2019 Niles West Summer Reading List

By Denise Hudec

Pick some great books for the summer! Here is the official Niles West reading list for summer 2019.

  • Dread Nation

    2018 by Ireland, Justina

    When families go missing in Baltimore County, Jane McKeene, who is studying to become an Attendant, finds herself in the middle of a conspiracy that has her fighting for her life against powerful enemies.

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  • Dry

    2018 by Shusterman, Neal

    A lengthy California drought escalates to catastrophic proportions, turning Alyssa's quiet suburban street into a war zone. She is forced to make impossible choices if she and her brother are to survive.

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  • The Rule of Thre3

    2014 by Walters, Eric

    A teen's suburban neighborhood bands together for its own survival in a world stricken by a catastrophic blackout.

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  • Ash Princess

    2018 by Sebastian, Laura

    When her country was invaded, Theodosia's mother, the Fire Queen, was murdered before her eyes. The Kaiser had Theo crowned Ash Princess--a title of shame to bear in her new life as a prisoner. One night the Kaiser forces her to do the unthinkable. With blood on her hands and all hope of reclaiming her throne lost, surviving is no longer enough. But she does have a weapon: her mind. And power isn't always won on the battlefield.

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  • Damsel

    2018 by Arnold, Elana K.

    Waking up in the arms of Prince Emory, Ama has no memory of him rescuing her from a dragon's lair. She soon discovers there is more to the legend of dragons and damsels than anyone knows, and she is still in great danger.

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  • The Gilded Wolves

    2019 by Chokshi, Roshani

    Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. No one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. When the all-powerful Order of Babel asks for help, Séverin is offered a treasure he never imagined: his true inheritance. To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive.

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  • Mirage

    2018 by Daud, Somaiya

    In a world dominated by the brutal Vathek empire, 18-year-old Amani is a dreamer. She dreams of what life was like before the occupation; she dreams of writing poetry; she dreams of having adventures and travelling beyond her isolated home. But when adventure comes for Amani, it is not what she expects. She is kidnapped and brought to the palace, where she discovers that she is to become a body double for the hated princess Maram.

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  • An Assassin's Guide to Love & Treason

    2018 by Boecker, Virginia

    When Lady Katherine's father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers he was also involved in a murder plot against Queen Elizabeth I. She disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to kill the queen herself. She is cast in William Shakespeare's newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But the play is a plot to destroy the rebellion, masterminded by fellow cast-member Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own.

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  • The War Outside

    2018 by Hesse, Monica

    In 1944, the war seemed far away from Margot in Iowa and Haruko in Colorado--until they were uprooted to dusty Texas, because of the places their parents once called home: Germany and Japan. At the high school in Crystal City, a "family internment camp" for those accused of colluding with the enemy, Haruko becomes consumed by fear for her soldier brother and distrust of her father's secrets. Margot watches her mother's health deteriorate and her rational father become a man who distrusts America and fraternizes with Nazis. In a prison the government has deemed full of spies, can they trust anyone--even each other?

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  • When We Caught Fire

    2018 by Godbersen, Anna

    It's 1871, and Emmeline Carter is poised to take Chicago's high society by storm. Between her father's sudden rise to wealth and her recent engagement to Chicago's most eligible bachelor, Emmeline has it all. But she can't stop thinking about the life she left behind, including her childhood sweetheart, Anders Magnuson. As the summer turns to fall, the city is at a tipping point: friendships are tested, hearts are broken, and the tiniest spark might set everything ablaze. Sweeping, soapy, and romantic, this is a story about an epic love triangle--one that will literally set the city ablaze and change the lives of three childhood friends forever.

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  • Don't Get Caught

    2016 by Dinan, Kurt

    To his great surprise, uncool 11th-grader Max Cobb is invited to join the Chaos Club, an exclusive group of students responsible for some of the biggest pranks at his high school.

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  • The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

    2019 by Philippe, Ben

    When Norris, a Black French Canadian, starts his junior year at an Austin, Texas, high school, he views his fellow students as clichés from "a bad '90s teen movie."

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  • The Way You Make Me Feel

    2018 by Goo, Maurene

    Clara Shin lives for pranks and disruption. When she takes one joke too far, her dad sentences her to a summer working on his food truck, the KoBra, alongside her uptight classmate Rose Carver. But maybe Rose isn't so bad. Maybe the boy named Hamlet (yes, Hamlet) crushing on her is pretty cute. Maybe Clara actually feels invested in her dad's business. What if taking this summer seriously means that Clara has to leave her old self behind?

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  • Little White Lies

    2018 by Barnes, Jennifer

    Eighteen-year-old Sawyer accepts her estranged grandmother's bribe to live with her for a year, participate in the debutante season and ball, and possibly meet the father she has never known

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  • The Female of the Species

    2016 by McGinnis, Mindy

    Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn't feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

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  • Monday's Not Coming

    2018 by Jackson, Tiffany D.

    When Claudia's friend Monday Charles goes missing and Monday's mother refuses to give her a straight answer, Claudia digs into her disappearance.

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  • Sadie

    2018 by Summers, Courtney

    Told from the perspectives of 19-year-old Sadie, who runs away from her isolated small Colorado town to find her younger sister's killer, and a true crime podcast that explores Sadie's disappearance.

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  • Two Can Keep a Secret

    2019 by McManus, Karen M.

    While true-crime aficionado Ellery and her twin brother are staying with their grandmother in a Vermont community known for murder, a new friend goes missing and Ellery may be next.

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  • The 57 Bus

    2017 by Slater, Dashka

    If it weren't for the 57 bus, Sasha and Richard never would have met. Both were high school students from Oakland, CA, one of the most diverse cities in the country, but they inhabited different worlds. Sasha, a white teen, lived in the middle-class foothills and attended a small private school. Richard, a black teen, lived in the crime-plagued flatlands and attended a large public one. Each day, their paths overlapped for a mere eight minutes. But one afternoon on the bus ride home from school, a single reckless act left Sasha severely burned, and Richard charged with two hate crimes and facing life imprisonment.

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  • The Grand Escape: The Greatest Prison Breakout of the 20th Century

    2018 by Bascomb, Neal

    At the height of World War I, as battles raged in the trenches and in the air, another struggle for survival was being waged in the most notorious POW camp in all of Germany: Holzminden. Home to the most troublesome Allied prisoners and those most talented at escape. The Grand Escape tells the remarkable tale of a band of pilots who pulled off an ingenious plan and made it out of enemy territory in the biggest breakout of WWI, inspiring their countrymen in the darkest hours of the war.

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  • The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer and the Plot to Kill Hitler

    2018 by Hendrix, John

    Interweaving handwritten text and art, John Hendrix tells the story of Dietrich Bonhoeffer and his fight against the oppression of the German people during World War II. Bonhoeffer was a German Lutheran pastor and theologian who spoke out against the Nazi party and led a breakaway church that rebelled against racist and nationalist beliefs of the Third Reich. Struggling with how his faith interacted with his ethics, Bonhoeffer eventually became convinced that Hitler and the Nazi Party needed to be stopped--and he was willing to sacrifice anything and everything to do so.

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  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay

    2018 by Khorram, Adib

    Clinically depressed Darius Kellner, a high school sophomore, travels to Iran to meet his grandparents, but it is their next-door neighbor, Sohrab, who changes his life.

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  • Dear Evan Hansen: The Novel

    2018 by Emmich, Val

    Evan goes from being a nobody to everyone's hero and a social media superstar after a chance encounter with Connor just before Connor's suicide leads others to believe Evan was his only friend.

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  • Tyler Johnson Was Here

    2018 by Coles, Jay

    When Marvin Johnson's twin brother, Tyler, is shot and killed by a police officer, Marvin must fight injustice to learn the true meaning of freedom.

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  • Illegal

    2018 by Colfer, Eoin

    Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a refugee-–to have to leave everything you’ve ever known and try to get to a new country? This graphic novel shows the journey of 12-year-old Ebo, who has to flee Ghana for Europe, following his sister and brother. He is alone, with no money, no food, and no idea how to do it. His story is full of suspense and danger, and it is impossible to put down.

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  • Eliza and Her Monsters

    2017 by Zappia, Francesca

    Eighteen-year-old Eliza Mirk is the anonymous creator of Monstrous Sea, a wildly popular web comic. When a new boy at school tempts her to live a life offline, everything she's worked for begins to crumble.

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  • The Poet X

    2018 by Acevedo, Elizabeth

    Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.

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  • From Twinkle, with Love

    2018 by Menon, Sandhya

    Told through letters, aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra learns a lesson about love while directing a movie for the Midsummer Night arts festival, in which her longtime crush and his twin brother are participating.

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  • A Very Large Expanse of Sea

    2018 by Mafi, Tahereh

    A year after 9/11, Muslim teenager Shirin has completely withdrawn from social life, until she meets Ocean James in her biology class and is tempted to actually let her guard down.

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  • A Week of Mondays

    2016 by Brody, Jessica

    Sixteen-year-old Ellison Sparks keeps reliving the terrible Monday on which her boyfriend, Tristan, breaks up with her. No matter how hard she tries, she cannot seem to set things right.

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  • What If It's Us

    2018 by Albertalli, Becky

    When Arthur, a summer intern from Georgia, and Ben, a native New Yorker, meet it seems like fate, but after three attempts at dating fail they wonder if the universe is pushing them together or apart.

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  • #MurderTrending

    2018 by McNeil, Gretchen

    Falsely accused of murdering her stepsister, 17-year-old Dee fights to survive paid assassins on Alcatraz 2.0, the most popular prison on social media.

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  • Nyxia

    2017 by Reintgen, Scott

    Emmett jumps at the chance to earn good money as a miner of Nyxia. But Nyxia does not exist on earth.

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  • Otherworld

    2017 by Segel, Jason

    After the newest set of virtual reality gear hits the market, Simon can't wait to test it out. But, when his friend Katherine suddenly disappears after being seen with men from the same gaming company, Simon must decide how far in the game he's willing to go to save her.

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  • After the Shot Drops

    2018 by Ribay, Randy

    Bunny takes a basketball scholarship to an elite private school to help his family, leaving behind Nasir, his best friend, in their tough Philadelphia neighborhood.

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  • Check, Please!

    2018 by Ukazu, Ngozi

    Eric Bittle may be a former junior figure skating champion, vlogger extraordinaire, and talented amateur pâtissier, but being a freshman on the Samwell University hockey team is a whole new challenge. It is nothing like coed club hockey back in Georgia! There's checking (anything that hinders the player with possession of the puck, ranging from a stick check all the way to a physical sweep). And then, there is Jack-- his very attractive but moody captain.

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  • Proud: Living My American Dream

    2018 by Muhammad, Ibtihaj

    The life story of the Olympic fencer, including how she overcame feeling out of place in her sport and how she became the first American woman to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab.

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  • The Call of the Wild and White Fang

    1981 by London, Jack

    Based on London's experiences as a gold prospector in the Canadian wilderness and his ideas about nature and the struggle for existence, this is a tale about unbreakable spirit and the fight for survival in the frozen Alaskan Klondike.

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  • Sister Carrie

    1999 by Dreiser, Theodore

    Young Caroline Meeber leaves home for the first time and experiences work, love, and the pleasures and responsibilities of independence in late-19th-century Chicago and New York.

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