Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Homeschool: 9th Grade Reading List

It's been a long time since I was in the 9th grade.  Way.Too.Long.

So I've been doing some trolling on the net to find out what are good books to read for the 9th grade.  Since we've decided Wooley will homeschool 9th grade, I think it's important for him to read some classics.

Here is a list of books we'll choose from over the next year:
9th Grade Reading List (I read the ones in bold type)

1. Three Musketeers, Alexander Dumas
2. Whites and the Blues, Alexander Dumas
3. Taking of the Bastille, Alexander Dumas
4. Twenty Years After, Alexander Dumas
5. Count of Monte Cristo, Alexander Dumas
6. Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
7. A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest Gaines
8. The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
9. All American Girl, Meg Cabot
10. The Book of Fred, Abby Bardi
11. Lord of the Flies, William Golding
12. Moby Dick, Herman Melville
13. The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
14. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
15. That was Then, This is Now, S.E. Hinton
16. Bless the Beasts and the Children, Swarthout
17. Talisman, Sir Walter Scott
18. Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
19. Silas Marner, George Eliot
20. Speak, Laura Anderson
21. Travels in Africa, Mungo Park
22. Home Before Dark, Sue Ellen Bridgers
23. The Island, Gary Paulsen
24. Night, Elie Wiesel
25. Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
26. Likely Lad, Gillian Avery
27. Lion's Paw, D.R. Sherman
28. Little White Horse, Elizabeth Goudge
29. Lord of the Rings Trilogy, J.R.R. Tolkein
30. Lost World, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
31. Mama's Bank Account, Kathryn Forbes
32. Miracle Worker, William Gibson
33. Moonstone, Willie Collins
34. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Robert Louis Stevenson
35. Sanders of the River, Edgar Wallace
36. Quatre-Vingt-Treize, Victor Hugo
37. Prince Otto, Robert Louis Stevenson
38. Middlemarch, George Eliot
39. Legends of the Alhambra, Washington Irving
40. Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
41. Greek Way to Western Civilization, Edith Hamilton
42. Four Horsemen of Apocalypse, Blasco Ibanez
43. Well at the World's End, William Morris
44. Voyage Round the World, William Dampier
45. All Quiet on the Western Front, Remarque
46. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
47. The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
48. Lord of the Flies, Golding
49. A Separate Peace, Knowles
50. The Good Earth, Pearl Buck

This is a list I found on families.com.  There are some books on this list that I know we will not read like the Lord of the Rings Trilogy (personal preference).   But overall it's a good list to choose from.  I remember reading Animal Farm and 1984 by George Orwell, but not sure which grade.

I'm hoping to read a few from this list too.  We're going to be heading to the library every other Monday to trade out books and get new ones.  I hope they have a few of these in the stock! 



Debbi Does Dinner Healthy said...

I haven't read many of these. My daughter is in 8th grade and she's been getting some tougher reading. We get our school supplies sent to us and there is some required reading, and then there is some reading that we can choose. One of the required reading is The Hobbit. Is this part of the Lord of the Rings series? I'm unsure if this is something I want to read. Any thoughts?

Mommarock said...

What really seemed to make a difference for my son with his reading desire was reading on the Nook. He HATED reading before that. I got him reading Call of the Wild, and he suddenly LOVED reading. He asked for another book before he was even finished with that one! This year I purchased a Glencoe Literature textbook which has multi-cultural literature selections in it. Just a selection of the literature and then if we want to read the whole selection we can find that and read it, also in the back of the book it lists selections for this grade.

Unknown said...

That's quite the hodgepodge list for 9th graders. A few on there I have read, and a few I would like to read. If you request the books on your library's website, then they will hold it for you when it's ready. I find it's so much easier to not have to hunt down books :)

Jenna @ Newlyweds said...

I've read about the same ones as you guys, but if I had a suggestion of where to start I say To Kill a Mockingbird, great great great book!

Unknown said...

Great list! My daughter, whom I homeschool, is in the 9th grade this year too. I printed off the list, and will be taking it with us to the library. Thanks for sharing. :)

Donna Rubright said...

49. A Separate Peace, Knowles is one of the best books, one of my top ten. I read it every few years when I need a good cry. To Kill a Mockingbird of course is the best. Book first then Gregory Peck's true to the story movie. Every daddy should be like Atticus Finch. I love all of Robert Cormier's books. I Am The Cheese is my favorite, with a good twist at the end. Chocolate War would be the best first choice. Some poetry would be good...Poe might appeal more to boys.

Anonymous said...

I would make sure to read to kill a mocking bird it is referenced alot in college, most people are expected to have read it.

Susie said...

Great list!!


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