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Required Reading for Tenth-Grade Students

Miller, Arthur.

The Crucible.  

American Drama

Twain, Mark.

Huckleberry Finn.  

Classic Novel

Steinbeck, John.

Of Mice and Men.  

Classic Novel

Hansberry, Lorraine.

Raisin in the Sun.  

American Drama



Tenth-grade students may also choose from the 11th grade book list.  

Tenth-grade students may choose a  9th grade book and receive 90% of the grade.  

Tenth-grade students may choose a 8th grade book  and receive 80% of the grade.

Tenth-grade students may choose a 7th grade books and receive 70% of the grade.

Tenth-grade students may not choose a sixth-grade book  without a specific IEP.   



The books below are often recommended college-bound tenth-grade students.

Tenth-grade students who are preparing themselves for a college education should choose from this list.  

Adams,  Douglas. Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.  

142 pgs, 1000L

  in the English Room


Miranda M., senior 

The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy begins as Earth is destroyed to make way for a galactic highway.  The main characters, Arthur Dent, a sappy Earthling, and Ford Prefect, a stranded alien, are the only ones to survive.  After a series of unexplained, but totally random coincidences they are transported to a stolen spaceship, which is being operated by two beings that Arthur and Ford already know.  This quartet of misfits are chased from one side of the universe to the other by everyone from poetry loving, torture-driven aliens, to mice, which by some strange coincidence, were the rulers of Earth.  It’s like nothing I’ve ever read, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.  However, it does require a certain taste for sarcasm and sporadic spouts of nonsensical humor.  

Adams, Richard.

Watership Down.  

Carnegie Medal

475 pgs,  880L


In English Room.

 One of the most beloved novels of our time, Richard Adams's Watership Down takes us to a world we have never truly seen: to the remarkable life that teems in the fields, forests and riverbanks far beyond our cities and towns. It is a powerful saga of courage, leadership and survival; an epic tale of a hardy band of adventurers forced to flee the destruction of their fragile community...and their trials and triumphs in the face of extraordinary adversity as they pursue a glorious dream called "home."


Alvarez, Julia.

How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents. 

950L  304 pgs

 The Garcías—Dr. Carlos (Papi), his wife Laura (Mami), and their four daughters, Carla, Sandra, Yolanda, and Sofía—belong to the uppermost echelon of Spanish Caribbean society, descended from the conquistadores. Their family compound adjoins the palacio of the dictator’s daughter. So when Dr. García’s part in a coup attempt is discovered, the family must flee.

They arrive in New York City in 1960 to a life far removed from their existence in the Dominican Republic. Papi has to find new patients in the Bronx. Mami, far from the compound and the family retainers, must find herself. Meanwhile, the girls try to lose themselves—by forgetting their Spanish, by straightening their hair and wearing fringed bell bottoms. For them, it is at once liberating and excruciating being caught between the old world and the new, trying to live up to their father’s version of honor while accommodating the expectations of their American boyfriends. Acclaimed writer Julia Alvarez’s brilliant and buoyant first novel sets the García girls free to tell their most intimate stories about how they came to be at home—and not at home—in America.


Alvarez, Julia.

In the Time of the Butterflies. 

910L  352 pgs

 It is November 25, 1960, and three beautiful sisters have been found near their wrecked Jeep at the bottom of a 150-foot cliff on the north coast of the Dominican Republic. The official state newspaper reports their deaths as accidental. It does not mention that a fourth sister lives. Nor does it explain that the sisters were among the leading opponents of Gen. Rafael Leonidas Trujillo’s dictatorship. It doesn’t have to. Everybody knows of Las Mariposas—“The Butterflies.”

In this extraordinary novel, the voices of all four sisters—Minerva, Patria, María Teresa, and the survivor, Dedé—speak across the decades to tell their own stories, from hair ribbons and secret crushes to gunrunning and prison torture, and to describe the everyday horrors of life under Trujillo’s rule. Through the art and magic of Julia Alvarez’s imagination, the martyred Butterflies live again in this novel of courage and love, and the human cost of political oppression. 


Bradbury, Ray.

Something Wicked This Way Comes.  



In English Room.

 These two best friends discover something sinister is going on when a weird carnival comes to town.  


Callahan, Stephen.


Seventy-six Days Lost At Sea

344 pgs, 990L


In Our Library at 910Cal



Crichton, Michael.

The Andromeda Strain.

291 pgs, 840L


In English Room.  

An alien virus arrives on Earth, and we begin attempts to destroy it...

Dorris, Michael.

 A Yellow Raft in Blue Water.  



In our school library in fiction


There are three parts to this novel, each has as its main character one generation of the same family.  


Douglas, Frederick.  

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglas. 

76 pgs, 1080L


In Our Library under biography

The true story of an escaped slave 

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan.

Hound of the Baskervilles.

Classic Novel

243 pgs, 1090L


In English Room.



Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan.

A Study in Scarlet.  

Classic Novel



Dumas, Alexander.

 Three Musketeers.

Classic Novel



Evans, Nicholas.

The Horse Whisperer.

480 pgs.

Lex: 9.7

ÙÙÙÙÙ Hailey B., Senior 

 Nicholas Evans did an amazing job telling the story of a girl who goes through a tough time after a horrific accident with her friend and their horses. The conflicting relationship that the girl and her mother share throughout this experience definitely adds to the tension of the storyline. Evans did a good job at making the reader feel like they were there for the story when it was happening, because he did an extremely good job at being descriptive. 

ÙÙÙÙÙ Emily, senior

For her entire life Grace has gotten anything she wanted from her parents.  When she wanted a horse, they drove to Kentucky and bought her a gorgeous Morgan horse, Pilgrim.  Everything was perfect, until one morning.  Grace and Judith, her best friend, met at the barn early to go for a ride.  Neither of the girls could have imagined that this wonderful ride would have turned out so deadly.  With her best friend dead and her beautiful horse now wounded and crazy Grace swears she will never ride again.  Can one man, Tom Booker, change Grace’s decision?


Fitch, Janet.

White Oleander.

An Oprah's Book Club Selection

mature themes

in our library in fiction


ÙÙÙÙÙ  Zhané, 9th grade 

White Oleander is a great book; it’s about how this girl lives her life.  Her mom is in jail for killing her boyfriend that cheated on her. The   Girl had to move and live in a foster home. She misses her mom and She never get’s to she her, she is trying to live her life and be strong. Were she’s at every body is older then her and nobody know how she feels. Every body at the foster home treats her like family

ÙÙÙÙÙ  Marie, 11th Grade

White Oleander was the first book I read my junior year. I must admit I had watched the movie before I read the book. The movie was very interesting which lead me to reading the book. The book was 10 times better than the film! The book tells the story of a mother (Ingrid) and daughter’s (Astrid) relationship. For the majority of the book Ingrid is in prison. Astrid is moved from foster home to foster home. She gets caught up in boys, drugs, sex, and bad people. She does this basically all on her own, due to the fact her mother can’t be there. It’s truly a great book. I would recommend this to any teenager who is looking for a good read.

ÙÙÙÙÙ  Melissa, junior

The book White Oleander is set on a mother (Ingrid) and daughters (Astrid) relationship between one another as Astrid has to survive on her own while her mother Ingrid is in prison for murder.  The mother and daughter both stay in contact while Ingrid is in prison and while Astrid is sent into many different foster homes over the years until she is legal.  Astrid has to deal with boys, mean foster parents, drugs, sex, and school on her own without any advice from her real mother.  Once Astrid is eighteen she travels to New York with a young man she met in a different foster home.  She lives a happy life with him, but the relationship with her mother will never be the same as it was when she was younger because her mother was sentenced to life in prison.  Astrid goes on with her life and doesn't let her past life effect her present of future life.  This book is a great story for older teenagers to read as you travel along with Astrid on her path of life.   Better than the movie.  

Foer, Jonathan Safran.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.  

940L 368 pgs

  Follett, Ken. 

Eye of the Needle 

AR:6.0 Lex: 335 pgs


Frank, Anne.

Diary of a Young Girl.  

Classic Autobiography 

267 pgs, 1080L


also see its companion book: Anne Frank: Beyond the Diary.


both in English Room.


Garcia, Cristina

Dreaming in Cuban.  

940L 272 pgs

 Garcia's first novel is about Cuba, her native country, and three generations of del Pino women who are seeking spiritual homes for their passionate, often troubled souls. Celia del Pino and her descendants also share clairvoyant and visionary powers that somehow remain undiminished, despite the Cuban revolution and its profound effect upon their lives. This dichotomy suffuses their lives with a potent mixture of superstition, politics, and surrealistic charm that gives the novel an otherworldly atmosphere. Garcia juggles these opposing life forces like a skilled magician accustomed to tossing into the air fiery objects that would explode if they came into contact. Writing experimentally in a variety of forms, she combines narratives, love letters, and monologs to portray the del Pinos as they move back and forth through time. Garcia tells their story with an economy of words and a rich, tropical imagery, setting a brisk but comfortable pace. Highly recommended. 



Greene, Graham.

The Third Man.  

157 pgs


In English Room.



ÙÙÙÙÙ Jane F., 12th grade 

Graham Greene tells the tale of a man traveling to Vienna to visit a friend, but when he gets to Vienna, he discovers that the man he is visiting has been murdered!  Greene tells the story in a way that keeps you captivated, but doesn’t keep you on the edge of your seat.  It is supposed to be a suspense thriller, and it fits the bill.  Every time you think he is getting close to solving the case, everything is up in the air again!  I would recommend this book to someone that likes mysteries, but isn’t looking for a scary book.  This book will keep you think he is getting close to solving the case, everything is up in the air again!  I would recommend this book to someone that likes mysteries, and isn’t looking for a scary book.  This book will keep you interested enough to finish it, but I don’t see it being anyone’s favorite story.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Thomas R., 12th grade 

The Third Man by Graham Greene is a decent book, although the writing style of this book is different than most other books I have read it is still very good. In the novel the main character, Rollo Martins, is in Vienna attending one of his friends funeral. After the funeral Martins gets suspicious about the death of his friend and decides to look into it more closely. The deeper and deeper Martins digs into his friends death the more he finds out about what the his deceased friend was actually into and also finds out a few things that he did not expect at all. All in all this was a very good book and I suggest it to anyone who is capable of reading it, and one word of advise is to stick to the book and don’t give up at the beginning of the book because it really picks up and ends with a bang.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Jeff, 10th Grade

This book is one of the best I’ve ever read.  After WWII, the city of Vienna is divided into four zones, American, British, Russian, and French.  When  Harry Lime is killed when he gets hit by a car, three people rush to the scene of the accident.  Rollo Martins, the main character, is curious to find out if Lime’s death was really an accident.  Or was it a murder?  Martins and some of Lime’s old associates, look into the case further.  The first man to rush to Lime’s death, claimed he didn’t die right away.  The second man, claims he did.  But the third part of the evidence is missing, the third member’s part, who was The Third Man?

Hammett, Dashiell

The Maltese Falcon.

196 pgs, 760L


 In English Room.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Justin, 12th gr  

The Maltese Falcon is not a book that I particularly liked. This type of book is quiet mysterious but I was not able to stay interested. I would not recommend this to people only because it did not appeal to me much at all. The plot was interesting but the way that the story was all brought together wasn’t the way I expected it to. The Maltese Falcon is a book that I would read to pass time but never for pure enjoyment.


ÙÙÙÙÙ Darcy, ninth grade 

Sam Spade, a hard-boiled detective, is on the trail of two murder cases and is on the search for a highly valuable statue of a black bird. As the search goes further, more twisted suspects and lies surface. Each suspect has a unique personality and adds greatly to the story. These characters all prove to be prime suspects to pin the murders on. Although in the end, the murderer is the least expected person. I would recommend this book to someone who likes detective books or books with strong characters.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Mr. Greenlee 

An enjoyable story, a real introduction to the noir detective genre.  

Heller, Joseph.


Classic Novel



In school library under fiction.  



Keller, Helen.

The Story of My Life.  



In Our Library under biography


Kesey, Ken.

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  



In English Room.  

ÙÙÙÙÙ Jeff, 10th Grade

This is the first book that I have ever really thoroughly enjoyed.  It is filled with likable characters.  The one telling the story is not the main character though, the story is more about R. P. MacMurphy, a laid back character, who’s laziness in real prison has gotten him transferred over to a mental institute, where head nurse Ratched is on his case time and time again.  MacMurphy is not crazy, and just wants to have a good time.  He befriends several of the patients, and is soon the center of attention.  He did not learn his lesson when he caused trouble in the streets, he brought it with him to the mental institute, and now he has to deal with one who is worse than the law, nurse Ratched.

Knowles, John. 

A Separate Peace.  

Rosenthal Foundation Award, 

Wm. Faulkner Award

196 pgs, 1110L


In school library under fiction

 Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

Lansing, Alfred. 


Shackleton's Incredible Voyage 


In English Room.


The true story of a ship marooned in Antarctica

Larson, Erik. 

Isaac's Storm. 

273 pgs, 1020L


In English Room 

September 8, 1900, began innocently in the seaside town of Galveston, Texas. Even Isaac Cline, resident meteorologist for the U.S. Weather Bureau failed to grasp the true meaning of the strange deep-sea swells and peculiar winds that greeted the city that morning. Mere hours later, Galveston found itself submerged in a monster hurricane that completely destroyed the town and killed over six thousand people in what remains the greatest natural disaster in American history--and Isaac Cline found himself the victim of a devastating personal tragedy.

Martel, Yann.

Life of Pi.




 In English Room.

 Pi Patel is an unusual boy. The son of a zookeeper, he has an encyclopedic knowledge of animal behavior, a fervent love of stories, and practices not only his native Hinduism, but also Christianity and Islam. When Pi is sixteen, his family emigrates from India to North America aboard a Japanese cargo ship, along with their zoo animals bound for new homes.  The ship sinks. Pi finds himself alone in a lifeboat, his only companions a hyena, an orangutan, a wounded zebra, and Richard Parker, a 450-pound Bengal tiger...

McCullens, Carson.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.

A Classic Novel

306 pgs, 760L


In English Room.

 At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s. Each one yearns for escape from small town life. When Singer's mute companion goes insane, Singer moves into the Kelly house, where Mick Kelly, the book's heroine, finds solace in her music...  a haunting, unforgettable story that gives voice to the rejected, the forgotten, and the mistreated.  

Niffennegger, Audrey

The Time Traveler’s Wife.

780L   536 pgs

 On the surface, Henry and Clare Detamble are a normal couple living in Chicago's Lincoln Park neighborhood. Henry works at the Newberry Library and Clare creates abstract paper art, but the cruel reality is that Henry is a prisoner of time. It sweeps him back and forth at its leisure, from the present to the past, with no regard for where he is or what he is doing. It drops him naked and vulnerable into another decade, wearing an age-appropriate face. In fact, it's not unusual for Henry to run into the other Henry and help him out of a jam. Sound unusual? Imagine Clare Detamble's astonishment at seeing Henry dropped stark naked into her parents' meadow when she was only six. Though, of course, until she came of age, Henry was always the perfect gentleman and gave young Clare nothing but his friendship as he dropped in and out of her life. It's no wonder that the film rights to this hip and urban love story have been acquired.

O'Brien, Timothy.  

Going After Cacciato.

620L  352 pgs

 Going After Cacciato captures the peculiar mixture of horror and hallucination that marked this strangest of wars. In a blend of reality and fantasy, this novel tells the story of a young soldier who one day lays down his rifle and sets off on a quixotic journey from the jungles of Indochina to the streets of Paris. In its memorable evocation of men both fleeing from and meeting the demands of battle, Going After Cacciato stands as much more than just a great war novel. Ultimately it's about the forces of fear and heroism that do battle in the hearts of us all.


Picoult, Jodi.  

My Sisters Keeper.   

422 pgs, 780L


In the English Room

ÙÙÙÙÙ Shay, 11th grade

Why can’t a family just get along? There are many reasons. Kate and Anna are sisters. Kate is the older sister that has been fighting Leukemia since she was a young child. Anna is the younger sister that is Kate’s donor. Their parents told Anna that the only reason that she was born is to be Kate’s donor. Anna is starting to question who she truly is. Anna is tired of her parents being so demanding. Anna refuses to donate to Kate anymore. Kate is in trouble now. There is not a match anywhere else for Kate. Has Anna made a decision that is going to tear their family apart?

ÙÙÙÙÙ Shay, 10th grade 

It is very hard not to help somebody out that is sick especially family. Come to find out Kate needs a kidney transplant. When she was little her parents told her something she least expected. That is what made up her mind about how she felt about her sister. Anna does truly love Kate but it is a big dissection for her to make.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Danielle,  ninth grade 

      When Anna is born, she has a very special purpose, helping her sister live. Anna was conceived so that she would be a perfect genetic match to her sister Kate. Kate has a form of leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant. But the problem is, is that no one in her family are a match for her. So this is when the idea of conceiving Anna comes in. The doctors help the family to pick and choose the embryo that will be the best match for Kate.

       This family already has so much to deal with in their lives. So when Anna springs on her lovely surprise to her parents, they just don’t know what to do. But after a while, they figure it all out, they work everything so that everyone is happy. 

       But when something tragic happens after everything is finally settled, it turns the whole story around. It throws you for a loop, never expecting something like this to happen. 

        This book was one that would touch closely to anyone’s heart. Two sisters are basically fighting for the right to live and fighting for the other to get what make them most happy.    


Pullman,  Phillip. 

The Golden Compass.

Carnegie Medal

340 pgs, 930L


 In English Room.

ÙÙÙÙÙ  Shannon, 11th Grade 

The Golden Compass was a decent book about a little girl named Lyra seeks to save her friend Roger and the other children who were kidnapped by Gobblers who also captured Lord Asriel who is Lyra’s father. With the help of Gyptians, witches, and an armored bear she hope

ÙÙÙÙÙ  Riley, 12th Grade  

This book is great for anyone who has an open mind, and loves reading about fantasy.  Each character has a daemon that shape shifts into an animal.  A little girl plays the main character.  She finds out about what can be a parallel universe from her uncle and wants to go explore. 

ÙÙÙÙÙ Scott R., Sophomore


ÙÙÙÙÙ Mr. Greenlee 

 This takes place in a parallel universe.  Many of the differences, such as geography, provide only a backdrop, but separating this world from ours are two major differences that play important roles.  First, there is the mysterious “Dust” and, secondly, all humans are here are accompanied by the well-known “familiar” of witchcraft lore.  Early on, the main character acquires a device that allows her to enter a trance and get information


Rubio, Gwyn Hyman. 

Icy Sparks.

An Oprah Book Club Selection


in our library in fiction

ÙÙÙÙÙ Amelia, 11th Grade

Icy Sparks is a great book for those who like reading about people that struggle through life, but in the end it turns out great.  The life that this girl has and the things she sees will make you laugh, cry, and cringe just by a turn of a page.   

Recommended by Lake. 

This unique coming of age tale is about Icy Sparks, a young girl growing up in rural Kentucky. Orphaned as an infant, Icy lives with her grandparents on Icy Creek Farm. The book follows Icy as she changes from a child to a woman and as she develops Tourette's syndrome.  This book is recommended by Lake for teenagers, especially those interested in psychology.

Salinger, .D. 

Catcher in the Rye. 

A Classic Novel

214 pgs, 790L


 In English Room.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Amelia, 11th Grade

The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a great read.  When I first started reading, I couldn’t put the book down.  The downfall of this book is that Holden complains about everything, but overall I would recommend reading it.  Readers will either love it or hate it.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Hailey A, 11th Grade

The Catcher in the Rye was an all right read. I just found the book to be about a selfish boy who doesn’t appreciate anything he has. I wouldn’t  recommend it, but I’ve been told it’s a love it or hate it book. 

 ÙÙÙÙÙ Adrienne, 10th Grade 

This was an alright book but I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone because it primarily boils down to a whiny rich boy complaining about tiny, insignificant problems

ÙÙÙÙÙ Jason P.

A teenager named Holden tells his experience while getting kicked out of a private school.  The author spins Holden’s adolescent troubles and his beliefs into a fine book.  Holden goes back to New York once he’s booted and spends his money on hotels rather than enlighten is parents about his expulsion.  He enjoys his time being free and alone until he’s out of loot and in quite a predicament.  It’s a fine book that anyone in their teens should read.


Shaara, Michael. 

Killer Angels. 


610L   384 pgs

 civil war

Shreve, Anita.

The Pilot's Wife.

Oprah Book Club Selection


In our library under fiction


     Kathryn Lyons life is drastically changed when she gets the knock on the door that is a pilot's wife's nightmare. The airliner that Jack, Kathryn's husband, was flying blew up over Ireland. After everything that Kathryn goes through with the media, she learns that she didn't even know who her husband really was. Jack had a secret life that few people knew about. Kathryn goes on a search to find out about Jacks secret life and finds out a lot of information about her husband. This book is recommended by Sarah for woman that like a emotional mystery.

Katie, ninth grade

     “Recommended" by Katie to people with an Oprahesque mindset who believe that all men are evil.


Shute, Neil. 

On the Beach. 


780L     320 pgs

 The last generation, innocent victims of an accidental nuclear war, living out the last days, making plans that may never be carried out, making do with what they have...

Steinbeck, John.

 Cannery Row.

A Classic Novel

196 pgs, 930L

In English Room

 On a small strip of land near a sardine fishery in Monterey known as Cannery Row,  the local grocer, Lee, and the leader of a group of bums, Mack, decide to throw a party for their friend Doc,  a marine biologist.  The entire community rapidly becomes involved. Unfortunately, the party rages out of control, and...

Steinbeck, John

The Pearl. 

A Classic Novel

118 pgs, 1010L


In English Room.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Mary, 11th grade 

 This book wasn’t a very good detail because it always cut the events short. It never fully ended the tale and never gave it a full understanding of it. The novel cut all of the events short. It wouldn’t give full detail of the situation; it would skip right to the point. Wasn’t very entertaining, but it wasn’t the worst book I’ve ever read.

Stevenson, Robert Louis. 

Treasure Island.

A Classic Novel

340 pgs, 1070L

In English Room.

 ÙÙÙÙÙ Jeff, ninth grade 

This is a classic and an exciting read.  I have read this book about three times and was taken right into it each time.  This author has done other classic stories, but in my opinion, none as good as this.  It is packed with suspense, action, and adventure.  Who doesn’t like a book with those three aspects, and a mission to find buried treasure?  If you don’t, then don’t bother reading the rest of the review, because all I have to say are compliments.  I really like that it is about olden days, and yet it is still a freaking riot to read.  I give this book 5 Jolly Rogers out of 5.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Mr. Greenlee

     His mother carefully counts out the coins while drunken murderers in filthy rags creep through the night toward his house.  A foolish squire and a doctor who will make a terrible error guide him away.  

     This tale still works, and works well!  The little archaic language offers no barrier to this well-paced, wonderful adventure.  It rates five stars easily.  


Stowe, Harriet Beecher.  

Uncle Tom's Cabin.  


Tan, Amy

The Joy Luck Club. 

337 pgs, 930L


 In English Room.

 In 1949 four Chinese women-drawn together by the shadow of their past-begin meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong, invest in stocks, eat dim sum, and “say” stories. They call their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Nearly forty years later, one of the members has died, and her daughter has come to take her place, only to learn of her mother’s lifelong wish-and the tragic way in which it has come true. The revelation of this secret unleashes an urgent need among the women to reach back and remember…



Tolkien,  J. R. R. 

The Lord of the Rings.

A Classic Youth Novel

1356 pgs, 860L


 In English Room

Collin, Junior

The novel takes place in Middle-Earth where a war is beginning. It follows the story of Frodo Baggins when he comes into the possession of a ring. He then begins a journey into the unknown forming a fellowship with men, elves and dwarves and encounters orcs, black riders, trolls and many other mythical creatures. The book was drastically different from the movie and I enjoyed it more. The cores of the story were the same but there were far more details in everything from family trees of hobbits to specific events that happened along the journey in the book. Reading the book first though is better for that seeing the movie first throws of the sense of where things are going in the book, expecting something to happen in the movie and having a whole chain of events happen instead between parts at times is frustrating. Regardless of this I was able to make it through the book with a more polished understanding of what happened then compared to the movie. The Fellowship of the Ring itself is a classic fiction novel and Tolkien’s writing is so in depth that every moment has clear details to the story and I recommend this book.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Thomas R.

This is a great book I gave it five stars because it keeps you attached and you can’t stop reading it, This is a really hard book but still most people in seventh grade or higher could read it. Although this book is really long and takes for ever to read it is really good and the way Tolkien writes it keeps people attached.  It is about a Hobbit named Frodo Baggins who out of sheer misfortune comes across a ring of power. If he doesn’t destroy it in a volcano on the other side of middle earth, man kind will end and the world will be ruled by dirty mindless orcs.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Robert Cbs., ninth grade 

Frodo Baggins wanted to live in peace but when his uncle Bilbo gave him the evil Ring, it disrupted his plan. This book is about a hobbit that was given the most challenging task in Middle Earth: to destroy the evil Ring of power in the fires of Mount Doom. But Frodo can not do this alone; he has eight companions from all over Middle Earth to help him on his quest- three hobbits, two men, one Elf, one Dwarf, and one Wizard.  I recommend this book to anyone who likes books about adventures, action, and fantasy. One reason why this book was so great is because its description of Middle Earth makes you feel like there and its battle scenes makes you feel like you are fighting along side Frodo’s company. This is a great book.    

ÙÙÙÙÙ Tyler, junior 

The Fellowship of the Rings, the first installment of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, provides adventure and a deep plot through the thought-provoking story telling of master author J.R.R. Tolkien.  The tale features a host of hobbits (small, plump people) and other creatures journeying into the dangerous lands of Mordor in the southeast in order to dispose of an ancient, evil heirloom.  Evil men and other fearsome beasts under the command of the darkness in Mordor pursue the band of heroes, and only through their loyalty and devotion to each other and their cause do they escape the enemy's brute-force, speed, spies, and trickery.  The Fellowship of the Ring is an interesting read and an example of literary excellence for all who can read the archaic language. 

ÙÙÙÙÙ Richard, senior 

The "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is hands down, one of the greatest fantasy novels ever written. The "Fellowship of the Ring" is the first installment in this timeless classic. For someone who is impatient, the "Lord of the Rings" my not be the book for them, because there are three books in the series, most of the first is spent building character, plot, and scenery. It is not until the last 150 pages that the action really picks up, and from there it never stops, and as the first book ends it leaves you right in the middle of your journey, and begging for more. Anyone who enjoys far off lands, mystical characters, and has a vivid imagination, would have a great time reading, "The Lord of the Rings". It is a wonderful read for all ages.  


Picture Bride. 


970L  222 pgs


Verne, Jules.

20,000 Leagues under the Sea.

A Classic Novel

371 pgs, 870L


 In English Room.



Verne, Jules

Around the World in 80 Days.

A Classic Novel

208 pgs, 1080L


 In English Room.


Verne, Jules.

Journey to the Center of the Earth.

A Classic Novel

278 pgs, 1040L


 In English Room.


Vonnegut, Kurt.

Slaughterhouse Five. 

A Classic Novel



In English Room and

In school library under fiction

Collin, 9th grade 

It was strange but very interesting book in that it you never had a clue to what was going to happen next, leading you to want to keep reading. This book jumps back and fourth many times making it a little hard to follow but still very good read.


Vreeland, Susan

The Girl in Hyacinth Blue.


950L    242 pgs 


Watson, Larry.  

Montana 1948.


940L   182 pgs 


Welch, James. 

Fools Crow.  


870L 400 pgs


Wells, H. G. 

The Time Machine.  

A Classic Novel


139 pgs, 1070L

 In English Room.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Onaca, 9th grade 

The Time Machine was a slow book that was exceedingly heavy on the main character’s thoughts and surmises. It continually went off into tangents on what the character thought might have been true, then immediately dismisses the whole two page rant with, “But that’s only what I thought then, mind you.” This isn’t a book for the easily bored or impatient. However, it isn’t a bad book at all. In fact, it presents a lot of interesting ideas such as the human race dividing into two different species completely because of the gap between high and low class peoples. It’s thought provoking, and as long as you have the patience to get through pages of the needless (though at times somewhat interesting) thought processes of the main character, then it’s a wonderful read.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Mr. Greenlee

When a man travels from New Year's Day of 1900 to the far future, he finds that people have devolved to simple-minded beings that are human only in appearance: their minds have sunk to the level of animals.  But there is something more sinister here as well, and it has stolen his time machine – his only method of returning! 

Wells, H. G. 

War of the Worlds. 

Classic Novel


200 pgs, 1170L

 In English Room.

ÙÙÙÙÙ Scott, senior

 I’d wanted to read H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds for quite some time before I finally got around to picking it up. I had always thought that seeing both film adaptations before reading the book would kill any kind of excitement and suspense in the read. I was wrong. The book on which the two films were based is far superior to both and I enjoyed it completely. Usually I take my time reading books but this one I couldn’t put down; finishing it in less than a week. Yes, it is a short read, but a complete and compelling one at the same time. The amount of detail that Wells uses to describe everything from the setting, to the people, to the wicked aliens themselves is outstanding; keeping you quite involved throughout. Whether or not you have seen either movie based on this wonderful book or not, you need to give this a read. The worst that could happen is you don’t like it at all. But even then, it’s a short book so you won’t feel like you wasted much time. What I’m assuming however is that all readers will truly enjoy this book for its detailed action, gripping narrative, and shocking conclusion. I couldn’t give this book a better recommendation!

ÙÙÙÙÙ Mr. Greenlee

White, T. H.

The Once and Future King.


639 pgs, 1080L

 and its sequel The Book of Merlyn


Both in English Room




Other Books Tenth-Grade Students may choose - any book from this page, or from the 9th or 11th grade page.  


Alcott, Louisa.

Little Women.  

Classic Novel



In school library under fiction

Anderson and Beason.

Assemblers of Infinity.

355 pgs


In English Room 


Bear, Greg. 

Darwin's Children.

476 pgs


In English Room 

Berck, Judith

No Place to Be: 

Voices of Homeless Children.

148 pgs, 940L


In Our Library at 362.7

Berlitz, Charles. 

The Bermuda Triangle.

In library at 001.9

Binchy, Maeve.

Tara Road. 

An Oprah Book Club Selection



in our library in fiction 

  Clancy, Tom.

The Hunt for Red October


In school library under fiction and 

 in English Room.  


Clancy, Tom.

Patriot Games


In English Room.  


Clancy, Tom.

Red Rabbit


In English Room.  


Coldsmith, Don.

Raven Mocker. 

257 pgs

Cornwell, Bernarde.

Sharpe's Company.  


In English Room.  

Cornwell, Bernarde.

Sharpe's Sword.  


In English Room.  



Cornwell, Bernarde.

Sharpe's Escape.  


In English Room.  

Crichton, Michael.

Eaters of the Dead.

179 pgs, 1090L


In English Room.  

Danticat, Edwidge. 

Breath, Eyes, Memory.

An Oprah Book Club Selection 



In our library in fiction

Delaney, Sarah & Elizabeth.  

Having Our Say: The Delaney Sisters' First Hundred Years.  


299 pgs, 890L


In English Room

Dickey, James.


278 pgs


 In English Room.

Doyle, Sir Arthur Conan

The Sherlock Holmes Mysteries.  



In English Room 

Duncan, Lois.

Who Killed My Daughter?

354 pgs, 1170L


In Our Library at 364.1

Fast, Howard.

April Morning.

202 pgs, 1050L


In English Room. 

Fleming, Ian.

Diamonds are Forever.

160 pgs


In English Room. 



Fleming, Ian.

The Spy who Loved Me.

143 pgs


In English Room. 


Green, Bette.

The Drowning of Stephan Jones.  

218 pgs, 1050L


In school library under fiction

Grey, Zane.

George Washington, Frontiersman.  


In English Room. 

Grey, Zane.

The Vanishing American.  

In English Room. 

Hughart, Barry.

Bridge of Birds. 

278 pgs.


In English Room 

Kelton, Elmer.

The Wolf and the Buffalo.

In school library under fiction

Kurson, Robert.

Shadow Divers.

348 pgs.

formerly in English Room.

L'Amour, Louis. 

Haunted Mesa.

362 pgs


In English Room.

Lame Deer, John, 

& Richard Erdoes.

Lame Deer: 

Seeker of Visions: The Life of a Sioux Medicine Man.  

266 pgs


In Our Library under biography

LeGuin,  Ursula.

Rocannon's World. 


Planet of Exile. 

LeGuin,  Ursula.

The Word of World is Forest.  also

City of Illusions. 


LeRoux, Gaston.

Phantom of the Opera. 

A Classic Novel.

264 pgs, 910L


In English Room 

Lovell, Jim.

Apollo 13.  

AKA Lost Moon.


in our library at 629.4

Maguire, Gregory


406 pgs. 


In English Room.

McCall, Nathan.

Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America.

416 pgs, 1010L


in our library under biography

McKinley, Robin.

Blue Sword.

248  pages.  1030L


In Our Library under fiction

Mariller, Juliet.

Daughter of the Forest.

554 pgs, 800L


In English Room. 


Martinez, Victor.

Parrot in the Oven.

National Book Award.

224 pgs, 1000L

In English Room

Meyer, Nicholas.

The Seven Per Cent Solution.

234 pgs


In English Room

Myers, Walter Dean.  

Glory Field.  

375 pgs, 800L


 In English Room.

Meyer, Walter Dean.

Sunrise Over Fallujah.

282 pgs, 790L

In English Room.

Nordhoff & Hall.

The Mutiny on the Bounty.

Classic historical Novelization 

372 pgs, 1080L


In English Room.

Pacquin, Ron.

Not First in Nobody's Heart: The Story of a Contemporary Chippewa.


In our library under biography.

Pipher, Mary. 

Reviving Ophelia: 

Saving the Selves 

of Adolescent Girls. 


In the English Room.  

Potak, Chaim.

The Chosen.

Classic youth Novel



In our library under fiction

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan. 

Cross Creek.

380 pgs, 1120 L


In our Library under Biography

Rowson, Suzanna.

Charlotte Temple.

119 pgs

In English Room 

Soto, Gary.

A Summer Life.

150 pgs, 990L


In our library under biography

Sparks, Nicholas.

A Walk to Remember. 

240 pgs, 1010L


In Our Library under fiction

Ullman, James Ramsey.

Banner in the Sky.

Newberry Honor Book

284 pgs, 680L

In English Room