Schuler Scholar Program Summer Reading List

The Schuler Scholar Program believes that all students should be reading throughout the year in addition to books for school. Our signature program for first and second year high school Scholars is all about improving reading skills. A recent blog post in Education Week, by Gary Huggins, Chief Executive Officer, National Summer Learning Association, reminds us that much of the learning taken place during the academic year can be “lost” over the summer. Students without access to enrichment programs, typically from under resourced communities, show the greatest losses, while those with access to summer programs can make academic gains. We have a lot planned for scholars over the summer across our all partner schools, but believe that to truly be a “Scholar,” you must read often and all the time.

Check out Round Lake’s summer series called “Scholars on the Soapbox.”  This is a good example of how one group of our scholars is engaging with literature and ideas over the summer. Scholars will also be speaking on tomorrow from 6:30-8:30PM at the Round Lake High School Theater on issues in their community such as school and community involvement, community pride, bullying, immigration rights, diversity, and educational opportunity.

Below is a sample of the books Schuler Scholars will be reading over the summer to keep their minds moving.

Autobiography of Malcolm X by Alex Haley
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night by Mark Haddon
Devil in the White City by Erik Larson
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran-Foer
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Freakonomics by Stephen Leavitt
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
Island of Doctor Moreau by H.G. Wells
An Island to Oneself by Tom Neale
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Lord of the Flies is by William Golding
Made in America by Bill Bryson
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri
Naked by David Sedaris
One More Time by Mike Royko
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dillard
The Time Traveler's Wife Audry Niffenneger
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Sula by Toni Morrison

To learn more about the Schuler Scholar Program’s program model visit


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