Summer Reading










Celebrating 2018 Banned Books Week 

Sept. 23 - Sept. 29 is Banned Books Week and to celebrate our freedom to read, you may fulfill a summer study expectation by reading at least 1 book from the challenged and banned books listed below and completing a virtual read-out assignment.

Simply post your completed assignment in the appropriate portfolio expectation and have your advisor check it in September.

Successful completion of one of the following options can be used to fulfill the CHS Graduation Portfolio Expectations listed in parentheses after the description of the assignment:

“Virtual Read-Out” Assignment Options

(Visit to learn more about virtual read-outs.)

1) Create a video, no more than 3 minutes long, for your banned or challenged book that discusses what the book means to you and how you would feel if someone prevented you from reading the book. (Expectation #3: Technology Submission)

2) Create a video, no more than 3 minutes long, of a reading from a banned or challenged book. The video must include information about where and why the book was banned or challenged. You may also add a comment about why you believe the book is important.  (Expectation #3:  Technology Submission)

4) Create a promotional video for Banned Books Week. The video should be no longer than five minutes long. The video’s message should focus on celebrating the freedom to read during Banned Books Week. (Expectation #5:  Self-Directed Learner/Design a Product)  

5) Construct a 250-word reflection from the point-of-view of any major character in your banned or challenged book. This item can be scanned and uploaded should you decide to handwrite your character’s reflection. (Expectation #4: Culture and the Arts)

6) Create a summer reading or banned books blog or webpage.  Check out several reading blogs/webpages to discover what you feel should and shouldn’t be included in your own.  Invite your friends and family to post to your blog and remember that it’s up to you to keep your blog/website updated and active.  (Expectation #3:  Technology, Expectation #5: Self-Directed Learning/Design a Product)

7) Digitally organize and share all your summer reading with a tool such as Shelfari, Livebinder, Storify, Pinterest, or CurationSoft).  Make it interesting by sharing your personal takeaways about the book (i.e, share something you found interesting, confusing, and/or memorable).  If you use one of these tools, be sure to create a public link that you can submit to your English class via Canvas.  (Expectation #3: Technology)

8) Produce a book trailer to promote your book.  In addition to submitting this assignment for summer reading, you can also see one of the librarians and have your trailer posted to the library catalog and website.  (Expectation #5:  Self-Directed Learner/Design a Product)  


Chariho Regional High School Summer Reading List Grades 9 - 12 

Please select a title appropriate for your reading level, your interests, and your level of maturity.

1984, by George Orwell
A Farewell to Arms, by Ernest Hemingway
A Prayer for Owen Meany, by John Irving
A Separate Peace, by John Knowles
A Time to Kill, by John Grisham
Al Capone Does My Shirts, by Gennifer Gholdenko
Alice (series), by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

All the King's Men, by Robert Penn Warren
America: A Novel, by E.R. Frank
An American Tragedy, by Theodore Dreiser
Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging, by Louise Rennison
As I Lay Dying, by William Faulkner
Beloved, by Toni Morrison
Black Boy, by Richard Wright
Bless Me Ultima, by Rudolfo Anaya
Blood and Chocolate, by Annette Curtis Klause

Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, by Evelyn Waugh
Cat's Cradle, by Kurt Vonnegut
Catch-22, by Joseph Heller
City of Thieves, by David Benioff
Crank, by Ellen Hopkins
Cut, by Patricia McCormick
Daughters of Eve, by Lois Duncan
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, by Jonathan Safran Foer
Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
Fallen Angels, by Walter Dean Myers
Fat Kid Rules the World, by K.L. Going
Flowers in the Attic, by V. C. Andrews
For Whom the Bell Tolls, by Ernest Hemingway
Friday Night Lights, by H.G. Bissenger
Glass, by Ellen Hopkins
Go Ask Alice, by Anonymous 

Go Tell it on the Mountain, by James Baldwin
Gone with the Wind, by Margaret Mitchell
Gossip Girl (series), by Cecily Von
Grendel, by John Gardner
History Alive!  The Medieval World and Beyond, by Bert Bower and Jim Lobdell
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, by Maya Angelou
In Cold Blood, by Truman Capote
Invisible Man, by Ralph Ellison
Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane
Life is Funny, by E.R. Frank
Looking for Alaska, by John Green
Lord of the Flies, by William Golding
Lush, by Natasha Friend
My Sister's Keeper, by Jodi Picoult
Native Son, by Richard Wright
Nickel and Dimed, by Barbara Ehrenreich
Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, by Ken Kesey
Persepolis:  The Story of a Childhood, by Marjane Satrapi
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
Rainbow Boys, by Alex Sanchez
Shade’s Children, by Garth Nix
Slaughterhouse-Five, by Kurt Vonnegut
Some Girls Are, by Courtney Summers
Snow Falling on Cedars, by David Guterson
Song of Solomon, by Toni Morrison
Rabbit, Run, by John Updike
Sophie's Choice, by William Styron
Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, by Chris Crutcher
Summer of My German Soldier, by Bette Green
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, by Mark Twain
The Awakening, by Kate Chopin
The Bluest Eye, by Toni Morrison
The Call of the Wild, by Jack London
The Chocolate War, by Robert Cormier
The Color Purple, by Alice Walker
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, by Mark Haddon
The Earth, My Butt, and Other Big, Round Things, by Carolyn Mackler
The Face on the Milk Carton, by Caroline Cooney
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
The Glass Castle, by Jeanette Walls
The Grapes of Wrath, by John Steinbeck
The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
The House of the Spirits, by Isabel Allende
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
The Jungle, by Upton Sinclair
The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini  
The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Lovely Bones, by Alice Sebold
The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky
The Sun Also Rises, by Ernest Hemingway
The Terrorist, by Caroline B. Cooney
The Things They Carried, by Tim O’Brien
Their Eyes Were Watching God, by Zora Neale Hurston
Thirteen Reasons Why, by Jay Asher
This Book is Gay, by James Dawson
ttyl; ttfn; l8r, g8r (series), by Lauren Myracle 

Whale Talk, by Chris Crutcher
What My Mother Doesn't Know, by Sonya Sones
When Dad Killed Mom, by Julius Lester


Note:  These titles were taken from the American Library Association’s lists of most frequently challenged books.