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The Book List

What makes a good book? A book that's interesting and easy to read. In English class I focus on stretching students' reading comprehension and supporting more difficult reading. At home, I hope students have many chances to read books that they can comprehend without help. The most important thing is that you keep reading and enjoy the process. If you are looking for ideas, I’ve listed some below, organized by popular favorites. While these may be considered generally appropriate for your age group, I encourage parents to discuss the books with their student in order to ensure that the books are also appropriate for your family’s values. I have most of these books in my classroom library, and they're also in the school's library. I haven't read all of these books, but I'm working on it! Happy reading!

If you liked The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants...
Real-Life, Friend Fiction

If you liked The Giver...
Speculative Fiction

If you liked Hatchet . . .
Outdoors Adventure

Anne of Green Gables Lucy Maude Montgomery
Because of Winn-Dixie Kate DiCamillo
The Clique Lisi Harrison
Harris and Me Gary Paulsen
Hoot Carl Hiaasen
Hope Was Here Joan Bauer
Izzy, Willy-Nilly Cynthia Voigt
Jacob Have I Loved Katherine Paterson
Jeremy Fink and the Meaning of Life Wendy Mass
Little Women Louisa May Alcott
Rhymes with Witches Lauren Myracle
Ruby Holler Sharon Creech
The Skin I'm In Sharon Flake
So B. It Sarah Weeks
Speak Laurie Halse Anderson
Walk Two Moons Sharon Creech
Among the Hidden Margaret Peterson Haddix
The City of Ember Jeanne DuPrau
Enchantress from the Stars Syvlia Louise Engdahl
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
Foundation Isaac Asimov
The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer
Life as We Knew It Susan Beth Pfeffer
Uglies Scott Westerfield
The War of the Worlds HG Wells
Z for Zachariah Robert C O'Brien
Black Star, Bright Dawn Scott O'Dell
Captains Courageous Rudyard Kipling
Dogsong Gary Paulsen
Down the Yukon Will Hobbs
Gone-Away Lake Elizabeth Enright
Horse Thief Robert Newton Peck
Julie of the Wolves Jean Craighead George
The Maze Will Hobbs
My Side of the Mountain Jean Craighead George
This Vast Land: A Young Man's Journal of the Lewis & Clark Expedition Stephen Ambrose
Touching Spirit Bear Ben Mikaelsen
Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls
White Fang Jack London

If you liked The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle...
Historical Adventure

If you liked Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry...
Historical Fiction

If you liked Harry Potter ...
Fantasy

Anna of Byzantium Tracey Barret
Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Goddess of Yesterday Caroline B. Cooney
The Golden Goblet Eloise Jarvis McGraw
The Legend of Jimmy Spoon Kristiana Gregory
Mary Bloody Mary by Caroline Meyer
The Midwife's Apprentice Karen Cushman
Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman Eleanor Updale
Pirates! Celia Rees
Piratica Tanith Lee
The Ruby in the Smoke Philip Pullman
The Shakespeare Stealer Gary Blackwood
The Shining Company Rosemary Sutcliff
The Wadjet Eye Jill Rubalcaba
Witch Child Celia Rees
Ballad of Lucy Whipple Karen Cushman
Bread Sister of Sinking Creek by Robin Moore
Bud, Not Buddy Christopher Paul Curtis
The Cabin Faced West Jean Fritz
Catherine, Called Birdy Karen Cushman
Code Talker Joseph Bruchac
Esperanza Rising Pam Munoz Ryan
Jip, His Story Katherine Paterson
A Long Way from Chicago Richard Peck
My Brother Sam is Dead by Collier & Collier
Our Only May Amelia Jennifer Holm
Out of the Dust Karen Hesse
The Witch of Blackbird Pond Elizabeth George Speare
Wolf by the Ears by Ann Rinaldi
The Amulet of Samarkand Jonathan Stroud
The Bobby Pendragon Series DJ MacHale
The Book of Three Lloyd Alexander
Coraline Neil Gaiman
The Dark is Rising Susan Cooper
Eragon Christopher Poalini
Fablehaven Brandon Mull
The Golden Compass Philip Pullman
The Hero and the Crown Robin McKinley
Inkheart Cornelia Funke
Leven Thumps Obert Skye
The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan
Lirael & The Abhorsen Trilogy Garth Nix
The Lord of the Rings JRR Tolkein
The Lost Years of Merlin T.A. Barron
Peter and the Starcatchers Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson
The Princess Academy Shannon Hale
The Princess Bride William Goldman
The Spiderwick Chronicles Tony DiTerlizzi
The Squire's Tale by Gerald Morris
The Tale of Desperaux Kate DiCamillo

If you liked Point Blank...
Action Adventure

If you liked Crash...
School & Sports

If you liked A Series of Unfortunate Events...
Mystery

The Angel Experiment James Patterson
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas
The Extraordinary Adventures of Alfred Kropp Rick Yancey
Scorpia Anthony Horowitz
Snakehead Anthony Horowitz
Spy High AJ Butcher
Zach's Lie Roland Smith
Babe and Me Dan Gutman
Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key Jack Gantos
Loser Jerry Spinelli
Maniac Magee Jerry Spinelli
The Moves Make the Man Bruce Brooks
No More Dead Dogs Gordon Korman
Summer Ball Mike Lupica
Tangerine Edward Bloor
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan-Doyle
The Body of Christopher Creed Carol Plum-Ucci
Chasing Vermeer Blue Balliett
Down the Rabbit Hole Peter Abrahams
The House of the Gulf Margaret Peterson Haddix
Ransom Lois Duncan
Ten Great Mysteries Edgar Allen Poe
Things Not Seen Andrew Clements
The View from the Cherry Tree Willo Davis Roberts

If you liked Twilight...
Fantasy & Romance

If you liked Where the Sidewalk Ends...
Poetry

If you prefer the facts...
Nonfiction

Beauty Robin McKinley
Both Sides of Time Caroline B Cooney
The Grand Tour Patricia Wrede
A Great and Terrible Beauty Libba Bray
Just Ella Margaret Peterson Haddix
Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
Poison Chris Wooding
Return to Red Castle Dorothy Keddington
The Third Eye Lois Duncan
Tuck Everlasting Natalie Babbitt
Wuthering Heights Charlotte Bronte
The Dream Keeper Langston Hughes
FEG Robin Hirsch
I Am Phoenix Paul Fleischman
Joyful Noise Paul Fleischman
Lives: Poems about Famous Americans Lee Bennett Hopkins
No More Homework! No More Tests! Bruce Lansky
A Poke in the I Paul Janeczko
Revolting Rhymes Roald Dahl
A Visit to William Blake's Inn Nancy Willard

American Plague Jim Murphy
George Washington, Spymaster Thomas B Allen
Getting Away with Murder Chris Crowe
The Good Fight Stephen Ambrose
Phineas Gage John Fleischman
Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World Jennifer Armstrong
Tell All the Children Our Story Tonya Bolden
Written in Bone by Sally Walker