Educators and Students Choose the Hottest Books to Read in Summer 2011

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Shmoop’s second-annual Summer Reading List is comprised of books voted upon by teachers and students.

Shmoop, a digital curriculum and test prep company, has announced its Summer 2011 Reading List. Students and teachers voted, haggled, and campaigned online to get their favorite books to the top of the must-read list. The books in Shmoop’s list are geared toward middle school through college-aged readers.

1.    The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins
2.    Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen
3.    The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
4.    Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
5.    The Road, by Cormac McCarthy
6.    The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein
7.    Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand
8.    Perfume, by Patrick Suskind
9.    American Gods, by Neil Gaiman
10.    Breakfast at Tiffany's, by Truman Capote
11.     Animal Dreams, by Barbara Kingsolver
12.     Something Wicked This Way Comes, by Ray Bradbury
13.     Room, by Emma Dona
14.     The Sword of Shannara, by Terry Brooks
15.    Unwind, by Neal Shusterman

About Shmoop
Shmoop is a digital curriculum and test prep company that makes fun, rigorous learning and teaching materials. Shmoop is probably the only learning website in the universe that compares The Great Gatsby to "Real Housewives" and shows students how the SAT is like a video game. 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 Magazine. Launched in 2008, Shmoop is headquartered in a Labradoodle-patrolled office in Mountain View, Calif.

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