||Upper School Suggested Outside Reading 2013-2014
||compiled by Mrs. Tuck, Upper School Librarian
What Do You Think?
Ashcroft, Frances. THE SPARK OF LIFE: ELECTRICITY IN THE
Physiologist Ashcroft explains, in a lively mix of science and
history, how everything we do depends on electrical events occurring
continuously in nerve and muscle cells.
Climate Central. GLOBAL WEIRDNESS:
SEVERE STORMS, DEADLY HEAT WAVES, RELENTLESS DROUGHT, RISING SEAS, AND THE
WEATHER OF THE FUTURE.
Sets the record straight about the indisputable
scientific evidence for global warming in this concise yet comprehensive
Gay, Kathlyn. FOOD: THE NEW GOLD.
Well-researched presentation of worldwide issues related to food.
Murphy,Jim and Alison Blank.
INVINCIBLE MICROBE: TUBERCULOSIS AND THE NEVER-ENDING SEARCH OF A CURE.
the disease from a 500,000-year-old skull to modern-day triumphs and setbacks.
Quammen, David. SPILLOVER: ANIMAL INFECTIONS AND THE
NEXT HUMAN PANDEMIC.
Illuminates fascinating, if scary, facts about zoonotic
diseases-animal infections that sicken humans, such as influenza, SARS, and
AIDS-and that can escalate rapidly into global pandemics.
Sacks, Oliver. HALLUCINATIONS.
In his latest foray in the human brain,
sacks provides a broad panorama of the views and role of hallucinations through
Wortmann, Fletcher. TRIGGERED: A
MEMOIR OF OBSESSIVE-COMPULSIVE DISORDER.
Touching, candid, and often funny
memoir recounts the author’s complex struggle with obsessive-compulsive
Who Are You?
Abbott, Megan. DARE ME.
Cheerleading squad captain, Beth, loses her power
when a new coach arrives, until a suspicious death renews her opportunity for
Joyce, Rachel. THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY.
Harold Fry receives a letter from an old friend informing him that she’s dying.
He dutifully writes a bland note of condolence and sets off for the nearest
mailbox. Before he knows quite what he’s doing, he decides to walk the 627
miles to her hospice.
Meacham, Jon. THOMAS JEFFERSON: THE ART OF POWER.
Follows Jefferson’s vision through the American Revolution,
the doubling in size of the United States, and the establishment of a political
dynasty of the next four decades.
Saenz, Benjamin Alire. ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE
Ari is a solemn, angry Mexican American teen. A loner by choice, he
remains enshrouded in his family’s tragic past and silent ways until Dante
offers to teach him how to swim. The boys become fast friends.
Souder, William. ON A FARTHER SHORE: THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF RACHEL CARSON.
Souder captures Carson’s passion for the natural environment and her pivotal
role in bringing the problems causd by the “impetuous and heedless pace of man
rather than the deliberate pace of nature” into the national consciousness.
Strayed, Cheryl. WILD: FROM LOST TO FOUND ON THE PACIFIC CREST TRAIL.
author hiked the trail from the Mojave Desert through
California and Oregon to Washington State—and she did it alone. She had no
experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than “an
idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise.”
Bradbury, Ray. FAHRENHEIT 451.
A totalitarian regime has ordered all
books to be destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their
Golding, William. LORD OF THE
The classic study of
human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned
on a desert island.
Neale. THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD.
Meet the unforgettable Janie Crawford, an
articulate African-American woman in the 1930s. Traces Janie's quest for
identity, through three marriages, on a journey to her roots.
Knowles, John. A SEPARATE PEACE.
A conflict of loyalties
between Gene and his fearless friend, Phineas, leads to tragedy.
Orwell, George. ANIMAL FARM.
A satire on totalitarianism in which farm
animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.
Maria. ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT.
The testament of Paul Baumer, who
enlists with his classmates in the German army of World War I, illuminates the
savagery and futility of war.
John. OF MICE AND MEN.
tragic story of two itinerant ranch hands on the run--one is the lifelong
companion to the other, a developmentally disabled man.
Weisel, Ellie. NIGHT.
The narrative of a boy who lived through Auschwitz
and Buchenwald provide a short and terrible indictment of modern humanity.
Katherine. BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: LIFE, DEATH, AND HOPE IN A MUMBAI
Jolts the consciousness with the opposing realities of poverty and
wealth in a searing visit to the Annawaldi settlement, a flimflam slum that has
recently sprung up in the western suburbs of the gigantic city of Mumbai,
Dau, Stephen. BOOK OF JONAS.
When his family is killed during an errant U.S. military operation in the
Middle East, fifteen-year-old Jonas is sent to live with a foster family in
America and struggles to adapt before revealing the heroics of a missing soldier
who saved his life.
McCormick, Patricia. NEVER FALL
Separated from his family and assigned to a labor camp when soldiers
invade his home in Cambodia, young Arn volunteers to become a musician for the
army and uses his wits to survive and steal food for other child prisoners
before he is conscripted as a boy soldier.
Powers, Kevin. THE YELLOW BIRDS.
In Al Tafar, Iraq, twenty-one-year
old Private Bartle and eighteen-year-old Private Murphy cling to life as their
platoon launches a bloody battle for the city. Bound together since basic
training when Bartle makes a promise to bring Murphy safely home, the two have
been dropped into a war neither is prepared for.Purcell, Kim. TRAFFICKED.
17-year-old Moldovan girl whose parents have been killed is brought to the
United States to work as a slave for a family in Los Angeles.
Schrefer, Eliot. ENDANGERED.
Reluctantly accompanying her advocate mother to a bonobo sanctuary, a teen girl
participates in a desperate effort to rescue the bonobos and survive in the
jungle when a revolution breaks out and the sanctuary is attacked.
Where in the World?
Farish, Terry. THE GOOD BRAIDER.
Viola and her family journey through war-torn Sudan, impoverished Cairo, and
finally strange and alien Portland, Maine, trying to escape the horrors
witnessed and experienced back home.
Houston, Jeanne. FAREWELL TO
The true story of one spirited
Japanese-American family's attempt to survive the indignities of forced
detention . . . and of a native-born American child who discovered what it was
like to grow up behind barbed wire in the United States.
Johnson, Adam. ORPHAN MASTER’S
A richly, textured political thriller about the hidden world of North
Korea with all of its misery, violence and defiant acts of love under
Melissa et al. SHARDS AND
Gripping and powerful original stories of
dystopian worlds.McCulloch, Derek. GONE TO
Three intertwined stories reveal both individual and generational
experiences by disparate immigrants to New York city from Ireland, in 1870,
1960, and 2010.Munro, Alice. DEAR LIFE. A
collection of stories illuminates moments that shape a life, from a dream to
simple twists of fate, and is set in the countryside and towns of Lake Huron.Pitcher, Annabel. MY SISTER LIVES ON
THE MANTELPIECE. Ten-year-old Jamie’s sister, along with 61 others, was killed
during a terrorist attack by Islamic extremists on Trafalgar Square, and her
tragic death shatters her parents’ lives.VanderMeer, Ann.STEAMPUNK. Begins in the romantic elegance of the
Victorian era and blends in modern scientific advances—synthesizing imaginative
technologies such as steam-driven robots, analog supercomputers, and
Is This Love?
Brunt, Carol Rifka. TELL THE
WOLVES I’M HOME.
In this striking literary
debut, Carol Rifka Brunt unfolds a moving story of love, grief, and renewal as
two lonely people become the unlikeliest of friends and find that sometimes you
don’t know you’ve lost someone until you’ve found them.
Du Maurier, Daphne. REBECCA.
classic novel of romantic suspense finds the second Mrs. Maxim de Winter
entering the home of her mysterious and enigmatic new husband and learning the
story of the house's first mistress, to whom the sinister housekeeper is
unnaturally devoted.Laban, Elizabeth. THE TRAGEDY PAPER.
story of Tim Macbeth, a seventeen-year-old albino and a recent transfer to the
prestigious Irving School, where the motto is “Enter here to be and find a
friend.” A friend is the last thing Tim expects or wants—he just hopes to get
through his senior year unnoticed.
McEwan. Ian. SWEET TOOTH.
Recruited into MI5 against a backdrop of the Cold War in 1972, Cambridge
student Serena Frome, a compulsive reader, is assigned to infiltrate the
literary circle of a promising young writer whose politics align with those of
the government, a situation that is compromised when she falls in love with
him.Smith, Jennifer. THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT
Hadley's father is getting remarried, and while Hadley is (much) less than
thrilled about it, she's traveling to England to be a part of his wedding.
After missing her flight to London by just four minutes, Hadley gets rebooked
on another flight...where she meets Oliver.Turnbull, Ann.NO
SHAME, NO FEAR.
In England in 1662, a time of religious persecution,
fifteen-year-old Susanna, a poor country girl and a Quaker, and
seventeen-year-old William, a wealthy Anglican, meet and fall in love against
From the Past
Bohjalian, Chris. THE SANDCASTLE GIRLS. When Laura petrosian, a contemporary
new York novelist, decides to find out more about her Bostonian grandmother and
her Armenian grandfather, she delves into the horrors of the Armenian Genocide.Chevalier, Tracy. THE LAST RUNAWAY. An English Quaker woman’s involvement in
the Underground Railroad in 19th-century America.McMullan, Margaret. HOW I FOUND THE STRONG.
Frank Russell, known as Shanks, wishes he could have gone
with his father and brother to fight for Mississippi and the Confederacy, but
his experiences with the war and his changing relationship with the family
slave, Buck, change his thinking.Naidoo, Beverley. BURN MY HEART.
boys--one white, one black--share an uneasy friendship in Kenya in the 1950s, a
country shaken by a rebellion of Africans against white landowners, but
suspicions and accusations are escalating, and an act of betrayal could change
everything.Park, Linda Sue. WHEN MY NAME WAS KEOKO.
With national pride and occasional fear, a brother and sister
face the increasingly oppressive occupation of Korea by Japan during World War
II, which threatens to suppress Korean culture entirely.
Wein, Elizabeth. CODE NAME VERITY. After Verity is arrested by the Gestapo,
her plight is dire:as a secret agent captured in enemy territory-Nazi-occupied
france-she has two weeks to reveal her mission or be brutally executed.Wells, Rosemary. RED MOON AT SHARPSBURG.
Finding courage she never thought she had, a young Southern girl
musters the strength and wit to survive the ravages of the Civil War and keep
her family together through it all.
Thrillers and ChillersBray, Libba. THE DIVINERS.
spirited flapper Evie O’Neill moves to New York City, she meets other people
who also have supernatural abilities.
Cashore, Kristin. BITTERBLUE.
Eighteen-year-old Bitterblue, queen of
Monsea, realizes her heavy responsibility and the futility of relying on
advisors who surround her with lies as she tries to help her people to heal
from the thirty-five-year spell cast by her father, a violent psychopath with
mind-altering abilities.Levithan, David. EVERY DAY.
morning A inhabits a different body and has learned not to get too involved in
or possessive of the host’s life.
Stanley, Diane. THE CUP AND THE
CROWN. A sequel to The Silver Bowl finds Molly enlisted by handsome King Alaric
to help find a loving cup that will enable him to win the heart of a beautiful
princess, a quest that brings Molly and her friends to a hidden city where she
discovers magical family secrets.
Stiefvater, Maggie. RAVEN BOYS.
Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent's only gift seems to
be that she makes other people's talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey,
one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that
he has talents of his own--and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.
Walker, Karen T. AGE OF MIRACLES. Imagines the coming-of-age
story of young Julia, whose world is thrown into upheaval when it is discovered
that the Earth's rotation has suddenly begun to slow, posing a catastrophic
threat to all life.
Arcos, Carrie. OUT OF REACH.
Accompanied by her brother's friend, Tyler, 16-year-old Rachel ventures through
San Diego and nearby areas seeking her brother, 18-year-old Micah, a
methamphetamine addict who ran away from home.
Cadnum, Michael. SEIZE THE
On a pleasure cruise in the Pacific, seventeen-year-old Susannah, her
parents, seventeen-year-old cousin Martin, and eighteen-year-old crew member
Axel face off against seventeen-year-old Jeremy, a drug lord's son, and hired
killers Elwood and fifteen-year-old Shako.
Doughty, Louise. WHATEVER YOU
When the hit-and-run incident that claimed her daughter's life is ruled
an accident, Laura decides to take matters into her own hands and track down
the man responsible, which has disastrous consequences and drives her to a
dangerous breaking point.
Follett, Ken. FALL OF GIANTS.
Follows the fates of five interrelated families--American, German, Russian,
English and Welsh--as they move through the world-shaking dramas of World War
I, the Russian Revolution, and the struggle for women's suffrage.
Morrison, Toni. HOME.
an angry, broken veteran of the Korean War who, after traumatic experiences on
the front lines, finds himself back in racist America with more than just
physical scars. He is shocked out of his apathy by the need to rescue his
medically abused younger sister and taker her back to the small Georgia town
them come from and that he's hated all his life.
Otto, Whitney. EIGHT GIRLS
A tale inspired by the lives of famous twentieth-century
female photographers traces the progression of feminism and photography in
various world regions as each woman explores private and public goals while
balancing the demands of family and creativity.
Hill, Susan. WOMEN IN BLACK.
Kipps, a young solicitor, travels to the north of England to settle the estate
of Alice Drablow, but unexpectedly encounters a series of sinister events.
Jaramillo, Ann. LA LINEA.
When fifteen-year-old Miguel's time
finally comes to leave his poor Mexican village, cross the border illegally,
and join his parents in California, his younger sister's determination to join
him soon imperils them both.Mussi, Sarah. THE
DOOR OF NO RETURN. Sixteen-year-old Zac Baxter never believed his grandfather's
tales about their enslaved ancestors being descended from an African king, but
when his grandfather is murdered and the villains come after Zac, he sets out
for Ghana to find King Baktu's long-lost treasure before the murderers do.
Oppel, Kenneth. STARCLIMBER. As members of the first crew of
astralnauts, Matt Cruse and Kate De Vries journey into outer space on the
Starclimber and face a series of catastrophes that threaten the survival of all
on board.Picoult, Jodi. THE STORYTELLER. Sage
Singer, the granddaughter of a Holocaust survivor, befriends a beloved old man
in her community. Then he revelas his dark secret regarding his whereabouts
during World War II-and asks her to kill him.
Smith, Roland. PEAK. A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the
youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.Walker, Karen Thompson. THE AGE OF
MIRACLES. Just before Julia’s 12th birthday, scientists announce
that the Earth’s rotation is slowing. The unraveling of life on the planet is
told from the perspective of one girl living in an ordinary California
Erdrich, Louise. THE ROUND HOUSE.
A woman is raped and beaten on an Ojibwe reservation; her 13-year-old son
decides to investigate.
Green, John. THE FAULT IN OUR
Hazel Lancaster, 16, has been battling thyroid cancer for three years.
The lonely, oxygen tank-toting teenager joins a support group for ill teens and
meets Augustus, a 17-year-old cancer survivor with a prosthetic leg.Hopkins, Ellen. PERFECT. Four high
school seniors will do anything to be perfect. But then Cara, Conner’s
Stanford-bound sister, starts to rebel against her overbearing parents’
Miller, Madeline. SONG OF ACHILLES. In this new twist on the Trojan War
story, Patroclus and Achilles are the quintessential mismatched pair--a mortal
underdog exiled in shame and a glorious demigod revered by all--but what would
a novel of ancient Greece be without star-crossed love?
Pfeffer, Susan Beth. THIS WORLD WE
LIVE IN. When the moon's gravitational pull
increases, causing massive natural disasters on earth, Miranda and her family
struggle to survive in a world without cities or sunlight, and wonder if anyone
else in still alive.Rash, Ron. THE COVE. Living deep in the isolated mountains
of Appalachia just after World War I, Laurel believes her loneliness may be
finally over when a mute young man suddenly appears in their dark, secluded
cove.Ward, Jessmyn. SALVAGE THE BONES. Told in 12 chapters-the
ten days preceding Hurricane Katrina, the day of the hurricane, and the day
after it, this novel explores one family’s deep bonds and terrible plight amid
even greater tragedy
And More Choices
Gordon, Jaimy. LORD OF MISRULE.
the dusty, dark, and beautiful world of small-time horse racing, where
trainers, jockeys, grooms and grifters vie for what little luck is offered at a
run-down West Virginia track .
Greenblatt, Stephen. THE SWERVE: HOW THE WORLD BECAME
MODERN.An innovative work of history and a thrilling
story of discovery, in which one manuscript, plucked from a thousand years of
neglect, changed the course of human thought and made possible the world as we
Hinwood, Christine. THE RETURNING. Cam
Attling, having lost an arm, is the only one from his town of Kayforl to return
after twelve years of war. All his fellow soldiers were slain, and suspicion
Shadid,Anthony. HOUSE OF STONE: A
MEMOIR OF HOME, FAMILY, AND A LOST MIDDLE EAST.
In rebuilding his family home
in southern Lebanon, Shadid commits an extraordinarily generous act of
restoration for his wounded land, and for us allSilvey, Craig. JASPER JONES. Charlie
Bucktin, a bookish thirteen year old, is startled one summer night by an urgent
knock on his bedroom window. His visitor is Jasper Jones, an outcast in their
small mining town, and he has come to ask for Charlie's help.
Walton, Jo. AMONG OTHERS.
Raised by a half-mad mother who dabbled in magic, Morwenna
Phelps found refuge in two worlds. As a child growing up in Wales, she played
among the spirits who made their homes in industrial ruins.
Whaley, John Corey. WHERE THINGS COME BACK.
In the remarkable, bizarre, and heart-wrenching summer
before Cullen Witter’s senior year of high school, he is forced to examine
everything he thinks he understands about his small and painfully dull Arkansas