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2020 Summer Reading Lists

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2020 Summer Reading List

Hello Parents and Students! The Hunterdon Preparatory School is happy to share our enrichment summer reading program. There will be a variety of three fiction novels, one non-fiction, and one graphic novel. Students may read one or more of the options and complete one of the six readings.


Entering 12th Grade:
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Non-fiction: Nickel & Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
Graphic Novel: The Life of Frederick Douglass: A Graphic Narrative of an Extraordinary Life by David F. Walker


Entering 11th Grade:
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Fatelessness by Imre Kertész
Non-fiction: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah
Graphic Novel: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi


Entering 10th Grade:
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall
The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris  
Non-Fiction: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
Graphic Novel: Anya’s Ghost by Vera Brosgol


Entering 9th Grade:
Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli
The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
Non-Fiction: Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Graphic Novel: American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang


Entering 8th Grade:
The Martian by Andy Weir
Ghost by Jason Reynolds
The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
Non-Fiction: Trapped by Marc Aronson
Graphic Novel: New Kid by Jerry Craft


Entering 7th Grade:
The BFG by Roald Dahl
Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Non-Fiction: Older Than Dirt: A Wild but True History of Earth by Don Brown
Graphic Novel: El Deafo by Cece Bell


If you have any questions, concerns, or queries about purchasing any of the books, please contact lneary@hunterdonprep.org.

The Hunterdon Preparatory School has some of the selected titles in our school library. If you would like to borrow a copy, please reach out to either lneary@hunterdonprep.org or chorton@hunterdonprep.org.

For further enrichment, select one of the six choices below for your book.

Choice One: Create a Playlist

Create a written list of 6-8 songs that reflect the events and themes of your book. List each song and the artist. After each song, include a few sentences explaining what you included that song. The songs must reflect the title of the book, the genre, the characters, and the plot.

Choice Two: Book Trailer

Create a short video ‘movie trailer’ for your book. Pretend the novel has been made into a movie. Create a video encouraging others to see the movie. Must include: title, characters/actors, information about the plot (without giving too much away). Look online for sample trailer videos for ideas.

Choice Three: Design a Book Jacket

Fold an unlined paper to look like a book jacket. Design an attractive front cover. Include the title and author on the front. Include information on the back about the plot and characters. Include some short reviews about the book saying why others should read it.

Choice Four: Book Review

Write a book review of the novel. Include the title, author, genre, reading difficulty, and plot summary. You must include at least a paragraph sharing your opinion and favorite part of the book. Do not just summarize the text. Your thoughts must be included. ‘Sell’ the novel - explain why others should read it and rate it 1-5 stars.

Choice Five: Create a Poster

Create a poster to advertise the book. The size should be 12 X 18 inches or larger to count as a poster. Must include: title, author, genre, information about the plot, and a colorful picture of a character or a scene.

Choice Six: Compare and Contrast Essay

Read two books from the summer reading list for your grade level. As you read the books, take notes and pay attention to similarities and differences. Write a short essay comparing two points of similarity and two points of difference.

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