KISD Summer Reading 2021

KISD
AP & PreAP Summer Reading Assignment

Students who select an Advanced Placement or Pre-Advanced Placement English Course in grades 6-12 have a required summer reading assignment. Students will choose one title. Prior to the first day of school, the PreAP English student should carefully read the title for his/her grade level and course.

THESE TITLES ARE AVAILABLE BOTH ONLINE THROUGH THE LINKS BELOW, AND IN-STORE AT KBB.  WE STRIVE THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER TO KEEP EVERY TITLE IN STOCK!


 

Going into 7th Grade KAP

  • Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora by Pablo Cartaya
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • Inside Out and Back Again by Thanhha Lai
  • The Outsiders by SE Hinton
  • Resistance by Jennifer Nielsen

Going into 7th Grade GT

  • As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood
  • A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen

Going into 8th Grade KAP/GT

  • Bloom by Kenneth Oppel
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Honest Truth by Dan Gemeinhart
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • The Running Dream by Wendelin Van Draanen

Going into 9th Grade KAP/GT

  • Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
  • My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Going into English II – KAP

  • Of Mice & Men by John Steinbeck
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Going into English III – AP/GT

  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas as American Slave by Frederick Douglas

Going into English IV – AP/GT

  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding

 


Click the title links for book summaries.

The Epic Fail of Arturo Zamora Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781101997253
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Published: Puffin Books - April 3rd, 2018

A 2018 Pura Belpré Author Honor Book

Save the restaurant. Save the town. Get the girl. Make Abuela proud. Can thirteen-year-old Arturo Zamora do it all or is he in for a BIG, EPIC FAIL? 


The Giver (Giver Quartet #1) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780544336261
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Published: Clarion Books - July 1st, 2014

In Lois Lowry’s Newbery Medal–winning classic, twelve-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community.

The Giver, the 1994 Newbery Medal winner, has become one of the most influential novels of our time.


Inside Out and Back Again Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780061962790
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Published: HarperCollins - January 2nd, 2013

Inside Out and Back Again is a #1 New York Times bestseller, a Newbery Honor Book, and a winner of the National Book Award!


The Outsiders Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780140385724
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Published: Speak - September 1st, 1988

The 45th anniversary of a landmark work of teen fiction

Ponyboy can count on his brothers and his friends, but not on much else besides trouble with the Socs, a vicious gang of rich kids who get away with everything, including beating up greasers like Ponyboy. At least he knows what to expect--until the night someone takes things too far.


Resistance (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781338148503
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - March 2nd, 2021

New York Times bestseller Jennifer A. Nielsen tells the extraordinary story of a Jewish girl's courageous efforts to resist the Nazis.

Chaya Lindner is a teenager living in Nazi-occupied Poland. Simply being Jewish places her in danger of being killed or sent to the camps.


As Brave As You Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481415910
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Published: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books - May 9th, 2017

Kirkus Award Finalist

Schneider Family Book Award Winner

Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

In this “pitch-perfect contemporary novel” (Kirkus Reviews, starred review), Coretta Scott King – John Steptoe Award-winning author Jason Reynolds explores multigenerational ideas about family love and bravery in the story of two


Fever 1793 Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780689848919
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2002

An epidemic of fever sweeps through the streets of 1793 Philadelphia in this novel from Laurie Halse Anderson where "the plot rages like the epidemic itself" (The New York Times Book Review).

During the summer of 1793, Mattie Cook lives above the family coffee shop with her widowed mother and grandfather.


Lifeboat 12 Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781481468848
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - September 3rd, 2019

“This page-turning true-life adventure is filled with rich and riveting details and a timeless understanding of the things that matter most.”—Dashka Slater, author of The 57 Bus
“Brilliantly told in verse, readers will love Ken Sparks.” —Patricia Reilly Giff, two-time Newbery Honor winner
“Lyrical, terrifying, and even at times funny.


A Night Divided (Scholastic Gold) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545682442
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Published: Scholastic Inc. - April 24th, 2018

A stunning thriller from NYT bestselling author Jennifer A. Nielsen about a girl who must escape to freedom after the Berlin Wall divides her family between east and west.

A Night Divided joins the Scholastic Gold line, which features award-winning and beloved novels. Includes exclusive bonus content!With the rise of the Berlin Wall, Gerta finds her family suddenly divided.


Touching Spirit Bear Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780060734008
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Published: HarperCollins - January 4th, 2005

In his Nautilus Award-winning classic Touching Spirit Bear, author Ben Mikaelson delivers a powerful coming-of-age story of a boy who must overcome the effects that violence has had on his life.


Bloom (The Overthrow #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524773038
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Published: Yearling - May 4th, 2021

"The perfect book right now for young readers searching for hope, strength, inspiration — and just a little horticultural havoc."—New York Times
 
The first book in a can't-put-it-down, can't-read-it-fast-enough action-thriller trilogy that's part Hatchet, part Alien!


Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy) Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9781416905868
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Published: Atheneum Books for Young Readers - January 5th, 2010

From acclaimed author Laurie Halse Anderson comes this compelling first novel in the historical middle grade The Seeds of America trilogy that shows the lengths we can go to cast off our chains, both physical and spiritual.

As the Revolutionary War begins, thirteen-year-old Isabel wages her own fight...for freedom.


The Honest Truth Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780545665742
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Published: Scholastic Press - December 29th, 2015

A bold new voice in children's fiction debuts with this story of a boy, his dog, and the mountains they face together.

It's never too late for the adventure of a lifetime.In all the ways that matter, Mark is a normal kid. He's got a dog named Beau and a best friend, Jessie. He likes to take photos and write haiku poems in his notebook.


Refugee Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780545880831
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Published: Scholastic Press - July 25th, 2017

A tour de force from acclaimed author Alan Gratz (Prisoner B-3087), this timely -- and timeless -- novel tells the powerful story of three different children seeking refuge.

A New York Times bestseller!JOSEF is a Jewish boy living in 1930s Nazi Germany.


The Running Dream Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780375866289
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Published: Ember - January 10th, 2012

When Jessica is told she’ll never run again, she puts herself back together—and learns to dream bigger than ever before. The acclaimed author of Flipped delivers a powerful and healing story.
 


Ender's Game (The Ender Quintet #1) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9781250773012
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Published: Tor Science Fiction - April 27th, 2021

Orson Scott Card's science fiction classic Ender's Game is the winner of the 1985 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 1986 Hugo Award for Best Novel.


My Plain Jane (The Lady Janies) Cover Image
$10.99
ISBN: 9780062652782
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Published: HarperTeen - December 23rd, 2019

Move over, Charlotte Brontë. The authors of the New York Times bestselling My Lady Jane are back with an irreverent spin on Jane Eyre—a tale of mischief, romance, and supernatural mayhem perfect for fans of The Princess Bride or A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue.


The Secret Life of Bees Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780142001745
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Published: Penguin Books - January 28th, 2003

The multi-million bestselling novel about a young girl's journey towards healing and the transforming power of love, from the award-winning author of The Invention of Wings and The Book of Longings


Of Mice and Men Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression
 
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.


Divergent (Divergent Series #1) Cover Image
By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort (Photographs by)
$12.99
ISBN: 9780062387240
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 30th, 2014

This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series of books is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.


The Book Thief Cover Image
$14.99
ISBN: 9780375842207
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Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - September 11th, 2007

The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller about the ability of books to feed the soul even in the darkest of times.
 
Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

When Death has a story to tell, you listen.


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Cover Image
By Frederick Douglass, Peter J. Gomes (Introduction by), Gregory Stephens (Afterword by)
$4.95
ISBN: 9780451529947
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Published: Signet - June 7th, 2005

Frederick Douglass's dramatic autobiographical account of his early life as a slave in America.


Lord of the Flies Cover Image
By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Afterword by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780399501487
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Published: Penguin Books - December 16th, 2003

Golding’s iconic 1954 novel, now with a new foreword by Lois Lowry, remains one of the greatest books ever written for young adults and an unforgettable classic for readers of any age.
 
This edition includes a new Suggestions for Further Reading by Jennifer Buehler.