12th Grade Foundations in English Summer Reading Assignment
1. REQUIRED: Read ANY ONE age-appropriate book of your choice. No note-taking is required, though it is encouraged. Some suggestions are listed below.
Ten by Gretchen McNeil
“Don’t expect to put it down once you’ve picked it up.” (Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books)
One of Us Is Lying by Karen McManus
“Pretty Little Liars meets The Breakfast Club” (EW.com) in this “flat-out addictive” (RT Book Reviews) story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walk out alive.
Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds
After 15-year-old Will sees his older brother, Shawn, gunned down on the streets, he sets out to do the expected: the rules dictate no crying, no snitching, and revenge.
Swing by Kwame Alexander
"Lively, moving, and heartfelt. " - Kirkus Review
Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
“Intense is the word for Ender's Game. Aliens have attacked Earth twice and almost destroyed the human species. To make sure humans win the next encounter, the world government has taken to breeding military geniuses -- and then training them in the arts of war... The early training, not surprisingly, takes the form of 'games'... Ender Wiggin is a genius among geniuses; he wins all the games... He is smart enough to know that time is running out. But is he smart enough to save the planet?” - Amazon.com Review
Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
“I’m obsessed with this book. Wickedly funny, heartbreakingly real, full of characters to love and cheer for. DUMPLIN’ is such a star.” (Katie Cotugno, author of How to Love and 99 Days)
Dopesick by Beth Macy
An instant New York Times and indie bestseller, Dopesick is the only book to fully chart the devastating opioid crisis in America: "a harrowing, deeply compassionate dispatch from the heart of a national emergency" (New York Times) from a bestselling author and journalist who has lived through it
Warm Up by Sara Leach
"A sweet story that will surely leave a smile on your face. Not only does it capture the beauty and emotion of dance, but also the power of friendship. Jasmine is a girl who you cannot help but love and cheer for. She brings out happiness in herself and her teammates, as well as her straight-laced dance instructor. You will not want to put the book down as you wait for the characters in the book to come together as a true team. This book is simply a sweet, refreshing breath of fresh air." (SLJ Teen Reviewer 2013-12-18)
Night by Elie Wiesel
Night is Elie Wiesel's masterpiece, a candid, horrific, and deeply poignant autobiographical account of his survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.
“To the best of my knowledge no one has left behind him so moving a record.” ―Alfred Kazin