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Summer Reading for NCCS Upper School Students 2020: Faculty Books

Ms. Beecher

I love any book by Salinger and am so excited to share this one with you! 

Ms. Beecher

Dr. Britt-Friedman

I followed the amazing launch of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft at the end of May and was reflecting on how humans have been able to make these exciting technological advances. Who has had opportunities to contribute to them and what have been their experiences? This book resonated with me at a time when conversations that address these questions continue to be incredibly important.

Dr.. Britt-Friedman

Mrs. Carroll

My friendly school librarian knew I liked time travel books, and recommended it to me.

Mrs. Carroll

Senora Chavez

 

The story is about a girl, Lucia, and her little brother who are sent to the United States by their parents, escaping Fidel Castro’s Cuba and his authoritarian regime during the 1960’s.  I enjoyed this book very much because Lucia’s struggles are similar to many people who currently emigrate to the United States fleeing persecution and leaving loved ones behind. I would recommend this book because it is an interesting part of history not many people know about or understand, including myself, yet is very real. It challenges us to appreciate all that we have and hold dear. 

Senora Chavez

Mr. Cooper, Head of School

Do you ever wonder how Amazon items get from warehouse shelves into boxes to get to to your door? Do you ever wonder how campgrounds stay clean? Do you ever wonder who is driving that old RV or camper?  The answer to many of these questions is the same - some of the large number of senior citizens living on social security and wandering from seasonal job to seasonal job. This is a book about some of them, how they got to this point, what life is like for them, their hopes and dreams, and the community they have formed with one another. 
 
Mr. Cooper

Mr. Fredo

This World War II historical nonfiction chronicles the intriguing story of how, in 1943, the British military concocted a plan to deceive the German military into thinking that the Allies were about to invade Greece, not their actual target, Sicily. At the heart of the elaborate scheme, masterminded by intelligence officer Ewen Montagu, was the release of a man’s body into the sea.

 

Mr. Fredo

 

Mr. Giggi

After reading many real-life memoirs of the experiences of Holocaust victims, including Elie Wiesel's Night, which ninth graders read in their history class, I decided to read this novel based on a true Holocaust experience. It is fast-paced, and it taught me a lot.

Mr. Giggi

Mr. A. Johnson (Math teacher)

I chose this book because it has such a unique perspective on the Civil War. Seeing the war through the eyes of a woman (in a time when they were not allowed to be in the military). This is historical fiction at its best. 

Mr. Johnson

Mr. M. Johnson (English/History teacher)

This book is a great example of how there are still so many amazing historical stories out there that need to be told. I particularly enjoyed how this nonfiction account weaves together an honest history of Hawai’i in the early years of the Twentieth Century with the rough and tumble world of Wild West bronco-busting. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never been to Honolulu or Jackson Hole: this is a great American story that deserves your time!

Mr. Johnson

Mr. Khuen

Set in Revolutionary Era Boston, Massachusetts (1770's), this story is full of intrigue, mystery, and suspense. It forces the reader to confront a basic contradiction in our country's history: How can a country struggle for freedom while maintaining the institution of slavery? 

Mr. Khuen

Mrs. Knowlton

I chose this book because it is a story I have followed since Matt’s injury and find him so inspiring. 

Mrs. Knowlton

Mrs. Lansdale

This book covers so much, but what makes it truly amazing is that it really happened. I read this book with the 9th Grade Book Club in May 2020.

Mrs. Lans

Mrs. Latimer

All the Light We Cannot See is about several peoples lives during World War II. The story weaves four characters together who seemingly would have no connection to each other. Its suspenseful, exciting and a wonderful read!

Mrs. Latimer 

Mr. Lilley

This book shows why beavers are so important to healthy ecosystems. They help to provide habitat for hundreds of different plants and animals, are good at conserving and managing water, and they can serve to counteract some of the downsides of human development. Goldfarb is a witty writer and terrific storyteller; I enjoyed this book and learned a ton about our constantly changing North American ecosystems and how beavers can help them. A great read.

Mr. Lilley

Mrs. Lundquist

 

This true story will open your eyes to the unfair treatment of many women in the world today. Malala's fight for all women is truly inspiring and a great read! It's no wonder she is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. 

Mrs. Lundquist

Mr. Maliakal

I am excited to read this unique book in which author Jason Reynolds chronicles the experiences middle schoolers face on their walk home (and in life), in 10 different tales. I'm a big fan of Jason Reynolds after his track series, and one of my daughters read this book and highly recommended it.

Mr. Maliakal

Mrs. McAndrews

The Keeper of Lost Things is a whimsical story that follows the main character, Laura, as she explores a collection of lost things that has been left to her. She delves into the background behind each item, and with the help of some new found friends, learns about the meaning of love, loss, friendship, heartbreak, and hope. If you like fiction and fantasy, this is the summer reading choice for you!

Mrs. McAndrews

Mr. McDonald

I first picked up this book because it combined two of my interests, math and sports, and a significant portion of the book is focused on how to use statistics to analyze baseball. However if you focus on the numbers you will miss the book’s universal themes of thinking outside the box and following your beliefs even when others don’t agree.

Mr. McDonald

Mr. McDonough

I chose Orbiting Jupiter because I grew up in northern New Hampshire and had a foster brother join my family for five years, from the time I was 14-18 years old. This story has many similarities as it takes place in Maine and involves a foster sibling with a difficult past as well. In addition, the themes of mental health and human connection are ones that are very important to me.

Mr. McDonough

Mr. Palmgren, Head of Upper School

I have always been interested in survival stories and the extraordinary will people possess and draw on in times of great hardship.  In addition, being a history teacher, I enjoy reading and learning about historically significant conflicts.  This book does an amazing job at blending both of these interests and reads like a work of fiction. 

Mr. Palmgren

Ms. Ramsey

I wanted to share the optimism of Hope.

Ms. Ramsey

Mr. Richards

Into Thin Air is the personal account of a climber who was submitting Mount Everest with a group on one of deadliest days in the mountain’s history. This was one of the first non-fiction books I read growing up that I could not put down. I literally finished it in one long sitting. It has adventure, bravery, tragedy, and situations that will make you think  deeply about fulfillment, comfort, and concern for others. 

Mr. Richards

Into Thin Air is the personal account of a climber who was submitting Mount Everest with a group on one of deadliest days in the mountain’s history. This was one of the first non-fiction books I read growing up that I could not put down. I literally finished it in one long sitting. It has adventure, bravery, tragedy, and situations that will make you think  deeply about fulfillment, comfort, and concern for others.  

Mr. Richards

Mrs. Romeo

This story follows three children who are forced to flee from their homes because of war or civil unrest. Even though we’ve been forced to quarantine for weeks and weeks because of COVID-19, this story might offer you a whole new appreciation for the space you call home. 

 Mrs. Romeo

Ms. Skvir

I picked up this book over break, mostly because I thought that the title seemed intriguing AND I've enjoyed the author's writing in the past. The resulting story is a combination of an adventure with funny moments -- I found myself both rooting for the main character while also laughing at her.
Ms. Skvir

Mr. Whittemore

This is a captivating series of vignettes about lesser known American stories, which demonstrate how anyone can have a lasting impact in this country.