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KINDERGARTEN READING LIST

Astronauts Are Sleeping
by Natalie Standiford, Allen Garns (illus.)
Inspired by a description of astronauts asleep aboard the space shuttle, ASTRONAUTS ARE SLEEPING is a bedtime book that is at once a reverie and a visual tour de force. A bright, eager voice describes three sleeping astronauts whizzing around the earth in a space capsule and asks the thought-provoking question, “What do the astronauts see in their dreams?” Magnificent pastels show planets that are breathtaking, astronauts who are alive, and a galaxy that is lush, deeply textured, and beautiful to look at. And happily, readers do discover what the astronauts are seeing in their dreams: They are seeing their homes on earth and memories of their happy childhoods.

Chicka Chicka ABC
by Bill Martin, John Archambault, Lois Ehlert (illus.)
“A told B, and B told C, I’ll beat you to the top of the coconut tree.” Rascally A entices the whole alphabet up the tree, but the tree cannot handle the weight. All the lowercase letters come crashing to the ground. Uppercase letters rush in to comfort the little ones, and all is well — for a while — in this irresistible, award-winning alphabet book. Ehlert’s bright, graphic illustrations join the foot-tapping rhyme.

The Chicken Sisters
by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Sharleen Collicott (illus.)
When the big bad wolf moves into town, he thinks the three chicken sisters next door will be easy prey. But his tactics backfire when he comes face to face with the eccentric threesome, who knit, bake, and sing him to distraction, sending him running home to his mother.

The Leaf Men
by William Joyce
The brave good bugs march off to save the garden. First, they must fight the evil Spider Queen before summoning the Leaf Men to save the day…but what about the mystery of the Long-Lost Toy? Here is ancient elfin magic, epic adventure, and a bugle salute to the power of memory, loyalty, and love as resounding as Robin Hood’s call to his Merry Men!

Market Day
by Eve Bunting, Holly Berry (illus.)
The finest lace from Donegal…sweet clover honey to melt in your mouth…a penny poke of gob stoppers from the sweetie stall…your future glimpsed in a crystal ball…. Hurry along! Thursday has arrived, and the streets of this tiny Irish village are chock-full of fun. What will you buy with your Market Day penny today?

Mouse Mess
by Linnea Asplind Riley
This giggle-inspiring story rhymes its way into the affections of all who read it. When a hungry little mouse goes in search of a snack, you should never underestimate the huge mess that follows in his wake. This delightful read-aloud with its paintbox-bright illustrations is sure to become a classic.

My Many Colored Days
by Dr. Seuss, Steve Johnson (illus.), Lou Fancher (illus.)
Accompanying a manuscript Dr. Seuss wrote in 1973 is a letter outlining his hopes of finding “a great color artist who will not be dominated by me.” The late Dr. Seuss saw his original text about feelings and moods as part of the “first book ever to be based on beautiful illustrations and sensational color.” The quest for an artist has finally ended — after the manuscript languished for more than two decades — at the paintbrushes of husband-and-wife team Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, whose stunning, expressive paintings reveal such striking images as a bright red horse kicking its heels, a cool and quiet green fish, a sad and lonely purple dinosaur, and an angrily howling black wolf. Using a spectrum of vibrant colors and a menagerie of animals, this unique book does for the range of human moods and emotions what OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO! does for the human life cycle. Here is a wonderful way for parents to talk with children about their feelings. With Johnson and Fancher’s atmospheric, large-scale paintings bursting off the pages, Dr. Seuss’s vision is brought to life. This rare and beautiful book is bound to appeal to both the innocent young and the most sophisticated seniors.

Prairie Primer A to Z
by Caroline Stutson, Susan Condie Lamb (illus.)
Join a young boy for a year on the prairie. From A to Z, each letter brings to life elements of days gone by — “J” for Jacks, “K” for Knickers, and “L” for Lunch pails packed for school. With a lyrical text and rich illustrations, this is a wonderful way to learn the alphabet and a heartwarming tribute to life at the start of the 20th century.

The Scrambled States of America
by Laurie Keller
At the first annual states party, Virginia and Idaho hatch a plan to swap spots so each can see another part of the country. Before the party is over, all the states decide to switch places. In the beginning, every state is happy in its new location. But soon things start to go wrong. Will the states ever unscramble and return to their proper places? This clever story — starring all 50 states — is chock-full of introductory facts and madcap humor. Young readers can identify their favorite states by color, size, and shape. Learning about geography has never been as easy — or as much fun.

Sheep in a Jeep
by Nancy Shaw, Margot Apple (illus.)
With very few words (sheep, jeep, thud, mud, heap, cheap), a tableau unfolds in which five silly yet distinctive sheep futilely attempt to ride in their jeep. Amusing details — such as the tattoos on the pigs’ arms — abound in the pictures. Apple’s expressive illustrations and Shaw’s minimal text make this an extremely clever read-aloud.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar
by Eric Carle
A caterpillar hatches out of his egg and is very hungry. On his first day, he eats through one piece of food; on his second, two; and so on. Little holes cut in the pages allow toddlers to wiggle their fingers through the food, just like the caterpillar. Vivid and colorful illustrations and ingenious layered pages help preschoolers learn the days of the week, how to count, and how a caterpillar turns into a butterfly.

Visiting the Art Museum

by Laurene Krasny Brown, Marc Brown (illus.)
This wonderful offering from Laurene Krasny Brown and her husband — and kids’ fave — Marc Brown presents a highly palatable introduction to art. The fun, silly illustrations with reproductions of real works intermingled invite readers to follow a family through an art museum. On this tour they see examples of various art styles from primitive through 20th century pop art.

Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin
by Lloyd Moss, Marjorie Priceman (illus.)
In this combination counting book and spirited tribute to classical music, the clever, rhythmic verse echoes the sounds that the various instruments in the orchestra create, from the mournful trombone to the swinging trumpet to the sharp violin.

FIRST GRADE READING LIST

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
by Judith Viorst, Ray Cruz (illus.)
From the moment Alexander wakes up and finds gum in his hair, everything goes wrong! His brothers both get prizes in their cereal boxes, his best friend demotes him to third-best friend, there are lima beans for dinner, and there is kissing on TV. All kids experience this kind of day and will be glad to find they are not alone!

The Bears’ Picnic
by Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain
The Berenstain Bears endure countless trials before finding a suitable picnic spot.

Bedtime for Frances
by Russell Hoban, Garth Williams (illus.)
It may be bedtime for Frances, but that doesn’t mean Frances is ready to go to bed — not by a long shot. First she must have a glass of milk and make certain Mother and Father have each kissed her good night (twice). Then she is ready to imagine there is a tiger in her room, and a giant, and … each time Frances thinks up something new, off she goes to tell her ever-patient, if increasingly weary, parents. The familiar delaying tactics of Frances the song-singing badger have delighted fans young and old for more than three decades. Combining sympathetic understanding with gentle humor, Russell Hoban created in Frances a character at once immediately recognizable and eminently likable. In this new edition, the warmth of full color enriches Garth Williams’s original artwork, bringing a fresh look to an enduring favorite.

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?
by Bill Martin, Eric Carle (illus.)
Eric Carle’s double-page tissue collages and Bill Martin’s friendly chant unite to create this vibrant introduction to colors. The first line of the book is the title, to which a big brown bear responds, “I see a redbird looking at me.” The redbird responds with another animal and so on, until a mother (or a teacher, depending on the edition) asks a group of children what they see. A wonderful read-aloud for either a group or individuals, this book is a favorite of teachers.

Caps for Sale: A Tale of a Peddler, Some Monkeys, and Their Monkey Business
by Esphyr Slobodkina
A cap peddler wakes from a nap to find all his caps are gone — a bunch of naughty monkeys have taken them up a tree. Angrily shaking his finger at the monkeys, the peddler demands his caps back, but the monkeys only shake their fingers and say “Tsz, tsz, tsz.” No matter what the peddler does, the monkeys only imitate him. Finally, the peddler is so enraged he throws his cap on the ground — and all the monkeys follow suit!

Franklin Rides a Bike
by Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark (illus.)
At the beginning of spring, Franklin and all his friends have training wheels on their bikes. But soon Franklin is the only one who can’t ride without them. Every time he tries he falls down, and he’s beginning to get discouraged. His mom finally convinces him to keep with it, and Franklin finally rides on his own.

Freckle Juice
by Judy Blume, Sonia O. Lisker (illus.)
Nicky has freckles — they cover his face, his ears, and the whole back of his neck. Once, sitting behind him in class, Andrew counted 86 of them, and that was just a start! If Andrew had freckles like Nicky, his mother would never know if his neck was dirty. One day after school, Andrew works up enough courage to ask Nicky where he got his freckles. And, as luck would have it, who should overhear him but giggling, teasing Sharon. She offers Andrew her secret freckle juice recipe — for 50 cents. That’s a lot of money, but Andrew is desperate. At home he carefully mixes the strange combination of ingredients. Then the unexpected happens. …

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie
by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Felicia Bond (illus.)
What happens if you give a mouse a cookie? Why, he’ll need a glass of milk to go with it! He’ll also need a straw, a napkin, a mirror — each item prompts the need for another. When the mouse is hanging a picture from a refrigerator (how did he get there?), he’s reminded that he’s thirsty and needs a glass of milk (uh-oh). With this milk, it’s absolutely necessary to have a cookie, of course! Bond’s wonderful illustrations enliven this modern-day classic.

The Listening Walk
by Paul Showers
We’re going on a Listening Walk. Shhhhh. Do not talk. Do not hurry. Get ready to fill your ears with a world of wonderful, surprising sounds. In this colorfully illustrated book a little girl and her father take a quiet walk and identify the sounds around them. This beautiful lesson in appreciating the extraordinary qualities found in the rhythm of everyday life entices readers to pay more attention to the world surrounding them.

The Little Engine That Could
by Watty Piper, George Hauman (illus.), Doris Hauman (illus.)
When the other engines refuse, the Little Blue Engine tries to pull a stranded train full of toys and good food over the mountain. This classic never loses its appeal or fails to teach its lesson.

Make Way for Ducklings
by Robert McCloskey
This Caldecott Award-winning classic about Mr. and Mrs. Mallard and their brood of ducklings has been a favorite since 1941. When Mrs. Mallard and her eight ducklings are stuck at a busy street in downtown Boston, their policeman friend Michael rushes in to stop traffic and make way for them. McCloskey’s sepia illustrations are priceless, and a statue of Mrs. Mallard and her ducklings can be found in the Boston Common today.

Play Ball, Amelia Bedelia
by Peggy Parish, Wallace Tripp (illus.)
Amelia Bedelia, who knows very little about baseball, stands in for a sick player during a game. The result, as usual with literal-minded Amelia Bedelia, is hilarious.

Quick as a Cricket
by Audrey Wood, Don Wood (illus.)
A joyful celebration of a child’s growing self-awareness. This classic children’s book is a teacher’s favorite, with outstanding illustrations by Don Wood.

Ten Apples Up on Top!
by Theodore LeSieg (Dr. Seuss), Roy McKie (illus.)
A lion, a dog, and a tiger are having a contest — can they get ten apples piled up on top of their heads? You better believe it! This first counting book works as a teaching tool as well as a funny story.

There’s an Alligator Under My Bed
by Mercer Mayer
This sequel to There’s a Nightmare in My Closet brings back that story’s imaginative young hero for an even funnier nighttime adventure. All kids will identify with the realistic alligator who just happens to live you know where.

The True Story of the Three Little Pigs
by Jon Scieszka, Lane Smith (illus.)
In this highly acclaimed version, Alexander T. Wolf tells his never-before-heard version of the story. Is he the bad guy history has portrayed him as, or was the big, bad wolf framed? This outrageously funny version of a familiar nursery tale will leave readers grinning all the way to their chinny chin chin.

SECOND GRADE READING LIST

The Adventures of Taxi Dog
by Debra Barracca, Sal Barracca, Mark Buehner (illus.)
Jim, a New York City taxi driver, rescues a stray dog and dubs his new pet Maxi. Maxi accompanies Jim in his taxi and meets all sorts of people. With each new passenger, Maxi makes a new friend — and even helps Jim get tips! The text is written in a bouncing rhyme, and Beuhner’s paintings capture Maxi’s doggy personality and Jim’s geniality. Can you find the cat in every picture?

Amelia Bedelia (I Can Read Book Series)
by Peggy Parish, Fritz Siebel (illus.)
Meet Amelia Bedelia, the unflappable maid who does everything literally. With her purse on her arm and hat firmly on her head, Amelia Bedelia follows instructions to a T: Change the towels? Nothing a pair of scissors can’t do! Dust the furniture? That’s when the perfumed dusting powder really comes in handy. Dress the chicken for dinner — well, do you want a boy chicken or a girl chicken? Amelia Bedelia’s well-meaning gaffs cause readers to chuckle but her employer to fume — it’s a good thing she’s such a good cook!
The Case of the Spooky Sleepover, Jigsaw Jones Mystery #4
by James Preller
Ralphie Jordan can’t sleep. Something is making spooky noises in his room at night. It’s a perfect case for Jigsaw Jones, who pieces together all the ghostly clues.

Chicken Soup with Rice, A Book of Months

by Maurice Sendak
“Each month is gay, each season is nice, when eating chicken soup with rice.” It’s nice in January, April, June, and December — here’s the every-month dish for everyone to remember.

Flat Stanley
by Jeff Brown, Steve Bjorkman (illus.)
Stanley Lambchop is a nice, average boy. He leads a nice, ordinary life. Then one day a bulletin board falls on him, and suddenly Stanley is flat. This turns out to be very interesting. Stanley gets rolled up, mailed, and flown like a kite. He even gets to stop crime. He’s flat, but he’s a hero!

The Giving Tree
by Shel Silverstein
A little boy befriends a tree. Loving and generous, the tree provides everything she can for him — fruit, shade, a place for a swing — throughout the boy’s life. He, in turn, takes from the tree without noticing the sacrifices she makes. It isn’t until he’s old and infirm and gratefully rests on her stump that he understands all she has done. This powerful parable is fitting for all age groups.

The Great Kapok Tree A Tale of the Amazon Rain Forest

by Lynne Cherry
A man walks into a lush rain forest and starts chopping down a huge kapok tree. Lulled by the heat, he sits down and soon falls asleep. The forest dwellers approach, each whispering in his ear a reason to keep the tree standing. Suddenly, the man wakes up, and for the first time notices the beauty all around him. Will he still chop down the tree? The beauty of Cherry’s art helps to convey an important message in this environmental tale.

Is Your Mama a Llama?
by Deborah Guarino, Steven Kellogg (illus.)
A young llama is curious — are all his friends’ mamas llamas? Each animal tells Lloyd facts about its mother, and Lloyd — along with young readers — guesses what kind of animal each mother is. The rhyming text and illustrations give hints, and preschoolers will enjoy yelling out the answers, which are revealed by turning the page.

Junie B. Jones Smells Something Fishy, Junie B. Jones Series #12
by Barbara Park, Denise Brunkus (illus.)
Frustrated because the rules for her class’s Pet Day will not let her take her dog to school, Junie B. Jones considers taking a raccoon, a worm, a dead fish, and other unusual replacements.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse

by Kevin Henkes
Lilly the mouse adores her teacher, Mr. Slinger — until he takes away the purple plastic purse she was proudly showing off to her class. Lilly is so angry she draws a nasty picture of Mr. Slinger and slips it in his bag. At the end of the day, Lilly gets her purse back and inside is a sympathetic note and a bag of treats. As in all his other books, Henkes shows an incredible sensitivity to children’s feelings.

Martha Blah Blah
by Susan Meddaugh
When the current owner of the soup company breaks the founder’s promise to have every letter of the alphabet in every can of soup, Martha, the talking dog, takes action.

Mrs. Katz and Tush
by Patricia Polacco
In this special Passover story, Larnel Moore, an African-American boy, and Mrs. Katz, an elderly Jewish woman, develop an unusual friendship through their mutual concern for an abandoned cat named Tush. Together they explore the common themes of suffering and triumph in each of their cultures.

Stellaluna
by Janell Cannon, Jewell Cannon
Stellaluna, a little brown bat, is accidentally dropped by her mother. The helpless baby falls smack into a nest of fledglings and is immediately accepted as one of the family. Stellaluna tries to fit in but keeps acting unbirdlike, hanging upside down and wanting to fly at night. By chance Stellaluna is reunited with her mother and finally learns to be a proper bat.

Tonight on the Titanic, Magic Tree House Series #17
by Mary Pope Osborne, Sal Murdocca (illus.)
The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie away to the decks of that ill-fated ship, the Titanic. There they must help two children find their way to a lifeboat — while they are in danger of becoming victims of that tragic night themselves.

You Can’t Eat Your Chicken Pox, Amber Brown

by Paula Danziger, Tony Ross (illus.)
Amber Brown has survived third grade — even though her best friend, Justin, moved away. Now she’s heading to London with her Aunt Pam — and then to Paris. Before she gets there, Amber finds out she has chicken pox. Amber Brown is a kid with problems. Now that she can’t go to Paris, how will she convince her dad to move back in with her mom?

Zelda and Ivy
by Laura McGee Kvasnosky
Zelda and Ivy are sisters with a flair for the dramatic. Whether they’re performing a circus act, fashioning their tails in the latest style, or working wonders with “fairy dust,” their exploits are described with wit and charm in a very special trio of stories exploring the intimate dynamic between an older and younger sister.

THIRD GRADE READING LIST

The Best School Year Ever
by Barbara Robinson
The Herdmans are the most famous kids at Woodrow Wilson School. In fact, they are the most famous kids in the whole town — and they are the worst kids in the history of the world. They are dirty, rotten, lazy, and ornery. They tell lies and smoke cigars and set fire to things. They stay away from school whenever they want to and won’t learn anything when they are there. Every September the students and teachers gear up for another year of dealing with the Herdmans. But no matter what precautions are taken, these modern-day outlaws still manage to cause hilarious mayhem year-round. Their wild behavior always leads to disaster for someone, but somehow all six of them continually escape blame. Could there be something good about this horrible clan after all? Also recommended: The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.

The BFG
by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illus.)
Kidsnatched from her orphanage by a BFG (Big Friendly Giant) who spends his life blowing happy dreams to children, Sophie concocts with him a plan to save the world from nine other man-gobbling cannybull giants. Also recommended: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Brother Eagle, Sister Sky, A Message from Chief Seattle
by Susan Jeffers
During the 1850s, the white man negotiated to buy some land from the Northwest nations. Chief Seattle, head of the Suqamish and Duwamish Indians, spoke to the white man in his native tongue about the importance of preserving the earth. His speech, translated and lushly illustrated by Susan Jeffers, eloquently conveys the message that we must respect the Earth and all it has on it. This speech has been the inspiration for many environmental movements.

Charlotte’s Web
by E. B. White
This is the story of a little girl named Fern who loves a little pig named Wilbur — and of Wilbur’s dear friend, Charlotte A. Cavatica, a beautiful, large, gray spider who lives with Wilbur in the barn. With the help of Templeton, the rat who never does anything for anybody unless there is something in it for him, and by a wonderfully clever plan of their own, Charlotte saves the life of Wilbur, who by this time has grown up to be quite a pig.

Encyclopedia Brown, Boy Detective (Encyclopedia Brown Series #1)

by Donald J. Sobol
A Civil War sword … a watermelon stabbing … missing roller skates … a trapeze artist’s inheritance … and an eyewitness who’s legally blind! These are just some of the ten brain-twisting mysteries that Encyclopedia Brown must solve by using his famous computerlike brain. Try to crack the cases along with him — answers to all the mysteries are found in the back of the book!

Go Free or Die, A Story About Harriet Tubman
by Jeri Ferris, Karen Ritz (illus.)
A biography of Harriet Tubman, the black woman whose cruel experiences as a slave in the South led her to seek freedom in the North for herself and for others through the Underground Railroad.

How to Eat Fried Worms
by Thomas Rockwell, Emily A. McCully (illus.)
Billy makes a bet with his friends that he can eat 15 worms in 15 days. Even with a free choice of condiments — from peanut butter to horseradish — Billy wonders if he can really do it.

The Keeping Quilt
by Patricia Polacco
When Patricia Polacco’s great-great-grandmother came to America from Russia, she made a quilt out of the family’s old clothes. This quilt became a cherished symbol of love passed down from mother to daughter for almost a century — and was used for a variety of purposes. Heartwarming pictures of the quilt welcoming new babies and celebrating weddings — even being used as a Sabbath tablecloth — tie together the lives of four generations of an immigrant Jewish family and chronicle their enduring love and faith. In this tenth-anniversary edition, Polacco has expanded her beloved story with new pages of text and paintings to include her own two children using the quilt in the same ways that their ancestors did.

Miss Nelson Is Missing!
by Harry Allard, James Marshall (illus.)
The children in Miss Nelson’s class go beyond misbehaving; they are downright terrible! Near her wits’ end, Miss Nelson thinks up a brilliant plan. The next day the kids have a substitute — the nasty Viola Swamp — who loads the boys and girls with homework and never gives them a story hour. By the time Miss Nelson finally returns, the children are so grateful they behave well. But now Viola Swamp is missing!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
by Richard Atwater, Florence Atwater, Robert Lawson (illus.)
It is hard enough for Mr. Popper to support himself, Mrs. Popper, Bill, and Janie Popper. The addition of 12 penguins to the family makes it impossible to make both ends meet. Then Mr. Popper has a splendid idea — the talented penguins will be a sensation on the stage. And so they are…. A classic of American humor, this Newbery Honor-winning story of a gentle housepainter and his high-stepping penguins has delighted children for generations.

Poppy
by Avi, Brian Floca (illus.)
As ruler of Dimwood Forest, Ocax the hoot owl has promised to protect the mice occupying an abandoned farmhouse as long as they ask permission before “moving about.” Poppy, a timid deer mouse, is a loyal, obedient subject — until she sees Ocax devour her fiancé. To prove that the intimidating ruler is a phony, Poppy embarks on a dangerous and eye-opening quest, which ends with her one-on-one battle with Ocax.

Poppy and Rye
by Avi, Brian Floca (illus.)
Heartbroken over the death of her fiancé Ragweed, Poppy, a deer mouse, journeys west through the vast Dimwood Forest to bring the sad news to Ragweed’s family. But Poppy and her prickly porcupine pal, Ereth, arrive only to discover that beavers have flooded the serene valley where Ragweed lived. Together Poppy and Ragweed’s brother, Rye, brave kidnapping, imprisonment, and a daring rescue to fight the beavers. At the same time, Rye — who has lived in Ragweed’s shadow — fights to prove himself worthy of Poppy’s love.

Ramona Quimby, Age 8

by Beverly Cleary, Alan Tiegreen (illus.)
Ramona feels quite grown-up taking the bus by herself, helping big sister Beezus make dinner, and trying hard to be nice to pesky Willa Jean after school. Turning eight years old and entering the third grade can do that to a girl. So how can her teacher call her a nuisance?

Sarah, Plain and Tall
by Patricia MacLachlan
When their father invites a mail-order bride to come live with them in their prairie home, Caleb and Anna are captivated by their new mother and hope that she will stay. This tender, reassuring story is a Newbery Medal winner and a timeless classic.

Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
by Judy Blume, Roy Doty (illus.)
Living with his little brother, Fudge, makes Peter feel like a fourth-grade nothing. Fudge is never far from trouble. He’s a two-year-old terror who gets away with everything — and Peter’s had enough. When Fudge walks off with Dribble, Peter’s pet turtle, it’s the last straw.

Walking the Road to Freedom

by Jeri Ferris
This is the important and inspiring story of a woman who called herself Sojourner Truth. Using only the power of her voice, she spoke out against slavery throughout New England and the Midwest.

What Are You Figuring Now?, A Story About Benjamin Banneker
by Jeri Ferris, Amy Johnson (illus.)
A biography of the African-American farmer and self-taught mathematician, astronomer, and surveyor for the new capital city of the United States in 1791, who also calculated a successful almanac notable for its preciseness.

FOURTH GRADE READING LIST

Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-Sitters Club Series #2)
by Ann M. Martin
Claudia decides to investigate when she and the other members of the Baby-Sitters Club receive mysterious phone calls while out on assignments. Also recommended: Baby-Sitters Club: Little Sister Series and the Baby-Sitters Club Series

The Cricket in Times Square
by George Selden, Garth Williams (illus.)
Business has not been good at the Bellini’s newspaper stand in the Times Square subway station. Tucker the mouse, who lives in a drainpipe near the newsstand, wishes he could help. One night, Mario Bellini hears a beautiful sound — it is Chester, a cricket from Connecticut who has been accidentally brought to New York City and plays music with his wings. After Mario convinces his parents to let him keep Chester, Tucker, his friend Harry the cat, and the cricket come up with a plan to help the Bellinis keep their newsstand: Chester can give concerts!

Earthquake Terror
by Peg Kehret
When an earthquake hits the isolated island in northern California where his family has been camping, 12-year-old Jonathan Palmer must find a way to keep himself, his partially paralyzed younger sister, and their dog alive until help arrives.

Fudge-a-Mania
by Judy Blume
Peter Hatcher’s summer is not looking good. First of all, Peter’s brother, Fudge — the five-year-old human hurricane — has a plan: to marry Peter’s sworn enemy, Sheila Tubman. Disgusting! Could anything be worse? Yes. Peter’s parents have decided to rent a summer house next door to the Tubmans. Which means Peter will be stuck with Fudge and Sheila the Cootie Queen for three whole weeks! Will Peter be able to survive the summer? It may not be the vacation of Peter’s dreams, but as millions of Judy Blume fans know, it won’t be dull. When Fudge is around, anything can happen … and does! Also recommended: Superfudge and Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great.

The Indian in the Cupboard
by Lynne Reid Banks, Brock Cole (illus.)
The first book in this bestselling series begins with young Omri receiving an old family wooden medicine cupboard as a birthday gift. Given to him by his mother in order to house his plastic toy soldiers, the cupboard has a magical power: It can bring Omri’s toys to life. When his toy Indian comes alive and befriends him, Omri finds himself involved in all kinds of adventure and excitement.

Jacob Two-Two Meets the Hooded Fang
by Mordecai Richler, Fritz Wegner (illus.)
Jacob Two-Two says everything twice. But the grocer thinks Jacob’s being rude when he asks for something twice, and before he knows it, Jacob has been arrested and whisked away to Slimer’s Isle. How Jacob outsmarts the jailer and saves the children of Slimer’s Isle makes for outrageously funny reading.

The Mouse and the Motorcycle
by Beverly Cleary, Louis Darling (illus.)
Ralph the mouse is terrified. All he had wanted to do was ride the little motorcycle someone had left on the table. Instead, both Ralph and the motorcycle have taken a terrible fall — right into the bottom of the wastepaper basket. He is trapped, left to wait for whatever fate has in store for him. But it turns out to be Ralph’s lucky day. Along comes Keith, the owner of the toy motorcycle, who is staying with his family in the hotel room where Ralph lives. Not only does Keith save Ralph’s life, but he teaches him how to ride the bike. And when everyone is asleep, he turns Ralph loose in the hotel halls to enjoy the biking adventure of his life. But adventures can be both fun and trouble…as Ralph and Keith soon find out! Also recommended: Ralph S. Mouse and Runaway Ralph.

Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH
by Robert C. O’Brien, Zena Bernstein (illus.)
Mrs. Frisby, a widowed mouse with four small children, is faced with a terrible problem. She must move her family to their summer quarters immediately or face almost certain death. But her youngest son, Timothy, lies ill with pneumonia and must not be moved. Fortunately, she encounters the rats of NIMH, an extraordinary breed of highly intelligent creatures, who come up with a brilliant solution to her dilemma. And Mrs. Frisby in turn renders them a great service.

My Side of the Mountain
by Jean Craighead George
Tired of big-city life, Sam Gribley runs away to the Catskill Mountains to forge a life of his own. In this Newbery Honor book, Sam relates his adventures during the year he spends alone, including his struggle for survival, his dependence on nature, his animal friends, and his ultimate realization that he needs human companionship. Also recommended: On the Far Side of the Mountain.

My Teacher Is an Alien
by Bruce Coville, Mike Wimmer (illus.)
Susan can tell that her new substitute teacher is really weird. She doesn’t know how weird until she catches him peeling off his face — and realizes Mr. Smith is really an alien! Now it’s up to Susan and her friends to get rid of the extraterrestrial visitor.

Native American Doctor, The Story of Susan LaFlesche Picotte
by Jeri Ferris
This is the inspiring biography of the young Omaha Indian woman who became the first Native American woman to graduate from medical school.

Nothing’s Fair in Fifth Grade
by Barthe DeClements
Jenny knows one thing for sure — Elsie Edwards is a fat thief who steals people’s lunch money to buy candy. So when the book club money disappears, why is the whole class punished? Nothing’s fair! But soon Jenny realizes some things aren’t fair for Elsie, either. Elsie is on a strict diet, but when she starts losing weight, her mother won’t buy her new clothes. Instead, she plans to send Elsie to boarding school. Suddenly everyone wants to help Elsie. Nothing’s fair in fifth grade — but sometimes things get better!

The Original Adventures of Hank the Cowdog
by John R. Erickson, Gerald L. Holmes (illus.)
While investigating a vicious murder on his ranch, Hank finds himself the No. 1 suspect. Resigning in a fit of despair, he heads for the hills to become an outlaw — where a band of ruthless coyotes is happy to teach him the trade. Or are they? They seem to be on his side…until they unveil their plan for a raid on Hank’s ranch! Hank knows he can’t beat them. Will he be forced to join them?

Owls in the Family
by Farley Mowat, Robert Frankenberg (illus.)
Owls Wol and Weeps turn a household upside down, outwit a dog with the dignity of Mutt, and shake up a neighborhood.

Search for the Shadowman
by Joan Lowery Nixon
Twelve-year-old Andy Bonner isn’t thrilled with his teacher’s assignment to explore family history. When he starts asking questions about his ancestors, he is startled to discover a black sheep in the family tree. No one wants to reveal what happened in his family’s past. But Andy is determined to break the silence. Casting his net widely, from the Internet to the local cemetery, Andy helps everyone realize it’s never too late to seek justice.

A Share of Freedom
by June Rae Wood
Freedom Jo is a smart-mouthed 13-year-old with an alcoholic mother, a little brother, Jackie, whom she adores — and no idea who her father is. Afraid of being separated from Jackie after a binge lands their mother in an alcoholism-treatment program, Freedom runs away with him, hoping to hide out until their mother comes home. Her plan precipitates a chain of events that leads to the discovery of her father’s identity.

Sideways Stories from Wayside School
by Louis Sachar, Julie Brinckloe (illus.)
There’d been a terrible mistake. Wayside School was supposed to be built with 30 classrooms all next to each other in a row. Instead, they built the classrooms one on top of the other … 30 stories tall! (The builder said he was very sorry.) That may be why all kinds of funny things happen at Wayside School — especially on the 30th floor. You’ll meet Mrs. Gorf, the meanest teacher of all; terrible Todd, who always gets sent home early; and John, who can only read upside down — along with all the other kids in the crazy mixed-up school that came out sideways. But you’ll never guess the truth about Sammy, the new kid … or what’s in store for Wayside School on Halloween!

Stuart Little
by E. B. White
Stuart Little is a mouse in the family of the Frederick C. Littles and is a pleasantly debonair little character, with a shy, engaging manner and a somewhat philosophical turn of mind. He is a great help around the house, and everybody except Snowbell the cat likes him a great deal. In spite of his small size, Stuart gets around a good bit in the world, riding a Fifth Avenue bus with some aplomb, racing (and winning in) a sailboat in Central Park, teaching school for a day, and so on. His size — just over two inches — does give him some trouble now and then, like the time he was rolled up in the window shade, or when he got dumped into a garbage scow. But on the whole his life is a happy one. His great adventure comes when, at the age of seven, he sets out in the world to seek his dearest friend, Margalo, a beautiful little bird. Stuart Little, small in size only, has the adventurousness, the great purpose, and the indomitable spirit of a heroic figure, and his story, funny and tender and exciting by turns, will be read, re-read, and loved by young and old.

Time for Andrew, A Ghost Story
by Mary Downing Hahn
When he goes to spend the summer with his great-aunt in the family’s old house, 11-year-old Drew is drawn 80 years into the past to trade places with his great-great-uncle, who is dying of diphtheria.

FIFTH GRADE READING LIST

Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank
Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank’s remarkable diary has become a world classic — a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with the Nazis occupying Holland, 13-year-old Anne and her Jewish family went into hiding in the “secret annex” of an old office building; while living there, Anne recorded her experiences in a diary. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and a compelling self-portrait of an extraordinary young woman whose life was tragically cut short.

Chasing Redbird
by Sharon Creech
Zinnia Taylor lives in Bybanks, Kentucky, with too many brothers and sisters — a mess of “tadpoles” and “pumpkins” is what her uncle Nate calls them. When Zinny discovers a mysterious, overgrown trail that begins on her family’s farm, she’s determined to clear it, from start to finish. For she’s finally found a place of her own, a place where she can go, away from her family, to hear herself think. But what Zinny didn’t realize is that the mysteries of the trail are intertwined with her own unanswered questions and family secrets, and that the trail — and her passion to uncover it — is leading her on a journey home. CHASING REDBIRD is a powerful, beautifully crafted story about a young girl discovering that life is a tangle of mysteries, surprises, and everyday occurences — a journey that often needs unravelling and that sometimes must be traveled alone.

Dear Mr. Henshaw
by Beverly Cleary, Paul O. Zelinsky (illus.)
When fourth grader Leigh Botts asks Mr. Henshaw to write to him personally, he gets more than he bargained for. Mr. Henshaw’s letters are full of questions, and Leigh is getting tired of answering them. But as he continues his correspondence with his favorite author, he not only gets plenty of tips on writing, but he also finds a wise and thoughtful friend to whom he can tell his troubles.

Frindle
by Andrew Clements, Brian Selznick (illus.)
When he decides to turn his fifth-grade teacher’s love of the dictionary around on her, clever Nick Allen invents a new word and begins a chain of events that quickly moves beyond his control.

From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
by E. L. Konigsburg
The enchanting story of the unappreciated Claudia Kincaid, “boring straight-A Claudia” (oldest child and only girl and almost too old for half-fare tickets), who runs away with her little brother Jamie to live in the Metropolitan Museum, FILES is a sentimental favorite with a remarkable heroine. Crammed with fascinating details — strategies for hiding in a museum, techniques for bathing in a fountain, the smell of a 16th-century bed (musty), and tantalizing peeks at the Met and its treasures — it’s a grand adventure. More important, FILES is the story of Claudia’s quest to define herself. In the fulfillment of that quest, her own resourcefulness is bolstered by a statue that may or may not be by Michelangelo; a brother who proves to be a fabulous ally; and the wise, prickly Mrs. Frankweiler herself.

Holes
by Louis Sachar
As further evidence of his family’s bad fortune, which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish boys’ juvenile detention center in the Texas desert. As punishment, the boys here must each dig a hole every day, five feet deep and five feet across. Ultimately, Stanley “digs up the truth” — and through his experience, finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. HOLES is a wildly inventive, darkly humorous tale of crime and punishment — and redemption.

In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
by Bette Bao Lord, Marc Simont (illus.)
Shirley Temple Wong sails from China to America with a heart full of dreams. Her new home is Brooklyn, New York. America is indeed a land full of wonders, but Shirley doesn’t know any English, so it’s hard to make friends. Then a miracle — baseball — happens. It is 1947, and Jackie Robinson, star of the Brooklyn Dodgers, is everyone’s hero. Jackie Robinson is proving that a black man, the grandson of a slave, can make a difference in America. And for Shirley as well, on the ball field and off, America becomes the land of opportunity.

Island of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
In the Pacific there is an island that looks like a big fish sunning itself in the sea. Around it, blue dolphins swim, otters play, and sea elephants and sea birds abound. Once, Indians also lived on the island. And when they left and sailed to the east, one young girl was left behind. This is the story of Karana, the Indian girl who lived alone for years on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. Year after year, she watched one season pass into another and waited for a ship to take her away. But while she waited, she kept herself alive by building a shelter, making weapons, finding food, and fighting her enemies, the wild dogs. Island of the Blue Dolphins is not only an unusual adventure of survival but also a tale of natural beauty and personal discovery.

Matilda
by Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake (illus.)
Matilda Wormwood started reading books at the age of four, but her crooked father and bingo-playing mother regard book reading as a waste of time — and much prefer watching TV. In fact, they take no notice of their genius daughter at all! Only Miss Honey, Matilda’s lovely and gentle teacher, recognizes her special gifts. Yet Miss Honey has problems of her own: Her aunt is the tyrannical Miss Trunchbull, an evil headmistress who bullies children and parents alike — and has taken Miss Honey’s house and money. Can Matilda use her extraordinary talents to seek revenge — and make all of the wrong-doing grown-ups pay? Also recommended: James and the Giant Peach.

Mick Harte Was Here
by Barbara Park
How could someone like Mick die? He was the kid who freaked out his mom by putting a ceramic eye in a defrosted chicken, the kid who did a wild dance in front of the whole school — and the kid who, if only he had worn his bicycle helmet, would still be alive today. But now Phoebe Harte’s 12-year-old brother is gone, and Phoebe’s world has turned upside down. With her trademark candor and compassion, beloved middle-grade writer Barbara Park tells how Phoebe copes with her painful loss in this story filled with sadness, humor — and hope.

My Daniel
by Pam Conrad
Wandering through the Natural History Museum with her grandchildren, Julia Creath feels the presence of her dead brother, Daniel. She remembers a time when fossil fever hit everyone, old and young — a time when people would even kill for those old bones under the ground. Julia becomes the Nebraska farm girl she once was, as she weaves together the story of the great dinosaur rush — an adventurous tale of love and treachery, but most of all the story of her own childhood, and of the older brother she loved more than anything. Daniel had a dream: to save their family farm by finding a dinosaur. It was a dream that Julia shared — and that she alone would see come true.

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it’s now 1943, and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town. When the Nazis begin “relocating” the Jews of Denmark, Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family. And as Annemarie helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis and embarks on a dangerous mission, she learns how to be brave and courageous — to save her best friend’s life.

Shiloh
by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
Eleven-year-old Marty Preston loves to spend time up in the hills behind his home near Friendly, West Virginia. Sometimes he takes his .22 rifle to see what he can shoot, like some cans lined up on a rail fence. Other times he goes up early in the morning just to sit and watch the fox and deer. But one summer Sunday, Marty comes across something different on the road just past the old Shiloh schoolhouses — a young beagle — and the trouble begins. What do you do when a dog you suspect is being mistreated runs away and comes to you? When it is someone else’s dog? When the man who owns him has a gun? This is Marty’s problem, and he finds it is one he has to face alone. When his solution gets too big for him to handle, things become more frightening still. Finally, Marty puts his courage on the line and discovers in the process that it is not always easy to separate right from wrong. Sometimes, however, you’ll do almost anything to save a dog you love.

The View from Saturday
by E. L. Konigsburg
It was a surprise to a lot of people when Mrs. Olinski’s team won the sixth-grade Academic Bowl contest at Epiphany Middle School. It was an even bigger surprise when they beat the seventh grade and the eighth grade, too. And when they went on to even greater victories, everyone began to ask: How did it happen? Mrs. Olinski, returning to teaching after having been injured in an automobile accident, found that her Academic Bowl team became her answer to finding confidence and success. What she did not know, at least at first, was that her team knew better than she did the answer to why they had been chosen. This is a tale about a team, a class, a school, a series of contests and, set in the midst of this, four jewel-like short stories — one for each of the team members — that ask questions and demonstrate surprising answers.

Wait Till Helen Comes, A Ghost Story
by Mary Downing Hahn
Molly and Michael dislike their spooky new stepsister Heather but realize that they must try to save her when she seems ready to follow a ghost child to her doom.

Walk Two Moons
by Sharon Creech
Thirteen-year-old Salamanca Tree Hiddle, proud of her country roots and the “Indian-ness in her blood,” travels from Ohio to Idaho with her eccentric grandparents. Along the way, she tells of the story of Phoebe Winterbottom, who received mysterious messages, who met a “potential lunatic,” and whose mother disappeared. Beneath Phoebe’s story is Salamanca’s own story and that of her mother, who left one April morning for Idaho, promising to return before the tulips bloomed. Sal’s mother has not, however, returned, and the trip to Idaho takes on a growing urgency as Salamanca hopes to get to Idaho in time for her mother’s birthday and bring her back, despite her father’s warning that she is fishing in the air. This richly layered Newbery Medal-winning novel is in turn funny, mysterious, and touching.

The Warm Place
by Nancy Farmer
When Ruva, a young giraffe, is captured and sent to a zoo in San Francisco, she calls upon two rats, a street-smart chameleon, a runaway boy, and all the magical powers of the animal world to return to “the warm place” that is home.

SIXTH GRADE READING LIST

Absolutely Normal Chaos
by Sharon Creech
A prequel to the Newbery Medal-winning Walk Two Moons, this book chronicles the daily life of 13-year-old Mary Lou Finney during her most chaotic and romantic summer ever. Mary Lou’s summer journal — which she begins grudgingly as a dreaded assignment for school — becomes a hilarious chronicle of the circle of people and events that make her summer. There is Carl Ray, the mysterious and troublesome cousin that comes to visit; Beth Ann Bartels, her best friend who’s recently gone boy crazy; Alex Cheevy, the boy that makes Mary Lou’s brains “mushy;” and, of course, the Finney clan, her “normally strange family.” What follows is the story of a summer filled with lessons and observations on love, death, friendship, and family.

Belle Prater’s Boy
by Ruth White
When Woodrow’s mother suddenly disappears, he moves to his grandparents’ home in a small Virginia town where he befriends his cousin, and together they find the strength to face the terrible losses and fears in their lives.

Bridge to Terabithia
by Katherine Paterson, Donna Diamond (illus.)
An extraordinarily powerful tribute to friendship, this Newbery Award-winning novel recounts the unlikely friendship of a country boy, Jess, and his neighbor, an uprooted city girl named Leslie. When Leslie is killed during a storm while trying to reach Terabithia, their secret hiding place, Jess must gather all his strength to come to terms with his loss and find a way to heal.

Catherine, Called Birdy
by Karen Cushman
Catherine, the spirited and inquisitive daughter of an English country knight, narrates in diary form the story of her 14th year — in the year 1290. Here, she records the events of her life, particularly her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married off.

The Complete Chronicles of Narnia
by C. S. Lewis, Chris Van Allsburg (illus.)
Enter the magical land of Narnia, where enchanted creatures live and battles are fought between good and evil! The seven volumes of C. S. Lewis’s famed fantasy series come boxed in a hardcover case.

The Egypt Game
by Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Alton Raible (illus.)
Even to Melanie, who knew that you could never predict what a new kid would be like, April Hall was something of a surprise. One look at her stringy upswept hair, false eyelashes, and ragged fox-fur collar, convinced Melanie that April was not going to be easy to integrate into the sixth grade at Wilson School. Within a month, April and Melanie had developed a common interest in ancient Egypt and had begun to develop a land of Egypt in an abandoned storage yard. Complications arose when other people joined the original Egyptians, when a murderer ranged the neighborhood, and when an oracle predicted strange things. But it was all in the game, which gave even April a fall and winter to remember.

The Giver
by Lois Lowry
Eleven-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. There is no war or pain, and there are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community. When Jonas turns 12, he is chosen to receive special training from The Giver himself — a man who alone holds the key to the true pain and pleasure of life: memories. Now it is time for Jonas to receive the truth. What will Jonas do once he experiences the power of deep emotions? This gripping and provocative Newbery Award-winning novel keeps readers turning the pages and exploring the special qualities that make us each human.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
by J. K. Rowling
Orphaned as a baby, Harry Potter has spent 11 awful years living with his mean aunt, uncle, and cousin. But everything changes for Harry when an owl delivers a mysterious letter inviting him to attend a school for wizards. At this special school, Harry finds friends, fun, and magic in everything from classes to meals, as well as a great destiny that’s been waiting for him…if Harry can survive the encounter. Fans of C. S. Lewis and Roald Dahl will love this enchanting, funny book! Also recommended: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name
by Margaret Craven
Amid the grandeur of the remote Pacific Northwest stands Kingcome, a village so ancient that, according to Kwakiutl myth, it was founded by the two brothers left on earth after the great flood. The Native Americans who still live there call it Quee, a place of such incredible natural richness that hunting and fishing remain primary food sources. But the old culture of totems and potlatch is being replaces by a new culture of prefab housing and alcoholism. Kingcome’s younger generation is disenchanted and alienated from its heritage. And now, coming upriver is a young vicar, Mark Brian, who has two years to live. Sent to this Indian parish in British Columbia, Mark embarks on a journey of discovery that can teach him — and us — about life, death, and the transforming power of love.

The Island
by Gary Paulsen
Every morning 15-year-old Wil Neuton gets up, brushes his teeth, leaves the house, and rows away from shore. He’s discovered the island, a place where he can go to be alone and learn to know nature — and himself. On the island he watches the loons and the fish in the lake, and he writes and paints. It feels good to get away from the tension rising between his parents — tension brought on by yet another move to a new town. But Wil can’t stay away from the outside world forever. He must face Ray Bunner, the bully determined to challenge him, and his parents, who worry when Wil decides to stay on the island indefinitely. Can Wil bridge the growing gap between himself and the rest of the world?

Maniac Magee
by Jerry Spinelli
When Jeffrey Lionel Magee wanders into Two Mills, Pennsylvania, a legend is in the making. Before too long, stories begin to circulate about how fast and how far he can run and about feats so incredible they earn him the nickname “Maniac.”

The Midwife’s Apprentice
by Karen Cushman
In medieval England, a nameless, homeless girl is taken in by a sharp-tempered midwife and in spite of obstacles and hardship, eventually gains the three things she wants most: a full belly, a contented heart, and a place in this world.

Number the Stars
by Lois Lowry
Ten-year-old Annemarie Johansen and her best friend Ellen Rosen often think about life before the war. But it’s now 1943, and their life in Copenhagen is filled with school, food shortages, and the Nazi soldiers marching in their town. When the Nazis begin “relocating” the Jews of Denmark, Ellen moves in with the Johansens and pretends to be part of the family. And as Annemarie helps shelter her Jewish friend from the Nazis and embarks on a dangerous mission, she learns how to be brave and courageous — to save her best friend’s life.

The Phantom Tollbooth
by Norton Juster, Jules Feiffer (illus.)
This ingenious fantasy centers around Milo, a bored ten-year old who comes home to find a large toy tollbooth sitting in his room. Joining forces with a watchdog named Tock, Milo drives through the tollbooth’s gates and begins a memorable journey. He meets such characters as the foolish yet lovable Humbug, the Mathemagician, and the not-so-wicked “Which,” Faintly Macabre, who gives Milo the “impossible” mission of returning two princesses to the Kingdom of Wisdom. Along his journey, Milo learns the importance of words and numbers — and learns to appreciate life.

The River
by Gary Paulsen
In this exciting sequel to Hatchet, 15-year-old Brian Robeson, who survived alone in the wilderness for 54 days, returns to the wilderness at the request of a government survival school. This time, however, he won’t be alone: Derek Holtzer, a government psychologist, will accompany him to observe and take notes. But during a freak storm, Derek is hit by lightning and falls into a coma. Afraid that Derek will die of dehydration unless he can get him to a doctor, Brian’s only hope is to build a raft and try to transport Derek a hundred miles down the river to a trading post.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
The Logans, a black family living in the South during the 1930s, are faced with prejudice and discrimination which their children don’t understand. It takes the events of one turbulent year — the year of the night riders and the burnings, the year a white girl humiliates Cassie in public simply because she is black — to show Cassie that having a place of their own is the Logan family’s lifeblood. It is the land that gives the Logans their courage and pride, for no matter how others may degrade them, the Logans posess something no one can take away.

Summer of My German Soldier
by Bette Greene
The summer that Patty Bergen turns 12 is a summer that will haunt her forever. When her small hometown in Arkansas becomes the site of a camp housing German prisoners during World War II, Patty learns what it means to open her heart. Even though she’s Jewish, she begins to see a prison escapee, Anton, not as a Nazi, but as a lonely, frightened young man with feelings not unlike her own. In Anton, Patty finds someone who softens the pain of her own father’s rejection and who appreciates her in a way her mother never will. While patriotic feelings run high, Patty risks losing family, friends — even her freedom — for this dangerous friendship. It is a risk she has to take and one she will have to pay a price to keep.

Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. Together, the three of them experience danger, adventure, love, and sorrow.

The Wish Giver, Three Tales of Coven Tree
by Bill Brittain, Andrew Glass (illus.)
The people of Coven Tree are no strangers to magic. In fact, the town’s very name comes from a gnarled old tree where covens of witches used to gather. Even now, imps and fiends continue to appear, frightening the townfolk with their devilish pranks. Usually these creatures are easy to spot. They have a particular smell, sound, or way of moving that betrays their dark nature. But Thaddeus Blinn showed none of these signs when he came to Coven Tree. He was just a funny little man who drifted into town with a strange tale about being able to give people whatever they wished — for only 50 cents. There was nothing scary about him. At least, not until the wishing began….

Words of Stone
by Kevin Henkes
While exploring the countryside outside of his home, 10-year-old Blaze Werla spots a devastating message on the side of a hill. Ultimately, Blaze’s summer takes a turn toward mystery and adventure when he meets the boisterous and irresistible Joselle.

Wringer
by Jerry Spinelli
As Palmer comes of age, he must either accept the violence of being a wringer at his town’s annual Pigeon Day or find the courage to oppose it.

SEVENTH GRADE READING LIST

Beyond the Burning Time
by Kathryn Lasky
They say something very strange is happening to some of the people of Salem. That some of the young girls have become … troubled. And the fear is beginning to spread. Mary and her mother don’t hear about the rumors right away. They don’t know that many of the villagers believe that some of Mary’s friends have had spells cast on them — by witches. Or that one of the accused is Mary’s mother. Now Mary and her brother, Caleb, have a decision to make: Are the villagers right? Or is their mother innocent? And if she is — can they help her escape before it’s too late?

Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul, 101 Stories of Life, Love and Learning
by Jack Canfield (ed.), Mark Victor Hansen (ed.), Kimberly Kirberger (ed.)
This carefully formulated collection of stories guides teenagers through one of the most difficult periods in life, offering invaluable advice on the nature of friendship and love, the importance of belief in the future, the value of respect for oneself and others, and more — all delivered with compassion and humor. Also recommended: Chicken Soup for the Teenage Soul II.

Crazy Lady!
by Jane Leslie Conly
Receiving less and less attention from his widowed father, Vernon joins with his friends as they ridicule the neighborhood outcasts — Maxine, an alcoholic prone to public displays of outrageous behavior, and Ronald, her retarded son. Then social services tries to put Ronald into a special home, and Vernon finds himself fighting the agency.

The Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Whisked away from his comfortable, unambitious life in his hobbit-hole in Bag End by Gandalf the wizard and a company of dwarves, Bilbo Baggins finds himself caught up in a plot to raid the treasure hoard of Smaug the Magnificent, a large and very dangerous dragon. Although quite reluctant to take part in this quest, Bilbo surprises even himself by his resourcefulness and his skill as a burglar! Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant success when published in 1937 and has remained a timeless classic.

Homecoming
by Cynthia Voigt
The Tillerman kids’ mother just left them one day in a car in a mall parking lot. Their father had left them a long time ago. So, as usual, it was up to 13-year-old Dicey, the eldest of four, to take care of everything, make all the decisions, feed them, find places to sleep. But above all, Dicey would have to make sure to avoid the authorities who would split them up and place them in foster homes. Deep down, she hoped they could find an adult they could trust, someone who would take them in and love them. But she was afraid it was too much to hope for.

Journey of the Sparrows
by Fran Leeper Buss
Nailed into a crate in the back of a truck, 15-year-old Maria, her older sister Julia, their little brother Oscar, and a boy named Tomas endure a cruel journey across the U.S. border and then north to Chicago. There they struggle to find work — cleaning, sewing, washing dishes — always careful to remain “invisible” so the authorities won’t arrest and deport them. Despite the family’s ordeals, hope and love can be found — in Maria’s budding romance with Tomas, in the help given by a kindly midwife and priest, and most of all, in the stories Maria tells to lift the family’s spirits, of a little sparrow who brings a rainbow. Starkly realistic and tenderly poetic, this powerfully moving story of the secret lives of immigrants who courageously triumph over incredible obstacles is not to be missed.

The Man Who Was Poe
by Avi
In Providence, Rhode Island, in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe reluctantly investigates the problems of 11-year-old Edmund, whose family has mysteriously disappeared and whose story suggests a new Poe tale with a ghastly final twist.

The Maze
by Will Hobbs
Stowing away in the back of a pickup, Rick, a 14-year-old foster child, escapes from a juvenile detention facility near Las Vegas and travels to Canyonlands National Park in Utah. There, he finds himself in a dead end in the surreal landscape of redrock spires and deep canyons called the Maze, and is taken in by an eccentric naturalist who is working on a project to reintroduce condors to the wild.

Myst, The Book of Atrus
by Rand Miller, Robyn Miller, David Wingrove
The ages of Myst are worlds of adventure and awe … of mystery and beauty … of intrigue and betrayal. You have seen only a glimpse of the picture. Now take a step further into the fictional legend of Myst. These pages are your link to the story of Atrus, son of Gehn, and the last of the race of D’Ni — the masters of The Art, the craft of linking to other worlds through the descriptive art of writing. For most of his young life, Atrus thought the stories his grandmother told him were just strange legends. Then his time came to explore the magnificent underground realm.

Night
by Elie Wiesel
A terrifying account of the Nazi death camp horror that turns a young Jewish boy into an agonized witness to the death of his family … the death of his innocence…and the death of his God. Penetrating and powerful, as personal as The Diary of Anne Frank, Night awakens the shocking memory of evil at its absolute and carries with it the unforgettable message that this horror must never be allowed to happen again.

Nothing but the Truth, A Documentary Novel
by Avi
A ninth-grader’s suspension for singing “The Star-Spangled Banner” during homeroom becomes a national news story. In this remarkable Newbery Honor book, facts, people, actions, and reactions are presented in stark documentary style. The truth — and nothing but the truth — can be discovered by only one person: the reader.

Of Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck
While the powerlessness of the laboring class is a recurring theme in Steinbeck’s work of the late 1930s, he narrowed his focus when composing Of Mice and Men, creating an intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal; a friendship and a shared dream that makes an individual’s existence meaningful.

Out of the Dust
by Karen Hesse
In a series of free verse poems, 15-year-old Billie Jo relates the hardships of living on her family’s wheat farm in Oklahoma during the dust bowl years of the Great Depression. Powerful and moving, this Newbery Medal winner effectively depicts both a bleak historical era and one family’s healing.

Redwall
by Brian Jacques
When the peaceful life of ancient Redwall Abbey is shattered by the arrival of the evil rat Cluny and his villainous hordes, Matthias, a young mouse, determines to find the legendary sword of Martin the Warrior which, he is convinced, will help Redwall’s inhabitants destroy the enemy.

River Thunder
by Will Hobbs
Jessie, Troy, and the rest of the crew from Downriver have returned to the Grand Canyon for adventure on the Colorado River. In the year since they last were together, each has changed; each feels more mature. But how will they interact now that they are facing new challenges — challenges greater than anything they’ve had to deal with at home? For Troy, it is a chance to prove he can be a team player, someone worthy of friendship and love. For Jessie, the river is the ultimate test. Does she have what it takes to row down the mighty Colorado? The only way to find out is to get into the raft and set off to face the thundering rapids and the powerful emotions that the river unleashes.

Shabanu, Daughter of the Wind
by Suzanne Fisher Staples
When 11-year-old Shabanu, the daughter of a nomad in the Cholistan Desert of present-day Pakistan, is pledged in marriage to an older man whose money will bring prestige to the family, she must either accept the decision, as is the custom, or risk the consequences of defying her father’s wishes.

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
“Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That is a lawyer’s advice to his children as he defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee’s classic novel — a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unswerving honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man’s struggle for justice. But the weight of history will only tolerate so much.

Where the Lilies Bloom
by Vera Cleaver, Bill Cleaver
Mary Call has true Appalachian grit. When her dying father makes her promise to keep her brother and sisters together forever on the mountain and take no help from strangers, she is determined to keep her word — no matter what. At first Mary Call is sure she can run the family just fine on her own. Romey and Ima Dean help her gather herbs to sell in town, using the riches of the mountains to keep the family clothed and fed. But winter sets in all too quickly. As food runs low, and the tiny house begins to cave in under the weight of the snow, Mary Call learns that the land where the lilies bloom is also a cruel and unforgiving land that deems a price for her stubborn pride.

Z for Zachariah
by Robert C. O’Brien
Ann Burden is 16 and, as far she she knows, the only person left in the world. The nuclear radiation that destroyed the rest of the world has not touched the valley where she lives, and so she has remained, surviving as best she knows how, for the past year. Then, the smoke from a distant campfire shatters Ann’s solitude. Someone else is still alive and making his way toward the valley: John Loomis, a scientist, protected from the radiation by a “safe-suit.” He asserts his will almost immediately. And as his behavior becomes more and more extreme — finally culminating in violent confrontation — Ann must choose how she will live, in a world unlike any she has known.

EIGHTH GRADE READING LIST

The Cay
by Theodore Taylor
When the freighter on which they are traveling is torpedoed by a German submarine during World War II, an adolescent white boy, blinded by a blow on the head, and an old black man are stranded on a tiny Caribbean island where the boy acquires a new kind of vision, courage, and love from his old companion.

Children of the River
by Linda Crew
Having fled Cambodia four years earlier to escape the Khmer Rouge army, 17-year-old Sundara is torn between remaining faithful to her own people and enjoying life in her Oregon high school as a “regular” American. Although she is forbidden to speak to any white boys, Sundara falls in love with Jonathan. Is her new life disloyal to her past?

The Chosen
by Chaim Potok
In 1940s Brooklyn, two boys who have grown up within a few blocks of each other, but in entirely different worlds, meet for the first time in a bizarre encounter — a baseball game between two Jewish parochial schools that turns into a holy war. With dramatic force and simplicity that seizes the heart, The Chosen depicts the powerful bonds of love and pain that join father and son, the communions and quarrels of friendship, the true religionist’s love of God, and the tumults by which the heart is made human.

Cold Sassy Tree
by Olive Ann Burns
The one thing you can depend on in Cold Sassy, Georgia, is that word gets around — fast. When Grandpa E. Rucker Blakeslee announces one July morning in 1906 that he’s aiming to marry the young and freckly milliner, Mill Love Simpson — a bare three weeks after Granny Blakeslee has gone to her reward — the news is served up all over town with that afternoon’s dinner. And young Will Tweedy suddenly finds himself eyewitness to a major scandal. Boggled by the sheer audacity of it all, and not a little jealous of his grandpa’s new wife, Will nevertheless approves of this May-December match and follows its progress with just a smidgen of youthful prurience.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
Folksy and fresh, endearing and enduring, this bestselling book tells the tale of two women and the cafe they ran in Whistle Stop, Alabama, offering barbecue, coffee, love, laughter — and an occasional murder.

Ironman
by Chris Crutcher
Bo Brewster has been at war with his father for as long as he can remember. Following angry outbursts at school which cost Bo his spot on the football team and move him dangerously close to expulsion, Bo is sent to Mr. Nak’s Anger Management Group (which he initially believes to be populated with future serial killers and freeway snipers). There he meets a hard-edged pack of survivors whose own defenses are rigged as high as his. It is here he meets and falls in love with Shelly, a future American Gladiator, whose passion for physical challenge more than matches his.

Johnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes, Lynn Ward (illus.)
A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times in Boston just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up in a dramatic involvement with Otis, Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams in the exciting currents and undercurrents that were to lead to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington — and finally, a touching resolution of Johnny’s personal life. Johnny Tremain is historical fiction at its best, portraying Revolutionary Boston as a living drama through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy.

The Killer Angels
by Michael Shaara
In the four most bloody and courageous days of our nation’s history, two armies fought for two dreams. One dreamed of freedom, the other of a way of life. Far more than rifles and bullets were carried into battle. There were memories. There were promises. There was love. And far more than men fell on those Pennsylvania fields. Shattered futures, forgotten innocence, and crippled beauty were also the casualties of war. A Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, The Killer Angels is unique, sweeping, unforgettable — a dramatic re-creation of the Battle of Gettysburg.

Lone Wolf
by Kristine L. Franklin, Joe Baker (illus.)
When a large family moves into the house near where he and his father live in the woods, Perry’s friendship with the oldest girl helps him come to terms with his sister’s death and his parents’ divorce.

Lyddie
by Katherine Paterson
Her parents are gone, and her brother and sisters sent to live with other people. Lyddie Worthen is on her own. When Lyddie hears about the mill jobs in Lowell, Massachusetts, she heads there with the goal of earning enough money to reunite her family. Six days a week, from dawn to dusk, Lyddie and the other girls run weaving looms in the murky dust- and lint-filled factory. Lyddie learns to read — and to handle the menacing overseer. But when the working conditions begin to affect her friends’ health, she has to make a choice. Will she speak up for better working conditions and risk her job — and her dream? Or will she stay quiet until it is perhaps too late?

Midget
by Tim Bowler
Subject to strange fits, physically abnormal, and psychologically disturbed from the constant torment and abuse of his older brother, 15-year-old Midget finds himself in control of his life for the first time when he gets his own sailboat and discovers untapped mental powers.

The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle
by Avi
It’s the summer of 1832, and the Seahawk looms against a darkening sky. Manned by an angry, motley crew at the mercy of a ruthless captain, the ship reeks of despair and mutiny! It is no place for the lone passenger, 13-year-old Charlotte Doyle, yet for her there is no turning back. But from her seemingly powerless position, Charlotte dares to become the center of a deadly voyage that will challenge her courage, her loyalties, and her very will to survive. This gripping Newbery Honor Book details her terrifying account of that fateful voyage.

The Wizard of Oz
by L. Frank Baum
Here is the original book that started the wonderful series and inspired the famous movie! After being transported by a cyclone to the magical land of Oz, Dorothy and her dog, Toto, are befriended by a scarecrow, a tin man, and a cowardly lion who accompany her to the Emerald City in search of a wizard who can help Dorothy return home to Kansas.

NINTH GRADE READING LIST

Romeo and Juliet (Mass Market Paperback)
by William Shakespeare (shelved 108 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.73 — 1,928,333 ratings — published 1595

The Odyssey (Paperback)
by Homer (shelved 90 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.70 — 904,172 ratings — published -800

Night (Paperback)
by Elie Wiesel (shelved 58 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.29 — 917,450 ratings — published 1958

To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
by Harper Lee (shelved 57 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.25 — 4,100,732 ratings — published 1960

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
by Suzanne Collins (shelved 51 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.35 — 5,450,833 ratings — published 2008

Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
by John Steinbeck (shelved 47 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,836,075 ratings — published 1937

Animal Farm (Paperback)
by George Orwell (shelved 40 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.85 — 2,362,259 ratings — published 1945

Speak (Paperback)
by Laurie Halse Anderson (Goodreads Author) (shelved 36 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.00 — 542,593 ratings — published 1999

Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood (Persepolis, #1)
by Marjane Satrapi (shelved 32 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.22 — 179,263 ratings — published 2000

The Book Thief (Hardcover)
by Markus Zusak (Goodreads Author) (shelved 32 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.35 — 1,920,383 ratings — published 2005

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
by Suzanne Collins (shelved 30 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.30 — 2,211,326 ratings — published 2009

The Lightning Thief (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #1)
by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author) (shelved 30 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.22 — 1,725,356 ratings — published 2005

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Paperback)
by Mark Haddon (shelved 28 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.85 — 1,173,014 ratings — published 2003

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex (Paperback)
by Nathaniel Philbrick (Goodreads Author) (shelved 27 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.16 — 113,578 ratings — published 1999

Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment (Mass Market Paperback)
by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston (shelved 24 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.53 — 12,111 ratings — published 1972

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
by Suzanne Collins (shelved 24 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.02 — 2,108,482 ratings — published 2010

The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Paperback)
by Stephen Chbosky (shelved 24 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.21 — 1,324,951 ratings — published 1999

Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
by William Golding (shelved 23 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.64 — 2,032,517 ratings — published 1954

The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
by J.D. Salinger (shelved 23 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.79 — 2,640,895 ratings — published 1951

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian (Hardcover)
by Sherman Alexie (shelved 23 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.11 — 254,708 ratings — published 2007

The Fault in Our Stars (Hardcover)
by John Green (Goodreads Author) (shelved 21 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.28 — 3,129,742 ratings — published 2012

The Lovely Bones (Mass Market Paperback)
by Alice Sebold (shelved 21 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.77 — 2,028,534 ratings — published 2002

Zoot Suit (Paperback)
by Luis Valdez (shelved 20 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.45 — 511 ratings — published 2001

The Bean Trees (Greer Family, #1)
by Barbara Kingsolver (shelved 20 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.94 — 132,829 ratings — published 1988

Fahrenheit 451 (Hardcover)
by Ray Bradbury (shelved 19 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.01 — 785,262 ratings — published 1953

Twilight (Twilight, #1)
by Stephenie Meyer (shelved 19 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.57 — 4,301,916 ratings — published 2005

Mexican WhiteBoy (Hardcover)
by Matt de la Pena (Goodreads Author) (shelved 17 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.86 — 6,711 ratings — published 2008

Be More Chill (Paperback)
by Ned Vizzini (shelved 17 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.70 — 12,259 ratings — published 2004

It’s Kind of a Funny Story (Paperback)
by Ned Vizzini (shelved 17 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.14 — 360,921 ratings — published 2006

Paper Towns (Paperback)
by John Green (Goodreads Author) (shelved 17 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.87 — 751,961 ratings — published 2008

Looking for Alaska (Paperback)
by John Green (Goodreads Author) (shelved 17 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.11 — 1,201,450 ratings — published 2005

Divergent (Divergent, #1)
by Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author) (shelved 16 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.25 — 2,432,916 ratings — published 2011

The Glass Castle (Paperback)
by Jeannette Walls (shelved 16 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.23 — 873,731 ratings — published 2005

Crank (Crank, #1)
by Ellen Hopkins (Goodreads Author) (shelved 16 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.16 — 187,839 ratings — published 2004

Graceling (Graceling Realm, #1)
by Kristin Cashore (shelved 15 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.10 — 495,808 ratings — published 2008

The Battle of the Labyrinth (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #4)
by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author) (shelved 15 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.38 — 639,261 ratings — published 2008

The Sea of Monsters (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)
by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author) (shelved 15 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.23 — 641,307 ratings — published 2006

The Epic of Gilgamesh (Paperback)
by Anonymous (shelved 14 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.61 — 71,506 ratings — published -2000

Great Expectations (Paperback)
by Charles Dickens (shelved 14 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.73 — 684,302 ratings — published 1860

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier (Hardcover)
by Ishmael Beah (shelved 14 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.14 — 203,254 ratings — published 2007

Monster (Paperback)
by Walter Dean Myers (shelved 14 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.69 — 69,138 ratings — published 1999

1984 (Mass Market Paperback)
by George Orwell (shelved 14 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.13 — 2,655,209 ratings — published 1949

The Giver (The Giver, #1)
by Lois Lowry (Goodreads Author) (shelved 13 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.12 — 1,709,040 ratings — published 1993

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1)
by J.K. Rowling (shelved 13 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.43 — 5,008,330 ratings — published 1997

Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by Jane Austen (shelved 13 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.23 — 2,673,311 ratings — published 1813

Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
by Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author) (shelved 12 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.08 — 1,142,807 ratings — published 2012

The Son of Neptune (The Heroes of Olympus, #2)
by Rick Riordan (Goodreads Author) (shelved 12 times as 9th-grade)

A Tale of Two Cities (Paperback)
by Charles Dickens (shelved 12 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 3.79 — 1,015,254 ratings — published 1859

I Will Save You (Hardcover)
by Matt de la Pena (Goodreads Author) (shelved 12 times as 9th-grade)
avg rating 4.06 — 4,666 ratings — published 2010

TENTH GRADE READING LIST

Lord of the Flies (Paperback)
by William Golding (shelved 9 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.64 — 2,032,526 ratings — published 1954

Animal Farm (Paperback)
by George Orwell (shelved 8 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.85 — 2,362,262 ratings — published 1945

Frankenstein (Paperback)
by Mary Shelley (shelved 6 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.74 — 1,088,040 ratings — published 1818
5 of 5 stars

To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
by Harper Lee (shelved 5 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.25 — 4,100,747 ratings — published 1960

The Catcher in the Rye (Paperback)
by J.D. Salinger (shelved 5 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.79 — 2,640,908 ratings — published 1951

Night (Paperback)
by Elie Wiesel (shelved 5 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.29 — 917,453 ratings — published 1958

Fahrenheit 451 (Hardcover)
by Ray Bradbury (shelved 5 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.01 — 785,275 ratings — published 1953

Woman at Point Zero (Paperback)
by Nawal El-Saadawi (shelved 5 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.98 — 8,177 ratings — published 1975
5 of 5 stars

1984 (Mass Market Paperback)
by George Orwell (shelved 4 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.13 — 2,655,220 ratings — published 1949

Julius Caesar (Paperback)
by William Shakespeare (shelved 4 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.65 — 163,348 ratings — published 1599

The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald (shelved 4 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.88 — 3,344,437 ratings — published 1925

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
by Mark Twain (shelved 4 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.80 — 1,185,707 ratings — published 1884

A Doll’s House (Paperback)
by Henrik Ibsen (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.68 — 96,247 ratings — published 1879

The Joy Luck Club (Paperback)
by Amy Tan (Goodreads Author) (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.89 — 652,005 ratings — published 1989

Bless Me, Ultima (Paperback)
by Rudolfo Anaya (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.75 — 28,524 ratings — published 1972

Snow Falling on Cedars (Paperback)
by David Guterson (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.79 — 172,968 ratings — published 1994

Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3)
by Sophocles (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.59 — 88,770 ratings — published -441

A Yellow Raft in Blue Water (Paperback)
by Michael Dorris (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.85 — 20,945 ratings — published 1987
5 of 5 stars

All Quiet on the Western Front (Mass Market Paperback)
by Erich Maria Remarque (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.89 — 348,533 ratings — published 1929

Slaughterhouse-Five (Paperback)
by Kurt Vonnegut (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.05 — 1,284,372 ratings — published 1969

Death of a Salesman (Hardcover)
by Arthur Miller (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.47 — 182,780 ratings — published 1949

Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)
by Dante Alighieri (shelved 3 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.98 — 169,888 ratings — published 1320

Go Set a Watchman (Hardcover)
by Harper Lee (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.28 — 408,582 ratings — published 2015

Macbeth (Mass Market Paperback)
by William Shakespeare (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.88 — 643,399 ratings — published 1606
5 of 5 stars

A Thousand Splendid Suns (Hardcover)
by Khaled Hosseini (Goodreads Author) (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.33 — 1,155,954 ratings — published 2007

The Glass Castle (Paperback)
by Jeannette Walls (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.23 — 873,733 ratings — published 2005

Angela’s Ashes (Frank McCourt, #1)
by Frank McCourt (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.07 — 498,287 ratings — published 1996

Black Boy (Paperback)
by Richard Wright (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.02 — 58,086 ratings — published 1945

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
by Chinua Achebe (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.60 — 293,267 ratings — published 1958

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)
by Suzanne Collins (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.02 — 2,108,490 ratings — published 2010

Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)
by Suzanne Collins (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.30 — 2,211,331 ratings — published 2009
5 of 5 stars

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
by Suzanne Collins (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.35 — 5,450,856 ratings — published 2008

Second Class Citizen (Paperback)
by Buchi Emecheta (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,927 ratings — published 1974

The House of the Spirits (Paperback)
by Isabel Allende (Goodreads Author) (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.20 — 193,812 ratings — published 1982

The House on Mango Street (Paperback)
by Sandra Cisneros (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.56 — 123,758 ratings — published 1984
5 of 5 stars

I, Rigoberta Menchú: An Indian Woman in Guatemala (Paperback)
by Rigoberta Menchú (shelved 2 times as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.71 — 5,703 ratings — published 1983

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
by T.S. Eliot (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.29 — 220 ratings — published

Pride and Prejudice (Paperback)
by Jane Austen (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.23 — 2,673,316 ratings — published 1813

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time (Paperback)
by Mark Haddon (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.85 — 1,173,017 ratings — published 2003

Hamilton: The Revolution (Hardcover)
by Lin-Manuel Miranda (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.45 — 83,714 ratings — published 2016

Hounded (Andy Carpenter #12)
by David Rosenfelt (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.01 — 2,547 ratings — published 2014

Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History (Maus, #1)
by Art Spiegelman (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.35 — 265,370 ratings — published 1985

Salt to the Sea (Hardcover)
by Ruta Sepetys (Goodreads Author) (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.37 — 138,991 ratings — published 2016

Cyrano de Bergerac (Paperback)
by Edmond Rostand (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.04 — 79,090 ratings — published 1897

Without You (Paperback)
by Anthony Rapp (Goodreads Author) (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.97 — 7,661 ratings — published 2006

A Simple Koran: The Reconstructed Historical Koran (Paperback)
by Center for the Study of Political Islam (Contributor) (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.50 — 37 ratings — published 2006

The Jewish War (Paperback)
by Flavius Josephus (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.96 — 4,929 ratings — published 100

An Essay on Man (Paperback)
by Alexander Pope (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.50 — 909 ratings — published 1734

The Light Fantastic (Discworld, #2; Rincewind #2)
by Terry Pratchett (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.92 — 95,401 ratings — published 1986

The Color of Magic (Discworld, #1; Rincewind #1)
by Terry Pratchett (shelved 1 time as 10th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.00 — 284,866 ratings — published 1983

ELEVENTH GRADE READING LIST

The Great Gatsby (Paperback)
by F. Scott Fitzgerald (shelved 10 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.88 — 3,344,442 ratings — published 1925

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Paperback)
by Mark Twain (shelved 9 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.80 — 1,185,711 ratings — published 1884

The Scarlet Letter (Paperback)
by Nathaniel Hawthorne (shelved 5 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.36 — 703,562 ratings — published 1850

The Crucible (Paperback)
by Arthur Miller (shelved 4 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.54 — 320,561 ratings — published 1953

The Lively Art of Writing (Paperback)
by Lucile Vaughan Payne (shelved 4 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.77 — 763 ratings — published 1965

In Cold Blood (Paperback)
by Truman Capote (shelved 3 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.04 — 614,728 ratings — published 1965

The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
by John Steinbeck (shelved 3 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.99 — 318,023 ratings — published 1939

Einstein’s Dreams (Paperback)
by Alan Lightman (shelved 3 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.09 — 39,086 ratings — published 1992

Beloved (The Trilogy, #1)
by Toni Morrison (shelved 3 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.76 — 366,720 ratings — published 1987

The Old Man and the Sea (Hardcover)
by Ernest Hemingway (shelved 3 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.72 — 729,906 ratings — published 1952

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (Paperback)
by Betty Smith (shelved 3 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.23 — 513,728 ratings — published 1943

To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
by Harper Lee (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.25 — 4,100,752 ratings — published 1960

Fahrenheit 451 (Hardcover)
by Ray Bradbury (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.01 — 785,278 ratings — published 1953

Gone with the Wind (Paperback)
by Margaret Mitchell (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.27 — 1,302,246 ratings — published 1936

Pygmalion (Paperback)
by George Bernard Shaw (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.90 — 110,696 ratings — published 1912

The Help (Hardcover)
by Kathryn Stockett (Goodreads Author) (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.45 — 1,944,104 ratings — published 2009

A Modest Proposal (Paperback)
by Jonathan Swift (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.06 — 47,537 ratings — published 1729

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
by Suzanne Collins (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.35 — 5,450,866 ratings — published 2008

The Most Dangerous Game (Paperback)
by Richard Connell (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.91 — 40,596 ratings — published 1924

A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America (Paperback)
by Ronald Takaki (shelved 2 times as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.08 — 5,888 ratings — published 1993

Room (Hardcover)
by Emma Donoghue (Goodreads Author) (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.02 — 806,290 ratings — published 2010

The Smartest Kids in the World: And How They Got That Way (Hardcover)
by Amanda Ripley (Goodreads Author) (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.01 — 20,236 ratings — published 2013

The Old Testament: King James Version
by Anonymous (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.63 — 114 ratings — published 1890

The MacArthur Bible Studies: James (MacArthur Study Guide)
by John F. MacArthur Jr. (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.34 — 125 ratings — published 2006

Little Women (Little Women, #1)
by Louisa May Alcott (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.03 — 1,580,551 ratings — published 1868

The Three Musketeers (Paperback)
by Alexandre Dumas (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.05 — 309,137 ratings — published 1844

The Princess Bride (Paperback)
by William Goldman (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.25 — 1,048,881 ratings — published 1973

The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom (Mass Market Paperback)
by Corrie ten Boom (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.41 — 237,996 ratings — published 1971

Romeo and Juliet (Mass Market Paperback)
by William Shakespeare (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.73 — 1,928,338 ratings — published 1595

Our Town (Paperback)
by Thornton Wilder (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.62 — 47,289 ratings — published 1938

Moby-Dick; or, The Whale (Paperback)
by Herman Melville (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.43 — 594,013 ratings — published 1851

The Invisible Man (Paperback)
by H.G. Wells (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.61 — 170,267 ratings — published 1897

Of Mice and Men (Paperback)
by John Steinbeck (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.83 — 1,836,082 ratings — published 1937

Bible Doctrine: Essential Teachings of the Christian Faith (Hardcover)
by Wayne A. Grudem (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.30 — 1,192 ratings — published 1999

A Passage to India (Paperback)
by E.M. Forster (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.67 — 89,816 ratings — published 1924

Right Ho, Jeeves (Jeeves, #6)
by P.G. Wodehouse (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.34 — 9,259 ratings — published 1934

The Great Divorce (Paperback)
by C.S. Lewis (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.28 — 144,835 ratings — published 1945

Dubliners (Paperback)
by James Joyce (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.86 — 123,107 ratings — published 1914

Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by Emily Brontë (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.82 — 1,241,621 ratings — published 1847

The Book of Mormon: Another Testament of Jesus Christ (Paperback)
by Anonymous (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.37 — 81,458 ratings — published 1830

The Republic (Paperback)
by Plato (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.89 — 211,087 ratings — published 2012

Mort (Discworld, #4; Death, #1)
by Terry Pratchett (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.21 — 165,509 ratings — published 1987

Equal Rites (Discworld, #3; Witches #1)
by Terry Pratchett (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.00 — 114,747 ratings — published 1987

The Sea Wolf by Jack London, Fiction, Classics, Sea Stories (Paperback)
by Jack London (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.02 — 25,588 ratings — published 1904

Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (Paperback)
by John le Carré (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.05 — 74,108 ratings — published 1974

The Foundation Trilogy (Foundation, #1-3)
by Isaac Asimov (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.39 — 103,010 ratings — published 1951

Lilith (Paperback)
by George MacDonald (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.91 — 7,829 ratings — published 1895

The Abolition of Man (Paperback)
by C.S. Lewis (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.06 — 37,778 ratings — published 1943

The Man Who Knew Too Much (Paperback)
by G.K. Chesterton (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.59 — 6,740 ratings — published 1922

On Democracy, Revolution, and Society (Paperback)
by Alexis de Tocqueville (shelved 1 time as 11th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.17 — 125 ratings — published 1971

TWELFTH GRADE READING LIST

Hamlet (Paperback)
by William Shakespeare (shelved 5 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.99 — 681,900 ratings — published 1600

Me Talk Pretty One Day (Paperback)
by David Sedaris (shelved 5 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.96 — 738,028 ratings — published 2000

Going After Cacciato (Paperback)
by Tim O’Brien (shelved 4 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.91 — 15,384 ratings — published 1978

The Awakening (Paperback)
by Kate Chopin (shelved 4 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.63 — 191,144 ratings — published 1899

Wuthering Heights (Paperback)
by Emily Brontë (shelved 4 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.82 — 1,241,625 ratings — published 1847

The Handmaid’s Tale (Paperback)
by Margaret Atwood (Goodreads Author) (shelved 4 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.03 — 832,815 ratings — published 1985

How to Read Literature Like a Professor: A Lively and Entertaining Guide to Reading Between the Lines (Paperback)
by Thomas C. Foster (shelved 4 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.61 — 25,257 ratings — published 2003

Eat, Pray, Love (Paperback)
by Elizabeth Gilbert (Goodreads Author) (shelved 4 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.50 — 1,635,712 ratings — published 2006

Through the Looking-Glass, and What Alice Found There (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #2)
by Lewis Carroll (shelved 3 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.10 — 95,216 ratings — published 1871

Hard Times (Paperback)
by Charles Dickens (shelved 3 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.51 — 60,368 ratings — published 1854

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass (Mass Market Paperback)
by Lewis Carroll (shelved 3 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.06 — 481,110 ratings — published 1865

Native Son (Paperback)
by Richard Wright (shelved 3 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.95 — 115,492 ratings — published 1940

To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback)
by Harper Lee (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.25 — 4,100,759 ratings — published 1960

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (Paperback)
by Robert Louis Stevenson (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.79 — 343,581 ratings — published 1886

Holy Bible: King James Version (Hardcover)
by Anonymous (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.43 — 210,630 ratings — published 1611

Alice in Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #1)
by Jane Carruth (Adapter) (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.03 — 478,157 ratings — published 1865

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes (Paperback)
by Edith Hamilton (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.99 — 53,951 ratings — published 1942

A Farewell to Arms (Paperback)
by Ernest Hemingway (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.79 — 308,236 ratings — published 1929

Three Cups of Tea: One Man’s Mission to Promote Peace … One School at a Time (Paperback)
by Greg Mortenson (Goodreads Author) (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.64 — 462,369 ratings — published 2006

The Alchemist (Paperback)
by Paulo Coelho (Goodreads Author) (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.81 — 1,857,791 ratings — published 1988

The Jungle (Paperback)
by Upton Sinclair (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.71 — 162,869 ratings — published 1906

This Boy’s Life (Paperback)
by Tobias Wolff (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.99 — 33,578 ratings — published 1989

Dracula (Paperback)
by Bram Stoker (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.97 — 868,063 ratings — published 1897

The Stranger (Paperback)
by Albert Camus (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.95 — 619,322 ratings — published 1942

The Metamorphosis (Mass Market Paperback)
by Franz Kafka (shelved 2 times as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.77 — 501,790 ratings — published 1912

Agamemnon (Oresteia, #1)
by Aeschylus (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.83 — 17,543 ratings — published -458

Antigone (The Theban Plays, #3)
by Sophocles (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.59 — 88,770 ratings — published -441

The Aeneid (Paperback)
by Virgil (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.80 — 113,066 ratings — published -17

Frankenstein (Paperback)
by Mary Shelley (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.74 — 1,088,046 ratings — published 1818

Walden & Civil Disobedience (Paperback)
by Henry David Thoreau (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.97 — 43,453 ratings — published 1854

The Grapes of Wrath (Hardcover)
by John Steinbeck (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.99 — 318,023 ratings — published 1939

The Poisonwood Bible (Hardcover)
by Barbara Kingsolver (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.02 — 769,971 ratings — published 1998

Black Boy (Paperback)
by Richard Wright (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.02 — 58,086 ratings — published 1945

The Bluest Eye (Paperback)
by Toni Morrison (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.99 — 163,866 ratings — published 1970

The Things They Carried (Paperback)
by Tim O’Brien (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.12 — 255,042 ratings — published 1990

Reading Lolita in Tehran (Paperback)
by Azar Nafisi (Goodreads Author) (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.57 — 174,068 ratings — published 2003

Things Fall Apart (The African Trilogy, #1)
by Chinua Achebe (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.60 — 293,271 ratings — published 1958

Wyrd Sisters (Discworld, #6; Witches #2)
by Terry Pratchett (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.10 — 78,548 ratings — published 1988

Sourcery (Discworld, #5; Rincewind #3)
by Terry Pratchett (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.87 — 65,995 ratings — published 1988

The Fountainhead (Mass Market Paperback)
by Ayn Rand (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.84 — 380,903 ratings — published 1943
Want to Read

Atlas Shrugged (Paperback)
by Ayn Rand (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.67 — 493,223 ratings — published 1957

The Pelican Brief (Paperback)
by John Grisham (Goodreads Author) (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 3.95 — 331,865 ratings — published 1992

The Ender Quartet Box Set (The Ender Quintet, #1-4)
by Orson Scott Card (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.38 — 2,722 ratings — published 2008

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, #1)
by Douglas Adams (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.31 — 10,490 ratings — published 1979

Forward the Foundation (Foundation: Prequel #2)
by Isaac Asimov (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.13 — 42,234 ratings — published 1993

Prelude to Foundation (Paperback)
by Isaac Asimov (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.04 — 57,688 ratings — published 1988

Foundation and Earth (Foundation #5)
by Isaac Asimov (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.02 — 54,541 ratings — published 1986

Foundation’s Edge (Foundation #4)
by Isaac Asimov (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.07 — 65,659 ratings — published 1982

The Ball and the Cross (Paperback)
by G.K. Chesterton (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.01 — 3,431 ratings — published 1909

Does God Exist? Building the Scientific Case
by Stephen C. Meyer (Presenter) (shelved 1 time as 12th-grade-reading)
avg rating 4.44 — 80 ratings — published 2009