Summer Reading List
Incoming 11th grade students:
Night by Elie Wiesel (autobiography) Lexile: 570
Night is a terrifying account of the Nazi death-camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family, his innocence, and his god. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.
What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen (fiction) Lexile: 760
Seventeen-year-old Mclean begins to lose sight of who she really is after she tries to reinvent herself
at each school she attends after her parents’ divorce and her father moves her from town to town.
The Help by Kathryn Stockett (fiction) Lexile: 730
Limited and persecuted by racial divides in 1962 Jackson, Mississippi, three women, including an African American maid, her sassy and chronically unemployed friend, and a recently graduated white woman, team up for a clandestine project.
The Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (science fiction) Lexile: 770
Shay, who has little recollection of her past from before she underwent surgery to become a Pretty, decides to fight back against the status quo, the mysterious Special Circumstances, and her best friend.
The Woman Warrior by Maxine Hong Kingston (non-fiction/memoir) Lexile: 880
This book distills the dire lessons of a mother’s mesmerizing “talk-story” tales of a China where girls
are worthless, tradition is exalted, and only a strong, wily woman can scratch her way upward.
Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult (fiction) Lexile: 890
Sterling is an ordinary New Hampshire town where nothing ever happens--until the day its complacency is shattered by an act of violence. Josie Cormier, the daughter of the judge sitting on the case, should be the state's best witness, but she can't remember what happened before her
very own eyes--or can she? As the trial progresses, fault lines between the high school and the adult
community begin to show--destroying the closest of friendships and families.
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (gothic romance) Lexile: 880
Against a background of English moors in the eighteenth century, the lives of two families become intertwined through marriage, passion, and the dominating force of a man called Heathcliff.
*The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (mystery) Lexile: 840
Sherlock Holmes and Watson set out to solve the mystery that had haunted the Baskerville family for years and had recently occurred again.
*Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison (realistic fiction) Lexile: 950
The story of a young, college-educated black man struggling to survive and succeed in a racially divided society that refuses to see him as a human being.