Summer Reading 2017

Locust Fork High School's Required Summer Reading

Summer Reading Philosophy

The Language Arts Department at Locust Fork High School believes reading enriches a student’s academic experience and greatly rewards future endeavors. Reading over the summer not only strengthens previous learning, but lays the groundwork for the next school year. Summer reading programs support students in the following ways:

Previews themes and motifs of upcoming courses

Enhances critical thinking and provides enrichment opportunities

Commonality of texts promotes student to student discussion

Introduces an array of genres

Encourages them to read for enjoyment

Combats the loss of reading achievement over the summer


This year's books for grades 7-11 were specifically selected from the A+ College Ready curriculum of required reading.

Summer Library Hours

Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm


  • June 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28, and 29
  • July 6, 19, 29, 26, and 27




Library copies are available on a first come, first serve basis. Many of them are on loan from the Blount County Resource Center. Lost copies from the Resource Center will cost $16.00 to replace.

How will students be assessed?

Students will be required to take a comprehensive reading quiz covering the entire text when they return to school in the fall. This will count as one of the first test grades for the quarter.

7th Grade Required Reading

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen:

After a plane crash, thirteen-year-old Brian spends fifty-four days in the wilderness, learning to survive initially with only the aid of a hatchet given by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce.

30 copies available in the library thanks to the Blount County Resource Center, Lost copies will cost $16.00 to replace.

8th Grade Required Reading

The Cay by Theodore Taylor:

Phillip Enright, and the ship's cat are castaways on a barren Caribbean island after their ship is torpedoed during World War II. The book describes the struggle for survival.


30 copies available in the library thanks to the Blount County Resource Center, Lost copies will cost $16.00 to replace.

9th Grade Required Reading

Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card

Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer simulated war games; he is, in fact, engaged in something far more desperate. The result of genetic experimentation, Ender may be the military genius Earth desperately needs in a war against an alien enemy seeking to destroy all human life. The only way to find out is to throw Ender into ever harsher training, to chip away and find the diamond inside, or destroy him utterly. Ender Wiggin is six years old when it begins. He will grow up fast.


30 copies available in the library thanks to the Blount County Resource Center, Lost copies will cost $16.00 to replace.

10th Grade Required Reading

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Guy Montag, a fire-fighter and book-burner for the State, discovers that in order to remain human he must preserve the books that attest to his humanity in this classic novel.


20 copies available in the library.

11th Grade Required Reading

Warriors Don't Cry is a striking story of the courage, strength, and unity of the Little Rock Nine and Melba Pattillo Beals' painful experiences during this period.


5 copies available in the library.

12th Grade Required Reading

The Little Things: Why You Really Should Sweat the Small Stuff by Andy Andrews

Have you ever wondered why we spend so much time and energy thinking about the big challenges in our lives when all the evidence proves it’s actually the little things that change everything? That’s right… Absolutely everything.


5 copies available in the library.

AP Language and Composition

All Over but the Shoutin' by Rick Bragg

This haunting, harrowing, gloriously moving recollection of a life on the American margin is the story of Rick Bragg, who grew up dirt-poor in northeastern Alabama, seemingly destined for either the cotton mills or the penitentiary, and instead became a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter for The New York Times.


5 copies available in the library.

Join us for one of our other summer library programs in addition to required reading!

Jane Austen Book Club

  • June 1st at 4:00 p.m. Pride and Prejudice Kick-Off
  • June 29th at 4:00 p.m. Tea and Movie Marathon Lock-in
  • July 6th at 4:00 p.m. Emma Pre-Reading Discussion
  • July 27th at 4:00 p.m. Emma Event and Movie Marathon
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Google Apps Workshop for Parents and Students

Tuesday, Aug. 1st, 12-2pm

77 School Road

Locust Fork, AL

Join us for an over view of how we use Google at LFHS. We will discuss:


  • Google Classroom
  • Google Drive
  • Google Docs
  • Google Slides
  • Google Calendar
  • Gmail

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Teens Top Ten

The Teens' Top Ten is a "teen choice" list, where teens nominate and choose their favorite books of the previous year! Nominators are members of teen book groups in fifteen school and public libraries around the country. Nominations are posted below and there will be a copy of most titles available in the library. Readers can vote online between August 15 and Teen Read Week™ (October 8-14, 2017) here on the Teens' Top Ten site. The winners will be announced the week after Teen Read Week ends.
2017 Teens' Top Ten Nominees
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