• 2019 SUMMER READING for students entering GRADE 9

    “Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body” – Sir Richard Steele

    All students are required to read a minimum of two books; however, we strongly encourage students to read several books for fun and for mental exercise.  At least one of the books must be from the four choices listed below.  The second book can be from below, can be from the other books listed on the back, or can be a suitably challenging book not on the list.  At the beginning of the school year, students will be asked to write about the books they read over the summer. Students should work on their note-taking skills to prepare for discussions and assessments.

     

    All students entering 9th grade must read at least one of the following four books:

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    The Poet X The Poet X  by Elizabeth Acevedo

     

    “In this novel a teenage girl uses poetry to escape from the strict upbringing of her life. Xiomara, the main character, struggles with the conflicts between her own desires and the expectations of her Dominican Catholic mother. I recommend this book because it’s a heart-warming story that relates to many young women's lives in an immigrant household.”

    • Gaina Jean Pierre, Class of 2022

     

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  • Turtles All the Way Down

    Turtles All the Way Down by John Green

    “In this novel, a 16 year old girl named Aza tries to be a good friend, a good student, a good daughter, and even a good detective while dealing with her thought spirals. I would recommend this book because it is an easy read, and it is interesting and suspenseful at the same time.”

    - Myra Grossman, Class of 2022

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  • We were Liars

    We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

    This heart-pounding suspense novel leaves you on the edge of your seat.  Every summer Cady goes on vacation to the same private island, until one deadly mistake alters the rest of her life.”

    • Nick D’Costa, Class of 2022

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  • Tuesdays with Morrie

    Tuesdays with Morrie  by Mitch Albom

    Tuesdays with Morrie is the story of Morrie Schwartz' battle with ALS and the lessons he taught his former student during his sickness, Mitch Albom. I would recommend this book to everyone because it is heartbreaking, inspiring, and eye- opening to the truths of life.”

    – Kaitlyn Schraffa, Class of 2021

     

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  • The following are other options for the second required book:

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  • GinnyMoon Ginny Moon

    by Benjamin Ludwig

    Ginny Moon is a captivating and heart-breaking quest for acceptance told from the point of view of a teenage girl with autism named Ginny, as she searches for her birth mother and her beloved ‘baby doll.’ The unique perspective and suspenseful plot feels like a mystery, as Ginny slowly puts together the dark pieces of her past while the rest of the world struggles to truly understand her story.”        

    -  Ms. Fischer, FHS English Teacher

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  • X: A Novel X: A Novel  by Ilyasah Shabazz

    “An excellent and quick read from the perspective of a young Malcolm X navigating through racism, drugs, peer pressure and society. It is not only an eye-opening story about racism in 1930s America, but also a touching coming of age story.”

    - Cleopatra Mavhunga, Class of 2018

     

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  • Dread Nation    Dread Nation

         by justina Ireland

      

    “This novel blends historical fiction, sci-fi and a LOT of action. It takes place in a fictional version of the past in which the Civil War ended and the battlefield dead on both sides became zombies; the hero of this story is Jane McKeene, the biracial daughter of a white, wealthy Southern woman, who, because of her dark skin, is drafted into combat to put down the enemy, but she finds that the zombies are not the only enemy.  A total page-turner with dark political undertones. I highly recommend it!”

    • Ms. Courchesne, FHS Librarian

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  • N Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

    “Nimona is a unique twist on the traditional super hero vs villain story. Nimona herself is a hipster sidekick who nuzzles up to a seemingly nasty local villain, Lord Blackheart. They strive to topple the resident hero, Sir Goldenloin, but it turns out that he and Blackheart have a complicated history. Look out for castles, jousting, shape-shifting, and technological advancements in the field of villainy. Who will bend, who will break? The answers are surprising, endearing, and beautifully illustrated.”Ms. Conroy, FHS English Teacher

     


     

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    After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

    “This novel follows a Filipino/African-American high school basketball player in his senior year, when he is recruited away from his public school to attend a fancy private school on a basketball scholarship.  He has to navigate this new world and the frustrations of his former teammates on and off the court. I’d recommend this for anyone who cares about sports and figuring out the responsilibities you have to your talent and to your friends.”

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  •  A     Americanized: Rebel without a Green Card by Sara Saedi  

     

    Americanized is a memoir about the author's experiences growing up as she struggled with both problems typical of all teenagers and problems resulting from her undocumented status. Sara Saedi is a frank and relatable author whose fast-paced memoir can be enjoyed by all types of people.”

    • Annabel Mendum, Class of 2020

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