School Reading List


Middle School

Sixth grade

  • Tuck Everlasting, Babbitt
  • Rifles for Watie, Keith
  • The Horse and His Boy, Lewis
  • The Bronze Bow, Speare
  • Selections of short stories and poetry

Seventh Grade

  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Twain
  • Watership Down, Adams
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Taylor
  • Shane, Schaefer
  • The Hiding Place, ten Boom
  • Shackleton's Valiant Voyage, Lansing
  • American and British poetry

Eighth Grade

  • The Hobbit, Tolkien
  • The Miracle Worker, Gibson
  • The Chosen, Potok
  • Beowulf
  • A Christmas Carol, Dickens
  • American and British poetry


High School

ninth grade

  • Documents in American History
  • The Federalist Papers (selections)
  • Writings of Thomas Jefferson (selections)
  • Lincoln-Douglas debates (selections)
  • The Red Badge of Courage, Crane
  • Walden; Civil Disobedience, Thoreau
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave, Douglass
  • My Ántonia, Cather
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Hemingway
  • To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee
  • Our Town, Wilder
  • Short stories of Crane, Cather, O'Connor
  • American poetry

Tenth Grade

  • Documents in European history
  • A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens
  • A Man for All Seasons, Bolt
  • Murder in the Cathedral, Eliot
  • Leviathan, Hobbes (selections)
  • Essay on the Origin of Inequality, Rousseau
  • Reflections on the French Revolution, Burke (selections)
  • Of Civil Government, Locke
  • Pride and Prejudice, Austen
  • The Communist Manifesto, Marx
  • Crime and Punishment, Dostoyevsky
  • Animal Farm, Orwell
  • British history

Eleventh Grade

  • Iliad; Odyssey, Homer
  • Oresteia, Aeschylus
  • Theban Plays, Sophocles
  • Peloponnesian War, Thucydides
  • Meno; Crito; Phaedo; Apology; Euthyphro; Gorgias; Republic, Plato
  • Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle
  • On the Incarnation, Athanasius
  • The Confessions, Augustine

Twelfth Grade

  • The Spirit and the Letter, Augustine
  • Treatise on Law, Aquinas
  • Letter to the Romans, Paul
  • Commentary on Galatians, Luther
  • The Divine Comedy, Dante
  • Macbeth; Hamlet, Shakespeare
  • Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes
  • An Apology of Raymond Sebond, Montaigne
  • The Social Contract, Rousseau
  • On Civil Government, Locke
  • Reason in History, Hegel
  • Economic and Philosophical Manuscripts, Marx
  • On Liberty, Mill
  • The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky
  • Parker's Back, O'Connor
  • A Death in the Family, Agee
  • A Small, Good Thing, Carver
  • The Palace Thief, Canin


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