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Literary Resources


The resources below include information regarding the novels instructed in grades 6-12. Each of the texts have been selected through a process of review, recommendation to the district Curriculum Coordinating Committee, presented to the public for feedback, and approved by the Board of Education. Each novel rationale includes a summary, connection to the curriculum, alignment to standards, suggested assessment, as well as additional information. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher if they have additional questions.  Thank you for visiting and we hope you find these resources helpful. (Click on each grade level contained in the box for more information).



Sixth Grade

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Red Kayak by Patricia Cummings
Crossing the Wire by Will Hobbs

Seventh Grade

The Giver by Lois Lowry 
Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry 
The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis 
Ties that Bind, Ties that Break by Lensey Namioka 
Nobody Else Has to Know by Ingrid Tomey
A Corner of the Universe by Ann M. Martin
Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen 
Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
Abduction by Peg Kehret  
Code Orange by Caroline B. Cooney
Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie by Jordan Sonnenblick
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell 
Tangerine by Edward Bloor
Zach’s Lie by Roland Smith 

Eighth Grade
Breaking Point by Alex Flinn
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker
Monster by Walter Dean Myers
Notes from the Midnight Driver by Jordan Sonnenblick
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Trouble by Gary D. Schmidt
Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson


Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Skellig by David Almond
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Their Eyes Were Watching God d by Zora Neal Hurston
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee


Antigone by Sophocles
In Cold Blood by Truman Capote
Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare
Runaway Jury by John Grisham
Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose


1984 by George Orwell
A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley
Dead Poets Society directed by Peter Weir (Honors)
Dead Poets Society
Miracle in the Andes by Nando Parrado
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Díaz
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
The Crucible by Arthur Miller (Honors)
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Honors)
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Majestic directed by Frank Darabont
The Majestic directed by Frank Darabont (Honors)
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien


1984 by George Orwell
A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Ordinary People by Judith Guest
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
A Lesson Before Dying text by Ernest Gaines; movie directed by Joseph Sargent
Macbeth  text by William Shakespeare; film directed by Rupert Goold,
A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams

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