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WHO WAS STEVE JOBS?  $5.99
THE STONE FOX $5.99
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THE GOOD DOG $7.99
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Grade 6

Directions: Select any one (1) novel from the list below.  


Wonder by R. J. Palacio (Lexile: 790L) 9780375869020 $16.99
August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.

Because of Mr. Terupt by Rob Buyea (Lexile: 560L) 9780375858246 $7.99
It’s the start of fifth grade for seven kids at Snow Hill School. There’s . . . Jessica, the new girl, smart and perceptive, who’s having a hard time fitting in; Alexia, a bully, your friend one second, your enemy the next; Peter, class prankster and troublemaker; Luke, the brain; Danielle, who never stands up for herself; shy Anna, whose home situation makes her an outcast; and Jeffrey, who hates school. Only Mr. Terupt, their new and energetic teacher, seems to know how to deal with them all. He makes the classroom a fun place, even if he doesn’t let them get away with much . . . until the snowy winter day when an accident changes everything—and everyone.

Short by Holly Goldberg Sloan (Lexile: 810L) 9780399186219 $16.99
Julia is very short for her age, but by the end of the summer run of The Wizard of Oz, she'll realize how big she is inside, where it counts. She hasn't ever thought of herself as a performer, but when the wonderful director of Oz casts her as a Munchkin, she begins to see herself in a new way. Julia becomes friendly with the poised and wise Olive--one of the adults with dwarfism who've joined the production's motley crew of Munchkins. With her deeply artistic neighbor, Mrs. Chang, Julia's own sense of self as an artist grows. Soon, she doesn't want to fade into the background--and it's a good thing, because her director has more big plans for Julia!

The Green Bicycle by Haifaa Al Mansour (Lexile: 790L) 9780147515032 $8.99
Spunky eleven-year-old Wadjda lives in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia with her parents. She desperately wants a bicycle so that she can race her friend Abdullah, even though it is considered improper for girls to ride bikes. Wadjda earns money for her dream bike by selling homemade bracelets and mixtapes of banned music to her classmates. But after she's caught, she’s forced to turn over a new leaf (sort of), or risk expulsion from school. Still, Wadjda keeps scheming, and with the bicycle so closely in her sights, she will stop at nothing to get what she wants.

The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers (Lexile: 820L) 9780140342444 $6.99
If you were looking for a real dump, you couldn't beat The Stratford Arms. There was Askia Ben Kenobi throwing karate chops upstairs, Petey Darden making booze downstairs, and Mrs. Brown grieving for Jack Johnson, who'd died for the third time in a month and not a rent payer in the bunch. Still, when Paul Williams and the Action Group got the Arms for one dollar they thought they had it made. But when their friend Chris was arrested for stealing stereos and Dean's dog started biting fire hydrants and Gloria started kissing, being a landlord turned out to be a lot more work than being a kid.

Grade 7

English 7: Select any one (1) novel from the list below.  

Honors: Select any two (2) novels from the list below.  


Ribbons by Laurence Yep (Lexile: 710L) 9780698116061 $6.99
If you asked her, Robin would say that ballet means everything to her. But no one's asking Robin. Not her parents, who can no longer afford ballet lessons because all of their money is going toward bringing Robin's Chinese grandmother to America. Not her grandmother, a demanding woman who can barely walk. It's hard for Robin to hide her resentment of this foreign grandmother who's changed her whole life. Then Robin uncovers a secret that leads to a new understanding of the many ways in which she and her tough old grandmother are alike.

Curveball by Justin Sonnenblick (Lexile: 800L) 9780545320702 &9.99
There’s nothing All Star pitcher Peter Friedman loves more than baseball. Then a pitching accident over the summer ruins Pete’s arm. If he can’t play baseball in high school, what is he supposed to do? If he isn’t the star pitcher, then who is he? To make matters more complicated, there’s something going on with Pete’s grandpa -- he’s acting weird and keeps forgetting important things. The only person Pete can confide in is Angelika, the amazingly cute girl in his photography class who might like Pete as much as he likes her.

Rules of the Road by Joan Bauer (Lexile: 850L) 9780142404256 $8.99
Meet Jenna Boller, star employee at Gladstone Shoe Store in Chicago. Jenna is the kind of girl most likely to stand out in the crowd for all the wrong reasons. But that doesn't stop Madeline Gladstone, the president of Gladstone's Shoes, from hiring Jenna to drive her cross country in a last ditch effort to stop Elden Gladstone from taking over his mother's company and turning a quality business into a shop-and-schlock empire. 

The 7th Most Important Thing by S. Pearsall (Lexile: 760L) 9780553497311 $7.99
It was a bitterly cold day when Arthur T. Owens grabbed a brick and hurled it at the trash picker. The judge is ready to send Arthur to juvie for the foreseeable future. Amazingly, it’s the Junk Man himself who offers an alternative: 120 hours of community service working for him. Arthur is given a rickety shopping cart and a list of the Seven Most Important Things. He can’t believe it—is he really supposed to rummage through people’s trash? But it isn’t long before Arthur realizes there’s more to the Junk Man than meets the eye, and the “trash” he’s collecting is being transformed into something more precious than anyone could imagine.

The Last Station Master: A Boy, a Terrorist, a Secret, and Trouble by S. A. M. Posey
 (Lexile: NA) 9781926780221 $19.99
On his grandparents' remote North Carolina farm for the summer, Nate discovers there's more happening on the rambling property than anyone realizes. To stop a terrorist's plot and prevent a military disaster, he must unravel the clues around him and use what he learns about the farm, the Underground Railroad, and the lost secrets of an old ghost to become the Last Station Master.


Grade 8

English 8: Select any one (1) novel from the list below.  
Honors: Select any two (2) novels from the list below.  

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander (Lexile: 750L) 9780544107717 $16.99
Josh and his twin brother Jordan are awesome on the court. But Josh has more than basketball in his blood. He's got mad beats too, beats that tell his family's story in verse. But both brothers must come to grips with growing up, on and off the court, as they realize breaking the rules can come at a terrible price, resulting in a game-changer for their entire family.
Travel Team by Mike Lupica (Lexile: 930L ) 9780142419847 $8.99
Twelve-year-old Danny Walker may be the smallest kid on the basketball court -- but don't tell him that. Because no one plays with more heart or court sense. But none of that matters when he is cut from his local travel team, the very same team his father led to national prominence as a boy. Danny's father, still smarting from his own troubles, knows Danny isn't the only kid who was cut for the wrong reason, and together, this washed-up former player and a bunch of never-say-die kids prove that the heart simply cannot be measured.

Backlash by Sarah Darer Littman (Lexile: 770L ) 9780545924146 $9.99
Lara just got told off on Facebook. She thought that Christian liked her, that he was finally going to ask her to his school's homecoming dance. Bree used to be BBFs with overweight, depressed Lara in middle school, but constantly listening to Lara's problems got to be too much. Bree's secretly glad that Christian's pointed out Lara's flaws to the world. Lara's not nearly as great as everyone thinks. After weeks of talking online, Lara thought she knew Christian, so what's with this sudden change? And where does he get off saying horrible things on her wall? But no one realized just how far Christian's harsh comments would push Lara. 

Popular: Vint Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Wegenen (Lexile: 730L) 9780147512543 $10.99
Stuck at the bottom of the social ladder at 'pretty much the lowest level of people at school who aren't paid to be here,' Maya Van Wagenen decided to begin a unique social experiment: spend the school year following a 1950s popularity guide, written by former teen model Betty Cornell. Can curlers, girdles, Vaseline, and a strand of pearls help Maya on her quest to be popular? The real-life results are painful, funny, and include a wonderful and unexpected surprise-meeting and befriending Betty Cornell herself.

Better Nate Than Ever by Tim Federle (Lexile: 930L) 9781442446915 $7.99
Nate Foster has big dreams. His whole life, he’s wanted to star in a Broadway show. (Heck, he’d settle for seeing a Broadway show.) But how is Nate supposed to make his dreams come true when he’s stuck in Jankburg, Pennsylvania, where no one (except his best pal Libby) appreciates a good show tune? With Libby’s help, Nate plans a daring overnight escape to New York. There’s an open casting call for E.T.: The Musical, and Nate knows this could be the difference between small-town blues and big-time stardom.


Grade 9

College Prep: Select any one (1) novel from the list below.  
Honors: Select any two (2) novels from the list below.  



The New Kids: Big Dreams and Brave Journeys at a High School for Immigrant Teens by Brooke Hauser (Lexile: 1140L ) 9781439163306 $16.99
Some walked across deserts and mountains to get here. One arrived after escaping in a suitcase. And others won’t say how they got here. These are “the new kids”: new to America and all the routines and rituals of an American high school, from lonely first days to prom. They attend Brooklyn’s International High School at Prospect Heights, where all the students are recent immigrants learning English.

Denied, Detained, Deported by Ann Bausum (Lexile: 1170L) 9781426303326 $21.95
Ann Bausum makes the history of immigration in America come alive. The story of America has always been shaped by people from all corners of the Earth who came in search of a better life and a brighter future. Immigration remains one of the critical topics in 21st century America, and how our children learn the lessons of the past will shape all our futures.

All the Broken Pieces by Ann E. Burg (Lexile: ) 9780545080934 $6.99
Two years after being airlifted out of war-torn Vietnam, Matt Pin is haunted by bombs that fell like dead crows, by the family and the terrible secret he left behind. Now, inside a caring adoptive home in the United States, a series of profound events force him to choose between silence and candor, blame and forgiveness, fear and freedom. 

West of Kabul, East of New York by Tamim Ansary (Lexile: 940L ) 9780312421519 $16.99
Shortly after militant Islamic terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center, Tamim Ansary of San Francisco sent an e-mail to twenty friends, telling how the threatened U.S. reprisals against Afghanistan looked to him as an Afghan American. The message spread, and in a few days it had reached, and affected, millions of people-Afghans and Americans, soldiers and pacifists, conservative Christians and talk-show hosts; for the message, written in twenty minutes, was one Ansary had been writing all his life.

The Arrival by Shaun Tan (Lexile: N/A) 9780439895293 $21.99
In a heartbreaking parting, a man gives his wife and daughter a last kiss and boards a steamship to cross the ocean. He's embarking on the most painful yet important journey of his life — he's leaving home to build a better future for his family. 

The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano by S. Manzano (Lexile: 720L) 9780545325066 $9.99 
There are two secrets Evelyn Serrano is keeping from her Mami and Papo - her true feelings about growing up in her Spanish Harlem neighborhood, and her attitude about Abuela, her sassy grandmother who's come from Puerto Rico to live with them. Then, like an urgent ticking clock, events erupt that change everything. The Young Lords, a Puerto Rican activist group, dump garbage in the street and set it on fire, igniting a powerful protest. When Abuela steps in to take charge, Evelyn is thrust into the action. Through it all, Evelyn learns important truths about her Latino heritage and the history makers who shaped a nation.

GRADE 10
College Prep: Select any one (1) novel from the list below.  
Honors: Select any two (2) novels from the list below.  


The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King (Lexile: 1040L ) 9780671042851 $7.99
On a six-mile hike on the Maine-New Hampshire branch of the Appalachian Trail, nine-year-old Trisha McFarland quickly tires of the constant bickering between her older brother, Pete, and her recently divorced mother. But when she wanders off by herself, and then tries to catch up by attempting a shortcut, she becomes lost in a wilderness maze full of peril and terror.

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff (Lexile: 1620L) 9780553376050 $8.99
Fifteen-year-old Daisy is sent from Manhattan to England to visit her aunt and cousins she’s never met: three boys near her age, and their little sister. Her aunt goes away on business soon after Daisy arrives. The next day bombs go off as London is attacked and occupied by an unnamed enemy. The war is everywhere, and Daisy and her cousins must lead each other into a world that is unknown in the scariest, most elemental way.

The Girl in the Box by Ouida Sebestyen (Lexile: 690L) Out of Print/  Library only
Left in an underground cement room by an unknown captor, Jackie has food and water but no light or human contact. She does not know when--or if--her abductor will return. In her isolation and fear, Jackie is forced to test her emotional boundaries, and in doing so she finds new meaning in her past as well as rich reserves of strength and courage within herself.

Jungle: A Harrowing True Story by Y. Ghinsberg (Lexile: N/A ) 9781632203649 $14.99
Four travelers meet in Bolivia and set off into the heart of the Amazon rainforest, but what begins as a dream adventure quickly deteriorates into a dangerous nightmare, and after weeks of wandering in the dense undergrowth, the four backpackers split up into two groups. But when a terrible rafting accident separates him from his partner, Yossi is forced to survive for weeks alone against one of the wildest backdrops on the planet. 

Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (Lexile: HL800L: ) 9780061134142 $9.99
Caden Bosch is on a galleon that's headed for the deepest point on Earth: Challenger Deep, the southern part of the Marianas Trench. Bosch is a brilliant high school student whose friends are starting to notice his odd behavior. He is designated the ship's artist in residence to document the journey with images. Bosch pretends to join the school track team but spends his days walking for miles, absorbed by the thoughts in his head. He is split between his allegiance to the captain and the allure of mutiny. 

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman (Lexile: N/A ) 9780062459367 $7.99
A middle-aged man returns to his childhood home to attend a funeral. Although the house he lived in is long gone, he is drawn to the farm at the end of the road, where, when he was seven, he encountered a most remarkable girl, Lettie Hempstock, and her mother and grandmother. He hasn’t thought of Lettie in decades, and yet as he sits by the pond behind the ramshackle old farmhouse where she once lived, the unremembered past comes flooding back. And it is a past too strange, too frightening, too dangerous to have happened to anyone, let alone a small boy.

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness (Lexile: 730L) 9780763660659 $11.99
The monster showed up after midnight. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor.


Grade 11

College Prep: Select any one (1) novel from the list below.  
Honors: Select any two (2) novels from the list below.  

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (Lexile: 670L) 9780064407311 $9.99
Sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for murder. A Harlem drugstore owner was shot and killed in his store, and the word is that Steve served as the lookout. Guilty or innocent, Steve becomes a pawn in the hands of "the system," cluttered with cynical authority figures and unscrupulous inmates, who will turn in anyone to shorten their own sentences. For the first time, Steve is forced to think about who he is as he faces prison, where he may spend all the tomorrows of his life.

Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston (Lexile: 1210L) 9780743492829 $16.99
Aron Ralston, an experienced twenty-seven-year-old outdoorsman, was on a day’s solitary hike through a remote and narrow Utah canyon when he dislodged an eight-hundred- pound boulder that crushed his right hand and wrist against the canyon wall. Emerging from the searing pain, Aron found himself completely stuck. No one knew where he was; no one was coming to rescue him. With scant water and food, and a cheap pocketknife his only tool, he eliminated his options one by one. On the fifth night, wracked by delirium and uncontrollable shivers, Aron scratched his epitaph into the rock wall, certain he would not see daylight. 

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon (Lexile: HL610L) 9780553496673 $10.99
What if you couldn’t touch anything in the outside world? Never breathe in the fresh air, feel the sun warm your face, or kiss the boy next door? Maddy is a girl who’s literally allergic to the outside world, and Olly is the boy who moves in next door and becomes the greatest risk she’s ever taken. 

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Lexile: 830L) 9781594483851 $16.99
Born a generation apart and with very different ideas about love and family, Mariam and Laila are two women brought jarringly together by war, by loss and by fate. As they endure the ever escalating dangers around them-in their home as well as in the streets of Kabul-they come to form a bond that makes them both sisters and mother-daughter to each other, and that will ultimately alter the course not just of their own lives but of the next generation.

The Way He Lived by Emily Wing Smith (Lexile: N/A) 9780399187223 $17.99
Sixteen-year-old Joel Espen died of thirst and heat exhaustion while on a hike in the Grand Canyon. He collapsed in a desperate attempt to get water for his friend. In the aftermath, everyone said was the strongest, bravest, and kindest young man anyone knew. It becomes clear that however much people loved and admired Joel, there was something about him they could never quite admit—could never bring themselves to see. The heartbreaking tragedy was not only Joel’s death, but that in his life the people who loved him most, couldn’t accept him for who he was. 

Audacity by Melanie Crowder (Lexile: 1120L) 9780147512499 $10.99
Audacity is inspired by the real-life story of Clara Lemlich, a spirited young woman who emigrated from Russia to New York at the turn of the twentieth century and fought tenaciously for equal rights. Bucking the norms of both her traditional Jewish family and societal conventions, Clara refuses to accept substandard working conditions in the factories on Manhattan's Lower East Side. For years, Clara devotes herself to the labor fight, speaking up for those who suffer in silence. In time, Clara convinces the women in the factories to strike, organize, and unionize, culminating in the famous Uprising of the 20,000.

Every Last Word by Tamara Stone (Lexile: HL750L) 9781484723647 $9.99
Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD. Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn't help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. A new friend introduces Sam to Poet's Corner, and Sam starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more "normal" than she ever has.


Grade 12
College Prep: Select any one (1) novel from the list below.  
Honors: Select any two (2) novels from the list below.  

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (Lexile: 850L) 9780812974492 $15.99
In boyhood, Louis Zamperini was an incorrigible delinquent. As a teenager, he channeled his defiance into running, discovering a prodigious talent that had carried him to the Berlin Olympics. But when World War II began, the athlete became an airman, embarking on a journey that led to a doomed flight on a May afternoon. Against all odds, Zamperini survived, adrift on a foundering life raft. His fate, whether triumph or tragedy, would be suspended on the fraying wire of his will.

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach (Lexile: 840L) 9781481418782 $10.99
They always say that high school is the best time of your life. Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait. Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. 

Inside Delta Force: by Eric L. Haney 9780385732529 $9.99
They are the Army's most elite top-secret strike force. But you won't hear about their heroics on the news, no headlines about them can appear in the papers, and no one—not even their families—can know who they are. First Special Forces Operational Detachment-D—Delta Force, America's supersecret counterterrorist unit. On paper they do not exist, but without them, our lives wouldn't be the same.

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (Lexile: HL740L) 9781250080400 $16.99
The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France―a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

Triumph: The Untold Story of Jesse Owens by Jeremy Schaap 9780618919109 $15.99
At the 1936 Olympics, against a backdrop of swastikas and goose-stepping storm troopers, an African-American son of sharecroppers won a staggering four gold medals and single-handedly demonstrated that Hitler’s myth of Aryan supremacy was a lie. The story of Jesse Owens at the Berlin games is that of an athletic performance that transcends sports. It is also the intimate and complex tale of one remarkable man's courage. Drawing on unprecedented access to the Owens family, previously unpublished interviews, and exhaustive archival research, Jeremy Schaap transports us to Germany and tells the dramatic tale of Owens and his fellow athletes at the contest dubbed the Nazi Olympics.

Highest Duty: My Search/What Really Matters by Sully (Lexile: N/A) 9780061924699 $15.99
On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a remarkable emergency landing when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger skillfully glided US Airways Flight 1549 onto the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 passengers and crew. His cool actions not only averted tragedy but made him a hero and an inspiration worldwide.

Rosa Parks, My Story by Rosa Parks (Lexile: 970L) 9780141301204 $6.99
Rosa Parks is best known for the day she refused to give up her seat on a segregated bus, sparking the Montgomery, Alabama, bus boycott. Yet there is much more to her story than this one act of defiance. In this straightforward, compelling autobiography, Rosa Parks talks candidly about the civil rights movement and her active role in it. Her dedication is inspiring; her story is unforgettable.


Grade 11 AP English
Books: Read BOTH

 King Lear – Shakespeare 9780451526939 $5.99

  The Stranger – Camus 0679720200 $13.95



Books:Read BOTH

Night – Wiesel 9780374500016 $10.00 MPS

Elements of Style – Strunk and White 9780205309023 $10.00 INGRAM




Grade 12 Senior English Topics
Choose one film/novel option:

Option 1: 
I Am Legend 
directed by Francis Lawrence (2007)

I Am Legend   by Richard Matheson $16.99

Option 2:
Fahrenheit 451 directed by Francois Trauffant

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury $15.99







Required Reading Lists for Union Township 2017