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The books listed below are recommendations from Worcester Academy students and faculty. Choose one of these books to read this summer or select a title of your choice!
All the Bright Places by
This book has two strong narrators whose viewpoints are told in an alternating fashion. Both of them have struggled with mental illness and family issues. They also deal with typical issues of fitting in at school. It has a lot to say about what it is like to live with a mental illness and what it is like to care for someone else who has one. It also has a lot to say about love and the choices we make in life. I haven't met anyone who has read it who didn't love it.
Recommended by Ms. Huff
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a very refreshing story of a young boy and his complicated journey throughout high school, and can teach anyone a lesson on growing up and having good friends to do it with.
Recommended by James Marculitis
Thirteen Reasons Why by
It's a book about girl, who committed suicide and left thirteen tapes, where she explained why she did it, and whose false was it. It's an interesting book, and it's not hard, so it will be good for international students.
Recommended by Yuliya Borodavka
I'll Give You the Sun by
I loved this book because it followed dual perspectives and it focused a lot on character development. It also was filled with metaphors and mysteries so it kept me on my toes.
Recommended by Adelyne Reynolds
Million Dollar Arm by
It really is a tremendous novel. Worldwide appeal and not just for baseball fans.
Recommended by Brian Eddy
Signal to Noise by
A literary fantasy about love, music and sorcery, set against the background of Mexico City. Mexico City, 1988: Long before iTunes or MP3s, you said "I love you" with a mixtape. Meche, awkward and fifteen, has two equally unhip friends -- Sebastian and Daniela -- and a whole lot of vinyl records to keep her company. When she discovers how to cast spells using music, the future looks brighter for the trio. With help from this newfound magic, the three friends will piece together their broken families, change their status as non-entities, and maybe even find love... Mexico City, 2009: Two decades after abandoning the metropolis, Meche returns for her estranged father's funeral. It's hard enough to cope with her family, but then she runs into Sebastian, and it revives memories from her childhood she thought she buried a long time ago. What really happened back then? What precipitated the bitter falling out with her father? And, is there any magic left?
Rats Saw God by
This book allows you to think and it changes between past and present piecing together the story as it goes.
Recommended by Sofia Polletta
The Art of Racing in the Rain by
This book is very insightful and fun to read because it is in the point of view from the dog. I enjoyed it because I love dogs. It is about the life of a more than average dog.
Recommended by Zach Stolberg
Barefoot Dogs by
This is a series of linked short stories that follow the members of a wealthy Mexican family forced into exile after the patriarch is kidnapped in Mexico. The narrative follows the Arteagas, a wealthy Mexican family who is forced to expatriate and abandon their ancestral home in Mexico after the patriarch, Jose Victoriano Arteaga, is kidnapped by a drug gang and all their lives face immediate peril. This book challenges stereotypes about who Mexican immigrants are and how families confront the challenges of dealing with a family trauma.
Recommended by Ms. Cotta
The Minds of Billy Milligan by
It tells a fiction based on a real story. It's a story about a multi-personalities patient, who has suffering his whole life. It has many details of discovery of all personalities and his treatment. It is my favorite book this year. Strongly recommend.
Recommended by Chloe Zhang
We should read this book because it tells a great story about a boy finding his will to live in the modern day world.
Recommended by Devin Rochelle
I loved this book because it felt very real and dealt with a lot of important yet sensitive subjects in a respectful way.
Recommended by Nichole Ramirez
The Fault in Our Stars by
It keeps readers interested and wanting to read. It's about a girl with cancer who finds true love.
Recommended by Megan
Everything, Everything by
My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I'm allergic to the world. I don't leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla. But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He's tall, lean and wearing all black--black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly. Maybe we can't predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It's almost certainly going to be a disaster.
All the Light We Cannot See by
This beautiful novel is about two teenagers, a French girl and a German boy, trying to survive WWII. As the war progresses, both are faced with choices that raise the question of to what extent we are in charge of our own destinies and the fate of the world. It is also about how art -- music, stories -- connects us to each other and how history connects us to those who came before us. It won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction in 2015; its compelling story and dazzling prose will take carry you to a different time while forcing you to ask questions about your own place in history.
Recommended by Ms. Schlesinger
Between Shades of Gray by
It is the story of a girl named Lina who is Lithuanian. This story takes place in 1941 and is the journey of her family and friends getting displaced to Siberian work camps during World War II. Although the topics are quite unpleasant the story is beautiful.
Recommended by Maggie Reiter
The Help by
I enjoyed it had historical significance but not in dull way. It was funny and well paced. The characters were heartwarming and complex.
Recommended by Lucy Ding
The Book Thief by
I'm sure that we're all familiar with the premise of "The Book Thief," but I believe its a book that students will feel affected by and also enjoy reading. The language and situation are what drives it along, and it has subtle social undertones.
Recommended by Daviana Perez
Girl in Translation by
Gives us a real view of how some immigrants have to live in this country and how they make such good use of every opportunity given to them. It is eye opening and inspirational.
Recommended by Isha Mayor
The Revenant by
It's a great book about revenge and about the civil war. Its nonfiction and its a great read.
Recommended by Ethan Student
A Painted House by
Using a young boy as narrator, Grisham explores interactions between rich and poor, races, and people in a fast, easy read with good insight.
Recommended by Mr. Glassmire
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