Grade Humanities Reading List



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6th, 7th, and 8th grade Humanities Reading List

Each summer your student will be expected to read five of the following books. By the end of their three years at Morehead, they will have read fifteen different books over the course of their summers. The choice of book is up to them. However, some of the books contain language or situations that may require adult supervision. On the back of the page is a form the students need to turn in at the beginning of the year. It does require a two sentence summary and the parent’s signature. Of course, students can read more than the five required books each summer. Most of the books on this list are a classic and available at public libraries or Google Books.





1984 George Orwell

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Jules Verne

Across Five Aprils Irene Hunt

Adventures of Pinocchio Carlo Collodi

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Mark Twain

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Lewis Carroll

Allanna: The First Adventure Tamora Pierce

All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Remarque

Amos Fortune, Free Man Elizabeth Yates

Animal Farm George Orwell

Anne of Green Gables L. M. Montgomery

Baseball in April, and Other Stories Gary Soto

Black Beauty Anna Sewell

Black Boy Richard Wright

The Black Stallion Walter Farley

The Book of Three Lloyd Alexander

The Borrowers Mary Norton

Brave New World Aldous Huxley

The Bridge of San Luis Rey Thornton Wilder

Caddie Woodlawn Carol Ryrie Brink

Call It Courage Armstrong Sperry

The Chocolate War Robert Cormier

The Color Purple Alice Walker

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court

Mark Twain

The Count of Monte Cristo Alexander Dumas

The Catcher in the Rye J. D. Salinger

The Crucible Arthur Miller

Cry, The Beloved Country Alan Paton

Daddy Long Legs Jean Webster

Death Be Not Proud John Gunther

Dragonsong Anne McCaffrey

Dragonwings Laurence Yep

Enchantress From the Stars Sylvia Engdahl

The Endless Steppe: Growing up in Siberia

Ester Hautzig

Ethan Frome Edith Wharton

Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury

A Farewell to Arms Ernest Hemingway

Flowers of Algernon Daniel Keyes

For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway

The Ghost Belonged to Me Richard Peck

A Girl Named Disaster Nancy Farmer

The Giver Lois Lowry

Goodbye, Mr. Chips James Hilton

The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck

The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald

Gulliver’s Travel Jonathan Swift

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone J. K. Rowling

Heart of Darkness Joseph Conrad

Heidi Johanna Spyri

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Victor Hugo

Incident at Hawk’s Hill Allan W. Eckert

The Incredible Journey Sheila Burnford

Invisible Man Ralph Ellison

Ivanhoe Sir Walter Scott

Jacob Have I Loved Katherine Paterson

Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte

Journey to Topaz Yoshiko Uchida

The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling

Kidnapped Robert Lewis Stevenson

Kim Rudyard Kipling

The Last Mission Harry Mazer

The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow Irving Washington

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

C. S. Lewis

The Little Prince Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Little Women Louisa May Alcott

Lord of the Flies William Golding

Mary Poppins P. L. Travers

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood Howard Pyle

Moby-Dick Herman Melville

My Antonia Willa Cather

My Friend Flicka Mary O’Hara

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass Frederick Douglass

National Velvet Enid Bagnold

Native Son Richard Wright

Number the Stars Lois Lowry

Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck

Our Town Thorton Wilder

The Pearl John Steinbeck

Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods Rick Riordan

The Pigman Paul Zindel

The Pilgrim’s Progress John Bunyan

Pride and Prejudice Jane Austin

Pygmalion George Bernard Shaw

Rascal Sterling North

The Red Badge of Courage Stephen Crane

The Red Pony John Steinbeck

Redwall Brian Jacques

Rifles for Watie Harold Keith

Robinson Crusoe Daniel Defoe

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry Mildred Taylor

Roots Alex Haley

The Secret Garden Frances Hodgson Burnett

A Separate Peace John Knowles

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind Suzanne Staples

Silas Marner George Eliot

So Far From the Bamboo Grove Yoko Watkins

Story of My Life Helen Keller

A Stranger Came Ashore Mollie Hunter

Swiss Family Robinson Johann David Wyss

Tess of the D’Urbervilles Thomas Hardy

To Be a Slave Julius Lester

Tom’s Midnight Garden Philippa Pearce

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith

The Upstairs Room Johanna Reiss

War of the Worlds H. G. Wells

Watership Down Richard Adams

The Westing Game Ellen Rasking

Where the Lilies Bloom Vera Cleaver

Where the Red Fern Grows Wilson Rawls

The White Mountain John Christopher

The Wind in Willows Kenneth Grahame

The Wizard of Earthsea Ursula LeGuin

The Wizard of Oz L. Frank Baum

Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte

The Yearling Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings






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