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Lemont High School announces summer reading, “Our Books, Our School” picks


Lemont High School has announced its “Our Books, Our School” selections for the 2017-18 school year. Over the summer, students will have their choice of three young adult novels selected by a committee of the school’s faculty, staff and administration. In addition to choosing from the “Our Books, Our School” list, students in Honors and Advanced Placement level English courses and AP Government will be responsible for additional summer reading assignments.

The selection committee solicited book suggestions from faculty, students and parents. The program includes multiple titles to allow students to explore a variety of works. Students are required to read at least one of the “Our Books, Our School” selections, but may of course read as many as they wish! The 2017-18 selections include:

All We Have Left (by Wendy Mills; presale $14): Interweaving stories past and present that are full of heartbreak and hope, two girls whose lives were changed by 9/11 learn that both hate and love can reverberate into the future. (Good Reads Review)

Need (by Joelle Charbonneau; presale $8): High school students are drawn into a social networking site that grants their needs, regardless of the consequences, painting a picture of the dark side of both social media and human nature. (Common Sense Media Review - What Do Parents Need to Know?)

The Running Dream (by Wendelin Van Draanen; presale $8): A young athlete loses her leg in a car accident, but thanks to family, friends, coaches and teammates, she puts herself back together and learns to dream bigger than before. (Good Reads Review)

Detailed summaries and reviews for each of the "Our Books, Our School" selections are available for students on PowerSchool.

Students enrolled in any level of “Preparatory” or “Academic” courses are required only to read at least one “Our Books, Our School” selection. Students in the courses listed below have supplemental reading assignments that must be completed besides an “Our Books, Our School” book.

English I Honors – The Children’s Homer: The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy (Padraic Colum - $8 presale) and How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Thomas C. Foster - $13 presale; Intro-Chapter 5 only)

English II Honors – The Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini - $13 presale) and How to Read Literature Like a Professor (Thomas C. Foster - $13 presale; Chapters 5-10 only)

English III: AP Language & Composition – Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer - $12 presale)

English IV: AP Literature & Composition – All the Pretty Horses (Cormac McCarthy - $13 presale)

AP American Government – The Supreme Conflict (Jan Crawford Greenburg - $14 presale)


Anderson’s Bookshops will be on campus during lunch periods on May 16-17 to sell copies of all of the summer reading selections at a reduced price. Old Quarry Middle School will host Anderson’s Bookshops on May 22 to facilitate purchases for next year’s freshmen, while parents/guardians of non-Old Quarry incoming freshmen may purchase their students’ books between 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on May 16-17 at Lemont High School. Parents/guardians should enter the building through the school’s main entrance (i.e., the “Archway” entrance) off of Porter Street and check in at the Security Office. Purchases can be made with cash or checks made out to Anderson’s Bookshops.

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For questions concerning the “Our Books, Our School” program, contact Director of Curriculum, Assessment & Instruction Tina Malak (tmalak@lhs210.net) at (630) 243-3236.
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