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Summer Reading List

Summer Reading
Tully Junior-Senior High School

Dear Tully Jr/Sr High Students,

Your teachers have come together to make a list of books that we love. We hope you will love them, too! Don’t worry if you don’t see anything on our list that grabs your attention: we have also included a list of resources that can help you find books you love.
Keep in mind that some of these books deal with complex, mature issues.  Some of them have mature language in them. Please do the research before making a choice, so you can be certain that your selection matches your/your parents’ comfort level!  Unless otherwise noted, every book below is available for download to Kindle.
Books & Authors We Love
Mrs. Sterritt
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (8th Grade)
  • Hope was Here by Joan Bauer (8th Grade)
  • The Giver Series (includes The Giver, Messenger, Gathering Blue, and Son) by Lois Lowry (7th-9th grade)
  • The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull (8th Grade)
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins (8th Grade)
  • Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam (8th Grade)
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman (8th-9th Grade)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (8th-9th Grade)
  • The Misfits by James Howe (8th-9th grade)
  • Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (8th-9th Grade)
  • West Side Story by Irving Shulman (9th Grade)
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles (9th Grade)
  • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell (7th-8th grade)
  • Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe (10th-12th grade)
  • Matched Trilogy (includes Matched, Crossed, and Reached) by Ally Condie (8th-9th grade)
Mrs. Elmer
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (9th-12th grade)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (9th-12th grade)
  • The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr (10th-12th grade)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (10th-12th grade)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (10th-12th grade)
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (9th-12th grade)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (10th-12th grade)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (9th-10th grade)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (10th-11th grade)
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (11th-12th grade)
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (9th-12th grade)
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (9th-10th grade)
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (9th-12th grade)
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (9th-12th grade)
  • The Soul of Central New York by Sean Kirst (9th-12th grade)
Mrs. Franke
  • In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick (9-12th grade)
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (10th-12th grade)
  • Beloved by Toni MOrrison (12th grade)
  • All Over but the Shoutin’ by Rick Bragg (10th-12th grade)
  • This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff (9th-10th grade)
  • The Road by Cormac McCarthy (11th-12th grade)
  • Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich (11th-12th grade)
  • A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never DO Again by David Foster Wallace (11th-12th grade)
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris (10th-12th grade)
  • Carry On, Jeeves  by P.G. Wodehouse (9th-12th grade)
  • Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez (11th-12th grade)
  • The Waterworks by E.L. Doctorow (10th-12th grade)
  • The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
Mrs. Rossman:
  • Into the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides (10th-12th grade)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (11th-12th grade)
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (11th-12th grade)
  • Anything Joyce Carol Oates has ever written (11th-12th grade, adult situations)
  • David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
  • This Fight is Our Fight by Elizabeth Warren (nonfiction)
  • On Tyranny by Timothy Snyder (nonfiction)
  • The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon (11th-12th grade, adult situations)
  • Churchill and Orwell: The Fight for Freedom by Thomas E. Ricks (nonfiction)
  • The Vanishing American Adult:: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance by Ben Sasse (nonfiction)
  • Barracoon--Zora Neale Hurston (12th--adult situations)
  • The Stand--Stephen King (12th--adult situations)
  • LaRose--Louise Erdrich (12th--adult situations)
  • A Gentleman in Moscow--Amor Towles (12th--adult situations)
  • Underground Railroad--Colson Whitehead (12th--adult situations)
  • 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl--Mona Awad (12th--adult situations)
  • Beneath a Scarlet Sky--Mark Sullivan
Resources to Find Books You Love
  • Friends, siblings, and cousins often have similar interests. Ask them about books they love!
  • The Pulitzer Prize winning book list’s website shows the winners and finalists and provides a short synopsis of each book.
  • lets you search different genres and keep track of what you've read.
  • The College Bound Reading List has a great selection.
  • breaks up reading choices by new releases, best sellers, etc. And, of course, you can actually look inside most books...
  • The New York Times book reviews are well-respected by avid readers.
  • There are also some great websites that help you find titles or authors similar to those you like, sort of like Pandora, but for books.  Among them are the following… (Enter your favorite author and get a map of similar authors.)