Teacher Recommendations

English Teacher Book Recommendations

Mr. Harris

  • Scythe by Neal Schusterman
  • Reconstructing Amelia by Kimberly McCreight
  • Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman
  • Far From The Tree by Robin Benway
  • Zeithoun by Dave Eggers
  • Winger by  Andrew Smith
  • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak
  • Columbine by  Dave Cullen
  • Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  • Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys 
  • They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera 
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • After The Shot Drops by Randy Ribay
  • One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • Incendiary by Zoraida Cordova

Mr. Sorey

  • It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling
  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea - Tahereh Mafi 
  • The Devil in the White City - Erik Larson
  • Orbiting Jupiter - Gary D. Schmidt

Mrs. Bader

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman
  • Where the Crawdad’s Sing by Delia Owens
  • Emma by Jane Austen
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Ms. Rubino

  • Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
  • Hillbilly Elegy  by J.D. Vance
  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Excellent Sheep by William Deresiewicz
  • Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Mr. Young

  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Purple Hibiscus by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Push by Sapphire 
  • Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
  • A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

Mrs. La Vista

  • The Kennedy Debutante by Kerri Maher
  • The Masterpiece: A Novel by Fiona Davis
  • The English Wife: A Novel by Lauren Willig
  • The Wicked City by Beatriz Williams
  • The Glass Ocean by Beatriz Williams
  • American Princess: a Novel of First Daughter by Stephanie Marie Thornton
  • The Swans of Fifth Avenue: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
  • The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure
  • Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
  • The Hamilton Affair: A Novel by Elizabeth Cobbs
  • Carnegie’s Maid: A Novel by Marie Benedict

Mrs. Earles

These four complement each other:

  • Educated by Tara Westover
  • Hillbilly Elegy by J.D.Vance
  • Too Shattered for Mending by Peter Brown Hoffmeister
  • Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

These two make a great compare/contrast discussion about fate:  

  • A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

These two are really engaging works of fiction:

  • Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
  • The Twelve Lives of Samuel Hawley by Hannah Tinti


Science Teacher Book Recommendations

Mrs. Brako

  • The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben
  • I Contain Multitudes by Ed Yong
  • The Sports Gene by David Epstein
  • Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
  • The Beauty of the Beastly by Nathalie Angier
  • The Beak of the Finch by Jonathan Weiner
  • The Natural History of the Senses by Diane Ackerman
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Mr. Russo

  • His Dark Materials Trilogy by Sir Philip Pullman
  • Aftermath Trilogy (Star Wars) by Chuck Wendig
  • Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton
  • The Alienist by Caleb Carr 
  • Angel of Darkness by Caleb Carr 
  • Dune by Frank Herbert

Ms. Grissom

  • Death from the Skies: the Science Behind the end of the World (Dr. Philip Plait)
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Tolkein) 
  • Things In Jars (Jess Kidd)
  • Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy series(Douglas Adams)
  • The Poppy War (R.F. Kuang) 
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything (Bill Bryson) 


Social Studies' Favorites

Mr. Spears

  • The Price of Salt by Patricia Highsmith
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  • Four Feathers by A.E.W Mason
  • Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  • A Room with a View by E.M. Forrester
  • Silas Marner by George Elliot
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera
  • The Beautiful and the Damned by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • Hunger  by Knut Hamsun

Mrs. Stott

  • The Splendid and the Vile  by Erik Larson
  • Dopesick: the dealers, doctors and drug company that addicted America by Beth Macy
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Mr. Glasser

  • Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut
  • The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

Mr. Pelletier

  • Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad
  • Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
  • Senlin Ascends by Josiah Bancroft
  • Gardens of the Moon by Steven Erikson
  • The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
  • Range by David Epstein
  • The Lost City of Z by David Grann
  • Batavia’s Graveyard by Mike Dash
  • Devil in the City of White by Erik Larson
  • Race and Reunion by David Blight
  • The Age of Reform by Richard Hofstadter
  • The Tragedy of American Diplomacy by Wiliam Appleman WIlliams


Members of our DHHS community

Mr. Tommaso (CTE):

  • Once a Runner by John L. Parker
  • Running for my Life: One Lost Boy’s Journey from the Fields of Sudan to the Olympics by Lopez Lomong

Mr. Hibbard (World Language):

  • Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Ms. Butcher (World Language)

  • The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • Wonder by R.J. Palacio
  • Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng
  • The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
  • The Couple Next Door by Shari Lapena

Ms. Carroll (Special Education):

  • Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot by Bill O’Reilly
  • Killing Lincoln: The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever by Bill O’Reilly
  • Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly
  • Firefly Lane by Kristin Hannah

Mr. Gage (Music)

  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
  • The Wife Between Us by Greer Hendricks and Sarah Pekkanen
  • The Circle by Dave Eggers
  • Johnny Got His Gun by Dalton Trumbo
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck 
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • ​​​​​​​Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

Mr. Siciliano (Technology):

  • Eye of the World by Robert Jordan (Wheel of Time Series)
  • Kingkiller Chronicle Trilogy by Patrick Rothfuss

Mrs. Halloran (Athletics):

  • The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy