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Summer Assignments 2020: Summer Reading Overview & Resources

A guide to NHS summer reading and summer assignments 2020.

Science Fiction & Fantasy The Toll (3) (Arc of a Scythe) (9781481497060 ...

Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children Series by Ransom Riggs

Sawkill Girls by Claire Legrand

The Seclusion by Jacqui Castle

The Toll (Bk. 3 of the Scythe Series) by Neal Shusterman

Warcross by Marie Lu

Historical Fiction

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby The Lost Girls of Paris: A Novel (9780778330271 ...

Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina

The Gentlemen's Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee

Munich by Robert Harris

Thirteen Doorways, Wolves Behind Them All by Laura Ruby

X: a Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon

Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

Graphic Novel

Spill Zone (Spill Zone Series #1) by Scott Westerfeld, Alex ... Bloom (9781250196910): Panetta, Kevin, Ganucheau ...

Bloom by Kevin Panetta

Harley Quinn: Breaking Glass by Maniko Tamaki and Steve Pug

Home After Dark by David Small

Illegal by Eoin Colfer

Lies in the Dust: A Tale of Remorse from the Salem Witch Trials by Jakob Crane and Timothy Decker

Spill Zone by Scott Westerfeld

Summer Reading 2020 Overview

 The Purpose of Summer Reading

The Newington High School summer reading initiative is designed to promote the enjoyment of reading and to help students find books they will love. Our aim is to celebrate summer reading as the enjoyable activity it is meant to be and encourage students to develop the habit of lifelong reading.  To that end, all NHS students are encouraged to read at least one book of their choice during the summer.  

During the summer, NHS students are encouraged to:

  • Select and read a book(s) of your choice. Resources to assist  with book selection have been compiled by school media specialists and include teacher and public library recommendations, as well as links to a variety of lists, videos, author sites and more.
  • Prepare for learning activities by previewing possible discussion questions. Possible discussion questions are posted below.

Finding a Great Book

This page has several tools for locating titles that you may like.  Please use the links on this page to access a variety of  book lists and videos to help you select a title that interests you.  As you look for a book, keep in mind that you may read fiction or nonfiction.  This includes books of poetry or short stories, narrative nonfiction, and informational texts. 

Feel free to contact Mr. Hartley @ over the summer for book recommendations! I'm happy to help!

NOTE: Students taking some courses, including Advanced Placement (AP) classes have additional work assigned by their teachers.   

YALSA 2020 Teen's Top Ten Nominees

YALSA's annotated Teens' Top Ten Nominees for 2020 

(Click for title list with descriptions.)

Sports Swing (Blink) (0025986761912): Alexander, Kwame, Hess ... After the Shot Drops (9781328702272): Ribay, Randy: Books

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

Air by Ryan Gattis

Ball Don't Lie by Matt de la Peña

Beartown by Fredrik Backman

Hooper by Geoff Herbach

Swing by Kwame Alexander

Tumbling by Caela Carter

Mystery/Suspense/Horror Monday's Not Coming (9780062422675): Jackson, Tiffany ... After the Fire (9781492669791): Hill, Will: Books

After the Fire by Will Hill

Alone by Cyn Balog

City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

You Owe Me a Murder by Eileen Cook

Realistic Fiction American Road Trip (9781627797412): Flores-Scott ... Long Way Down (9781481438254): Reynolds, Jason: Books

American Road Trip by Patrick Flores-Scott

American Street by Ibi Zoboi

Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

Moxie by Jennifer Mathieu

Paper Towns by John Green

Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Death/Dying History Is All You Left Me (9781616956929): Silvera ... Patron Saints of Nothing (9780525554912): Ribay, Randy ...

100 Days by Nicole McInnes

The Fault in our Stars by John Green

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Great American Whatever by Tim Federle 

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay

This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

Romance/Love Holding Up the Universe (9780385755924): Niven ... Love From A to Z by S.K. Ali

Five Feet Apart by Rachael Lippincott

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Love from A-Z by S.K. Ali

The One Memory of Flora Banks by Emily Barr

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon