This summer, you can earn 2 extra credit points applied to a first quarter class grade by reading one book and completing and submitting one of these activities by Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

If you wish to choose your own summer reading book, you must submit your choice to Ms. Charpentier for approval through the following Google Form: bit.ly/uhs-summer2017.

The 50+ recommended books below do not require prior approval; if you wish to read any of these books, you are all set. Happy reading!



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The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams (The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy #1)

Seconds before Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, an earthman is saved by his friend. Together they journey through the galaxy.

Recommended by Mr. Giles: “It’s outside the box.”

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Fourteen-year-old twin basketball stars Josh and Jordan wrestle with highs and lows on and off the court as their father ignores his declining health.

Recommended by Ms. Charpentier, Librarian:
“Sports and poetry turns out to be a great mix. The clash between Josh and Jordan as they grow apart and cope differently with changing family dynamics is the heart of the book.”

#Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso

Describes how to seek a unique path to success and relates the story of Sophia Amoruso who started by selling vintage clothing on eBay and eight years later had established a $100 million dollar online fashion business with more than three hundred fifty employees.

Recommended by a UHS student.

Th1rteen R3asons Why by Jay Asher

High school student Clay Jensen receives a box in the mail containing seven cassette tapes recorded by his crush, Hannah Baker, who committed suicide, and spends a bewildering and heartbreaking night crisscrossing their town, listening to Hannah's voice recounting the events leading up to her death.

Recommended by a UHS student: “I watched the show, and I know the book is different. I want to read why!”

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #1)

In a world divided by blood—those with common, Red blood serve the Silver-blooded elite, who are gifted with superhuman abilities—Mare, a Red, discovers she has an ability of her own. To cover up this impossibility, the king forces her to play the role of a lost Silver princess and betroths her to one of his own sons. But Mare risks everything and uses her new position to help the growing Red rebellion, even as her heart tugs her in an impossible direction.

Recommended by Ms. Charpentier, Librarian: “Reading this book felt like reading The Hunger Games for the first time.”

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray


When a plane crash strands thirteen teen beauty contestants on a mysterious island, they struggle to survive, to get along with one another, to combat the island's other diabolical occupants, and to learn their dance numbers in case they are rescued in time for the competition.

Recommended by Ms. Charpentier, Librarian: “Hilarious book about what it means to be a girl. No matter what you’re expecting from this book, it will subvert your expectations.”

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

When a penniless governess falls in love with the brooding master of Thornfield, she is unaware of the tragic events that will follow.

Recommended by Mrs. Woislaw, ELL Teacher: “An interesting and compelling main character. Deep themes and an interesting central mystery and romance."

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie, a freshman in high school, explores the dilemmas of growing up through a collection of letters he sends to an unknown receiver.

Recommended by Mr. MacKenzie, English Teacher.

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City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (The Mortal Instruments #1)

Suddenly able to see demons and the Darkhunters who are dedicated to returning them to their own dimension, fifteen-year-old Clary Fray is drawn into this bizarre world when her mother disappears and Clary herself is almost killed by a monster.

Recommended by a UHS student: “This is an interesting book in a series that I find interests a lot of people. Many of my friends have expressed interest in this book, too!”