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Summer Reading Titles - 2019

Dear Students and Parents,

Whether it’s sitting with your toes in the water at the beach, passing time on a long car or plane ride, or even curled up in your bed in the middle of the night, summer is the perfect time to grab a great book and get lost in its world. As a community, Newtown High School values reading as the foundation of becoming a critical thinker. We also recognize that while reading itself is an individual activity, shared reading experiences promote discussions, open minds, build connections and spark ideas.

This summer we invite all NHS students, families and staff to select at least one of the following books to read over the summer. The list was compiled based on recommendations from teachers from all disciplines and includes books that meet a range of interests and reading levels, representing fiction and non-fiction, male and female authors and male and female protagonists. Our hope is that by sharing a summer reading experience, we can continue to build community and foster intellectual curiosity through informal discussions and other exciting activities when we return to school in the fall. 

We encourage you to read as many books as you’d like this summer, but we hope that you’ll find a story that you’ll enjoy on this list as well! Copies will be available via OverDrive and for checkout throughout the summer at the Booth Library. When you’ve chosen and read your book, let us know in our survey. We look forward to talking with you about your favorite summer read this fall!

 Fiction Titles 

And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie

"Off the coast of Devon 10 strangers are lured to an isolated island.  During dinner they hear a recording which accuse each of them of having a guilt-ridden secret. By the end of the night, one of the guests has mysteriously died.  As a violent storm strands them on the island and a nursery rhyme counts down, one by one the strangers start to die. Who among them is the killer and will anyone survive?"


CIRCE, by Madeline Miller
"Born to a titan, Circe is banished to a deserted island.  On the island she learns how to use her powers, gains the admiration of the animals, and meets many famous mythological figures.  This is a riveting story of rivalry, palace life, love, loss and female strength."  
* Mature themes / language                                   ~ Amazon 

Every Day, by David Levithan

“Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl. There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere. It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day."                   ~ Amazon                          

The Fifth Wave, by Rick Yancey
"On a lonely stretch of highway, Cassie runs from Them. The beings who only look human, who roam the countryside killing anyone they see. Who have scattered Earth's last survivors. To stay alone is to stay alive, Cassie believes, until she meets Evan Walker. Beguiling and mysterious, Evan Walker may be Cassie's only hope for rescuing her brother--or even saving herself. But Cassie must choose: between trust and despair, between defiance and surrender, between life and death. To give up or to get up."                                                                                                            ~ Amazon

 Non - Fiction Titles 

Born a Crime, by Trevor Noah
"Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man’s relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother—his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life."                                                                                                ~ Amazon
Brief Answers to the Big Questions, by Stephen Hawking
“Hawking not only unraveled some of the universe’s greatest mysteries but also believed science plays a critical role in fixing problems here on Earth. Now, as we face immense challenges on our planet...he turns his attention to the most urgent issues facing us.”                                                                                                                                                                                                    ~ Amazon
Evicted, by Matthew Desmond
“In Evicted, Princeton sociologist and MacArthur “Genius” Matthew Desmond follows eight families in Milwaukee as they struggle to keep a roof over their heads…Evicted transforms our understanding of poverty and economic exploitation while providing fresh ideas for solving one of 21st-century America’s most devastating problems. Its unforgettable scenes of hope and loss remind us of the centrality of home, without which nothing else is possible.”                                                         ~ Amazon
The Girl with Seven Names, by Hyeonseo Lee
“As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Her home on the border with China gave her some exposure to the world beyond the confines of the Hermit Kingdom and, as the famine of the 1990s struck, she began to wonder, question and to realize that she had been brainwashed her entire life.”   
                                                                                             ~ Amazon