Niles West High School 2018 Summer Reading List

By Denise Hudec

Niles West High School 2018 Summer Reading List

  • Dear Martin

    2017 by Stone, Nic

    "Writing letters to the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., seventeen-year-old college-bound Justyce McAllister struggles to face the reality of race relations today and how they are shaping him."—Publisher

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  • Dress Codes for Small Towns

    2017 by Stevens, Courtney

    "As the tomboy daughter of the town's preacher, Billie McCaffrey would rather wear sweats, build furniture, and get into trouble with her solid group of friends: Woods, Mash, Davey, Fifty, and Janie Lee. When Janie Lee confesses to Billie that she's in love with Woods, Billie realizes that she is also in love with Woods. And maybe with Janie Lee, too. She keeps her conflicting feelings to herself as she comes to terms with the gray areas of love, gender, and friendship."—Publisher

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  • Far From the Tree

    2017 by Benway, Robin

    "Three teenagers, biological siblings separated by adoption, explore the meaning of family in all its forms—how to find it, how to keep it, and how to love it."—Publisher

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  • I Am Not your Perfect Mexican Daughter

    2017 by Sánchez, Erika L.

    "Perfect Mexican daughters do not go away to college. And they do not move out of their parents' house after high school graduation. Perfect Mexican daughters never abandon their family. But Julia is not your perfect Mexican daughter. That was Olga's role. Then a tragic accident on the busiest street in Chicago leaves Olga dead and Julia left behind to reassemble the shattered pieces of her family. No one seems to acknowledge that Julia is broken, too. Instead, her mother seems to channel her grief into pointing out every possible way Julia has failed."—Publisher

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  • Love, Hate & Other Filters

    2018 by Ahmed, Samira

    "Maya Aziz, seventeen, is caught between her India-born parents world of college and marrying a suitable Muslim boy and her dream world of film school and dating her classmate, Phil, when a terrorist attack changes her life forever."—Publisher

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  • Moxie: A Novel

    2017 by Mathieu, Jennifer

    "Vivian Carter is fed up with a high school administration that thinks the football team can do no wrong. Fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment, and gross comments from guys during class. But most of all, Viv is fed up with always following the rules. Her mom was a tough-as-nails, punk rock Riot Grrrl in the '90s, and now Viv takes a page from her mother's past and creates a feminist zine that she distributes anonymously to her classmates. She's just blowing off steam, but what she has started is nothing short of a girl revolution."—Publisher

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  • Wild Bird

    2017 by Van Draanen, Wendelin

    "When her behavior escalates out of control, fourteen-year-old Wren is taken away to a wilderness therapy camp where she is forced to develop new skills, including the courage to ask for help."—Publisher

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  • Grendel's Guide to Love and War

    2017 by Kaplan, A. E.

    "When a local bully upsets the senior community by throwing wild parties, an effort that is complicated by Aaron's PTSD and Tm's unrequited feelings for the bully's sister, misfit Tom and his friend Ed take matters into their own hands."—Publisher

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  • Nice Try, Jane Sinner

    2018 by Oelke, Lianne

    "After a personal crisis and her subsequent expulsion from high school, Jane Sinner is going nowhere fast. Her parents push her to attend a high school completion program at the nearby Elbow River Community College, and she agrees, on one condition: she gets to move out. She signs up for House of Orange, a student-run reality show featuring Elbow River Students. As the show grows from a low-budget web series to a local TV show with fans and shoddy T-shirts, Jane finally has the chance to let her cynical, competitive nature thrive. But does she have what it takes to win?"—Publisher

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  • Game Change

    2017 by Monninger, Joseph

    "When the first string quarterback is injured a week before the state championship game, Zeb Holloway finds himself starting and realizing he may have a future outside his rural New Hampshire town."—Publisher

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  • Hooper

    2018 by Herbach, Geoff

    "For Adam Reed, basketball is a passport. Adam s basketball skills have taken him from an orphanage in Poland to a loving adoptive mother in Minnesota. When he s tapped to play on a select AAU team along with some of the best players in the state, it just confirms that basketball is his ticket to the good life: to new friendships, to the girl of his dreams, to a better future."—Publisher

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  • A Season of Daring Greatly

    2017 by White, Ellen Emerson

    "Making history as the first woman to be signed by a major league baseball team, eighteen-year-old Jill is confronted by coaches, players, and fans who want to keep baseball an all-male sport while dealing with her own doubts about her choices."—Publisher

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  • I Believe in A Thing Called Love

    2017 by Goo, Maurene

    "A disaster in romance, high school senior Desi Lee decides to tackle her flirting failures by watching Korean television dramas, where the hapless heroine always seems to end up in the arms of her true love by episode ten. It's a simple formula, and Desi is a quick study. She goes after moody artist Luca Drakos-- utilizing boat rescues, love triangles, and staged car crashes."—Publisher

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  • A Semi-definitive List of Worst Nightmares

    2017 by Sutherland, Krystal

    "Esther Solar is determined to break a curse that has doomed her entire family to debilitating phobias, only to encounter a new fear she hadn't counted on: first love."—Publisher

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  • The Upside of Unrequited

    2017 by Albertalli, Becky

    "Avoiding relationships to protect her sensitive heart, plus-sized Molly supports her once-cynical twin, Cassie, when the latter has her own bout of lovesickness, a situation that is complicated by sibling dynamics and an unexpected romantic triangle."—Publisher

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  • When Dimple Met Rishi

    2017 by Menon, Sandhya

    "When Dimple Shah and Rishi Patel meet at a Stanford University summer program, Dimple is avoiding her parents' obsession with "marriage prospects" but Rishi hopes to woo her into accepting arranged marriage with him."—Publisher

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  • The Belles

    2018 by Clayton, Dhonielle

    "In a world where Beauty is a commodity only a few control, one Belle will learn the dark secrets behind her powers, and rise up to change the world."—Publisher

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  • Children of Blood and Bone

    2018 by Adeyemi, Tomi

    "Seventeen-year-old Zélie, her older brother Tzain, and rogue princess Amari fight to restore magic to the land and activate a new generation of magi, but they are ruthlessly pursued by the crown prince, who believes the return of magic will mean the end of the monarchy."—Publisher

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  • The Cruel Prince

    2018 by Black, Holly

    "Jude was seven years old when her parents were murdered and she and her two sisters were stolen away to live in the treacherous High Court of Faerie. Ten years later, Jude wants to belong there, despite her mortality. But many of the fey despise humans. Especially Prince Cardan, the youngest and wickedest son of the High King. To win a place at the Court, she must defy him-- and in doing so, she becomes embroiled in palace intrigues and deceptions, discovering her own capacity for bloodshed. As civil war threatens, Jude will need to risk her life in a dangerous alliance to save her sisters, and Faerie itself."—Publisher

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  • Daughter of the Pirate King

    2017 by Levenseller, Tricia

    "When her father, the ruthless pirate king, discovers that a legendary treasure map can be found on an enemy ship, his daughter Alosa knows that there's only one pirate for the job herself. Leaving behind her beloved ship and crew, Alosa deliberately facilitates her own kidnapping to ensure her welcome on the ship."—Publisher

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  • And Then There Were Four

    2017 by Werlin, Nancy

    "When five high school students are brought together under mysterious circumstances, they begin to piece together a theory that their parents are working together to kill them all."—Publisher

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  • Disappeared

    2017 by Stork, Francisco X.

    "Four months ago Sara Zapata's best friend, Linda, disappeared from the streets of Juarez, and ever since Sara has been using her job as a reporter to draw attention to the girls who have been kidnapped by the criminals who control the city, but now she and her family are being threatened--meanwhile her younger brother, Emiliano, is being lured into the narcotics business by the promise of big money, and soon the only way for both of them to escape is to risk the dangerous trek across the desert to the United States border."—Publisher

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  • Genuine Fraud

    2017 by Lockhart, E.

    "Told through flashbacks, best friends Jule and Imogen are orphaned outcasts who will do almost anything to attain a happy, wealthy life."—Publisher

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  • One of Us Is Lying

    2017 by McManus, Karen M.

    "Five students walk into Bayview High detection. Only four walk out.... Simon was the creator of a high school gossip app. He planned to post juicy reveals about his four high-profile classmates. When he dies before detention is over, is one of them a murderer-- or are they the perfect patsies for a killer?"—Publisher

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  • Americanized: Rebel Without A Green Card

    2018 by Saedi, Sara

    "At thirteen, bright-eyed, straight-A student Sara Saedi uncovered a terrible family secret: she was breaking the law simply by living in the United States. Only two years old when her parents fled Iran, she didn't learn of her undocumented status until her older sister wanted to apply for an after-school job, but couldn't because she didn't have a Social Security number. Fear of deportation kept Sara up at night, but it didn't keep her from being a teenager. She desperately wanted a green card, along with clear skin, her own car, and a boyfriend. From discovering that her parents secretly divorced to facilitate her mother's green card application to learning how to tame her unibrow, Sara pivots gracefully from the terrifying prospect that she might be kicked out of the country to the almost-as-terrifying possibility that she might be the only one without a date to the prom."—Publisher

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  • Becoming Kareem: Growing up on and Off the Court

    2017 by Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem

    "An autobiography about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his life growing up in New York, becoming the basketball star he's known to be, and getting involved in the world around him as an activist for social change."—Publisher

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  • How Dare the Sun Rise: Memoirs of A War Child

    2017 by Uwiringiyimana, Sandra

    "Sandra Uwiringiyimana was just ten years old when she found herself with a gun pointed at her head. The rebels had come at night -- wielding weapons, torches, machetes. She watched as her mother and six-year-old sister were gunned down in a refugee camp, far from their home in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The rebels were killing people who weren't from the same community, the same tribe. In other words, they were killing people simply for looking different. "Goodbye, life," she said to the man ready to shoot her. Remarkably, the rebel didn't pull the trigger, and Sandra escaped into the night. Thus began a new life for her and her surviving family members. With no home and no money, they struggled to stay alive. Eventually, through a United Nations refugee program, they moved to America, only to face yet another ethnic disconnect. Sandra may have crossed an ocean, but there was now a much wider divide she had to overcome. And it started with middle school in New York. In this memoir, Sandra tells the story of her survival, of finding her place in a new country, and of her hope for the future."—Publisher

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  • Survivors Club: The True Story of A Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz

    2017 by Bornstein, Michael

    "The incredible true story of Michael Bornstein--who at age 4 was one of the youngest children to be liberated from Auschwitz--and of his family."—Publisher

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  • Defy the Stars

    2017 by Gray, Claudia

    "Teenaged soldier Noemi and an enemy robot, Abel, who is programmed to obey her commands, set out on an interstellar quest to save her home planet, Earth colony Genesis."—Publisher

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  • Midnight at the Electric

    2017 by Anderson, Jodi Lynn

    "Adri's, Catherine's, and Lenore's lives are intertwined but not in the way that one would think. Adri lives in 2065 Kansas, Catherine lives in 1930s Kansas, and Lenore lives in England in 1919. As Adri is preparing to go to Mars, she stays with her cousin in Kansas, where the training takes place. Upon settling in, she comes across letters written from Lenore to Beth. Through journals and, later, letters, Catherine narrates her own story of being in Kansas during the Dust Bowl."—Publisher

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  • Spill Zone

    2017 by Westerfeld, Scott

    "Three years ago an event destroyed the small city of Poughkeepsie, forever changing reality within its borders. Uncanny manifestations and lethal dangers now await anyone who enters the Spill Zone. The Spill claimed Addison's parents and scarred her little sister, Lexa, who hasn't spoken since. Addison provides for her sister by photographing the Zone's twisted attractions on illicit midnight rides. Art collectors pay top dollar for these bizarre images, but getting close enough for the perfect shot can mean death--or worse. When an eccentric collector makes a million-dollar offer, Addison breaks her own hard-learned rules of survival and ventures farther than she has ever dared. Within the Spill Zone, Hell awaits--and it seems to be calling Addison's name."—Publisher

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  • Warcross

    2017 by Lu, Marie

    "When teenage coder Emika Chen hacks her way into the opening tournament of the Warcross Championships, she glitches herself into the game as well as a sinister plot with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire."—Publisher

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  • Bound by Ice: A True North Pole Survival Story

    2017 by Wallace, Sandra Neil

    "Recounts George W. De Long's expedition to reach the North Pole."—Publisher

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  • Chasing King's Killer: The Hunt for Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Assassin

    2018 by Swanson, James L.

    "James Earl Ray and Martin Luther King, Jr. had two very different life journeys -- but their paths fatally collide when Ray assassinates the world-renown civil rights leader. This book provides an inside look into both of their lives, the history of the time, and a blow-by-blow examination of the assassination and its aftermath."—Publisher

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  • The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel

    1998 by Kingsolver, Barbara

    "The drama of a U.S. missionary family in Africa during a war of decolonization. At its center is Nathan Price, a self-righteous Baptist minister who establishes a mission in a village in 1959 Belgian Congo. The resulting clash of cultures is seen through the eyes of his wife and his four daughters."—Publisher

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  • Parable of the Sower

    2016 by Butler, Octavia E.

    "The time is 2025. The place is California, where small walled communities must protect themselves from hordes of desperate scavengers and roaming bands of people addicted to a drug that activates an orgasmic desire to burn, rape, and murder. When one small community is overrun, Lauren Olamina, an 18 year old black woman with the hereditary train of "hyperempathy" -- which causes her to feel others' pain as her own -- sets off on foot along the dangerous coastal highways, moving north into the unknown."—Publisher

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  • Rebecca

    2006 by Du Maurier, Daphne

    "A young girl becomes the second Mrs. Max de Winter, only to find that she is not the mistress of Manderley. Instead the house and its occupants are dominated by the memory of Rebecca, her predecessor."—Publisher

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  • Outliers: The Story of Success

    2008 by Gladwell, Malcolm

    "The best-selling author of Blink identifies the qualities of successful people, posing theories about the cultural, family, and idiosyncratic factors that shape high achievers, in a resource that covers such topics as the secrets of software billionaires, why certain cultures are associated with better academic performance, and why the Beatles earned their fame."—Publisher

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  • Audacity

    2015 by Crowder, Melanie

    "A historical fiction novel in verse detailing the life of Clara Lemlich and her struggle for women's labor rights in the early 20th century in New York."—Publisher

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  • Dreamland Burning

    2017 by Latham, Jennifer

    "When Rowan finds a skeleton on her family's property, investigating the brutal, century-old murder leads to painful discoveries about the past. Alternating chapters tell the story of William, another teen grappling with the racial firestorm leading up to the 1921 Tulsa race riot, providing some clues to the mystery."—Publisher

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  • The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue

    2017 by Lee, Mackenzi

    "Henry "Monty" Montague was bred to be a gentleman. His passions for gambling halls, late nights spent with a bottle of spirits, or waking up in the arms of women or men, have earned the disapproval of his father. His quest for pleasures and vices have led to one last hedonistic hurrah as Monty, his best friend and crush Percy, and Monty's sister Felicity begin a Grand Tour of Europe. When a reckless decision turns their trip abroad into a harrowing manhunt, it calls into question everything Monty knows, including his relationship with the boy he adores."—Publisher

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  • Refugee

    2017 by Gratz, Alan

    "Although separated by continents and decades, Josef, a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany; Isabel, a Cuban girl trying to escape the riots and unrest plaguing her country in 1994; and Mahmoud, a Syrian boy in 2015 whose homeland is torn apart by violence and destruction, embark on harrowing journeys in search of refuge, discovering shocking connections that tie their stories together."—Publisher

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