Outside Reading

These books were selected by students or by their parents from the list of 101 Books to Read Before College. Make sure to have your folks fill out the Parent’s Choice Form when they pick a book for you. Here’s the project list, when you’re ready to make something rad.

by David Cullen

“I gave this book a thumbs up because I leaned a lot about Columbine and how things could have been prevented. This book is about pain, sorrow, love, and above all, tragedy. I recommend this book to people interested in learning the truth about Columbine.” ~Erika M., 15

No Country For Old Men
by Cormac McCarthy

“A novel such as No Country For Old Men should absolutely recieve a definite thumbs up. The story overall covers the idea of fate and an escape from mortality. I thought it really connected well to how people who get themselves into messes can develop into a stage of obsolescence, and hold a particular destiny at their hands. I recommend this depressed, brutal and distinguished tale to those who are mature enough to understand the ideas of fate, destiny and humanity, in the basis of a real life phenomenon.” ~Jack Carrick, 18


A Brief History of Montmaray

by Michael Cooper

This book was very entertaining to read and I would give it a rating of two thumbs up. The story is about a sixteen-year-old princess and what her life is like on the small, isolated island of Montmaray in the year 1936. Some major themes in this book include loyalty, love, and betrayal. I would recommend this book to teenage girls because they would be the ones most likely to relate to the main character. ~Candice M., 15

13 Reasons

Th1rteen R3asons Why

By Jay Asher

I really like this book, so I give it thumbs up. It’s one of those books that is really creepy, but in an interesting way. Not only does it hook you right away, it makes you want to read on until the end. The idea of a girl recording 13 reasons why she killed herself and that you are one of the reasons just makes it so much better. I would recommend this book to anyone who like books that are kind of twisted but still have a good story. It’s about a girl that wanted help and people could have saved her before it was too late.



By Christopher Paolini

This book is about a struggle between good and evil. Eragon represents good and Galbatorix is an evil king that is so powerful that no one but Eragon can hope to defeat him. This book is very, very good; it is extremely descriptive and I a recommend it to all fantasy readers. ~ Joshua G., 15

The Lies of Locke Lamora

The book The Lies of Locke Lamora is story that shows the reward of family and friendship, and the bitterness of loss of a friend and the revenge taken to accept that loss. Though this book seems like a book for the little kids the vocabulary used and actions in this book reach for those who like good adventure covered by dark humor and sarcasm. A book that deserves more thumbs than on the human body for poetic justice The Lies of Locke Lamora has you reading cover to cover in the time span of a week. ~ Michael L., 15