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Westerly High School Library: Summer Reading Suggestions

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Benefits of Summer Reading

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One Book One School... Sudden Sea: The Great Hurricane of 1938 by R.A. Scotti

This summer everyone is asked to read Sudden Sea by R.A Scotti in honor of Westerly's 350th birthday.

In honor of Westerly's 350th birthday, all grades are asked to read this book, "the gripping and unforgettable story of the Great Hurricane of 1938, still remembered by all who survived it as the most terrifying moment in their lives.”

“At the ragtag end of summer, a strange ochre light came off the ocean, and an eerie siren filled the air. Those who heard this wordless chantey would never forget it, as with it came a wave that would wash their world away…”


See box below for interesting video links about the Great Hurricane of 1938


Video Links for The Great Hurricane of 1938

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Why Summer Reading?

Please encourage your child to read for pleasure and enrichment.

In their School Library Journal article, Summer Reading Programs Boosts Student Achievement, Study Says,  Carol Fiore and Susan Roman  inform us that "Based on the findings of a recent three-year study by Dominican University’s Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, we can confirm what many librarians have long suspected: students who take part in their local library’s summer reading program significantly improve their reading skills. In fact, we found that kids who participate in these programs are 52 Lexile points ahead of their peers who do not. Summer reading programs are also an antidote for learning loss. So instead of losing knowledge and skills during the summer months, kids who attend reading programs actually show gains." 

Nov. 10 2010.


Read Across Rhode Island Book Selections

What the Eyes Don't See by Mona Hanna-Attisha 2019 Selection



2018 The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

2017 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

2016 The Wright Brothers by David McCullough

2015 Norwegian By Night by Derek Miller

2014 Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

2013 The Beauty of Humanity Movement by Camilla Gibb

2012 Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks

2011 The Unforgiving Minute by Craig Mullaney

2010 The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Schaffer and Annie Barrows

2009   Five Skies by Ron Carlson

2008   Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

2007   The Memory of Running by Ron McLarty

2006   Shadow Divers by Robert Kurson

2005   The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

2004   The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

2003   Wish You Well by David Baldaci

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Audio Book Links

Sync    SYNC is a free summer audiobook program for teens 13+