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Summer is a great time to read. Your teacher librarians have put together a summer reading list with 60 books from which to choose. The books are divided into 5 different categories representing a number of different genres and reading levels.







Don't feel like you need to stick to any one list. Pick from them all! Set reading goals for yourself as the summer begins. For instance, maybe you want to choose 10 books to read over the summer. Maybe one per month is enough for you. Perhaps you want to try to work you way through all of the books. Wow! That would certainly be ambitious. It's up to you. Whatever you choose, remember that reading is a great way to relax and recharge!

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It is commonly understood that certain books are for certain ages. High schoolers read Catcher in the Rye, and 1984, but super-great reads like The Mouse and the Motorcycle aren't even on their radar. Well it's time for that to change! Mature minds can (and should) enjoy a good middle-grade read every once in a while. Go on and indulge in these new(ish) wonderful tales by sophisticated, acclaimed authors. You'll be glad you did.*

Raymie Nightingale by Kate DiCamillo

Some Kind of Courage by Dan Gemeinhart

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali Benjamin

Goodbye Stranger by Rebecca Stead

The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine

The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley

Stella by Starlight by Sharon Draper

Soar by Joan Bauer

*All titles are available through FHPS Overdrive or can be ordered from your school library.

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Do you listen to podcasts? If so, you might be interested in Loud in the Library, a new podcast by FHPS district teacher librarians Chris Patrick and Tracy Chrenka.

The podcast will be published on the 15th of each month during the school year and will feature an interview with a different author or illustrator during each episode. The podcast will also contain other information regarding books, reading, and literacy.

You can find the current episode as well as future podcasts athttp://loudinthelibrary.com/

You can also subscribe to the podcast in the iTunes library. And it will soon be available in the Google Play store.

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Whether you're in a car, a plane, or close to home over spring break, it's a ideal opportunity to take a break from your regular studies and have someone else read you a great story. Here are 30 highly rated audiobooks available in the FHPS Overdrive collection. Take a look!

Juvenile Books:

  1. The War That Saved my Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  2. Navigating Early by Claire Vanderpool
  3. Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar
  4. Liar & Spy by Rebecca Stead
  5. This Side of Wild by Gary Paulsen
  6. The Lions of Little Rock by Kristin Levine
  7. The Sword of Summer: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard Book One by Rick Riordan
  8. Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan
  9. Fish in a Tree by Lynda Hunt
  10. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos

Young Adult Books:

  1. The Unlikely Hero of Room 13B by Teresa Toten
  2. The Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow
  3. Walk on Earth a Stranger by Rae Carson
  4. Skink No Surrender by Carl Hiassen
  5. Finding Audrey by Sophie Kinsella
  6. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  7. A Jewish Soldier in Hitler’s Army by Georg Rauch
  8. Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
  9. Lockwood & Co.:The Screaming Staircase, Book One by Jonathon Stroud
  10. The Shadow Radio Show starring Orson Welles

High School Books:

  1. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy
  2. Noggin by John Corey Whaley
  3. Trouble is a Friend of Mine by Stephanie Tromly
  4. You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day
  5. What If? by Randall Monroe
  6. Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  7. No Easy Day by Mark Owen
  8. Undeniable by Bill Nye
  9. Between the World & Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  10. One Shot at Forever by Chris Ballard


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For many of us, when we hear the term “classics,” we run for the hills. We envision old, stodgy, dust-covered books that we’re forced to read because for some reason or another, they’re good for us. However, old doesn’t necessarily mean boring. In fact, here are 12 classic novels available for free on our Overdrive page via Project Gutenberg that you might actually enjoy. If you want to read one of the classics, but aren’t sure exactly where to begin, try one of the following titles.

  1. Moby Dick, or, The White Whale - Herman Melville
  2. Around in World in 80 Days - Jules Verne
  3. Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
  4. The Secret Garden - Francis Hodgson Burnett
  5. Tarzan of the Apes - Edgar Rice Burroughs
  6. The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoyevsky 
  7. The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
  8. The War of the Worlds - H.G. Wells
  9. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  10. The Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
  11. The Jungle Book - Rudyard Kipling
  12. Treasure Island - Robert Louis Stevenson

"A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say."

- Italo Calvino from "Why Read the Classics?"


"Why Read the Classics?" The New York Review of Books. Web. 13 Jan. 2016.

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Great Comics and Graphic Novels balance words and illustrations to tell amazing stories. Many have substantial literary merit. Did you know that both Ta-Nehisi Coates and Margaret Atwood have recently announced that they will soon be creating comics? Our library collections have added many of these great books in recent years (because we’re awesome! :) Here, FHPS Media has highlighted twenty-one such comics and graphic novels that we think might interest you.

Check out these 21 Great Comics and Graphics Novels.


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If you want a specific book, but your school library doesn't have it on the shelf, fear not! As an FHPS student, you have access to ALL of the books owned by our district libraries. You just need to know how to place a hold using Follett Destiny. By placing a hold, you are requesting that the first available copy of a book be sent to your school library for you to check out. That's right. If your home library doesn't own a book or if it's checked out and you don't want to wait, simply place a hold and have it sent from another school library.

You can either ask your library's media clerk to request it, or you can do it yourself. Here's how:

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There have been a lot of great nonfiction books published in recent years. The best of the best inform while telling compelling, entertaining stories. They take us to places we otherwise wouldn’t be able to visit, and they expand our understanding of the world and our place within it. FHPS Media has highlighted nine such nonfiction books that we’d like to recommend. Click the headline below to access the interactive .pdf that introduces you to each of these books. 

Most of the titles that we are recommending are available through Overdrive, our eBook and audiobook lender. If you see the Overdrive logo  next to the listed title, then the book is available in the FHPS Overdrive CollectionAll students can sign in to Overdrive using their student username and password.

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Opposing Viewpoints in Context is an online database available free to all Michigan residents through the Michigan eLibrary. It is a powerful resource to assist you with your online research assignments. 

Opposing Viewpoints in Context is the premier online resource covering today’s hottest social issues, from capital punishment to immigration, to violent video games. This cross-curricular research tool supports science, social studies, current events, and language arts classes. Its informed, differing views present each side of an issue and help students develop information literacy, critical thinking skills, and the confidence to draw their own valid conclusions.

Scope and Depth

  • More than 19,600 pro/con viewpoints
  • More than 13,000 topic overviews
  • More than 12,600 charts and graphs, along with other statistical information
  • 300+ profiles of federal agencies and special-interest groups
  • Special coverage of the annual debate topic determined by the National Speech and Debate Association
  • Full-text newspapers and periodicals from multiple perspectives, including National ReviewThe New York TimesThe Washington Post, Commentary, and CNN Wire  



  • Engage users with thousands of images, videos, and audio selections from authoritative sources. 
  • Interactive maps show statistical trends in a readily understandable way.


Get your research started today with Opposing Viewpoints in Context.

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