Staff Resources

Required Summer Reading for Incoming Freshmen

Incoming freshmen must read ONE of the two books shown below. All students will be tested on their choice of book the first week school resumes in August.


Verity

Code Name Verity by Elizabeth E. Wein

Oct. 11th, 1943-A British spy plane crashes in Nazi-occupied France. Its pilot and passenger are best friends. One of the girls has a chance at survival. The other has lost the game before it's barely begun.

When "Verity" is arrested by the Gestapo, she's sure she doesn't stand a chance. As a secret agent captured in enemy territory, she's living a spy's worst nightmare. Her Nazi interrogators give her a simple choice: reveal her mission or face a grisly execution.

As she intricately weaves her confession, Verity uncovers her past, how she became friends with the pilot Maddie, and why she left Maddie in the wrecked fuselage of their plane. On each new scrap of paper, Verity battles for her life, confronting her views on courage, failure and her desperate hope to make it home. But will trading her secrets be enough to save her from the enemy? 


Maze Runner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

When Thomas wakes up in the elevator, the only thing he can remember is his first name. His memory is blank. But he's not alone. When the elevator's doors open, Thomas finds himself surrounded by kids who welcome him to the Glade-a large, open expanse surrounded by stone walls. Just like Thomas, the Gladers don't know why or how they got to the Glade. All they know is that every morning the stone doors to the maze that surrounds them have opened. Every night they've closed tight. And every thirty days a new boy has been delivered in the elevator.

Thomas was expected. But the next day, a girl is sent up-the first girl to ever arrive in the Glade. And more surprising yet is the message she delivers. Thomas might be more important than he could ever guess. If only he could unlock the dark secrets buried within his mind.


 Where to get it:

Lansing Public Library
Glenwood-Lynwood Public Library
Local bookstores, such as Barnes and Noble
Various online vendors, such as www.amazon.com