Beneath the Surface: great titles from our middle and high school reading list.

Today we look beneath the surface of three titles on our Middle and High School summer reading list.

Mike Mullin’s Ashfall tells the story of an unknown super volcano lurking under Yellowstone National Park. Sixteen year old Alex is home alone for the weekend and looking forward to hanging out with his friends and playing computer games, when the super volcano erupts. With his town plunged into darkness, ash and violence, Alex must begin a difficult trek to try and find his family. A gripping and mesmerizing read that was voted one of the best teen books of 2011. Read more in book two of this series – Ashen Winter.

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPra takes you to a city that was created many hundreds of years ago. It is always night in the city of Ember, but there is no moon, no stars. The only light comes from floodlamps, but these are starting to flicker and go out…what will happen when the generator finally fails? After reading this, check out the great movie version.

Let’s finish with a classic beneath the surface story – J.R.R. Tolkein’s timeless tale of adventure, bravery and friendship, The Hobbit. Join Bilbo Baggins and 13 dwarves as they attempt to reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug.

Make sure to log all your time spent reading – click here if you haven’t signed up for our summer reading programme yet. There are still many more lazy summer days to while away with a good book 🙂

Check back next week for more highlights from our reading lists. Have a great weekend!


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