1. REQUIRED: Choose one book from the list below. Slideshow with your choices HERE.
- You do not need to select the book based on who your English teacher is. In September, you will participate in a book discussion during your English class, led by the staff member who selected your book. You will be responsible for vocally participating in this discussion, and then completing a writing assignment about your book.
- SIGN UP FOR YOUR BOOK CHOICE. A limited number of students can select each book, so you must sign up.
2. REQUIRED: Read one book of your choice. It must be age appropriate. It can be from the list below, but it does not have to be.
1. Read ONE (Descriptions below). Here is a SLIDESHOW
- The Lost Order
- Unwind by Neal Shusterman
- On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
- The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernest Hemingway
- Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
- The Things About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin
- Line Change by Matt Brown and Todd Civin
- Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
- I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
- All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
- Shattering Glass by Gail Giles
- Where'd You Go Bernadette by Maria Semple
- Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
- One Hundred Sideways Miles by Andrew Smith
- And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
- One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus
- The Help by Kathryn Stockett
- The Martian by Andy Weir
Sign up for ONE:
The Song of AchillesMr. Trevenen's Pick:
Hello! I am one of your ninth grade English teachers and for summer reading I have chosen one of the better books I have read lately, The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller. Though not an expert, I have enjoyed reading and teaching classical texts like the Odyssey by Homer and Sophocles’ Oedipus the King and Antigone. The Iliad by Homer is also a favorite, so when I was book browsing one day I came across this title about the hero of the Iliad, Achilles. I knew nothing about the novel save the title and cover. I took a chance and was rewarded with an interesting view of classical characters by a modern writer. The focus the novel is the romantic relationship between the warriors Achilles and Patroclus. The writer keeps all of the supernatural elements known through the myths intact including Achilles’ goddess mother Thetis, his centaur teacher Chiron, and the prophecy regarding his life and death. Miller is faithful to the classic myths and still manages to bring forth a new theme regarding ancient heroes and present day lives.
Ms. Almeida's Pick:
Hey Class of 2023! I am Ms. Almeida; the happy guy in the photo with me is my dog, Finn! I teach 9th grade English! I am also the Peer Leader advisor and look forward to meeting you during your Freshman Orientation in August and working with you throughout the year!
Have you ever been involved in a conflict where your parents were REALLY upset with you? Imagine… because of that conflict, your parents sent you to a camp for you to be “unwound?” Hmm.. sounds relaxing, right? A place where you can go and unwind, get relaxed.. WRONG! The camp is actually where unwanted and challenging children are sent, to have their body “unwound…” Meaning: their organs and body parts are harvested to be donated to other people, sort of like the organ transplant that we are used to hearing about today, only.. they are ALIVE and it’s involuntarily. CRAZY, RIGHT?!
Unwind follows three teenagers: Connor, Risa and Lev, all from very different backgrounds, on their intense journey as they band together and attempt to escape their fate. Their goal: Survive until their 18th birthday, adulthood, when they are finally safe. Do they make it? What happens when ethics and law conflict? Should an individual be in charge of their own life, of their own destiny, no matter their age? I challenge YOU to read Unwind this summer and investigate your own thoughts and opinions. I invite you to join a discussion in September where you will be able to discuss controversial topics relating to the novel and the world around you today!
Ms. Hoey's pick:
Hello! Welcome, Masconomet class of 2023! I am Ms. Hoey and I teach freshman honors biology. I love my pets, country music, concerts, roller coasters, traveling, reading, and new adventures!
I chose Shattering Glass by Gail Giles as my summer reading book. I read this book last summer and it was such a page turner I finished it in one day! In addition to biology, I also teach forensic science so I am drawn to books that are suspenseful or include some kind of mystery. The quote on the back of the book grabbed by interest right away - “Simon Glass was easy to hate…..I guess, really we each hated him for a different reason, but we didn’t realize it until the day we killed him”. I hope that quote grabs your interest too! The book is the story of a high school popularity experiment gone wrong as told by one of the boys involved. This book is so full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing until the shocking end! Hope you have a great summer vacation!!!
All The Light We Cannot See
Ms. O'Brien's pick:
Hi Everyone - I’m Ms. O’Brien and I teach chemistry. I enjoy outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with my husband and two young daughters. I also love to read.
I chose All the Light We Cannot See because it is an engaging story about a young French girl and a young German boy who grow up in very different environments. Eventually the two cross paths in France in the 1940s and their story continues into the 2000s. The story includes mystery, history, and personal relationships. It makes you stop and think about the people that live through wars and how that shapes the rest of their lives.
My favorite type of book is one that I think about when I’m not reading it and look forward to picking it back up. All the Light We Cannot See was one of those books.
One of Us Is Lying
Dr. Story's pick:
I am the Social Studies Department Chair and AP U.S. Government and Politics teacher. I am married and have three children and a doberman pinscher. I love reading a good mystery, and that is why I selected this book.
According to several reviews posted on Amazon, One of Us Is Lying is
"A whodunit with a Breakfast Club twist...following four unique voices on a chase to find the killer, this one will keep you guessing until the very, very end."—Popcrush
“An addictive, devour-in-one-sitting thriller with so many twists and turns you'll be wondering until the very end: Who really killed Simon?”—Kara Thomas, author of The Darkest Corners and Little Monsters
"An engaging, enticing look at the pressures of high school and the things that cause a person to lose control."—Booklist
The Poet X
Ms. Sheehy's pick:
Ever read a book and think, “This is about me!”? Poet X is that book: when you feel “unhide-able”, when your parents don’t understand your life, when you’re crushing. It’s a quick read that looks like poetry but reads like a fast moving story. Written by an award winning slam poet, Poet X tells the story of X’s life in Harlem and her discovery of slam poetry as a way to express her complicated life.
On The Come UpMs. Finnegan's Pick:
Welcome, Class of 2023!
My choice for summer reading is by Angie Thomas, who wrote the best-seller, The Hate U Give. You will be reading The Hate U Give in your ninth grade English class, so I thought reading another book by the same author would be great! The protagonist, Bri, is a sixteen-year-old who wants to be a rapper. She is trying to find her voice and her identity through her lyrics and has to decide if she wants to be famous for a popular song she writes, even though it strays from who she really is. I loved this book and have had many students tell me how relatable the main character is. I hope you enjoy it!
The Snows of Kilimanjaro
Mr. Walsh's pick:
I am Mr. Walsh, a 9th grade History teacher. I chose this book because I have been a Hemingway fan for years. This book is a classic and is an ideal introduction to Ernest Hemingway, The Snows of Kilimanjaro and Other Stories contains ten of Hemingway's most acclaimed and popular works of short fiction.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro is a short story collection by Ernest Hemingway. Many of the stories deal with classic Hemingway themes, such as death versus life well-lived. Hemingway uses the stories collected here to examine the ways that people misunderstand each other’s pain and loss.
I'll Give You The Sun
Mrs. Hildebrand's pick:
Hello! I am Mrs. Hildebrand and I teach 9th grade English while also serving as the English Department Chair. I coach field hockey at Georgetown HS and have two young kids who keep me on my toes! I love the outdoors, all things active, and animals - we foster rescue dogs whenever we can!
About the Novel: “At first, Jude and her twin brother Noah, are inseparable. Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude wears red-red lipstick, cliff-dives, and does all the talking for both of them. Years later, they are barely speaking. Something has happened to change the twins in different yet equally devastating ways . . . but then Jude meets an intriguing, irresistible boy and a mysterious new mentor. The early years are Noah's to tell; the later years are Jude's. But they each have only half the story, and if they can only find their way back to one another, they'll have a chance to remake their world. This radiant, award-winning novel from the acclaimed author of The Sky Is Everywhere will leave you breathless and teary and laughing—often all at once.” (goodreads)
The Thing About Jellyfish
Mr. Quadros' pick:
Bonjour! ¡Hola! I’m Mr. Quadros. I teach ninth grade French and Spanish. I travel with Masco freshmen on the Quebec field trip and I help organize the French exchange for our juniors and seniors. I enjoy teaching, learning languages and culture, reading, writing, hockey, playing guitar, rocketry and traveling. I look forward to discussing this great novel with you.
The Thing About Jellyfish is a book about coping with death, the complexity of friendship, finding your place and all sorts of interesting information about jellyfish (which are quite remarkable creatures). The main character, Zu, is about to enter 8th grade but frequently shares flashback memories of her friend who passed away unexpectedly. Her suspicion about her friend’s death takes an interesting turn when she wanders to the jellyfish tank during a field trip to the New England Aquarium.
I read this book with my son and we both enjoyed it. Although the writing is simple and the book is relatively short, the underlying ideas and narrative hold back intense emotion and larger-than-life implications for the main character and her isolated but complicated world. We enjoyed this book because it mixes complex human relationships and science.
100 Sideways Miles
Mr. Ordway's pick:
Hello All. I am Mr. Ordway, a Program Coordinator for 11th and 12th graders. I enjoy spending time with my family and watching the B’s, C’s, and Pats win. I am also very happy when I can actually get on the golf course for a round or two. I spend a lot of time in the car, so I like to listen to most of my books during my commute to work.
Goodreads writes: “Finn Easton sees the world through miles instead of minutes. It's how he makes sense of the world, and how he tries to convince himself that he's a real boy and not just a character in his father's bestselling cult-classic book. Finn has two things going for him: his best friend, the possibly-insane-but-definitely-excellent Cade Hernandez, and Julia Bishop, the first girl he's ever loved.”
I chose this book because it is relatable to high school students. Additionally, the book gives the reader an interesting perspective from an individual who may appear to have a different profile, but in the end has the same challenges and achievements as his fellow classmates.
Long Way Down
Ms. Mirabito's pick:
Hello, I’m Ms. Mirabito - I am the morning Library Assistant in the High School Library. I love the beach and I love to read- my ideal day would be spent at the beach with a great book.
I chose Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds -
From Amazon : “An ode to Put the Damn Guns Down, this is New York Times bestseller Jason Reynolds’s fiercely stunning novel that takes place in sixty potent seconds—the time it takes a kid to decide whether or not he’s going to murder the guy who killed his brother.
A cannon. A strap. A piece. A biscuit. A burner. A heater. A chopper. A gat. A hammer. A tool for RULE
Or, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows the rules. No crying. No snitching. Revenge. That’s where Will’s now heading, with that gun shoved in the back waistband of his jeans, the gun that was his brother’s gun. He gets on the elevator, seventh floor, stoked. He knows who he’s after. Or does he?”
Written in verse, this reads like a book. It’s extremely powerful and thought provoking. Would you follow the rules and avenge your brother’s death, or stop the cycle? It’s a quick read and the audiobook (which the Library owns) is read by the author and is pretty intense. I hope you like is as much as I do.
The Lost Order
Mrs. Marini's pick:
Hello! I am Mrs. Marini a 10th grade History teacher. I chose this author because I enjoy mystery, suspense and a good conspiracy theory.Steve Berry is a researcher of history that designs a fictional story to explain an untold story or a random but interesting fact or occurrence.
The Knights of the Golden Circle was the largest and most dangerous clandestine organization in American history. It amassed billions in stolen gold and silver, all buried in hidden caches across the United States. Since 1865 treasure hunters have searched, but little of that immense wealth has ever been found.
Now, one hundred and sixty years later, two factions of what remains of the Knights of the Golden Circle want that lost treasure—one to spend it for their own ends, the other to preserve it.
Thrust into this battle is former Justice Department agent Cotton Malone, whose connection to the knights is far deeper than he ever imagined. At the center is the Smithsonian Institution—linked to the knights, its treasure, and Malone himself through an ancestor, a Confederate spy named Angus “Cotton” Adams, whose story holds the key to everything. The Lost Order is a perilous adventure into our country’s dark past, and a potentially even darker future.
Mrs. Noyes' pick:
I’m Mrs. Noyes and I teach freshman math-Algebra 1 CP and Geometry Honors. I am married and have two daughters, ages 26 and 23. I love to play golf, bike ride, go hiking, and watch or attend the Red Sox and Bruins games. I also love to travel. I picked this book because I absolutely love the movie and have heard that the book is even better. I am excited to read it and then discuss it with you this fall. I look forward to meeting you but first, have a wonderful summer!
Book Description: “The Help is set in the early 1960’s in Jackson, Mississippi and told primarily from the first person perspectives of three women. Aibilene and Minny are maids and Skeeter is a young college graduate and the three come together to write a tell-all book about work as a black maid in the South, that could forever alter the destinies of their lives and the life of the small town of Jackson.”
Ms. Fay's pick:
Hello, everyone! I’m Ms. Fay and I co-teach a 9th grade elective called Mission Mars while serving as the Science Technology and Engineering Department Chair. In my spare time I love to travel and explore new places with my husband, read, eat great food, and spend time with our sons. I love New England sports!!! I treat each day as a new adventure which is why I chose The Martian for summer reading.
What challenges would you face if you were the only astronaut left on Mars? How would you survive? What obstacles would you have to overcome? Weir has managed to write an easy to read science fiction book, where the main character, Mark Watney, faces life or death on a regular basis. Watney repeatedly applies ingenuity and takes risks to save his life. I could not put this book down. The Martian is a must read for anyone interested in Mars, space travel, and solving real problems. The 49 million miles to Mars is so worth it.
Mr. Collin's pick:
Line Change is the true story about Matt Brown, a high school hockey player from Norwood, MA who suffered a horrific injury during a game that left him a quadriplegic. This uplifting story describes how he, his family and his friends, have adjusted to his new normal. The book includes chapters written by his family, his caregivers, and a very powerful chapter written by the player who checked him just before his injury. Matt has met amazing people throughout his journey and in Line Change he shares his stories and experiences.
I was teaching with Matt’s Aunt when his accident occurred and have since come to know him well. He buys a ton of Girl Scout Cookies from my daughters every year! He is an inspiring young man with an amazing support system who has a positive attitude despite the challenges he faces everyday. He has done and will continue to do incredible things despite his injury. I’m so excited to share his story with you!
And Then There Were None
Mr. Nokes' pick:
Hello! I am Mr. Nokes, and I teach two courses for English 12. One is Graphic Novel, and one is Gothic Tradition of Literature and Film. I enjoy spending time outside, reading, and making up games.
About the novel: Agatha Christie is the Queen of Mystery and the best-selling novelist of all time. Ten strangers, each with a secret, arrive on an island, but it’s a trap! A murderer is among them, and one by one, every guest begins to die. Which of them is responsible, and will the murderer be revealed before it’s too late?
I chose this book because I love mysteries, and Agatha Christie is among the best when it comes to original, creative stories that defined a genre and inspired future bestsellers. I’m interested in the way that Christie writes- how she builds suspense, sustains the reader’s attention, and makes an unbelievable story sound possible.
Where'd You Go, Bernadette
Ms. Tatterson's pick:
Hi! I’m Ms. Tatterson. I teach Biology, Forensics, Biotechnology and Bioethics. I’m married and have three kids (ages 7, 10, and 13). In my free time, I enjoy hanging out with friends and going to concerts/shows. I also love to travel in general, but have been going to a lot of National Parks lately.
I chose Where’d You Go Bernadette? because I loved reading this book. I asked friends to recommend funny books and this was one of the suggestions. I also really enjoyed the format of the book. In the story, a young woman named Bee is trying to figure out where her mother Bernadette has gone by piecing together emails, memos, and invoices. Bernadette appears to others to have it all, but is agoraphobic and has a breakdown trying to organize a family trip. The social and educational scene that Bee and Bernadette inhabit is intense and snarkily described by the author. The book was very hard to put down and very entertaining.