"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go."
In "My Booklists" you will find recommended reading. Many of these books can be found in Ms. Leary's classroom library or Gates Chili High School's library. Please contribute to this site by rating and commenting on the books you have read. If you read a book that is not on this list and you would like to recommend it to your classmates, let Ms. Leary know to add it to the site.
Happy reading! :)
Young Adult Literature
by Laurie Halse Anderson Year Published: Easy ReadingMelinda is beginning her freshman year of high school with a huge and horrible secret. Faced with the daily struggles of high school, Melinda must come to terms with what happened last summer. Melinda must find her courage and her voice in order to be heard.Note: This book is available in our Library.
English 11 Reading
by Chris Crutcher Year Published: AverageHigh school senior, Louie, is challenged to stand up against his football coach and school for what he believes is right. This is a dramatic novel that explores young love, racism, and the courage in one teenage boy.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Arthur Miller Year Published: ChallengingThis historical fiction drama takes us back to Puritan New England during the Salem Witch Trials. John Proctor is forced to choose between life and truth in this riveting play that takes us through a town plagued with turmoil and lies.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Mitch Albom Year Published: AverageAfter years apart, Mitch makes a life altering decision to reconnect with his dying college professor, Morrie. With Morrie as his teacher, once again, Mitch is forced to learn about life and make some difficult and challenging discoveries about his own life.Note: This book is available in our Library. by Melba Pattillo Beals Year Published: AverageBeals' memoir takes us back to 1957 Little Rock Arkansas. She and her eight friends are challenged to maintain hope and dignity as they integrate into an all white school. Although their lives are threatened, these students demonstrate courage and strength, becoming young warriors of the civil rights movement.Note: This book is available in our Library.
English 12 Reading
by Walter Dean Myers Year Published: ChallengingRichard Perry wants to go to college and become a writer. However, lack of money forces Perry to make a difficult decision. He joins the army during the Vietnam War. Perry meets friends along the way, but he wonders if he will make it out alive. Will Perry survive war, and if he does, will he be changed for the worst?Note: This book is available in our Library. by Louis Duncan Year Published: AverageIn this suspenseful novel, five high school seniors plot to kidnap their high school English teacher in order to teach him a lesson. When their plan goes sour, what will they do?Note: This book is available in our Library. by Mitch Albom Year Published: AverageEddie is a grizzled war veteran who feels trapped in a meaningless, lonely life of fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. Then, on his 83rd birthday, Eddie dies in a tragic accident, trying to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakens in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a place where your earthly life is explained to you by five people who were in it. One by one, Eddie's five people illuminate the unseen connections of his earthly life. As the story builds to its stunning conclusion, Eddie desperately seeks redemption in the still-unknown last act of his life: Was it a heroic success or a devastating failure? The answer, which comes from the most unlikely of sources, is as inspirational as a glimpse of heaven itself. (Summary from www.bn.com)Note: This book is available in our Library.