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Reading Recommendations

One of my hopes is that when you finish this year, you have read at least one book that you enjoyed. To help you find books you might enjoy, I am keeping a general list of books students have liked, books I have read and enjoyed, and books from different genres so everyone can find something.


The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

145th Street by Walter Dean Myers

Bad Boy by Walter Dean Myers

Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers

Whirligig by Paul Fleischman

Messenger by Lois Lowry

The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Son of the Mob by Gordon Korman

Field Guide to High School by Marissa Walsh

Stargirl by Scott Westerfeld

Prep by Curtis Sittenfield

Twisted by Laurie Halse Anderson (author of Speak - boy protagonist)

Overboard by Elizabeth Fama (like Hatchet)

High Heat by Carl Deuker (a high school baseball player's life of privilege starts to fade away, but baseball is the only thing that keeps him happy.)

Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly

Jake, Reinvented by Gordon Korman

Slam  by Nick Hornby

Peak by Roland Smith (about  a 14 year old climbing Mt. Everest)

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Tangerine by Edward Bloor

Tears of a Tiger by Sharon Mills Draper

Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

Slam by Walter Dean Myers

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Code Talker: A Novel about the Navajo Marines of World War II by Joseph Bruchac

I am the Cheese by Robert Cormier

Tex by S.E. Hinton (author of The Outsiders)

You Don't Know Me by David Klass

Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

Secrets in the Shadow by Anne Schraff

Inexcusable by Chris Lynch

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Twain

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Looking for Alaska by John Green

A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly

A Step From Heaven by An Na

Stuck in Neutral by Terry Trueman

The Kite Runner  by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns  by Khaled Hosseini (the author of The Kite Runner)

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

For One More Day by Mitch Albom

Into the Wild  by Jon Krakauer

Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years by Bessie and Sarah Delany

My Losing Season by Pat Conroy

The Eragon Series by Christopher Paolini

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph J. Ellis

Protect and Defend by Vince Flynn

Blood Beast  by Darren Shan

Looking for JJ by Anne Cassidy

Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Forged by Fire by Sharon Mills Draper

Battle of Jericho by Sharon Mills Draper

Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles

The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Shogun by James Clavell

The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans

The Tender Bar by J.R. Moehringer

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

Keeper  by Mal Peet

Deadline by Chris Crutcher

After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson

Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini

Knights of the Hill Country by Tim Tharp

Tyrell by Coe Booth