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2015-16 Summer Supply List
8th Grade Supply List
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Summer Reading
Tully Junior-Senior High School
PDF Version of 2015-16 Reading List

Dear Tully Jr/Sr High Students,

You talked, and we listened! This year, rather than assigning particular titles that you must read over the
summer, your teachers have come together to make a list of books that we love. We hope you will love
them, too! Don’t worry if you don’t see anything on our list that grabs your attention. We have also included
a list of resources that can help you find books you love.

Keep in mind that some of these books deal with complex, mature issues. Some of them have mature
language in them. Please do the research before making a choice, so you can be certain that your selection
matches your/your parents’ comfort level! Unless otherwise noted, every book below is available for
download to Kindle.

Books We Love
Ms. Derdzinski
  • Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson (8th Grade)
  • Hope was Here by Joan Bauer (8th Grade)
  • Messenger by Lois Lowry - Sequel to The Giver (8th Grade)
  • The Candy Shop War by Brandon Mull (8th Grade)
  • Bamboo People by Mitali Perkins (8th Grade)
  • Esperanza Rising by Pam Munoz Ryan (8th Grade)
  • Dr. Franklin’s Island by Ann Halam (8th Grade)
  • Unwind by Neal Shusterman (8th-9th Grade)
  • The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (8th-9th Grade)
  • The Misfits by James Howe (8th-9th grade)
  • Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (8th-9th Grade)
  • West Side Story by Irving Shulman (9th Grade)
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles (9th Grade)

Mrs. Elmer
  • Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach (9th-12th grade)
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd (9th-12th grade)
  • The Liars’ Club by Mary Karr (10th-12th grade)
  • The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls (10th-12th grade)
  • The Help by Kathryn Stockett (10th-12th grade)
  • Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie (9th-12th grade)
  • Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri (10th-12th grade)
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon (9th-10th grade)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (10th-11th grade)
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (11th-12th grade)
  • The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold (9th-12th grade)
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee (This book will not be released until July. I can’t wait!)
  • Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer (9th-12th grade)
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer (9th-12th grade)

Mrs. Franke
  • The Hours by Michael Cunningham (11th-12th grade)
  • A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest J. Gaines (10th-11th grade)
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (9th-10th grade)
  • Carry On, Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse (9th-12th grade)

Mrs. Humphrey
  • Destiny of the Republic by Candice Millard (11th-12th grade)
  • Devil in the White City by Erik Larson (10th-12th grade)
  • The Hot Zone: The Terrifying True Story of The Origins of the Ebola Virus by Richard Preston
  • (10th-12th grade)

Mrs. Johnson
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (10th-12th grade)
  • 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher (8th-9th grade)
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (10th-12th grade)

Mrs. Magnan
  • Ok for Now by Gary Schmidt (7th-8th grade)
  • Closed for the Season by Mary Downing Hahn (6th-7th grade)
  • So B. It by Sarah Weeks (7th grade)
  • The Same Stuff as Stars by Katherine Paterson (7th-8th grade)

Mr. McCloskey
  • The Jungle by Upton Sinclair (11th-12th grade)
  • Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (10th-12th grade)
  • A Rumor of War by Philip Caputo (Vietnam, 10th-12th grade)
  • The Rising Tide by Jeff Shaara (Historical Fiction about WWII, 10th-12th grade)

Mrs. Mulondo
  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (This is a beautiful book set in Congo around the time
  • of Patrice Lumumba. 11th-12th grade)
  • Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder (Here is another amazing novel that incorporates the history of
  • philosophy. 11th-12th grade)
  • The Red Tent by Anita Diamant (Set in biblical times, this book reveals a new look at women’s
  • history. 12th grade)
  • Proud Shoes by Pauli Murray (Here is a story of generations of African-American women
  • post-slavery. 12th grade) Unavailable for Kindle.

Mr. Nabinger
  • The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by
  • Daniel Brown and Daniel James Brown. (Underdog working class kids, an amazing sport, beating out
  • Ivy League snobs, and upstaging Hitler at the Berlin olympics. What could be better? 10th-12th grade)
  • Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt &
  • Stephen J. Dubner (An incredibly fun introduction to critical thinking and analytics. Includes a
  • chapter about why teachers are like sumo wrestlers, so it’s a must read! 10th-12th grade)

Mrs. Rossman:
  • Into the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Polar Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton
  • Sides (10th-12th grade)
  • East of Eden by John Steinbeck (11th-12th grade)
  • The Story of Edgar Sawtelle by David Wroblewski (11th-12th grade)
  • Fangirl or anything else by Rainbow Rowell (10th-12th grade, some adult situations)
  • Anything Joyce Carol Oates has ever written (11th-12th grade, adult situations)

Resources to Find Books You Love
  • Friends, siblings, and cousins often have similar interests. Ask them about books they love!
  • The Pulitzer Prize winning book list’s website shows the winners and finalists and provides a short
  • synopsis of each book. http://www.pulitzer.org/bycat
  • Goodreads.com lets you search different genres and keep track of what you've read.
  • http://www.goodreads.com/
  • The College Bound Reading List has a great selection.
  • http://www.greatschools.org/gk/articles/recommended-college-bound/
  • Amazon.com breaks up reading choices by new releases, best sellers, etc. And, of course, you can
  • actually look inside most books...
  • The New York Times book reviews are well-respected by avid readers.
  • There are also some great websites that help you find titles or authors similar to those you like,sort of like Pandora, but for books. Among them are the following… http://www.lovereading.co.uk/genre/iyl/If-You-Like...Youll-Love.html http://www.whatshouldireadnext.com/ https://www.bookbrowse.com/read-alikes/
  • The Tully Free Library is hosting a pretty fantastic reading challenge this summer. They are giving out tons of prizes to students who log their reading minutes through the library.





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Robert J. Hughes, Superintendent
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