For teenaged students, the summer weeks are a time of fun and relaxation. Not having to do homework and school assignments is, in my opinion, a much needed break. However taking time off and enjoying the summer doesn’t mean not reading anything at all. For some students reading is a favorite summer activity, while others have to be pushed. The truth is reading for leisure and in preparation for school are both important. Students that read over the summer are at an academic advantage over others. So what to read? Anything the student likes is the first answer. Here are some specific titles that are suggested for students entering high school.
1984 by George Orwell is interesting to say the least. While I admit that even as an avid reader this was not my favorite, it is included in most high school curriculums and one of those classic stories that everyone should read.
Seven Habits of Highly Successful Teens by Sean Covey is a great read for teens. It isn’t necessarily a curriculum book but it will give students insight and direction in preparation for the upcoming years.
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne is actually an interesting story. It is a part of the curriculum and worth the time.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank is a must read for everyone in my opinion. This memoir is a true account of the holocaust through the eyes of a young Jewish girl.
The Last Lecture will give a wonderful outlook on the importance of attitude and life view. It discusses choices, accountability and consequences as it relates to real life.
The Great Gatsby is one of those enjoyable must reads; once they are into the story most students will enjoy it. It is part of most high school curriculums.
High School language arts would not be the same without reading To Kill a Mockingbird. There are so many lessons in this one story.
Wuthering Heights and Pride and Prejudice are period pieces that will particularly be enjoyed by the ladies.
Treasure Island by Robert Lewis Stevenson is a great adventure that the boys are sure to love, as is The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas.
Three Little Words is a memoir by Ashley Rhodes, a girl that spent nine years in foster care before finding a forever home.
The Mortal Instruments is a great, three book series that is all action. It is perfect for guys and girls that love a good urban fantasy with werewolves, vampires, angels and demons. It has a nice balance of romance and battle action.
The Maximum Ride Series by James Patterson is a non stop thrill ride that is sure to impress. It is a six book series. Even kids that aren’t big readers will not be able to put it down.
Med Head by James Patterson and Hal Friedman is the story of a teen faced with multiple disorders including Tourette’s Syndrome and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
Stolen by Lucy Christopher is a page turner about a young girl drugged and kidnapped by her stalker.
The Chronicles of Vladimir Tod by Heather Brewer is a great series for kids that love action packed teen vampire sagas.
The most important thing is not what they read but that they read.