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