Summer Book List @ Maspeth High School


Happy Summer, Maspeth Students!

I hope your vacation is off to a fun and safe start.  I’m writing to introduce all of you to this summer’s book list that has been devised by me.  Ms. Pipolo helped as well! 😊  As you will see when you look at the list, it’s divided into grades.  Each grade has a column of fifty titles—for a total of two hundred books!! 😊  Some of you might be excited by this.  Others—not so much lol. Regardless, I would like you to know that I enjoyed compiling this list.  Obviously, my great hope is that you take a little more than just a peek or and glance.  After some titles, I added a mini blurb to familiarize you a bit with the book.  Please note that there isn’t an excerpt for each book because I wanted to leave the discovery process to you. 

            Within each new finding, I hope you find solace on the plains of the page without ever leaving the comfort of your favorite places—whether it be on the sand while waves visit the surf before leaving the shore forever, or under your favorite tree, with your dog in your lap and a homemade glass of lemonade fresh as sun-dried laundry. May peace be turned on with the sound of a syllable and its echo continue once the book is shut and no longer near.  May your mind forget that you have left the realities of earth for an hour or two each day while your heart brings you back— kinder, wiser and more patient with everyone but mostly with yourself. 

Go easy these next two months, Maspeth Mockingbirds.  Some days might soar, some may try to fly—but dwindle and fall—no matter—know that you’re growing with each breath inhaled and nobly exhaled in the name of dignity.  

Be well and safe.


Mrs. Fadul 😊

P.S.  You are ALL mockingbirds—awesome, innocent birds born to sing whether in melody, poetry or just by speaking your convictions that bring much needed Hope to our world.




Maspeth Students,

In addition to Mrs. Fadul's beautifully articulated and very true words, I'd like to encourage you all to take advantage of this expansive, carefully curated summer book list. It wasn't until the end of my high school career that I fell in love with reading, and once I did, I wished I'd given it more of a chance sooner. 

You've all had a challenging, complicated, and at times stressful year. We're all adjusting, and adjustments of this caliber can often feel exhausting. I know. I hope you allow yourselves to truly relax this summer. Slow down, pick up a book, and get lost in the story. 


I hope you all have a great Summer!



Ms. Pipolo 😊



Summer Reading List


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The Ultimate Book of Sports Biographies for Kids

by Lion Divine


Mrs. Fadul thinks this book is a lot of fun! 😊


The Help

by Kathryn Stockett


This is a great book about racism that was made into one of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite movies! 😊



Negotiations: A Reader for Writers
by Judith Summerfield

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s professors in college! 😊)

To the Lighthouse

by Virginia Woolf

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite authors 😊


Tears of a Tiger

by Sharon Draper

Mrs. Fadul says, ‘This is a really important piece of literature!’ 😊



The Pants Project

by Cat Clarke


This book is about gender identity and is very important to some young people coming-of-age! 😊


The Painted Veil

by W. Somerset Maugham. This is about the Cholera epidemic that swept through Hong Kong in the 1920s.  It’s also a love story. 😊

One Hundred Years of Solitude

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez  (Translation by Gregory Rabassa) One of Mrs. Fadul’s professors in college translated this and it won the Nobel Prize ! 😊



Where the Sidewalk Ends

by Shel Silverstein

Mrs. Fadul loves Shel Silverstein’s writing! 😊

Annie on My Mind

by Nancy Garden

This is a love story for young people 😊

The Namesake

by Jhumpa Lahiri

This is an important story about identity! 😊

Never Let Me Go

by Kazuo Ishiguo

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s all-time favorite books! 😊


The Memory Box: A Book About Grief

by Joanna Rowland


This book might help guide you if you miss someone!

Animal Farm

by George Orwell

Mrs. Fadul says, ‘This book is awesome! It has talking animooos!!! lol😊)


The Color Purple

by Alice Walker

(This is an amazing book! 😊

The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson

by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson is considered the “Mother” of American Poetry!! 😊



Inside Out (Screenplay based on the Pixar film)

by Pete Doctor,

Meg LeFauve  &

Josh Cooley

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite psychology stories 😊)

Are You There God?  It’s Me, Margaret

by Judy Blume

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊)


Sula by Toni Morrison

Mrs. Fadul read this in school & loved it! 😊

A Wreath for Emmett Till

by Marilyn Nelson

This is by one of the most significant poets of our time.  It tells the story of Emmett Till, a young black teenager who was killed out of discrimination in 1955.



by Judy Blume


This story is about bullying and is really good for young people! 😊


The Diary of Anne Frank

by Anne Frank (Definitive Edition)

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊)

The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

This story contains magical realism—That’s when things happen in a story that could be magical but real as well! 😊

The Laramie Project

by Moisés Kaufman


This is a true story about Matthew Shepard who died by the hands of discrimination in 1998.


The Giver

by Lois Lowry


Amazing story that really makes you think! 😊


Zlata’s Diary

by Zlata Filipovic


Like Anne Frank, Zlata Filipovic tells the powerful true story of a young girl who bears witness to the tragedy of war.  It’s a very sad and powerful journal.


Like Water for Chocolate

by Laura Esquivel

Mrs. Fadul says ‘This book has magic in it!’ 😊

Mrs. Dalloway

by Virginia Woolf


This is one of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite stories and authors! 😊


A Wrinkle in Time

by Madeleine L’Engle


This book is Awesome & has been around forever

just like Mrs. Fadul! lol

The title is a metaphor. However, even after all these years, I still wonder what time would look if it could wrinkle. Do you think it would it look like a wrinkled piece of paper that has the start of an essay on it? 😊  


Go Ask Alice

by Anonymous


This is a mysterious book that is very intriguing. 

Please Stop Laughing at Me…One Woman’s Inspirational Story

by Jodee Blanco

Angela’s Ashes

by Frank McCourt


This is the amazing story of resilience and what it means to rise above sadness while growing up.


Rainbow Boys

by Alex Sánchez


Rainbow is a metaphor here!! 😊

Good Will Hunting (Screenplay)

by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck


Professions for Women

by Virginia Woolf

The Bell Jar

by Silvia Plath



by William H. Armstrong


There’s a doggy in this one!! 😊 Woof!



Maus (Graphic Novel)

by Art Spiegelman


This is a story about a mouse during WWII!! 😊


Keeping You a Secret

by Julie Anne Peters


The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

This is a psychological tale!


In these Girls, Hope is a Muscle

by Madeleine Blais

This is all about athletes!! 😊


The Kite Runner

By Khaled Hosseini

Great story by one of the 21st centuries most incredible writers! 😊

The Story of Simone Biles

by Rachelle Burk

Mrs. Fadul thinks Simone Biles is inspirational to young people! 😊

Don Quixote

by Miguel Cervantes

Edith Grossman translation




Pinjar: The Skeleton and Other Stories

by Amrita Pritam

Another Way of Telling by John Berger

Mrs. Fadul loves this book! 😊




Ethan Frome

by Edith Wharton

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊

Our Town (Play)

by Thorton Wilder

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊




Rubyfruit Jungle

by Rita Mae Brown


The Weight of the Stars by K. Ancrum


The Giving Tree

by Shel Silverstein

The House of Bernarda Alba

by Federico Garcia Lorca


The Lunar Chronicles

by Marissa Meyer


by Naomi Alderman

The Shawshank Redemption (Screenplay)

by Frank Darabont

Love in the Time of Cholera

by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (Translation by Edith Grossman)


In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson

by Bette Bao Lord



A Quick and Easy Guide to Queer & Trans Identities

by Mady G. & J.R. Zuckerberg


I know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Poem and Memoir)

by Maya Angelou

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite writers!) 😊

The Snows of Kilimanjaro

by Ernest Hemingway

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊


The Rainbow Fish

by Marcus Pfister

Some of Mrs. Fadul’s students of 2021-2022 love this story! 😊

An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen

Mrs. Fadul read this in high school & loved it!

Twelve Angry Men

by Reginald Rose

This is a short but very significant play! 😊



by William Shakespeare

(Mrs. Fadul’s favorite play by Shakespeare! 😊)


I Never Had it Made

The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson

by Jackie Robinson

(Mrs. Fadul’s favorite baseball player 😊)


The Painted Bird

by Jerzy Kosinski

Another Way of Telling by John Berger

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

By Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Translated by Gregory Rabassa



Charlotte’s Web

by E.B. White

One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite books!)



by M.E. Kerr


Love Rules

by Andrea Melvin


Mrs. Fadul says, ‘The message of this story is totally awesome!’ 😊

The Death of the Moth and Other Essays

by Virginia Woolf


Their Eyes were Watching God

by Zora Neal Hurston


Regarding the Pain of Others

by Susan Sontag (One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite authors 😊

Brokeback Mountain

(Short story)

by Annie Proulx

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊)

The Glass Menagerie

by Tennessee Williams


For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf

by Ntozake Shange


Great Book! 😊


The First Howl

by Carlos Anton Moya

Mrs. Fadul says, ‘This book is about wolves on the moon  Look guys, more animooz!!!’ 😊


Clap When You Land

by Elizbeth Acevedo

21 Grams (Screenplay) by Guillermo Arriaga



Finding Me: A Memoir

by Viola Davis

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite actors! 😊

Unveiled: Voices of Women in Afghanistan

by Harriet Logan

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊

The Art of War 

by Sun-Tzu

Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella & Field of Dreams (Screenplay) by Phil Alden Robinson

Two of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊


Island of the Blue Dolphins

by Scott O’Dell

(Mrs. Fadul read this when she was a kid! 😊)

Some Girls Do

by Jennifer Dugan


A coming-of-age story! 😊

Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story

by Arthur Laurents

These are classics! 😊

Travels with Charley

by John Steinbeck

One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorites 😊


The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster (Mrs. Fadul read this when she was a kid! 😊)



For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide when the Rainbow is Enuf

by Ntozake Shange


The Perks of Being a Wallflower

by Stephen Chbosky


Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller

One of the greatest plays ever written! 😊


Bridge to Terabithia

by Katherine Paterson

(Mrs. Fadul read this when she was a kid! 😊)

Never Look Back

by Lilliam Rivera


by Louis Sachar

Mrs. Fadul loves teaching this! 😊

The Bet (Short Story)

by Anton Chekhov

One of Mrs. Fadul’s favs!




The Call of the Wild

by Jack London

White Fang

by Jack London

The Phantom Tollbooth

by Norton Juster

(Mrs. Fadul read this when she was a kid! 😊)

Illness as Metaphor

by Susan Sontag

One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite authors!! 😊







Mary Poppins

by P.L. Travers

Mrs. Fadul loves Mary Poppins! 😊

Living Beyond Borders: Growing up Mexican in America

by Margarita Longoria

Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor



The Complete Stories

by Flannery O’Connor





Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter

Mrs. Fadul loves bunnies and stories about hippity hops!! 😊


by S.E. Hinton

A Beautiful Work in Progress by Mirna Valerio


The Grapes of Wrath

by John Steinbeck





Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor


Little Women

by Louisa May Alcott

LeBron James: The Inspiring Story of One of Basketball's Greatest Players 

by Clayton Geoffreys

Mrs. Fadul thinks Lebron James is very effervescent!  Go look that word up! lol 😊


The Pearl

by John Steinbeck


The Little Prince

by Antoine de Saint-Exuperty

(Mrs. Fadul read this when she was a kid! 😊)



Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

by Ann Bausum


Thirteen Moons on Turtle’s Back: A Native American Year of Moons

by Joseph Bruchac



A Field Guide to Getting Lost

by Rebecca Solnit


Charlie & The Chocolate Factory

by Roald Dahl

Mrs. Fadul wants to own a chocolate factory when she retires! 😊



by Chella Man


Dior’s First Day of School

by Lamelle Williams



In My Skin: My Life On and Off the Basketball Court

by Brittney Griner




Peter Pan

by J.M. Barrie

(Mrs. Fadul read this when she was a kid! 😊)

Roll Of Thunder, Hear My Cry

by Mildred D. Taylor


Forged By Fire

by Sharon Draper

Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller




The Miracle of the Lights

by Cindy Rizzo



Brown Girl Dreaming 

by Jacqueline Woodson



Long Way Down

by Jason Reynolds


Love, Simon

by Becky Albertalli





A Christmas Carol

by Charles Dickens

Watership Down

by Richard Adams

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favoirite stories about bunnies!)

Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

Challenger Deep

by Neal Shusterman



by R.J. Palacio



by Bram Stoker



Just Listen

by Sarah Dessen

Friday Night Lights

by H.G. Bissinger





The Joy Luck Club

by Amy Tan

(One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite books!) 😊


They Better Call Me Sugar: My Journey from the Hood to the Hardwood

by Sugar Rodgers



Catch 22

by Joseph Heller


Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood

by Marjane Satrapi



From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler 

by E.L. Konigsburg 

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out

by Susan Kuklin

Inherit the Wind

by Jerome Lawrence and Robert F. lee


A very important play about nature and nurture 😊

Juno (Screenplay)

by Diablo Cody


A cool story about a teenager for the modern day! 😊


I’ll Get There. It Better Be Worth the Trip

by John Donovan


Sadako and the 1000 Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr  This is a timeless tale about love, loss and what’s really significant in this life



by Toni Morrison


Brilliant story of love and sacrifice

Things Fall Apart

by Chinua Achebe


Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda

by Becky Albertalli



by Roxane Gay

The Street

by Ann Petry


The Catcher in the Rye

by J.D. Salinger

(Mrs. Fadul read this when she was a kid! 😊)


The Fault in Our Stars

by John Green




Everything I Never Told You

by Celeste Ng

The Devil Wears Prada

by Lauren Weisberger

Girl, Interrupted

by Susanna Kaysen




The Necklace

by Guy de Maupassant


A classic tale that still stands the test of time! 😊


Milk and Honey

by Rupi Kaur


A “quiet” book of poetry that dares.

By Design

by J.A. Armstromg


by Mark Slouka


Who I was With Her

by Nita Tyndall




by Toni Morrison



The Miseducation of Cameron Post

by Emily M. Danforth


A break-through tale for young people questioning their orientation 😊


Signs Preceding the End of the World

by Yuri Herrera




With the Fire on High

by Elizabeth Acevedo





Felix Ever After

by Kacen Callender

The Story Behind

by Emily Prokop

Bi: Bisexual, Pansexual, Fluid, and Nonbinary Youth

by Ritch C. Savin-Williams



Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets to the Universe

by Ben Sáenz 



LGBTQ: The Survival Guide for Lesbian, Gay Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning Teens

by Kelly Huegel Madrone


An important resource for curious teenagers! 😊


Things We Couldn’t Say

by Jay Coles

Citizen Kane (Screenplay)

by Orson Welles


Pig Heart Boy

by Malorie Blackman


A great story that Mrs. Fadul loved to teach in London! 😊



This is my America

by Kim Johnson

The Hobbit

by J,R.R. Tolkien


A great fantasy story!!



Giovanni’s Room

by James Baldwin

A brilliant story about fighting one’s true self and identity by one of the 20th century’s greatest minds


The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

by John Boyne



The Book Thief

by Markus Zusak

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

by Heather Morris


A Little SPOT Learns Kind Words

by Diane Alber


(Mrs. Fadul loves this book!



All Out

by Saundra Mitchell


Hills like White Elephants

by Ernest Hemingway



A Room of One’s Own

by Virginia Woolf


It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living

Edited by Dan Savage



Hurricane Child

by Kacen Callender


Stuck in Neutral

by Terry Trueman

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

by Fannie Flagg

An amazing book! 😊




Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

by Ann Bausum


Dear Martin

by Nic Stone

The Natural by Bernard Malamud /One of Mrs. Fadul’s favorite baseball stories! 😊

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

by Emily M. Danforth






by Toni Morrison

Who I was With Her

by Nita Tyndall


Tiger Eyes

by Judy Blume

Stonewall: Breaking Out in the Fight for Gay Rights

by Ann Bausum