Summer Reading Suggestions 

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We have divided the reading list into three categories. First, since all students will be taking a Quest on The Black Odyssey, think about reading a graphic version of Homer’s epic Greek poem, or perhaps, for advanced readers, the recent translation by Emily Wilson. If you choose, you could also read a book related specifically to African American history, which is the second category below. Finally, we always enjoy putting a few coming-of-age stories on the list, especially when those stories involve discovering who you are through the actions you take. Please take a look online at plot summaries and reviews and choosing one that appeals to you. Just remember, the reading should be for your own enjoyment. Nothing on the list is mandatory. We will bring you up to speed during the Quest!


The Odyssey, A Graphic Novel, Gareth Hinds

The Odyssey (Graphic Classics), Fiona Macdonald & Penko Gelev

The Odyssey (Classic Fiction), Diego Agrimbau & Smilton

The Odyssey, Gillian Cross & Neil Packer

The Odyssey (Puffin Classics), Geraldine McCaughrean

The Odyssey, translated by Emily Wilson (for advanced readers)


A few films based on The Odyssey that you can watch after reading the story...

Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters

The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie

O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13, for mature viewers)

Ulysses’ Gaze (NR, for mature viewers)



One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia

Ghost Boys, Jewell Parker Rhodes

Stella by Starlight, Sharon M. Draper

Armstrong and Charlie, Steven B. Frank

March: Book One (Two, Three), John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Graphic Novels)

Chains (The Seeds of America Trilogy), Laurie Halse Anderson

Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Raymond Obstfeld

Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi (for mature readers)



The Science of Breakable Things, Tae Keller

Hello, Universe, Erin Entrada Kelly

The First Rule of Punk, Celia C. Pérez

Short, Holly Goldberg Sloan

Aminas Voice, Hena Khan

Insignificant Events in the Life of a Cactus, Dusti Bowling

Piecing Me Together, Renée Watson

As Brave As You, Jason Reynolds

Kimchi & Calamari, Rose Kent

If I Ever Get Out of Here, Eric Gansworth

The House You Pass on the Way, Jacqueline Woodson

The Heartbeats of Wing Jones, Katherine Webber

All Summer Long, Hope Larson (Graphic Novel)