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Class of 2020

Summer Reading List

Incoming 10th grade students:


Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson (fiction) Lexile: 680

After finally getting noticed by someone other than bullies and his ever-angry father, Tyler enjoys his tough new reputation, but when life starts to go bad again, he must choose between transforming himself or giving in to his destructive thoughts.

Dead Beautiful by Yvonne Woon (science fiction) Lexile: 730

After her parents die under mysterious circumstances, sixteen-year-old Renee is sent from California to an old-fashioned boarding school in Maine, where she meets a fellow student to whom she seems strangely connected.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (historical fiction) Lexile: 730

Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.

Buried Onions by Gary Soto (fiction) Lexile: 850

When nineteen-year-old Eddie drops out of college, he struggles to find a place for himself as a Mexican American living in a violence-infested neighborhood of Fresno, California.

Death Be Not Proud by John Gunther (non-fiction/memoir) Lexile: 1060

This true story relates a father’s recollection of his son’s courageous and spirited battle against the brain tumor that would take his life at the age of seventeen.

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (coming of age) Lexile: 810

Eleven-year-old Francie Nolan lives in the Williamsburg tenement neighborhood of Brooklyn with her ten-year-old brother Cornelius and their parents, Johnny and Katie. Francie relies on her imagination and her love of reading to provide a temporary escape from the poverty that defines her daily existence.

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A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway (war fiction) Lexile: 730

Lieutenant Frederic Henry is a young American ambulance driver serving in the Italian army during World War I. Henry meets Catherine Barkley, an English nurse’s aide at the nearby British hospital and the love interest of his friend Rinaldi. Rinaldi, however, quickly fades from the picture as Catherine and Henry become involved in an elaborate game of seduction.

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