Summer Reading List for Middle and High School Students

The list is one that we adapted from a book, "Honey for a Teen's Heart" by Gladys Hunt and Barbara Hampton. The books (and authors) are not necessarily Christian in content, but are good works of literature.  The dates of publication are listed as well so you can see if the books are 'classics' or more recently written.  There are many options here that would appeal to varied interests and reading levels.

What are your suggestions?


Tried and True

Things Fall Apart (1959)          Chinua Achebe

Pride and Prejudice (1813)      Jane Austen

      Also: Emma,  Sense and Sensibility, and Persuasion

Jane Eyre (1847)                     Charlotte Bronte

Wuthering Heights (1847)        Emily Bronte

The Good Earth (1931)                        Pearl Buck

The Plague (1947)                   Albert Camus

Death Comes for the Archbishop (1926)           Willa Cather

Lord Jim (1900)                       Joseph Conrad

Great Expectations (1860)       Charles Dickens

Rebecca (1938)                                   Daphne Du Maurier

So Big (1924)                          Edna Ferber

The African Queen (1940)      C. S. Forester

Captain Horatio Hornblower (1937)  C. S. Forester

The River (1946)                     Rumer Godden

All Creatures Great and Small (1972)  James Herriot

      Also: All Things Bright and Beautiful, All Things Wise and Wonderful, and The Lord God                        Made them All

Tales from Shakespeare (1807)           Charles and Mary Lamb

The Fisherman’s Lady (1877)  George MacDonald

The Marquis’ Secret (1982)     George MacDonald

Cry, the Beloved Country (1948)Alan Paton

The King Must Die (1958)       Mary Renault

The Last of the Wine (1956)    Mary Renault

The Pearl (1945)                      John Steinbeck

Night (1960)                            Elie Wiesel


Adventure and Suspense

Watership Down (1972)                      Richard Adams

The Great Divide (2000)          T. Davis Bunn

The Great Train Robbery (1975)           Michael Crichton

The Animals of Farthing Wood (1979)            Colin Dann

North to Freedom (1974)         Ann Holm

The Outlaws of Sherwood (1988)  Robin McKinley

The Breaking of Ezra Riley (1990)  John L. Moore

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1884)  Baroness Orczy

Dogsong (1985)                                   Gary Paulsen

The Crossing (1987)                Gary Paulsen

Hatchet (1987)                         Gary Paulsen

The Baboon King (1996)         Anton Quintana

Ash Road (1965)                     Ivan Southall

To the Wild Sky (1969)                       Ivan Southall

What About Tomorrow (1977)            Ivan Southall

Kidnapped (1886)       Robert Louis Stevenson

Treasure Island (1884)   Robert Louis Stevenson



Kit’s Wilderness (1999)                       David Almond

Nothing But the Truth: A Documentary Novel (1991)            Avi        

Midnight Hour Encores (1986)            Bruce Brooks

Many Stones (2000)                Carolyn Coman

I Heard the Owl Call My Name (1973)    Margaret Craven

Walk Two Moons (1994)         Sharon Creech

Walking Across Egypt (1987)  Clyde Edgerton

A Girl Named Disaster (1998) Nancy Farmer

The Eternal Spring of Mr. Ito (1985)   Sheila Garrigue

Slake’s Limbo (1974)              Felice Holman

Up a Road Slowly (1966)        Irene Hunt

Meet the Austins (1960)       Madeleine L’Engle

Moon by Night       Madeleine L’Engle

The Young Unicorns (1968)    Madeleine L’Engle

A Ring of Endless Light (1980)      Madeleine L’Engle

Yesterday’s Child (1997)       Sonia Levitin

The Contender (1967)        Robert Lipsite

Memory (1988)           Margaret Mahy

A Step from Heaven (2001)    An Na

Walker’s Crossing (1999)   Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Jacob Have I Loved (1981)     Katherine Paterson

The Island (1988)            Gary Paulsen

Fall-Out (1987)                      Gudrun Pausewang

The Chosen (1960)                  Chaim Potok

My Name is Asher Lev (1972)            Chaim Potok

Zebra and Other Stories (2000)            Chaim Potok

A Door Near Here (2000)        Heather Quarles

Where the Red Fern Grows (1961)  Wilson Rawls

Holes (1998)                            Louis Sachar

Dangerous Skies (1996)                       Suzanne Fisher Staples

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind Suzanne Fisher Staples

Homecoming (1981)                Cynthia Voigt

Dicey’s Song (1982)                Cynthia Voigt

Come a Stranger (1986)                       Cynthia Voigt

Homeless Bird (2000)              Gloria Whelan

Make Lemonade (1993)                      Virginia Euwer Wolff



Over Seas, Under Stone (1965)           Susan Cooper

The Dark is Rising (1973)        Susan Cooper

The Grey King (1975)             Susan Cooper

Silver on the Tree (1977)         Susan Cooper

King of Shadows (1999)          Susan Cooper

A Wrinkle in Time (1962)       Madeleine L’Engle

      Also: A Wind in the Door, and A Swiftly Tilting Planet

A Wizard of Earthsea (1968)   Ursula LeGuin

Harry Potter Series                   J. K. Rowling

The Lord of the Rings trilogy   J.R.R. Tolkien



The Ark (1953)                                    Margot Benary-Isbert

The Beacon at Alexandria (1986)  Gillian Bradshaw

The Book of the Lion (2000)   Michael Cadnum

Catherine, Called Birdie (1994)           Karen Cushman

Journey through the Night (1984) Anne De Vries

The Robe (1942)                     Lloyd C. Douglas

Incident at Hawk’s Hill (1971)            Allan Eckert

Johnny Tremain (1943)                       Esther Forbes

The Endless Steppe (1968)      Esther Hautzig

The Wall (1950)                      John Hersey

Out of the Dust (1999)                        Karen Hesse

Stowaway (2000)                     Karen Hesse

Across Five Aprils (1964)        Irene Hunt

A Sound of Chariots (1972)    Mollie Hunter

Hold on to Love (1984)                       Mollie Hunter

Castaways of the Flying Dutchman (2001) Brian Jacques

The Return (1987)                   Sonia Levitin

Christy (1967)                         Catherine Marshall

Masada: The Last Fortress (1998)  Gloria Miklowitz

Gone with the Wind (1936)     Margaret Mitchell

Anne of Green Gables (1908)  Lucy Maud Montgomery

      Also: many more Anne books

The Master Puppeteer (1975)   Katherine Paterson

Lyddie (1991)                          Katherine Paterson

Rebels of the Heavenly Kingdom   Katherine Paterson

The Second Bend in the River (1997)  Ann Rinaldi

Northwest Passage (1937)        Kenneth Roberts

Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)      Harriet Beecher Stowe

The Eagle of the Ninth (1954) Rosemary Sutcliff

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1977) Mildred Taylor

The Zion Chronicles (1987)     Bodie Thoene



The Man Who Was Poe (1989)            Avi

Melusine: A Mystery (1988)    Lynne Reid Banks

Father Brown (1911)               G. K. Chesterton

Murder on the Orient Express (1934)  Agatha Christie

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1887) Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Spy Who Came in from the Cold     John LeCarre

The Guns of Navarone (1957) Alistair MacLean

Tales of a Dead King (1983)   Walter Dean Myers

The Veritas Project: Hangman’s Curse (2001) Frank Peretti

A Morbid Taste for Bones (1978)  Ellis Peters

The Westing Game (1978)       Ellen Raskin

Strong Poison (1930)               Dorothy Sayers

The Daughter of Time (1951)  Josephine Tey