Summer Reading Ideas (9th-12th Grade)

FRESHMAN YEAR (Incoming freshmen)- Choose one to read:

Theme:  Historical Fiction

·  The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

·  Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson

·  Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

·  Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata

·  What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

SOPHOMORE YEAR (Incoming sophomores)- Choose one to read:

Theme: Science Fiction & Fantasy

·  Boy’s Life by Robert R. McCammon

·  Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card

·  Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes

·  Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut

·  Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

·  The Martian Andy Weir

·  The Hobbit J. R. R. Tolkien

JUNIOR YEAR (incoming juniors)- Choose one to read:

Theme:  Modern classics (1990 or after)

·  All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

·  The Road by Cormac McCarthy

·  The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz

·  The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

·  The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien

·  Everything Is Illuminated: A Novel by Jonathan Safran Foer

·  Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

·  The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

·  A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

SENIOR YEAR (incoming seniors)- Choose one to read:

Theme:  The Classics 

·  Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

·  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 

·  The Quiet American by Graham Greene 

·  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe 

·  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

·  Don Quixote by Miguel De Cervantes

·  Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift 

·  David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

·  Moby-Dick by Herman Melville

·  The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoevsky 

·  One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez 

How to Hack a Big Mouth Boss E-Book

Going Undercover to Hack the Gossip-Monger (CLICK HERE)

This book contains language used by real people and is not edited for political or corporate correctness. In other words, we have edited out all the bullshit! So, if you don’t like the “F” word…this book may not be for you.

If you have a manager who is holding you back or is making you talk to yourself incessantly, causing you to be stressed out on your time off, while you should be enjoying your life, you’re in the right place – about to read this book. Remember, life is supposed to be a fun journey, not a frustrating struggle.

A Big-Mouth Boss also know as a Gossip-Monger is someone who loves to spread hearsay, tidbits, and smut around the office with the intent of making people think that they are in the know. But don’t be fooled. By sharing their “inside info” with you, they attempt to make you feel like you too are on the “inside” as a way to gain your undying loyalty and commitment.

A Big-Mouth Boss is so insecure that they have to make people think they know everything about everything, which of course, in their mind, makes them feel unexpendable. They feed you just the right amount of information to keep you producing and hungry for more.

As far as your performance review goes, forget it. You will never be good enough. Because a Big-Mouth Boss thinks they know everything, they will keep you guessing and chasing the carrot by being vague and leaving you wondering where you’re lacking and where you need improvement.

Whether it’s with malicious intent or just for fun, if you want the whole office to know something embarrassing about one of your co-workers, tell your Big-Mouth Boss about it. Faster than the speed of a group text, everyone will know Joey dropped his iPhone in the toilet just before the Monday morning sales meeting because after his binge weekend he was still plowed.

Often, they’ll shoot their mouth off with some company-wide, potential upcoming changes that were mentioned briefly at their level 3 planning retreat, just to see how many people they can piss off or throw into a paranoid tizzy.

A Big-Mouth Boss has a shitty management style because this ignorant blabbermouth hasn’t a clue that the wake of their destruction will most likely be the demise of their team.

If you are sick and tired of all the bullshit and want to either get promoted or get on with it, read on!

59 Pages

Ed Tech Tools (my other blog)

I just put this together for my fellow teachers. We found these resources to be really helpful as we continue distance learning due to Covid-19.

Comment below if I’m missing anything teachers should know about!!!! Let’s help each other out. Click the link or image below.

Free!!! One-Week Philosophy Unit for Online Learning

Unit Overview:  This is a one-week unit in which you will explore five different philosophical topics.  I hope you find them interesting. 

Directions:  Read the assigned article.  Then answer the two prompts in paragraph form.  When you click the article’s link, please create an account on  This will allow you to view all articles and to have the article read aloud if you wish.  

CREDIT:  The questions you must answer come directly from