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E. O. Smith READS Reads logoSummer 2016


This summer everyone is encouraged to make your own selections and enjoy those books without any assessments upon your return to school in September.  Some summer reading suggestions are listed below. One focus that might be selected is any and all things related to Shakespeare.  In 2016 the exhibit First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare will bring the First Folio of Shakespeare to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico with UConn’s Benton Museum hosting the only exhibit in Connecticut. The exhibition, which also includes panels, digital content, and local events, exclusively features a First Folio from the Folger Shakespeare Library. (Visit their website for more details about the exhibit.)

Shakespearean suggestions for this summer - any play, sonnet, fiction, background information or alternative storylines done in the spirit of Shakespeare.  Visit you local public library for more titles and ideas!  Here are just a few titles from the E.O. Smith High School Library Media Center:

The Shakespeare Book – Big Ideas Simply Explained (DK)

How Shakespeare Changed Everything by Stephen Marche

Shakespeare: The World as Stage by Bill Bryson

Will in the World:  How Shakespeare became Shakespeare by Stephen Greenblatt. 

The Millionaire and the Bard: Henry Folger's Obsessive Hunt for Shakespeare's First Folio by Andrea Mays

Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? By James Shapiro

Shakespeare's Insults: Educating Your Wit – Wayne Hill

Women of Will: Following the Feminine in Shakespeare's Plays by Tina Packer

A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 by James Shapiro

The life and times of William Shakespeare by Peter Levi

An actor on the Elizabethan stage by Stephen Currie. 

Tales from Shakespeare by Charles Lamb

Alternate storylines:

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: verily, a new hope by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The empire striketh back: Star wars part the fifth by Ian Doescher

William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Jedi doeth return: Star wars part the sixth by Ian Doescher

Pop Sonnets: Shakespearean spins on your favorite songs by Eric Didrikson

Macbeth #killingit by William Shakespeare + Courtney Carbone (Series: OMG Shakespeare)

YOLO Juliet (OMG Shakespeare) Imagine: What if those star-crossed lovers Romeo and Juliet had smartphones

The most excellent and lamentable tragedy of Romeo & Juliet by Wm. Shakespeare adapted by Gareth Hinds (graphic novel adaptation)


Secrets of Shakespeare's Grave: The Shakespeare Mysteries, Book 1 by Deron Hicks

Tower of Five Orders – Shakespeare Mysteries, book 2 by Deron Hicks

Still star-crossed by Melinda Taub (after Romeo and Juliet sequel)

Romiette and Julio by Sharon M. Draper


Other summer reading suggestions:

Students are also invited to participate in the The Governor’s 2016 Summer Reading Challenge.  This link will take you to the booklist created specifically for students in grades 9 -12. Challenge forms are available at the same website (www.ct.gov/sde).

2016 Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults - American Library Association, Young Adult Library Services Association.

2016 Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers. - (ALA, YALSA)

Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults 2016, by genre. (ALA, YALSA)

2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners - (ALA, YALSA)

American Library Association and The Young Adult Library Services Association’s Teen Book Finder app’s latest version, which includes the titles from its 2016 book and media awards and selected lists, can now be downloaded for free via both Google Play and the Apple App Store.





E.O. Smith READS  2015-16

This year's E.O. Smith READS assembly on March 31, will feature Dr. Ronald L. Mallett, renowned outlier, physicist, professor, and author of Time Traveler:  A Scientist’s Personal Mission to Make Time Travel a Reality. Students will be eligible to win free copies of Time Traveler in the days ahead, and books will be on sale at a reduced rate at all events (Thanks to Bob Smith at the UConn Co-op Bookstore).

Parents and community members are also invited to hear Dr. Mallett on March 31, 2016 from 7-9 p.m. in the E.O. Smith auditorium.

Please see the following introductory links about Dr. Ronald Mallett's inspiring career and life story:

How to Build a Time Machine: https://vimeo.com/94198854 (Dr. Mallett appears at 1:33)

The Academic Minute:  http://academicminute.org/2015/02/ron-mallett-uconn-theories-of-time-travel/

The Washington Post: Meet the Physicist Who Wants to Build a Time Machine ....



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School-Wide Poetry Invitational

First Prize: $125, Publication, and Presentation at E.O. Smith READS Assembly featuring Dr. Ronald L. Mallett on Thursday, March 31, 2016

Second Prize: $100 and Publication  Third Prize:  $75 and Publication  Fourth Prize:  $50 and Publication  Fifth Prize: $50 and Publication  Honorable Mentions (4):  $25 and Publication

All entries considered for publication in Virtu.

Contest Guidelines

We invite all students to submit poems that explore one or more of the following themes: 

  • Any theme connected with Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers:  The Story of Success OR the work of Dr. Ronald Mallett, author of Time Traveler.
  • The meaning of success/The journey to a meaningful life/Time travel
  • Social justice/Overcoming adversity or obstacles to make positive change (personally, locally, or globally),
  • Our mutual Core Values:  Community, Integrity, Achievement, Respect, and Responsibility

All poems should be typed (12 point font, Times New Roman and single-spaced).  Include name, English teacher, and grade.  Submit poems electronically to dabercrombie@eosmith.org or submit hard copies to the E.O. Smith READS box in the LMC, to one of your teachers, or to Ms. Mathes in the LMC.                               

        Deadline for Submissions:  Thursday, March 10, 2016 

*Funding provided by generous support of the E.O. Smith Foundation

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell 

There is a story that is usually told about extremely successful people, a story that focuses on intelligence and ambition. Gladwell argues that the true story of success is very different, and that if we want to understand how some people thrive, we should spend more time looking around them-at such things as their family, their birthplace, or even their birth date. And in revealing that hidden logic, Gladwell presents a fascinating and provocative blueprint for making the most of human potential.  In The Tipping Point Gladwell changed the way we understand the world. In Blink he changed the way we think about thinking. In OUTLIERS he transforms the way we understand success.   (gladwell.com)



 E-Book edition                                                       Audiobook         

This summer's book selection, Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers: A Story of Success is part of E.O. Smith READS, a school-wide initiative modeled after UConn Reads.  In September, students can expect a summer reading activity/assessment on Outliers in their respective 9-12 English classes and ongoing conversations about the book and related topics in other courses.  


Our goal is to promote college readiness through reading across the disciplines and interdepartmental collaboration over a common book.  We hope to host a range of writers, scholars, performers, artists, and scientists whose work relates to Outliers. 


Gladwell, a bestselling author and prize-winning staff writer for The New Yorker, shares the following: “My wish with Outliers is that it makes us understand how much of a group project success is. When outliers become outliers it is not just because of their own efforts. It’s because of the contributions of lots of different people and lots of different circumstances— and that means that we, as a society, have more control about who succeeds—and how many of us succeed—than we think. That’s an amazingly hopeful and uplifting idea” (gladwell.com).

Outliers: A Story of Success, a very inspiring non-fiction work, will be available for circulation through E.O. Smith’s LMC and limited copies will be available throughout the summer in the main office. The text will also be available at your local public library and the UConn Co-op Book Store at Storrs Center (at a reduced rate).  

You can check out the ebooks or audio book displayed above by using your E. O. Smith High School network log-in and password. Check-outs are for 21 days, and renewals are available if no holds have been placed.

Additional information:

Q and A with author Malcolm Gladwell – his thoughts on Outliers

Many videos available online:

Malcolm Gladwell discusses The Outliers - Why do some succeed where others fail? What makes a difference? https://youtu.be/jh9ax4QvzoQ


Students are invited to participate in the The Governor’s 2015 Summer Reading Challenge.  Challenge forms are available at the same website and may be submitted in English class on the first day of school. (www.ct.gov/sde)


Other summer reading suggestions:

2014 Outstanding Books for the College Bound and Lifelong Learners - American Library Association, Young Adult Library Services Association

American Library Association and The Young Adult Library Services Association’s (YALSA) Teen Book Finder app’s latest version, which includes the titles from its 2015 book and media awards and selected lists, can now be downloaded for free via both Google Play and the Apple App Store.


Reads 2014


             *Funding provided by the generous support of the E.O. Smith Foundation

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