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
The High School Science Department has selected the text for the 2020-2021 Academic Year: Pandora’s Lab by Paul Offit
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: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
English 2H: 1984 by George Orwell and The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
*Archetypes and dystopia will be discussed on both levels during the opening days of school.
English 3: The Round House by Louise Erdrich
English 3H: The Round House by Louise Erdrich andstudent-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: Killers of the Flower Moon by Grann andJust 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
Five Feet Apart by Rachel Lippencott
Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant and Will Newman are discovering teenage love, but due to hospital protocol, they’re prevented from getting within five feet of each other. The only way to stay alive is to stay apart. But there’s got to be a way, right?
Heroine by Mindy McGinnis
One prescription is all it takes to kick-start softball phenom Mickey Catalan’s frightening descent into opioid addiction. From the horrific first line to the hopeful yet devastating conclusion, this powerful story humanizes addiction and will challenge readers to rethink what they may believe about addicts.
Dig by A.S. King
Five cousins with no prior connection to one another find themselves living near their wealthy grandparents. The five teens’ lives touch on issues of abuse, prejudice, white privilege, and loneliness as the teens try to make sense of themselves, their family, and their relationships.
The End and Other Beginnings by Veronica Roth
No world is like the other. Within this masterful collection of stories, each setting is strange and wonderful, brimming with new technologies and beings. And yet, for all the advances in these futuristic lands, the people still must confront deeply human problems.
Thirteen Doorways: Wolves Behind Them Allby Laura Ruby
When Frankie’s mother died, her father left Frankie and her sister at a large orphanage in Chicago. The Great Depression days were coming to an end and the orphanage was only meant to give their father time to get a job and be able to support them again. Meanwhile, the must survive the dangers and endure endless degradations. One day, their father finally reappears with a woman and train tickets.
Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay
Before he heads off to the University of Michigan in the fall, Jay Reguero plans to spend the last few weeks of his senior year in high school playing video games. His plans change abruptly when he discovers that Jun, his Filipino cousin, has been murdered as part of the war on drugs in his homeland. When nobody in his family wants to or will talk about what happened, Jay travels to the Philippines.
The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead
When Elwood Curtis, an African American teen, growing up in 1960s Tallahassee, is unfairly sentenced to a juvenile reformatory called the Nickel Academy in Tallahassee, Florida during the 1960’s, he finds himself trapped in a grotesque chamber of horrors. Elwood’s only salvation is his friendship with a fellow juvenile delinquent named Turner, whose skepticism leads to schemes that have lasting repercussions.
When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon
Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family and from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic, so when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him, he is relieved. Dimple and Rishi prove how finding love can be unexpected.
The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins
The odds are against him. He’s been given the humiliating assignment of mentoring the female tribute from District 12, the lowest of the low. Their fates are now completely intertwined - every choice Coriolanus Snow makes could lead to favor or failure, triumph or ruin. Inside the arena, it will be a fight to the death. Outside the arena, Coriolanus starts to feel for his doomed tribute and question their survival.
The Memory Police by Yoko Ogawa
On an unnamed island off an unnamed coast, objects are mysteriously disappearing. First hats, then ribbons, birds, and roses and then things become much more serious. Most of the island's inhabitants are oblivious to these changes. Only a few have the power to recall the lost objects and they live in fear of the Memory Police who want what has disappeared to remain forgotten.