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Penncrest High School

Required Summer Reading Program

2018

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.

All students entering Penncrest High Schools grades 9 through 12 must select two books to read during the summer. One selection is a mandatory core reading, and the other may be self-selected. Students entering Rank Level I and Advanced Placement courses are required to read a third book. Your English teacher will assess your reading in September. Please bring any optional reading records or completed parent interview responses with you on the first day of class.

I. Mandatory Core Reading: Choose one (1) book in your incoming grade level category. Students entering rank 1 or A. P. courses must read two books from the list: the required Rank 1/A.P. book and any other menu selection.

Grade 9

Grade 10

Tell the Wolves Im Home by Carol Rifka Brunt

A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah

Phoenix Island by John Dixon

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Endangered by Eliot Schrefer

Rank One Selection:

Alas, Babylon by Pat Frank

The Terrorists Son by Zak Ebrahim

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

Boys Life by Robert McCammon

Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork

The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson

Rank One Selection:

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Grade 11

Grade 12

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult

Rank One Selection:

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

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

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Outliers by Malcom Gladwell

Rank One Selection:

A Lesson Before Dying by Ernest Gaines

AP Selection:

Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

II. Self-selected Reading: Choose and read a book that interests you. You may 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 Keepers 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 Cuckoos 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

Cats 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 Bront

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 YoonCity 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 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 Nightengale 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: Shackletons Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing

City of Thieves by David Benioff

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bront

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales

Stones From the River by Ursula Hegi

Winters 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

Zeitoun by Dave Eggers

11/22/63 by Stephen King

For more ideas, visit these websites:

http://www.ala.org

The American Library Association

www.reading.org

The International Reading Association

libwww.freelibrary.org/onebook/obop09/index.cfm

One Book, One Philadelphia

www.loc.gov/loc/cfbook/one-book.html

The Library of Congress