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Siperstein Library: Teacher Summer Reading

Who read it?

Mr. O'Connell

A Little History of the World by E. H. Gombrich

Gombrich presents a concise history of the world for young readers, tracing the development of humankind, from the stone age to the twentieth century.

Mr. Reese
 
​The Caped Crusade : Batman and the rise of nerd culture by Glen Weldon
 
"Since his debut in Detective Comics #27, Batman has been many things: a two-fisted detective; a planet-hopping gadabout; a campy Pop Art sensation; a pointy-eared master spy; and a grim ninja of the night, cycling through eras of dark melodrama and light comedy, The Caped Crusade is a journey into the depths of Gotham that will delight new and old Bat-fans alike."

 Mr. Coccaro

Good Omens: the nice and accurate prophecies of Agnes Nutter, witch by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett

Now a TV show, Good Omens is written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. When Agnes Nutter predicts that the end of the world is days away, the demon Crowley and his angel friend, Aziraphale, team up to save humankind.

 

Ms. Merski

A Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin

Game of Thrones; the book that started the Song of Ice and Fire.  Lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, and all the forces of good and evil prepare for trouble in the land of Winterfell where summers can last for decades and winters a lifetime.

Mr. Hollywood

Leadership in Turbulent Times by Doris Kearns Goodwin

"In Leadership in Turbulent Times, Goodwin draws upon four of the presidents she has studied most closely--Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson--to show how they first recognized leadership qualities within themselves, and were recognized by others as leaders."--Publisher

Ms. Friedlander

The Odyssey by Homer

The epic poem recounting the experiences of Odysseus during his return from the Trojan War. Translated by Emily Wilson.

 

Ms. Angermeyer

The Master and Margarita​ by Mikhail Afanasevich Bulgakov

One spring afternoon, the Devil, trailing fire and chaos in his wake, weaves himself out of the shadows and into Moscow. Mikhail Bulgakov’s fantastical, funny, and devastating satire of Soviet life ... Written during the darkest days of Stalin’s reign, The Master and Margarita became a literary phenomenon, signaling artistic and spiritual freedom for Russians everywhere. - Publisher.

Ms. Quinn

Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

In the year 2044, Wade Watts, like the rest of humanity, chooses to escape reality and spends his waking hours in the limitless, utopian virtual world of the OASIS, but when Wade stumbles upon the first of the fiendish puzzles set up by OASIS creator James Halliday he finds he must compete with thousands of others--including those willing to commit murder--in order to claim a prize of massive fortune.

Mr. Morris

The curious incident of the dog in the night-time by Mark Haddon

Mark Haddon's unique book tells the story of Christopher, a mathematically-gifted, autistic fifteen-year-old boy, who, despite his overwhelming fear of interacting with people, decides to investigate the murder of a neighbor's dog and uncovers secret information about his mother. 

Dr. Williams

The Overstory by Richard Powers

"A novel of activism and natural-world power presents interlocking fables about nine remarkable strangers who are summoned in different ways by trees for an ultimate, brutal stand to save the continent's few remaining acres of virgin forest"--OCLC.

Father Mullin

Sea people : the puzzle of Polynesi by Christina Thompson.

Chronicles the history of Polynesians, focusing on their ocean travel, migration and settlements that are located throughout the Pacific Ocean.

Mr. Dougherty

Batman: Detective Comics Vol 1 by James Tynion IV.

 Batman and Batwoman team up with Red Robin, Spoiler, Orphan, and Clayface (wait...isn't he a villain?!) to protect Gotham City. This is a surprisingly heavy and emotional read, especially for a superhero book. - Mr. Reese

Ms. Singleton

Never caught : the Washingtons' relentless pursuit of their runaway slave, Ona Judge by Erica Armstrong Dunbar.

"A revelatory account of the actions taken by the first president to retain his slaves in spite of Northern laws profiles one of the slaves, Ona Judge, describing the intense manhunt that ensued when she ran away"--NoveList.

Mr. Irvine

A Wanted Man: A Jack Reacher Novel by Lee Child.

Hitching a ride to Virginia in a car with three strangers, Jack Reacher finds himself unwittingly involved in a massive conspiracy that makes him a threat.


 

Surprised by any?

Mr. Comey

The Final Six by Alexandra Monir

Science fiction novel The Final Six introduces a world in which strangers compete for one of the six slots to travel to Jupiter's moon, Europa. Naomi, an Iranian-American science genius, finds a friend in Leo, an Italian championship swimmer, as the training tests their limits.

Ms. Friedlander

There's Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins 

"Hawaii-born Makani Young's new life in Nebraska is thrown into chaos when a serial killer begins to target her fellow high school students"--Publisher.

Ms. Fitzpatrick and Mr. Welch

Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

In Hillbilly Elegy, "Vance, a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, provides an account of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town that offers a broader, probing look at the struggles of America's white working class"--OCLC.

Mr. Dougherty

Justice League Dark Vol 1 by James Tynion IV

"Led by Wonder Woman this team of Zatanna, Swamp Thing, Man-Bat and Detective Chimp must bring the fight against all supernatural foes too big for the World's Greatest Super Heroes! Earth's magic once belonged to them. Now they want the magic back. But who exactly are they? It's up to the new Justice League Dark to find out and stop this nightmarish new threat at all costs!"--Publisher.

Mr. DeAngelo

Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

"Follows the experiences of two African-American teenagers at an abusive reform school in Jim Crow-era Florida"--OCLC.

Mr. Morris and Mr. Reese

The Fifth Child by Doris Lessing

Nobel Winner Doris Lessing tells the story of Harriet Lovatt, whose life is torn apart when she gives birth to Ben, an insatiably hungry, abnormally strong, brutal child, who she cannot bear to leave in an institution, but whose presence in her home terrorizes her husband and other four children.

Mr. DeAngelo

The Descent by Tim Johnston

A family is undone by the disappearance of their eighteen-year-old daughter who went out for a morning run and didn't come back. Her vanishing--on a sunny, late-summer vacation morning--is the beginning the family's harrowing journey down increasingly divergent and solitary paths.

Mr. Giglio

These Truths: a history of the United States by Jill Lepore

"The American experiment rests on three ideas--'these truths,' Jefferson called them--political equality, natural rights, and the sovereignty of the people... 'These truths' tells this uniquely American story, beginning in 1492, asking whether the course of events over more than five centuries has proven the nation's truths, or belied them"--Publisher.

Mr. Coccaro

The Forever War by Joe Haldeman

Earth's leaders have drawn a line in the interstellar sand--despite the fact that the fierce alien enemy they would oppose is inscrutable, unconquerable, and far away. Drafted into an elite Military unit, Private Mandella has been propelled through space and time to fight in the thousand-year conflict; to survive  and return home. But "home" may be even more terrifying than battle, because, thanks to the time dilation caused by space travel, Mandella is aging months while the Earth he left behind is aging centuries...

Mr. Reese

The Long Walk by Stephen King

"In the near future, when America has become a police state, one hundred boys are selected to enter an annual contest where the winner will be awarded whatever he wants for the rest of his life. Among them is sixteen-year-old Ray Garraty, and he knows the rules, keep a steady walking pace of four miles per hour without stopping. Three warnings and you're out, permanently."--Publisher.

Mr. Halloran

Into the Silent Land: A guide to the Christian practice of contemplation by Martin Laird

Presents a practical guide to Christian contemplation for those who desire to journey deeper into the silence of God.

Ms. Quinn

Finders Keepers by Stephen King

Deranged fan Morris Bellamy to iconic author John Rothstein, who once created the famous character Jimmy Gold and hasn’t released anything since, is livid...[so he] kills his idol ...[and] upon his release thirty-five years later, he’s about to discover that teenager Pete Saubers has already found the stolen treasure—and no one but former police detective Bill Hodges, along with his trusted associates Holly Gibney and Jerome Robinson, stands in the way of his vengeance... - Publisher.

Mr. Bouley

The Lost City of the Monkey God by Douglas Preston

"... author Douglas Preston takes readers on an adventure deep into the Honduran jungle in this riveting, danger-filled true story about the discovery of an ancient lost civilization"--Publisher.

Mr. Veniero

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas 

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter moves between two worlds: the poor neighborhood where she lives and the fancy suburban prep school she attends. The uneasy balance between these worlds is shattered when Starr witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer.  - Publisher

 

Any you want to check out?

Ms. Dallam 

A Mercy by Toni Morrison

A Mercy tells the story of Florens, a sixteen-year-old slave on a Virginia plantation who is given to a Dutch trader named Jacob Vaark as payment for a debt owed to Vaark by her master, and moves to his small Northern farm where her presence is felt keenly by Vaark's childless wife Rebekka, Native American servant Lina, and Sorrow, a foundling.Rebekka, Native American servant Lina, and Sorrow, a foundling.

Ms. Williams

It's Trevor Noah: Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

Looks at the life of South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host, Trevor Noah.

 

Ms. Quinn

Firestarter by Stephen King

In Firestarter, Charlie, an eight-year-old girl, has the ability to start fires by pyrokinesis. Now a government agency is after her and wants to use her as a weapon.

 

Mr. Giglio

The Fifth Risk by Michael Lewis

In The Fifth Risk, financial journalist Michael Lewis discusses the federal Government and the possible consequences of the Trump Presidency.

Ms. Bagg

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton 

The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle tells the story of Evelyn Hardcastle, who "will die every day until Aiden Bishop can identify her killer and break the cycle. But every time the day begins again, Aiden wakes up in the body of a different guest. And some of his hosts are more helpful than others"--Publisher.

 

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Ms. McLoughlin

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Marquez tells the story of the rise and fall, birth and death of the mythical town of Macondo through the history of the Buendía family. Inventive, amusing, magnetic, sad, and alive with unforgettable men and women -- brimming with truth, compassion, and a lyrical magic that strikes the soul -- this novel is a masterpiece in the art of fiction. - Publisher

Ms. Singleton

Stony the Road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

"A . . . rendering of the struggle by African-Americans for equality after the Civil War and the violent counter-revolution that resubjugated them, as seen through the prism of the war of images and ideas that have left an enduring racist stain on the American mind"--Amazon.

Mr. Dougherty

Jerusalem by Alan Moore

Taking place" in the half a square mile of decay and demolition that was England's Saxon capital, eternity is loitering between the firetrap housing projects. Embedded in the grubby amber of the district's narrative among its saints, kings, prostitutes, and derelicts a different kind of human time is happening, a soiled simultaneity that does not differentiate between the petrol colored puddles and the fractured dreams of those who navigate them."--Publisher.

Mr. McCoy

Empire of Silence by Christopher Ruocchio

Hadrian Marlowe, a man revered as a hero and despised as a murderer, chronicles his tale in the galaxy-spanning debut of the Sun Eater series, merging the best of space opera and epic fantasy. The galaxy remembers him as a hero: the man who burned every last alien Cielcin from the sky. They remember him as a monster: the devil who destroyed a sun, casually annihilating four billion human lives—even the Emperor himself—against Imperial orders. But all is not what it seems.

Mr. Roche

The Enemy at the Gate: Habsburgs, Ottomans, and the battle for Europe by Andrew Wheatcroft

A military history of the Ottoman empire and the Habsburg dynasty, and their centuries-long rivalry for control of Europe that culminated in the infamous siege of Vienna in 1683.

Ms. Fitzpatrick

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

Tells the story of "Kya Clark, the 'Marsh Girl' of Barkley Cove on the North Carolina coast. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist, she took life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. Drawn to two young men from town, Kya opened herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. When Chase is found dead, the locals suspect Kya"--OCLC.

Mr. Giglio

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Tells the touching story of Enzo, the dog of professional race car driver Denny Swift, who recalls the memories of his life and shares his insight into the human condition that he learned from observing his owner. 

Ms. Schlitzer

The Sixth Extinction by D Leonard Freeston

Over the last half a billion years, there have been five mass extinctions, when the diversity of life on earth suddenly and dramatically contracted. Scientists around the world are currently monitoring the sixth extinction, predicted to be the most devastating extinction event since the asteroid impact that wiped out the dinosaurs. This time around, the cataclysm is us.