Listed below are the 5 required core novels we will be studying this year: House on Mango Street, Night, To Kill a Mockingbird, Before We Were Free and Lord of the Flies. Books are organized by genre groups for easy reference. Simply click on the book title link to view additional information.
Young Adult Fiction
AMONG THE HIDDENby Margaret Peterson Haddix Year Published: ChallengingLuke is one of the shadow children, a third child forbidden by the population police. He's lived his entire life in hiding, and now, with a new housing development replacing the woods next to his family's property, he is no longer even to go outside. He eventually devises a dangerous plan to come out of the shadows but will he risk everything?
WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAMby Christopher Paul Curtis Year Published: ChallengingThe Watson family set out on a trip like no other. They're heading south. They're going to Birmingham, Alabama, towards one of the darkest moments in history.
OUT OF THE DUSTby Karen Hesse Year Published: ChallengingA terrible accident has transformed Billie Jo's life, scarring her inside and out. Her mother is gone and her father can not talk about it. And the one thing that might make her feel better- playing the piano- is impossible with her wounded hands. To make matters worse, dust storms are devastating the family farm and all the farms nearby.Note: This book is available in our Library.