2014 CHS Summer Reading
Description: When patients start dying unexpectedly in the O.R. at Mercy Hospital, anesthesiologist Doug Landry finds himself the focus of the blame. Is it really his fault. . . or is there something more sinister going on? As Doug struggles to clear his name and unravel the secret of the mysterious deaths, one thing is certain – someone will stop at nothing to keep him from exposing the devastating truth.
Description: Who wouldn’t jump at the chance to spend her senior year at a boarding school in Paris? Anna Oliphant, that’s who. Besides barely speaking French, Anna is perfectly happy at home in Atlanta, Georgia. But Anna’s father insists, so Paris it is. And Anna does warm up to the city…especially after she meets gorgeous Etienne St. Clair, who seems to return her interest but already has a girlfriend.
Description: Alex, a resourceful seventeen-year-old running from her incurable brain tumor, Tom, who has left the war in Afghanistan, and Ellie, an angry eight-year-old, join forces after an electromagnetic pulse sweeps through the sky and kills most of the world’s population, turning some of those who remain into zombies and giving the others superhuman senses.
Description: Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.
Description: Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.
Description: Harboring secret preoccupations with a magical land he read about in a childhood fantasy series, Quentin Coldwater is unexpectedly admitted into an exclusive college of magic and rigorously educated in modern sorcery.
Description: Sixteen-year-old Danny searches for his identity amidst the confusion of being half-Mexican and half-white while spending a summer with his cousin and new friends on the baseball fields and back alleys of San Diego County, California.
Description: To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It’s where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.
Description: A sixteen-year-old Portland, Oregon skateboarder, whose parents are going through a difficult divorce, is engulfed by guilt and confusion when he accidentally kills a security guard at a train yard.
Description: Along with millions of other world-wide citizens, Wade dreams of finding three keys left behind by James Halliday. The keys are rumored to be hidden inside OASIS, and whoever finds them will inherit Halliday’s fortune. And there are real dangers in this virtual world.
Description: In 1974 when her father leaves New Delhi, India, to seek a job in New York, Ashi, a tomboy at the advanced age of sixteen, feels thwarted in the home of her extended family in Calcutta where she, her mother, and sister must stay, and when her father dies before he can send for them, they must remain with their relatives and observe the old-fashioned traditions that Ashi hates.
Description: In the months after her sister dies, seventeen-year-old Lennie falls into a love triangle and discovers the strength to follow her dream of becoming a musician.
Description: Sofia grows up in the close-knit community of the barrio in McAllen, Texas, then finds that her experiences as a scholarship student at an Episcopal boarding school in Austin only strengthen her ties to family and her comadres.
Description: Sixteen-year-old Malencia Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.
Non-Fiction or True Stories
Description: Death at SeaWorld centers on the battle with the multimillion-dollar marine park industry over the controversial and even lethal ramifications of keeping killer whales in captivity. Following the story of marine biologist and animal advocate at the Humane Society of the US, Naomi Rose, Kirby tells the gripping story of the two-decade fight against PR-savvy SeaWorld, which came to a head with the tragic death of trainer Dawn Brancheau in 2010.
Description: The true story of a high school senior whose faked pregnancy rocked her community and made international headlines.
Description: Who did it and why? Tupac Amaru Shakur was the most popular rapper in the world. No one symbolized the violence at the heart of gangsta rap more than Tupac, and he ultimately fell victim to that violence, gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas at age 25.
Description: Brent Runyon was fourteen years old when he set himself on fire. In this book he describes that suicide attempt and his recovery over the following year.
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.
Description: 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.