We are proud to announce the eighth year of Spartanburg High School's summer reading program, now called Seven Reads. The purpose of this program is to bring the school and community together, to have authors visit the campus and interact with the students, and to encourage a life-long love of reading. By giving every SHS student and key community leaders a nationally-acclaimed novel to read over the summer, we hope to encourage school-wide and community-wide participation in this program. We look forward to TBA (author of TBA) and TBA (author of TBA), visiting the campus this school year on Tuesday, September 17, 2013. We invite the parents and the community to participate with us in this program by reading along with us, and we welcome all to come and meet TBA and TBA on the designated Seven Reads District Literacy day.
Please contact Susan Myers (SRMyers@spart7.org) or Irene Tighe (IRTighe@spart7.org) with any questions or suggestions. We enjoy hearing from you!
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: Sixteen-year-old Jacob, having traveled to a remote island after a family tragedy, discovers an abandoned orphanage, and, after some investigating, he learns the children who lived there may have been dangerous and quarantined and may also still be alive.
Lockdown: Escape from Furnace by Alexander Smith: When fourteen-year-old Alex is framed for murder, he becomes an inmate in the Furnace Penitentiary, where brutal inmates and sadistic guards reign, boys who disappear in the middle of the night sometimes return weirdly altered, and escape might just be possible.
Life of Pi by Martel: Pi Patel, having spent an idyllic childhood in Pondicherry, India, as the son of a zookeeper, sets off with his family at the age of sixteen to start anew in Canada, but his life takes a marvelous turn when their ship sinks in the Pacific, leaving him adrift on a raft with a 450-pound Bengal tiger for company.
Outsiders by S.E. Hinton: The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.
Friday Night Lights by H.G. Bissinger: Follows the 1988 season of the Permian Panthers, a high school football team in Odessa, Texas, exploring the lives of the players and the impact of the championship team on the small town.
Chasing Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson: Recounts the twelve-day pursuit and capture of John Wilkes Booth, covering the chase through Washington D.C., Maryland, and Virginia, with a discussion of Abraham Lincoln as a father, husband, and friend that examines the impact of his death on those close to him.
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys: (NOT the infamous Shades of Gray) In 1941, fifteen-year-old Lina, her mother, and brother are pulled from their Lithuanian home by Soviet guards and sent to Siberia, where her father is sentenced to death in a prison camp while she fights for her life, vowing to honor her family and the thousands like hers by burying her story in a jar on Lithuanian soil. Based on the author's family, includes a historical note.