Before, the summer reading list included books from the Mark Twain Award nominees, but I have extended our summer reading options to include books from the Truman awards as well. Students in grades 6 and up are eligible to vote for the Truman award, but everyone is welcome to read from this list. Happy reading!
Chains by Laurie Anderson - After being sold to a cruel couple in New York City, a slave named Isabel spies for the rebels during the Revolutionary War.
Compound by Stephanie Bodeen - After his parents, two sisters, and he have spent six years in a vast underground compound built by his wealthy father to protect them from a nuclear holocaust, fifteen-year-old Eli, whose twin brother and grandmother were left behind, discovers that his father has perpetuated a monstrous hoax on them all.
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins - In a future North America, where the rulers of the Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place.
Jump the Cracks by Stacy DeKeyser - On the way to visit her father in New York City fifteen-year-old Victoria finds an apparently abused child in the train's bathroom and soon finds herself branded a kidnapper and on the run while trying to fulfill her promise to protect the boy at all costs.
Other Side of the Island by Allegra Goodman - Born in the eighteenth year of Enclosure, ten-year-old Honor lives in a highly regulated colony with her defiant parents, but when they have an illegal second child and are taken away, it is up to Honor and her friend Helix, another "unpredictable," to uncover a terrible secret about their island and the corporation that runs everything.
Gone by Michael Grant - In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have "The Power" and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.
Otherworldlies by Jennifer Kogler - Eccentric and unusual looking, twelve-year-old Fern, secure in her family's love and acceptance has always been able to cope with the taunts and social ostracism of her schoolmates until a series of unnerving events reveal that she possesses supernatural powers that she barely understands and must learn to control if she wants to escape being the pawn of two ancient enemies.
Boost by Kathryn Mackel - Thirteen-year-old Savvy's dreams of starting for her elite basketball team are in danger when she is accused of taking steroids.
Suck it Up by Brian Meehl - After graduating from the International Vampire League, a scrawny, teanaged vampire named Morning is given the chance to fulfill his childhood dream of becoming a superhero when he embarks on a League mission to become the first vampire to reveal his identity to humans and to demonstrate how peacefully-evolved, blood-substitute-drinking vampires can use their powers to help humanity.
Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary Pearson - In the not-too-distant future, when biotechnological advances have made synthetic bodies and brains possible but illegal, a seventeen-year-old girl recovering from a serious accident and suffering from memory lapses, leans a startling secret about her existence.
White Gates by Bonnie Ratmthun - When his mother becomes the doctor in Snow Park, Colorado, twelve-year-old Tor learns of a curse placed on the town's doctors many years before by an eccentric Ute woman, but suspects that a modern-day villain is hiding behind that curse.
Youngest Templar: Keeper of the Grail by Michael Spradlin - In 1191, fifteen-year-old Tristan, a youth of unknown origin raised in an English abbey, becomes a Templar Knight's squire during the Third Crusade and soon finds himself on a mission to bring the holy grail to safety.