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JTHS Announces Summer Reading Selections 2017

May 12, 2017 10:23 AM

JTHS is very excited to announce the summer reading choices for 2017. We are asking students to read at least one of these seven books. Each of these engaging and pleasurable reads represents one of the “7 Words make a Difference” JTHS character attributes. It is our intention that the Summer Reading program will be an opportunity for students read for pleasure while also supporting the JTHS character education program.

The seven Summer Reading book selections for 2017 are:
Perseverance: A Child Called It by David Pelzer
Responsibility: Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb by Jonathan Fetter-Vorm
Respect: The First Part Last by Angela Johnson
Integrity: Unwind by Neal Shusterman
Confidence: Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero
Compassion: Every Day by David Levithan
Tolerance: Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A Child Called It is the account of Dave Pelzer, who endured and overcame one of the most severe cases of child abuse in California state history. Please note this book includes vivid depictions of abuse and violence.

Trinity: A Graphic History of the First Atomic Bomb is a graphic novel that depicts the history of the atomic bomb – from the race to build it to the decision to use it.

The First Part Last tells the story of a young black teenager who is about to become a father and struggles with a decision to keep the baby or put it up for adoption.

Unwind is a dystopian novel set after a Civil War fought over reproductive rights. Parents can choose to have teenagers “unwound” – harvesting their organs for different donors. Please note this book includes some graphic imagery.

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces is written as the journal of an overweight Hispanic high school student who learns how to cope with conflict though writing poetry. Please note this book includes mature themes and language.

Every Day is a science fiction novel in which the protagonist wakes up in a different body each day.
Between the World and Me is a letter African American journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates writes to his distraught son in the wake of the murder of Michael Brown. Please note this book contains mature language.



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