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Summer Assignments 2021: Summer Reading Overview & Resources

A guide to suggested summer reading titles and NHS summer reading assignments.

Resources for Great Books!

Science Fiction & Fantasy A Curse So Dark and Lonely (The Cursebreaker Series)  (9781681195087): Kemmerer, Brigid: Books 

All the Stars and Teeth by Adalyn Grace

Cemetery Boys by Aiden Thomas

A Curse So Dark and Lonely (Bk. 1, Cursebreakers Series) by Brgid Kemmerer

The Merciful Crow by Margaret Owen

The Red Scrolls of Magic (Bk. 1; Eldest Curses series) by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

Rewind by Carolyn O'Doherty

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Historical Fiction

Atomic Women by Roseanne Montillo | Little, Brown Books for Young Readers The Fountains of Silence (9780399160318): Sepetys, Ruta: Books

Atomic Women by Roseanne Montillo

Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

The Fountains of Silence by Ruta Sepetys

Lies We Tell Ourselves by Robin Talley

The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff

White Rose by Kip Wilson

Graphic (Heavily Illustrated) Grimoire Noir (9781626725980): Greentea, Vera, Bogatch, Yana:  Books 

Amazons, Abolitionists, and Activists: A Graphic History of Women's Fight for their Rights by Mikki Kendall

Beastars, Volume 1 by Paru Itagaki

Cosmoknights (Bk. 1) by Hannah Templer

The Dark Matter of Mona Starr by Laura Lee Gulledge

Dragon Hoops by Gene Luen Yang

Grimoire Noir by Vera Greentea (author); Yana Bogatch (illustrator)


How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow A TODAY Show Must-Read Book  A  Boston   Globe  Best Book of the Year  A  Seventeen  Best Book of the Year  A  News & Observer  Best Book of the Year  A  Booklist  Editors' Choice selection  A  Publishers Weekly  Best Book of the Year  A Bustle Best Book of the Year  A New York Public Library Best Book of the Year

The Astonishing of After: A Novel by Emily X.R. Pan

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo

How to Make Friends with the Dark: A Novel by Kathleen Glasgow

Surrender by Sonya Hartnett

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour


A Heart in a Body in the World Only Child by Rhiannon Navin 

Crank by Ellen Hopkins

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary by Nonieqa Ramos

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia

A Heart in a Body in the World by Deb Caletti

Only Child: A Novel by Rhiannon Navin

Summer Reading 2021 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.   

Hoopla Digital (Audiobook Platform Recommendation!)


Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court: Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem,  Obstfeld, Raymond: 9780316555388: Books Gut Check: A Novel (9780374307622): Kester, Eric: Books

After the Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

Becoming Kareem: Growing up on and off the Court by Kareem Abdul-Jabar and Raymond Obstfeld

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker

Gravity by Sarah Deming

Gut Check by Eric Kester

The Prodigy by John Feinstein

Romance/Love Along for the Ride (9780142415566): Dessen, Sarah: Books Eleanor & Park (0884186335213): Rainbow Rowell: Books

10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

Along for the Ride: A Novel by Sarah Dessen

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Instant Karma by Marissa Meyer

Tweet Cute: A Novel by Emma Lord

When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger

Realistic Fiction With the Fire on High (9780062662835): Acevedo, Elizabeth: Books

Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager by Ben Philippe

I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Solo by Kwame Alexander, with Mary Rand Hess

Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Library Catalog

What's New @ NHS

Fiction Genres

The NHS Fiction collection is divided among the following genres (or topic categories).  A description of each of these genres can found HERE.  Click below to browse each of the NHS Fiction genres.



Books for teen book clubs The Inheritance Games (9781368052405): Barnes, Jennifer Lynn:  Books

1922 by Stephen King

Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards

A Good Girl's Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson

The Inheritance Games (Bk. 1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

One of Us is Next by Karen M. McManus

Sadie by Courtney Summers