High School Summer Reading
- One Book; One District (Grades 9-12)
- Required Summer Reading for English Courses
- Summer Reading Recommendations from the High School Librarians
One Book; One District (Grades 9-12)
The High School Science Department selected Pandora’s Lab by Paul Offit. Due to Covid-19, discussions and activities were limited. The Science Department will infuse this book 2021-2022. No additional title is selected.
- One Book; One LMSD creates a reading community through the shared experience of a single text. While this book may be referenced throughout the year, there will not be quizzes or tests.
- For all students/adults with Montgomery County Library Cards:
These books are among the first REQUIRED texts of each English course. Students work with and through these texts during the opening weeks of school and they are referenced throughout the first quarter and year. Additional reading is encouraged at every grade and at every level.
English 1: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore (or Discovering Wes Moore by Wes Moore)
English 1H: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore and a student-selected fiction novel
*Excerpts from The Other Wes Moore will be discussed on both levels during the opening days of school.
English 2: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury AND a choice novel, biography, or memoir by an American author or about American identity
English 2H: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury AND a choice novel, biography, or memoir by an American author or about American identity
*Topics such as cancel culture, censorship, and/or reading as identity-forming will be discussed during the opening weeks of school.
English 3: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
English 3H: The Round House by Louise Erdrich AND student-selected autobiography, biography, or memoir about an American figure worthy of discussion.
*The American Dream will be discussed during the opening days of school.
Film and Literature: student-selected film AND book on which the film was based
Film and Literature Honors: student-selected film AND book on which the film was based
Heroes and Monsters: Grendel by John Gardner
Heroes and Monsters Honors: Grendel by John Gardner
Modern and Contemporary Literature: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
Modern and Contemporary Literature Honors: The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver AND The Color of Water by James McBride
Reading and Writing Non- Fiction: The Color of Water by James McBride
Reading and Writing Non- Fiction Honors: The Color of Water by James McBride AND a choice of one additional non-fiction text
Sport in Literature and Nonfiction: My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
Sport in Literature and Nonfiction Honors: My Losing Season by Pat Conroy
Voices in African-American Literature: Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi
Voices in African-American Literature Honors: Black Enough by Ibi Zoboi
AP Language: Caste by Isabel Wilkerson AND Just Mercy by Stevenson AND a student-selected nonfiction book related to education or politics.
AP Literature: The Dead by James Joyce AND Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison, AND Atonement by Ian McEwan
IB Literature Part 1: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
IB Literature Part 2: Hamlet by William Shakespeare AND The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka
IB English B HL 1 and 2: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Young Adult Fiction Top Ten Picks
Felix Ever After by Kacen Callender
At seventeen years of age, Felix is ready to fall in love but his past makes him fear that it will never happen for him. When an anonymous student posts transphobic messages on social media, along with photos of Felix before he transitioned, he plots his revenge. As Felix navigates his complex feelings about this, he begins a journey of self-discovery. His newfound confidence leads him to find inner peace and love when and where he least expects it.
Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley
Daunis is eighteen and ready to leave her family home in the small town on the outskirts of their Native Ojibwe Reservation. She is headed for college and big changes. When tragedy strikes, she puts her dreams on hold to care for her frail mother. Through her brother, she meets Jamie, a dashing new hockey player who wins her heart. When deadly drugs infiltrate the town and teens die, Daunis goes undercover to work with FBI investigators.
Hamnet by Maggie O’Farrell
Eleven-year-old Hamnet searches for his grandparents to help him care for his twin sister who has contracted the bubonic plague in their 1596 English countryside village of Stratford. The wife and three children of Will Shakespeare live apart from him, while he works in London writing and directing his famous plays. This work of historical fiction portrays the family as they mourn and honor their child.
How Beautiful We Were by Imbolo Mbue
Young Thula and her extended family have always lived in the quiet African village of Kosawa. When an American oil company’s invasive operation degrades the environment, the village is slowly poisoned. Thula’s fierce determination to fight back motivates her to get an American education so that she can return with the knowledge and tools to save her own people.
Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro
Klara has been created as the newest generation of an Artificial Friends, humanlike robots designed to be companions for children. She keenly observes and learns about all aspects of human behavior from her place inside the company’s store and is eventually purchased by Josie, a sickly teenager. Klara uses her deep solar powers to override her own circuitry in order to give Josie loving care that is close to human.
Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam
Amal, a gifted sixteen-year-old Black Muslim poet and artist, attends a prestigious fine arts high school in a gentrified neighborhood. One night, his life is upended when he is arrested at the scene of a racially charged fight. He and others are wrongly convicted and sent to a dehumanizing juvenile detention facility. Amal’s struggle to hold on to his humanity through his artistic expression is beautifully told in free verse.
Throwaway Girls by Andrea Contos
Caroline is three months away from her stuffy prep school graduation and from escaping parents who thought they could convert her to being straight. Crushed that her girlfriend has left the school, she becomes further distraught when her best friend, Madison, is suddenly missing. She has disappeared with other girls whom Caroline does not know. Secrets are revealed and social justice is questioned.
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Fourteen Japanese American teens who grew up together in San Francisco’s Japantown tell their stories in powerful alternating voices. A few months after the 1941 World War II bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japan, the U.S. government issued the Civilian Exclusion Order. This forced families of Japanese ethnicity to leave their homes and live, often separated, in the harsh U.S. incarceration camps for four years.