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    Some books to consider for your reading pleasure. The grade-level groupings are our best estimate as to the texts’ reading level. Feel free to challenge yourself and read a book from the next grade level. You can find reviews/synopses for most (if not all) of the listed books at or

    GRADE 9

    Anderson, Speak
    Bissinger, Three Nights in August
    Booth, Tyrell
    Bowden, Black Hawk Down
    Bray, A Great and Terrible Beauty
    Card, Ender’s Game
    Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower
    Collins, The Hunger Games
    Connolly, The Book of Lost Things
    Crutcher, Whale Talk
    Danticat, Breath, Eyes, Memory
    Donnelly, A Northern Light
    Farmer, The House of the Scorpion
    Gantos, Hole in my Life
    Going, Fat Kid Rules the World
    Green, The Fault in Our Stars or Paper Towns or Looking for Alaska
    Haddon, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
    Hamilton, The Lock Artist
    Lynch, Freewill
    McEwan, The Daydreamer
    Pierson, The Boy Who Couldn’t Sleep and Never Had To
    Plum-Ucci, The Body of Christopher Creed
    Pullman, The Golden Compass (first in a trilogy)
    Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
    Rosoff, How I Live Now
    Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain
    Steinbeck, Cannery Row
    Wroblewski, The Story of Edgar Sawtelle
    Zusak, I Am the Messenger

    GRADE 11

    Abbey, The Monkey Wrench Gang
    Alexie, Flight
    Banks, Rule of the Bone
    Diamond, Collapse: How Societies Choose to Fail or Succeed*
    Dubner & Levitt, Freakonomics*
    Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
    Foer, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization*
    Foer, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel
    Gibson, Neuromancer
    Gladwell, The Tipping Point*
    Guterson, Snow Falling on Cedars
    Herbert, Dune
    Hornby, High Fidelity
    Jones, Humble Boy
    Klein, The Shock Doctrine : the Rise of Disaster Capitalism*
    Krakauer, Into Thin Air/ Into the Wild
    Liss, Conspiracy of Paper
    Lopez, Arctic Dreams*
    McBride, The Color of Water
    Mitchell, Cloud Atlas
    Nafisi, Reading Lolita in Tehran*
    O’Brien, In the Lake of the Woods
    Plath, The Bell Jar
    Pollan, The Botany of Desire*
    Sebold, The Lovely Bones
    Sedaris, D. Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim
    Shields, Black Planet
    Smith, I Capture the Castle
    Staples, Parallel Time: Growing Up in Black and White*
    Stiglitz, Globalization and Its Discontents*
    Suskind, A Hope in the Unseen
    Süskind, Perfume
    Tartt, The Secret History
    Toole, Confederacy of Dunces
    Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five
    Walls, The Glass Castle
    Wolff, Old School
    * Non-Fiction: Students entering 11AP consider these books

    GRADE 10

    Alvarez, How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
    Anderson, Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing
    Bantock, Griffin and Sabine
    Bissinger, Friday Night Lights
    Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
    Cross, Heavier Than Heaven
    Diamant, The Red Tent
    Eugenides, The Virgin Suicides
    Gibbon, The Life All Around Me
    Haddon, A Spot of Bother
    Kerouac, Dharma Buns or Big Sur or On the Road
    Kidd, The Secret Life of Bees
    Kurlansky, Salt: A World History
    Latifa, My Forbidden Face: Growing Up Under the Taliban
    Laye, The Dark Child
    Lynch, The Highest Tide
    Magona, Mother to Mother
    Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X Martel, The Life of Pi
    Salinger, Nine Stories
    Schlosser, Fast Food Nation
    Simpson, Touching the Void
    Sittenfeld, Prep
    Spiegelman, Maus
    Takami, Battle Royale
    Vonnegut, Cat’s Cradle
    Waugh, Scoop
    Wolfe, The Right Stuff
    Zafón, In the Shadow of the Wind
    Zusak, The Book Thief

    GRADE 12

    Alvarez, In the Time of Butterflies*
    Allende, The House of Spirits*
    Banks, Cloudsplitter*
    Bryson, Notes from a Small Island
    Dick, The Man in the High Castle
    Doyle, A Star Called Henry*
    Esquival, Like Water for Chocolate
    Eugenides, Middlesex*
    Foer, Everything Is Illuminated
    Forster, Howard’s End*
    Frazier, Cold Mountain
    Gardner, Grendel*
    Haldeman, The Forever War
    Kingsolver, The Poisonwood Bible*
    Kogowa, Obasan*
    Lahiri, Interpreter of Maladies* or The Namesake*
    Lee, Native Speaker*
    Leguin, The Dispossessed or The Left-Hand of Darkness
    Lipsyte, Home Land
    Marcus, Lipstick Traces: The Secret History of the 20th Century
    Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera*
    McCarthy, The Road*
    McEwan, Atonement/Saturday*
    Moore, Self Help
    Morrison, Song of Solomon*
    Patterson, Out Stealing Horses*
    Rushdie, Midnight’s Children*
    Sacco, Palestine
    Smith, White Teeth*
    Warren, All the King’s Men
    Welch, The Heartsong of Charging Elk*
    *Students entering 12AP should consider these books

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