We’ve finished up our 9th grade suggested reading list for Victoria for next year, with input from various friends online, web sites, my own suggestions and Victoria’s requests.
She does not plan to read all of these, just a good portion. We’ll discuss them as she goes and she may write reviews for sites like Amazon.com and write a few essays throughout the year comparing one to another, analyzing the meanings, etc. I’m sure she’ll read many more besides the list and she’s got a log started to keep track. These are the ones that seemed like good ones to focus on, though.
9th Grade American Literature Reading List:
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (Angelou)
Farenheit 451 (Bradbury)
The Red Badge of Courage (Crane)
Nineteen Eighty Four (Orwell)
The Great Gatsby (Fitzgerald)
Animal Farm (Orwell)
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (Franklin)
The Scarlet Letter (Hawthorne)
To Kill a Mockingbird (Lee)
Something Wicked This Way Comes (Bradbury)
Main Street (Lewis)
On the Road (Kerouac)
Lord of the Flies (Golding)
Uncle Tom’s Cabin (Stowe)
The Catcher in the Rye (Salinger)
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Twain)
The Joy Luck Club (Tan)
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Twain)
The Secret Life of Bees
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass (Douglass)
Little Women (Alcott)
The Help (Stockett)
The Old Man and the Sea (Hemingway)
The Giver (Lowry)
Slaughterhouse Five (Vonnegut)
The Handmaid’s Tale (Atwood)
Short stories and poems by:
Edgar Allen Poe, Steven King, Ray Bradbury, Roger Zelazny, Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson, Ezra Pound, Gwendolyn Brooks, Anne Sexton, Langston Hughes, e. e. cummings, Longfellow, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Nikky Giovanni, James Wright, Ogden Nash, Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, Elizabeth Bishop, Phillis Wheatley
The Yellow Wallpaper
The Telltale Heart
Gift of the Magi
Flowers for Algernon
I also suggested anything by Steven King if Carrie wasn’t available and we found a book in the library that she’s already devoured — The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon. As an added plus, it had random pen marks about every third page after (or sometimes in) certain words, so we spent some time trying to crack the code and figure out what some library patron was trying to communicate.
She also already read Farenheit 451 (in less than a day, she was so caught up in it) and absolutely fell in love with the book. She now wants a copy of her own and has dubbed it one of the best books ever.
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