Daniel Hand High School

Welcome to the DHHS Suggested Summer Reading List!

All high school students are asked to read at least three books this summer. Each student is expected to complete summer reading before school begins. Reading ability varies; therefore, students are welcome to choose a title from another grade level, if it seems appropriate. Periodicals, audiobooks, and e-books are all acceptable forms of summer reading and many resources can be found at the Scranton Library.

Students in AP and/or certain Honors classes have specific requirements. See Requirements page.

Students are asked to complete the summer reading recording sheet.

Grades 9 & 10

eBooks

Popular Reads

9-10 Realistic Fiction

Realistic Fiction

Student Pick

Library Pick

(Available on Overdrive)

(Available on Overdrive)

Other Suggested Titles

Magoon, Kekla: How it went Down
When sixteen-year-old Tariq Johnson is shot to death, his community is thrown into an uproar because Tariq was black and the shooter, Jack Franklin, is white, and in the aftermath everyone has something to say, but no two accounts of the events agree.

Rowell, Rainbow: Fangirl
Feeling cast off when her twin sister outgrows their shared love for a favorite fictional character, Cath, a dedicated fan-fiction writer, struggles to survive on her own in her first year of college while avoiding a surly roommate, bonding with a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words, and worrying about her fragile father.

Mazer, Harry: Somebody Please Tell Me Who I Am (Available on Overdrive)
Ben lives a charmed life, but after being wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, Ben’s life is forever changed.

Quintero, Isabel: Girl in Pieces (Available on Overdrive)
Sixteen-year-old Gabi Hernandez chronicles her senior year in high school as she copes with her friend Cindy's pregnancy, her friend Sebastian's coming out, her father's meth habit, her own cravings for food and cute boys, and especially, the poetry that helps forge her identity.

Nelson, Jandy: I'll Give You the Sun (Available on Overdrive)
A story of first love, family, loss, and betrayal told from different points in time, and in separate voices, by artists Jude and her twin brother Noah

Gantos, Jack: The Trouble in Me
Fourteen-year-old Jack falls under the spell of a delinquent Florida neighbor and gets way more trouble than he bargained for

Moore, Liz: Heft (Available on Overdrive)
An obese former academic shut-in and a poor kid dreaming of a successful baseball career are linked together by a former student who transforms their lives

Popular Authors in this genre

Sarah Dessen, Jodi Picoult, John Green, Frank Portman,

Gabrielle Zevin, Mike Lupica, Jordan Sonnenblick, David Levithan

9-10 Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Student Pick

Library Pick

(Available on Overdrive)

Other Suggested Titles

Cass, Kiera: The Siren (Available on Overdrive)
A member of the sisterhood of sirens deadly to humans, Kahlen must live a lonely life following the rules that prohibit her forming close bonds with humans and though she has lived by these rules for years now, patiently waiting for the life she can call her own, when Akinli, a human, enters her world, she can not bring herself to live by the rules anymore.

Brown, Pierce: Red Rising (Available on Follett Shelf)
Darrow, a Red, which is the lowest caste in the color-coded society of the future, joins a revolutionary cell and attempts to infiltrate an elite military academy after witnessing the execution of his wife.

Buckingham, Royce Scott - The Terminals Nineteen-year-old Cam Cody takes the opportunity to join a covert unit of young spies who, like him, are terminally ill but have extraordinary abilities due to an experimental super-steroid, but he soon learns the program is not what it seems--and they may not even be ill.

Walker, Karen Thompson: The Age of Miracles (Available on Follett Shelf)
Julia struggles as she comes of age when she learns, along with the rest of the world, that the Earth has begun to slow its rotation, drastically changing gravity and the environment.

Shannon, Samantha: The Bone Season
In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

Weir, Andy: The Martian (Available on Follett Shelf)
Astronaut Mark Watney, having been stranded on Mars during a dust storm, relies on his ingenuity and engineering skills to stay alive and try to contact NASA.

Other Authors:

Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Robin McKinley, Suzanne Collins, Paolo Bacigalupi, Allastair Reynolds, John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick.

9-10 Mystery

Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Student Pick

Library Pick



Other Suggested Titles

Almond, David: Clay (Available on Overdrive)
The developing relationship between teenager Davie and a mysterious new boy in town morphs into something darker and more sinister when Davie learns firsthand of the boy's supernatural powers.

Barron, Ruth: Defriended (Available on Follett Shelf)
Jason spends most of his nights talking online with Lacey, who seems to be the perfect girl, but when Lacey refuses to meet him in person, Jason does some Internet searching and discovers that Lacey died a year ago, and Jason must figure out what is going on before it is too late.

Bray, Libba: Beauty Queens (Available on Follett Shelf)
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Hiaason, Carl: Skink No Surrender With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

Lake, Nick: Blood Ninja
After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan.

Gardner, Sally: Maggot Moon (Available on Follett Shelf)
Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing.

Popular authors in this genre:

Jay Asher, Ally Carter, John Feinstein, Susan Beth Pfeffer,

Richard Yancy, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman

9-10 Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

Student Pick

Library Pick

(Available on Overdrive)



Other Suggested Titles

Donnelly, Jennifer: Revolution (Available on Overdrive)
An angry, grieving seventeen-year-old musician facing expulsion from her prestigious Brooklyn private school, travels to Paris to complete a school assignment. While there she uncovers a diary written during the French revolution by a young actress attempting to help a tortured, imprisoned little boy, Louis Charles, the lost king of France.

Winters, Cat: In the Shadow of Blackbirds
In San Diego in 1918, as deadly influenza and World War I take their toll, sixteen-year-old Mary Shelley Black watches desperate mourners flock to seances and spirit photographers for comfort and, despite her scientific leanings, must consider if ghosts are real when her first love, killed in battle, returns.

Hahn, Mary Downing: Mr. Death’s Blue-Eyed Girls (Available on Follett Shelf)
Narrated from several different perspectives, Hahn tells the story of the 1956 murder of two teenaged girls in suburban Baltimore, Maryland.

Schlitz, Laura Amy: The Hired Girl
Fourteen-year-old Joan Skraggs, just like the heroines in her beloved novels, yearns for real life and true love. But what hope is there for adventure, beauty, or art on a hardscrabble farm in Pennsylvania where the work never ends? Over the summer of 1911, Joan pours her heart out into her diary as she seeks a new, better life for herself--because maybe, just maybe, a hired girl cleaning and cooking for six dollars a week can become what a farm girl could only dream of--a woman with a future.

Nappi, Frank: The Legend of Mickey Tussler
Seventeen-year-old Mickey Tussler is offered a job as pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1940s; in spite of Mickey's autism, coach Arthur Murphy is willing to take a chance on him.

McGuigan, Mary Ann: Morning in a Different Place
In 1963 in the Bronx, eighth-graders Fiona and Yolanda help one another face hard decisions at home despite family and social opposition to their interracial friendship.

Napoli, Donna Jo: Alligator Bayou
Fourteen-year-old Calogero Scalise and his Sicilian uncles and cousin live in small-town Louisiana in 1898, when Jim Crow laws rule and anti-immigration sentiment is strong. Despite his attempts to be polite and to follow American customs, disaster dogs his family at every turn.

Kephart, Beth: Going Over (Available on Follett Shelf)
In the early 1980s Ada and Stefan are young, would-be lovers living on opposite sides of the Berlin Wall--Ada lives with her mother and grandmother and paints graffiti on the Wall, and Stefan lives with his grandmother in the East and dreams of escaping to the West

Yang, Gene Luen. Boxers & Saints
Presents a two-volume graphic novel set that looks China in 1898 during the Boxer Rebellion.

Wein, Elizabeth: Rose Under Fire (Code Name Verity #2)
When young American pilot Rose Justice is captured by Nazis and sent to Ravensbruck, the notorious women's concentration camp, she finds hope in the impossible through the loyalty, bravery, and friendship of her fellow prisoners.


Popular Authors in this genre

Gary Paulsen, Laurie Halse Anderson, Markus Zusak, Allan Stratton, Graham Salisbury

9-10 Biography

Biography/Autobiography/Memoir

Student Pick

Library Pick

(Available on Overdrive)

(Available on Follett Shelf)



Other Suggested Titles

Borden, Louise: His Name Was Raoul Wallenberg: Courage, Rescue, and Mystery During World War II
This book chronicles the life of Raoul Wallenberg, a Swede, who at the end of World War II was able to save thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazi concentration camps.

Echols, Damien: Life After Death: Falsely accused of murdering three eight-year-old boys in Arkansas, Echols describes the terrors he experienced every day and his outrage toward the American justice system, and offers a firsthand account of living on Death Row in agonizing detail

Reiss, Tom: The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo Details the life of French writer Alexander Dumas's father General Alex Dumas, including his parentage, and describing how, after he was sold into bondage, Dumas made his way to Paris in time for the French Revolution.

Luttrell, Marcus: Lone survivor : the eyewitness account of Operation Redwing and the lost heroes of SEAL Team 10
American Navy SEAL and team leader Marcus Luttrell tells his story of the loss of his teammates in July 2005 along the mountainous Afghanistan-Pakistan border to al-Qaida insurgents.

Sokolove, Michael: Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater (Available on Follett Shelf)
A biography of influential drama director Lou Volpe, chronicling his last school years working at Harry S. Truman High School in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and following a group of student actors as they work through dramas both on and off the stage.

Guibert, Emmanual: The Photographer
A graphic novel and photo journal that follows reporter Didier Lefevre on a dangerous journey through Afghanistan with the Doctors Without Borders mission.

9-10 Non-Fiction

General Non-Fiction

Student Pick

Library Pick



Other Suggested Titles:

Anderson, Jodi Lynn: Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom
This book is aimed at teens who want to know more about the day-to-day workings of the United States government and it provides a crash course for understanding critical events in America and the world.

Richardson, Mike: 47 Ronin The tale of the 47 Ronin and their epic mission to avenge their wronged master epitomizes the samurai code of honor, and creators Mike Richardson and Stan Sakai have done justice to their story! Meticulously researched and beautifully illustrated, this collection of the acclaimed miniseries recounts this sweeping saga of honor and violence in all its grandeur. Opening with the tragic incident that sealed the fate of Lord Asano, 47 Ronin follows a dedicated group of Asano's vassals on their years-long path of vengeance!

Bartoletti, Susan Campbell: They Called Themselves the K.K.K.: The Birth of an American Terrorist Group
The history and origin of the Ku Klux Klan is documented in this book through the use of personal accounts, congressional documents, diaries, and more.

Ripley, Amanda: The Smartest Kids in the World and How They Got That Way
Examines effective education systems in other countries through the experiences of three youth from America that studied abroad.

Jocelyn, Marthe: Scribbling Women
Looking at letters by Margaret Catchpole, a novel by Doris Pilkey, a cookbook by Isabella Beeton, journal entries by Sei Shonagan, and other works by women around the world, this book explores the writing of women throughout history.

Blumenthal, Karen: Tommy: The Gun that Changed America
Presents the history of the Thompson submachine gun, discussing its development by John Taliaferro Thompson and its use in World War II and by gangsters including Al Capone and John Dillinger.

Salwen, Kevin: The Power of Half: One Family’s Decision to Stop Taking and Start Giving Back (Available on Follett Shelf)
Wall Street Journal reporter Kevin Salwen recounts his family's efforts to stop their overconsumption and instead start giving back to the world.

Stokke, Regine: Regine’s Book: A Teen’s Last Words (Available on Follett Shelf)
The blog entries of teenager Regine Stokke who was diagnosed with leukemia in 2008 are presented in this touching book.

Rapkin, Mickey: Theater Geek: The Real-Life Drama of a Summer at Stagedoor Manor, the Famous Performing Arts Camp
Chronicles the history of the Stagedoor Manor, a popular theatre camp in the Catskills, and follows three teen actors through their final session at the camp, along with interviews with former campers and staff.

Simmons, Bill: The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy (Available on Overdrive)
Presents a discussion of a wide variety of topics pertaining to professional basketball, covering the best players and teams, reevaluating the NBA Hall of Fame inductee system, and examining the secret of the game through a conversation with an NBA superstar.

Zimmerman, Keith: Mythbusters: The Explosive Truth Behind the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time
With photographs, illustrations, blueprints, and exclusive interviews to document the mythbusting process, MythBusters: The Explosive Truth Behind 30 of the Most Perplexing Urban Legends of All Time will examine dozens of urban legends, from exploding toilets to being buried alive -- these guys have tested them all. Eye-opening, jaw-dropping, and even laugh-inducing, this book will delight armchair scientists, curious readers, and fans of the show alike.


Popular Reads

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MosquitolandA Death Struck Year Challenger Deep
I'll Give You The Sun

Gabi, A Girl in Pieces
The Queen of the Tearling
JackabyThose Who Wish Me Dead
If I Stay by Gail Forman How it Went Down











Grades 11 & 12

11-12 Realistic Fiction

Realistic

Student Pick

Library Pick



Other Suggested Titles

Efaw, Amy: After (Available on Follett Shelf)
Devon Davenport, a straight-A student and prominent player on her school's soccer team,is linked to an abandoned baby found in the trash and accused of attempted murder.

Harbach, Chad: The Art of Fielding: (Available on Follett Shelf)
At Westish College, a small school on the shore of Lake Michigan, baseball star Henry Skrimshander seems destined for big-league stardom. But when a routine throw goes disastrously off course, the fates of five people are upended.

Armistead, Cal: Being Henry David (Available on Follett Shelf)
"Seventeen-year-old 'Hank,' who can't remember his identity, finds himself in Penn Station with a copy of Thoreau's Walden as his only possession and must figure out where he's from and why he ran away."--

LaCour, Nina: Hold Still (Available on Follett Shelf)
Caitlin wrestles with her feelings of devastation and helplessness after her friend Ingrid commits suicide. She turns to her family and newfound friends for help while encountering love, and using Ingrid's journal to heal.

Meyers, Randy Susan: The Murderer’s Daughter (Available on Follett Shelf)
After Lulu and Merry's mother is killed in a drunken rage by their father, who is sent to prison, they become orphans and are sent to a terrifying group home where they cling to each other for support. Thirty years later, the girls have yet to come to terms with the events and each has a different view of their incarcerated father.

Crucet, Jennine Capo: Make Your Home Among Strangers
This is a collection of stories in which animals confront situations which resemble aspects of human life, including the title selection in which a squirrel and a chipmunk find their love for one another threatened by their disapproving family.

Donoghue, Emma: Room
Five-year-old Jack has spent his life living in an eleven-by-eleven foot space his mother calls Room. While Jack uses his imagination to create wondrous fantasies to entertain himself, his mother dreads the day her son begins to question why they must remain in Room and tries to find a way to escape.

Wizner, Jake: Spanking Shakespeare (Available on Follett Shelf)
Shakespeare Shapiro has always hated his name, having been teased about it all the way through school. However, he may get his revenge through his memoirs, a school project, that chronicles every detail of his life.

Klay, Phil: Redeployment (Available on Overdrive)
Phil Klay's Redeployment takes readers to the frontlines of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, asking us to understand what happened there, and what happened to the soldiers who returned. Interwoven with themes of brutality and faith, guilt and fear, helplessness and survival, the characters in these stories struggle to make meaning out of chaos.


Popular authors in this genre

Toni Morrison, Kurt Vonnegut, Mitch Albom, Jonathan Franzen, John Green, Nicholas Sparks, Ellen Hopkins, David Levithan

Fantasy & Science Fiction

Fantasy/Science Fiction

Student Pick

Library Pick

(Available on Follett Shelf)

(Available on Overdrive)



Other Suggested Titles

Brown, Pierce: Morning Star (Red Rising #3)
Born a lowly Red in the mines of Mars, Darrow lost his beloved wife to the treacherous Gold overlords. Vowing to fight for the future that his wife believed in, Darrow joins a secret revolutionary group and is remade into a Gold so that he can infiltrate the ruling class and bring them down from the inside. Now, after years of hiding amongst the Golds, Darrow is finally ready to declare open revolution and throw off the chains of oppression. Nothing in Darrow's world has been easily won, and this final fight will be the most harrowing of all

Boulle, Pierre: Planet of the Apes (Available on Follett Shelf)
Explorers in space find a planet that is identical to Earth, with the exception that on the planet Betelgeuse the roles of ape and human are reversed.

Cronin, Justin: The Passage (Available on Follett Shelf)
FBI agent Brad Wolgast vows to protect six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte after a government military experiment she was involved in goes bad, unleashing a toxic virus that turns humans into bloodthirsty monsters.

Walker, Karen Thompson: The Age of Miracles (Available on Follett Shelf)
Julia struggles as she comes of age when she learns, along with the rest of the world, that the Earth has begun to slow its rotation, drastically changing gravity and the environment.

Shannon, Samantha: The Bone Season
In the mid-21st century major world cities are controlled by a formidable security force and clairvoyant underworld cell member Paige commits acts of psychic treason before being captured by an otherworldly race that would make her a part of their supernatural army.

Meyers, Scott: Off to be the Wizard
Martin Banks is just a normal guy who has made an abnormal discovery: he can manipulate reality, thanks to reality being nothing more than a computer program. With every use of this ability, though, Martin finds his little 'tweaks' have not escaped notice. Rather than face prosecution, he decides instead to travel back in time to the Middle Ages and pose as a wizard... and train to become a full-fledged master of his powers

Other Authors

Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov, Robin McKinley, Suzanne Collins, Paolo Bacigalupi, Allastair Reynolds, John Scalzi, Orson Scott Card, Philip K. Dick

Mystery / Suspense / Horror

Mystery/Suspense/Horror

Student Pick

Library Pick



Other Suggested Titles

Almond, David: Clay (Available on Overdrive)
The developing relationship between teenager Davie and a mysterious new boy in town morphs into something darker and more sinister when Davie learns firsthand of the boy's supernatural powers.

Barron, Ruth: Defriended (Available on Follett Shelf)
Jason spends most of his nights talking online with Lacey, who seems to be the perfect girl, but when Lacey refuses to meet him in person, Jason does some Internet searching and discovers that Lacey died a year ago, and Jason must figure out what is going on before it is too late.

Bray, Libba: Beauty Queens (Available on Follett Shelf)
When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Hiaason, Carl: Skink No Surrender With the help of an eccentric ex-governor, a teenaged boy searches for his missing cousin in the Florida wilds.

Lake, Nick: Blood Ninja
After his father is murdered and a ninja saves his life, Taro discovers the connection between ninjas and vampires and finds himself being dragged into a bitter conflict between the rival lords ruling Japan.

Gardner, Sally: Maggot Moon (Available on Follett Shelf)
Friendship and trust inspire Standish to rise up against an oppressive regime and expose the truth about a planned moon landing.

Popular authors in this genre:

Jay Asher, Ally Carter, John Feinstein, Susan Beth Pfeffer,

Richard Yancy, Stephen King, Joe Hill, Neil Gaiman

Historical Fiction

Historical Fiction

Student Pick

Library Pick

(Available on Follett Shelf)

(Available on Overdrive)



Other Suggested Titles

Abi-Ezzi, Nathalie: A Girl Made of Dust
This is a coming-of-age story told by eight-year-old Ruba who lives with her family in a small Christian village outside of Beirut during the 1982 Israeli invasion.

McBride, James: The Good Lord Bird (Available on Follett Shelf)
Henry Shackleford, a slave boy from the Kansas Territory, is caught up in John Brown's crusade for freedom of slaves and when he escapes from his master's home, he must disguise himself as a girl in order to stay safe and is nicknamed Onion by John.

Benioff, David: City of Thieves (Available on Follett Shelf)
Seventeen-year-old Lev Beniov, having been arrested for looting the corpse of a German paratrooper, is given the opportunity to be released from jail if he, along with a soldier imprisoned for desertion, can secure twelve eggs to be used in the colonel's daughter's wedding cake by traversing the dangerous streets of Leningrad.

Bandele-Thomas, Biyi: The King's Rifle
Fourteen-year-old Ali Banana, a blacksmith's apprentice in rural West Africa, joins the British Army in 1944 and soon finds himself trekking through the Burmese jungle, facing death from every side.

Cornwell, Bernard: The Fort
This fictionalized account of the Penobscot Expedition of the American Revolution relates how colonial ships and infantry were decimated by a small Scottish force in the battle that led to an unsuccessful court-martial of Paul Revere. By the author of Agincourt

Dana, Barbara: A Voice of Her Own: Becoming Emily Dickinson
This is a fictionalized first-person account of revered American poet Emily Dickinson's girlhood in the mid-nineteenth-century.

Charyn, Jerome: I Am Abraham: A Novel of Lincoln and the Civil War.
Traces the historic arc of Lincoln's life from his picaresque days as a gangly young lawyer in Sangamon County, Illinois, through his improbable marriage to Kentucky belle Mary Todd, to his 1865 visit to war-shattered Richmond only days before his assassination

Doig, Ivan: The Eleventh Man
The "Supreme Team" was Treasure State University's 1941 undefeated football team whose WWII exploits are reported by teammate Ben Reinking, the eleventh man, whose war record tests the law of averages.

Kent, Kathleen: The Heretic's Daughter (Available on Follett Shelf)
Ten-year-old Sarah Chapman, recovering from smallpox in 1752, is caught up in another life and death battle when her mother, Martha, is accused of witchcraft by her uncle who wants the plot of land on which the Chapman family is living. The rest of the community, looking for a scapegoat for their own troubles, joins the campaign to have Martha hanged.

Mantel, Hilary: Wolf Hall (Available on Follett Shelf)
Henry VIII, anxious about the consequences of dying without a male heir, is denied permission to annul his marriage of twenty years and marry Anne Boleyn. The power struggle between the Church and the Crown is mediated by astute politician Thomas Cromwell, who manages to get the king what he wants while keeping his eye on the prize of a free England.

Kidd, Sue Monk: The Invention of Wings (Available on Follett Shelf)
The story follows Hetty "Handful" Grimke, a Charleston slave, and Sarah, the daughter of the wealthy Grimke family. The novel begins on Sarah's eleventh birthday, when she is given ownership over Handful, who is to be her handmaid and follows the next thirty-five years of their lives"--Provided by publisher.

Mullen, Thomas: The Many Deaths of the Firefly Brothers (Available on Follett Shelf)
Brothers and bank robbers Jason and Whit Fireson cheat death on a number of occasions, while committing crimes and avoiding capture during the Great Depression.

Other Authors:

Ursula Hegi, Dan Brown, Willa Cather, Julia Otsuka, Tracy Chevalier, Lauren Hillenbrand

Biography

Biography, Autobiography, Memoir

Student Pick

Library Pick



Other Suggested Titles

Beah, Ishmael: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Available on Follett Shelf)
Ishmael Beah describes his experiences after he was driven from his home by war in Sierra Leone and picked up by the government army at the age of thirteen. He served as a soldier for three years before being removed from fighting by UNICEF and eventually moving to the United States.

McBride, James: Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul
A biography of American singer and songwriter James Brown, looking at his roots in the American South and the influence he has had on American pop music.

Schmidt, Jason - A List of Things that Didn't Kill Me
In his memoir, Jason Kovacs tells the story of growing up with an abusive father, who contracted HIV and ultimately died of AIDS when Jason was a teenager.
A List of Things That Didn't Kill Me is a funny, disturbing memoir full of brutal insights and unexpected wit that explores the question: How do you find your moral center in a world that doesn't seem to have one?

Leavy, Jane: Pete Rose: An American Dilemma.
Examines the life of polarizing sports legend Pete Rose, from his record-setting career to being banished from the game for being an unrepentant gambler, and discusses the complex moral issues keeping him out of the Hall of Fame.

Jahren, Hope - Lab Girl
Jahren has built three laboratories in which she's studied trees, flowers, seeds, and soil. She tells about her childhood in rural Minnesota with an uncompromising mother and a father who encouraged hours of play in his classroom's labs; about how she found a sanctuary in science, and the disappointments, triumphs and exhilarating discoveries of scientific work. Yet at the core of this book is the story of a relationship Jahren forged with Bill, who becomes her lab partner and best friend. Their sometimes rogue adventures in science take them over the Atlantic to the ever-light skies of the North Pole and to tropical Hawaii, where she and her lab currently make their home

Ottaviani, Jim: Feynman
This book is a graphic novel overview of the life and accomplishments of Nobel-winning quantum physicist, adventurer, and musician Richard Feynman.

Sotomayor, Sonia: My Beloved World (Available on Follett Shelf)
Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayor shares details about her life, discussing her childhood, education, health, career, appointment, and more.

Knisley, Lucy: Relish: My Life in the Kitchen (Available on Follett Shelf)
Presents a graphic novel memoir of cartoonist Lucy Knisley and her obsession with cooking and food.

Sundquist, John - We Should Hang Out Sometime: Embarrassingly, a True Story
At the age of twenty-five, Josh Sundquist, who had Ewing's sarcoma as a child and is now a paralympic ski racer, looks back to try to understand why he has never had a steady girlfriend.

Hartzler, Aaron: Rapture Practice (Available on Follett Shelf)
All his life, Aaron Hartlzer's ultraconservative, evangelical Christian parents exhorted him to live to honor the Lord. But as he begins to listen to secular music, drink, and experiment sexually, he struggles to reconcile his secret lifestyle with his parents' expectations. This is a captivating, honest, and relatable memoir about a teen's search for his true identity and for love.

Non-Fiction

Non-Fiction

Student Pick

Library Pick

(Available on Overdrive)

(Available on Overdrive)



Other Suggested Titles

Anderson, Jodi Lynn: Americapedia: Taking the Dumb Out of Freedom
This book is aimed at teens who want to know more about the day-to-day workings of the United States government and it provides a crash course for understanding critical events in America and the world.
Cain, Susan: Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking
Explores the role introverts play in a world that is geared towards those who enjoy communicating with others and offers practical suggestions at how introverts can make sure their message is heard.
Dosa, David: Making Rounds with Oscar: The Extraordinary Gift of an Ordinary Cat (Student Favorite) (Available on Follett Shelf)
The author, a doctor at the Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Rhode Island, shares stories of Oscar, a resident cat that seems to know instinctively when patients are at the end of their lives.
Fainru-Wada, Mark: League of Denial: the NFL, Concussions, and the Battle for Truth (Available on Follett Shelf)
Reveals how the NFL, over a period of nearly two decades, sought to cover up and deny mounting evidence of the connection between football and brain damage. This narrative moves between the NFL trenches, America's research labs and the boardrooms where the NFL went to war against science; it examines how the league used its power and resources to attack independent scientists and elevate its own flawed research.
Gladwell, Malcolm: David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
Argues that the obstacles and disadvantages experienced by the underdog require adaptations that can lead to benefits and success in professional life, and draws upon examples from the world of business, sports, and culture.
Gutfeld, Greg: Not Cool: The Hipster Elite and Their War on You
In Not Cool, Greg Gutfeld, bestselling author of The Joy Of Hate, lays out the battle plan for reclaiming the real American ideal of cool--building businesses, protecting freedom at home and abroad, taking responsibility for your actions, and leaving other people alone to live as they damn well please. Not Cool fights back against the culture of phonies, elitists, and creeps who want your soul. It's not a book, it's a weapon--and one should be armed with it at all times.
Selzer, Adam: The Smart Aleck's Guide to American History (Available on Follett Shelf)
This book presents a humorous discussion of obscure trivia relating to United States history, covering details about presidents such as John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, and other leaders who are often overlooked.
Sherwood, Ben: The Survivors Club: The Secrets and Science that Could Save Your Life
Combining science, interviews, and reporting with survivor stories and analysis, this book presents insights on survival. It argues that surviving near fatal phenomenon has as much to do with luck as with training, worldview, and faith.
Simmons, Bill: The Book of Basketball: The NBA According to the Sports Guy (Available on Follett Shelf)
This book presents a discussion of a wide variety of topics pertaining to professional basketball. It covers the best players and teams, reevaluates the NBA Hall of Fame inductee system, and examines the secrets of the game through a conversation with an NBA superstar.
Kishtainy, Niall: The Economics Books: Big Ideas Simply Explained (Available on Follett Shelf)
Provides explanations and step-by-step diagrams on economics, with quotes and witty illustrations to enhance understanding of its concepts.
Stuart, Tristram: Waste: Uncovering the Global Food Scandal
Tracing the problem of world hunger along the length of the food chain, the author argues that consumers in North America and Europe discard half their food while crops in developing countries rot because there is no way to process or get them to market. The author offers a plan to rectify the problem by reducing, redistributing, and recycling.
Thacker, Lloyd,: College Unranked: Ending the College Admissions Frenzy
This collection of essays by veteran college admissions counselors provides advice on the college selection and admission process.
Krakauer, Jon - Missoula: Rape and the Justice System in a College Town
The Department of Justice investigated 350 sexual assaults reported to the Missoula police between January 2008 and May 2012. Few of these assaults were properly handled by either the university or local authorities. Chronicles the... experiences of several women in Missoula -- the nights when they were raped; their fear and self-doubt in the aftermath; the way they were treated by the police, prosecutors, defense attorneys; the public vilification and private anguish; their bravery in pushing forward and what it cost them
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Thompson, Clive: Smarter Than You Think: How Technology is Changing Our Minds for the Better (Available on Follett Shelf)
Argues that technology is changing the way we think for the better and that modern technology is making us smarter, better connected, and often deeper-both as individuals and as a society.
Greenwald, Glenn: No Place to Hide: Edward Snowden, the NSA, and the U.S. Surveillance State
Glenn Greenwald provides an in-depth look into the NSA scandal that has triggered a national debate over national security and information privacy
Stier, Debbie: The Perfect Score Project (Available on Overdrive)
Debbie Stier, who took the SAT seven times and sampled a multitude of test-prep options in order to find the best option for her son, shares tips for taking the SAT, revealing why the SAT has become so important and what works in preparing for the test.

Nutmeg Nominees

2018 CT High School Nutmeg Nominees

Printable List

Honors and AP

Requirements

Requirements for Honors and AP Classes

Guidelines When Reading a Book

The following guidelines may be useful in taking notes about a selected book:

  1. There are several problems or conflicts that develop in this book. Choose one conflict that stands out and explain why you think it is important.
  2. Choose one short but significant passage from the book and write it out. Explain why you think it is significant; discuss what it says about the characters in the story as well as about people in general.
  3. Relate the story or novel to other characters in literature, to events or people in real life, or to situations (real or imaginary), such as those in film or on television.

English

AP/ECE English 2016-2017

Summer Assignment

Read How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Foster)*, then read any two of the following:

Catch-22 (Heller)*

Brave New World (Huxley)* (Available on Overdrive)

Their Eyes Were Watching God (Hurston)* (Available on Overdrive)

Beloved (Morrison)* (Available on Overdrive)

Write a 3-4 page essay in which you apply any idea from the Foster text to one or both of the novels that you read. Include direct quotations, properly integrated and cited, from any texts you use. Bring two printed copies of your essay on the first day of school. There is no rubric for this assignment; just write with whatever style and organization works for you.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact Mr. Siedlecki at siedleckik@madison.k12.ct.us.

*Students will be responsible for obtaining their own copy of the above titles.

AP US History

Welcome to APUSH.

We really hit the ground running in this course and we use your summer work extensively early on. Please complete it with care.

AP United States History Summer Reading Assignment

Mr. Pagliuco and Mrs. Stott

Summer 2015

Part I: Textbook

Read Chapters 1 and 2 in Give Me Liberty.

You will be reading and learning about two broad historical themes through these chapters:

  • On the North American continent controlled by American Indians, contact among the peoples of Europe, the Americas and West Africa created a new world.
  • Europeans and American Indians maneuvered and fought for dominance, control and security in North America, and distinctive colonial and native societies emerged.

Part II: Primary and Secondary Sources

Read:

Two readings that PDF and can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

Three readings from Chapter 1 of Voices of Freedom, our supplementary primary source reader:

  • The Pueblo Revolt
  • Father Jean de Brebauf on the Customs and Beliefs of the Hurons
  • A Micmac Indian Replies to the French

Part III: Gathering Evidence

For each of the statements listed below (each is a key concept that will be assessed in our course and on the AP Exam, and relates to the broad historical themes listed above), gather supporting evidence. In other words, what examples and evidence can you find in your reading of Chapters 1 and 2 and the additional resources provided to prove these statements are true? You will be using, presenting and being assessed on the information you gather in the first weeks of class. Use a bulleted format and cite your information. (How to cite)

  1. Before the arrival of Europeans, native populations in North America developed a wide variety of social, political and economic structures based in part on interactions with the environment and each other.
  2. European overseas expansion resulted in the Columbian Exchange, a series of interactions and adaptations among societies across the Atlantic.
  3. Contacts among American Indians, Africans and Europeans challenged the worldviews of each group.
  4. Differences in imperial goals, cultures and the North American environments that different empires confronted led Europeans to develop diverse patterns of colonization.
  5. European colonization efforts in North America stimulated intercultural contact and intensified conflict between various groups of colonizers and native peoples.

Part IV: Practice Quizzes

Instructions: During the school year we will be having multiple choice and short answer quizzes on each chapter. These are designed to help you improve your close reading. It is easy to close read for short durations, a challenge of this class is to close read for 35 pages per chapter. To help you prepare for this challenge we are providing you with two sample practice quizzes. After you feel you have read sufficiently, complete these quizzes (in about 20 minutes each). Your performance on the quizzes should serve as a self-evaluation of the quality of your reading. Typically, the short answer portion of the quizzes comes from the focus questions listed at the start of each chapter.

Practice Quiz: Chapter 1

Practice Quiz: Chapter 2

AP European History / Western Civilization

Required Reading:

  • Manchester, William: A World Lit Only by Fire: The Medieval Mind and the Renaissance – Portrait of an Age* (Available on Overdrive)

*Students will be responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.

AP Psychology

Students will receive the textbook before leaving school in June along with a handout containing required reading assignments from your textbook and a written assignment to complete for this course.

Required Reading:

  • Gladwell, Malcolm: Blink* (Available on Overdrive)
*Students will be responsible for obtaining their own copy of the book.

*There is an additional reading /writing assignment that will be given at the beginning of the second trimester which will be chosen by the student from the list below.

  • Aamodt,Sandra: Welcome to Your Brain: Why You Lose Your Car Keys But Never Forget How To Drive and Other Puzzles of Everyday Behavior (Available on Overdrive)
  • Blass, Thomas: The Man Who Shocked the World (Available on Overdrive)
  • Chabris, Christopher: The Invisible Gorilla (Available on Overdrive)
  • Cullen, David: Columbine (Available on Overdrive)
  • Gregory, Julie: Sickened: The Memoir of a Munchausen by Proxy Childhood (Available on Overdrive)
  • Jamison, Kay Redfield: An Unquiet Mind (Available on Overdrive)
  • Jung, C.G: .Man and His Symbols
  • Kahneman, Daniel: Thinking, Fast and Slow (Available on Overdrive)
  • Rapoport, Judith L. The Boy Who Couldn’t Stop Washing: The Experience and Treatment of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Available on Follett Shelf)
  • Pinker, Steven: The Blank Slate: The Modern Denial of Human Nature
  • Raine, Adriane: The Anatomy of Violence
  • Ronson, Jon: The Psychopath Test: A Journey Through the Madness Industry (Available on Overdrive)
  • Robison, John: Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s (Available on Overdrive)
  • Sacks, Oliver: Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain
  • Saks, Elyn: The Center Cannot Hold: My Journey Through Madness
  • Schiller, Lori: The Quiet Room
  • Shawn, Allen: Wish I Could Be There: Notes From a Phobic Life (Available on Follett Shelf)
  • Simmons, Rachel: Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls (Available on Follett Shelf)
  • Strauch, Barbara: The Secret Life of the Grownup Brain
  • Wagner, Pamela and Carolyn Spiro: Divided Minds: Twin Sisters and Their Journey Through Schizophrenia (Available on Overdrive)
  • Zimbardo, Philip: The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

AP Spanish 5 & UCONN/ECE Spanish 6 Honors

AP Spanish 5

INSTRUCCIONES PARA EL VERANO

PARA LOS ESTUDIANTES QUE VAN A TOMAR

ESPAÑOL 5AP

Este verano tienen que leer tres lecturas. Habrá unas pruebas de comprensión para comprobar su entendimiento de cada una de las lecturas. También hay una lista de vocabulario que acompaña cada lectura. Tienen que escribir un sinónimo para demostrar su comprensión de cada una de las palabras de vocabulario. Es necesario que entiendan el sinónimo escrito. Se puede escribir una explicación del significado de la palabra si no hay un buen sinónimo comprensible. Todos estos deberes se entregarán para el primer día de clases.

Leer:

Una etiqueta olvidada

http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/avanzado/lectura_03/texto/

Misiones guaraníes

http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/avanzado/lectura_04/texto/

La expedición de la Kon-Tiki

http://cvc.cervantes.es/aula/lecturas/avanzado/lectura_11/texto/

Uconn/ECE Spanish 6 Honors

INSTRUCCIONES PARA EL VERANO

PARA LOS ESTUDIANTES QUE VAN A TOMAR

ESPAÑOL 6 HONORES

  • Rivas, Manuel. La lengua de las mariposas (las copias del libro están disponibles en la oficina de World Language - 243. Please pick up your book before the summer.)
  • Lean páginas IV-X
  • Lean el cuento “La lengua de las mariposas” páginas 2 – 17.
  • Respondan a preguntas 1-14 (Cuestionario) en la página 18 en español.
  • Respondan a uno de los ensayos (A, B, o C) en la página 20. Escriban 10-12 frases en español.
  • Todos estos deberes se entregarán para el primer día de clases. Este trabajo formará parte de la nota. Además, deben estar preparados para repasarlo en la clase.
Pueden comunicar con las profesoras Aguzzi y/o Mancini por correo electrónico si es necesario, aguzzij@madison.k12.ct.us, mancinik@madison.k12.ct.us.

AP Biology

  • AP Bio textbooks can be picked up from Ms. Brako's Room.
    • Read Chapters 1-5 and answer the corresponding questions from the Reading Guide packet provided.
    • This assignment is due on the first day of class
    • You will have a test on this material during the first week of school
    • If you have any questions, please email brakoe@madison.k12.ct.us

AP Chemistry


FollettShelf and Overdrive Ebooks

Many of this year's required and suggested titles are available online. When searching the school's online catalog, Destiny, you will see two icons on the left side of the title that signify whether the book is offered electronically. Open Destiny and select Daniel Hand High School.

FollettShelfFollettshelf: This symbol in Destiny indicates that it is a title available through Follett Shelf. When you click on the "Open" link on the right side of the title. You will be brought to a login page where you will be asked to enter your username and password. Both usernames and passwordswill be your student ID#. You can also access the book on most devices by downloading the Follett BryteWave app. When prompted to enter the school's FollettShelf URL on your device, use: "http://wbb29400.follettshelf.com." View full instructions for FollettShelf and BryteWave.

OverdriveOverdrive: This symbol in Destiny indicates that the title is available through Overdrive. When you click on the "Open" link on the right side of the title you will be brought to a login page where they will enter your student ID#. You will then have acess to the book by hitting the "Borrow" link. You will have the option of reading it either on the computer or mobile device. Visit the OverDrive website for a list of videos that show you to connect Overdrive to your particular device.


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