal entries, the story of three troubled
Haddan, MA has been divided, as if by a line             teenagers ends in a tragic school shooting.
drawn down the center of Main Street,
separating those born and bred in the village            Lisa Bright & Dark by John Neufeld
from those who attend the prestigious Haddan             Lisa is 16, smart, attractive--and losing her mind.
School. One October night the two worlds are             Some days are "light," and everything is normal.
thrust together due to an inexplicable death, and        During her "dark" days, she hides deep within
the town's divided history is revealed in all its        herself, and nothing can reach her. Lisa's friends
complexity.                                              are the only ones who are listening--and they
                                                         walk with her where adults fear to tread.

Freaky Green Eyes by Joyce Carol Oates                    Non-Fiction
Fifteen-year-old Frankie relates the events of the        Adventure
year leading up to her mother's mysterious
                                                          Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
disappearance and her own struggle to discover
                                                          This tells the story of Chris McCandless, a
and accept the truth about her parents'
                                                          twenty-four-year-old who walked into the
relationship. *Macchia
                                                          Alaskan wilderness on an idealistic journey and
                                                          was found dead of starvation four months later.
Sexy by Joyce Carol Oates
                                                          *Fineman, Seppa
Sixteen-year-old Darren Flynn, a popular, good-
looking high school athlete who lacks self-
                                                          Into Thin Air by John Krakauer
confidence, learns that his jock friends are
                                                          The author relates his experience of climbing
hatching a revenge act against their English
                                                          Mount Everest during its deadliest season and
teacher for failing a member of the swim team.
                                                          examines what it is about the mountain that
                                                          makes people willingly subject themselves to
                                                          such risk, hardship, and expense. *Seppa
Out of Nowhere by Ouida Sebestyen
When he no longer fits into his vagabond
                                                          The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic and
mother's life, thirteen-year-old Harley adopts an
                                                          Madness at the Fair that Changed America by
abandoned dog and falls in with an outspoken
                                                          Erik Larson
old woman, a cantankerous junk collector, and
                                                          Author Erik Larson imbues the incredible events
an energetic and loving teenage girl.
                                                          surrounding the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
                                                          Larson tells the stories of two men: Daniel H.
*Pool Boy by Michael Simmons
                                                          Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's
When his father is arrested for insider trading
                                                          construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer
and his family loses all their money, Brett
                                                          masquerading as a charming doctor. *Finley
Gerson takes a job as an assistant to a 70-
something pool cleaner in his former wealthy
                                                          If I Die in a Combat Zone by Tim O’Brien
California neighborhood and learns some
                                                          O’Brien’s personal memoir describes combat
valuable life lessons.
                                                          from behind an infantryman's rifle, walking the
                                                          mine fields of My Lai, snipers, and the
Taking Sides by Gary Soto
                                                          ambiguities of morality in a war gone wrong.
Fourteen year old Lincoln Mendoza, an aspiring
basketball player, must come to terms with his
divided loyalties when he moves from the
                                                          Alive by Piers Paul Read
Hispanic inner city to a white suburban
                                                          On October 12, 1972, an Uruguayan Air Force
                                                          plane carrying a team of rugby players crashed
                                                          in the remote snowy peaks of the Andes. Ten
Striking Out by Will Weaver
                                                          weeks later, only sixteen of the forty-five
Since the death of his older brother, thirteen-
                                                          passengers were found alive. This is the story of
year-old Billy Baggs has had a distant
                                                          those ten weeks spent in the shelter of the
relationship with his father, but life on their
                                                          plane's fuselage without food and with scarcely
farm in northern Minnesota begins to change
                                                          any hope of a rescue.
when he starts to play baseball.

*Make Lemonade by Virginia Ewer Wolf
In order to earn money for college, fourteen-
year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage

Endurance: An Epic of Polar Adventure                         A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah
By Frank Arthur Worsley                                       This absorbing account by a young man who, as
Frank Worsley recounts his harrowing                          a boy of 12, gets swept up in Sierra Leone's civil
experience as commander of the HMS                            war goes beyond even the best journalistic
"Endurance," which became stuck in Antarctic                  efforts in revealing the life and mind of a child
ice packs on a 1914-16 expedition.                            abducted into the horrors of warfare.
                                                              * M. Wilson
*Learning to Sing by Clay Aiken                               Martin Luther King: Peaceful Warrior
As a kid singing in his church choir, Aiken                   by Ed Clayton
never dreamed of becoming a music star. His                   Encouraged by the teachings of Mahatma
ambition was to be a teacher, but the music that              Gandhi, Dr. King inspired the nation to begin a
was Clay’s joy in life was destined to lead him to            non-violent campaign for equality.
unexpected triumphs.
                                                              *Heavier Than Heaven by Charles Cross
Heart of a Woman by Maya Angelou                              When Kurt Cobain died by his own hand in
Angelou exposes a turbulent period of her life as             April 1994, it was an act of will that typified his
she struggles to raise a child, fulfill her goals as a        short, angry, inspired life. Although the tragic
writer, and fight for civil rights.                           circumstances of Cobain's suicide are well
                                                              known, the facts of his life -- and the influence of
It’s Not About the Bike by Lance Armstrong                    his artistry -- remain largely unexamined.
This is the story of Lance Armstrong's life so far,
from childhood through early success, nearly                  Lennon: The Definitive Biography
fatal cancer, recovery, survivorship, more                    by Ray Coleman
triumph, marriage, and the joy of fatherhood.                 Coleman chronicles the life of singer John
                                                              Lennon--his childhood, his musical career, his
A Daughter’s Gift of Love: A Holocaust Memoir                 peace efforts, and his marriage to Yoko Ono.
by Trudi Birger
Holocaust survivor Trudi Birger recalls her                   Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl
experiences in the Nazi ghetto of Kovno,                      Dahl presents humorous anecdotes from his
Lithuania, and Stutthof concentration camp.                   childhood, including his summer vacations in
                                                              Norway and life at an English boarding school.
Please Stop Laughing At Me by Jodee Blanco
The author, a victim of bullying, provides an                 *Meena by Melody Ermachild Chavis
account of her miserable school career, telling               Meena founded the Revolutionary Association
how her experiences as an outcast affected her                of the Women of Afghanistan in 1977 as a
life, and sharing her perspective on the events as            twenty-year-old Kabul University student.
an adult. *Coffin
                                                              *My Story by Alicia Appleman-Jurman
Bound by Honor by Bill Bonnano                                In 1942, the author and her family undergo a
Bonanno is said to have inspired the character of             brutal separation. Thirteen-year-old Alicia
mobster Michael Corleone. *Pickett                            escapes her captors, fleeing through fields and
                                                              woods, encountering fellow refugees and
                                                              occasionally finding safe harbors.

‘Tis by Frank McCourt                                    Fortunate Son by Louis B. Puller, Jr.
This sequel to Frank McCourt's memoir of his             Son of the famous World War II Marine
Irish Catholic boyhood, Angela's Ashes, picks up         commander "Chesty" Puller, Lewis Puller
the story in October 1949, upon his arrival in           proudly followed in his father's footsteps. It was
America. *Seppa                                          his misfortune, though, to serve in Vietnam in a
                                                         war that brought not honor but contempt, and
The Headmaster by John McPhee                            exacted a brutal personal price.
From 1902 to 1968, Frank Boyden was the
Headmaster of Deerfield, a private boy's school          Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris
in the countryside of Massachusetts. When                David Sedaris describes the struggles he has had
Boyden arrived, the school had 14 students,              in life due to his voice problems, discussing how
transportation was by foot or horse drawn                his voice has affected his personal relationships,
wagon, and he intended to stay only long                 his career, and his family life.
enough to get enough money. 66 years later,
Deerfield was one of the leading prep schools in         *Girls of a Tender Age
America. *Seppa                                          by Mary-Ann Tirone Smith
                                                         The recovery of repressed memories of the 1953
A Sense of Where You Are by John McPhee                  murder by a serial killer of an 11-year-old friend
First published in 1965, A Sense of Where You Are        and neighbor in a blue-collar enclave in
is the literary equivalent of a harmonic                 Hartford, Conn., triggered Smith's absorbing
convergence, a remarkable confluence of two              memoir.
talents--John McPhee and Bill Bradley--at the
beginning of what would prove to be long and             The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
distinguished careers. *Seppa                            Walls chronicles her upbringing at the hands of
                                                         eccentric, nomadic parents--Rose Mary, her
Coming of Age in Mississippi by Anne Moody               frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant,
Anne Moody begins with her childhood -                   alcoholic father. *Clifford
houses papered with newspaper, children left
alone because parents have to work, her own              *Breakfast with Tiffany by Edwin John Wintle
after-school housecleaning jobs that begin at the        Wintle was a successful, gay, urbane
age of nine so she can help her family eat. Smart        professional whose life, at 40, was very
and athletic, she earns scholarships through             comfortable. After a desperate call from his
college, but her thoughts are increasingly               sister, his street-wise 13-year-old niece Tiffany--
consumed by the racism that surrounds her.               a writhing ball of adolescent anger--comes to
                                                         live with him. If he felt he needed a shot in the
Brian Piccolo: A Short Season                            arm, what he got proved more like electroshock
by Jeannie Morris                                        therapy.
Chicago Bears running back Brian Piccolo dies
at an early age, leaving behind a young wife,            The Autobiography of Malcolm X
three daughters, a host of friends, and a legend.        by Malcolm X and Alex Haley
                                                         This book was chosen by Time as one of the ten
A Man Named Dave by David Pelzer                         most important nonfiction books of the century.
This is the long-awaited conclusion to Pelzer’s
trilogy in which he describes how he triumphed
over years of physical and emotional abuse from
his parents to become a self-accepting and
confident adult.

When I Was a Soldier: A Memoir                            Science
 by Valerie Zenatti                                       The Weather Makers by Tim Flannery
At eighteen, Zenatti enlisted in the Israeli army,        Alarmed by global warming, scientist Flannery
endured harsh conditions and surroundings,                synthesizes evidence supporting a dire disaster-
and participated in top secret missions for the           is-near thesis, intending to mobilize his readers
Israeli Secret Service. She describes her French-         personally and politically. *Dunham
Jewish heritage and personal struggles.
                                                          The Deltoid Pumpkin Seed by John McPhee
History                                                   Since the explosion of the Hindenburg in
*Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil                  Lakehurst, New Jersey, energy-efficient, lighter-
by John Berendt                                           than-air ships have given way to gas-guzzling
Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion             jet aircraft. In the 1960s, an unusual band of
in the misty, early morning hours of May 2,               inventors, engineers and investors, again in
1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly           New Jersey, created the Aereon, a strange,
a decade, the shooting and its aftermath                  wingless hybrid airplane/dirigible. *Seppa
reverberated throughout this hauntingly
beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded               Spook: Science Tackles the Afterlife
squares. John Berendt's sharply observed,                 by Mary Roach
suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a             As Roach informs us in her introduction, "This is
thoroughly engrossing novel.                              a book for people who would like very much to
                                                          believe in a soul and in an afterlife for it to hang
The Oracle by William J. Broad                            around in, but who have trouble accepting these
The oracle at Delphi influenced politicians and           things on faith. It's a giggly, random, utterly
slaves with her prophecies, yet her life and              earthbound assault on our most ponderous
practices are shrouded in mystery. In a                   unanswered question."
fascinating story that is part detective tale and
part science report, Pulitzer Prize–winning New           Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers
York Times writer Broad unveils the oracle.               by Mary Roach
*Dunham                                                   This work explores how human cadavers have
                                                          been used throughout history, discussing how
Skeletons on the Zahara by Dean King                      the use of dead bodies has benefited every
A crucial, forgotten chapter of American history          aspect of human existence.
--immortalized in a survivor's firsthand account
that became one of the bestselling books in 19th-         Longitude by Dava Sobel
century America and influenced Abraham                    The thorniest scientific problem of the
Lincoln's thoughts on slavery--is brilliantly             eighteenth century was how to determine
retold for a new generation.                              longitude. Thousands of lives had been lost at
                                                          sea over the centuries due to the inability to
The Professor and the Madman                              determine an east-west position. This is the story
by Simon Winchester                                       of the clockmaker, John "Longitude" Harrison,
The compilation of the Oxford English Dictionary,         who solved the problem that Newton and
70 years in the making, was an intellectually             Galileo had failed to conquer, yet claimed only
heroic feat with a twist worthy of the greatest           half the promised rich reward. *Seppa
mystery fiction: one of its most valuable
contributors was a criminally insane American
physician, locked up in an English asylum for
murder. *Seppa

Sports                                                    Leading With The Heart: Coack K’s Successful
In These Girls, Hope is a Muscle                          Strategies for Basketball, Business, and Life
by Madeleine Blais                                         by Mike Krzyzewski
This story chronicles one basketball season of a          Krzyzewski reviews the lessons he's learned as
girls' high school team in Amherst, MA.                   basketball coach at Duke University and tries to
                                                          universalize them so they translate to any
The Civil War by John Feinstein                           leadership position.
Although neither Army nor Navy is a college
football power anymore, their annual rivalry              Yaz, Baseball, the Wall and Me
still attracts national attention and the game            by Carl Yastrzemski and Gerald Eskenazi
between the two service academies is the most             Yastrzemski brought a record of more than 400
important contest for both schools every season.          home runs and over 3000 hits to Baseball's Hall
In chronicling the 1995 game, Feinstein provides          of Fame in 1989. With Eskenazi, he tells of a
readers with a comprehensive backdrop to the              farm boy who aspired to play for the Yankees
game by recounting the events leading up to               but whose father steered him to the Red Sox, for
Army vs. Navy. *Seppa                                     whom he mastered Fenway Park's feared left
                                                          field wall.
Summer of ’49 by David Halberstam
In the summer of 1949, postwar America looked             Other Non-Fiction
to baseball for a sense of normalcy in its life;          *Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
television began to have an impact on the sport;          Millions of Americans work full time, year
Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier.                  round, for poverty-level wages. In 1998, Barbara
                                                          Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was
Glory Road by Don Haskins                                 inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding
This presents the true story of how Don Haskins           welfare reform, which promised that a job -- any
coached Texas Western College to the 1966                 job -- can be the ticket to a better life. However,
NCAA national championship in basketball by               how does anyone survive, let alone prosper, on
starting five African-American players, breaking          $6 an hour?
the existing rules of race and sports. *Gardiner
                                                          *A Million Little Pieces by James Frey
Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand                           This is the author's first-hand account of his
This story celebrates the life of a racehorse that        recovery from drug and alcohol addiction,
just happened to be a descendant of Man O'                beginning with his enrollment in a rehabilitation
War. It is a story of a huge talent that almost           center after a two-week blackout and ending
went unrecognized until the right people came             with his rejection of all Twelve Step programs.
along. He became so popular that he drew more
news coverage than President Roosevelt, Hitler,           A Civil Action by Jonathan Harr
or Mussolini. *Seppa                                      W. R. Grace and Beatrice Foods had been
                                                          dumping a cancer-causing industrial solvent
Wait ‘til Next Year by Doris Kearns Goodwin               into the water table of Woburn, MA, for years; in
Goodwin recounts some wonderful stories in                1981, the families of eight leukemia victims
this coming-of-age tale about both her family             sued. Even with the families' hotshot lawyers
and an era when baseball truly was the national           and the evidence on their side--justice is elusive,
pastime that brought whole communities                    particularly when it involves malfeasance by
together. *Seppa                                          megacorporations. *Seppa

*One Child by Torey Hayden                                  Waiting to Forget by Margaret Mooreman
Sheila came into Torey Hayden’s class for                   In 1964, the author was a pregnant fifteen-year-
“special children” at the age of 6 after having             old. Compelled to give up her child, a son, for
tied a 3-year-old child to a tree and critically            adoption, she returned to high-school life as if
burned him. This is Torey Hayden’s story of her             nothing had happened. After giving birth to the
attempt to tap the unbelievable capacity of this            babies many never even saw, such teens were
tortured child.                                             expected to get on with their lives. Not until her
                                                            second pregnancy, twenty-five years later, at age
All Things Bright and Beautiful                             forty, did the author realize the toll her
by James Herriot                                            experience had taken.
The world's favorite veterinarian, James Herriot,
brings the reader to the rural green enclave of             Reviving Ophelia by Mary Pipher
England called Yorkshire for more irresistible              This work looks at the problems and pressures
tales of animals and people.                                facing adolescent girls and suggests how to help
                                                            them develop into self-assured young adults.
Not Without My Daughter by Betty Mahmoody
Betty Lover met the perfect ``dark stranger'' in a          Pledged: The Secret Life of Sororities
Michigan hospital. Her Iranian therapist, Dr.               by Alexandra Robbins
Mahmoody, became her husband and the father                 The author chronicles her year undercover in a
of their daughter, Mahtob. Despite the Iran-U.S.            college sorority, describing the abusive and
hostage crisis, Betty and he flourished until their         dangerous behavior she witnessed and
summer ``vacation'' in Iran in 1984. Betty and              examining the reasons sorority sisters act the
Mahtob, held hostage by Mahmoody and his                    way they do.
family, were subjected to Islamic
fundamentalism, Persian nationalistic                       Graphic Novels
fanaticism, and a life of squalor. This is the              Contract with God by Will Eisner
compelling tale of their terror and escape from             A Contract with God has been called the first
Iran.                                                       graphic novel, and its divergence from
                                                            traditional comics themes and forms highlights
Looking for a Ship by John McPhee                           Eisner's foresight and brilliance. Dealing with
Accompanying Second Mate Andy Chase on a                    stories and memories from his childhood in a
42-day run down the west coast of South                     Bronx tenement, he explores the brutality,
America aboard the S.S. Stella Lykes , McPhee               fragility, and tenderness possible among people
provides the reader with stories and tales of               living in close quarters close to the poverty line.
modern seafaring life and the problems of                   *Moriarty
making a living as a merchant mariner.
*Seppa                                                      Last Day in Vietnam by Will Eisner
                                                            Drawing on memories from his World War II
La Place De La Concorde Suisse                              service days and his army-sponsored trips to
by John McPhee                                              Korea and Vietnam, comics innovator Will
With a population smaller than New Jersey's,                Eisner put together Last Day in Vietnam, a six-
Switzerland has a standing army of 650,000                  story collection that reveals the strange feelings
ready to be mobilized in less than 48 hours. The            that arise in soldiers during wartime. *Moriarty
Swiss Army, known in this country chiefly for
its little red pocketknives, is so quietly efficient
at the arts of war that the Israelis carefully
patterned their own military on the Swiss

Sandman by Neil Gaiman                                    Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
"Wake up, sir. We're here." It's a simple enough          Marji tells of her life in Iran from the age of 10,
opening line--although not many would have                when the Islamic revolution of 1979
guessed back in 1991 that this would lead to one          reintroduced a religious state, through the age of
of the most popular and critically acclaimed              14 when the Iran-Iraq war forced her parents to
comics of the second half of the century.                 send her to Europe for safety.
                                                          Maus & Maus II by Art Spiegelman
Cartoon History of the Universe                           This is the 1992 Pulitzer Prize winning story of
by Larry Gonick                                           the narrator, Artie, and his father Vladek, a
Gonick's hilariously informative history of the           Holocaust survivor. The two volumes of Maus
planet is a great addition to the growing field of        are subtitled "My Father Bleeds History" and
comic trade books. *Moriarty                              "And Here My Troubles Began.”
Lone Wolf and Cub
by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima
This is an epic samurai adventure of staggering           An * before the title indicates that the book
proportions, acknowledged worldwide for the               was suggested by a Shelton H.S. student.
brilliant writing of series creator Kazuo Koike
and the groundbreaking cinematic visuals of the           An * after the description indicates that a
late Goseki Kojima. *Moriarty                             member of the Shelton H.S. staff
                                                          recommended the book.
From Hell by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell
The mad, shaggy genius of the comics world
dips deeply into the well of history and pulls up         Descriptions were taken from and
a cup filled with blood in From Hell. Alan Moore
did a couple of Ph.D.'s worth of research into the
Whitechapel murders for this copiously
annotated collection of the independently
published series. *Moriarty

Watchmen by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons
Moore, renowned for many other of the genre's
finest creations, put out Watchmen in 12 issues
for DC in 1986-87. It won a comic award at the
time (the 1987 Jack Kirby Comics Industry
Awards for Best Writer/Artist combination) and
has continued to gather praise since. *Moriarty

                            Summer Reading Prompts

Based on the book you have selected for your 2008 summer reading, choose one of the
following prompts and complete the 1 page response on the back of this form. If you need more
room or would like to be recognized for reading more than one book, please use additional
sheets. Books previously read in English class or for summer reading do not fulfill the
summer reading requirement.

   1. Write a letter to the Chairman of the Board of Education recommending that this book
      either be included or excluded from the high school curriculum. Give specific reasons
      and examples.

   2. What does this book say about people in general? How does it remind you of people you
      know, experiences you have had, books you have read, or movies you have seen? Use
      specific information from your experience and the book.

   3. Which character would you most/least want to have for a friend? Give specific examples
      from the book to support the reasons for your choice.

   4. Describe a major conflict in the book and how it is resolved. Explain why you were or
      were not satisfied with the resolution.


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