Summer Reading

 CCPS and CCPL High School Summer Reading List - suggested titles for recreational summer reading.  Visit your local library this summer!

 Great and Terrible Beauty  Bray Young Adult Fiction
   A 16 year old girl, Gemma, is blackmailed into a treacherous clique. This young girl finds out she has the power to go between two realms and finds out she is the one needed rebuild the Order.
Hunger Games Collins

Young  Adult Fiction

   Post apocalyptic world set in disaster and chaos, with only one real form of entertainment anymore, The Hunger Games, a reality TV show that encourages fights and murder.  
 Little Brother Doctorow, C. Young Adult Fiction
   Seventeen year old techno geek uses his intellect in computers to fight back against an increasingly frightening system of surveillance.  
City of Ember DuPrau  Young Adult Fiction
   This city in is total darkness, living off solely stored goods, and a generator for dim power. Two people use their life-long jobs to sort out a way for new power.  
Christopher Killer: Forensic Mystery Ferguson  Young Adult Fiction
   The daughter of a coroner is allowed to get hands on experience with her father in the field and finds herself trapped in the mystery of a serial murderer. The second death she investigates is a friend of hers – she has to put aside her personal feelings to evaluate the death clinically.

Graveyard Book

Gaiman  Young Adult Newbery
   The orphan Bod, short for nobody, is taken in by the inhabitants of a graveyard as a child of eighteen months. He is raised lovingly and carefully to the age of eighteen years by the community of ghosts and otherworldly creatures.
Red Necklace Gardner Young Adult Fiction
   A coming of age story of Yann a young man with a mission: to save the lovely Sido from her heartless father, even as he struggles with the extraordinary gifts bestowed upon him by his Gypsy heritage. It carries you into a turbulent time looking at eighteenth-century French society as it moves through the revolution.
Secret Life of Bees  Kidd Adult Fiction
   Fourteen-year-old Lily and her companion, Rosaleen, an African-American woman who has cared for Lily since her mother’s death ten years earlier, flee their home after Rosaleen is victimized by racist police officers, and find a safe haven in Tiburon, South Carolina at the home of three beekeeping sisters.
Snow Falling in Spring  Li-Marcus Young Adult Bio Li-M
   Moying, a Red Guard student, witnesses brutal attacks and flees her school for the safety of home, only to witness her grandmother denounced. Moying finds sanctuary in reading and learning from a banned book list that Baba, her grandmother, told her about.
Wake McMann Young Adult Fiction
   17yr old Janie has the power to see into other peoples dreams, and witness them as they happen, but in one dream she witnesses someone else’s twisted psyche, where she is a participant.
Touching Spirit Bear Mikaelsen Young Adult Fiction
   After his anger erupts into violence, Cole, in order to avoid going to prison, agrees to participate in a sentencing alternative based on the Native American Circle Justice, and he is sent to a remote Alaskan island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
Dairy Queen Murdock Young Adult Fiction
   After spending her summer running the family farm and training the quarterback for her school’s rival football team, sixteen-year-old D.J. decides to go out for the sport herself, not anticipating the reactions of those around her.
Here, There Be Dragons Owen Young Adult Fiction
   This allusive book has three men who are “abducted” and put together as friends who will become Caretakers of the Imagination of the world. The three men are authors who write mythological and fantasy novels.  
Life as We Knew It Pfeffer Young Adult Fiction
   Through journal entries sixteen-year-old Miranda describes her family’s struggle to survive after a meteor hits the moon, causing worldwide tsunamis, earthquakes, and volcanic eruptions.
Terrier Pierce Young Adult Fiction
   Orphaned Beka Cooper, 16, is a trainee-a "Puppy"-in the Provost's Guard. Paired with two of the best Guards, or "Dogs," in the organization and aided by her own gifts of magic, Beka learns her job, makes friends with two mages and a thief, and uncovers two serial killers who prey on the poor and unnoticed.
Nation Pratchett Young Adult Fiction
   After a devastating tsunami destroys all that they have ever known, Mau, an island boy, and Daphne, an aristocratic English girl, together with a small band of refugees, set about rebuilding their community and all the things that are important in their lives.
Unwind Schusterman Young Adult Fiction
   Three teens embark upon a cross-country journey in order to escape from a society that salvages body parts from children ages thirteen to eighteen.
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan See Adult Fiction
   As children in the Hunan province in 19th-century China, Lily and Snow Flower enter into a special relationship to become sworn, life-long friends. The two communicate by delivering messages to each other in nu shu (women's secret writing) throughout their lives. It will follow their friendship throughout their live as they learn understanding, if not forgiveness, from each other.
Stargirl Spinelli Young Adult Fiction
   In this story about the perils of popularity, the courage of nonconformity, and the thrill of first love, an eccentric student named Stargirl changes Mica High School forever. 
If You Come Softly Woodson Young Adult Fiction
   After meeting at their private school in New York, fifteen-year-old Jeremiah, who is black and whose parents are separated, and Ellie, who is white and whose mother has twice abandoned her, fall in love and then try to cope with peoples’ reaction.
American Born Chinese Yang Young Adult NF 741.5973
   "American Born Chinese" tells the story of three apparently unrelated characters: Jin Wang, who moves to a new neighborhood with his family only to discover that he's the only Chinese-American student at his new school.
Good Enough Yoo Young Adult Fiction
   Hilarious young adult novel about an overachieving Korean American student being pressured to excel and seeking entry to an Ivy League school who longs to fit in and strives to stand out.
Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac Zevin Young Adult Fiction
   After a nasty fall, Namoi realize that she has no memory of the last four years and finds herself reassessing every aspect of her life. 
Book Thief  Zusak Young Adult Fiction
   Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel—a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. 
Stravaganza Hoffman Young Adult Fiction series
   While sick in bed with cancer, Lucien begins making journeys to a place in a parallel world that resembles Venice, Italy, and he becomes caught up in the political intrigues surrounding the Duchessa who rules the city. 
Maximum Ride Patterson Young Adult Fiction series
   A YA series that follows the adventures of Maximum Ride (more commonly known as Max), a headstrong fourteen year-old, and her group of human-avian hybrids. They make up the Flock a group subject to experiments. They work toward saving the world from evil domination.