Summer Reading List -- Secondary
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The Art of Happiness
by The Dalai Lama and Howard Cussler
Book Description: One of the world's greatest spiritual leaders teams up with a psychiatrist to share, for the first time, how he achieved his hard-won serenity and how readers can attain the same inner peace.
Being with Henry
by Martha Brooks
Book Description: Forced out of his home by a disagreeable and bullying stepfather, 16-year-old Laker moves to another town and strikes up an unexpected friendship with a frail but determined old man.
by Toni Morrison
Book Description: From one of America's most brilliant and acclaimed writers comes the magnificently told, powerfully moving story of remarkable occurrences in the life and spirit of an ex-slave.
by John Neufeld
Book Description: After being raped, Gina moves with her mother from New York to California to start over. But the story soon surfaces and Gina finds herself dealing with her own residual emotional problems, as well as three troublesome boys at school.
The Color of Water
by James McBride
Book Description: McBride's extraordinary memoir of a young black man's search to uncover his white mother's past along with his own identity results in a powerful portrait of growing up, a meditation on race and identity, and a poignant, beautifully crafted hymn from a son to his mother.
by D. James Smith
Book Description: Jason is a Rollerblader of champion caliber, as he makes clear to his girl, Cat, during a contest on the Santa Cruz boardwalk. Both Jason and Cat have secrets that cause them to flee.
by Adam Bagdasarian
Book Description: Based on the experiences of the author's great-uncle during the Armenian Holocaust, Forgotten Fire is the story of one boy's search for the survivor inside himself. It is the story of a lost nation a powerful celebration of the resilience of the human spirit during the darkest of times.
by Ayn Rand
Book Description: This instant classic is the story of an intransigent young architect, his violent battle against conventional standards, and his explosive love affair with a beautiful woman who struggles to defeat him.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier
Book Description: History and fiction merge seamlessly in this luminous novel about artistic vision and sensual awakening. Girl with a Pearl Earring tells the story of 16-year-old Griet, whose life is transformed by her brief encounter with genius...even as she herself is immortalized in canvas and oil.
Go and Come Back
by Joan Abelove
Book Description: Alicia, a young tribeswoman living in a village in the Amazonian jungle of Peru, tells about the two American women anthropologists who arrive to study her people's way of life.
Gone from Home: Short Takes
by Angela Johnson
Book Description: Here are 12 heartrending and uplifting stories exploring the notions of home and hope.
The Grapes of Wrath
by John Steinbeck
Book Description: In this epic story, a family of farmers flees from their farm in Oklahoma to California during the dust-bowl years of the 1930s.
It's Not About the Bike
by Lance Armstrong and Brenda Barrera
Book Description: The inspiring journey of world-class hero Lance Armstrong, from the dark night of advanced cancer through his dramatic victory in the 1999 Tour de France, and beyond.
Life Is Funny
by E. R.Frank
Book Description: The lives of a number of young people of different races, economic backgrounds, and family situations living in Brooklyn, New York, become intertwined over a seven-year period.
Lord of the Flies
by William Golding
Book Description: This is the classic tale of a group of English schoolboys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures.
The end of the school year is quickly approaching! Celebrate with fun activities, then prepare yourself and your students with report card advice, summer reading guides, summer math, and more.
Common Core Lessons & Resources
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June Calendar of Events
June is full of holidays and events that you can incorporate into your standard curriculum. Our Educators' Calendar outlines activities for each event, including: Summer Begins (6/21), Helen Keller's Birthday (6/27/1880), World War I Began (6/28/1914), and Meteor Day (6/30). Plus, celebrate Child Vision Awareness Month, National Rivers Month, and National Safety Month all June long!
Causes We Support: We Give Books
Visit We Give Books, an ever-growing, free online library of children's picture books! For every book read on the site, a brand-new book will be donated to a children's literacy campaign of your choosing. Read aloud to students or encourage them read independently, and you'll teach them to help others at the same time. Giving is as simple as reading!