Dive Into Summer Reading 2021!

Pennridge High School

The following titles are optional reading suggestions for the 2021-2022 school year provided by the English Department teachers. We encourage our students to DIVE into reading this summer!

Grade 9

Grade 9 Choices

Ball Don’t Lie - Matt de la Pena

Hunger Games - Suzanne Collins

Dear Martin - Nic Stone

Pride - Ibi Zoboi

You Asked For Perfect - Laura Silverman

Booked - Kwame Alexander

Staying Fat For Sarah Byrnes - Chris Crutcher

The Poet X - Elizabeth Acevedo

Everything Everything - Nicola Yoon

Grown - Tiffany D. Jackson

Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Jumped - Rita Williams-Garcia

Tuesdays With Morrie - Mitch Albom

Monster - Walter Dean Myers

Bad Boy - Walter Dean Myers

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green

A Wreath for Emmett Till - Marilyn Nelson

Dragon Hoops - Gene Luen Yang

Into the Wild - Jon Krakauer

Eleanor and Park - Rainbow Rowell

All But My Life - Gerda Klein

One of Us Is Lying - Karen McManus

Speak - Laurie Halse Anderson

Looking For Alaska - John Green

Outliers - Malcolm Gladwell

Grade 10

Grade 10 Choices

The Hate U Give - Angie Thomas

The Nickel Boys - Colton Underwood

The Art of Racing in the Rain - Garth Stein

The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics - Daniel James Brown

The Secret Life of Bees - Sue Monk Kidd

The Lovely Bones: A Novel – Alice Sebold

The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fist Fight in Heaven - Sherman Alexie

Pigs in Heaven – Barbara Kingsolver

The Color of Water - James McBride

Water For Elephants – Sara Gruen

The Hot Zone - Richard Preston

Salt to the Sea - Ruta Sepetys

The Forever War - Joe Haldeman

Where the Crawdads Sings - Delia Owens

They Called Us Enemy - George Takei

American Born Chinese - Gene Luen Yang

The Martian - Andy Weir

One of Us Is Next - Karen M. McManus (sequel to One of Us is Lying)

Some Assembly Required - Arin Andrews

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out - Susan Kuklin

TroubleMaker for Justice: The Story of Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the March on Washington - Jacqueline Houtman

Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda - Becky Albertelli

Leah on the Offbeat - Becky Albertelli

Attack on America: The Day the Twin Towers Collapsed - Mary Gow

Ready Player One - Ernest Cline

Grade 11

Grade 11 Choices

Cry, the Beloved Country – Alan Paton

We - Yevgeny Zamyatin

The Joy Luck Club - Amy Tan

100 Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Americanah - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In The Time of Butterflies - Julia Alvarez

Before We Were Free - Julia Alvarez

Don Quixote - Miguel de Cervantes

Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe

The Brothers Karamazov - Fyodor Dostoevsky

And The Mountains Echoed - Khaled Hosseini

Dawn - Elie Wiesel

Love in the Time of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Candide - Voltaire

Girl with the Pearl Earring – Tracy Chevalier

When the Emperor Was Divine -Julie Otsuka

Broken Paradise – Cecilia Samartin

The Kitchen Boy - Richard Alexander

Chinese Cinderella -Adeline Yen Mah

Eragon - Christopher Paolini

The Samurai’s Tale - Erik Haugaard and F. Hau

The Hitchhiker Series - Douglass Adams

Briar Rose -Jane Yolen

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents - Julia Alvarez

Persepolis – Marjane Satrapi

Alive: Airplane Crash in the Andes Mountains - Scott Werther

Anastasia: The Last Grand Duchess, Russia, 1914 - Carolyn Myer

Ice Story: Shackleton's Lost Expedition - Elizabeth Cody Kimmel

The Lines We Cross - Randa Abdel-Fattah

Grade 12

Grade 12 Choices

Academic Courses

The Help - Kathryn Stockett

Hidden Figures - Margot Lee Shetterly

The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch

The Nightingale - Kristin Hannah

The Great Alone - Kristin Hannah

The Butler: A Witness to History - Wil Haygood

The Glass Castle - Jeannette Walls

Courage to Soar - Simone Biles

The Freedom Writers Diary - Erin Gruwell

Into Thin Air - John Krakauer

On the Road - Jack Kerouac

42 Is Not Just a Number: The Odyssey of Jackie Robinson - Doreen Rappaport

Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng

Western Lit Honors


The Awakening by Kate Chopin (must complete by Friday 9/10)

Honors Journalism


Choose one of the options from the linked list. Students will be expected to create and present a presentation on their selected journalist a few weeks into the start of the school year.

AP Courses


Please use this document to access the summer assignments for all AP courses.

Need more information or have questions?

Please contact Mrs. Sarah Raber, K-12 RELA Supervisor.