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2018 Common Read

The Common Read is something that connects us as Penguins, no matter where we happen to be in the world during the summer. We will return in the fall with new stories to share and more to learn about each other.

The Common Read Committee is proud to present a book that will be sure to have our Cushing community talking for a long time: All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendon Kiely. The book, a New York Times best-seller, has been the recipient of twenty-six awards, including the Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book and the Walter Dean Myers award. This fast-paced and sadly topical story, narrated by high school students, will help us as a school navigate discussions that are difficult, but essential. Because of this, All American Boys will be an integral part of preseason sports and school orientation activities, as well a writing assignment through your advisory group.

Current students and faculty received a copy of the book at the end of the academic year. All new students will receive a copy via mail over the summer. Remember to bring it with you to school in the fall!

2018 Supplemental Reading - OPTIONAL

In addition, the Committee has curated a supplemental reading list that we call “Different Voices.” Unlike All American Boys, which is required summer reading, “Different Voices” is optional, but highly recommended. You will have formal opportunities to discuss your choices in the fall as well.

Homegoing – Yaa Gyasi
In the Time of the Butterflies – Julia Alvarez
Girl with the Red Balloon – Katherine Locke
Crazy Rich Asians – Kevin Kwan

Born a Crime – Trevor Noah
Educated -Tara Westover 
I am Malala – Malala Yousafvai
Boy Erased – Garrard Conley

Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430

Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.