Summer Reading 2020

Last Updated: 6/2/2020 5:56 PM

Penncrest High School

Summer Reading Program


The goal of the Penncrest Summer Reading Program is to expose students to quality literature that will inspire them to expand and explore connections to the classroom, to the community, and to the world.


We suggest that all students entering Penncrest High School’s grades 9 through 12 select two books to read during the summer:  one selection from the grade level reading list and another to be self-selected.  Students entering Accelerated and Advanced Placement courses are required to read the book listed as “required” for the course in which they are registered. Accelerated and AP English teachers will assess summer reading in September.  Please bring any optional reading records with you on the first day of class.


I.  Grade Level Reading:  We suggest that you choose one (1) book in your incoming grade level category. Students entering Accelerated or AP courses are required to read the book marked “required” for that Accelerated /AP class.


  Grade 9

  Grade 10

 Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi


 A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah


 Phoenix Island by John Dixon


 Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar


 Endangered by Eliot Schrefer


 Required Accelerated Selection:

 Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt


 The Terrorist’s Son by Zak Ebrahim


 Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman


 Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon


 Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork


 The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse   Anderson


 Required Accelerated Selection:

 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


 Required AP Capstone Seminar Selection:

 Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle


Grade 11

Grade 12

 All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr


 Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult


 Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut


 The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


 Required Accelerated Selection: 

 Kindred by Octavia Butler


 Required AP Selection:

 Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

 the curious incident of the dog in the night-time  by Mark Haddon


 Little Bee by Chris Cleave


 Red Rising by Pierce Brown


 One Flew O’er the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey


 Born a Crime by Trevor Noah


 Required Accelerated Selection:

 A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines


 Required AP Selection:

 Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy


II.   Self-selected Reading:  We suggest that you choose and read a book that interests you.  Choose any book that you would like to read.  See the back of this sheet for more ideas about where to go for ideas.


Ideas for Self-Selected Reading


From Penncrest Students

Promise Not To Tell by Jennifer McMahon

The Memory Keeper’s Daughter by Kim Edwards

Playing For Pizza by John Grisham      

Safe Haven by Jodi Picoult

I am Number Four by Piccuras Lore                  

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Project 17 by Laurie Faria Stolarz                     

Dog On It!  by Spencer Quinn

The Long Walk by Stephen King           

Cutting For Stone by Abraham Verghese

On the Edge Allison Van Diepen

Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

The Island by Olivia Levez

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd        

Paris in the Twentieth Century by Jules Verne

Lamb by Christopher Moore

Play Like You Mean It by Rex Ryan

No Country For Old Men by Cormac McCarthy

The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay              

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
City of Joy by Dominique Lapierre

Looking for Alaska by John Green

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Angels & Demons by Dan Brown          

The Bourne Ultimatum by Robert Ludlum

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

The 13 ½ Lives of Captain Bluebear by Walter Moors


From Penncrest Parents

Twenty Chickens for a Saddle by Robyn Scott

Standing Tall by C. Vivian Stringer

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

Cane River by Lalita Tademy

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

The Hobbit/The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Hour I First Believed by Wally Lamb

Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

 The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Untouchables by Narenda Jadhav

The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay      

 by Michael Chabon

Dreams from My Father by Barack Obama

The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

Gifted Hands by Ben Carson and Cecil Murphey

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson Mandela

The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah

Days of Grace by Arthur Ashe and Arnold Rampersad


From Penncrest Teachers

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole

Profiles in Courage by John  Kennedy

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay Mcinerney

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas by John Boyne

Freakonomics by Steven Levitt Stephen Dubner

Escape from Slavery by Francis Bok

Devil in the White City by Eric Larsen

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Endurance:  Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Winter’s Bone by Daniel Woodrell

Breaking Night by Liz Murray

Shantram by Gregory David Roberts

The Feast of the Goat by Mario Vargas Llosa

Into Thin Air by John Krakauer

The Pianist  by Wladyslaw Szpilman

Homecoming by Cathy Kelly

The Seventh Most Important Thing by Shelley Pearsall

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barberry

The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates by Wes Moore


For more ideas, visit these websites:

The American Library Association

The International Reading Association

 “One Book, One Philadelphia”

The Library of Congress