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Summer Reading for 

Pascack Hills High School

Students in each grade should choose

one title to read prior to the first day of school in August.


9th grade

Theme/focus: poetry—> may lead to poetry workshop with poet to open the year



Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds     

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo    

The Watch that Ends the Night by Allan Wolf

Bull by David Elliott  


10th grade

Theme: Archetypes--the quest/the hero’s journey


Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner  

Field Notes on Love by Jennifer Smith

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein


11th grade

Theme: “Tapestry of America”


Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

Dear Martin by Nic Stone

Fresh Off the Boat by Eddie Huang

12th grade

Theme: ‘Growing Up, Looking Outward’ 



CP English  & Honors English

Maid by Stephanie Land

Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

The Making of A Navy Seal by Brandon Webb


Selective Classes


Sports Literature

No Excuses by Kyle Maynard

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen by Christopher McDougall

Good to Go by Christie Aschwanden

Language, Myth & Culture

Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

Origin by Dan Brown


Literature of the Holocaust

All But My Life by Gerda Klein

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Mark it with a Stone by Joseph Horn



Every teacher will administer at minimum a Speaking & Listening assessment based on the summer reading books. This can be in the form of a one-on-one conference with the teacher, a Socratic Seminar, or a presentation to the class. Teachers will also use the summer reading texts to launch into the curricular focus at grade level in other ways.

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