Summer reading provides a venue for Southern Regional High School students to remain engaged in learning, to augment literacy skills, and to gain additional knowledge. Besides, summer reading affords the opportunity to enrich the summer experience by escaping with a good book!
Research shows that students lose one month of academic learning during the summer. Research also shows that one of the best ways to prevent the “summer slide” and to prepare for college is simply to read. Don’t know where to start? The following list contains some recent favorites and recommendations from our Southern Regional staff. Check it out, choose a book, dig in, and read!
From Mrs. Bucci:
The Help - Kathryn Stockett
Tuesdays with Morrie - Mitch Albom
The Glass Castle: A Memoir - Jeannette Walls
From Mrs. Grose:
Fish in a Tree - Lynda Mullaly Hunt
Love & Gelato - Jenna Evans Welch
The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry - Gabrielle Zevin
Debt Free Degree - Anthony ONeal
Shoe Dog: Young Reader's Edition - Phil Knight
From Mr. Capelli:
The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien
The Road - Cormac McCarthy
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
The Story of My Boyhood and Youth - John Muir
From Mrs. Abbato:
Between Shades of Gray - Ruta Sepetys
Out of the Easy - Ruta Sepetys
Matched - Ally Condie
Numbers - Rachel Ward
From Mr. Abbato:
The Green Mile - Stephen King
The Hard Hat: 21 Ways to Be a Great Teammate - Jon Gordon
The Energy Bus: 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work and Team with Positive Energy - Jon Gordon
Talking to Strangers - Malcolm Gladwell
From Mrs. Parks:
Where the Crawdads Sing - Delia Owens
The Language of Flowers – Vanessa Diffenbaugh
The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek - Kim Michele Richardson
1984 - George Orwell
Hey, Kiddo - Jarrett J. Krosoczka (graphic novel)
Boys in the Boat - Daniel James Brown
From Mr. Brown:
The Killer Angels - Michael Shaara
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex - Nathaniel Philbrick
From Mrs. Vile:
The Giver of Stars - Jojo Myers
American Dirt - Jeanine Cummins
The Alice Network - Kate Quinn
Next Year in Havana - Chanel Cleeton
This is How It Always Is - Laurie Frankel
From Mr. Daly:
The Einstein Prophecy - Robert Masello
The Haunting of Gillespie House - Darcy Coates
Doctor Sleep - Stephen King
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead & Win - Jocko Willink
In Search of Ancient Ireland - Carmel McCaffrey & Leo Eaton
Leonardo da Vinci - Walter Isaacson
From Mrs. Craig:
The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah
The Gown - Jennifer Robson
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? - Mindy Kaling
Bossy Pants - Tina Fey
From Mrs. Berardi:
Jack Kerouac is Dead to Me - Gae Polisner
The Woman in the Window - A.J. Finn
Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt
The Sisters Weiss: A Novel - Naomi Ragen
Not My Father's Son - Alan Cumming
From Mrs. Kowalski:
The Tattooist of Auschwitz - Heather Morris
The Institute - Stephen King
Before We Were Yours - Lisa Wingate
Dumplin - Julie Murphy
The Graveyard Book - Neil Gaiman
From Mr. Smith:
Killer Angels: A Novel of the Civil War - Michael Shaara
Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom - David Blight
Freedom From Fear: The American People in Depression and War, 1929–1945 - David Kennedy
Washington's Crossing - David Hackett Fischer
From Mrs. Curley:
Sarah's Key - Tatiana de Rosnay
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan - Lisa See
The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland - Jim DeFede
From Mrs. Fredrickson:
Counting by 7s - Holly Goldberg Sloan
From Mr. Klos:
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Tracker - Tom Brown, Jr.
Black Like Me - John Howard Griffin
The Autobiography of Malcolm X - Malcom X & Alex Haley
From Miss Newton:
Ophelia - Lisa Klein
Turtles All The Way Down - John Green
Circe - Madeline Miller
An Open Letter to High School Students About Reading by Patrick Sullivan, English Professor at Manchester Community College in Manchester, Connecticut.
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and use their Southern username and password to access the site.