Shmoop Announces Its 3rd Annual Summer Reading List

The third annual Summer Reading List from Shmoop ranks the top twenty books for high school and middle school students to read over the summer. Shmoop lists both recently published reads as well as literary classics. A few of the classics include the Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Lord of the Flies and The Call of the Wild, while newer books like The Alchemyst, Beautiful Creatures and Catching Fire made the list as well.
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Shmoop Announces Its 3rd Annual Summer Reading List

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (June 11, 2012)Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and test prep, announces its 3rd Annual Summer Reading List. If students are looking to get lost in the pages (or Kindle screens) of some seriously awesome summer reads, they’ve come to the right place.

The best books to read this summer:

  • Lord of the Rings Trilogy – Because, come on, when else will students have the time?
  • The Hobbit – December 14, 2012 couldn’t come soon enough. Shmoop loves J.R.R.
  • Lord of the Flies – If students are dreaming of an island getaway, this will majorly rain on their parade.
  • Walden – Take the summer to be at one with nature… and a book.
  • The Bacchae – Summertime… and the living is easy.
  • Call of the Wild – Sure, it’s about winter, but summer is the best time to heed the call.
  • Holes – This one’s about a summer camp – a prison camp, but hey, it’s hot and there’s a lake.
  • The Phantom Tollbooth – School’s out, but learning’s not.
  • Matilda – Roald Dahl: a kid’s best friend. He’ll even help kids plan some pranks for next year.
  • The Alchemyst – Students are going to want to jump on this bandwagon. Trust Shmoop.
  • Beautiful Creatures – The next Twilight? Shmoop thinks so.
  • The Sun Also Rises – It’s kind of like The Bacchae (see above). In Spain. With bullfighters.
  • The Three Musketeers – Need some inspiration for summer adventure? These are the guys for it. P.S. Swashbuckling. Great word.
  • Light in August – Self-explanatory.
  • Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows – Suffering from withdrawal? Relive the magic.
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Duh.
  • Big Sur – Road trip!
  • From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler –Just because it’s awesome.
  • Catching Fire – Lather, rinse and repeat until a student can move on to Mockingjay.
  • Inferno – Just some light reading.

About Shmoop
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop content is written by master teachers and Ph.D. students from Stanford, Harvard, UC Berkeley, and other top universities. Shmoop Learning Guides, Test Prep, and Teacher’s Editions balance a teen-friendly, approachable style with academically rigorous materials to help students understand how subjects relate to their daily lives. Shmoop offers more than 7,000 titles across the Web, iPhone, Android devices, iPad, Kindle, Nook, and Sony Reader. The company has been honored twice by the Webby Awards and was named “Best in Tech” for 2010 and 2011 by Scholastic Administrator. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, California.

• Emily Embury, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x19, emily@cblohm.com

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