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Non-Honors Reading List
Ender's Game—Orson Scott Card- Andrew "Ender" Wiggin is considered humanity's best hope for leading Earth to victory over the alien "bugger" fleet. Officials isolate and test Ender as much as possible to mold him into the effective military leader that they so desperately need.
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - "In the opening pages of Jamie Ford's debut novel, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, Henry Lee comes upon a crowd gathered outside the Panama Hotel. once the gateway to Seattle's Japantown. It has been boarded up for decades. but now the new owner has made an incredible discovery: the belongings of Japanese families, left when they were rounded up and sent to internment camps during World War II. As Henry looks on, the owner opens a Japanese parasol."
Ironman - Chris Crutcher - Bo has been at war with his father for as long as he can remember. The rage he feels gives him the energy as a triathlete to press his body to the limit, but it also translates into angry outbursts toward his teachers. Now dangerously closed to expulsion from school, Bo has been assigned to Anger Management sessions with the school "truants." With an electric mix of hard-edged students, Bo may finally have to deal with his long-brewing hatried for his father -- before it eats away at him completely.
Elsewhere—Gabrielle Zevin- Fifteen-year old Liz dies in a car accident and goes to a place called Elsewhere. She must try to forget her old life and live a new life as she ages backwards until she is ready to return to Earth.
As Simple as Snow —Gregory Galloway- The story of a shy high school sophomore's unlikely love for a Goth girl (Anna Cayne) seems simple enough, but everything quickly gets complicated when Anna disappears and the narrator attempts to find out what happened to her.
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - On a May
afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the
Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris
and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the
ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt.Louis Zamperini. Captured by
the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini
would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope,
resolve, and humor. (Biography)
Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - On a May afternoon in 1943, an Army Air Forces bomber crashed into the Pacific Ocean and disappeared, leaving only a spray of debris and a slick of oil, gasoline, and blood. Then, on the ocean surface, a face appeared--Lt.Louis Zamperini. Captured by the Japanese and driven to the limits of endurance, Zamperini would answer desperation with ingenuity; suffering with hope, resolve, and humor. (Biography)
The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein - A heart-wrenching but deeply funny and ultimately uplifting story of family love, loyalty, and hope--a captivating look at the wonders and absurdities of human life . . . as only a dog could tell it.
Anansi Boys -- Neil Gaiman- After Fat Charlie's dad drops dead on a karaoke stage, he leaves Charlie things that make life interesting for Charlie because Charlie's dad wasn't just any dad. He was Anansi, a trickster god, the spider-god. Anansi is the spirit of rebellion, able to overturn the social order, create wealth out of thin air, and baffle the devil. Some said he could cheat even Death himself.
Honors Reading List
Nineteen Minutes—Jodi Picoult-
Rocket Boys (October Sky)—Homer Hickam-
Fourteen-year-old Homer Hickam decided in 1957 to build his own
rockets. They were his ticket out of
GRADE 10The Life of Pi—Yann Martel- The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories. When the ship carrying Pi’s family from
Extremely Loud & Incredibly
Close—Jonathan Safran Foer-
Oskar Schell lives with his mother in
Cat’s Cradle—Kurt Vonnegut- A mix of satire, fantasy and realism, this story deals with an atomic scientist and the end of the world.
A Farewell to Arms –Ernest Hemingway- Set against the background of World War I, this book is a strong indictment of modern warfare, as well as a bitter comment on the nature of love, life, and death.
The Lords of Discipline-Pat Conroy- In this coming-of-age novel, a young man experiences life at a military academy. Some mature language is included.The Kite Runner – Khaled Hosseini- Amir and his best friend Hassan live a charmed life in