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Storm the shores of Normandy; experience neverending days of sunlight; feel terrifying fear during the Zombie War; witness Clark Kent transform into Superman; bow down to the female secretary who became a king. . . .

Summer is a time for escape, and what better way to access other worlds than through books. With this in mind, Random House, Inc. is delighted to share with you the following student summer reading list.


Like what you see here? Looking for more summer reading suggestions? Download these comprehensive booklists by category:

Adventure
| Biography & History | Comics & Graphic Novels | Fiction | Horror & Mystery | Memoir & Nonfiction | Science Fiction & Fantasy

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Fiction

Nonfiction & Memoir

Fiction

Philida

Philida
by André Brink

"A soaring, kaleidoscopic account of a slave woman's struggle to protect her humanity. . . . A masterful and deeply humane work of art."
—Jennifer Egan, author of A Visit from the Good Squad


READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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World War Z

World War Z
by Max Brooks

"Prepare to be entranced by this addictively readable oral history of the great war between humans and zombies. . . . Will grab you as tightly as a dead man's fist." —Entertainment Weekly

READING LEVEL: 6th Grade

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Tell the Wolves I'm Home

Tell the Wolves I'm Home
by Carol Rifka Brunt

Winner, ALA ALEX Award

"Brunt weaves a terrific coming-of-age story, painting a vibrant picture of June's dreams and insecurities as she teeters on the border between childhood and maturity." —The Onion A.V. Club

READING LEVEL: 6th Grade

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The Maze Runner

The Maze Runner
by James Dashner

Thomas arrives in a place called the Glade, run by teenage boys, with no memory of their former lives. He becomes one of a special group mapping the Maze that surrounds the Glade. When Teresa, the only girl, arrives soon after Thomas, everything begins to change.

READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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Seraphina

Seraphina
by Rachel Hartman

Winner, ALA William C. Morris Award, Notable Book, and Best Fiction for Young Adults - Top Ten

"In this complex, intrigue-laden fantasy . . . readers are introduced to a world in which dragons and humans coexist in an uneasy truce, with dragons taking human form, dwelling among their former enemies, and abiding by a strict set of protocols." —Publishers Weekly (starred)

READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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Dog Stars

The Dog Stars
by Peter Heller

"[A] ravishing doomsday novel. . . . [T]here are moments of unexpected happiness, of real human interaction, infused with love and hope, like the twinkling of a star we might wish upon, which makes this end-of-the-world novel more like a rapturous beginning." —San Francisco Chronicle

READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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Death Comes to Pemberley

Death Comes to Pemberley
by P.D. James


A rare meeting of literary genius: P. D. James, long among the most admired mystery writers of our time, draws the characters of Jane Austen's beloved novel Pride and Prejudice into a tale of murder and emotional mayhem.

READING LEVEL: 11th Grade

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Odd Thomas

Odd Thomas
by Dean Koontz

"The dead don't talk. I don't know why." But they do try to communicate, with a short-order cook in a small desert town serving as their reluctant confidant. Meet Odd Thomas, the unassuming young hero of Dean Koontz's dazzling New York Times bestseller.

READING LEVEL: 8th Grade

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Every Day

Every Day
by David Levithan

Winner, ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults - Top Ten

"Levithan has created an irresistible premise that is sure to captivate readers. . . . [Every Day] is a study in style, an exercise in imagination, and an opportunity for readers themselves to occupy another life: that of A, himself." —Booklist (starred)

READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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Home

Home
by Toni Morrison

"Haunting. . . . [Morrison] maps the day-to-day lives of her characters with lyrical precision. . . . Home encapsulates all the themes that have fueled her fiction, from the early novels Sula and The Bluest Eye, through her dazzling masterwork, Beloved." —The New York Times

READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs

Nominated, YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in this unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience.

READING LEVEL: 10th Grade

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Hokey Pokey

Hokey Pokey
by Jerry Spinelli

"This unforgettable coming-of-age story will resonate with tween readers and take its rightful place beside the author's Maniac Magee and Louis Sachar's Holes." —School Library Journal (starred)

READING LEVEL: 5th Grade

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Liar & Spy

Liar & Spy
by Rebecca Stead

Winner, ALA Notable Book

"Stead's spare and elegant prose, compassionate insight into the lives of young people, wry sense of humor, deft plotting, and ability to present complex ideas in an accessible and intriguing way make this much more than a mystery with a twist." The Horn Book (starred)

READING LEVEL: 4th Grade

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Superman: Earth One

Superman: Earth One
by J. Michael Straczynski

illustrated by Shane Davis

A YALSA Great Graphic Novel for Teens

"What do you get when you combine Twilight and a classic superhero? The new Superman." —The Hollywood Reporter

READING LEVEL: 9th Grade

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The Hobbit

The Hobbit
by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hobbit is one of the greatest fantasy sagas of all time, a classic that has captivated generations of readers and is now part of a film trilogy from Academy Award–winning director Peter Jackson.

READING LEVEL: 6th Grade

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The Age of Miracles

The Age of Miracles
by Karen Thompson Walker

"The Age of Miracles is pure magnificence. Deeply moving and beautifully executed, Karen Thompson Walker has written the perfect novel for the global-warming age." —Nathan Englander, author of For the Relief of Unbearable Urges

READING LEVEL: 6th Grade

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Zone One

Zone One
by Colson Whitehead

A zombie story with brains. . . . [Whitehead is a] certifiably hip writer who can spin gore into macabre poetry." —The Washington Post

READING LEVEL: 9th Grade


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Nonfiction & Memoir

Imperfect

Imperfect
by Jim Abbott and Tim Brown

"Honest, touching, and beautifully rendered. . . . Far more than a book about baseball, it is a deeply felt story of triumph and failure, dreams and disappointments. Jim Abbott has hurled another gem." —Jonathan Eig, author of Luckiest Man

READING LEVEL: 6th Grade

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How I Killed Pluto and Why It Had It Coming

King Peggy
by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman

"Extremely well-written and amusing. . . . Candid and humble. . . . A captivating glimpse into the mental and spiritual transformation of a middle-aged African American woman as she steps into her royal destiny as an African king." —The Baltimore Times

READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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Half the Sky

Half the Sky
by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

"These stories are electrifying and have the effect of breaking down this enormous problem into segments the reader can focus on. Suddenly, these horrendous problems begin to seem solvable."
The Washington Post

READING LEVEL: 10th Grade

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Double Cross

Double Cross
by Ben Macintyre

"Gripping stories from the perspective of a remarkable ragtag group of spies who tricked the Nazis in an astounding D-Day deception. Puts other spy tales to shame." —People

"A tense, exciting real-life spy story." —Booklist

READING LEVEL: 10th Grade

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Dear Marcus

Dear Marcus
by Jerry McGill

"Written with passion, honesty, humor, and a stubborn, rebellious optimism, Dear Marcus is like nothing I've ever read. When a bullet in the back told Jerry McGill not to go on, Jerry went on—smiling." —Shalom Auslander, author of Hope: A Tragedy

READING LEVEL: 6th Grade

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Zoobiquity

Zoobiquity
by Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and Kathryn Bowers

Inspired by an eye-opening consultation at the Los Angeles Zoo, Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz embarked upon a project that would reshape how she practiced medicine. Zoobiquity presents a revelatory understanding of what animals can teach us about the human body and mind.

READING LEVEL: 10th Grade

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Yes, Chef

Yes, Chef
by Marcus Samuelsson and Veronica Chambers

"Marcus Samuelsson's life, like his cooking, reflects splendidly multicultural influences and educations, and he writes about it all with an abundance of flavor and verve. A delicious read." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

READING LEVEL: 6th Grade

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Ten Letters

Ten Letters
by Eli Saslow


"A luminous book. . . . Saslow has found his way around the cynicism and superficiality of Washington politics to show the profound real-life connections between the White House and the people." —David Maraniss, author of Barack Obama: The Story

READING LEVEL: 10th Grade

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My Beloved World

My Beloved World
by Sonia Sotomayor

"A compelling and powerfully written memoir about identity and coming of age. . . . An eloquent and affecting testament to the triumph of brains and hard work over circumstance, of a childhood dream realized through extraordinary will and dedication." —The New York Times

READING LEVEL: 7th Grade

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