Over the next few months, we will be revealing the titles that will become our additional summer reading options for the summer of 2016. Students will select one title from a list of six novels per grade (In the subject line of the post, “Freshmen” means that the book will be read by incoming freshmen, not existing ones, etc.).
Indian Killer by Sherman Alexie
In this mystery, a series of murders strike the Seattle area at the turn of the century. The killer’s calling card is a pair of owl feathers left on the dead body. The collective response darkens the racial line that divides the city, unearthing deep resentments between the Native American population and the middle-class whites in the city. A brash, right-wing radio personality calls for concentration camps, and packs of angry young Native Americans roam the streets looking for revenge against recent hate crimes. In this novel, Alexie manages to write both a compelling mystery, as the collection of characters all try in their own way to figure out the identity of the person who is terrorizing their city, and a socially provocative book which examines how much race defines and sometimes confines us.