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10th Grade English Summer Reading Assignment
Some Books from the English Summer Reading List
Clap When You Land by
Camino Rios and Yahaira Rios are devastated to learn of their father’s death in the plane crash and stunned to learn of each other’s existence. A novel in verse. Available at the public libraries and Sora
Can't Stop Won't Stop by
A powerful cultural and social history of the end of the American century and the new world that the hip-hop generation created. Available at the public libraries and Sora.
Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by
This is not a history book. This is a book about the here and now. A book to help us better understand why we are where we are. A book about race. Available at the public libraries and the East Side library and Sora.
Like a Love Story by
This is a bighearted sprawling epic about friendship and love and the revolutionary act of living life to the fullest in the face of impossible odds. Available at the public libraries and Sora
Diary of a Tokyo Teen by
A Japanese-American girl travels to the land of trendy fashion, high-tech toilets and fancy cafes. Available at the public libraries and Sora.
New York Times Summer Reading Contest
The Twelfth Annual New York Times Reading Contest!
The contest runs from June 11 to Aug. 19. Every week, they ask participants to choose something in The Times that has sparked their interest, then tell the newspaper why. You then have until the following Friday to answer, when a team of Times journalists choose their favorite responses, and they publish them.
2021 Teens' Top Ten Contest
The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in sixteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted on Support Teen Literature Day, the Thursday of National Library Week, and teens across the country vote on their favorite titles each year. Readers ages twelve to eighteen will vote online in August and September; the winners will be announced during Teen Read Week.
- "All Boys Aren’t Blue" by George M. Johnson.
- "All the Stars and Teeth" by Adalyn Grace.
- "Atomic Women" by Roseanne Montillo.
- "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" by Suzanne Collins.
- "The Betrothed" by Kiera Cass.
- "The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person" by Frederick Joseph.
- "The Bone Thief" by Breeana Shields.
- "Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas.
- "Chain of Gold" by Cassandra Clare.
- "Clap When You Land" by Elizabeth Acevedo.
- "Dangerous Secrets" by Mari Mancusi.
- "The Dark Matter of Mona Starr" by Laura Gulledge.
- "Dragon Hoops" by Gene Luen Yang.
- "Five Total Strangers" by Natalie D. Richards.
- "Flamer" by Mike Curato.
- "The Inheritance Games" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
- "Instant Karma" by Marissa Meyer.
- "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by VE Schwab.
- "Legendborn" by Tracy Deonn.
- "Lost Book of the White" by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu.
- "The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea" by Maggie Tokudo-Hall.
- "One of Us is Next" by Karen M. McManus.
- "The Shadows Between Us" by Tricia Levenseller.
- "Tweet Cute: A Novel" by Emma Lord.
- "We Used to Be Friends" by Amy Spalding.
Some books from the 2021 Teens' Top Ten booklist
All Boys Aren't Blue by
Prominent journalist and LGBTQIA+ activist George M. Johnson explores his childhood, adolescence, and college years in New Jersey and Virginia. From the memories of getting his teeth kicked out by bullies at age five, to flea marketing with his loving grandmother, to his first sexual relationships, this young-adult memoir weaves together the trials and triumphs faced by Black queer boys.
Atomic Women by
They were leaning over the edge of the unknown and afraid of what they would discover there—meet the World War II female scientists who worked in the secret sites of the Manhattan Project. Recruited not only from labs and universities from across the United States but also from countries abroad, these scientists helped in—and often initiated—the development of the atomic bomb, taking starring roles in the Manhattan Project. In fact, their involvement was critical to its success, though many of them were not fully aware of the consequences.
Clap When You Land by
Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people…In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the principal’s office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. Separated by distance—and Papi’s secrets—the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered.
Dragon Hoops by
Gene understands stories—comic book stories, in particular. Big action. Bigger thrills. And the hero always wins. But Gene doesn’t get sports. As a kid, his friends called him “Stick” and every basketball game he played ended in pain. He lost interest in basketball long ago, but at the high school where he now teaches, it's all anyone can talk about. The men’s varsity team, the Dragons, is having a phenomenal season that’s been decades in the making. Each victory brings them closer to their ultimate goal: the California State Championships.Once Gene gets to know these young all-stars, he realizes that their story is just as thrilling as anything he’s seen on a comic book page. He knows he has to follow this epic to its end. What he doesn’t know yet is that this season is not only going to change the Dragons’s lives, but his own life as well.
After her mother dies in an accident, sixteen-year-old Bree Matthews wants nothing to do with her family memories or childhood home. A residential program for bright high schoolers at UNC–Chapel Hill seems like the perfect escape—until Bree witnesses a magical attack her very first night on campus.
The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea by
The pirate Florian, born Flora, has always done whatever it takes to survive—including sailing under false flag on the Dove as a marauder, thief, and worse. Lady Evelyn Hasegawa, a highborn Imperial daughter, is on board as well—accompanied by her own casket. But Evelyn’s one-way voyage to an arranged marriage in the Floating Islands is interrupted when the captain and crew show their true colors and enslave their wealthy passengers. Both Florian and Evelyn have lived their lives by the rules, and whims, of others. But when they fall in love, they decide to take fate into their own hands—no matter the cost.
One of Us Is Next by
A ton of copycat gossip apps have popped up since Simon died, but in the year since the Bayview four were cleared of his shocking death, no one’s been able to fill the gossip void quite like he could. The problem is no one has the facts. Until now. This time it’s not an app, though—it’s a game.
All the Stars and Teeth by
She will reign. As princess of the island kingdom Visidia, Amora Montara has spent her entire life training to be High Animancer—the master of souls. The rest of the realm can choose their magic, but for Amora, it’s never been a choice. To secure her place as heir to the throne, she must prove her mastery of the monarchy’s dangerous soul magic.
The Black Friend: on Being a Better White Person by
“We don’t see color.” “I didn’t know Black people liked Star Wars!” “What hood are you from?” For Frederick Joseph, life as a transfer student in a largely white high school was full of wince-worthy moments that he often simply let go. As he grew older, however, he saw these as missed opportunities not only to stand up for himself, but to spread awareness to those white people who didn’t see the negative impact they were having.
Cemetery Boys by
Yadriel has summoned a ghost, and now he can't get rid of him.When his traditional Latinx family has problems accepting his true gender, Yadriel becomes determined to prove himself a real brujo. With the help of his cousin and best friend Maritza, he performs the ritual himself, and then sets out to find the ghost of his murdered cousin and set it free.
Five Total Strangers by
She thought being stranded was the worst thing that could happen. She was wrong. Mira needs to get home for the holidays. Badly. But when an incoming blizzard results in a canceled connecting flight, it looks like she might get stuck at the airport indefinitely. And then Harper, Mira's glamorous seatmate from her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something.