Shepaug Summer Reading

Information for Students in Grades 6 - 12

"American Born Chinese" - Our Summer 2020 All-School Read!

We are happy to announce that American Born Chinese, an action-packed graphic novel by Gene Luen Yang, has been selected as our all-school read this summer.

American Born Chinese was the winner of the 2007 Michael L. Printz Award, an American Library Association literary award that annually recognizes the "best book written for teens, based entirely on its literary merit."

Learn more about this book at:

Visit the author's website at: Gene Yang

Summer Reading Expectations

Here are the summer reading assignments for all incoming students in grades 6 through 12:

  • Read and enjoy American Born Chinese. Discussions will take place in the fall; no written work is required over the summer. A creative assignment will be given in your Language Arts class, and discussions will take place when we return to school.

  • Read a second book of your choice. Explore! Try a new genre! Challenge yourself or just escape into a comfortable classic. Find recommendations by clicking on the red button below. And don't forget that eBooks and audiobooks are available on Overdrive!

  • When we return to school, students will be asked to connect their free-choice summer reading to one of the Shepaug Learner Outcomes (Core Values and Guiding Beliefs). Textual evidence will be required to support your connection, so you may want to take brief notes as you read. You will also be able to bring your book to class for reference.

    The Shepaug Learner Outcomes are as follows: Engaging in the Creative Process, Solving Problems, Defending Conclusions and Judgments, and Answering a Call to Citizenship.
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Explore digital books on Overdrive!

Shepaug Valley School Library offers a collection of audiobooks and eBooks through Overdrive. Why not find an audiobook or two that you can enjoy as a family?

Click here for Overdrive download instructions.

Note: Students can log into Overdrive using their student ID numbers. If you experience any technical difficulties, please email Joan Temple or Adrienne Pelletier for assistance:

Additional Sources of Free Digital Books

Try SYNC Audiobooks for Teens!

For download information, click here.

Check out the virtual programs and borrowing opportunities available at our public libraries this summer!

Our Region 12 public libraries offer curbside pick-up. Click on the websites shown below for more information about how to reserve books and schedule your pick-up.

All of our town libraries also offer fun online summer programs. Check their websites often!

Sherman Library will also have copies of American Born Chinese, and their librarians are ready to help our Sherman students find some fantastic young adult books for free-choice reading. Be sure to visit!

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Region 12 summer reading is a collaborative program sponsored by the Region 12 library team and the SVS Language Arts Department.