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Summer Reading 2023

Mass Teen Choice Book Awards

English Department Summer Reading

Newton South Summer Reading for the 2023-2024 School Year

No need to take notes or write anything about the one required book over the summer – you’ll be asked to do something with it in your English class in the fall.


All rising 11th and 12th graders should read: Educated: a memoir, by Tara Westover

Educated by Tara Westover An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from Cambridge University.

Born to survivalists in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children received an education, and no one to intervene when one of Tara's older brothers became violent. When another brother got himself into college, Tara decided to try a new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents, to Harvard and to Cambridge University. Only then would she wonder if she'd traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

Check out the eBook on Sora here. (use your student ID and password to log in)

Check out the audiobook on Sora here(use your student ID and password to log in)


All rising 9th and 10th graders should read: One nominee from the Mass Teen Choice Book Award Competition.

Assignment: Read one of the following books, and be prepared to discuss (and/or do something with) the book at the beginning of the school year. The NSHS Library has copies, and all books are available electronically on the Sora App - log in with your student ID and password.


Anyone who’s interested should: 

Take the 10 Book Challenge!
Read 10 books over the summer (the one required book plus at least nine more of your choice), and join a readers’ party on one of the first WIN blocks of the year. 


Newton South High School Library

140 Brandeis Road
Newton, MA 02459
call: (617) 559-6561