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9th & 10th Grade English -- Woessner: Book Lists by Topic

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Coming of Age

  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds* and Brendan Kiely
  • American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
  • American Street by Ibi Zoboi
  • Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Be More Chill by Ned Vizzini
  • Blankets by Craig Thompson
  • Bless Me, Ultima by Rudolfo Anaya
  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • Boy 21 by Matthew Quick
  • Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fallen Angels by Walter Dean Myers
  • Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
  • Fun Home Alison Bechdel
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen
  • The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Lawn Boy by Jonathan Evison
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Love, Hate and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post by Emily M. Danforth
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • Noteworthy by Riley Redgate
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton*
  • The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen
  • A Separate Peace by John Knowles
  • Solo by Kwame Alexander*
  • Stupid Fast by Geoff Herbach
  • Sway by Kat Spears
  • Tell the Wolves I’m Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
  • The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli*
  • This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki
  • Winger by Andrew Smith



Wilderness/Nature/Solitude

  • ​​​The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London*
  • Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  • Endurance: Shackelton’s Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing
  • A Field Guide to Getting Lost by Rebecca Solnit
  • The Great Alone by Kristin Hannah
  • Hachett by Gary Paulsen
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
  • The Martian by Andy Weir
  • My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
  • North by Scott Jurek
  • Peak by Roland Smith
  • Walden by Henry David Thoreau
  • A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
  • Wild by Cheryl Strayed

Power/Class/Ambition

  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely
  • American War by Omar El Akkad
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
  • Autobiography of Malcolm X
  • The Blind Side by Michael Lewis
  • Cinder by Merissa Meyer
  • Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
  • Dear Martin by Nic Stone
  • Divergent by Veronica Roth
  • Game of Thrones by George RR Martin
  • Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  • The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
  • Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly
  • Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Imperium by Robert Harris
  • Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
  • The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
  • Little Brother by Cory Doctorow
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer
  • March by John Lewis
  • The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
  • Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  • The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
  • The Power by Naomi Alderman
  • Pride by Ibi Zoboi
  • Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
  • Red Rising by Pierce Brown
  • Scythe by Neal Shusterman
  • Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman? by Patricia C. McKissack & Fredrick McKissack
  • The Uglies by Scott Westerley
  • Up From Slavery by Booker T. Washington
  • The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga
  • White Trash by Nancy Isenberg