2021 Summer Reading Program

Hello PHS English students, click here for the 2021 Summer Reading List. All directions and book options are located in the document. 

Four Books, One Penncrest:


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie Junior is an underdog: he’s an amateur cartoonist, a boy born with several medical problems, a victim of bullying, and, at his core, a Native American teen searching for a brighter future. Determined to receive a good education, Junior leaves “the rez” to attend a privileged, all-white school in the neighboring town. Junior faces both serious family problems and jeers from his new and old classmates, and the story he tells, both heartbreaking and hysterical, is about finding your own way and your own strength.



Homegoing by Yaa Gsayi: A riveting, kaleidoscopic novel, Homegoing is a story of race, history, ancestry, love, and time that traces the descendants of two sisters torn apart in eighteenth-century Africa across three hundred years in Ghana and America. We see how the sisters’ descendants evolve and endure in America and in Africa until we reach
modern life. This important book traces a path right to the Black Live Matter movement. 


                                                                     All American

All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brandon Keily: Two voices narrate this story: one a victim of police violence, the other a witness to the brutal event. Rashad and Quinn—one black, one white—grapple with the repercussions of a violent act that leaves their basketball team, their school, and their community divided by racial tension. With their town about to explode with animosity, the young men are forced to face decisions and consequences they had never considered before.



Educated by Tara Westover

An unforgettable memoir about a young girl who leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a PhD from
Cambridge University.  Born in the mountains of Idaho, Tara Westover was seventeen the first time she set foot
in a classroom. Her family was so isolated from mainstream society that there was no one to ensure the children
received an education and no one to protect the children from violence or injury. Tara, however, decided to try a
new kind of life. Her quest for knowledge transformed her, taking her over oceans and across continents; only
then would she wonder if she’d traveled too far, if there was still a way home.

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