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Summer Reading List 2011

  1. 1. Non-Fiction Stories from Real Life (City Drama)"Be peaceful, be courteous, obey the law, respecteveryone; but if someone puts his hand on you, send "The dream took place in the courtroom. I was trying tohim to the cemetery." ask questions and nobody could hear me. I was shouting— Malcolm X , Autobiography of Malcolm X and shouting but everyone went about their business as if I wasnt there. I hope I didnt shout out in my sleep. That would look weak to everybody. Its not good to be weak in here. - Chapter 3, pp. 63-64, Monster Non-Fiction “Myers, Walter Dean. Monster Living in America 16-year-old Steve Harmon tells a his story from jail as he awaits trial for his role as a lookout in a Griffin, John Howard, Black Like Me robbery turned murder. White author dyes his skin black and learns what it is like to be black in the McKayhan, Monica. Indigo Summer American South of the 1940s Everything is going Indigo’s way. She’s the apple of the star linebacker’s eye, she makes the dance Haley, Alex, The Autobiography of Malcolm X squad and gets a date for homecoming, but with her Malcolm Xs story from street hustler to head in the clouds can she remain grounded? religious leader. Tech High School Polly, Matthew, American Shaolin: Flying Kicks, Buddhist Monks and the Legend of Iron Summer Reading List Crotch: An Odyssey in the New China Reader’s Choice 2011 A self professed 98lb. weakling, Matthew drops out of his Ivy League School to study Kung Fu at the Shaolin Temple. Best, Joel. Damned Lies and Statistics: Untangling Numbers from the Media, Politicians, and Activists. Confused by all the contradicting statistical data being bantered around Souljah, Sistah. The Coldest Winter Ever “You could run from someone you feared, by the media? Best explains how Winter’s life and perspective is turned you could try to fight someone you hated. these statistics are created and their upside down when her hustler father goes All my reactions were geared toward those to prison and she falls in love with more implications, which will help you kinds of killers – the monsters, the than the city. distinguish truth from hype. enemies. When you loved the one who was killing you, it left you no options.” http://www.mylibraryattechhigh.blogspot .com -Bella Swan, Breaking Dawn by Stephanie Meyer Follow Us at http://www.twitter.com/techhighlibrary
  2. 2. Fiction Flinn, Alex. Beastly Kyle Kingsbury is living the teenage dream, perfectlyIn Theatres (or NetFlix) handsome, proud, rich and positively insufferable. Books for the College Bound When he offends a young witch she curses him with a horrible affliction. Fortunately, there is one way he Adams, Scott. God’s Debris: a Thought Experiment.Collins, Suzanne. The Hunger Games 2004. Andrews McMeel Publishing. can break the curse. Take a metaphysical journey into man’s first science, the Katniss Everdeen is living America, but it’s not the search for meaning, as you try to deliver a package to the America we know. When she’s chosen in a lottery to Leavitt, Martine. Keturah and Lord Death smartest man in the world who won’t take it until you fight to the death in a national reality show she learns Keturah, a poor peasant girl, is a little different from understand. about rebellion, survival and what family really means. the other villagers. She has a special gift that fascinates and terrifies, but is it her fortune or Ahmad, Dohra, ed. Rotten English: A LiteraryHurston, Zora Neal . Their Eyes Were Watching God misfortune that this gift makes her the perfect Anthology. 2007. W.W. Norton. Janie Crawford is living what everyone else thinks is the companion for Death himself? Language is power and for the dizzying array of writers good life in 1930’s Eaton, Florida, but when Tea Cake collected here, displaying an authentic voice is a means to strolls into town she lets the good townsfolk know just Also Try: reclaim what has been stolen, oppressed, or colonized. who she really is. Stiefvater, Maggie. Shiver Rotten Englishcollects the poetry, essays, short stories, and novels of the best in global vernacular writing from Garcia, Cami. Beautiful Creatures Mark Twain to Junot Diaz.Meyer, Stephanie. The Twilight Series Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights When Bella moves to Forks she doesn’t expect much Out of This World Alexie , Sherman. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- from her small Washington town with its tiny school Time Indian. 2007. Little, Brown. and plainness, but she ends up with much more Arnold Spirit, aka Junior, was born an outsider with water Card, Orson Scott. Ender’s Game excitement than she bargained for when she meets on his brain, lopsided eyes, and an IQ oppressed by Elementary school-aged “Ender” is a Third, an extra Edward and the Cullen Clan, forever young vampires. extreme poverty and a mediocre reservation education. child that wasn’t really wanted and is tortured by his After switching to an all-white high school he realizes big brother and classmates. Still he may be special. He that though hell never easily fit in, self-determination andAlso, Try: may just hold the key to saving Earth, but will he a solid personal identity will give him the chance to bothTolkien, R.R. The Lord of the Rings crack under the pressure? succeed and transcend.Walker, Alice. The Color Purple Westerfield, Scott. Uglies Chang, Iris. The Rape of Nanking: The Forgotten In a post-apocalyptic “perfect” America teens are kept Holocaust of World War II. 1998. Penguin. Barely aNot of This World postscript in official Japanese history, the horrific torture isolated from the adults until their 18th birthday whenSwanwick, Michael. The Dragons of Babel and murder of hundreds of thousands of Chinese citizens they can finally get the surgeries to make them took place over the course of just seven weeks. In an alternate universe that is part Camelot part turn-of- “Pretty”, perfect and acceptable in the new society, but the-century Chicago, Will Le Fey, a half-mortal, is forced are the surgeries just about looks or does it do to do the bidding of a fearsome mechanical dragon. Too Diamant , Anita. The Red Tent: A Novel. 1998. Picador. something else. This novel recreates the biblical life of Dinah, daughter of bad the villagers aren’t so keen on Dragons or Will. Leah and Jacob, from her birth in Mesopotamia through Westerfield, Scott. Peeps her death in Egypt.Also Try: What if vampirism was a virus? In Peeps, that’s justPriest, Cherie. Boneshaker the case, but not everyone is affected the same way. Engle, Margarita. The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography Some are immune, like Cal, who because of his of Juan Francisco Manzano. 2006. Henry Holt. WrittenTotal Eclipse of the Heart fortune (or misfortune) is now made into a in verse, this is a Pura Belpre Award winning portrait of detective/vampire catcher who trolls the streets Juan Francisco Manzano, the poet who was born a slaveBuckhanon, Kalisha. Upstate in Cuba in 1797. Told through letters from one to the other, Upstate follows looking for the infected. Natasha and Antonio from the time he gets sent to prison -From the American Library Association for supposedly murdering his father to more than ten years later. Does love conquer all? Is it just a teenage crush?

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