Teen Summer Reading

The Sawyer Free Library TeenZone has a display of summer reading material for grades 6- 12. You will find many of these titles available through interlibrary loan from other libraries, and also on Overdrive, our ebook and eaudiobook collection.

Please ask for help if you don’t find what you are looking for!

Overdrive Selections
Sawyer Free Library has acquired ebook and eaudiobook selections for titles appearing on Gloucester summer reading lists. Compatible devices include a Windows or Mac computer, Kindle, Nook, iPad/iPhone, and more! Be sure to check in the catalog or on the Overdrive site to find all the available titles.
Click here to see a list of recently added teen summer reading titles.

O’Malley Middle School

For each grade there is an “All Grade Read”. This short selection and connected writing activity are expected literacy work for all students. The full text of the required reading was included in the student’s Summer Reading Packet, along with guidelines for the connected writing activity. In addition, all students are expected to select one book from the booklist, or any title of their own choice. Guidelines for the Choice Book Connected Writing activity were included in Summer Reading Packets. Students are strongly encouraged to complete more than one choice book during the summer.

Grade 6
Required reading:
First in the field : baseball hero Jackie Robinson by Derek T. Dingle
Grade 6 Booklist

Grade 7
Required reading:
Three Century Woman by Richard Peck (a short story contained in collected material)
Grade 7 Booklist

Grade 8
Required Reading:
Broken Chain by Gary Soto (a short story contained in collected material)
Grade 8 Booklist

Gloucester High School

Choose Your Own Book in one of the 5 engaging/ staff selected topics areas. The topics are crafted to promote wonder, investigate, construct, express, reflect, and connect with the topic and book the student chooses. After completing the summer reading, questions must be answered on the Summer Reading Discussion Group Entry Ticket. More information can be found on the Gloucester High School Summer Reading 2015 page.

1. Coping with Death
Coping with depression, loss, healing

2. Healthy Living and Nature
Environment and Nature, Coping with Stress, Stress management, Yoga, Nutrition, Meditation

3. Overcoming Adversity
Overcoming cultural differences, overcoming intolerance, working for acceptance, Overcoming athletic feats

4. Learning to Serve
Military service, Law Enforcement, Education

5. Creative Expression and Innovations
Creativity, Art, Music, Video game design, Programming, Software Development

Honors/AP English
Honors and AP students are still expected to participate in a summer reading discussion; they are also expected to fulfill the following requirements for particular grades and courses.

English 9 Honors
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

English 10 Honors
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

English 11 Honors
The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

AP English Language and Composition (11)
All Souls by Michael Patrick MacDonald
Words Like Loaded Pistols: Rhetoric from Aristotle to Obama by Sam Leith
The Faraway Nearby by Rebecca Solnit

Dramatic Literature Honors (12)
Oedipus The King by Sophocles

Literature by Women Honors (12)
Short stories (No information as of 6/29/15)

Humanities Honors (12)
Mythology by Edith Hamilton
Ishmael by Daniel Quinn

AP English Literature and Composition (12)
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys