Summer Reading 2020-2021

Requirement:  Students should read ONE book from the list for their grade in the 2020-21 school year.  Books are available at Batavia Public and other area libraries. Audiobooks and e-books are also available for many of the selections.  The books are high-interest titles and were selected with input from staff and students.  Students can access e-books and audiobooks from the BHS LRC webpage.  There are instructions on the page about how to set up a free Axis 360 account.

Incentives:  Students are also encouraged but not required to read TWO more books of their choice and to earn incentive prizes through the Teen Summer Reading at Batavia Public Library or the student’s public library.                                                                                                     

School year follow-up:  Teachers in the following courses will involve the books in at least one classroom activity.  Students in Honors/AP classes will be emailed directly by their teacher with the assignment.

Why read during the summer?  Reading during the summer helps students prevent the “summer slide” of skills, and it encourages the habit of reading.  Like athletes, musicians, and artists, readers need to practice to maintain and improve their skills.  Also, summer is a great time to discover new books, perhaps the book behind a movie blockbuster or the book that everyone is discussing.  Participation in a public library’s Teen Summer Reading program helps students develop lifelong learning skills!

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Freshmen taking English I (Choose 1)

Book Title Author
A List of Cages Robin Roe
Illegal Eoin Colfer
Positive Paige Rawl
Lockdown Alexander Gordon Smith

Freshmen taking English I Honors (Choose 1) Click here for information about the books.

Book Title Author
Life of Pi Yann Martel
House on Mango Street  Sandra Cisneros
The Alchemist Paulo Coelho
Children of Blood and Bone Tomi Adeyemi
With the Fire on High Elizabeth Acevedo


Sophomores taking English II (Choose 1)

Book Title Author
A Long Way Down Jason Reynolds
Scythe Neal Shusterman
Between Shades of Gray Ruta Sepetys
Laughing at My Nightmare Shane Burcaw

Sophomores taking English II Honors (All Read)

Book Title Author
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini


Juniors taking American History or APUSH (AP US History) (Choose 1)

Book Title Author
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer James L. Swanson
Mr. Lincoln’s High Tech War Thomas B. Allen
Photo By Brady Jennifer Armstrong

Juniors (or Seniors) taking AP Language (Choose One)

Book Title Author
American Sniper Kyle McEwen
The Forbidden Schoolhouse Suzanne Jumaine
The Great Influenza: The Story of the Deadliest Pandemic in History John M. Barry
The Pursuit of Happyness Chris Gardner
Unbroken Laura Hillenbrand
Midnight in Cherynobyl: The Untold Story of the World’s Greatest Nuclear Disaster Adam Higginbotham
Wild Cheryl Strayed
The Demon in the Freezer Richard Preston
Into Thin Air Jon Krakauer
No Time to Lose Peter Piot
The Perfect Storm Sebastian Junger
999: The Extraordinary Young Women of the First Official Jewish Transport to Auschwitz Heather Dune Macadam
Stiff Mary Roach
Killing Lincoln:  The Shocking Assassination That Changed America Forever Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard
The Tipping Point Malcolm Gladwell
Outliers Malcolm Gladwell
Moneyball Michael Lewis
Branded Alissa Quart
The Innovators Walter Isaacson
1421 Gavin Menzies
Argo Antonio Mendez and Matt Baglio
Behind Rebel Lines Seymour Reit
A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II Sonia Purnell
City of Scoundrels Gary Krist
Devil in the White City Erik Larson
Eight Men Out Eliot Asinof
Flags of our Fathers James Bradley and Ron Powers
Parkland:  Birth of a Movement Dave Cullen
The Beauty Myth Naomi Wolf
The Cheating Culture David Calhoun
Columbine Dave Cullen
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison
Life, Animated Ron Suskind
The Paradox of Choice Barry Schwartz
When March Went Mad Seth Davis
Bad Or, The Dumbing Down of America Paul Fussell
Becoming Michelle Obama
Educated : A Memoir Tara Westover
Fortitude:  American Resilience in the Era of Outrage 
Dan Crenshaw
Just Mercy:  A Story of Justice and Redemption 
Bryan Stevenson


Seniors taking Government or AP Government (All Read)

Book Title Author
The United States Constitution: A Graphic Adaptation Jonathan Hennessey

Seniors (or juniors) taking AP Literature (All Read)

Book Title Author
How to Read Literature Like a Professor Thomas Foster

Seniors (or juniors) taking AP Literature (Choose One)

Book Title Author
The Nickel Boys Colin Whitehead
The Sympathizer Viet Thanh Nguyen
All the Light We Cannot See Anthony Doerr
The Narrow Road to the Deep North Richard Flanagan
Sing Unburied Sing Jesmyn Ward
The Round House Louise Erdirch