Classics Challenge Book Lists

Classics Reading List, Grades 7-8

  • Asimov, Isaac–Nine Tomorrows ; I, Robot
  • Bond, Douglas–any of the Crown & Covenant series
  • Bronte, Charlotte–Jane Eyre
  • Colson, Charles–Born Again
  • Collins, Wilkie–The Moonstone
  • Dana, Barbara–Young Joan
  • Delaney sisters–The First 100 Years
  • DeVries, Anne–Journey Through the Night
  • Dickens, Charles–David Copperfield
  • Dickinson, Emily–Collected works of poetry
  • Eliot, Elisabeth–Through Gates of Splendor
  • Forester, C.S.–Captain Horatio Hornblower series
  • Frost, Robert–Collected works of poetry
  • Henty, G.A.–Any of his books
  • Herriott, James–Any of his books
  • Hughes, Langston–The Dream Keeper
  • The Dream Keeper by Langston Hughes

  • Jones III, Doug–Scottish Seas ; Dutch Color ; Huguenot Garden
  • Karon, Jan–Any of the Mitford series
  • Keller, Helen–The Story of My Life
  • Kipling, Rudyard–Captains Courageous ; Kim ; The Jungle Book
  • Lewis, C.S.–The Screwtape Letters ; the Space trilogy
  • Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth–Collected works of poetry
  • MacDonald, George–The Princess and the Goblin ; The Princess and Curdie
  • The Princess and Curdie

  • Mathews, L.S.–Fish
  • Melville, Herman–Moby Dick
  • Potok, Chaim–The Chosen ; The Promise
  • Pyle, Howard–The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
  • Shakespeare, William–Midsummer Night’s Dream ; Much Ado About Nothing
  • Stevenson, Robert Louis–Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
  • Sutcliffe, Rosemary–The Eagle of the Ninth
  • Thurber, James–My Life and Hard Times ; Thurber Carnival
  • Twain, Mark–Puddin’Head Wilson
  • Uris, Leon–Exodus
  • Voigt, Cynthia–Come a Stranger
  • Wells, H.G.–The Time Machine
  • White, T. H.–The Once and Future King
  • White, John–Archives of Anthropos series
  • Wright, Richard–Black Boy

Classics Reading List, Grades 9-10

  • Austen, Jane–Sense and Sensibility ; Emma
  • Emma-by-Jane-Austen

  • Bitton-Jackson, Livia–I Have Lived 1000 Years
  • Bronte, Emily–Wuthering Heights
  • Buck, Pearl–The Good Earth
  • Cather, Willa–My Antonia
  • Chekov, Anton–The Cherry Orchard
  • Chesterton, G.K.–The Man who Was Thursday ; Father Brown stories
  • Cooper, James Fenimore–The Last of the Mohicans
  • Coray, Henry–Son of Tears
  • Dickens, Charles–Oliver Twist
  • Eliot, Elisabeth–No Graven Image
  • Eliot, George–Middlemarch ; Silas Marner
  • Enger, Leif–Peace Like a River
  • Peace Like a River by Leif Enger

  • Fitzgerald, F. Scott–The Great Gatsby
  • Foxe–Book of Martryrs
  • Greene, Graham–The Power and the Glory
  • Homer–The Illiad
  • Hughes, Langston–Collected works of poetry
  • Hugo, Victor–Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Hurnard, Hanna–Hinds Feet on High Places
  • Huxley, Aldous–Brave New World
  • LaPierre, Dominique–City of Joy
  • Lawhead, Stephen–Arthurian quintet ; Byzantium
  • Lewis, C.S.–The Great Divorce ; Til We Have Faces
  • Lewis, Sinclair–Babbitt
  • MacDonald, George–Lilith ; Sir Gibbie
  • Mitchell, Margaret–Gone with the Wind
  • Orwell, George–1984
  • Pasternak, Boris–Doctor Zhivago
  • Poe, Edgar Allan–Collected short stories
  • Rolvaag, Ole–Giants in the Earth
  • Sayers, Dorothy–Man Born to Be King ; Gaudy Night
  • Scott, Sir Walter–Rob Roy ; Ivanhoe
  • Shakespeare, William–Hamlet ; Merchant of Venice
  • Sienkiewicz–Quo Vadis
  • Sinclair, Upton–The Jungle
  • Sophocles–Oedipus Rex ; Antigone
  • Steinbeck, John–Grapes of Wrath
  • Stowe, Harriet Beecher–Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Tolkien, J.R.R.–The Lord of the Rings trilogy
  • Walker, Margaret–Jubilee
  • Wharton, Edith–Ethan Frome
  • Wolfe, Tom–The Right Stuff
  • Wright, Richard–Native Son

Classics Challenge Reading List, Grades 11-12

  • Augustine–City of God
  • Angelou, May–I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • Bonhoeffer, Dietrich–The Cost of Discipleship ; Letters from Prison
  • Brother Lawrence–Practice of the Presence of God
  • Capote, Truman–In Cold Blood
  • Catton, Bruce–Any of his Civil War books
  • Cervantes, Miguel de–Don Quixote
  • Churchill, Winston–My Early Life
  • Conrad, Joseph–Heart of Darkness ; Lord Jim
  • Dickens, Charles–Bleak House
  • Dillard, Annie–An American Childhood ; Pilgrim at Tinker Creek
  • Dostoevsky, Fyodor–Crime and Punishment ; The Brothers Karamazov
  • Duncan, David James–The Brothers K ; The River Why
  • Elliott, T.S.–Four Quartets ; Murder in the Cathedral
  • Ellison, Ralph–The Invisible Man
  • Endo, Shusaku–Silence
  • Evans, Augusta Jane–St. Elmo
  • Faulkner, William–Sound and the Fury ; collected short stories
  • Hardy, Thomas–Far from the Madding Crowd ; Mayor of Castorbridge
  • Hemingway, Ernest–For Whom the Bell Tolls ; The Sun Also Rises
  • Herbert, Frank–Dune
  • Herodotus–History of the Persian Wars
  • Hosseini, Khaled–The Kite Runner
  • James, P.D.–The Children of Men
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  • Keneally, Thomas–Schindler’s List
  • Knowles, John–A Separate Peace
  • Lewis, C.S.–Mere Christianity ; The Abolition of Man
  • Llewellyn, Richard–How Green Was My Valley
  • McCullough, David–1776 ; The Johnstown Flood
  • Michener, James–Chesapeake
  • Milton, John–Paradise Lost
  • Moliere–Misanthrope
  • O’Connor, Flannery–Everything That Rises Must Converge ; Collected Short Stories
  • Packer, J.I.–Knowing God
  • Percy, Walker–The Second Coming
  • Rand, Ayn–Atlas Shrugged ; Anthem ; The Fountainhead
  • Robinson, Marilynne–Gilead
  • Russell, Mary D.–The Sparrow
  • Schaeffer, Francis–The God Who Is There ; He is There and He Is Not Silent
  • Shakespeare, William–King Lear ; Othello
  • Shaara, Jeff–Gods and Generals
  • Shaara, Michael–Killer Angels
  • Solzhenitzyn, Alexander–First Circle ; Cancer Ward
  • Tolstoy, Leo–Anna Karenina
  • Tuchman, Barbara–Guns of August
  • Voltaire–Candide
  • Warren, Robert Penn–All the King’s Men
  • Washington, Booker T.–Up from Slavery
  • Williams, Charles–Descent into Hell
  • Wolfe, Thomas–Look Homeward Angel
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