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9th and 10th Grade Summer Reading

9th and 10th Grade Summer Reading List 2012
Longwood High School

Cover  Title  Author  Description
The Five People You Meet in Heaven The Five People You Meet in Heaven Albom, Mitch  An old man who died while trying to rescue a little girl from danger discovers that all will be explained to him in the afterlife.
 Speak  Speak  Anderson, Laurie Halse  A traumatic event near the end of the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year in high school.
 Chains  Chains  Anderson, Laurie Halse  When her owner dies at the start of the Revolution, a greedy nephew keeps Isabel and her younger sister enslaved and sells them to Loyalists in New York, where she is offered the chance to spy for the Patriots.
 Go Ask Alice  Go Ask Alice  Anonymous  Based on the diary of a fifteen-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world.
 I Robot  I Robot  Asimov, Isaac  Isaac Asimov, one of the Grand Masters of science fiction, tells us the stories of the robots of which he dreamed, from the first days of their creation to the days of their ultimate sophistication.
 Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream  Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream  Bissinger, H.G.  Chronicles a football season in Odessa, Texas, a depressed All-American town that lives and dies with the fortunes of its high school football team
 Flags of our Fathers  Flags of Our Fathers  Bradley, James  Focusing on the men who raised the flag at Iwo Jima, this stirring chronicle of one of the bloodiest battles of World War II follows the young men--most of them barely out of high school--into the fiercest hand-to-hand combat of the war.
 Flyboys: a True Story of Courage  Flyboys: A True Story of Courage  Bradley, James  A chilling true story of World War II describes the story of eight young American airmen who were shot down over Chichi Jima, one of whom was rescued by an American submarine and went on to become president of the United States, and the other seven who were captured by Japanese troops and whose fate has remained a secret for nearly sixty years.
 Ender's Game  Ender's Game  Card, Orsen Scott  A veteran of years of simulated war games, Ender believes he is engaged in one more computer war game when in truth he is commanding the last fleet of Earth against an alien race seeking the complete destruction of Earth
 Gifted Hands  Gifted Hands  Carson, Ben  Examines the life and career of the famous neurosurgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson gained worldwide recognition for his part in the first successful separation of Siamese twins joined at the back of the head.
 The Hunger Games  The Hunger Games  Collins, Suzanne  In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
 Getting away with murder : the true story of the Emmett Till case Getting Away With Murder: The True Story of Emmett Till Case  Crowe, Chris  Presents a true account of the murder of fourteen-year-old, Emmett Till, in Mississippi, in 1955.
 Whale Talk  Whale Talk  Crutcher, Chris  Intellectually and athletically gifted, T.J., a multiracial, adopted teenager, shuns organized sports and the gung-ho athletes at his high school until he agrees to form a swimming team and recruits some of the school's less popular students.
 Runner  Runner  Deuker, Carl  Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.
 Who Killed My Daughter?  Who Killed My Daughter  Duncan, Lois  The story of a mother's search for the truth behind her daughter's death shows how she was able to uncover information that the police could not.
 Copper Sun  Copper Sun  Draper, Sharon  Two fifteen-year-old girls--one a slave and the other an indentured servant--escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.
 Bang  Bang  Flake, Sharon  A teenage boy must face the harsh realities of inner city life, a disintegrating family, and destructive temptations as he struggles to find his identity as a young man.
 Hole in My Life  Hole in My Life  Gantos, Jack  The author relates how, as a young adult, he became a drug user and smuggler, was arrested, did time in prison, and eventually got out and went to college, all the while hoping to become a writer.
 Fat Kid Rules the World  Fat Kid Rules the World  Going, K.L.  Seventeen-year-old Troy, depressed, suicidal, and weighing nearly 300 pounds, gets a new perspective on life when a homeless teenager who is a genius on guitar wants Troy to be the drummer in his rock band.
 The curious incident of the dog in the night-time The curious incident of the dog in the night-time  Haddon, Mark  Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother.
 The Secret Life of Bees  The Secret Life of Bees  Kidd, Sue Monk  After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
 Spite Fences  Spite Fences  Krisher, Trudy  As she struggles with her troubled relationship with her mother during the summer of 1960, a young girl is also drawn into the violence, hatred, and racial tension in her small Georgia town.
 Uncommon Faith  Uncommon Faith  Krisher, Trudy  In 1837-38, residents of Millbrook, Massachusetts, speak in their different voices of major issues of their day, including women's rights, slavery, religious differences, and one fiery girl named Faith.
 Son of the Mob  Son of the Mob  Korman, Gordon  Seventeen-year-old Vince's life is constantly complicated by the fact that he is the son of a powerful Mafia boss, a relationship that threatens to destroy his romance with the daughter of an FBI agent.
 The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks  The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks  Lockhart, E.  Sophomore Frankie starts dating senior Matthew Livingston, but when he refuses to talk about the all-male secret society that he and his friends belong to, Frankie infiltrates the society in order to enliven their mediocre pranks.
 Swallowing Stones  Swallowing Stones  MacDonald, Joyce  Dual perspectives reveal the aftermath of seventeen-year-old Michael MacKenzie's birthday celebration during which he discharges an antique Winchester rifle and unknowingly kills the father of high school classmate Jenna Ward.
 The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things  The Earth, My Butt and Other Big Round Things  Macker, Carolyn  Feeling like she does not fit in with the other members of her family, who are all thin, brilliant, and good-looking, fifteen-year-old Virginia tries to deal with her self-image, her first physical relationship, and her disillusionment with some of the people closest to her.
 DopeSick  DopeSick  Myers, Walter Dean  Seeing no way out of his difficult life in Harlem, seventeen-year-old Jeremy "Lil J" Dance flees into a house after a drug deal goes awry and meets a weird man who shows different turning points in Lil J's life when he could have made better choices.
 Fallen Angels  Fallen Angels  Myers, Walter Dean  Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.
 Monster  Monster  Myers, Walter Dean  While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
 Eragon  Eragon  Paolini, Christopher  In Alagaèesia, a fifteen-year-old boy of unknown lineage called Eragon finds a mysterious stone that weaves his life into an intricate tapestry of destiny, magic, and power, peopled with dragons, elves, and monsters.
 Mortal Engines  Mortal Engines  Reeve, Philip  In the distant future, when cities move about and consume smaller towns, a fifteen-year-old apprentice is pushed out of London by the man he most admires and must seek answers in the perilous Out-Country, aided by one girl and the memory of another.
 The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers  The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers  Roach, Mary  A look inside the world of forensics examines the use of human cadavers in a wide range of endeavors, including research into new surgical procedures, space exploration, and a Tennessee human decay research facility.
 The Burn Journals  The Burn Journals  Runyon, Brent  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.
 Open the Unusual Door: true life stories of challenges, adventure and success by Black Americans  Open the Unusual Door: true life stories of challenges, adventure and success by Black Americans  Summers, Barbra  A thought-provoking anthology includes inspiring autobiographical essays by a diverse group of African-Americans such as Derek Jeter, Russell Simmons, Queen Latifah, and Antwone Fisher.
 The Hobbit  The Hobbit  Tolkien, J.J.R.  Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.
 Stuck in Neutral  Stuck in Neutral  Trueman, Terry  Fourteen-year-old Shawn McDaniel, who suffers from severe cerebral palsy and cannot function, relates his perceptions of his life, his family, and his condition, especially as he believes his father is planning to kill him.
 Double Helix  Double Helix  Werlin, Nancy  Eighteen-year-old Eli discovers a shocking secret about his life and his family while working for a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose specialty is genetic engineering
 True Believer  True Believer  Wolff, Virginia Ewer  Living in the inner city amidst guns and poverty, fifteen-year-old LaVaughn learns from old and new friends, and inspiring mentors, that life is what you make it--an occasion to rise to.
 Elsewhere  Elsewhere  Zevin, Gabrielle  After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live".