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Summer Reading at East Side: 12th Grade

Some books from the English Reading Booklist

12th Grade English Summer Reading Booklist

Remember! You can also read 1 book and 5 articles!  See the reading assignment for more details!




Brave New World

Love in the Time of Cholera

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Things Fall Apart

If Beale Street Could Talk

Go Tell It On The Mountain

House of The Spirits

Handmaid’s Tale

The Joy Luck Club

Contemporary Bestsellers



When the Crawdads Sing

Red Clocks

All The Light We Cannot See

Bel Canto

City on Fire 

Boy in the Black Suit

Everything I Never Told You

Farming of the Bones

Bastard out of Carolina

LaRose: A Novel

Here Comes The Sun


The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto


Felix Ever Ager

The Vanishing Half

The Stand

Salvage The Bones

Underground Railroad

I Almost Forgot About You


Station Eleven

Ten Thousand Saints

Half A Yellow Sun

Lock in


The Book of Unknown Americans

Little Fires Everywhere

Chlorine Sky

Concrete Rose

Clap When You Land

Patron Saint of Nothing


Memoir/ Biography/Nonfiction:




This is Just My Face: Try Not to Stare

The Glass Castle

Grace after Midnight

Breaking Night )

Lakota Woman

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)

Yes Please


The Beautiful Struggle

Just Mercy

Rise of the Rocket Girls

Love Wins: The Lovers and Lawyers Who Fought the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

The Boys in The Boat

You Can’t Touch My Hair and Other Things I Still Have to Explain

How it Feels to Fight For Your Life

The New Jim Crow

New York Times Summer Reading Contest

2020 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.

  1. "All Boys Aren’t Blue" by George M. Johnson. 
  2. "All the Stars and Teeth" by Adalyn Grace. 
  3. "Atomic Women" by Roseanne Montillo.
  4. "The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes" by Suzanne Collins. 
  5. "The Betrothed" by Kiera Cass.
  6. "The Black Friend: On Being a Better White Person" by Frederick Joseph. 
  7. "The Bone Thief" by Breeana Shields.
  8. "Cemetery Boys" by Aiden Thomas.
  9. "Chain of Gold" by Cassandra Clare.
  10. "Clap When You Land" by Elizabeth Acevedo. 
  11. "Dangerous Secrets" by Mari Mancusi. 
  12. "The Dark Matter of Mona Starr" by Laura Gulledge. 
  13. "Dragon Hoops" by Gene Luen Yang.
  14. "Five Total Strangers" by Natalie D. Richards. 
  15. "Flamer" by Mike Curato. 
  16. "The Inheritance Games" by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.
  17. "Instant Karma" by Marissa Meyer. 
  18. "The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue" by VE Schwab.
  19. "Legendborn" by Tracy Deonn. 
  20. "Lost Book of the White" by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu. 
  21. "The Mermaid, the Witch, and the Sea" by Maggie Tokudo-Hall. 
  22. "One of Us is Next" by Karen M. McManus. 
  23. "The Shadows Between Us" by Tricia Levenseller. 
  24. "Tweet Cute: A Novel" by Emma Lord. 
  25. "We Used to Be Friends" by Amy Spalding.

Some books from the 2020 Teens' Top Ten booklist