ALL students are required to read their incoming grade’s assigned book. Upon returning to school in September, students will be given an assessment which reflects their knowledge and understanding of their required book. Study Guides will be available online and at the High School and Beebe libraries. Students should also be prepared for in-class discussions related to the book upon returning to school.
2012 Assigned Titles
INCOMING FRESHMEN: Crutcher, Chris. Ironman. In this humorous and intense novel, while training for a triathlon, seventeen-year-old Bo attends an anger management group at school which leads him to examine his relationship with his father.
INCOMING SOPHOMORES: Crutcher, Chris. Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes. The daily class discussions about the nature of human-kind, the existence of God, abortion, organized religion, suicide and other contemporary issues serve as a backdrop for a high-school senior’s attempt to answer a friend’s dramatic cry for help in this alternately funny and moving story.
INCOMING JUNIORS: Green, John. Looking for Alaska. In this compelling and suspenseful story, sixteen-year-old Miles’ first year at Culver Creek Preparatory School in Alabama includes good friends and great pranks, but is defined by the search for answers about life and death after a fatal car crash. Some profane language and explicit sexual content.
INCOMING SENIORS: Haddon, Mark. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. Despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor’s dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. Some profane language.
The Beebe Library has many copies of each title for you to borrow over the summer. Audio and Ebook formats also exist for these titles.
2012 Wakefield High School Suggested Summer Reading
These are suggested titles for your reading enjoyment. Students must read the assigned titles above for their grade level. Students do not have to read a second title but are encouraged to read another title for his/her own enjoyment.
We have divided the list into categories of reading – like Fiction, Fantasy, Nonfiction, Poetry, Sports, Suspense, etc. Each category has easier or more accessible titles for those who desire them in the beginning of the lists and are under the heading: Easier Reads. The books marked with an asterisk (*) are *for more mature readers. These books are more challenging to comprehend, and they might also involve mature topics such as violence, sex, drugs, and/or alcohol. Some title descriptions also mention that the book contains “explicit sexual content” so that students and their parents can avoid choosing such books if they are not comfortable with them.
Please ask Leane Ellis, Emily Wagner, or the other librarians at the Beebe Library, if you have questions about a book’s content. They are more than happy to help students and their parents in their process of selecting summer reading books. Librarians will also suggest titles based on what you enjoy reading if you cannot find something you would like to read on the Suggested Summer Reading list.
SUSPENSE: MYSTERY, THRILLERS & ZOMBIES: Easier Reads
SUSPENSE: MYSTERY, THRILLERS & ZOMBIES: *for more mature readers
FANTASY: Easier Reads
FANTASY *for more mature readers
SCIENCE FICTION Easier Reads.
SCIENCE FICTION *for more mature readers
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