Read to Lead: Summer Reading 2017

Which book will you choose?

Hoffman Estates High School students are reading again this summer! Students are encouraged to read one of our Read to Lead book titles over summer break.

 Book Jacket The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
by Sherman Alexie

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. He weathers the typical teenage indignations and triumphs like a champ but soon faces far more trying ordeals as his home life begins to crumble and decay amidst the suffocating mire of alcoholism on the reservation.

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  Between Shades of Gray
by Ruta Sepetys

In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina is preparing for art school, first dates, and all that summer has to offer. But one night, the Soviet secret police barge violently into her home, deporting her along with her mother and younger brother. They are being sent to Siberia. Lina’s father has been separated from the family and sentenced to death in a prison camp. But Lina fights for her life, fearless, vowing that if she survives she will honor her family, and the thousands like hers, by documenting their experience in her art and writing. She risks everything to use her art as messages, hoping they will make their way to her father’s prison camp to let him know they are still alive.

Click on the cover to see the author talk about the true history behind the book.
  The Boys Who Challenged Hitler
by Phillip Hoose

Deeply ashamed of his nation’s leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not. Naming their secret club after the fiery British leader, the young patriots in the Churchill Club committed countless acts of sabotage, infuriating the Germans, who eventually had the boys tracked down and arrested. But their efforts were not in vain: the boys’ exploits and eventual imprisonment helped spark a full-blown Danish resistance. Interweaving his own narrative with the recollections of Knud himself, here is Phil Hoose’s inspiring story of these young war heroes.

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 Book Jacket Dear Marcus: Speaking to the Man who Shot Me
by Jerry McGill

A memoir written in the form of a letter to an unknown man who shot the author in the back and rendered him a paraplegic describes how he embraced forgiveness, earned a master’s degree, and became an advocate for the disabled.

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 Book Jacket Life in Motion: an Unlikely Ballerina
by Misty Copeland

When Misty discovered ballet, she was living in a shabby motel room, struggling with her five siblings for a place to sleep on the floor. A true prodigy, she was dancing en pointe within three months of taking her first dance class and performing professionally in just over a year: a feat unheard of for any classical dancer. But when Misty became caught between the control and comfort she found in the world of ballet and the harsh realities of her own life (culminating in a highly publicized custody battle), she had to choose to embrace both her identity and her dreams, and find the courage to be one of a kind.

Click on the cover to see Misty’s Time 100 profile.
 Book Jacket The Lightless Sky: a Twelve-year-old Refugee’s Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey across Half the World
by Gulwali Passarlay

Gulwali recalls his remarkable experience and offers a firsthand look at one of the most pressing issues of our time: the modern refugee crisis—the worst displacement of millions of men, women, and children in generations. Few, like Gulwali, make it to a country that offers the chance of freedom and opportunity. A celebration of courage and determination, this is a poignant account of an exceptional human being who is today an ardent advocate of democracy—and a reminder of our responsibilities to those caught in terrifying and often deadly circumstances beyond their control.

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 Book Jacket March: Book One
by John Lewis, Nate Powell, & Andrew Aydin

March is a vivid first-hand account of John Lewis’s lifelong struggle for civil and human rights, spanning his youth in rural Alabama, his life-changing meeting with Martin Luther King, Jr., the birth of the Nashville Student Movement, and their battle to tear down segregation through nonviolent lunch counter sit-ins, building to a stunning climax on the steps of City Hall. Rooted in Lewis’ personal story, it also reflects on the highs and lows of the broader civil rights movement.

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 Book Jacket The Playbook
by Kwame Alexander

Award-winning author Kwame Alexander uses basketball as a metaphor for growth on and off the court in this stirring collection of 52 motivational poems-as-rules, grouped into four thematic sections (Grit, Motivation, Passion, and Teamwork & Resilience) that correspond to the quarters of the game. Quotations from players and coaches from across the athletic spectrum (Roberto Clemente, Mia Hamm, Pat Riley, and many more), as well as from figures like Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey, supplement the encouraging tone of the poems throughout.

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 Book Jacket A Time to Dance
by Padme Venkatraman

Veda, a classical dance prodigy in India, lives and breathes dance–so when an accident leaves her a below-knee amputee, her dreams are shattered. For a girl who’s grown used to receiving applause for her dance prowess and flexibility, adjusting to a prosthetic leg is painful and humbling. But Veda refuses to let her disability rob her of her dreams, and she starts all over again, taking beginner classes with the youngest dancers. Then Veda meets Govinda, a young man who approaches dance as a spiritual pursuit. As their relationship deepens, Veda reconnects with the world around her, and begins to discover who she is and what dance truly means to her.

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Copies of the books can be purchased at the HEHS Media Center until the end of the school year while our supplies last.  All titles are available in ebook format and can be checked out 24/7 using Overdrive.
Books can also be checked out at the Schaumburg Public Library. For more information come to the Media Center or call us at 847-755-5755.