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Reading Between the Lions

Reading Between The Lions Summer Reading Program
NDCL's school wide summer reading program is aimed at providing an opportunity for students to engage in reading in a positive way to encourage life long learning and to build community.  This program is optional. The theme for 2022 is AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS! There are exactly 80 days this summer. And ADVENTURE IS JUST A PAGE AWAY! Watch the brief video below for more information and globally inspired book recommendations!

1. Read what you want, when you want
2. Record what you read,
3. Repeat! 
Get your eyes off of the screen and into a book! This year, the NDCL Learning Community challenges you to read what you want, when you want and how much you want!  The sky is the limit!  Our main goal is to get you reading and enjoying all the benefits reading has for your mind, body and soul! 

Go Around the World in 80 Days!
Reading books can increase your understanding of what is going on around you. This year's theme encourages you to read books that take place around the globe.  Reading a book can sweep you away from your small place in the present and transport you to any place anytime--in the past, present or even the future! Through the power of shared experiences with your reading, you can create meaning of the world.  So pick up a good book to become more empathetic and to experience different times, different cultures and a variety of perspectives. All of this culminates in a greater understanding of events, people and everything around you and across the world--and helps you build a better understanding of your place in it!

Below are some titles from around the globe that you may want to check out!
Book Lists: Curated based on where the stories take place--adventure is just a page away!

  • A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park (Sudan)
  • I Will Always Write Back by Caitlin Alifirenka, Liz Welch, and Martin Ganda (Zimbabwe)
  • Wild Life by Keena Roberts (Botswana)
  • The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind by William Kamkwamba (Malawi)
  • Endangered by Eliot Schrefer (The Congo)
  • In A Perfect World by Trish Doller (Egypt)
  • City of Saints and Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson (Kenya)
  • Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing (Antarctica)
  • Up To This Pointe by Jennifer Longo (Antarctica)
  • The Steady Running of the Hour by Justin Go (Mt. Everest)
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah (Alaska)
  • The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf (Malaysia)
  • A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena (Saudi Arabia)
  • Wicked Fox by Kat Cho (South Korea)
  • Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram (Iran)
  • Boxers and Saints by Gene Luen Yang (China)
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini (Afghanistan)
  • I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai (Afghanistan)
  • I Love You So Mochi by Sarah Kuhn (Japan)
  • Written In the Stars by Tinie Tempah (Pakistan)
  • Escape from Aleppo by N.H. Senzai (Syria)
  • The Night Diary by Veera Hiranandani (India)
  • Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean (Japan)
  • The Strange Beasts of China by Yan Ge (China)
  • All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontomvat (Thailand)
  • Patron Saints of Nothing by Randy Ribay (Philippines)
  • Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta (Australia)
  • The Things She's Seen by Ambelin Kwaymullina (Australia)
  • Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey (New Zealand)
  • I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak (Australia)
  • Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey (Australia)
  • The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman (Australia)
  • The Last Green Valley by Mark T. Sullivan  (Ukraine)
  • Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham (Ukraine/Russia)
  • I Must Betray You by Ruta Sepetys (Romania)
  • The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron(Poland)
  • Girls at War by Chinua Achebe (Croatia)
  • The Girl They Left Behind by Roxanne Veletzos (Romania)
  • Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys (Prussia)
  • The Orange Girl by Jostein Gaarder(Norway)
  • I Will Die In A Foreign Land by Kalani Pickhart (Ukraine)
  • The Fault in Our Stars by John Green (Netherlands)
  • Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick  (Russia)
  • The Paper Girl of Paris by Jordyn Taylor (France)
  • I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith (England)
  • The Cat I Never Named Amra Sabic-El-Rayess (Bosnia)
  • Love and Olives by Jenna Evans Welch (Greece)
  • Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch (Italy)
  • Love and Luck by Jenna Evans Welch (Ireland)
  • Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (Lithuania)
  • The World Between Us by Sarah Ann Juckes (Spain)
  • Lore by Alexandra Bracken (Greece)
North America
  • Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel (Mexico)
  • How Moon Fuentez Fell in Love by Raquel Vasquez Gilliland (US)
  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé (US)
  • The Firekeepers Daughter by Angeline Boulley (US)
  • Bluebird by Sharon Cameron (US)
  • In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner (US)
  • Hold Tight- Don't Let Go by Laura Rose Wagner (Haiti)
  • Everyone Dies Famous in a Small Town by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock (Rural US)
  • A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry (Puerto Rico)
  • RBG’s Brave & Brilliant Women: 33 Jewish Women to Inspire Everyone by Nadine Epstein (US and other areas)
South America
  • The Disappeared by Gloria Whelan (Argentina)
  • The Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson (Brazil)
  • City of Beasts by Isabel Allende (Chile)
  • Caminar by Skila Brown (Guatemala)
Other Worldly Stories
  • Skin of the Sea by Natasha Bowen
  • Gilded by Marissa Meyer
  • Little Thieves by Margaret Owen
  • All of Us Villains by Amanda Foody
  • Winterwood by Shea Ernshaw

SORA eBooks & Audio Books 
Students in the class of 2023, 2024 and 2025 have free access to hundreds of eBooks and audio books through SORA. To access this great resource, follow this link: https://soraapp.com/welcome/login/202947. Sign in using your Microsoft Office 365 credentials (aka your email address and password), to discover and explore some great adventures!

Is participation in summer reading required?
Yes and no...Participation in NDCL's Reading Between the Lions reading program for 2022 is optional but strongly encouraged as reading is so important for the mind, body and soul! 
However, any summer reading assigned to you by your classroom teachers IS REQUIRED.  
How do I report what I have read for 2022's Reading Between The Lions: Around The World In 80 Days?
Each participant should record their reading information on the online form for upperclassmen or this form for incoming freshmen. to receive official entries to win a prize. It is quick and easy to do!  Read as much as you want to increase your chances of winning!
What are the requirements of this year's RBTL program--what do students have to do?
Participation is completely optional, but encouraged. If you choose to be a part of the program, all you need to do is read and record what you are reading this summer! Your English teacher may have assigned you additional required summer reading assignments!

My English teacher assigned summer reading, do I have to read those books?
Yes!  Any summer work assigned by your teachers is separate from the NDCL summer reading program, Reading Between The Lions. Please follow all instructions given to you by your individual teachers.  But, any books you are required to read by your teachers count for RBTL as well! Please find the English Department's required summer reading information here.
Who should I contact if I have questions?
Any questions can be emailed to Library Media Specialist, Amy Myers or English Department Chair, Victoria Frabotta.
Upon return to school we will dedicate a day to celebrate the joy of reading with activities, games, prizes, more prizes and more prizes, and, yes, more! So, be sure to get in on the action!