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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

    Slater, The 57 Bus Jackson, Allegedly
    Feener, Amid Stars and Darkness
    Noah, Born a Crime
    Forest, The Black Witch
    Adeyami, Children of Blood and Bone
    Lu, Warcross
    Levenseller, Daughter of the Pirate King
    Zusak, I Am the Messenger
    Ahmadi, Down and Across
    Kiely, Tradition
    Anderson, Speak (Novel and Graphic Novel)
    Ali, Saints and Misfits
    Farmer, The House of the Scorpion
    McManus, One of Us is Lying
    Going, Fat Kid Rules the World
    Green, Turtles All the Way Down/The Fault in Our Stars/Looking for Alaska
    Haddon, Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night
    Watson, Piecing Me Together
    Lynch, Freewill
    McEwan, The Daydreamer
    Reynolds, Long Way Down
    Plum-Ucci, The Body of Christopher Creed
    Iturbe, The Librarian of Auschwitz
    Fleming, A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea
    Lee, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
    Benway, Far from The Tree
    Acevedo, The Poet X
    Gratz, Refugee

    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
    Diamant, The Red Tent
    Kerouac, On the Road
    Malcolm X, The Autobiography of Malcolm X
    Salinger, Nine Stories
    Sanchez, I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter
    Colbert, Little and Lion
    Gyasi, Homegoing
    Kauer, Milk and honey
    Westover, Educated: A Memoir
    Alexander, The new Jim Crow
    Roe, A List of Cages
    Gilbert, Picture Us in the Light
    Elston, This is Our Story
    Castroman, Blackhearts
    Simpson, Touching the Void
    Sittenfeld, Prep
    Spiegelman, Maus
    Kolby, Winterfolk
    McCloud, The Sculptor
    Chazin, A Place in the Wind
    McGuire, Down Among the Sticks and Bones
    White, How to Survive a Summer
    Wilson, The Clockwork Dynasty
    Uwiringiyimana, How Dare the Sun Rise
    Saenez, The Inexplicable Logic of My Life
    Saedi, Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card
    Silvera, They Both Die at the End
    Kenmerer, Letters to the Lost

    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*
    Lahiri, 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* or…
    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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