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Seniors may choose an 11th grade book and receive 90% of the grade.  

Seniors may choose a 10th grade book and receive 80% of the grade.

Seniors may choose a  9th grade book  and receive 70% of the grade.

Seniors may not choose 7th grade books or  8th grade books without a specific IEP.   

 

   

 

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Ambrose, Stephen

Band of Brothers.  

1390L, 320pgs

Band of Brothers is the true story about the men of Easy Company during WWII. The book follows them from the beginning of basic training at  Camp Toccoa in  Georgia, to  Europe, and finally to their present resting places. It gets five stars because the action is in depth and it explains why they used the tactics they did. The book also makes each soldiers personality life like, which makes it easy to remember who is who in the book. I would recommend this to anyone who enjoys reading about WWII or anyone who liked the Band of Brothers mini-series, as it was based on this book.

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Austen, Jane.

Emma.

253 pgs, 1070L

 

Characters

Emma Woodhouse is described in the opening paragraph as "handsome, clever, and rich" but is also rather spoiled.  Emma's friend and only critic is the gentlemanly Mr Knightley, her "neighbour" and brother-in-law (brother of her sister's husband). As the novel opens, Emma has just attended the marriage of Miss Taylor, her old governess and best friend. Having introduced Miss Taylor to her future husband Mr Weston, Emma smugly takes credit for their marriage, and decides that she rather likes matchmaking.  Against Knightley's advice, she next tries to match her new friend, Harriet Smith (a sweet but none-too-bright girl of seventeen, described as "the natural (i.e. illegitimate) daughter of somebody") to the local vicar, Mr Elton...

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Austen, Jane.

Mansfield Park.

Mr. Greenlee

This is probably my least favorite Jane Austen.  The lack of dramatization and emphasis on narrative makes it more distant than her masterpiece, Pride and Prejudice.  Still, it wasn't a bad novel, and I did find myself captured by it, but it took much longer.  Her other books set a high expectation.  

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Austen, Jane.

Persuasion.

1100L

 

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Austen, Jane.

Pride and Prejudice.

260 pgs, 1190L

Kate, 11th Grade

Set in the 18th century, Pride and Prejudice is a lovely novel that deals with marriage, family matters, pride, romance, and growing up. The story is about Elizabeth, the second born of the five Bennet daughters, and the pressure on her to get married. The arrival of the young and wealthy bachelor Charles Bingley and his friend Fitzwilliam Darcy adds to the plot of Austens tale. As Jane, the eldest of the Bennet family, and Mr. Bingley fall in love, stubborn Elizabeth and the egocentric Mr. Darcy are having their own affairs. They seem to not care for one another, yet they cant stop thinking about each other. They each have to adjust to humility, adapt to compatibility, and learn how to love without pride or prejudice.

Austens way of writing was somewhat slow for me, but I truly enjoyed the content of the book. The characters seem real. Even though the setting is in the 1700s, the characters actions and emotions are very familiar. I can relate the parts of the plot to present day situations.

Mr. Greenlee 

Jane Austens writing is simply the best if someone had given me the slightest rundown of this plot or these characters I would never have read it. I fully admit to being a Tolkien, Hemingway, Wells, and London reader. I fully admit that in real life I would probably be disgusted by the way these people marginalize those beneath them, and that I would think their affairs petty. So why do I love this book? Because Austin can make these characters real, and make the reader feel what they feel.

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Austen, Jane 

Sense and Sensibility. 

315 pgs, 1190L

Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are sisters with opposite temperaments. Traditionally, it has been viewed that 19 year old Elinor, the elder daughter, represents "sense" (reason) of the title, and Marianne , who is 17, represents "sensibility" (emotion). However this view is a very restricting one. On close inspection of the novel it can be seen that each sister represents different aspects of each characteristic. Elinor and Marianne are the daughters of Mr. Dashwood by his second wife. They have a younger sister, Margaret, and an older half-brother named John. When their father dies, the family estate passes to John and the Dashwood women are left impoverished. Fortunately, a distant relative offers to rent the women a cottage on his property.  The novel follows the Dashwood sisters to their new home, where they experience both romance and heartbreak... 

 

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Bradley, Marion Zimmer

The Mists of Avalon

  1120L, 912 pages

Counts as two books

It's the tales of King Arthur from the point of view of the female characters.  

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Brnte,  Charlotte

Jane Eyre.

A Classic Novel

890L

 

 In English Room in condensed form; complete form is in library in fiction

 

When her parents die, she is sent to live with he aunt, who hates her.  Her aunt enrolls her in a horrible private school, but her life is about to change...

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Brnte,  Emily.

Wuthering Heights.

1380L

 

 In English Room in condensed form.

complete form is in library in fiction

A rich girl with a wild spirit is drawn to a gypsy orphan.  Her brother tries to thwart their relationship, but the damage he can do is nothing compared with the hurt they can cause themselves...

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Buck, Pearl.  

The Good Earth.

a classic novel and a selection for the 

1530L

 

 in library in fiction

 

Mr. Greenlee 

She was bought like a slave, but she became more than that.  Together, they endured what most people can't imagine.  The style of writing was a little difficult at first, but this is definitely a book I will someday re-read; on my list of top ten lifetime books.  

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Camus, Albert.

The Stranger. 

 

123 pgs, 880L

In English Room.

 

Hailey B. 12th Gr

I liked this book because was based on more of a realistic storyline. I like books that are something that could happen in real life; not fantasy stories. There was a good trial case in this novel, and when theres debate back and forth about somebodys justice, I get interested into that. I would definitely recommend this novel if youre looking for a book that has an interesting storyline. 

Thomas R., 12th grade 

If you are looking for a quick easy read, The Stranger by Albert Camus is the perfect book. This book is extremely fast passed with short quick sentences that make this book a quick read. This book starts off with the main character at his mothers funeral and ventures further on to the next few weeks of the main characters life until he ends up committing a crime and going to court. In court everything that happened earlier in the book comes into play in a way that the reader never would have expected when first reading the book. Although this book does get a little boring at times, all in all it is still a pretty good book and it is one that I would recommend.

Paul F., 12th grade

Monsieur Mersault a young man that goes through many troubles in life and solves them in different ways than many normal people would. He is a very straight forward man with no emotion and speaks freely about what he believes in. The main problem he faces in this book is committing murder and trying to fight his way out of the death sentences in court. He does not care for much out side of prison so he doesnt have that much motivation to get out. 

Marie, 9th grade.

His maman died and Sir Mersault felt no emotion at all. The day after the funeral he was gallivanting around town; going to the beach, meeting girls, and going to the movies. Sir Mersault would have never guessed that showing no emotion at all could get him in so much trouble. Weeks later his friend Raymond asks him and his girlfriend Marie if they would like to go to the beach. He agrees to this idea. At the beach, they notice a group of Arabs following them. Raymonds ex-girlfriends brother had figured out that Raymond had mistreated her. The got into a scramble. They walked away before anything got to serious, but later Mersault went down and saw one of the Arabs again. Before another fight could have been started, Mersault pulled out a gun and shot the Arab five times. Mersault was sent to prison and put on trial. Will Mersault have to be executed or will he be set free?

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Cather,  Willa.

My Antonia. 

1010L

 

In School library in fiction

 

After his parents died, Jim Burden arrives in the fictional town of Black Hawk, Nebraska, on the same train as the Shimerda Family, immigrants who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives.  Jim Burden then develops strong feelings for ntonia, their eldest daughter...- something between a crush and a filial bond.  

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Cather, Willa. 

O Pioneers!

 

161 pgs, 930L

In English Room

When John Bergson is dying, he leaves control not to his sons or his wife, but to his daughter, Alexandra Bergson, who he sees has the most sense.  She has many new ideas about improving their place, but she'll have to go against the grain of her brothers and neighbors.   

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Crane,  Stephen.

The Red Badge of Courage.  

A Classic Novel 

204 pgs, 920L

 

 In English Room.

He is filled with fear that as he faces a Civil War battle, he'll turn and run...

 

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Diaz, Junot.

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. 

An overweight Dominican-American man named Oscar, a ghetto nerd from Paterson, N.J., is a devotee of what he somewhat grandly calls the more speculative genres. He means comic books, sword-and-sorcery novels, science fiction, role-playing games the pop-literary storehouse of myths and fantasies that sexually frustrated, socially maladjusted guys like him are widely believed to inhabit.

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Dickens, Charles. 

David Copperfield.

Classic novel

800 pgs, 1070L

in library in fiction

 

Mr. Greenlee 

His foolish mother married the meanest of men, who threw him out.  Thus begins the strange adventures of David Copperfield.  David meets with many zany and lovable characters along the way that help him - or need his help.  This is my favorite Dickens by far.  On my list of top ten lifetime books.  

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Dickens, Charles. 

Great Expectations. 

380 pgs, 1230L

Classic novel

 

In English Room.

 

As a child, he was introduced to a rich local woman, to keep her niece company.  As a young man, he goes to the city to seek his fortune, but the girl will haunt his efforts...

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Dickens, Charles. 

Oliver Twist.

1060L

 

In our school library in fiction

 

An orphan runs away from the orphanage and joins a street gang.  There, they teach him to steal, but his fate lays elsewhere...

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Dickens, Charles. 

Tale of Two Cities.

Classic novel

367 pgs,  1130L

 

In English Room.

 

Tyler, tenth grade

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is the story of the French Revolution, with a personal twist.  A happy French family living in England is quickly pulled into the rising chaos in the fledgling French Republic.  A dutiful wife, respected father, loyal businessman, and courageous friends must then save an innocent husband from death at the hands of a blind and bloodthirsty horde.  A European classic that spans national borders with its universal themes and storytelling, A Tale of Two Cities would be a good choice for advanced readers of any age.

 

Mr. Greenlee

      It takes the first two-thirds of this book to set everything in place for the rich action and powerful emotions of the last third. That is not to say that there are not a few interesting points, some entertaining action, and attractive character development early on, but most modern readers are anticipating the drama of the French Revolution, and this is a long, slow build-up. The action finally kicks off somewhere around page 200 too late for the taste of todays bookworm.

As in other Dickens novels, the young female is a weakly drawn character, not even the Agnes of David Copperfield. Why is it that we find Dickens able to create a Miss Pross or a Betsy Trotwood, but not a realistic and admirable young heroine?

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DinesonIsak.

Out of Africa. 

A Classic Memoir

 

 In our library at 967.6

 

Mr. Greenlee 

Understand before reading that this is not a novel. It is more like reading the journal of a woman who lived in Africa before and during the First World War. Don't imagine that this is going to be about the author's love affairs, as the movie was. It has little in common with the movie of the same name. But after reading this, I felt like I had been there. I understood more about the people and the land and the times. I loved this book.

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Douglas,  Frederick

My Bondage and My Freedom.

A Classic Autobiography

1210L

 

 in our school library under biography

 

The true story of an escaped slave that educated himself and rose to be the most powerful African-American of his day.  

 

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DuBois, W.E.B.

The Souls of Black Folk. 

 

1280L, 176 pgs

Du Bois begins his work by stating his objective in no uncertain terms; his goal is to represent what it is like to be black in America at the beginning of the twentieth century because he is convinced that race is the central problem of the century to come.

 

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Ellison,  Ralph

 Invisible Man.

National Book Award Winner

 

In English Room

 

In the beginning of the book, the narrator lives in a small Southern town. He is a model black student, and is named his high school's valedictorian. Having written and delivered a successful speech about the requirement of humility for the black man's progress, he is invited to give his speech before a group of important white men. However, he is first forced to fight a humiliating "battle royal" with other blacks. The "battle royal" consists of the young black men from the community fighting in a boxing style ring while their white superiors watch in enjoyment. After finally giving his speech, he receives a briefcase containing a scholarship to a black college that is clearly modeled on Tuskegee Institute.

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Hanff, Helene.

84 Charing Cross Road.

 

 

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Hardy, Thomas.

Far from the Madding Crowd. 

A Classic Novel

1110L 384 pgs

Bathsheba Everdine, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and becomes romantically involved with three extremely different men.

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Hardy, Thomas.

Return of the Native. 

A Classic Novel

1040L

 

formerly in the English Room

This novel revolves around five people mainly, and a place in England called Egdon Heath.  Clym, the native who returns to Egdon, changes the lives of those around him and his own. Eustacia, the heroine, and Clym are two contrasting characters beautifully sketched by the author.  Hardy's use of a barren heath and his art of characterization are truly remarkable.  

 

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Hawking, Stephen.

 A Brief History of Time.

182 pgs, 1290L

 

 In English Room.

Mr. Greenlee 

A thin book, this is a must-read for those interested in science.  HOW do we know what we know?  

 

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Hawthorne,  Nathaniel.

The Scarlet Letter.

Classic novel

244 pgs, 1400L 

 

 In English Room.

This writer has a difficult writing style - note the 1400 Lexile - so it's only for advanced readers.  However, after the reader becomes adjusted to the old-fashioned sentence style, it's the story of a young woman who becomes pregnant out of wedlock and refuses to tell the town who the father of the child is.  They force her to wear a large letter A on her clothes at all times - A for adultery.  

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Heller, Joseph.

Catch-22.  

Classic Novel

1140L

 

In school library under fiction.  

 

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Hemingway,  Ernest.

For Whom The Bell Tolls.

A Classic Novel

471 pgs, 840L

In English Room

Eric, senior

This book was an absolute classic. It was a little lengthy and in depth at times but that made it all the better read. It immerses you in the tale of the characters and how they cope with war. I love its realistic backgrounds and its brilliant use of symbolism. A Hemingway book wouldnt be complete without a bitter-sweet ending which this one, definitely has. All and all I give it a two thumbs way, way up.

Mr. Greenlee

     Which Hemingway first? Hemingway spans quite range. If you have just finished reading The Great Gatsby and are interested in the jaded, bored-with-life, spoiled and rich who drink and drink, read The Sun Also Rises. If youve just finished Dr. Blade #57, you like senseless action, and just want to say youve read Hemingway, try To Have and Have Not. But if, like me, you come from a background of J.R.R. Tolkien, Robert Louis Stevenson, H.G. Wells, and Jack London, and perhaps you have already read a few Nick Adams tales or The Old Man and the Sea, then dont be daunted by length - this is your book.

     While its true this book slowed down a few times, that rang true. It mirrored the reality of my military experience. Then again, there are some chapters of this book burn into the memory: how the Communists first dealt with people after taking their hometown, the stand they took on the hilltop, the final scene, and others. There characters were clear, the action realistic, and the inaction tense. Read it.

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Hemingway, Ernest.

To Have and Have Not.

Eric C., senior 

This book is an excellent read. Hemingway displays his mastery over the short story like no one else could. It has very easy, simplistic language, but it also carries a very deep underlying message. It not far fetched either.  It is raw and realistic in the way the characters relationships are portrayed. Overall I really enjoyed this novel and I highly recommend it to a person who enjoys a good action adventure novel.

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Hugo, Victor. 

The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

An Abridged Classic Novel

497 pgs, 1340L

 

 

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Huxley Aldous

Brave New World.

A Classic Novel

870L

 

In our school library in fiction

 

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Johnson.   

Orphan Masters Son. 

National Book Award

 

 

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 Johnson, Charles

Middle Passage 

National Book Award

Most Honored National Book Award Finalist

207 pgs, 1150L

 

In our school library in fiction

It is 1830. Rutherford Calhoun, a newly freed slave and irrepressible rogue, is desperate to escape unscrupulous bill collectors and an impending marriage to a priggish schoolteacher. He jumps aboard the first boat leaving New Orleans, the Republic, a slave ship en route to collect members of a legendary African tribe, the Allmuseri. Thus begins a daring voyage of horror and self-discovery. Peopled with vivid and unforgettable characters, nimble in its interplay of comedy and serious ideas, this dazzling modern classic is a perfect blend of the picaresque tale, historical romance, sea yarn, slave narrative, and philosophical novel.

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Joyce,  James.

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.

A Classic Autobiography

252 pgs, 1120L

 

 In English Room.

 

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Kakfka, Franz. 

The Metamorphosis.

When the main character wakes up, he discovers that overnight he has been turned into a giant cockroach.  But his family will understand....  sure!

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Kakfka, Franz. 

The Trial.

 

 

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Kennedy,  John.

  Profiles in Courage.

Pulitzer Prize. 

133 pgs

 

In our school library at 920K

 

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Counts for two books.

Kostova, Elizabeth.

The Historian.

 

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Krakauer, John.

Into the Wild.

198 pgs, 1210L

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley...

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Larson, Erik

Devil in the White City.

National Book Award Finalist;  

On the New York Times Best-Seller List since February of 2003.  

432 pgs, 1170L

 

 In English Room.

Mr. Greenlee

At the turn of the century, one of the great World's Fairs was being held in Chicago.  This is the story of the men and women that put it together, and of the serial killer that stalked his victims there.  

 

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Larson, Reif.

Selected Works of T.S. Spivet.

The main character of this novel, Tecumseh Sparrow Spivet, is a child genius and obsessive map-maker.  His mind has a tendency to wander, and the author, curiously, makes the reader's mind wander as well with drawings and paragraphs in the margins.  T. S. has won an award from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. for his scientific drawings.  However, they don't realize he's a child.  To keep them from finding out and to keep his parents from saying no, he hops a train. 

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LeGuin, Ursula.

The Left Hand of Darkness.

Hugo and Nebula Awards.

172 pgs, 970L

 

In English Room

Mr. Greenlee

    Genly Ai, a somewhat naive, young man from Earth is an envoy whose mission is to convince the country of Karhide on the distant planet called Gethen to join the Ekumen.  He arrives, however, as the planet is on the brink of world war.  

 

   Map of Gethen

 

 

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LeGuin, Ursula.

The Wind's Twelve Quarters.

277 pgs

 

In English Room

Mr. Greenlee

This is a great bunch of stories - my favorite collection by a single author. (This is, if you can get past #2 "April in Paris").     The stories are imaginative, either science fiction or fantasy.  Some of these are what the author calls "psychomyths"

"...more or less surrealistic tales, which share with fantasy the quality of taking place outside any history, outside of time, in that region of the living mind which - without invoking any consideration of immortality - seems to be without spatial or temporal limits at all."

Le Guin - from the Foreword

This is one of the few short story collections available (others include The Illustrated Man, The Nick Adams Stories, and Winesburg, Ohio.) 

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Lewis, C.S.

The Screwtape Letters.

172 pgs

 

In our library at 220.

 

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Llewelyn, Richard.

How Green Was My Valley.

1090  512 pgs

    A Welsh mining family faces troubles, seen from the point of view of the youngest child.  The classic movie based on this book covers only a fraction of what happens in the book.  

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Marquez,  Gabriel.

100 Years of Solitude.

Nobel Prize Winner

417 pgs, 1410L

 

In English Room

Time passes strangely in this town, separated from the rest of the world for more than one hundred years...

Family Tree of Characters 

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McCarthy, Cormac. 

The Road.

Pulitzer Prize; Oprah Book Club 

287 pgs

 

In English Room

 

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Melville,  Herman.

Billy Budd. 

A Classic Novel

114 pgs, 1450L

 

 In English Room.

 

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Mitchell, Margaret

 Gone With the Wind.

A Classic Novel

947 pgs, 1100L

 

available in the public library

Enter the world of the great south in this epic novel by Margaret Mitchell. Explore the travesties and triumphs in one of the greatest love stories ever told. With the unforgettable characters of the prude Scarlet OHara, heartfelt Melanie, and the beautiful Rhett Butler, Mitchell adequately displays the true side of the Civil War within the South. If you are interested in a long, effortless read, Margaret Mitchells story of Tara is the book for you.

 

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Momaday, N. Scott. 

House Made of Dawn. 

198 pgs, 970L

Pulitzer Prize Winner

 

In English Room.

 

 

 

Morrison, Toni

Song of Solomon

1270L?

 

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Oates, Joyce Carol. 

We Were the Mulvaneys.

 

454 pgs 

 

In English Room

Michael and Corinne Mulvaney are the parents of four children: Michael, Patrick, Marianne, and Judd. Living in a picture perfect farm in upstate New York, the Mulvaneys own a successful roofing company; Michael Mulvaney is considered a serious businessman. Corinne is a bubbly, earthy mother whose life revolves around the family unit. For nearly twenty years the Mulvaney clan thrives, admired throughout Mt. Ephraim for being the model family.  Then comes an incident that is hushed up in town and never spoken of again. It is this incident that shatters the family fabric with tragic consequences.

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Paton,  Alan.  

Cry, The Beloved Country.

A Classic Novel and a selection for the 

312 pgs, 860L

 

in our library in fiction

Cry, the Beloved Country takes place in Africa, mainly in Johannesburg and Ixopo Ndotsheni. It follows the journey of Stephen Kumalo as he searches for his son and sisterboth had gone to Johannesburg and no longer sent letters home to inform Kumalo and his wife of their lives. Sadly, when Kumalo finally finds son, he is facing the charge of murdering a white man. As the story begins to switch back and forth between Kumalo and the white mans father, Arthur Jarvis, it tells a moving tale about the racism present in Africa, the effects of loss, and two men, white and black, working together to make a town better. Cry, the Beloved Country is an incredibly moving story and a wonderful read.

  Mr. Greenlee

    No one who goes to the city ever returns.  His son and his sister went, and now he's going to look for them.  Get past the beginning of this book - the pile of geographical names in Zulu, lack of quotation marks - and get onto a great novel.   

 

Prisig, Robert. 

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance.

374 pgs 

 

In English Room

    As he rides his motorcycle from Minneapolis to Montana, he thinks about how the world works, about what he's seen in life, and what he's about to face.  This is a book that will make the reader think... but I couldn't carry through to the end.  

Quiz ready!

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Proulx, Annie. 

The Shipping News. 

336 pgs 

Pulitzer Prize Winner

 

 In English Room.

a current favorite for AP English classes, a divorced man goes home to his rural roots, where his family starts falling apart...

Quiz ready!

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Reynolds, Alastair.

Revelation Space. 

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 In English Room.

 

Quiz ready!

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Reynolds, Alastair.

Redemption Ark. 

694 pg

 

 In English Room.

 

 

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Rolvaag,  Oleg.

Giants in the Earth. 

452 pgs, 830L

 

 In English Room.

    In style and setting, this novel is like the Little House Books by Laura Ingalls Wilder, but in content this book is darker and more adult.  Here, we face head on the difficulties and challenges a family settling on the prairie will face.  

Quiz ready!

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Shepard, Adam.

Scratch Beginnings: 

Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream. 

trailer 

 

 In English Room.

 

    Adam Shepard proves that a young, single man in good health can get from homeless poverty to respectable working class in one year.  However, he has to be willing to make the sacrifices, be disciplined, and stay committed.   

Quiz ready!

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Sinclair, Upton.

The Jungle. 

421 pages, 1170L

 

 In English Room.

This book exposed the corruption and horrible conditions of the slaughterhouses and the meat-packing industry.  

 

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Smiley, Jane.

A Thousand Acres.

Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award

398 pgs

 

In the English Room.  

A successful Iowa farmer decides to divide his farm between his three daughters. When the youngest objects, she is cut out of his will. This sets off a chain of events that brings dark truths to light and explodes long-suppressed emotions...

 

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Solzhenitsyn, A.

The Gulag Archipelago, 1918-1956

1110L 672pgs

The Gulag Archipelago is Solzhenitsyns attempt to compile a literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps that came into being shortly after the Bolsheviks seized power in Russia in 1917 and that underwent an enormous expansion during the rule of Stalin from 1924 to 1953. Various sections of the three volumes describe the arrest, interrogation, conviction, transportation, and imprisonment of the Gulags victims by Soviet authorities over four decades. The work mingles historical exposition and Solzhenitsyns own autobiographical accounts with the voluminous personal testimony of other inmates that he collected and committed to memory during his imprisonment.  Upon publication of the first volume of The Gulag Archipelago, Solzhenitsyn was immediately attacked in the Soviet press.  Despite the intense interest in his fate that was shown in the West, he was arrested and charged with treason on February 12, 1974, and was exiled from the Soviet Union the following day.  

 

 

Solzhenitsyn, Ivan.

One Day in the Life.

900L

 

Not yet available in our school

 

 

 

Steinbeck,  John.

East of  Eden.

A Classic Novel

600 pgs, 700L

 

 In English Room.

Two brothers of a rich farmer have conflicts.  

Quiz ready!

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Steinbeck, John.  

The Grapes of Wrath.

A Classic Novel

454 pgs

 

 In English Room.

When the dust bowl and the banks force them off their land in Oklahoma, they ride an old truck to California looking for work.  There, they find as much trouble as work.  

    Character Map 

Quiz should be available

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Stevenson, Robert Louis.  

Kidnapped.  

A Classic Novel

221 pgs, 990L

 

In English Room

 

Quiz ready!

 

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Stevenson,  Robert Louis.  

Dr. Jeckyll and Mr. Hyde.

A Classic Novel

114 pgs, 1110L

 

 In English Room.

This book is a classic , and it was really good book. It doesnt take long to get in the book, it had a good context. The transition in the book was kind of confusing to understand, but rather then that it was very good. This book was really good because the story is about the same person , but in the beginning people would have never guessed it. 

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a timeless classic set in the late 1800s. This is a must read book for every high school senior. The book does start a bit slow, but once you get a couple chapters in it starts to get intense. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde may be a short book, but dont be fooled by the length. The vocabulary level is very high and it is written in an older style than most people are used to.

 

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Tolkien, J.R.R.

The Children of Hurin. 

 

Quiz ready!

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Volsky, Paula.

Illusion.

577 pgs

 

In English Room. 

Illusions was without a doubt a very well written and very enthralling book. I enjoyed it very much and found that it was difficult to put down once I had started reading. The book brought together a rise and fall of a revolutionary government and magic in one story. I found that to be a very interesting combination that kept my interest, despite its slow opening.

In a world that once had technology but has now forgotten most of it, a rich an spoiled girl goes to the big city.  What she doesn't know is that she is embarking on the eve of a revolution.  

Quiz should be available

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Wolfe, Tom.

The Right Stuff.

367 pgs, 1110L

 

in our library 629.109

 

Quiz should be available

 

Wright,  Richard. 

Black Boy. 

A Classic Autobiography

383 pgs, 950L

 

In English Room

 

Quiz should be available

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Wright,  Richard. 

Native Son.  

A Classic Autobiography

392 pgs, 700L

 

In English Room.

Growing up in the ghetto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seniors may also read 

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Casey, John 

Spartina

National Book Award

Most Honored National Book Award

 

in our library in fiction

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Cooper, James F.

 The Last of the Mohicans.

A Classic Novel

1350L 

 

In school library in fiction

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Du Maurier.

Rebecca.

A Classic Novel

380 pgs, 880L

 

 In the English Room

Faulkner,  William

As I Lay Dying 

244 pages.

A Classic Novel

 

In English Room. 

 

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Gibbons, Kaye.

Ellen Foster

126 pgs

 

in our library in fiction

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Gibbons, Kaye.

A Virtuous Woman.

An Oprah Book Club Selection

165 pgs

 

in our library in fiction

Graves Robert

I,  Claudius.  

432 pgs

 

 In English Room.

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Greene Graham

 Power and the Glory. 

221 pgs, 710L

 

 In English Room.

Grisham, John. 

The Chamber.

  676 pgs, 810L

 

In English Room 

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Harr, Jonathan.

A Civil Action. 

492 pgs 

 

in our library at 346.73

Hugo, Victor. 

Les Miserables

An Abridged Classic Novel

333 pgs

 

 In English Room.

Howarth, David and Stephen.

Nelson: The Immortal Memory.

371 pgs

 

 in our school library under biography

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Jones James

 From Here to Eternity. 

A Classic Novel; National Book Award

850 pgs

 

In English Room

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Koestler,  Arthur.  

Darkness at Noon.

215 pgs

 

 In English Room.

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Maraniss, David.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize.

When Pride Still Mattered: 

A Live of Vince Lombari.

500 Pgs

in our library under biography

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Morris, Mary McGarry.

Songs in Ordinary Time.  

An Oprah Book Club Selection

 

in our library in fiction

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Mosse, Kate.

Labyrinth.  

508 pgs

 

in the English Room

Whale for the Killing, A

Mowat, Farley.

A Whale for the Killing

212 pgs, 1230L

 

in our library in fiction

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Rand, Ayn. 

Atlas Shrugged.

1069 pgs, 1070L

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In English Room

 

Roberts, Kenneth.  

Northwest Passage 

636 pgs

 

 In English Room.

Styron, William 

Confessions of Nat Turner  

Pulitzer Prize

1450L

 

in our library in fiction

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Trapp, Maria. 

The Story of the Trapp Family Singers: 

The Story that Inspired "The Sound of Music"

310 pgs 

 

In English Room

Uris, Leon.

Exodus.

A Classic Novel

 

in our library in fiction

 

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Wouk, Herman.

The Caine Mutiny.

Pulitzer Prize Winner

537 pgs, 910L

 

In English Room

 

In addition, you may choose  any of these books below - if you can find them.

(these are book that are recognized classics or have been awarded 

The Nobel Prize,

The Pulitzer Prize,

The National Book Award (excluding the children's),

The National Book Critic's Circle Award,

Or any book that has been selected for the Oprah Book Club.)  

 

 

 

 

Ishiguro, Kazuo,

Remains of the Day.

1210L    256pgs

 

 

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James,  Henry

 The Turn of the Screw. 

A Classic Novella

1140L

Not yet available in our school

 

 

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Jin, Ha.   

Waiting

National Book Award

For more than seventeen years, a devoted and ambitious doctor, has been in love with an educated, clever, modern woman, but back in the traditional world of his home village lives the wife his family chose for him when he was younga humble and touchingly loyal woman. A man living in two worlds, struggling with the conflicting claims of two utterly different women he moves through the political minefields of a society designed to regulate his every move and stifle the promptings of his innermost heart.

 

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Kesey, Ken,

Sometimes a Great Notion.

1020L, 640pgs

A family of fiercely-independent Oregon loggers struggle to keep the family business alive amidst changing times.

 

 

Rushdie, Salman. 

Midnight's Children

1120L 544

 

 

 

Shaara, Michael 

Killer Angels  

Pulitzer Prize

610L

 

Not yet available in our school

 

 

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Washington,  Booker T.

Up From Slavery.  

A Classic Autobiography

1320L

 

Not yet available in our school