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June 2018

June 4, 2018

Featured Articles:

  • The Royal Wedding
    • How Britain Celebrated
    • The Revolutionary Royal
    • Regal Family Tree
    • A New Kind of History
    • The Dress
    • Meghan by the Book
    • Who Needs the Royals?
  • Taking on Texas - Inside Beto O’Rourke’s bid to unseat Ted Cruz.
  • Campus Revival - A pivotal moment for historically black colleges.
  • The horror that won’t stop happening - The haunting pattern of school shootings.

Time May 28, 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Behind a Border Clash - As Israel exults in the Trump Administration's embrace, Palestinians face bleak options.
  • America’s Tailspin - A generation of achievers was supposed to embody the best of the nation. Instead, they broke it.
  • Next Generation Leaders - Ten young trailblazers who are reshaping their fields.

The Atlantic June 2018

Featured Articles:

  • The Birth of a New American Aristocracy - The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.
  • A Muslim Among the Settlers - What happens when a Pakistani American writer goes deep into the West Bank?
  • Chasing the Pearl of Lao Tzu - A tale of ancient philosophers, alien abductions, murder-for-hire and how the world’s largest pearl came to be the centerpiece of a 80-year-old hoax.
  • The Revolution Will Not be Televised - This summer, the producer Marti Noxon, debuts two shows about women’s pain and rage - and the timing couldn’t be better.
  • How the Enlightenment Ends - Human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.
  • The Kids Guide to the Postwar World - Half a century ago, A Czech illustrator’s vivid travel books helped open young minds to the rest of the planet.
  • What Are You Afraid Of? The evolutionary advantages - and contemporary disadvantages of fear.

Harper’s June 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Combat High - America's addiction to war.
  • The Last Best Place - A Syrian refugee family’s search for home.
  • The Sound of Madness - Can we treat psychosis by listening to the voices in our heads?
  • Looking for Calley - How a young journalist untangled the riddle of My Lai.
  • Suspicious Minds - Artificial intelligence and the expanding reach of the police.
  • Comforting Myths - Notes from a purveyor.
  • Revolution in the Head - The uses and abuses of psychedelics.

Popular Science Spring 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Leadership - Building a vessel for a 100-year trip through space.
  • Hard Work - Using IVF to save a rhino subspecies.
  • Courage - Uterine transplants help women become mothers.
  • Integrity - Honoring missing military personnel by bringing them home.

Discover June 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Long in the Tooth - Teeth are storytellers time-stamping when we’re exposed to toxins. Now, researchers are drilling down to connect specific substances to diseases.
  • Something Stirs - Earth’s permafrost is thawing, exposing prehistoric seeds, animal carcasses and maybe something more sinister: ancient infectious pathogens against we have no defense.
  • Whatever Happened to the Future? - Through time machines and warp-speed travel aren’t the norm, other tech still promises a Jetsons-esque future.
  • Beyond Time - A physicist tries to grasp the enigmatic landscape of a timeless world.

Make June/July 2018


  • Photo Op SelfieBot - Shoot and instantly print images with this adorable camera.
  • Skim Scam Scanner - Build a dashboard gadget that scans constantly for potential gas pump card skimmers.
  • Hue’ve Got the Look - Control the color of these LED party shoes and matching bracelet wirelessly with Adafruit’s handy app.
  • Hella Fast Holograms - Use a laser and special film to create your own instant 3D images.
  • Get Your Motor Runnin’ - Beginners, start using electric motors for real robots.
  • Amateur Scientist: Mini Distance Detectors - Two tiny IR sensors that let your project locate nearby objects.
  • Save Face - Hold wood trim to the face of a workpiece with this clever bar clamp attachment.
  • Electronic Fun and Fundamentals: A Logical Oscillator - Skip the 555 and crate audio frequencies using an inverter chip instead.
  • OpenBraille - Construct a braille embosser for a fraction of the cost of commercial machines.
  • True Grit - Build an abrasive waterjet cutter from a home pressure washer for under $1500.00.

Wired June 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Call of Duty - Robert Mueller’s job is to make sense of how Russian Trolls hacked emails, and WikiLeaks may have warped the 2016 election. But to make sense of Mueller, you have to revisit some of the bloodiest battles of Vietnam.
  • Dispatches From the Future - Big-box bots, emotion tracking, Crispr diagnostics, and more.
  • The Most Hated Man on the Internet - Star Wars references. Dorky tweets. Goofy videos. FCC chair Ajit Pai just wants to be one of the tech nerds. But as a master of Beltway maneuvers, he seems to be trying to destroy everything tech nerds believe in.
  • Who. What. Where. When. - Inside the fiendishly difficult effort to create an Al chatbot that can schedule meetings - and not drive humans insane.

National Geographic June 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Plastics - We make them. We depend on them. We’re filling the ocean with them. Beyond what we’ve incinerated or recycled, a staggering 5.5 billion tons remain, taking centuries, or more, to break down. Can we enjoy this miracle material and have a clean environment too?
  • North Korea Portraits - In a nation that doesn’t emphasize individuality, portraits of ordinary citizens may look like propaganda. Viewed as a group, they’re unsettling.
  • To Conserve or Hog Resources - If society depended on it, would you share - or would you be selfish?
  • Trash to Treasure - Engineer Arthur Huang is finding new uses for garbage - and revolutionizing recycling in the process.
  • A Chance Meeting - They were studying marine life - at closer range than planned.
  • Talking Trees - In a Canadian forest fungi and trees have developed a hidden intelligence.
  • Humanlike Birds - Parrots may be too popular for their own good.
  • Blinded in Kashmir - Pellet gun injuries deepen a decades-old territorial dispute.
  • A Refuge at Risk - The stakes are high if oil exploration comes to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Lost Colony - What happened on Roanoke Island?

Smithsonian May 2018

Featured Articles:

  • The Great Sino Dino Boom - Scientists are digging deeper into the dinosaur-bird connection by studying spectacular fossils unearthed in northwest China, where developers are setting off a boom of museum-building.
  • The Big Unknown - Exploring the innards of a glacier, climbing icy peaks and haunting a ghost town are among the ravishing experiences you can have in Alaska’s Wrangell-St. Elias, the largest national park in the United States.
  • Albert Einstein’s Mystery Tour - In his travel diary of 1922-1923, the celebrated genius recorded his intimate musings about Japan and Palestine, describing customs and behaviors he often found incomprehensible.
  • Wild and Wooly - Scattered across England’s Lake District, the free-roaming sheep beloved by author Beatrix Potter are sparking a clash between shepherds and environmentalists who advocate “rewilding” the region.
  • The Man Who Saved Havana - The old city was once shunned by outsiders, but today it boasts the greatest architectural gems of the Western Hemisphere thanks to the preservation efforts of a dapper historian named Eusebio Leal.

Art News Spring 2018

Featured Articles:

  • The Messenger - How a video by Arthur Jafa became a worldwide sensation - and described America to itself.
  • Changing Channels - Dara Birnbaum’s televisual art comes into focus.
  • Every and All - Fred Moten’s oneness as a poet, theorist, and artistic muse.
  • How to Altar the World - While Amalia Mesa-Bain’s art was shifting the way we see art history, her writing and activism were changing art’s present.
  • This American Life - These days, Cady Noland’s art feels more prescient, incisive and urgent than ever.

Teaching Tolerance Spring 2018

Featured Articles:

  • Liberated Roots - School gardens can be powerful - and problematic.
  • Debunking the Mobility Myth - The American Dream discriminates on the basis of color. How do we explain that to African-American children?
  • States’ Rights and “Historical Malpractice” - One teacher tackles stubborn misconceptions about the cause of the Civil War.
  • Statistically Speaking - How many teachers are also bullies? More than you might think.
  • A Remote Control for Learning - Artists and educator Gene Luen Yang explains how graphic novels give students greater agency over their learning and their lives.
  • We are Ready - Years of equity work sheltered Charlottesville’s students when hate came to their town.
  • Why Mendez Still Matters - How much do you know about the other school desegregation case?
  • Celebrate Maya Angelou! - Maya Angelou would have been 90 years old this April - which also happens to be National Poetry Month. How will you celebrate her legacy with your students?
  • Teaching Hard History - Four innovative educators discuss how they teach our country’s painful past. Plus, get a sneak preview of our new resources for teaching about American slavery.
  • “I’ve never experienced white guilt” - A black teacher reflects on helping her white students explore their racial identities.

What's Mrs. Gilman reading?

Spring 2018

Before We Were Yours Lisa Wingate

Memphis, 1939. Twelve-year-old Rill Foss and her four younger siblings live a magical life aboard their family's Mississippi River shantyboat. But when their father must rush their mother to the hospital one stormy night, Rill is left in charge--until strangers arrive in force. Wrenched from all that is familiar and thrown into a Tennessee Children's Home Society orphanage, the Foss children are assured that they will soon be returned to their parents--but they quickly realize the dark truth. At the mercy of the facility's cruel director, Rill fights to keep her sisters and brother together in a world of danger and uncertainty.

Aiken, South Carolina, present day. Born into wealth and privilege, Avery Stafford seems to have it all: a successful career as a federal prosecutor, a handsome fiancé, and a lavish wedding on the horizon. But when Avery returns home to help her father weather a health crisis, a chance encounter leaves her with uncomfortable questions and compels her to take a journey through her family's long-hidden history, on a path that will ultimately lead either to devastation or to redemption.

Based on one of America's most notorious real-life scandals--in which Georgia Tann, director of a Memphis-based adoption organization, kidnapped and sold poor children to wealthy families all over the country--Lisa Wingate's riveting, wrenching, and ultimately uplifting tale reminds us how, even though the paths we take can lead to many places, the heart never forgets where we belong.

February 2018

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

Khaled Hosseini, the #1 New York Times–bestselling author of The Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns, has written a new novel about how we love, how we take care of one another, and how the choices we make resonate through generations. In this tale revolving around not just parents and children but brothers and sisters, cousins and caretakers, Hosseini explores the many ways in which families nurture, wound, betray, honor, and sacrifice for one another; and how often we are surprised by the actions of those closest to us, at the times that matter most. Following its characters and the ramifications of their lives and choices and loves around the globe—from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to the Greek island of Tinos—the story expands gradually outward, becoming more emotionally complex and powerful with each turning page.

October/November 2017

The Glass Castle by Jeannette Wells

The Glass Castle is a remarkable memoir of resilience and redemption, and a revelatory look into a family at once deeply dysfunctional and uniquely vibrant. When sober, Jeannette’s brilliant and charismatic father captured his children’s imagination, teaching them physics, geology, and how to embrace life fearlessly. But when he drank, he was dishonest and destructive. Her mother was a free spirit who abhorred the idea of domesticity and didn’t want the responsibility of raising a family.

The Walls children learned to take care of themselves. They fed, clothed, and protected one another, and eventually found their way to New York. Their parents followed them, choosing to be homeless even as their children prospered.

The Glass Castle is truly astonishing—a memoir permeated by the intense love of a peculiar but loyal family.

September 2017

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline

Christina Baker Kline’s Orphan Train is an unforgettable story of friendship and second chances that highlights a little-known but historically significant movement in America’s past—and it includes a special PS section for book clubs featuring insights, interviews, and more.

Penobscot Indian Molly Ayer is close to “aging out” out of the foster care system. A community service position helping an elderly woman clean out her home is the only thing keeping Molly out of juvie and worse...

As she helps Vivian sort through her possessions and memories, Molly learns that she and Vivian aren’t as different as they seem to be. A young Irish immigrant orphaned in New York City, Vivian was put on a train to the Midwest with hundreds of other children whose destinies would be determined by luck and chance.

Molly discovers that she has the power to help Vivian find answers to mysteries that have haunted her for her entire life—answers that will ultimately free them both.

Rich in detail and epic in scope, Orphan Train is a powerful novel of upheaval and resilience, of unexpected friendship, and of the secrets we carry that keep us from finding out who we are.

May 2017

I am currently reading Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that's cruelly ripped open when Claire's husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

April 2017

I am currently reading The Shack By William P. Young

Mackenzie Allen Philips' youngest daughter, Missy, has been abducted during a family vacation and evidence that she may have been brutally murdered is found in an abandoned shack deep in the Oregon wilderness. Four years later in the midst of his Great Sadness, Mack receives a suspicious note, apparently from God, inviting him back to that shack for a weekend. Against his better judgment he arrives at the shack on a wintry afternoon and walks back into his darkest nightmare. What he finds there will change Mack's world forever.

March 2017

I am currently reading The Zookeepers Wife by Diane Ackerman

A true story in which the keepers of the Warsaw Zoo saved hundreds of people from Nazi hands.

After their zoo was bombed, Polish zookeepers Jan and Antonina Zabinski managed to save over three hundred people from the Nazis by hiding refugees in the empty animal cages. With animal names for these "guests," and human names for the animals, it's no wonder that the zoo's code name became "The House Under a Crazy Star." Best-selling naturalist and acclaimed storyteller Diane Ackerman combines extensive research and an exuberant writing style to re-create this fascinating, true-life story―sharing Antonina's life as "the zookeeper's wife," while examining the disturbing obsessions at the core of Nazism.

February 2017

I am currently reading Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult

Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

January 2017

I am currently reading When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

At the age of thirty-six, on the verge of completing a decade’s worth of training as a neurosurgeon, Paul Kalanithi was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer. One day he was a doctor treating the dying, and the next he was a patient struggling to live. And just like that, the future he and his wife had imagined evaporated. When Breath Becomes Air chronicles Kalanithi’s transformation from a naïve medical student “possessed,” as he wrote, “by the question of what, given that all organisms die, makes a virtuous and meaningful life” into a neurosurgeon at Stanford working in the brain, the most critical place for human identity, and finally into a patient and new father confronting his own mortality.

December 2016

I am currently reading Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are? by Frans de Waal

What separates your mind from an animal’s? Maybe you think it’s your ability to design tools, your sense of self, or your grasp of past and future―all traits that have helped us define ourselves as the planet’s preeminent species. But in recent decades, these claims have eroded, or even been disproven outright, by a revolution in the study of animal cognition. Take the way octopuses use coconut shells as tools; elephants that classify humans by age, gender, and language; or Ayumu, the young male chimpanzee at Kyoto University whose flash memory puts that of humans to shame. Based on research involving crows, dolphins, parrots, sheep, wasps, bats, whales, and of course chimpanzees and bonobos, Frans de Waal explores both the scope and the depth of animal intelligence. He offers a firsthand account of how science has stood traditional behaviorism on its head by revealing how smart animals really are, and how we’ve underestimated their abilities for too long.

November 2016

I am currently reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld

Playing on every teen’s passionate desire to look as good as everybody else, Scott Westerfeld (Midnighters) projects a future world in which a compulsory operation at sixteen wipes out physical differences and makes everyone pretty by conforming to an ideal standard of beauty. The "New Pretties" are then free to play and party, while the younger "Uglies" look on enviously and spend the time before their own transformations in plotting mischievous tricks against their elders. Tally Youngblood is one of the most daring of the Uglies, and her imaginative tricks have gotten her in trouble with the menacing department of Special Circumstances. She has yearned to be pretty, but since her best friend Shay ran away to the rumored rebel settlement of recalcitrant Uglies called The Smoke, Tally has been troubled. The authorities give her an impossible choice: either she follows Shay’s cryptic directions to The Smoke with the purpose of betraying the rebels, or she will never be allowed to become pretty. Hoping to rescue Shay, Tally sets off on the dangerous journey as a spy. But after finally reaching The Smoke she has a change of heart when her new lover David reveals to her the sinister secret behind becoming pretty. The fast-moving story is enlivened by many action sequences in the style of videogames, using intriguing inventions like hoverboards that use the rider’s skateboard skills to skim through the air, and bungee jackets that make wild downward plunges survivable -- and fun. Behind all the commotion is the disturbing vision of our own society -- the Rusties -- visible only in rusting ruins after a virus destroyed all petroleum. Teens will be entranced, and the cliffhanger ending will leave them gasping for the sequel. (Ages 12 and up) --Patty Campbell --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

October 2016

I am currently reading Relativity by Antonia Hayes

“Twelve-year-old Ethan Forsythe, an exceptionally talented boy obsessed with physics and astronomy, has been raised alone by his mother in Sydney, Australia. Claire, a former professional ballerina, has been a wonderful parent to Ethan, but he’s becoming increasingly curious about his father’s absence in his life. Claire is fiercely protective of her talented, vulnerable son—and of her own feelings. But when Ethan falls ill, tied to a tragic event that occurred during his infancy, her tightly-held world is split open.

Thousands of miles away on the western coast of Australia, Mark is trying to forget about the events that tore his family apart, but an unexpected call forces him to confront his past and return home. When Ethan secretly intercepts a letter from Mark to Claire, he unleashes long-suppressed forces that—like gravity—pull the three together again, testing the limits of love and forgiveness.”

September 2016

I am currently reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

"Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge."

New Books in the Library

New Books Spring 2018


American Street by Ibi Zoboi

A National Book Award Finalist with five starred reviews!

A New York Times Notable Book * Publishers Weekly Flying Start * Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year * ALA Booklist Editors' Choice of 2017 (Top of the List winner) * School Library Journal Best Book of the Year * Kirkus Best Book of the Year * BookPage Best YA Book of the Year

American Street is an evocative and powerful coming-of-age story perfect for fans of Everything, Everything; Bone Gap; and All American Boys.

In this stunning debut novel, Pushcart-nominated author Ibi Zoboi draws on her own experience as a young Haitian immigrant, infusing this lyrical exploration of America with magical realism and vodou culture.

On the corner of American Street and Joy Road, Fabiola Toussaint thought she would finally find une belle vie—a good life.

But after they leave Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Fabiola’s mother is detained by U.S. immigration, leaving Fabiola to navigate her loud American cousins, Chantal, Donna, and Princess; the grittiness of Detroit’s west side; a new school; and a surprising romance, all on her own.

Just as she finds her footing in this strange new world, a dangerous proposition presents itself, and Fabiola soon realizes that freedom comes at a cost. Trapped at the crossroads of an impossible choice, will she pay the price for the American dream?

Bull by David Elliott

Much like Lin-Manuel Miranda did in Hamilton, the New York Times best-selling author David Elliott turns a classic on its head in form and approach, updating the timeless story of Theseus and the Minotaur. A rough, rowdy, and darkly comedic young adult retelling in verse, which NPR called “beautifully clever,”Bull will have readers reevaluating one of mythology's most infamous monsters.

One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

Pay close attention and you might solve this.

On Monday afternoon, five students at Bayview High walk into detention.

Bronwyn, the brain, is Yale-bound and never breaks a rule.

Addy, the beauty, is the picture-perfect homecoming princess.

Nate, the criminal, is already on probation for dealing.

Cooper, the athlete, is the all-star baseball pitcher.

And Simon, the outcast, is the creator of Bayview High’s notorious gossip app.

Only, Simon never makes it out of that classroom. Before the end of detention Simon's dead. And according to investigators, his death wasn’t an accident. On Monday, he died. But on Tuesday, he’d planned to post juicy reveals about all four of his high-profile classmates, which makes all four of them suspects in his murder. Or are they the perfect patsies for a killer who’s still on the loose?

Everyone has secrets, right? What really matters is how far you would go to protect them.

An Best YA Book of the Year Selection

A Buzzfeed Best YA Book of the Year Selection

A Popcrush Best Young Adult Book of the Year Selection

A New York Public Library's Best Book for Teens Selection

A CBC Teen Choice Book Award Nominee

A Best Young Adult Book of May 2017

A Goodreads Best Young Adult Book of the Year Nominee

A YALSA Best Fiction Book Nominee

A YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers


Historical Fiction

Soldier Boy by Keely Hutton

An unforgettable novel based on the life of Ricky Richard Anywar, who at age fourteen was forced to fight as a soldier in the guerrilla army of notorious Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony

Soldier Boy begins with the story of Ricky Richard Anywar, abducted in 1989 to fight with Joseph Kony's rebel army in the Ugandan civil war (one of Africa's longest running conflicts). Ricky is trained, armed, and forced to fight government soldiers alongside his brutal kidnappers, but never stops dreaming of escape.

The story continues twenty years later, with a fictionalized character named Samuel, a boy deathly afraid of trusting anyone ever again. Samuel is representative of the thousands of child soldiers Ricky eventually helped rehabilitate as founder of the internationally acclaimed charity Friends of Orphans.

Working closely with Ricky himself, debut author Keely Hutton has written an eye-opening book about a boy’s unbreakable spirit and indomitable courage in the face of unimaginable horror.

This title has Common Core connections.

Graphic Novels

I Am a Number by Rian Hughes

his wordless collection of strips by renowned artist/designer Rian Hughes reveals the lighter side of our obsession with social rankings.

When everyone has a number, everyone knows their place. Lower numbers are better, higher numbers are less important, and that's just the way it is. But what if that number could change? You might try to buck the system and assert your individuality... or you might end up with a big fat zero.

Big questions are explored and unexpected answers found in the first solo comics collection from award-winning designer & illustrator Rian Hughes. His whimsical, witty, and insightful strips will make you both smile and consider. Where do you stand in the pecking order? Is your number up?

The Stuff of LIfe: a graphic guide to genetics and DNA by Mark Schultz

The Stuff of Life gives readers a complete introduction to the history of genetics that's as easy to understand as it is entertaining to read.

The Graphic History of Gettysburg: America's Most Famous Battle and the Turning Point of the Civil War by Wayne Vansant

In this powerful graphic history, Wayne Vansant describes the history leading up to the Battle of Gettysburg, as well all of the major military events on July 1st, 2nd, and 3rd, including the famous fight for Little Round Top on the second day and the death march known as Pickett’s Charge on the third and final day. He paints portraits of each army’s leaders, such as Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, George Meade, and the then little-known Joshua Chamberlain.

Vansant concludes a few months later at the dedication of the Soldiers National Cemetery in November, 1863, when Abraham Lincoln delivered one of the most iconic speeches of all time, the Gettysburg Address. Gettysburg delivers one of the hallmark events of American history in an exciting and innovative format.

Normandy: A Graphic History of D-Day by Wayne Vansant

Normandy depicts the planning and execution of Operation Overlord in 96 full-color pages. The initial paratrooper assault is shown, as well as the storming of the five D-Day beaches: Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno, and Sword. But the story does not end there. Once the Allies got ashore, they had to stay ashore. The Germans made every effort to push them back into the sea. This book depicts the such key events in the Allied liberation of Europe as:

1. Construction of the Mulberry Harbors, two giant artificial harbors built in England and floated across the English Channel so that troops, vehicles, and supplies could be offloaded across the invasion beaches.

2. The Capture of Cherbourg, the nearest French port, against a labyrinth of Gennan pillboxes.

3. The American fight through the heavy bocage (hedgerow country) to take the vital town of Saint-Lô.

4. The British-Canadian struggle for the city of Caen against the “Hitler Youth Division,” made up of 23,000 seventeen- and eighteen-year-old Nazi fanatics.

5. The breakout of General Patton’s Third Army and the desperate US 30th Division’s defense of Mortaine.

6. The Falaise Pocket, known as the “Killing Ground, ” where the remnants of two German armies were trapped and bombed and shelled into submission. The slaughter was so great that 5,000 Germans were buried in one mass grave.

7. The Liberation of Paris, led by the 2nd Free French Armored Division, which had been fighting for four long years with this goal in mind.


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Summer Reading Assignment

Oxford Academy Summer Reading and Writing Assisgnment 2018

Oxford Academy has developed a collection of titles and writing prompts related to the theme of “Music”. This collection spans media types such as online videos, graphic novels, biographies, poetry and art. This collection is categorized by length and type.

Choose option A, B, or C

A. For summer reading we recommend that each student select at least one work from “longer” and one work from “shorter or AV” (for a minimum of two selections).

B. Students may choose their own titles that relate to the theme and communicate with their English teacher for approval.

C. This year we are also offering a writing option. Students can select an option (1-7) from the “Writing to Music” category. We would prefer this was combined with reading at least one other selection from a reading category.

Upon opening week in September, we will dedicate part of the first week to gathering in groups to discuss our reading and writing.

Longer (novels, longer non-fiction, series)

Shorter (short stories, articles, graphic novels, etc…)



Writing to Music

Black Sabbath’s Master of Reality

John Darnielle, 2008

Kendrick Lamar

Music prize to album ‘Damn’

Brains Process Sounds into Sight. Science Bulletins -Free with resources

1 Music Inspired Story or Poem

David Byrne, "How Music Works"

Kendrick Lamar short bio

Amazon Link


August Rush (movie)

2 Lyric Writing: Song or Rap


Jay Z, 2011

Hip Hop Family Tree” by Ed Piskor (Graphic Novel)

50 Greatest Album Covers of All Time

3 Share What Music Means to You

Legends, Icons & Rebels: Music That Changed the World

Sentences: The Life of M.F. Grimm (graphic novel)

NPR: Music Interviews

4 Connect Songs to Current Events

“Solo” by Kwame Alexander, novel in verse

The Greatest Music Stories Never Told: 100 Tales from Music History to Astonish, Bewilder & Stupefy

Pitch Perfect (movie)

5 Creating a topical playlist with notes

Hamilton- story of the musical with current event tie-ins

This Is Your Brain on Music


Jimmy Fallon’s Do Not Play List Part 1

6 Write a Review

Silent Spring - Rachel Carson

The Neuroscience of Music, Mindset & Motivation (article)

Beat This! A Hip Hop History (documentary)

7 Write an editorial on a music-related topic.

Raggin' Jazzin' Rockin'

Singing Changes Your Brain (article)

Poems about Music

Failing Up: How to Take Risks, Aim Higher, and Never Stop Learning by Leslie Odom Jr.

9 Stories from Around the World Prove That Music Will Always Find a Way

Music from Around the World

Can’t Stop Won’t Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation

Jeff Chang, 2005