Looking for a great book to read this summer?
Try one of these books based on the recommendation of Ravenscroft Faculty and Students
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
"While I am not an English teacher, I appreciate a well-formed sentence. I was dazzled by the sentences in All the Light We Cannot See. Each one was so vivid and beautifully conveyed the myriad of experiences of two people in completely different circumstances. When I read this book, it was like I was on a journey through France and Germany in WWII. I learned so much about the time period and the characters, and also about natural history and electronics. It is an awesome book. I recommend it to everyone!" - Mrs. Welsh. (Also recommended by Ms. Moore and Mrs. Connor.)
The Statistical Probablity of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.
A Reading Ravens Upper School Book Club pick for discussion in the fall. A blend of serendipity with the family issues of a 17 year old, you'll ponder the difference four minutes can make in your life! - Book Club Presidents Megan Boericke and Gaelan Bergstrom
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas.
A Reading Ravens Upper School Book Club pick of the summer, if you love fantasy with political intrigue, read this one to discuss at one of our first meetings in the fall! - Gaelan Bergstrom and Megan Boericke
The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.
"Although the reader knows the result of the race, the preparations and hardships endured by the Washington Nine keep the reader engaged and pulling for (no pun intended) the American Team. I found myself on the edge of my seat each chapter. " - Ms. Moore
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver.
"After reading this, I’ve seriously thought about quitting my job and moving to the country to raise my own food! See how the author and her family spend a year eating only what they grow themselves or buy/trade from local farmers." - Mrs. Thrash
Remarkable Creatures by Tracy Chevalier.
"Poor and uneducated Mary Anning learns that she has a unique gift for discovering dinosaur fossils. She finds a friend in Elizabeth Philpot, a wealthy spinster who is also interested in science and in making a name for herself in the academic community. The two women develop an unlikely friendship and are responsible for some of England's most impressive fossil finds. Based on a true story."
- Ms. A. Kelly
Through the Night and Wind by Kevin Flinn.
"One month after the death of his mother, 26-year-old Tom Algir arrives in the British Virgin Islands in search of his expatriated father, Ken. Through the Night and Wind is the story of Tom’s journey to find his dad… and ultimately, himself. Referencing everyone from Darwin to Dylan and everything from Hamlet to Apocalypse Now, Tom’s adventure—part travelogue, part philosophical treatise, part family history—is an exhilarating quest for understanding and acceptance." - Mr. Flinn
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.
"As the title implies, this is a semiautobiographical story about Arnold Spirit, a Spokane Indian who lives on the reservation but goes to high school every day off the rez. You’ll laugh and cry your way through the ups and downs of Arnold’s life, where he uses humor and cartoons to help share his experiences." - Mrs. Thrash
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.
"This book me realize that I am a victim of a society that prices the extrovert over the introvert. Case in point- I am guilty of writing the following on report cards, "I wish _________ would talk more in class." In essence, I don't adhere to my own mantra to accept all people. Being an introvert is not a bad thing and, was actually preferred prior to the 1920s!" - Mrs. Welsh
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy.
"Brilliant western, set in 1950s Texas and Mexico. Funny and grim." - Mr. League
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot.
"The HeLa cell cultures resulted in countless scientific discoveries. However, they originated from cancer cells of poor black woman in the 1950s without her knowledge. This book interweaves the science involved in utilizing these cells with the sad story of Lacks and her family’s existence after her death."- Mrs. Welsh
Beloved by Toni Morrison.
"I love how she plays with form. This book is not organized chronologically, so it is like a puzzle trying to figure out the lives and tragic histories of the characters." - Ms. Moore
Expecting Adam by Martha Beck.
"An autobiographical story about a brilliant young married couple, Martha and John Beck, who are both students at Harvard. Martha becomes unexpectedly pregnant with a down syndrome baby and decides to have and keep her son Adam. At the time of her pregnancy, there was a lot of pressure to abort down syndrome babies and at minimum, institutionalize them after birth. This book takes the reader through this experience and provides an insight into Martha’s brilliant mind. She also is an atheist at the beginning of the book and believes in God by the end. Some of Martha’s experiences are difficult to believe, but that just makes the book more interesting!" - Mrs. Velk
Flygirl by Sherri L. Smith.
"This is a fascinating historical fiction book about the World War II female pilots." - Mrs. Beineke
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls.
"A memoir of love and resiliency." - Ms. Smith
House Rules by Jodi Piccoult.
"The social and emotional impact of Asperger’s Disorder on an adolescent, his family, and community." - Ms. Smith
World War Z by Max Brooks.
"An oral history of the Zombie War." - Mr. League
Kaffir Boy by Mark Mathabane.
"An autobiography about life under apartheid in South Africa." - Mr. Kates
A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving.
"One of my all-time favorites, this novel also gives a fine sense of place, small town New England, along with an unforgettable character whose life experiences make the reader examine his own world view. There is humor and sadness and great irony." - Ms. Jones
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson.
"I love the historical context of the Japanese internment camps during WWII, the sense of place in the Northwest, and Guterson’s engaging writing style. There is also a mystery and a love story!" - Ms. Jones
Stones from the River by Ursula Hegi.
"This book does a wonderful job of illustrating the perspective of the German people during the uprising of Adolf Hitler. As an American, I tend to think of Germany in its entirety during the Nazi era and I never considered what I would do if I lived there during that time. This book made me question myself in that way. Also, the main character, Trudi Montag, is a dwarf. As a rather giant person – that perspective was also quite interesting." - Mrs. Velk
The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien.
"Probably the best Vietnam novel you will ever read! The characters, the events, and the quality of the writing will stay with you long after you've turned the last page." - Mr. Laskowski
There Are No Children Here: The Story of Two Boys Growing Up in the Other America by Alex Kotlowitz.
"This is a remarkable book that follows two boys growing up in a Chicago public housing complex, and portrays their struggle to survive in the midst of violence and poverty. An eye-opener for sure!" - Ms. Yonzon
The Wordy Shipmates by Sarah Vowell.
"Adventure! Intrigue! Puritans! Sarah Vowell leads readers on a lighthearted but informative romp through the origins, settlement, and development of the Massachusetts Bay Company. Calvinism has never been so entertaining!" - Mr. Laskowski
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