Wednesday, May 13, 2015

High School Summer Reading 2015

The school year is coming to an end, which is always an exciting time for us, because it means we start seeing high school summer reading lists popping up everywhere. 
As far as required reading goes, we tend to see classics like Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God, Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist,  and Thomas C. Foster’s How To Read Literature Like a Professor appear over and over again. Kingsolver and Patchett also remain constants in these programs, while Orphan Train continues to grow.
Popular titles from other houses include classics like The Things They Carried, Beloved, Of Mice and Men, The Catcher in the Rye, Flowers For Algernon, along with newer titles like The Glass Castle, I Am Malala, Outliers, and The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. 
Many of our titles also appear on lists where students must pick one or two books to read. Lists this year include the following:
Bel Canto, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, Brave New World, Animal Dreams, A Land More Kind Than Home, A Plague of Doves, Fourth of July Creek, The Bell Jar, State of Wonder, Native Son, The Round House, A People’s History of the United States, Anansi Boys, The Graveyard Book, The Murder of Roger Ackroyd, Flotsametrics, The Blue Death, The Bees, The First Phone Call From Heaven, The Great Divorce, The Screwtape Letters, Freakonomics, The Andromeda Strain, Manhunt, Orphan Train, Black Boy, The Story of Edward Sawtelle, and How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Below, I’ve listed just a few of the programs that are requiring students to read our books this summer:
Vistamar School, El Segundo, CA: Orphan Train
Niles North High School, Skokie, IL: Orphan Train
Hinsdale Central High School, Hinsdale, IL: Freakonomics, Shakespeare: The World as a Stage 
James Clemens High School, Madison, AL: How To Read Literature Like a Professor 
Christ Church Middle School , Greenville, SC: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
Bob Jones High School, Madison, AL: Their Eyes Were Watching God, How To Read Literature Like a Professor
Solon High School, Solon, OH: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Poisonwood Bible
Walton High School, Marietta, GA: The Alchemist, Native Son, How To Read Literature Like a Professor, Brave New World, One Hundred Years of Solitude
Southwest Miami High School, Miami, FL: Their Eyes Were Watching God, How To Read Literature Like a Professor, To Kill a Mockingbird
Judge Memorial Catholic High School, Salt Lake City, UT: The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
Wando High School, Mount Pleasant, SC: How To Read Literature Like a Professor, A People’s History of the United States
Princeton Public Schools, Princeton, NJ: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Wesleyan School, Peachtree Corners, GA: Brave New World
Lower Marion School District, Ardmore, PA: The Bean Trees
Framingham High School, Framingham, MA: An American Childhood
West Boca Raton High School, Boca Ration, FL: The Alchemist
De La Salle High School, New Orleans, LA: The Alchemist, Brave New World
Leander Independent School District: How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Millbrook School, Millbrook, NY: A Prayer for Owen Meany
Northwest High School, Rockville, MD: Their Eyes Were Watching God
Notre Dame High School, Chattanooga, TN: The Poisonwood Bible
Dublin City Schools, Dublin, OH : And Then There Were None
Wilmington Christian School, Hockessin, DE: To Kill a Mockingbird, The Screwtape Letters
McCallie School, Cattanooga, TN: The Graveyard Book
Landrum High School, Campobello, SC: Their Eyes Were Watching God, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle 
Lexington Catholic High School, Lexington, KY: The Alchemist, Eaters of the Dead
Lowell High School, San Francisco, CA: Bel Canto, Their Eyes Were Watching God
Cherry Creek High School, Englewood, CO: The Bean Trees
North Pocono High School, Covington Township, PA: Freakonomics
St. John School, Plaquemine, LA: Lost in Shangri-La, How to Read Novels Like a Professor
Oak Lawn High Schools, Oak Lawn, IL: Reading Like a Writer, How to Read Literature Like a Professor
Chattanooga Christian School, Chattanooga, TN: The Screwtape Letters
Peak to Peak Charter School, Lafayette, CO: The Alchemist, Love Medicine, A People’s History of the United States

Loomis Chafee, Windsor, CT: Bel Canto

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