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Summer Assignments 2024: Summer Reading Overview & Resources

Resources for Great Books!

Science Fiction & Fantasy


A Deadly Education by Naomi Novik *

Divine Rivals (Bk. 1; Letters of Enchantment Series) by Rebecca Ross

Fable and Namesake (Duology) by Adrienne Young

Project Hail Mary by Andy Weir * 

Scythe (Series) by Neal Shusterman *

Shatter Me (Series) by Tahereh Mafi

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo *

Strange the Dreamer by Lanni Taylor *

Vicious and Vengeful (Duology) by VE Schwab

* = Nutmeg Nominee

Historical Fiction


Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez

Berliners by Vesper Stamper

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein *

I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys *

Red Queen, Bk. 1, by Victoria Aveyard

Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys *

They Went Left by Monica Hesse

Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

* = Nutmeg Nominee

Graphic (Heavily Illustrated)


Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Vol. 1, by Koyoharu Gotouge

Laura Dean Keeps Breaking Up with Me by Mariko Tamaki

Ms. Marvel (Series) by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona

My Hero Academia, Vol. 1, by Kohei Horikoshi (author) and Caleb D. Cook (translator)

Paper Girls: The Complete Story by Brian K. Vaughan (Author), Cliff Chiang (Artist), and Matt Wilson (Artist)

Runaways 1: Find Your Way Home by Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka

Spinning by Tillie Walden

Teen Titans: Raven by Kami Garcia and Gabriel Picolo

* = Nutmeg Nominee



Dear Evan Hansen by Val Emmich

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green *

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner *

If Tomorrow Doesn't Come by Jen St. Jude

The Minus-One Club by Kekla Magoon

Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton *

* = Nutmeg Nominee



All the Fighting Parts by Hannah V. Sawyerr

Beneath a Meth Moon : an Elegy by Jaqueline Woodson

Dear Medusa by Olivia Cole

Eliza and Her Monsters by Francesca Zappia *

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Saints of the Household by Ari Tison

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

* = Nutmeg Nominee


Summer Reading 2024 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 Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Golden Arm by Carl Deuker *

Kneel by Candace Buford *

Beartown by Fredrik Backman *

Out of Nowhere by Maria Padian

Rez Ball by Byron Graves

* = Nutmeg Nominee



Give Me a Sign by Anna Sortino

Gloria Buenrostro Is Not My Girlfriend by Brandon Hoang

Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven *

Icebreaker by A.L. Graziadei

More than Just a Pretty Face by Syed M. Masood *

Reggie and Delilah's Year of Falling by Elise Bryant

* = Nutmeg Nominee

Realistic Fiction


All My Rage by Sabaa Tahir *

In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner *

Invisible Son by Kim Johnson

Moxie by Jennifer Matthieu *

Not So Pure and Simple by Lamar Giles *

Radio Silence by Alice Oseman * 

The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner *

Solo by Kwame Alexander with Mary Rand Hess *

What I Carry by Jennifer Longo *

Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest

* = Nutmeg Nominee



As Long as the Lemon Trees Grow by Zoulfa Katouh * 

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

I Kick and I Fly by Ruchira Gupta

Wings in the Wild by Margarita Engle

* = Nutmeg Nominee

Library Catalog

What's New? Gold


To borrow an NHS audiobook, log into your NHS Destiny Account:

Username = ID Number (e.g., 12345)

Password = Last Name (e.g., Hartley)

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.




This Delicious Death by Kayla Cottingham

Firekeeper's Daugther by Angeline Boulley *

The Honeys by Ryan La Sala *

Hollow Fires by Samira Ahmed

The Inheritance Games (Series) Jennifer Lynn Barnes *

One of Us is Lying by Karen McManus

Promise Boys by Nick Brooks

The Weight of Blood by Tiffany D. Jackson *

* Nutmeg Nominee