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The Best Books To Read In High School

October 11, 2017
High School Books

“What are the best books to read in High School?” We looked at 371 of the top books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 28 books, all appearing on 4 or more, “Best High School” book lists, are ranked below by how many times they appear. The books include images, descriptions, and links. The remaining 225+ books, as well as the lists we used, are in alphabetical order on the bottom of the page.

For more Best School Year book lists, check below!

The Best Books To Read In Kindergarten
The Best Books To Read In 1st Grade
The Best Books To Read In 2nd Grade
The Best Books To Read In 3rd Grade
The Best Books To Read In 4th Grade
The Best Books To Read In 5th Grade
The Best Books To Read In 6th Grade
The Best Books To Read In 7th Grade
The Best Books To Read In 8th Grade
The Best Books To Read As A Freshman In High School
The Best Books To Read After High School Or Before College (Check back on 10/18/17)
The Best Books To Read In College (Check back on 10/25/17)

Happy Scrolling!



Top High School Book List



28 .) Catch-22 by Joseph Heller

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Tes
  • College Xpress
  • Deseret News

“Fifty years after its original publication, Catch-22 remains a cornerstone of American literature and one of the funniest—and most celebrated—books of all time. In recent years it has been named to “best novels” lists by Time, Newsweek, the Modern Library, and the London Observer.

Set in Italy during World War II, this is the story of the incomparable, malingering bombardier, Yossarian, a hero who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him. But his real problem is not the enemy—it is his own army, which keeps increasing the number of missions the men must fly to complete their service. Yet if Yossarian makes any attempt to excuse himself from the perilous missions he’s assigned, he’ll be in violation of Catch-22, a hilariously sinister bureaucratic rule: a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but if he makes a formal request to be removed from duty, he is proven sane and therefore ineligible to be relieved. “

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27 .) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Lexington Public Library

Mary Shelley’s groundbreaking classic—begun as a ghost story for friends—is a potent blend of science fiction and horror that has inspired countless movie and other adaptations. Nothing, however, equals the depth and beauty of Shelley’s original, which emains as relevant as ever. In his arrogance, Dr. Victor Frankenstein dreams of discovering the very secret of life…and he succeeds, bringing a new creature into existence. But should man ever play God—and if he does, what does he owe his creation?

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26 .) Great Expectations by Charles Dickens

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Modern Mrs Darcy
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes

Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations charts the course of orphan Pip Pirrip’s life as it is transformed by a vast, mysterious inheritance. A terrifying encounter with the escaped convict Abel Magwitch in a graveyard on the wild Kent marshes; a summons to meet the bitter, decrepit Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward Estella at Satis House; the sudden generosity of a mysterious benefactor – these form a series of events that change the orphaned Pip’s life forever, and he eagerly abandons his humble station as an apprentice to blacksmith Joe Gargery, beginning a new life as a gentleman. Charles Dickens’s haunting late novel depicts Pip’s education and development through adversity as he discovers the true nature of his identity, and his ‘great expectations’. This definitive version uses the text from the first published edition of 1861. It includes a map of Kent in the early nineteenth century, and appendices on Dickens’s original ending and his working notes, giving readers an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a great novelist at work.

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25 .) Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Modern Mrs Darcy
  • Tes
  • Goodreads

A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman’s quest for freedom. Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved? This updated Penguin Classics edition features a new introduction by Brontë scholar and award-winning novelist Stevie Davies, as well as comprehensive notes, a chronology, further reading, and an appendix.

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24 .) One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes

In this classic novel, Ken Kesey’s hero is Randle Patrick McMurphy, a boisterous, brawling, fun-loving rebel who swaggers into the world of a mental hospital and takes over. A lusty, life-affirming fighter, McMurphy rallies the other patients around him by challenging the dictatorship of Nurse Ratched. He promotes gambling in the ward, smuggles in wine and women, and openly defies the rules at every turn. But this defiance, which starts as a sport, soon develops into a grim struggle, an all-out war between two relentless opponents: Nurse Ratched, backed by the full power of authority, and McMurphy, who has only his own indomitable will. What happens when Nurse Ratched uses her ultimate weapon against McMurphy provides the story’s shocking climax.

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23 .) Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Edutopia
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Goodreads

“Persepolis is the story of Satrapi’s unforgettable childhood and coming of age within a large and loving family in Tehran during the Islamic Revolution; of the contradictions between private life and public life in a country plagued by political upheaval; of her high school years in Vienna facing the trials of adolescence far from her family; of her homecoming–both sweet and terrible; and, finally, of her self-imposed exile from her beloved homeland. It is the chronicle of a girlhood and adolescence at once outrageous and familiar, a young life entwined with the history of her country yet filled with the universal trials and joys of growing up.

Edgy, searingly observant, and candid, often heartbreaking but threaded throughout with raw humor and hard-earned wisdom–Persepolis is a stunning work from one of the most highly regarded, singularly talented graphic artists at work today.”

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22 .) The Lord of the Rings trilogy by JRR Tolkien

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron’s fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.”

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21 .) The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Lists It Appears On:

  • Betches
  • Fab Fit Fun
  • Goodreads
  • Deseret News

“First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is Nathaniel Hawthorne’s masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. Its themes of sin, guilt, and redemption, woven through a story of adultery in the early days of the Massachusetts Colony, are revealed with remarkable psychological penetration and understanding of the human heart.
Hester Prynne is the adulteress, forced by the Puritan community to wear a scarlet letter A on the breast of her gown. Arthur Dimmesdale, the minister and the secret father of her child, Pearl, struggles with the agony of conscience and his own weakness. Roger Chillingworth, Hester’s husband, revenges himself on Dimmesdale by calculating assaults on the frail mental state of the conscience-stricken cleric. The result is an American tragedy of stark power and emotional depth that has mesmerized critics and readers for nearly a century and a half.”

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20 .) Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

Lists It Appears On:

  • eSchool News
  • Goodreads
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes

Things Fall Apart is the first of three novels in Chinua Achebe’s critically acclaimed African Trilogy. It is a classic narrative about Africa’s cataclysmic encounter with Europe as it establishes a colonial presence on the continent. Told through the fictional experiences of Okonkwo, a wealthy and fearless Igbo warrior of Umuofia in the late 1800s, Things Fall Apart explores one man’s futile resistance to the devaluing of his Igbo traditions by British political andreligious forces and his despair as his community capitulates to the powerful new order.

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19 .) Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fab Fit Fun
  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Plexuss
  • Prep Scholar

Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by William Shakespeare early in his career about two young star-crossed lovers whose deaths ultimately reconcile their feuding families.

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18 .) Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Prep Scholar
  • Goodreads
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia

Slaughterhous-Five is one of the world’s great anti-war books. Centering on the infamous fire-bombing of Dresden, Billy Pilgrim’s odyssey through time reflects the mythic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.

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17 .) Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library

“The first ten lies they tell you in high school.

“”Speak up for yourself–we want to know what you have to say.”” From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless, outcast, because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her. As time passes, she becomes increasingly isolated and practically stops talking altogether. Only her art class offers any solace, and it is through her work on an art project that she is finally able to face what really happened at that terrible party: she was raped by an upperclassman, a guy who still attends Merryweather and is still a threat to her. Her healing process has just begun when she has another violent encounter with him. But this time Melinda fights back, refuses to be silent, and thereby achieves a measure of vindication. In Laurie Halse Anderson’s powerful novel, an utterly believable heroine with a bitterly ironic voice delivers a blow to the hypocritical world of high school. She speaks for many a disenfranchised teenager while demonstrating the importance of speaking up for oneself.”

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16 .) The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Tes
  • BuzzFeed
  • College Xpress
  • Lexington Public Library

“It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

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15 .) The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Lists It Appears On:

  • Bustle
  • BuzzFeed
  • Fab Fit Fun
  • Edutopia
  • Lexington Public Library

The critically acclaimed debut novel from Stephen Chbosky, Perks follows observant “wallflower” Charlie as he charts a course through the strange world between adolescence and adulthood. First dates, family drama, and new friends. Sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Devastating loss, young love, and life on the fringes. Caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it, Charlie must learn to navigate those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.

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14 .) Animal Farm by George Orwell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Goodreads
  • Plexuss
  • Tes

George Orwell’s famous satire of the Soviet Union, in which “all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others.

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13 .) Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Lists It Appears On:

  • Fab Fit Fun
  • Goodreads
  • Tes
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Plexuss

“They are an unlikely pair: George is “”small and quick and dark of face””; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a “”family,”” clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.

Laborers in California’s dusty vegetable fields, they hustle work when they can, living a hand-to-mouth existence. For George and Lennie have a plan: to own an acre of land and a shack they can call their own. When they land jobs on a ranch in the Salinas Valley, the fulfillment of their dream seems to be within their grasp. But even George cannot guard Lennie from the provocations of a flirtatious woman, nor predict the consequences of Lennie’s unswerving obedience to the things George taught him.”

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12 .) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Goodreads
  • Modern Mrs Darcy
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Lexington Public Library

Few have failed to be charmed by the witty and independent spirit of Elizabeth Bennet in Austen’s beloved classic Pride and Prejudice. When Elizabeth Bennet first meets eligible bachelor Fitzwilliam Darcy, she thinks him arrogant and conceited; he is indifferent to her good looks and lively mind. When she later discovers that Darcy has involved himself in the troubled relationship between his friend Bingley and her beloved sister Jane, she is determined to dislike him more than ever. In the sparkling comedy of manners that follows, Jane Austen shows us the folly of judging by first impressions and superbly evokes the friendships, gossip and snobberies of provincial middle-class life.

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11 .) The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Betches
  • Deseret News
  • Goodreads
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes

The novel’s preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author’s remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book’s understated development of serious underlying themes: “natural” man versus “civilized” society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, and other topics. Most of all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters.

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10 .) The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Lists It Appears On:

  • BuzzFeed
  • eSchool News
  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Spring Share
  • Tes

In the ruins of a place once known as North America lies the nation of Panem, a shining Capitol surrounded by twelve outlying districts. Long ago the districts waged war on the Capitol and were defeated. As part of the surrender terms, each district agreed to send one boy and one girl to appear in an annual televised event called, “The Hunger Games,” a fight to the death on live TV. Sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives alone with her mother and younger sister, regards it as a death sentence when she is forced to represent her district in the Games. The terrain, rules, and level of audience participation may change but one thing is constant: kill or be killed.

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9 .) Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Goodreads
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Deseret News
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Plexuss

“Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

Guy Montag is a fireman. In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Montag never questions the destruction and ruin his actions produce, returning each day to his bland life and wife, Mildred, who spends all day with her television “family.” But then he meets an eccentric young neighbor, Clarisse, who introduces him to a past where people didn’t live in fear and to a present where one sees the world through the ideas in books instead of the mindless chatter of television.

When Mildred attempts suicide and Clarisse suddenly disappears, Montag begins to question everything he has ever known. He starts hiding books in his home, and when his pilfering is discovered, the fireman has to run for his life.”

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8 .) The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Edutopia
  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Thought Co.

First published in 1939, Steinbeck’s Pulitzer Prize-winning epic of the Great Depression chronicles the Dust Bowl migration of the 1930s and tells the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads—driven from their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California. Out of their trials and their repeated collisions against the hard realities of an America divided into Haves and Have-Nots evolves a drama that is intensely human yet majestic in its scale and moral vision, elemental yet plainspoken, tragic but ultimately stirring in its human dignity. A portrait of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless, of one man’s fierce reaction to injustice, and of one woman’s stoical strength, the novel captures the horrors of the Great Depression and probes into the very nature of equality and justice in America. At once a naturalistic epic, captivity narrative, road novel, and transcendental gospel, Steinbeck’s powerful landmark novel is perhaps the most American of American Classics.

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7 .) Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston

Lists It Appears On:

  • Flavorwire
  • Goodreads
  • Prep Scholar
  • Thought Co.
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Plexuss

One of the most important and enduring books of the twentieth century, Their Eyes Were Watching God brings to life a Southern love story with the wit and pathos found only in the writing of Zora Neale Hurston. Out of print for almost thirty years—due largely to initial audiences’ rejection of its strong black female protagonist—Hurston’s classic has since its 1978 reissue become perhaps the most widely read and highly acclaimed novel in the canon of African-American literature.

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6 .) Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Goodreads
  • Plexuss
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Thought Co.

Aldous Huxley’s profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order–all at the cost of our freedom, full humanity, and perhaps also our souls.

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5 .) Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Lists It Appears On:

  • Betches
  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Plexuss
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes

As provocative today as when it was first published in 1954, Lord of the Flies continues to ignite passionate debate with its startling, brutal portrait of human nature. William Golding’s compelling story about a group of very ordinary boys marooned on a coral island has been labeled a parable, an allegory, a myth, a morality tale, a parody, a political treatise, and even a vision of the apocalypse. But above all, it has earned its place as one of the indisputable classics of the twentieth century for readers of any age.

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4 .) The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • College Xpress
  • Deseret News
  • Fab Fit Fun
  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Plexuss
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes

“The hero-narrator of THE CATCHER IN THE RYE is an ancient child of sixteen, a native New Yorker named Holden Caulfield. Through circumstances that tend to preclude adult, secondhand description, he leaves his prep school in Pennsylvania and goes underground in New York City for three days.

The boy himself is at once too simple and too complex for us to make any final comment about him or his story. Perhaps the safest thing we can say about Holden is that he was born in the world not just strongly attracted to beauty but, almost, hopelessly impaled on it.

There are many voices in this novel: children’s voices, adult voices, underground voices–but Holden’s voice is the most eloquent of all. Transcending his own vernacular, yet remaining marvelously faithful to it, he issues a perfectly articulated cry of mixed pain and pleasure. However, like most lovers and clowns and poets of the higher orders, he keeps most of the pain to, and for, himself. The pleasure he gives away, or sets aside, with all his heart. It is there for the reader who can handle it to keep.”

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3 .) 1984 by George Orwell

Lists It Appears On:

  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Goodreads
  • Huffpost
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Plexuss
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Thought Co.

“Winston Smith toes the Party line, rewriting history to satisfy the demands of the Ministry of Truth. With each lie he writes, Winston grows to hate the Party that seeks power for its own sake and persecutes those who dare to commit thoughtcrimes. But as he starts to think for himself, Winston can’t escape the fact that Big Brother is always watching…

A startling and haunting vision of the world, 1984 is so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the influence of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of multiple generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems only to grow with the passage of time.”

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2 .) The Great Gatbsy by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Lists It Appears On:

  • Betches
  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • College Xpress
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Fab Fit Fun
  • Goodreads
  • Modern Mrs Darcy
  • Plexuss
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Thought Co.

In planning his novel, F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote, “I want to write something new – something extraordinary and beautiful and simple and intricately patterned.” Working with anxiety and saw he feeling that it was the supreme test, he committed all his imaginative resources to the project. He eagerly awaited the reception of his masterpiece. T. S. Eliot immediately saw The Great Gatsby for what it was “the first step that American fiction has taken since Henry James,” however, the reviewers and public were not enthusiastic. Only in the subsequent years, after Fitzgerald’s death, has The Great Gatsby come be seen as perhaps the great 20th century American novel, and its protagonist, Jay Gatsby, as one of the truly mythological creations in American culture.

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1 .) To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Lists It Appears On:

  • Betches
  • Canal Winchester Schools
  • College Xpress
  • Deseret News
  • Edutopia
  • Goodreads
  • Lexington Public Library
  • Modern Mrs Darcy
  • Plexuss
  • Prep Scholar
  • Tes
  • Thought Co.

One of the best-loved stories of all time, To Kill a Mockingbird has been translated into more than forty languages, sold more than forty million copies worldwide, served as the basis for an enormously popular motion picture, and was voted one of the best novels of the twentieth century by librarians across the country. A gripping, heart-wrenching, and wholly remarkable tale of coming-of-age in a South poisoned by virulent prejudice, it views a world of great beauty and savage inequities through the eyes of a young girl, as her father—a crusading local lawyer—risks everything to defend a black man unjustly accused of a terrible crime.

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The 200+ Additional Best Books For High School



 

# Books Authors Lists
(Titles Appear On 3 Lists Each)
29 A Clockwork Orange Anthony Burgess
Canal Winchester Schools
Goodreads
Tes
30 Death Of A Salesman Betches
Deseret News
Plexuss
31 Dracula Bram Stoker Goodreads
Tes
Thought Co.
32 Ender’s Game Orson Scott Card
Lexington Public Library
eSchool News
Fab Fit Fun
33 Extremely Loud and Incredib… Jonathan Safran Foer Fab Fit Fun
Goodreads
BuzzFeed
34 Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad Flavorwire
Goodreads
Deseret News
35 Looking for Alaska John Green BuzzFeed
Spring Share
Lexington Public Library
36 Macbeth William Shakespeare Goodreads
Deseret News
Edutopia
37 Monster Walter Dean Myers
Canal Winchester Schools
Spring Share
Lexington Public Library
38 The Bell Jar Sylvia Plath
Prep Scholar
Lexington Public Library
Canal Winchester Schools
39 The Crucible Arthur Miller Goodreads
Prep Scholar
Deseret News
40 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Mark Haddon BuzzFeed
Tes
Goodreads
41 The Diary of a Young Girl Anne Frank
Canal Winchester Schools
Goodreads
Prep Scholar
42 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams
Lexington Public Library
Penny Kittle
College Xpress
43 The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien
Canal Winchester Schools
Goodreads
Tes
44 The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini
Canal Winchester Schools
Tes
BuzzFeed
45 The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
Canal Winchester Schools
Goodreads
Tes
46 The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd BuzzFeed
Goodreads
Lexington Public Library
47 Thirteen Reasons Why Jay Asher BuzzFeed
Goodreads
Lexington Public Library
(Titles Appear On 2 Lists Each)
48 A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens Goodreads
Tes
49 A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway Flavorwire
Deseret News
50 A Prayer for Owen Meany John Irving BuzzFeed
Thought Co.
51 A Tale of Two Cities Charles Dickens
Canal Winchester Schools
Goodreads
52 A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini
Canal Winchester Schools
Penny Kittle
53 All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque
Canal Winchester Schools
Goodreads
54 Black Like Me John Howard Griffin
Canal Winchester Schools
Lexington Public Library
55 Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee Alexander Dee Brown
Canal Winchester Schools
Prep Scholar
56 Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? Philip K. Dick Goodreads
eSchool News
57 Dune Frank Herbert Goodreads
College Xpress
58 East of Eden John Steinbeck
Modern Mrs Darcy
Plexuss
59 Fast Food Nation : The Dark Side Of The All-American Meal Eric Schlosser
Lexington Public Library
Goodreads
60 Flowers for Algernon Daniel Keyes
Prep Scholar
Lexington Public Library
61 For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf Ntozake Shange
Prep Scholar
Lexington Public Library
62 Go Ask Alice Beatrice Sparks Goodreads
Lexington Public Library
63 Gone With The Wind Margaret Mitchell Goodreads
Lexington Public Library
64 Gulliver’s Travels Jonathan Swift Tes
Canal Winchester Schools
65 Hamlet William Shakespeare Goodreads
Deseret News
66 I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings Maya Angelou Goodreads
Lexington Public Library
67 Life of Pi Yann Martel Penny Kittle
Tes
68 Little Brother Cory Doctorow Goodreads
Lexington Public Library
69 Maus I : A Survivor’s Tale : My Father Bleeds History Art Spiegelman
Lexington Public Library
Goodreads
70 Mrs. Dalloway Virginia Woolf Flavorwire
Modern Mrs Darcy
71 Native Son Richard A. Wright
Canal Winchester Schools
Lexington Public Library
72 Night Elie Wiesel Goodreads
Edutopia
73 Oedipus Rex Sophocles Goodreads
Prep Scholar
74 Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
Canal Winchester Schools
Tes
75 Siddhartha Hermann Hesse
Canal Winchester Schools
Goodreads
76 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho Goodreads
Edutopia
77 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope William Kamkwamba Penny Kittle
Canal Winchester Schools
78 The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Díaz Penny Kittle
BuzzFeed
79 The Handmaid’s Tale Margaret Atwood BuzzFeed
Edutopia
80 The Martian Chronicles Ray Bradbury Goodreads
Penny Kittle
81 The Odyssey Homer
Prep Scholar
Deseret News
82 The Outsiders S.E. Hinton Goodreads
Lexington Public Library
83 The Picture of Dorian Gray Oscar Wilde Betches
Goodreads
84 The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver BuzzFeed
Goodreads
85 The Princess Bride William Goldman; Michael Manomivibul (Illustrator)
Spring Share
Lexington Public Library
86 The Stranger Albert Camus Betches
Goodreads
87 The Things They Carried Tim O’Brien
Thought Co.
Goodreads
88 Treasure Island Robert Louis Stevenson
Canal Winchester Schools
Tes
89 Water for Elephants Sara Gruen BuzzFeed
Canal Winchester Schools
90 Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte Tes
Goodreads
(Titles Appear On 1 Lists Each)
91 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East Naomi Shihab Nye
Canal Winchester Schools
92 90 Minutes in Heaven: A True Story of Life and Death Don Piper & Cecil Murphy
Canal Winchester Schools
93 A Bottle in the Gaza Sea Valerie Zenatti Penny Kittle
94
A Child Called “It” : One Child’s Courage To Survive
Lexington Public Library
95 A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court Mark Twain
Canal Winchester Schools
96 A Gracious Plenty Sheri Reynolds
Canal Winchester Schools
97 A Hand Full of Stars Rafik Schami translated Penny Kittle
98 A Kestrel for a Knave Barry Hines Tes
99 A Lesson Before Dying Ernest J. Gaines Goodreads
100 A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier Ishmael Beah
Canal Winchester Schools
101 A Midsummer Night’s Dream William Shakespeare Goodreads
102 A Modest Proposal Jonathan Swift Tes
103 A Monster Calls Patrick Ness Tes
104 A Passage to India EM Forster Tes
105 A People’s History of the U… Howard Zinn Goodreads
106 A River Runs Through It Norman Maclean
Canal Winchester Schools
107 A Rose that Grew from Concrete Tupac Shakur
Canal Winchester Schools
108 A Song of Ice and Fire series George RR Martin Tes
109
A Streetcar Named Desire
Lexington Public Library
110 A Time to Dance Bernard MacLaverty Tes
111 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith Goodreads
112 A Wrinkle In Time
Lexington Public Library
113 Acceptance Susan Coll Bustle
114 After Amy Efaw
Canal Winchester Schools
115 Alexander Hamilton
College Xpress
116 Alice in Wonderland Lewis Carroll
Canal Winchester Schools
117 All the Truth That’s in Me Julie Berry Penny Kittle
118 Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream Tanya Lee Stone Penny Kittle
119 American Born Chinese
Lexington Public Library
120 And Harry Potter J.K. Rowling BuzzFeed
121 Angels and Demons Dan Brown
Canal Winchester Schools
122 Anita and Me Meera Syal Tes
123
Anne Frank : The Diary Of A Young Girl
Lexington Public Library
124 Ape House : A Novel Sara Gruen
Canal Winchester Schools
125 Around the World in Eighty Days Jules Verne Tes
126 As I Lay Dying William Faulkner
Modern Mrs Darcy
127 As You Like It William Shakespeare Goodreads
128 Atlas Shrugged Ayn Rand
Canal Winchester Schools
129 Atonement Ian McEwan Tes
130 Awkward Svetlana Chmakova
Spring Share
131 Bartle Herman Melville Goodreads
132 Bastard out of Carolina Dorothy Allison
Canal Winchester Schools
133 Beautiful Music for Ugly Children Kirstin Cronn-Mills Penny Kittle
134 Before Life Happened Isabel Curtis Goodreads
135 Being Jazz Jazz Jennings (Read by)
Spring Share
136 Beloved Toni Morrison
Canal Winchester Schools
137 Beneath a Meth Moon Jacqueline Woodson Bustle
138 Beneath My Mother’s Feet Amjed Qamar Penny Kittle
139 Bird Anne Lamott Goodreads
140 Birdsong Sebastian Faulks Tes
141 Black Paratroopers written Tanya Lee Stone, published Penny Kittle
142 Black Rain Masuji Ibuse
Prep Scholar
143 Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya
Prep Scholar
144 Blue Gold Elizabeth Stewart Penny Kittle
145 Bluefish Pat Schmatz
eSchool News
146 Bonfire of the Vanities Tom Wolfe Flavorwire
147 Bossypants Tina Fey BuzzFeed
148 Bradbury Stories: 100 of Hi… Ray Bradbury Goodreads
149 Brighton Rock Graham Greene Tes
150 Brotherhood A.B. Westrick Penny Kittle
151 Caramelo Sandra Cisneros
Canal Winchester Schools
152 Carrie Stephen King Bustle
153 Carry the Sky Kate Gray Bustle
154 Catcher in the Rye Edutopia
155 Charlie & the Chocolate Factory Roald Dahl
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156 Chinese Cinderella: The True Story of an Unwanted Daughter Adeline Mah
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157 Chupacabra Roland Smith Penny Kittle
158 Cider with Rosie Laurie Lee Tes
159 Convicted in the Womb Carl Upchurch Penny Kittle
160 Courage Has No Color Tanya Lee Stone Penny Kittle
161 Cradle to Cradle: Remaking … William McDonough Goodreads
162 Crank
Lexington Public Library
163 Crime and Punishment Fyodor Dostoyevsky Goodreads
164 Criminals : A Novel Margot Livesey
Canal Winchester Schools
165 Crush It! Huffpost
166 Danny, Champion of the World Roald Dahl Tes
167 Dare Me Megan Abbott Bustle
168 Deadline Chris Crutcher
Canal Winchester Schools
169 Destined to Witness: Growing up Black in Nazi Germany Hans J. Massaquoi Penny Kittle
170 Does My Head Look Big in This? Randa Abdel-Fattah BuzzFeed
171 Dragonsong Anne McCaffrey (Book One of Harper Hall Trilogy) Penny Kittle
172 Dubliners James Joyce Tes
173 Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The … Lynne Truss Goodreads
174 Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell BuzzFeed
175 Emma Jane Austen Tes
176 Face Benjamin Zephaniah Tes
177 Feed M.T. Anderson
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178 Fires in the Mirror: Crown Heights and Other Identities Anna Deveare Smith
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179 First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers Loung Ung
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180 Forever Judy Blume Tes
181 Forgotten Fire Adam Bagdasarian
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182 Freakonomics: A Rogue Econo… Steven D. Levitt Goodreads
183 Freedom Jonathan Franzen Fab Fit Fun
184 From the Barrio to the Board Room, or Mi Barrio Robert Renteria
eSchool News
185
Funny How Things Change
Lexington Public Library
186 Go: A Kidd’s Guide to Graphic Design Chip Kidd, published by Penny Kittle
187 Golden Boy Tara Sullivan Penny Kittle
188 Half Brother Kenneth Oppel
Canal Winchester Schools
189 Half of a Yellow Sun Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie BuzzFeed
190 Have a Little Faith Mitch Albom.
Canal Winchester Schools
191 High Fidelity Nick Hornby
Canal Winchester Schools
192 Hiroshima Plexuss
193 His Dark Materials Philip Pullman Tes
194 Holes Louis Sachar Tes
195 House Rules Jodi Picoult
eSchool News
196 How to Read Literature Like… Thomas C. Foster Goodreads
197
How To Win Friends and Influence People
Huffpost
198 I am Four Pittacus Lore Penny Kittle
199 I Am Malala Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai BuzzFeed
200 I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems African Americans
Canal Winchester Schools
201 I Was Jane Austen’s Best Friend Cora Harrison
Canal Winchester Schools
202 Imprisoned: The Betrayal of Japanese Americans During WW11 Martin Sandler Penny Kittle
203 In Cold Blood Plexuss
204 In the Time of Butterflies Julia Alvarez
Canal Winchester Schools
205 In the Unlikely Event Judy Blume
Spring Share
206 Inside Out Maria Snyder (Inside Out Series) Penny Kittle
207 Invisible Man Edutopia
208 iSucceed Huffpost
209 James L. Swanson, published Scholastic Press, an imprint of Scholastic Inc. Penny Kittle
210 Jasper Jones Craig Silvey BuzzFeed
211 Jesus Land Julia Scheeres Penny Kittle
212 John Adams David McCullough
Canal Winchester Schools
213
Journey to the Center of the Earth
College Xpress
214 Julius Caesar William Shakespeare Goodreads
215 Jumping off Swings Johanna Knowles
Canal Winchester Schools
216 Just Listen : A Novel
Lexington Public Library
217 Leaves of Grass Walt Whitman Goodreads
218 Les Miserables Victor Hugo
Thought Co.
219 Liberal Media John Stossel.
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220 Life is Funny E.R. Frank
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221 Lindbergh Scott A. Berg
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222 Little Women Louisa May Alcott
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223 Lolita Vladimir Nabokov
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224 Look Me in the Eye: My Life with Asperger’s John Elder Robison.
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225 Lord of the Rings J.R.R. Tolkien
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226 Lucky Alice Sebold
Canal Winchester Schools
227 MaddAddam Margaret Atwood Penny Kittle
228 Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale:… Art Spiegelman Goodreads
229 Med School Confidential: A Complete Guide to the Medical School Experience, Students, for Students
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230
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Huffpost
231 Mere Christianity C.S. Lewis Goodreads
232 Midnight’s Children Salaman Rushdie
Canal Winchester Schools
233 Moby Dick Herman Melville
Canal Winchester Schools
234 Moonhead and the Music Machine Andrew Rae Bustle
235 Most Notorious Nazi Neal Bascomb, published Penny Kittle
236 My Family and Other Animals Gerald Durrell Tes
237 Never Let Me Go Kazuo Ishiguro Tes
238
Nick And Norah’s Infinite Playlist
Lexington Public Library
239 Nineteen Minutes Jodi Picoult Goodreads
240 Ninjas Have Issues Greg Stones
Spring Share
241 Notorious Nazi Neal Bascomb Penny Kittle
242 On the Road Jack Kerouac
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243 On Writing: A Memoir of the… Stephen King Goodreads
244 Oryx and Crake Margaret Atwood BuzzFeed
245 Palace Walk Naguib Mahfouz Penny Kittle
246 Parrot in the Oven: Mi Vida Victor Martinez Penny Kittle
247 Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes Rick Riordan; John Rocco (Illustrator)
Spring Share
248 Postcards from No Man’s Land Aidan Chambers
Canal Winchester Schools
249 Prep Curtis Sittenfeld Bustle
250 Private Peaceful Michael Morpurgo Tes
251 Proxy Alex London Penny Kittle
252 Push Jacqueline Woodson
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253 Raising Stony Mayhall Daryl Gregory
eSchool News
254 Reading Between the Lines Thomas Foster
Canal Winchester Schools
255 Red Hot Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Being Young and Latino in the United States Lori Penny Kittle
256 Refugee Boy Benjamin Zephaniah Tes
257 Rich Dad, Poor Dad Huffpost
258 Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe
Canal Winchester Schools
259 Room : A Novel Emily Donohue
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260 Roots Alex Haley
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261 Rose Under Fire Elizabeth Wein Penny Kittle
262 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Tom Stoppard
Modern Mrs Darcy
263 Scan Sarah Fine and Walter Jury Penny Kittle
264 Sea of Poppies Amitav Ghosh Penny Kittle
265 Shaken Eric Walters Penny Kittle
266 She’s Come Undone Wally Lamb BuzzFeed
267 Shizuko’s Daughter Kyoko Mori Penny Kittle
268 Sing You Home Jodi Picoult
Canal Winchester Schools
269 Skellig David Almond Tes
270 Smoke and Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust Barbara Rogasky
Canal Winchester Schools
271 Sold
Lexington Public Library
272 Special Topics in Calamity Physics Marisha Pessl Bustle
273 Speed of Dark Elizabeth Moon Penny Kittle
274 Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different, a biography Karen Blumenthal Penny Kittle
275 Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson Tes
276 Students on Strike John A. Stokes; Lois Wolfe (As told to); Herman J. Viola; Herman Viola
Spring Share
277 Tears Of A Tiger
Lexington Public Library
278 Tess of the d’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy Tes
279 The 1963 Birmingham Children’s March Cynthia Levinson Penny Kittle
280
The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian
College Xpress
281 The Artemis Fowl series Eoin Colfer Tes
282 The Autobiography of Malcolm X Malcolm X Goodreads
283 The Awakening Kate Chopin
Prep Scholar
284 The Bald Soprano Eugène Ionesco Flavorwire
285 The Bean Trees Barbara Kingsolver
Canal Winchester Schools
286 The Bluest Eye Edutopia
287 The Book Of Three
Lexington Public Library
288 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas John Boyne Tes
289 The Brothers Karamazov Fyodor Dostoevsky
Canal Winchester Schools
290 The Color Purple Alice Walker
eSchool News
291 The Compound Effect Huffpost
292 The Crazy Makers: How the Fook Industry is Destroying our Brains and Harming our Children Carol
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293 The DaVinci Code Dan Brown
Canal Winchester Schools
294 The Difference Maker Huffpost
295 The Discworld series Terry Pratchett Tes
296 The Ecological Rift John Bellamy Foster Goodreads
297 The Farming of Bones Edwidge Danticat
Canal Winchester Schools
298 The Fault In Our Stars John Green Tes
299 The Fifth Wave Rick Yancey Penny Kittle
300 The First Part Last
Lexington Public Library
301 The Giver Lois Lowry Goodreads
302 The Glass Castle Jeannette Walls BuzzFeed
303 The Good Braider Terry Farish Penny Kittle
304 The Great Divorce C.S. Lewis Goodreads
305 The Harry Potter Series JK Rowling Tes
306 The Help Kathryn Stockett
Canal Winchester Schools
307 The House of the Scorpion Nancy Farmer Goodreads
308 The House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros Penny Kittle
309 The Iliad Homer Goodreads
310 The Inventor’s Secret (The Inventor’s Secret #1) Andrea Cremer Penny Kittle
311 The Iron Breed Andre Norton Penny Kittle
312 The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
Prep Scholar
313 The Lessons of History Huffpost
314 The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Goodreads
315 The Lion, the Witch and the… C.S. Lewis Goodreads
316 The Lives of Tao Wesley Chu Penny Kittle
317 The Long Earth Terry Pratchett, Stephen Baxter Penny Kittle
318
The Magic of Thinking Big
Huffpost
319 The Mayor of Casterbridge Thomas Hardy Tes
320 The Merchant of Venice William Shakespeare Goodreads
321 The Metamorphosis Kafka
Canal Winchester Schools
322 The New Kids Brooke Hauser
Spring Share
323
The Norton Anthology Series
Flavorwire
324 The Noughts and Crosses trilogy Malorie Blackman Tes
325 The Ocean at the End of the Lane Neil Gaiman
Spring Share
326
The Once and Future King
College Xpress
327 The Prisoner’s Wife asha bandele Penny Kittle
328 The Queen of Water Laura Resau Penny Kittle
329 The Raven and Other Poems Edgar Allan Poe Goodreads
330 The Return of the King J.R.R. Tolkien Goodreads
331 The Road Edutopia
332
The Sandman. Volume 1, Preludes & Nocturnes
Lexington Public Library
333 The Sherlock Holmes series Arthur Conan Doyle Tes
334 The Testing (The Testing Trilogy Series #1) Joelle Charbonneau Penny Kittle
335 The Two Towers J.R.R. Tolkien Goodreads
336 The Ugly American Eugene Burdick and William Lederer
Prep Scholar
337 The Ultimate Gift Huffpost
338 The Unbearable Lightness of Being: A Novel Milan Kundera
Canal Winchester Schools
339 The Virgin Suicides Jeffrey Eugenides Bustle
340 The War Within These Walls Aline Sax Penny Kittle
341 The Wolves of Currumpaw William Grill (Illustrator)
Spring Share
342 The Yearling Marjorie Kinnans Rawlings
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343 This Changes Everything: Ca… Naomi Klein Goodreads
344 This I Believe: The Persona… Jay Allison Goodreads
345 Through My Eyes Ruby Bridges Penny Kittle
346 Timebound (The Chronos Files, Book 1) Rysa Walker Penny Kittle
347 Titanic: Voices from the Disaster Deborah Hopkinson Penny Kittle
348 To the Lighthouse Virginia Woolf
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349 Traffik Norman Jean Roy and Mariane Pearl Penny Kittle
350 True Letters from a Fictional Life Kenneth Logan
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351 Tuesdays with Morrie Mitch Albom Goodreads
352 Twilight
Lexington Public Library
353 Uglies Scott Westerfeld BuzzFeed
354 Waiting Ha Jin Penny Kittle
355 Walden and Other Writings Henry David Thoreau Goodreads
356 War Horse Michael Morpurgo Tes
357 Watchmen Alan Moore Goodreads
358 Whale Talk
Lexington Public Library
359 What If? Randall Munroe
Spring Share
360 When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit Judith Kerr Tes
361 White Teeth Zadie Smith Tes
362 Will Grayson, Will Grayson John Green Goodreads
363 Wise Blood Flannery O’Connor
Canal Winchester Schools
364 Witch Hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials Marc Aronson
Canal Winchester Schools
365 Witches Rosalyn Schanzer
Spring Share
366 Wonder RJ Palacio Tes
367 World War Z : An Oral History of the Zombie War Max Brooks
Canal Winchester Schools
368 Writing Down the Bones: Fre… Natalie Goldberg Goodreads
369 You Killed Wesley Payne Sean Beaudoin
Canal Winchester Schools
370 Your Path Ahead: Don’t Dig … Jeff Smith Goodreads
371 Zen in the Art of Writing Ray Bradbury Goodreads


20 Best High School Book Sources/Lists



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Betches A RANKING OF THE BOOKS WE READ IN HIGH SCHOOL
Bustle 11 High School Books That Will Take You Back to Your Days in the Schoolyard
BuzzFeed 26 Contemporary Books That Should Be Taught In High School
Canal Winchester Schools Books You Should Read Before Graduating from High School
College Xpress Great Books to Read This Summer if You’re in High School
Deseret News Dust off one of these 21 classic books that you probably read in high school for National Read A Book Day
Edutopia 20 Indispensable High School Reads
eSchool News 10 books for high school summer reading
Fab Fit Fun All the Best Books You Read in High School
Flavorwire The Best Books We Were Assigned in High School
Goodreads Best Books to Teach in high school
Huffpost 11 Books Every High School Student Should Read
Lexington Public Library 50 Books to Read in High School
Modern Mrs Darcy 9 books you should have read in high school that are totally worth reading now.
Penny Kittle Non-fiction Social Justice books for High School
Plexuss 15 Books Every High School Student Should Read
Prep Scholar The 31 Best Books to Read in High School
Spring Share Best Books for Freshman High School Students
Tes 100 fiction books all children should read before leaving secondary school – according to teachers
Thought Co. Great Books from High School Summer Reading Lists

 

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