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    ELA Summer Reading


The phrase "summer reading" is one that has earned a negative stigma and the phrase tends to have an adverse effect on students. To avoid summer learning loss, we are encouraging students to read. Read for the enjoyment of reading and to preview some upcoming texts for the 2020-2021 school year. Because of the pandemic, this assignment will be optional, although highly encouraged.

We will be offering a list of "texts you won't be able to put down!" The purpose is to build reading stamina and expose students to literature that they will fall in love with that can later be used as hooks to our required academic reading. "Research shows that leisure reading enhances students' reading comprehension, language, vocabulary development, general knowledge, empathy for others, as well as their self-confidence as readers, motivation to read throughout their lives and positive attitude towards reading.”

Students should select books from the list below that pertain to their grade level to read over the summer; do this based on the grade you are entering for the 2020-2021 school year. There is a variety of books to choose from, and some texts may include mature content; we encourage parents to have conversations with their child regarding book choices. Below, you will notice links to the online PDFs of books so students may enjoy it during this time of the pandemic. Some books also have movie adaptations, referenced next to the summary. Enjoy the journey you take this summer!

Grade 9

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Justyce McAllister is top of his class and set for a bright future – but none of that matters to the police officer who just put him in handcuffs…Justyce looks to the teachings of Martin Luther King, Jr. for answers. But do they hold up anymore?

Refugee by Alan Gratz

Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendon Kiely

In this unforgettable novel, two teens—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a single violent act that leaves their school, their community, and, ultimately, the country bitterly divided by racial tension. 
All American Boys

Paper Towns by John Green

Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs back into his life–dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge–he follows. After their all-nighter ends and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery.
Paper Towns

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Bestselling author Sherman Alexie tells the story of Junior, a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation. Determined to take his future into his own hands, Junior leaves his troubled school on the rez to attend an all-white farm town high school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. 
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Originally written in Portuguese, it became a widely translated international bestseller. An allegorical novel, The Alchemist follows a young Andalusian shepherd in his journey to the pyramids of Egypt, after having a recurring dream of finding a treasure there. 
The Alchemist

Passing by Nella Larson

Irene Redfield, a light-skinned African American woman and prominent member of the Harlem community, receives a letter from an old friend named Clare Kendry. Like Irene, Clare is light-skinned, but, unlike Irene, Clare has decided to pass as white. Clare feels lonely and isolated and wants Irene's help to become part of Harlem's society. 

Speak by Larie Halse Anderson

Melinda Sordino busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so is now an outcast during her freshman year. She becomes mute and loses interest in everything around her. Her voice is presented through a subdued inner monologue which becomes stronger and louder as Melinda struggles to reveal the truth behind her actions at the party.

Film available on Hulu and YouTube

Grade 10

I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter by Erika L. Sanchez

Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family.

When I Was the Greatest by Jason Reynolds

The story of a boy, Ali, and his two neighbors, Needles and Noodles, who live in a Brooklyn neighborhood known for guns and drugs. The trouble starts when Ali and his friends go to the wrong party, where one of them gets badly hurt and another leaves with a target on his back.

The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe

Fourteen-year-old Dita is one of the many imprisoned by the Nazis at Auschwitz. Taken, along with her mother and father, from the Terezín ghetto in Prague, Dita is adjusting to the constant terror that is life in the camp. When Jewish leader Freddy Hirsch asks Dita to take charge of the eight precious volumes the prisoners have managed to sneak past the guards, she agrees. And so Dita becomes the librarian of Auschwitz.

The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

This debut novel is a surrealist story set in the pre–Civil War South, concerning a superhuman protagonist named Hiram Walker who possesses photographic memory, but who cannot remember his mother and is able to transport people over long distances by using a power known as "conduction" which can fold the Earth-like fabric and allows him to travel across large areas via waterways.

The Penelopiad by Margaret Atwood
Penelope reminisces on the events of the Odyssey, life in Hades, Odysseus, Helen of Troy, and her relationships with her parents. A Greek chorus of the twelve maids, whom Odysseus believed was disloyal and whom Telemachus hanged, interrupt Penelope's narrative to express their view on events.

A Long Way Gone – Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
This memoir is an account of Beah's time as a child soldier during the civil war in Sierra Leone in the 1990s. Beah was 12 years old when he fled his village after it was attacked by rebels, and he wandered the war-filled country until brainwashed by an army unit that forced him to use guns and drugs. By 13, he had perpetrated and witnessed numerous acts of violence.
A Long Way Gone – Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The story follows dual narratives by Eleanor and Park, two misfits living in Omaha, Nebraska from 1986 to 1987. Eleanor, a chubby 16-year-old girl with curly red hair, and Park, a half-Korean, 16-year-old boy, meet on a school bus on Eleanor's first day at the school and gradually connect through comic books and mixtapes of '80s music, sparking a love story.
Eleanor & Park

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by The Taliban by Malala Yousafzai

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out and fought for her right to an education. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education.
I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by The Taliban

Documentary He Named Me Malala available on Amazon Prime Video and YouTube

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In this personal, eloquently-argued essay, Adichie offers readers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century. Drawing extensively on her own experiences and her deep understanding of sexual politics, here is an exploration of what it means to be a woman now—and an of-the-moment rallying cry for why we should all be feminists.

Watch the TED Talk the book is based on here: 
We Should All Be Feminists TED Talk

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

An autobiographical comedy book written by the famous comedian, it details Trevor Noah growing up in his native South Africa during the apartheid era. As the mixed-race son of a white Swiss father and a black mother, it was a crime "for [him] to be born as a mixed-race baby."

Film special Trevor Noah: Son of Patricia available on Netflix

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