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Summer Assignments 2022: Summer Reading Overview & Resources

Summer assignments and summer reading resources 2022!

Resources for Great Books!

Science Fiction & Fantasy



Deeplight by Frances Hardinge

Electric Kingdom by David Arnold

The House in the Cerulean Sea by T.J. Kline

Kingdom of the Wicked (Book 1) by Kerri Maniscalco

Little Thieves by Margaret Owen

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Uglies (Book 1) by Scott Westerfeld

A Magic Steeped in Poison (The Book Tea; 1) by Judy I. Lin

Raybearer by Jordan Ifueko.

Historical Fiction


Cane Warriors by Alex Wheatle

Code Name Verity (Book 1) by Elizabeth Wein 

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys

The Silent Unseen: A Novel of World War II by  Amanda McCrina

We Are Not Free by Traci Chee

Graphic (Heavily Illustrated)


Flamer by Mike Curato

Heartstopper (Book 1) by Alice Oseman

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds and Danica Novgorodoff

Loveless by Alice Oseman

Messy Roots: A Graphic Memoir of a Wuhanese American by Laura Gao

Squire by Nadia Shammas and Sara Alfageeh




Accidental by Alex Richards

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich.

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner.

Like Spilled Water by Jennie Liu.

Me (Moth) by Amber McBride.




The Disturbed Girl's Dictionary by NoNieqa Ramos 

Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Scars Like Wings by Erin Stewart 

Three Things I Know are True by Betty Culley

The Way I Used to Be by Amber Smith

Who Put This Song On? by Morgan Parker

Yolk by Mary H.K. Choi

Summer Reading 2022 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!)

Audio Books & Podcast Resources




The Berlin Boxing Club by Robert Sharenow

Curveball: The Year I Lost My Grip by Jordan Sonnenblick

Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers

Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E. K. Johnston

Furia by Yamile Saied Mendez

Gym Candy by Carl Deuker

Mexican WhiteBoy by Matt de la Peña

Wolf by Wolf (Wolf by Wolf Series #1) by Ryan Graudin




All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton, Tiffany D. Jackson, Nic Stone, Angie Thomas, Ashley Woodfolk, and Nicola Yoon

Counting Down with You by Tashie Bhuiyan 

How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love with the Universe by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland

Instructions for Dancing by Nicola Yoon 

More Than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood

She Drives Me Crazy by Kelly Quindlen

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer Series, Book 1) by Jenny Han

You Have a Match by Emma Lord 

Realistic Fiction



The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie; art by Ellen Forney

All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir

Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas.

I Guess I Live Here Now by Claire Ahn

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh 

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and Yusef Salaam

We Are Not from Here by Jenny Torres Sanchez.

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

Library Catalog

What's New? Gold

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


Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé 

All Eyes on Her by L.E. Flynn

The City Beautiful by­ Aden Polydoros

The Cellar (Book 1) by Natasha Preston

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus 

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley.

A Good Girl's Guide To Murder by Holly Jackson

The Inheritance Games (Book 1) Jennifer Lynn Barnes 

The Project by Courtney Summers

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart