1 Theme, 1 School

Everyone at Hoffman Estates High School will read and experience a book this summer!

Hoffman Estates High School students are reading again this summer, 2012.  Our reading program, known as "One Theme, One School," as implied, is theme based.  This year, our program centers on the theme of coping.  We are providing book choices which offer an authentic landscape of high school students dealing with the stresses and challenges of life.

Breathing Underwater Breathing Underwater by Alex Flinn (Fiction)
Sent to counseling for hitting his girlfriend Caitlin, and ordered to keep a journal, sixteen-year-old   Nick recounts his relationship with Caitlin, examines his controlling behavior and anger, and describes living with his abusive father. 
"B.U." trailer
Perfect Perfect by Natasha Friend (Fiction)
ollowing the death of her father, a thirteen-year-old uses bulimia as a way to avoid her mother's   and ten-year-old sister's grief, as well as her own.  L590 
"Perfect" trailer
Tyrell Tyrell by Coe Booth (Fiction) Fifteen-year-old Tyrell who is living in a Bronx homeless shelter with   his spaced-out mother and his younger brother, tries to avoid temptation so he does not end up in jail like his father.  L780
"Tyrell" trailer
Moms Cancer Mom's Cancer by Brian Fies (Non-Fiction) An honest, and sometimes humorous look at the practical and emotional effect that serious illness can have on patients and their families, this is a story of hope. The author, whose mother was diagnosed with lung cancer, puts into words and illustrations his struggle with the effects of her illness and ongoing recovery from treatment.
"M.C." website

Because these books deal realistically with the topic of coping, there may be situations and language in them that sensitive readers may find objectionable.  However, the books provide an authentic landscape where high school students are faced with some tough challenges and can serve as a springboard to problem solving. 

We have arranged with  book vendors to offer the books at a significant reduction, and without sales tax. All books will be available at the Media Center May 29th, 2012 through the end of  summer school. Relevant activities and an assessment for the book each student has read will be provided in the fall when students return to school!  For more information come to the Media Center or call us at 847-755-5755.


Last Updated 5/15/2012-tberkowitz