2013 CHS Summer Reading
Description: In the New York City borough of Queens in 1996, three girls bond over their shared love of Tupac Shakur’s music, as together they try to make sense of the unpredictable world in which they live.
Description: Calico Joe was living the dream as a baseball hero, breaking records, adored by fans-including the son of a rival, washed-up catcher who is cheering for both his hero and his father
Description: As plague ravages the overcrowded Earth, observed by a ruthless lunar people, Cinder, a gifted mechanic and cyborg, becomes involved with handsome Prince Kai and must uncover secrets about her past in order to protect the world in this futuristic take on the Cinderella story.
Description: It’s 1996, and less than half of all American high school students have ever used the Internet. Emma just got her first computer and Josh is her best friend. They power up and log on–and discover themselves on Facebook, fifteen years in the future. Everybody wonders what their Destiny will be. Josh and Emma are about to find out.
Description: An innocent victim in the ongoing Israeli-Palestinian conflict is take hostage to be traded for the return of 3 prisoners. While he and the readers wait in suspense to learn his fate, he spines for his captors the moving, haunting stories of his past in the Holocaust.
Description: Friendship and first love are torn when Henry’s Japanese-American sweetheart is forced into an internment camp after Pearl Harbor, as they try to hold onto hope, innocence, and love in the world gone crazy with fear and prejudice.
Description: A gifted teenager in a coma following a tragic car wreck reflects on her deep connections to friends, her boyfriend, her family, and her music…and tries to decide whether to fight for her life.
Description: The same professor from Angels and Demons and The DaVinci Code is drawn into another suspensful, murderous mystery of codes hidden in classic art, secret passages, and science in a race against time.
Description: In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, fifteen-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover that they have a common enemy.
Description: When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
Description: Marcelo Sandoval, a seventeen-year-old boy on the high-functioning end of the autistic spectrum, faces new challenges, including romance and injustice, when he goes to work for his father in the mailroom of a corporate law firm.
Description: In 1888, twelve-year-old Will Henry chronicles his apprenticeship with Dr. Warthrop, a scientist who hunts and studies real-life monsters, as they discover and attempt to destroy a pod of Anthropophagi.
Description: A strong healer of her tribe who stands up to the elders who diminish her for being female must find the courage to defend her home against invaders.
Description: Fifteen-year-old Tyrell, who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.
Description: A survivor of her parents’ bitter divorce, a girl who has to move often continually re-invents herself at every new school she attends, until a new addition to her life gives her a reason to stay in one place and decide who she really is.
Description: When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.
Description: A Mexican-American whose deceased father taught him to box enters a boxing competition to split the prize with his best friend, who does not have his best interests at heart in the end. A tale of boxing, betrayal, cars, and family.
Description: The author followed a champion high school hockey team in Minnesota for a season to chronicle its accomplishments and the “beauty of goodness of the game of hockey”.
Description: When the author’s mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, he wrote this honest, earnes, and sometimes funny graphic novel about the effects cancer has on a family.
Description: When the author is asked to help solve an elaborate hoax, he learns the clinical definition of psychopathy and spends the rest of his adventures uncovering psychopaths. Clever, humorous tone combined with compelling stories of actual encounters with psychopaths.
Description: The author explores the seemingly playful, tricky determinant of human life-DNA-through a series of fascinating explanations of how genes influence our likelihood of becoming crazy cat ladies or famous violinists.
Accelerated and AP English
Description: Scout Finch, the young daughter of a local attorney in the Deep South during the 1930s, tells of her father’s defense of an African-American man charged with the rape of a white girl.
Brave New World by Huxley, Aldous
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Aldous Huxley’s vision of the future — of a world utterly transformed. Through the most efficient scientific and psychological engineering, people are genetically designed to be passive and therefore consistently useful to the ruling class. This powerful work of speculative fiction sheds a blazing critical light on the present and is considered to be Huxley’s most enduring masterpiece.
*Required reading for English 208* Please see teacher or school website for specific assignment.
Description: Raised in suburban Illinois in the 60s, a gifted student and athlete, Anthony Walton went on to Notre Dame and Brown into a career in journalism — all the while convinced that racism, insofar as it still existed, was on the way out. Covering the racial flash points in New York in the early 80s, though, led him to feel that racism was the marrow in the American bone, and getting worse all the time. Anthony finally realized this was a demon he had to stare in the face — which, for him, meant going “home” to Mississippi, where his parents came from and, before his birth, escaped.
*Required reading for English 319* Please see teacher or school website for specific assignment.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Gothic classic about a man who creates a life, is haunted by the consequences of what he has done, and becomes ebbattled in a life-or-death pursuit which only he or his creation can survive. *Required reading for English 419* Please see teacher or school website for specific assignment.