Summer Reading List

Boys and girls,

This is a short list of titles that many of you might like to read this summer. If you have a recomendation, lets us know.


Mr. Arauz


3 Comments on “Summer Reading List”

  1. arauz says:

    Ambrose, Stephen E. THE GOOD FIGHT: HOW WWII WAS WON. Ambrose presents a concise, readable chronicle of WWII through amazing photographs and research. (NF)

    Armstrong, Jennifer. SHIPWRECK AT THE BOTTOM OF THE WORLD. During a 1914 Antarctic expedition, the waters freeze and crush Shackleton’s ship, the Endurance, forcing his crew to make a long, perilous journey across the ice to find rescue. (NF)

    Bachrach, Susan. TELL THEM WE REMEMBER: THE STORY OF THE HOLOCAUST. The U. S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s collection of artifacts and pictures tells the story of the Holocaust. (NF)

    Bartoletti, Susan Campbell. HITLER YOUTH: GROWING UP IN HITLER’S SHADOW. A look at the youth organizations Hitler founded and used to meet his social and military ends. (NF)

    Bausum, Ann. FREEDOM RIDERS: JOHN LEWIS AND JIM ZWERG ON THE FRONT LINES OF THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. The 1960’s saw courageous young people, black and white, risking great personal danger as they participated in the freedom rides during the Civil Rights Movement. (NF)

    Borden, Louise. THE JOURNEY THAT SAVED CURIOUS GEORGE. This beautifully illustrated picture book tells the story of Margaret and H.A. Rey and their escape from Paris during WWII. (NF)

    Bridges, Ruby. THROUGH MY EYES. Ruby Bridges tells the moving story of her year in first grade at the all-white William Frantz Public School in New Orleans in 1960. (NF)

    Bruchac, Joseph. CODE TALKERS: A NOVEL ABOUT THE NAVAJO MARINES OF WORLD WAR TWO. After being taught in a boarding school run by whites that Navajo is a useless language, Ned Begay is recruited by the Marines to become a Code Talker, sending urgent messages during WWII in his native tongue. (NF)

    Burns, Loree Griffin. TRACKING TRASH: FLOTSAM, JETSAM, AND THE SCIENCE OF OCEAN MOTION. This book describes the work of a man who tracks trash as it travels great distances by way of ocean currents. (NF)

    Caputo, Philip. 10,000 DAYS OF THUNDER: A HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR. This is a straightforward overview with pictures of the Vietnam War. (NF)

    Davis, Sampson; George Jenkins and Rameck Hunt. WE BEAT THE STREET: HOW A FRIENDSHIP PACT LED TO SUCCESS. The thoughts and stories are shared from the childhoods, teen years and young adult lives of three men who made a high school pledge to each other to stay safe from drugs, gangs and crime, and work to become doctors – a goal they have achieved. (NF)

    Deem, James M. BODIES FROM THE ICE: MELTING GLACIERS AND THE RECOVERY OF THE PAST. In 1991, mountain climbers found the body of Otzi, the oldest mummy recovered and thought to be over 5000 years old. (NF)

    Freedman, Russell. WHO WAS FIRST? DISCOVERING THE AMERICAS. You mean Columbus wasn’t the first? Yes, this book traces those who discovered Americas’ lands time and again. (NF)

    Freedman, Russell. FREEDOM WALKERS: THE STORY OF THE MONTGOMERY BUS BOYCOTT. This is an account of the major persons, coordination, and sacrifices of the year-long struggle for equal rights on Montgomery’s city buses. (NF)

    French, Michael (adapted). FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS. This is the story behind the immortal photograph of Iwo Jima that has come to symbolize the courage and indomitable will of America. Based on the book by James Bradley. (NF)

    Giblin, James Cross. GOOD BROTHER, BAD BROTHER: THE STORY OF EDWIN BOOTH AND JOHN WILKES BOOTH. From early childhood to the years beyond President Lincoln’s assassination, this book explains the relationship between, and the lives of, John Wilkes Booth and his brother Edwin Booth. (NF)

    Goodall, Jane. THE CHIMPANZEES I LOVE: SAVING THEIR WORLD AND OURS. Imagine a curiosity and passion that compels you to live in a community of chimpanzees. Dr. Goodall tells of her discoveries about chimpanzees, her love for them, and her campaign for the protection of these amazing animals. (NF)

    Gore, Albert. AN INCONVENIENT TRUTH: THE CRISIS OF GLOBAL WARMING. Gore examines the climate crisis of the planet, describes what world governments are doing, and offers reasons for serious consideration of the problems. (NF)

    Hoose, Philip M. CLAUDETTE COLVIN: TWICE TOWARDS JUSTICE. In 1955, Claudette Colvin refused to give up her seat to a white passenger in Montgomery, Alabama and played an important but little known role in the Civil Rights Movement. (NF)

    Jackson, Donna M. ER VETS: LIFE IN AN ANIMAL EMERGENCY ROOM. Pet lovers will enjoy this real-life look into the daily world of veterinarians. (NF)

    Janeczko, Paul B. TOP SECRET: HANDBOOK OF CODES, CIPHERS, AND SECRET WRITING Included in this guide to secret writing are explanations of how different codes came to be and why they were needed, including historical examples. (NF)

    Leroe, Ellen. DISASTER! THREE REAL-LIFE STORIES OF SURVIVAL. This is a collection of first-person accounts of three disasters: the 1914 shipwreck of the Empress of Ireland, the 1928 crash of the airship Italia, and the 1930 crash of the dirigible R-101. (NF)

    Levine, Ellen. DARKNESS OVER DENMARK: THE DANISH RESISTANCE. When Germany occupied Denmark during World War II, the Danes refused to turn a blind eye to Nazi atrocities. Of the nearly 8,000 Jews living in Denmark at the time of the occupation, almost all survived because the Danes took action. (NF)

    Mah, Adeline Yen. CHINESE CINDERELLA: THE TRUE STORY OF AN UNWANTED DAUGHTER. Chinese Cinderella is the perfect title for Adeline Yen Mah’s memoir of her childhood growing up in China during the 1940s as she endures life ruled by a cruel stepmother. (NF)

    Montgomery, Sy. QUEST FOR THE TREE KANGAROO: AN EXPEDITION TO THE CLOUD FOREST OF NEW GUINEA. Traveling on a tiny missionary plane into the remote areas of New Guinea, researchers reveal the secrets of the rare tree kangaroo and the realities of field work. (NF)

    Montgomery, Sy. SEARCH FOR THE GOLDEN MOON BEAR. Three scientists risk their lives as they face bandits, dangerous wildlife and skepticism in the pursuit of a new species in the wilds of Cambodia and Thailand. (NF)

    Murphy, Jim. AMERICAN PLAGUE. Drawing on firsthand accounts, medical and non-medical, Murphy re-creates the fear and panic of the yellow fever epidemic that hit the nation’s capital more than 200 years ago, the social conditions that caused the disease to spread, and the arguments about causes and cures. (NF)

    Murphy, Jim. TRUCE: THE DAY THE SOLDIERS STOPPED FIGHTING. This is a close-up view of the Great War, WWI, and the extraordinary story of the December 25, 1914 truce between German and British soldiers as they laid down their weapons and met in No Man’s Land to celebrate Christmas. (NF)

    Myers, Walter Dean. ANTARCTICA: JOURNEYS TO THE SOUTH POLE. Through personal adventures, photos and documents, Myers tells the stories of those who faced the hardships of exploration to discover this harsh continent. (NF)

    Nelson, Kadir. WE ARE THE SHIP: THE STORY OF NEGRO LEAGUE BASEBALL. The early 1900s Negro League Baseball consisted of players who made great sacrifices and showed tremendous courage in the face of adversity, all for the sake of the game they loved. (NF)

    Nelson, Pete. LEFT FOR DEAD. Nelson explains how the research of 11-year-old Hunter Scott, who was inspired by a passing reference in the movie Jaws, uncovered the truth behind a historic WWII naval disaster aboard the USS Indianapolis. (NF)

    Paulsen, Gary. MY LIFE IN DOG YEARS. The author describes some of the dogs that were special to him during his life. (NF)

    Paulsen, Gary. HOW ANGEL PETERSON GOT HIS NAME. Paulsen, through telling stories from his own youth, uses humor to describe why thirteen-year-old boys do the things they do. (NF)

    Roberts, David and Jeremy Leslie. PICK ME UP: STUFF YOU NEED TO KNOW. This book is filled with facts, pictures and intriguing trivia. This book is an interesting alternative to the Guinness Book of World Records books. (NF)

    Robinson, Sharon. PROMISES TO KEEP: HOW JACKIE ROBINSON CHANGED AMERICA. Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947 when he began playing for the Brooklyn Dodgers. In this photobiography, his daughter writes a personal account of this famous athlete and civil rights activist, and the legacy he has left. (NF)

    Sandler, Martin. LINCOLN THROUGH THE LENS: HOW PHOTOGRAPHY REVEALED AND SHAPED AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE. When Lincoln became president, photography was new. This book explores how America came to view Lincoln based on the photographs of his life and presidency. (NF)

    Schlosser, Eric and Charles Wilson. CHEW ON THIS: EVERYTHING YOU DON’T WANT TO KNOW ABOUT FAST FOOD. Adapted from the best-selling adult book Fast Food Nation, this is a look at fast food: what’s in it, how it’s made, and what it does to our bodies. (NF)

    Smith, Charles R. TWELVE ROUNDS TO GLORY: THE STORY OF MUHAMMAD ALI. This is the life story of Muhammad Ali including rap-inspired verse and illustrations. (NF)

    Stanley, Diane. MICHAELANGELO. This is a picture book biography of the Renaissance sculptor, architect, and poet. (NF)

    Swanson, James L. CHASING LINCOLN’S KILLER. A biographical account of John Wilkes Booth’s plot to kill the president and Booth’s twelve days on the run following Lincoln’s assassination. (NF)

    Taylor, Peter Lane and Christos Nicola. THE SECRET OF PRIEST’S GROTTO:A HOLOCAUST SURVIVAL STORY. Two explorers survey caves and relate the true story of how several Jewish families survived the Holocaust of WWII by hiding in the caves of western Ukraine for over three years. (NF)

    Uusma, Bea. THE MAN WHO WENT TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE MOON: THE STORY OF APOLLO 11 ASTRONAUT MICHAEL COLLINS. This is the story of Michael Collins who maneuvered through space while the first man walked on the moon. It includes scrapbook-style photos, notes and seldom-mentioned details. (NF)

    Webb, Sophie. MY SEASON WITH PENGUINS: AN ANTARCTIC JOURNAL. Through watercolor sketches and journal entries, Webb tells the story of her summer expedition. (NF)

    Woodford, Chris. COOL STUFF AND HOW IT WORKS. Computer-generated images explain how many devices and processes of modern technology work, covering such inventions as HDTV, game consoles, robot cars, helicopters, space probes, oil rigs, mass dampers, biometric IDs, and tsunami alert systems. (NF)

    Wulffson, Don. THE KID WHO INVENTED THE POPSICLE AND OTHER EXTRAORDINARY STORIES BEHIND EVERYDAY THINGS. Brief, factual stories of how various familiar things were invented, many by accident, make for an informative read. Also, THE KID WHO INVENTED THE TRAMPOLINE: AND OTHER EXTRAORDINARY STORIES ABOUT INVENTIONS. (NF)

  2. Ari says:

    oh, never mind it took awhile for it to load

  3. beth says:

    Does are a lot of books.I recomend some books i read over the summer Wake,Fade,Gone by Lissa McMann.

    LOVE ,beth

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