Summer Reading 10th

Galileo Suggested Summer Reading for 10thGraders


The Agony House, Cherie Priest/256 p./Spooky Illustrated Fiction/2018

Denise Farber has just moved back to New Orleans with her mom and step-dad, wagering the last of their family’s money on fixing up an old, rundown house and converting it to a bed and breakfast. But when floors collapse, deadly objects rain down, and she hears creepy voices, it’s clear to Denise that something sinister lurks hidden here.


American Panda, Gloria Chao/310 p./Teen Fiction/2018

A freshman at MIT, seventeen-year-old Mei Lu tries to live up to her Taiwanese parents’ expectations, but no amount of tradition, obligation, or guilt prevent her from hiding several truths–that she is a germaphobe who cannot become a doctor, she prefers dancing to biology, she decides to reconnect with her estranged older brother, and she is dating a Japanese boy.


Endangered, Lamar Giles/282 p./Teen Mystery/2015

When Lauren, a teen photoblogger, gets involved in a deadly game, she has to protect the classmates she despises.


Four-Four-Two, Dean Hughes /268 p./Military Fiction/2016

The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was a segregated regiment made up entirely of Japanese American soldiers. For its size, it became the most decorated military unit in American history-and it also suffered some of the highest casualty rates of the war. The framework of this story is based on very real military history.


Golden: The Miraculous Rise of Stephen Curry, Janice Greene/259 p./Sports Biography/2017

A longtime Golden State Warriors insider traces the inspirational story of the NBA star to offer insight into his personal life and achievements as both an athletic leader and role model for kids.


†Grasshopper Jungle, Andrew Smith/388 p./Teen Fiction/2014

Austin Szerba narrates the end of humanity as he and his best friend accidentally unleash an army of unstoppable bugs and uncover the secrets of a decades-old experiment gone terribly wrong.


Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly/346 p./Historical Non-Fiction/2016

Before John Glenn orbited the earth or Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of dedicated female mathematicians known as “human computers” used pencils, slide rules and adding machines to calculate the numbers that would launch rockets, and astronauts, into space. Among these problem-solvers were a group of exceptionally talented African American women, some of the brightest minds of their generation.


*Little Brother, Cory Doctorow/382 p./Fiction/2008

Interrogated for days by the Department of Homeland Security in the aftermath of a terrorist attack on San Francisco, 17-year-old Marcus is released into what is now a police state and decides to use his expertise in computer hacking to set things right.


Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez/348 p./Fiction/1988

Florentino Ariza waits fifty-three years, seven months, and eleven days to finally possess Fermina Daza, a woman who once promised her love but then jilted him in favor of another. The plot contains profanity, sexual situations, and violence.


†Persepolis, Marjane Satrapi/153 p./Graphic Novel Memoir/2008

Using black and white images, the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran where she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime.


*Free online version available.

†Contains mature language and themes.

Summer Reading FAQ


Why do summer reading?

Reading a book (or several books!) over summer will keep your brain active, which will mean you will be more prepared for the tough academic year ahead.


How do I choose a book?

Read the descriptions of the books on the opposite side of this page. What topics, descriptions, and genres spark your interest? If you can, visit the library or bookstore and actually look at the books in person – check out the covers, read a few pages, and read the extended summaries on the inside flap in order to help you make a decision. Sometimes, reading online reviews will give you an idea if you will like the book – try


Where can I find these books?

All of these books are available at the San Francisco Public Library. Their website ( has information about which books are available at the branches most convenient for you. If you would prefer to buy the book, many of these titles can be found at various bookstores – including used bookstores – in San Francisco and online retailers such as


What if I want to read a book that’s not on this list?

Go ahead! This list contains only a few suggestions – if there’s a different book that you’ve been interested in reading, please feel free.