SUMMER READING 6-12

Hello grades 6 through 12! Find your Fall grade below, then click on a book title to see what's available in our catalog. Use the place hold button to request the book. You will need your library card barcode number (or user name if you've given yourself one in your account), and your PIN(password). Your book will be ready for pickup when you are notified by call, email, or text. After notification, you have 7 days to pick it up. To see the status of your hold, log in to your library account. 
Got a question? - Please ask!
      FAQs:
     I can keep the books all summer, right?
     You may keep them for 3 weeks.Summer reading books are not renewable.
     This is so other people have a chance to read the book before school starts.
     Are these books available in digital format for download?
     Many titles (not all) are available as downloads in E-Audio or E-Book format.
     To find them search our OverDrive and Hoopla services for those formats.
     Audio books may also be available on CDs or Playaways for physical check out.

The 2024 Beanstack online teen summer reading challenge starts June 22! If you created an account for a previous challenge, please use the same account. The challenge runs for 7 weeks with weekly raffle drawings. The more you read & log, write review(s), engage in activities, & earn badges, the greater your chance of winning a prize. You may enter the challenge at any time from June 22 through August 11.

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    2024  Summer Reading
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Entering Grade 6 :  Click here for the Grade 6 summer reading assignment.
In preparation for 6th grade English language arts class, all students must choose two books to read during the summer. The books are your choice. Only one of your choices may be a graphic novel. There are book lists on this blog to browse. If you'd like more help choosing your 2 books try our Your Next Great Read service.
The following are suggested titles; you are not limited to these books:

A High Five For Glenn Burke, by Phil Bildner 
Blended, by Sharon Draper 
Fever, 1793, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Fish in a Tree, by Lynda Mullaly Hunt
The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl, by Stacy McAnulty
New From Here, by Kelly Yang
The Ogress and the Orphans, by Kelly Barnhill
Rain Reign, by Ann Martin
Red Kayak, by Priscilla Cummings 
The Running Dream, by Wendelin Van Draanen
Save Me a Seat, by Sarah Weeks & Gita Varadarajan
Wishtree, by Katherine Applegate
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Entering Grade 7 :  Click here for the Grade 7 summer reading assignment.
Students entering 7th grade are required to read at least two books over the summer. You may choose any books that interest you that you have not read before.
The following are suggested titles; you are not limited to these books:
 
The Best At It, by Maulik Pancholy
City Spies, by James Ponti
Escape From Aleppo, by N.H. Senzai
Fablehaven, by Brandon Mull
Jelly, by Jo Cotterill 
Kaleidoscope, by Brian Selznick 
Ophie's Ghosts, by Justina Ireland
The Raft, by S.A. Bodeen
Small Spaces, by Katherine Arden
Stand Up, Yumi Chung!, by Jessica Kim
Tangerine, by Edward Bloor
When Stars Are Scattered, by Victoria Jamieson
 
Or, find something new! 
If you want help try the Library's reading service: Your Next Great Read
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Entering Grade 8 Click here for the Grade 8 summer reading assignment.
Students entering 8th Grade are required to read Nothing But the Truth, by Avi, and to read a 2nd book (your choice) that meets the Fall unit theme requirements.
Here are the requirements:
  • Be over 120 pages in length.
  • Be something you have NOT read before.
  • Be from the point of view of an identity group that is somehow different from you, the reader. For example, the person could be from another country, be of a significantly different age, or a different gender identity, ethnicity, or religion.
  • Genre is wide open, but please consider the identity requirement carefully. For example, for a young male reader, Harry Potter being "a wizard" is not an authentic interpretation of the theme. 
  • There are no notes required for your choice book. However, you are welcome to take notes if they will help you when discussing these books in the Fall.
Here are a few suggested titles that students have enjoyed in the past:
 
Nonfiction
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba
Chasing Space, by Leland Melvin
Americanized, by Sara Saedi
Persepolis, by Marjane Satrapi
Brown Girl Dreaming, by Jacqueline Woodson

Fiction
  All American Boys, by Jason Reynolds
Amal Unbound, by Aisha Saeed
Code Talker, by Joseph Bruchac
  Crossing Stones, by Helen Frost
Flygirl, by Sherri Smith 
My Mother the Cheerleader, by Robert Sharenow 
Out of the Dust, by Karen Hesse
Starfish, by Lisa Fippe
The Watsons Go To Birmingham--1963, by Christopher Paul Curtis  
 
Do you want help finding something to read? Try the Library's reading service: 
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Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School
2024  Summer Reading

Entering Grade 9 College Prep English   
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List

Entering Grade 9 Honors English
 Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List, and
 Required reading: The Chosen, by Chaim Potok -OR- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, by Betty Smith.
Click here for Honors and AP Requirements.
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Entering Grade 10 College Prep English  
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List

Entering Grade 10 Honors English 
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List, and
 Required reading: The Joy Luck Club, by Amy Tan.
Click here for Honors and AP Requirements.
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Entering Grade 11 College Prep English  
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List

Entering Grade 11 Honors English
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List, and
 Required reading: Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption, by Laura Hillenbrand. 
Click here for Honors and AP Requirements.

Entering Grade 11 Honors Humanities: America and the World
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List, and 
 Required reading: Z, A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald, by Therese Fowler.
Click here for the Humanities Class Requirements. 
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Entering Grade 12 College Prep English  
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List.

Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List, and
Required reading: A Thousand Splendid Suns, by Khaled Hosseini.
Click here for Honors and AP Requirements. 
 
Read a book chosen from the 2024 HWRHS Community Read Book List, and
Required reading: The Namesake, by Jhumpa Lahiri, -and-
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston.
Click here for Honors and AP Requirements.  
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Entering Grade 11 or 12  AP Economics
Required reading: Naked Economics: Undressing the Dismal Science, by Charles Wheelan. 
(Must be the 2010 or 2019 edition.)