Summer Reading List for Students Going into Twelfth Grade

Students entering grade 12 this fall are required to read at least one of the selections listed below.

Frankly in Love by David Yoon: Frank Li has a problem. His parents, who immigrated from Korea to America to give him more opportunities, have very traditional expectations for how Frank should live his life- even right down to who he should date! So, Frank has to hide the fact that he is secretly dating a white girl. Luckily, at one of their regular get-togethers with other Korean families, Frank and his longtime friend make a pact to pretend to date each other in order to get their parents off their backs. Will it work? Frankly in Love is both a funny and touching novel that follows one teenage boy’s journey to discover who he truly is.

This Was Never About Basketball by Craig Leener: Zeke is his school’s basketball star, but his future is ruined when he loses control at the city championship game. But with a new friendship comes a strange revelation. Zeke finds out that basketball was first introduced on Earth by “the 7th Dimension” who, because of the series of events Zeke set in motion during that fateful game, has decided to take basketball away for good. Can Zeke come to terms with the struggles of his past and, at the same time, save basketball?

The Good Girl’s Guide to Murder by Holly Jackson: For her Senior Capstone Project, Pippa Fitz-Amboi, a very focused high school girl, decides to solve a murder. Andie Bell, disappeared five years ago from Pippa’s hometown, and foul play was suspected. The police, and everyone else, believe Andie was murdered by her boyfriend at the time, Sal Singh, who was thought to have disposed of her body. The biggest piece of evidence against Sal is a supposed confession he texted to his parents, days after Andie disappeared. This confession was sent just prior to Sal’s death, an apparent suicide. However, Pippa does not believe in Sal’s guilt. Read this book to find out if Pippa can uncover the truth about what really happened to Andie and Sal.

All Our Broken Pieces by L.D. Crichton: When Lennon moves in with her father and her new stepfamily, she and Kyler become neighbors. Lennon is a teenager who suffers from Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, while Kyler is traumatized from the scars he has gotten from a past tragedy. As the two teens find themselves drawn to one another they develop a life-changing relationship, despite the disapproval of their families.

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland: After the Civil War ended, shamblers rose up from the dead.  They roam the country like zombies, either killing or infecting anyone who comes in their way.  And, although slavery has ended, social injustice is as widely accepted as it was before the war.  Jane McKeene, like many young black youths, has been sent to a combat school to learn to fight shamblers and protect the upper class.  But Jane has a few secrets from her past, and longs to return home to her mother and the plantation she grew up on.  Once the people they are supposed to protect begin to go missing, Jane finds that she has to put these hopes aside, and form an alliance with a very unlikely ally.  Jane and her friend begin to discover that shamblers are not our country’s only threat.