Summer Reading List
All seniors taking English 12, CAPP Composition 101, Communications 111 or Theater Appreciation need to read one of these books by the time the first semester begins.
1. Transgression by Mike Nichols is the story of two teenagers who fall in love during war time but happen to be on opposite sides. The time is World War II and the place is Paris. The story goes from France to Germany to Canada.
2. The Quiet Game by Greg Iles. This has become a favorite of many seniors as it deals with a murder/mystery during the Civil Rights struggle and the forces who uncover and bring it to light years later.
3. The Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean Auel. You might think the beginning of time was rather boring but in fact it was filled with adventure, intrigue, suspicion and heroic characters. Follow the life of Ayala, the blond orphan who makes her way in a world of dark-haired cave dwellers.
4. The Hobbit. By J.R.R.Tolkien Mr. Bilbo Baggins is forced to leave his life of leisure and face dragons and obstacles of all sorts in a world of long ago.
5. East of Eden by John Steinbeck. Many of you have read Of Mice and Men, this novel by Stein beck is broader and follows the growth of two families from the east coast as they move to the west coast and the adventures they encounter.
6. Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy. Conroy is a great storyteller and his saga of college roommates living and learning at a Military Academy in South Carolina is filled with laughs, loves and action.
7. Native Son by Richard Wright. Bigger Thomas is a struggling black kid who tries to make a go of it in Chicago in the first half of the 20th Century. Unfortunately he runs into a few snags and a death of a white girl and subsequent trial take place.
8. Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand. Being in an airplane and shot down in the middle of the Pacific ocean in shark infested waters is the backdrop to this story of a man who is willing to do whatever it takes to survive. A real life story of an Olympic runner who turned soldier then survivor.
9. Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado. Parrado tells of his 72 day survival of the 1972 Andean Mountain top plane crash that inspired the film “Alive!”
10. Touching the Void By Joe Simpson - Perennial (2004) - Paperback - 224 pages - ISBN 0060730552True story of a mountain climbing adventure turned disaster turned heroic survival turned attempted redemption. The film is hair-raising and Mr. Young just wants an excuse to read the book.
11. Outliers By Malcolm Gladwell - Little Brown (2011) - Paperback - 336 pages - ISBN 0316017930 A series of fascinating essays that look at the statistics, underlying culture, and circumstances of success. So exciting you’ll want to share. You’ll sound like Einstein at all your summer gatherings. Your parents may even up your allowance.
12. Any book by Wisconsin author Michael Perry the library will let you get your hands on. Perry will be attending the 2012 Waupaca Book Festival and writes stories about rural family life, restoring old trucks, being an EMT, raising chickens, etc.. You may have heard him on NPR. Check out your choices at the library or his website. http://sneezingcow.com/store/
13. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist OR Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan. Teenagers, romance, ex’s, obstacles, etc. etc.. Great fast paced writing. http://www.davidlevithan.com/books.html
14. Coming to Waupaca this fall! Erica Bauermeister!
Joy for Beginners Six women gather to celebrate their friend Kate's recovery from cancer, where she strikes a bargain with them: to celebrate her new lease on life, she'll do the one thing that's always terrified her, but if she does, each of them will also do one thing that they'd find difficult.
School of Essential Ingredients Eight students gather in Lillian's Restaurant every Monday night for cooking class. It soon becomes clear, however, that each one seeks a recipe for something beyond the kitchen as Chef Lillian, a woman whose connection with food is both soulful and exacting, helps them to create dishes whose flavor and techniques expand beyond the restaurant and into the secret corners of her students' lives.
15. This Water Goes North by Dennis Weidemann. College-age young men embark on a canoeing adventure, traveling 1400 miles from Minnesota to Hudson Bay.
Happy Reading! Adventure Reading! Happy Reading!