High School Summer Reading List – Tenth Grade

2019-2020 – West Genesee Central School District – going into 10th Grade Summer Reading List

Students entering grade 10 this fall are required to read at least one of the selections listed below.

The individual classroom English teacher will assign a quiz, project or other activity on the books when the students return to class in September.  We advise that students take notes or keep a journal as they read, so they can better recall information which will be reviewed and assessed in their respective English classes when they return to school in September.

The books listed on this page:

  • May be borrowed at any local public library.
  • May be purchased online or at local bookstores.
  • May be downloaded in the form of eBooks and audiobooks from the WGHS Library-OverDrive.

(see librarian for info)

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys In 1939, 16-year-old Lina, her mother, and her younger brother, are deported to a forced-labor camp in Siberia. Lina’s great hope is that somehow her father, who has already been arrested by the Soviet secret police, might find and rescue them. Whether or not this will be possible, it is Lina’s talent for art that will be her salvation, helping her to retain her identity, her dignity, and her increasingly tenuous hold on hope for the future. Summer Reading Between Shades of Gray Book Cover
The Berlin Boxing Club by Roberta Sharenow This is a novel loosely inspired by the true story of boxer Max Schmeling’s experiences following Kristallnacht, the night when Nazi soldiers set out to destroy Jewish businesses in Germany.  Karl, a Jewish teen, is faced with bullying that occurs when most of his classmates begin to join the Hitler Youth. Because of his father’s work in art dealing, Karl has the good fortune of meeting Max and receiving an invitation to be trained by him at a local gym.  Boxing becomes Karl’s refuge in this turbulent time and the key to his coming of age. Summer Reading Berlin Boxing Club Book Cover
A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea by Melissa Fleming It’s 2011 and 19 year old Doaa is adrift at sea in frigid water holding onto an inflatable ring and two small children for dear life.  She is part of the six million Syrian refugees who have been victims of a brutal civil war. This timely story is a voice for all of those whose lives have been, and continue to be, displaced.  Doaa must cling to hope in order to survive as she has nothing left. Melissa Fleming first told Doaa’s story in a TED talk and now in this book, which People magazine refers to as “urgently required reading.” Summer Reading A Hope More Powerful than the Sea Book Cover
An Uninterrupted View of the Sky by Melanie Crowder  Bolivia, 1999.  Francisco’s life is almost normal. He has a mother, a father, and a younger sister. All this changes when his father is arrested under false charges and sent to prison because of a corrupt system that targets the indigenous, poor, and uneducated. As a result, Francisco and his younger sister move into the prison with their father. But, when life in prison becomes something less than safe, Francisco must decide whether to sacrifice his and his sister’s safety for his education. In order to decide, he must face everything he’s ever been taught to believe and question where he belongs in the world. Summer Reading Book Cover An Uninterrupted View of the Sky
We Were The Lucky Ones by Georgia Hunter  How do you cope in the midst of war when you do not even know where your family members have been sent?  This is a story about the Kurc family, a Jewish family from Radom, Poland, that gets broken up as its members are either forced to move or elect to move to escape danger.  This story takes readers from the factories of a Polish ghetto to a labor camp in Siberia to an Italian army troop to a small coastal town in Brazil. It tells of determination, survival, love, and family. Summer Reading Book Cover We Were the Lucky Ones

(Book Cover images are from Amazon.com )