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Summer Reading




     Students enrolled in English classes at North Olmsted High School are required to read novels during the summer.  Students registered for an honors level class will read the two novels from the right-hand column.  Students not registered for an honors level class may read any one of the novels listed for their grade level, but the novels from the left-hand column are recommended. One week after school begins, the students will be tested on their reading of the novels.  It is imperative that the students read the novels, particularly because their first grades in the classes will be based on the Summer Reading Test and the novels will be used and referred to throughout the year.

Non-Honors Reading List


Uglies - Scott Westerfeld - Tally Youngblood lives in a futuristic society that acculturates its citizens to believe that they are ugly until age 16 when they'll undergo an operation that will change them into pleasure-seeking "pretties."  Anticipating this happy transformation, Tally meets Shay, another female ugly, who shares her enjoyment of hoverboarding and risky pranks.

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet - Jamie Ford  - During World War II, Henry Lee, a Chinese-American boy, meets Keiko Okabe, a young Japanese American student.  Amid the chaos of blackouts, curfews and FBI raids, Henry and Keiko forge a bond of friendship-and innocent love-that transcends the long-standing prejudices of their Old World ancestors.


Ready Player One - Ernest Cline - The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he's jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS.  When Wade stumbles upon the first clue to a gigantic treasure hunt, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize.  The race is on, and if Wade's going to survive, he'll have to win-and confront the real world he's always been so desperate to escape.


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.


Ghost Boy - Martin Pistorius - When Martin Pistorius was 12 years old, he came home from school with a sore throat.  Over the next two years, his mind and body shut down, until he was left a quadriplegic who could not speak.  Then, around the time he was 16, his mind started coming back to life.  He tells his story in the book, Ghost Boy.

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. 



Everything I Never Told You - Celeste Ng - Lydia is dead.  From the first sentence of Celeste Ng's stunning debut, we know that the oldest daughter of the Chinese-American Lee family has died.  What follows is a novel that explores alienation, achievement, race, gender, family, and identity--as the police must unravel what has happened to Lydia, the Lee family must uncover the sister and daughter that they hardly knew.

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.


           Honors Reading List

I Am Malala:  The Girl Who Stood up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban - Malala Yousafzai - t
he remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love of their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

The Boy Who Harnassed the Wind - William Kamkwamba - The immensely engaging and inspiring true account of an enterprising African teenager who constructed a windmill from scraps to create electricity for his entire community.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel - Mitch Albom - Narrated by the voice of Music itself, the story follows Frankie Presto, a war orphan born in a burning church, through his extraordinary journey around the world.  Raised by a blind guitar teacher in Spain and gifted with a talent to change people's lives - using six mysterious blue strings - Frankie navigates the musical landscape of the twentieth century, from the 1950s jazz scene to the Grand Ole Opry to Elvis mania and Woodstock, all the while searching for his childhood love.



The Life of Pi - Yann Martel - The son of a zookeeper, Pi Patel has an encyclopedia knowledge of animal behavior and a fervent love of stories.  When the ship carrying Pi's family from India to North America sinks, Pi finds himself in a battle for survival.

Mr. Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan
- The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore.  But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest.


Unbroken - Laura Hillenbrand - This is the true story of Louis Zamperini, a promising young Olympic runner, who was called into service on a bomber crew in the Pacific in World War II.  Zamperini's plan went down in the Pacific Ocean and he and two other survivors drifted over 40 days fighting off sharks and trying to find something to eat.  Zamperini and another officer were rescued by the Japanese Navy and become prisoners of war.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey - the novel chronicles the head-on collision between its hell-raising, life-affirming hero Randle Patrick McMurphy and the totalitarian rule of Big Nurse.  But McMurphy's revolution against Big Nurse and everything she stands for quickly turns from sport to a fierce power struggle with shattering results.


Lords of Discipline - Pat Conroy -
Will arrives for his last year at a military academy, in the Deep South in the 1960s.  A black student, Pearce, has been accepted, and Will is asked to keep an eye out for the inevitable racism.  The racists come in the form of The Ten, a secret group of the elite students.  Will helps Pearce, and he is prepared to risk his own career to do so.  Some mature language is included.

The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini - Amir and his best friend Hassan live a charmed life in Kabul, Afghanistan in the 1960s.  Their favorite pastime is summer kite running.  As part of a racial minority, Hassan becomes a victim of a neighborhood bully, which changes the course of his life and Amir's life forever.