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Required All-School Summer Reading

All students are expected to read American Wolf: A True Story of Survival and Obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee.

Nate Blakeslee's American Wolf is a journalistic masterpiece that tells the story of O-Six, the she wolf of Yellowstone; Blakeslee kaleidoscopically captures her journey through the lenses of the hunters, ranchers, and biologists whose lives are interwoven with her narrative.

Suggested Summer Reading: Pick Two

General Fiction

  • A Separate Peace
    by John Knowles
  • A Prayer for Owen Meany
    by John Irving
  • The Grapes of Wrath
    by John Steinbeck
  • So Long, See You Tomorrow
    by William Maxwell
  • The Alchemist
    by Paulo Coelho
  • The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
    by Junot Diaz
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
    by Michael Chabon
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
    by John Kennedy Toole
  • The Corrections
    by Jonathan Franzen
  • Last Man Standing
    by David Baldacci
  • Life of Pi
    by Yann Martel
  • The Lovely Bones
    by Alice Sebold
  • Monster
    by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Power of One
    by Bryce Courtenay
  • A River Runs Through It and Other Stories
    by Norman Maclean
  • Snow Falling on Cedars
    by David Guterson
  • The Known World
    by Edward P. Jones
  • The Art of Fielding
    by Chad Harbach
  • Everything Is Illuminated
    by Jonathan Safran Foer
  • Lord of the Flies
    by William Golding
  • Atonement
    by Ian McEwan
  • Middlesex
    by Jeffrey Eugenides
  • Slaughterhouse-Five
    by Kurt Vonnegut
  • Great Expectations
    by Charles Dickens
  • Tomato Red: A Novel
    by Daniel Woodrell

Mystery and Suspense

  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-­Time
    by Mark Haddon
  • Never Let Me Go
    by Kazuo Ishiguro
  • The Bone Vault
    by Linda Fairstein
  • Ender’s Game
    by Orson Scott Card
  • Mystic River
    by Dennis Lehane
  • Dracula
    by Bram Stoker
  • The Alienist
    by Caleb Carr
  • The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
    by Stieg Larsson
  • And Then There Were None
    by Agatha Christie
  • The Little Friend
    by Donna Tartt

Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
    by Douglas Adams
  • Dune
    by Frank Herbert
  • The Time Machine
    by H.G. Wells
  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
    by Arthur Clarke
  • Neuromancer
    by William Gibson
  • The Andromeda Strain
    by Michael Crichton
  • The Hobbit
    by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Lord of the Rings
    by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Martian Chronicles
    by Ray Bradbury
  • Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
    by Philip Dick

Biography and Memoirs

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
    by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer
  • Fever Pitch
    b
    y Nick Hornby
  • All Souls: A Family Story from Southie
    by Michael Patrick MacDonald
  • A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
    by Ishmael Beah
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
    by Mitch Albom
  • What is the What
    by David Eggers
  • The Complete Persepolis
    by Marjane Satrapi
  • Me Talk Pretty One Day
    by David Sedaris
  • Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!
    by Richard Feynman
  • Black Boy
    by Richard Wright

Outdoors and Adventure

  • Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific in a Raft by Thor Hyerdal
  • Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  • The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain’s Journey by Linda Greenlaw
  • The Perfect Storm: A True Story of Men Against the Sea by Sebastian Junger
  • Touching the Void: The True Story of One Man’s Miraculous Survival by Joe Simpson
  • Black Hawk Down: A Story of Modern War by Mark Bowden
  • Coming into the Country by John McPhee
  • Annapurna by Maurice Herzog
  • War by Sebastian Junger
  • Call of the Wild by Jack London

General Non-Fiction

  • Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience
    by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
  • Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It
    by Elizabeth Royte
  • Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Change the World
    by Jane McGonigal
  • Faithful: Two Die-­Hard Red Sox Fans Chronicle the 2004 Season
    by Stewart O’Nan and Stephen King
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything
    by Steven Levitt
  • Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of his Time
    by Dava Sobel
  • Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game
    by Michael Lewis
  • Liar’s Poker
    by Michael Lewis
  • Consider the Lobster
    by David Foster Wallace
  • Naked
    by David Sedaris