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Summer Reading Recommendations for High School Students

summer reading recommendations for high school studentsHigh school students, it’s summertime - finally a break from papers, homework, and exams! But don’t let that brain turn to mush over the summer. Instead, bury your nose in one (or all!) of these books that Sewickley Academy librarian Faith Bitterolf and our Senior School Student Book Club have recommended for summer reading for high school students.



The Paris Architect  - Charles Belfoure 

“In 1942 Paris, gifted architect Lucien Bernard accepts a commission that will bring him a great deal of money – and maybe get him killed.”  Barnes and Noble


Lexicon  - Max Barry

“Emily is recruited to join a clandestine international organization that seems bent on taking over the world through the power of language.”  Booklist


The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln - Stephen Carter

“Fascinating mix of murder mystery, political thriller, and courtroom drama.”  Booklist


Orphan Train - Christina Baker Kline

The author “seamlessly knits together the past and present of two women, one young and one old.”  Ann Hood on Amazon.com


Dear Life: Stories - Alice Munro 

“…continued wonderment provided by arguably the best short-story writer in English today.”  Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2013


The Rosie Project - Graeme Simsion 

“…a fussy, socially-challenged man’s search for the perfect wife is smart, breezy, quirky, and fun.”  Amazon


The Goldfinch - Donna Tartt 

The Pulitzer Prize winning novel that is “...a globe-spanning mystery about a painting that has gone missing, an examination of friendship, and a rumination on the nature of art.”  Amazon



Nine Years Under: Coming of Age in an Inner-City Funeral Home - Sheri Booker


Follow the Money: A Month in the Life of a Ten-Dollar Bill - Steve Boggan 


Across Many Mountains: A Tibetan Family’s Epic Journey from Oppression to Freedom - Yangzom Brauen


The Price of Silence: The Duke Lacrosse Scandal, the Power of the Elite, and the Corruption of Our Great Universities - William D. Cohan


David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants - Malcolm Gladwell


A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher - Sue Halpern  


Operation Paperclip: The Secret Intelligence Program that Brought Nazi Scientists to America - Annie Jacobsen


The Art of Failure: An Essay on the Pain of Playing Video Games - Jesper Juul


Drama High: The Incredible True Story of a Brilliant Teacher, a Struggling Town, and the Magic of Theater - Michael Sokolove



Hawksong: The Kiesha'ra: Volume One - Amelia Atwater-Rhodes
“In this engaging fantasy, Danica Shardae is an avian shapeshifter.” School Library Journal on Amazon

The Warded Man: Book One of The Demon Cycle - Peter V. Brett 
In this classis fantasy “
readers [enter] “ a world in which demons rise at night and the human population lives in fear and seclusion.”  School Library Journal on Amazon

Tell the Wolves I’m Home - Carol Rifka Brunt

“A singular portrait of the late-‘80s AIDS epidemic’s transformation of a girl and her family.”  Amazon

The Alchemis - Paolo Coelho
”The magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure.”  Amazon

Revolution - Jennifer Donnelly
weaves together the lives of Andi Alpers, a depressed modern-day teenager, and Alexandrine Paradis, a brave young woman caught up in the French Revolution.”  Amazon

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green
a soulful novel that tackles big subjects--life, death, love--with the perfect blend of levity and heart-swelling emotion.”  Amazon

The Magician - Lev Grossman
 “assumes that magic isn't real, until he finds himself admitted to a very secretive and exclusive college of magic in upstate New York."  Amazon

Boy Meets Boy - David Levithan
a happy-meaningful romantic comedy about finding love [and] losing love.”  Amazon

Legend - Marie Lu  
“A gripping thriller in dystopic future Los Angeles.”  Kirkus Reviews on Amazon

The House at Riverton - Kate Morton
story of an aristocratic family, a house, a mysterious death … told in flashback by a woman who witnessed it all and kept a secret for decades.”  Amazon

His Majesty’s Dragon (Temeraire, Book 1) - Naomi Novik  
blends fantasy into the history of the Napoleonic wars”… with “…dragons used for aerial support in battle.”  Publisher’s Weekly on Amazon

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell
“Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits.”  Amazon

The Way of Kings (Book One of the Stormlight Archive) - Brandon Sanderson 
In a storm-swept world where history has dwindled into myth, self-serving aristocrats squabble over mystical weapons that render their bearers immune to mundane attacks.”  Publisher’s Weekly on Amazon

Any others you would add to this list? Post your favorite titles!

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