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AFL Teen Summer Reading List 2019

Find everything you need for your summer reading assignments here!

Keep in mind that any reading you do during the summer (including required reading) can earn you some prizes from the Ames Free Library Summer Reading Program for Teens! Visit the Summer Reading Program page to learn how it works.

For each book in this list, you will see all the formats available to choose from. Click on the format links to read a summary of the item, order a physical item, or download eBooks and audio books on Overdrive or Hoopla Digital! We recommend placing your holds as early as possible so that you will be more likely to get the books you want. If you need any assistance, please contact the Library at 508-238-2000.




Entering Grade 12 AP Literature

REQUIRED READING: Students will take an assessment the first week of school

The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Book | Large Print | Overdrive

Entering Grade 11 AP Language

REQUIRED READING: Students will take an assessment the first week of school


The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Book | Large Print | Overdrive | Hoopla Digital

Pre-AP Literature

REQUIRED READING: Students will annotate the following book and take an assessment the first week of school, PLUS choose one book from the list below.


The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Book | Overdrive | Hoopla Digital


Here are the books that the OA English department members have chosen for you this summer! Choose one or more books from these lists, and plan to discuss your reading in class during the first few weeks of school. (The books are listed by recommended age appropriateness, but students may choose from either list.)

Grades 9-10 Recommendations

The Alchemist
by Paolo Coelho
I Am Malala
by Malala Yousafzai
  All the Light We Cannot See
By Anthony Doerr
  Life of Pi
by Yann Martel
  All-American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier
by Ishmael Beah
  Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  Me Before You
by Jojo Moyes
  The Art of Racing in the Rain
by Garth Stein
by Jennifer Mathieu
  The Book Thief
by Markus Zusak
  One of Us Is Lying
by Karen McManus
  Brain on Fire: My Month of Madness
by Susannah Cahalan
by Lamar Giles
  A Child Called It
by Dave Pelzer
by Marjane Satrapi and Mattias Ripa
by Madeline Miller
  The Poet X
by Elizabeth Acevedo
  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time
by Mark Haddon
  Radium Girls
by Kate Moore
  Darius the Great Is Not Okay
by Adib Khorran
  Ready Player One
by Ernest Cline
  Dear Martin
by Nic Stone
by Kwame Alexander
by Julie Murphy
  This Lullaby
by Sarah Dessen
  Ender's Game
by Orson Scott Card
  Turtles All the Way Down
by John Green


  Finding Audrey
by Sophie Kinsella
by Scott Westerfeld


  The Glass Castle: A Memoir
by Jeannette Wells
  Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers
by Deborah Heiligman

Book | Book on CD | Hoopla Digital

  Half of a Yellow Sun
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
by Marie Lu

Book | Book on CDLarge Print | Overdrive

  The Help
by Kathryn Stockett 
  We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart
Grades 11-12 Recommendations
The 57 Bus
by Dashka Slater
  I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
by Erika L. Sanchez
All the King's Men
by Robert Penn Warren
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

Book | Book on CD | Overdrive | Hoopla Digital

American Street
by Ibi Zoboi
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
by Rebecca Skloot
by Chimanada Ngozi Adichi
The Joy Luck Club
by Amy Tan
Autobiography of Malcolm X
by Malcolm X
Little Fires Everywhere
by Celeste Ng
Born a Crime
by Trevor Noah
Looking for Alaska
by John Green
by Tina Fey
The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
March: Book Three
by John Lewis
Note: Volumes 1 & 2 are also contained within this catalog entry. If ordering the book, please call the Library directly at 508-238-2000 so we may place an item-specific hold.
  The Da Vinci Code
by Dan Brown

Book | Book on CD | Large Print | Overdrive

  Memoirs of a Geisha
by Arthur Golden
by Chris Crutcher
  Never Let Me Go
by Kazuo Ishiguro
  Devil in the White City
by Erik Larson
The Nightingale
by Kristin Hannah
  Educated: A Memoir
by Tara Westover
  The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates
by Wes Moore
  Every Day
by David Levithan
  The Perks of Being a Wallflower
by Stephen Chbosky
  Everything I Never Told You
by Celeste Ng
  The Right Stuff
by Tom Wolfe
  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
by Jonathan Safran Foer
  The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains
by Nicholas Carr
  Girl With a Pearl Earring
by Tracy Chevalier
  A Stolen Life: A Memoir
by Jaycee Lee Dugard
  Go Ask Alice
by Anonymous
by Kat Spears
  The Handmaid's Tale
by Margaret Atwood

Book | Book on CD | Large Print | Overdrive

  A Thousand Splendid Suns
by Khaled Hosseini
  High Fidelity
by Nick Hornby


  Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption
by Laura Hillenbrand
  Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
by J.D. Vance

Book | Book on CD | Large Print | Overdrive

  We All Looked Up
by Tommy Wallach
  A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea: One Refugee's Incredible Story of Love, Loss, and Survival
by Melissa Fleming
  Wolf Hall
by Hilary Mantel
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