• Need a good book to read? Check out what our English teachers recommend! 

    Mr. Brady recommends The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri-This is a coming of age story where the main character struggles with his name, his identity and a recognition of what to value in life. The twists are realistic and make the reader consider what is truly important, what to cherish and what to reject. 

    Mrs. Ciotola recommends Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick- This captivating young adult novel introduces us to Steven Alper, a middle school student whose world is turned upside down when his younger brother is diagnosed with cancer. Sonnenblick masterfully weaves humor and heart into this touching story, exploring themes of family, resilience, and the challenges of adolescence. "Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie" is a book that will have you both laughing and thinking about the power of love and support during difficult times.

    Mrs. Cuiffo recommends Man Made Monsters by Andrea L. Rogers- This collection of short horror stories span across time and uses both Cherokee mythology and allusions to modern film. Each story is different, although some themes overlap and make you question what the real monsters of history are. 

    Mrs. Fabiano recommends An Anonymous Girl by Greer Hendricks & Sarah Pekkanen - An Anonymous Girl is a psychological thriller that delves into the mind games of a vulnerable participant and a manipulative psychologist. Jessica Farris joins a mysterious psychological study and is drawn into a game of secrets, lies, and moral ambiguity orchestrated by her psychologist.  

    Mrs. Francis recommends Tristian Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky by Kwame Mbalia- A story of a boy who goes to an alternate world to save his current world after his friend passes away. He meets many characters from folklores who assist him on his quest and realizes he is stronger than he ever knew he was.

    Mrs. Frank recommends The Button War by Avi- "Master of historical fiction Avi delivers a fierce account of the boys of one war-torn village who are determined to prove themselves with a simple dare that spins disastrously out of control"--Amazon 

    Mrs. Greene recommends Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas-Heartstopper meets Crazy Rich Asians in this heartfelt, joyful paperback original rom-com that follows an aspiring chef who discovers the recipe for love is more complicated than it seems when he starts fake-dating a handsome new customer. 

    Mrs. Hammond recommends Black Cake by Sharmaine Wilkerson-Tells the story of how the inheritance of betrayals, secrets, memories, and even names can shape relationships and history. You will find yourself wrapped up in the journey through the life of a family changed forever by the choices of its matriarch. 

    Mrs. Kaplan recommends Tony and Susan by Austin Wright-Susan receives the manuscript of her ex-husband's new novel and reads it every night while her new husband is away. We read the violent, thrilling novel along with her and enjoy the story within the story, all the time wondering how the two stories intertwine. An eerie and captivating read for sure! 

    Mrs. Kenny-Stein recommends The Seven and a Half Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton-A time bending, supernatural murder mystery; I read it in a day!   

    Mrs. LaForge recommends Fake Dates and Moon Cake by Sher Lee-Heartstopper meets Crazy Rich Asians in this heartfelt, joyful paperback original rom-com that follows an aspiring chef who discovers the recipe for love is more complicated than it seems when he starts fake-dating a handsome new customer. 

    Mrs. Lewis recommends The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah-A desperate family seeks a new beginning in the near-isolated wilderness of Alaska only to find that their unpredictable environment is less threatening than the erratic behavior found in human nature. Alaska, 1974. 

    Mrs. Mandy recommends Remarkably Bright Creatures by Shelby Van Pelt-This beautiful story is about Sowell Bay Aquarium resident Marcellus, a curmudgeonly Pacific octopus (think Man Called Ove), and an unassuming widowed nighttime shift worker named Tova. All the feels are present in this story of an unlikely friendship with Marcellus covertly helping Tova discover some truths from her past. This book is SO heartwarming and difficult to put down. In the end, you will feel as though you received a gentle hug from Marcellus, a most remarkably bright creature! Thank you Mrs. Hammond for this gift! 

    Mrs. McNaughton recommends Crying in the Bathroom by Erika L Sanchez-A memoir by the author of I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter that reflects on her life with her immigrant parents, her struggles with mental illness, and her deeply feminist beliefs. Hilarious and insightful.  

    Mrs. Miller recommends Full Cicada Moon by Marilyn Hilton- As the Apollo 11 Mission prepares to go tot he moon, Mimi Yoshiko Oliver gets ready to move to a new state. But in 1969, Vermont is mostly white, and for half-black, half Japanese Mimi, her appearance is enough to make her feel alien. She fights to fit in even as she defies stereotypes by entering science competitions and trying to take shop class. Judged because of her color, and boxed in because of her gender, Mimi is determined to break the mold. This book is told in verse and beautifully captures the spirit of Mimi.

    Ms. Murray recommends Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- Red Queen is a young adult fantasy novel that takes place in a world where everyone is divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities. Mare, the main character, is a Red, scraping by as a thief in a poor, rural village, until a twist of fate throws her in front of the Silver court.  

    Mr. Pfeiffer recommends Dune by Frank Herbert-A science fiction book with a futuristic setting of colonized planets and factions of people fighting over control of resources. 

    Mrs. Rocha recommends Home Front by Kristen Hannah-The book focuses on the struggle of female soldiers fighting on the front lines. Leaving behind their roles as a wife and mother, the women have to focus on the task at hand, but can they really every truly separate themselves from the lives, and families, they left behind?

    Mrs. Soder recommends Fairy Tale by Stephen King-A young boy with a troubled home life meets a misanthropic old man and his dog, Radar, and unlocks an exciting adventure. Though the book begins in the real world, it shifts into a modern fairy tale not unlike "Jack and the Beanstalk." With great characterization, imagery, and plot, this book is a truly engaging read.

    Mrs. Streisel recommends Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner-"A memoir about growing up Korean American, losing her mother, and forging her own identity. Key moments and emotions are constantly linked with food, which lies at the heart of Zauner's connection with her mother, her heritage, and her true self."   

    Mrs. Sulva recommends The School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan-While this was not my normal summer genre, I could not put it down. This dystopian story made me flashback to The Handmaid's Tale, and made me think back to my own early mothering days. 

    Mrs. Talbor recommends Refugee by Alan Gratz-WGratz explores three young adults trying to survive the horrors of war in three different periods in history.  

    Mrs. Yang recommends The Frugal Wizard's Handbook for Surviving Medieval England by Brandon Sanderson. A fun read where the main character goes back in time but doesn't remember who he is or why he is there. As he slowly regains his memories, he finds out more about who he is and who he wants to be.