Summer Reading

Reading for enjoyment is a priceless pastime that people of all ages enjoy. To cultivate this in our students, the TFS English Department will again require Summer Reading for all students. Each student is responsible for reading one book over the summer. The student may choose which book to read from the list below. During the first two weeks of school, English teachers will be giving an in-class response prompt that assesses comprehension of the book. Later in the first two weeks, students may also work on a project that stems from the book’s content. Honors and AP students have required reading that differs from those students not enrolled in Honors or AP classes. Teachers have explained and distributed the specific assignments to all students.

All summer reading grades will be included in the first grading period. Students transferring into the district after the end of the first quarter will not be required to take the summer reading assessment/assignment. All transfer students who arrive during the first quarter will be required to complete the assessment and assignment.

The English Department and Library Director came together to select the required books, based on Illinois state’s Read for a Lifetime and Lincoln Award booklists. We feel they are interesting, insightful, and engaging for teens. Please take a moment to look over the book selections. These books may be found in a variety of locations and students are NOT required to purchase them. The Lansing and Glenwood/Lynwood Libraries both have multiple copies of each title.

Other classes and courses (i.e., Math, History) also require summer reading.

Students enrolled in English 9, 10, 11, or 12 (non-honors) must choose one book from the following list:

-Fiction Options-

Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

Caraval by Stephanie Garber

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

Ghost by Jason Reynolds

Girl in the Blue Coat by Monica Hesse

The Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Projekt 1065: A Novel of World War II by Alan Gratz

The Reader by Traci Chee

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

Scythe by Neal Shusterman

The Sun is also a Star by Nicola Yoon

This is Where it Ends by Marieke Nijkamp

-Nonfiction Options-

Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War by Mary Roach

This Land is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barret Osborne

Notorious RGB: The Life and Times of Ruth Bader Ginsberg by Irin Carmon and Shana Knizhnik

March: Vol. 1-3 by John Lewis (please note, you may find these as three separate volumes or as one book. You must read volumes 1, 2, and 3 if they are separate.)