Recommended Literature: Grades Nine Through Twelve



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Recommended Literature:

Grades Nine Through Twelve

Property of California Department of Education

Copyright 1989, Published 1990

Anderson, Marian. My Lord, What a Morning: An Autobiography. Grade(s): 9-11

Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Grade(s): 10-12

Atkinson, Linda. In Kindling Flame: The Story of Hannah Senesh. Grade(s): 9-11

Baker, Russell. Growing Up. Grade(s): 9-12

Beal, Merrill D. I Will Fight No More Forever: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War. Grade(s): 9-11

Bennett, Lerone, Jr. What Manner of Man: A Biography of Martin Luther King, Jr. Grade(s): 9-11

Bober, Natalie S. Restless Spirit: The Story of Robert Frost. Grade(s): 9-12

Brown, Claude. Manchild in the Promised Land. Grade(s): 10-12

Buck, Pearl S. My Several Worlds: A Personal Record. Grade(s): 9-12

Bulosan, Carlos. America Is in the Heart: A Personal History. Grade(s): 10-12

Cheever, Susan. Home Before Dark. Grade(s): 10-12

Chu, Louis. Eat a Bowl of Tea. Grade(s): 10-12

Dana, Richard H., Jr. Two Years Before the Mast. Grade(s): 10-12

Debo, Angie. Geronimo: The Man, His Time, His Place. Grade(s): 10-12

Dillard, Annie. An American Childhood. Grade(s): 10-12

Dinesen, Isak. Out of Africa. Grade(s): 10-12

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave. Grade(s): 9-11

Eaton, Jeanette. Gandhi: Fighter Without a Sword. Grade(s): 9-12

Frank, Anne. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl. Grade(s): 9-11

Franklin, Benjamin. Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. Grade(s): 10-12

Freedman, Russell. Lincoln: A Photobiography. Grade(s): 9-11

Galarza, Ernesto. Barrio Boy. Grade(s): 9-11

Gibson, Althea. I Always Wanted to Be Somebody. Grade(s): 9-12

Gilchrist, Ellen. Falling Through Space: The Journals of Ellen Gilchrist. Grade(s): 10-12

Gillenkirk, Jeff, and James Motlow. Bitter Melon: Stories from the Last Rural Chinese Town in America. Grade(s): 9-12

Gunther, John. Death Be Not Proud: A Memoir. Grade(s): 9-11

Guthrie, Woody. Bound for Glory. Grade(s): 10-12

Hamilton, Virginia. W.E.B. Du Bois: A Biography. Grade(s): 9-11

Hansberry, Lorraine. To Be Young, Gifted and Black. Grade(s): 10-12

Hautzig, Esther. Endless Steppe: Growing up in Siberia. Grade(s): 9-11

Hellman, Lillian. Three: An Unfinished Woman, Pentimento, Scoundrel Time. Grade(s): 10-12

Herriott, James. All Creatures Great and Small. Grade(s): 9-11

Houston, Jeanne W., and James D. Houston. Farewell to Manzanar. Grade(s): 9-11

Hurston, Zora Neale. Dust Tracks on a Road: An Autobiography. Grade(s): 10-12

Hyun, Peter. Man Sei! The Making of a Korean American. Grade(s): 9-12

Johnson, Dorothy M. Warrior for a Lost Nation: A Biography of Sitting Bull. Grade(s): 10-12

Jordan, Barbara, and Shelby Hearon. Barbara Jordan: A Self-Portrait. Grade(s): 9-11

Keller, Helen. Story of My Life. Grade(s): 9-11

Kennedy, John F. Profiles in Courage. Grade(s): 9-11

Kherdian, David. Road from Home: The Story of an Armenian Girl. Grade(s): 9-11

Kikumura, Akemi. Through Harsh Winters: The Life of a Japanese Immigrant Woman. Grade(s): 9-12

Kingston, Maxine Hong. Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. Grade(s): 10-12

Kroeber, Theodora. Ishi, Last of His Tribe. Grade(s): 9-12

Lindbergh, Charles A. The Spirit of St. Louis. Grade(s): 9-11

Malcolm X. Autobiography of Malcolm X. Grade(s): 10-12

Markham, Beryl. West with the Night. Grade(s): 10-12

McFadden, Cyra. Rain or Shine: A Family Memoir. Grade(s): 9-11

Mead, Margaret. Blackberry Winter: My Earlier Years. Grade(s): 10-12

Moody, Anne. Coming of Age in Mississippi: An Autobiography. Grade(s): 10-12

Muir, John. My First Summer in the Sierra. Grade(s): 10-12

Neihardt, John G. Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux. Grade(s): 9-12

Ortiz, Victoria. Sojourner Truth. Grade(s): 9-11

Petry, Ann. Harriet Tubman: Conductor on the Underground Railroad. Grade(s): 9-11

Rawlings, Marjorie K. Cross Creek. Grade(s): 10-12

Rodriquez, Richard. Hunger of Memory: An Autobiography. Grade(s): 10-12

Roosevelt, Eleanor. This I Remember. Grade(s): 9-11

Rowse, Alfred L. (Ed.). William Shakespeare: A Biography. Grade(s): 9-12

Russel, Bill. Go up for Glory. Grade(s): 9-12

Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The Prairie Years. Grade(s): 10-12

Soto, Gary. Living up the Street. Grade(s): 9-11

Soyinka, Wole. Ake: The Years of Childhood. Grade(s): 10-12

Sullivan, Tom, and Derek L. Gill. If You Could See What I Hear. Grade(s): 9-11

Szymusiak, Molyda. The Stones Cry Out: A Cambodian Childhood. Grade(s): 9-11

T’ai-t’ai, Ning L., and Ida Pruitt. A Daughter of Han: The Autobiography of a Chinese Working Woman. Grade(s): 10-12

Uchida, Yoshiko. Desert Exile: The Uprooting of a Japanese-American Family. Grade(s): 9-11

Washington, Booker T. Up from Slavery. Grade(s): 10-12

Welty, Eudora. One Writer’s Beginnings. Grade(s): 10-12

Wiesel, Elie. Night. Grade(s): 9-11

Wong, Jade Snow. Fifth Chinese Daughter. Grade(s): 9-11

Wright, Richard. Black Boy: A Record of Childhood and Youth. Grade(s): 10-12

Yamasaki, Minoru. A Life in Architecture. Grade(s): 9-12

Yoshikawa, Eiji. Musashi. Grade(s): 10-12

Aeschylus. Oresteian Trilogy. Grade(s): 10-12

Albee, Edward. American Dream and Zoo Story. Grade(s): 10-12

Allen, Woody. Play It Again, Sam. Grade(s): 10-12

Anderson, Robert. I Never Sang for My Father. Grade(s): 10-12

Anouilh, Jean. Antigone. Grade(s): 10-12

Baldwin, James. Amen Corner. Grade(s): 10-12

Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot. Grade(s): 10-12

Bolt, Robert. A Man for All Seasons. Grade(s): 10-12

Brecht, Bertolt. Mother Courage and Her Children. Grade(s): 10-12

Chekhov, Anton P. The Cherry Orchard. Grade(s): 10-12

Chin, Frank. The Chickencoop Chinaman and The Year of the Dragon: Two Plays. Grade(s): 10-12

Davis, Ossie. Purlie. Grade(s): 9-12

Elder, Lonne. Ceremonies in Dark Old Men. Grade(s): 10-12

Euripides. Medea. Grade(s): 10-12

Fugard, Athol. Master Harold and the Boys. Grade(s): 10-12

Garcia Lorca, Federico. Blood Wedding. Grade(s): 10-12

Gardner, Herb. A Thousand Clowns. Grade(s): 9-12

Gibson, William. Miracle Worker. Grade(s): 9-11

Gilroy, Frank. David and Lisa. Grade(s): 10-12

Glaspell, Susan. Trifles. Grade(s): 9-11

Goodrich, Frances, and Albert Hackett. Diary of Anne Frank. Grade(s): 9-11

Hansberry, Lorraine. Raisin in the Sun. Grade(s): 9-12

Hellman, Lillian. The Little Foxes. Grade(s): 10-12

Ibsen, Henrik. A Doll’s House. Grade(s): 10-12

Ionesco, Eugene. Rhinoceros. Grade(s): 10-12

Izumo, Takeda. Chushingura. Grade(s): 10-12

Lawrence, Jerome, and Robert E. Lee. The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail. Grade(s): 10-12

Luce, William. Belle of Amherst. Grade(s): 10-12

Lum, Wing Tek. Oranges Are Lucky. Grade(s): 10-12

McCullers, Carson. The Member of the Wedding. Grade(s): 10-12

Medoff, Mark. Children of a Lesser God. Grade(s): 10-12

Miller, Arthur. The Crucible. Grade(s): 10-12

Norton, Carlos. Meeting. Grade(s): 9-12

O’Neill, Eugene. Long Day’s Journey into Night. Grade(s): 10-12

O Yong-Jin and others. Wedding Day and Other Korean Plays. Grade(s): 9-12

Pomerance, Bernard. The Elephant Man. Grade(s): 10-12

Rose, Reginald. Twelve Angry Men. Grade(s): 10-12

Rostand, Edmond. Cyrano de Bergerac. Grade(s): 10-12

Sakamoto, Edward. In the Alley. Grade(s): 10-12

Serling, Rod. Requiem for a Heavyweight. Grade(s): 9-11

Shakespeare, William. Selected Works. Grade(s): 9-12

Shange, Ntozake. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Grade(s): 10-12

Shaw, George Bernard. Pygmalion. Grade(s): 10-12

Simon, Neil. Brighton Beach Memoirs. Grade(s): 10-12

Sophocles. Oedipus Trilogy. Grade(s): 10-12

Soyinka, Wole. Opera Wonyosi. Grade(s): 10-12

Stoppard, Tom. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Grade(s): 10-12

Thomas, Dylan. Under Milk Wood: A Play for Voices. Grade(s): 10-12

Valdez, Luis. Zoot Suit. Grade(s): 9-12

Vidal, Gore. A Visit to a Small Planet. Grade(s): 9-11

Wagner, Jane. The Search for Signs of Intelligent Life in the Universe. Grade(s): 10-12

Wasserman, Dale; Mitch Leigh; and Joe Darion. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest. Grade(s): 10-12

Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest. Grade(s): 10-12

Wilder, Thornton. Our Town. Grade(s): 9-12

Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. Grade(s): 10-12

Wilson, August. Fences. Grade(s): 10-12

Zindel, Paul. The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds. Grade(s): 9-11

Aesop. Fables. Grade(s): 9-12

Andersen, Hans Christian. Tales and Stories by Hans Christian Andersen. Grade(s): 9-12

Asbjornsen, Peter C. Norwegian Folktales. Grade(s): 9-12

Beowulf. Beowulf. Grade(s): 9-12

Bierhorst, John (Ed.). The Hungry Woman: Myths and Legends of the Aztecs. Grade(s): 9-12

Bulfinch, Thomas. Bulfinch’s Mythology: The Age of Fable. Grade(s): 9-12

Calvino, Italo. Italian Folktales. Grade(s): 9-12

Carrison, Muriel. Cambodian Folk Stories from the Gatiloke. Grade(s): 9-10

Coburn, Jewell R., and Quyen Van Duong. Beyond the East Wind: Legends and Folktales of Vietnam. Grade(s): 9-12

Garner, John C. Grendel. Grade(s): 11-12

Graham, Gail B. The Beggar in the Blanket. Grade(s): 9-12

Graves, Robert. Greek Gods and Heroes. Grade(s): 9-12

Griego, José. Cuentos: Tales from the Hispanic Southwest. Grade(s): 9-12

Grimm, Jacob, and Wilhelm K. Grimm. The Juniper Tree and Other Tales from Grimm. Grade(s): 9-12

Hamilton, Edith. Mythology. Grade(s): 9-12

Hamilton, Virginia. The People Could Fly. Grade(s): 9-12

Haviland, Virginia. North American Legends. Grade(s): 9-12

Homer. The Iliad. Grade(s): 9-12

Homer. The Odyssey. Grade(s): 9-12

Jacobs, Joseph. English Fairy Tales. Grade(s): 9-12

Jaffrey, Madhur. Seasons of Splendor: Tales, Myths, and Legends from India. Grade(s): 9-12

Jagendorf, Moritz A., and R.S. Boggs. King of the Mountains: A Treasury of Latin-American Folk Stories. Grade(s): 9-12

Kendall, Carol, and Li Yao-wen. Sweet and Sour: Tales from China. Grade(s): 9-12

Kroeber, Theodora. The Inland Whale: Nine Stories Retold from California Indian Legends. Grade(s): 9-12

Kuo, Yuan Hsi, and Louise Hsi Kuo. Chinese Folktales. Grade(s): 9-12

Leeming, David Adams. Mythology: The Voyage of the Hero. Grade(s): 9-12

Lester, Julius. The Knee-High Man and Other Tales. Grade(s): 9-12

Liyi, He. The Spring of Butterflies: And Other Chinese Folktales. Grade(s): 9-12

Lurie, Alison. Clever Gretchen and Other Forgotten Folktales. Grade(s): 9-12

Mackenzie, Donald A. Myths and Legends of China and Japan. Grade(s): 9-12

Marriott, Alice, and Carol K. Rachlin. American Indian Mythology. Grade(s): 9-12

Martin, Rafe. Hungry Tigress and Other Traditional Asian Tales. Grade(s): 9-12

McKinley, Robin. Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast. Grade(s): 9-12

Moyle, Richard. Fagogo. Grade(s): 10-12

O’Brien, Edna. Tales for the Telling: Irish Folk and Fairy Stories. Grade(s): 9-12

Ovid. Metamorphoses. Grade(s): 9-12

Perrault, Charles. Perrault’s Complete Fairy Tales. Grade(s): 9-12

Phelps, Ethel J. Maid of the North: Feminist Folktales from Around the World. Grade(s): 9-12

Ransome, Arthur. War of the Birds and the Beasts and Other Russian Tales. Grade(s): 9-12

Riordan, James. The Woman in the Moon: And Other Tales of Forgotten Heroines. Grade(s): 9-12

Roberts, Moss (Ed.). Chinese Fairy Tales and Fantasies. Grade(s): 9-12

Rosenberg, Donna. World Mythology. Grade(s): 9-12

Schultz, George. Vietnamese Legends. Grade(s): 9-12

Schwartz, Howard. Elijah’s Violin and Other Jewish Fairy Tales. Grade(s): 9-12

Seros, Kathleen. Sun and Moon: Fairy Tales from Korea. Grade(s): 9-12

Singer, Isaac Bashevis. When Shlemiel Went to Warsaw and Other Stories. Grade(s): 9-12

Steinbeck, John. Acts of King Arthur and His Noble Knights. Grade(s): 9-12

Timpanelli, Gioi. Tales from the Roof of the World: Folktales of Tibet. Grade(s): 9-12

Uchida, Yoshiko. The Dancing Kettle. Grade(s): 9-12

Virgil. The Aeneid. Grade(s): 9-12

Vuong, Lynette D. The Brocaded Slipper and Other Vietnamese Tales. Grade(s): 9-12

Warner, Elizabeth. Heroes, Monsters and Other Worlds from Russian Mythology. Grade(s): 9-12

Werner, E., and T. Chalmers. Ancient Tales and Folklore of China. Grade(s): 9-12

White, Terence H. Once and Future King. Grade(s): 9-12

Wigginton, Eliot (Ed.). Foxfire Book: Hog Dressing, Log Cabin Building, Mountain Crafts and Foods, Planting by the Signs, Snake Lore, Hunting Tales, Faith Healing, Moonshining and Other Affairs of Plain Living. Grade(s): 9-12

Wolkstein, Diane (Ed.). The Magic Orange Tree: And Other Haitian Folktales. Grade(s): 9-12

Yolen, Jane (Ed.). Favorite Folktales from Around the World. Grade(s): 9-12

Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. Grade(s): 10-12

Beal, Merrill D. I Will Fight No More Forever: Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce War. Grade(s): 9-12

Bronowski, Jacob. Science and Human Values. Grade(s): 10-12

Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. Grade(s): 10-12

Brown, John. “John Brown’s Body” (last speech). Grade(s): 9-12

Buchwald, Art. You Can Fool All of the People All of the Time. Grade(s): 9-12

Camus, Albert. Myth of Sisyphus. Grade(s): 10-12

Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood. Grade(s): 10-12

Carson, Rachel. Silent Spring. Grade(s): 9-11

Cartmail, Keith St. Exodus Indochina. Grade(s): 9-12

Chan, Jeffery, and others (Eds.). Fifty Years of Our Whole Voice. Grade(s): 10-12

Chang, Diana. Woolgathering. Grade(s): 10-12

Chief Joseph. From Where the Sun Now Stands. Grade(s): 9-12

Churchill, Winston. Blood, Sweat, and Tears. Grade(s): 10-12

Cleaver, Eldridge. The White Race and Its Heroes. Grade(s): 10-12

Cruz, Juana Inés de la. Against the Inconsequence of Men’s Desires and Their Censure of Women for Faults Which They Themselves Have Caused. Grade(s): 9-12

Culley, Margo (Ed.). A Day at a Time: The Diary Literature of American Women from 1764 to the Present. Grade(s): 10-12

. Declaration of Independence of the United States of America. Grade(s): 9-12

Deloria, Vine, Jr. Custer Died for Your Sins: An Indian Manifesto. Grade(s): 10-12

Didion, Joan. Slouching Towards Bethlehem. Grade(s): 10-12

Dillard, Annie. Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. Grade(s): 10-12

Du Bois, W.E.B. Souls of Black Folk: Essays and Sketches. Grade(s): 9-12

Duncan, Robert. Truth and Life of Myth. Grade(s): 10-12

Dwyer, Robert. Chicano Voices. Grade(s): 9-12

Eiseley, Loren. Star Thrower. Grade(s): 10-12

Ellison, Ralph. Going to the Territory. Grade(s): 10-12

Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Self-Reliance. Grade(s): 10-12

Ephron, Nora. Crazy Salad Plus Nine. Grade(s): 10-12

Faderman, Lillian, and Barbara Bradshaw. Speaking for Ourselves: American Ethnic Writing. Grade(s): 9-12

Faulkner, William. Nobel acceptance speech. Grade(s): 10-12

Fisher, Ann R. Exile of a Race. Grade(s): 9-12

Goodman, Ellen. Keeping in Touch. Grade(s): 9-11

Gould, Stephen Jay. The Panda’s Thumb: More Reflections in Natural History. Grade(s): 10-12

Henry, Patrick. Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death. Grade(s): 9-12

Hersey, John. Hiroshima. Grade(s): 9-12

Highwater, Jamake. Many Smokes, Many Moons. Grade(s): 9-12

Houston, James, and Jeanne W. Houston. Beyond Manzanar and Other Views of Asian-American Womanhood. Grade(s): 9-12

Keillor, Garrison. Lake Wobegon Days. Grade(s): 9-12

Kennedy, John F. Inaugural Address by John F. Kennedy. Grade(s): 9-11

Killens, John O. Negroes Have a Right to Fight Back. Grade(s): 9-11

King, Martin Luther, Jr. I Have a Dream. Grade(s): 9-12

King, Martin Luther, Jr. Letter from a Birmingham Jail. Grade(s): 9-12

Kubler-Ross, Elizabeth. On Death and Dying. Grade(s): 9-12

Lamb, Charles. Dissertation on Roast Pig. Grade(s): 10-12

Lester, Julius. To Be a Slave. Grade(s): 9-11

Lilienthal, David. My Faith in Democracy. Grade(s): 10-12

Lincoln, Abraham. Gettysburg Address. Grade(s): 9-12

Lopez, Barry H. River Notes: The Dance of the Herons. Grade(s): 10-12

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Grade(s): 10-12

Mannes, Marya. Packaged Deception. Grade(s): 10-12

McPhee, John. Coming into the Country. Grade(s): 9-12

Meltzer, Milton. Never to Forget: The Jews of the Holocaust. Grade(s): 9-12

Merriam, Eve. Growing up Female in America: Ten Lives. Grade(s): 9-12

Merriam, Eve, and Nancy Larrick (Eds.). Male and Female Under Eighteen. Grade(s): 9-12

Meyer, Carolyn. Voices of South Africa: Growing up in a Troubled Land. Grade(s): 9-12

Miyasaki, Gail Y. Obachan. Grade(s): 9-11

Momaday, N. Scott. The Way to Rainy Mountain. Grade(s): 9-12

Neruda, Pablo. Nobel acceptance speech. Grade(s): 10-12

Newhouse, Nancy R. (Ed.). Hers—Through Women’s Eyes: Essays from “Hers” Column of the New York Times. Grade(s): 10-12

Ortego, Philip. We Are Chicanos: An Anthology of Chicano Literature. Grade(s): 9-12

Paine, Thomas. Common Sense. Grade(s): 10-12

Pirsig, Robert M. Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry into Values. Grade(s): 10-12

Plato. The Republic. Grade(s): 10-12

Rooney, Andrew. Word for Word. Grade(s): 9-12

Royko, Mike. Sez Who? Sez Me. Grade(s): 10-12

Sanders, Thomas E., and Walter W. Peek. Literature of the American Indian. Grade(s): 10-12

Santoli, Al. Everything We Had: An Oral History of the Vietnam War. Grade(s): 9-12

Sarton, May. Journal of a Solitude. Grade(s): 10-12

Seki, Joanne Harumi. Being Japanese-American Doesn’t Mean Made in Japan. Grade(s): 9-11

Shore, Bradd. Sala’ilua: A Samoan Mystery. Grade(s): 10-12

Simmen, Edward. Chicano. Grade(s): 9-12

Steinem, Gloria. Outrageous Acts and Everyday Rebellions. Grade(s): 10-12

Sully, Francois (Ed.). We the Vietnamese: Voices from Vietnam. Grade(s): 9-12

Sutter, Frederick. Samoa: A Photographic Essay. Grade(s): 9-12

Swift, Jonathan. A Modest Proposal. Grade(s): 10-12

Syfers, Judy. I Want a Wife. Grade(s): 10-12

Tateishi, John. And Justice for All: An Oral History of the Japanese-American Internment Camps. Grade(s): 9-12

Terkel, Studs. Working. Grade(s): 10-12

Thomas, Lewis. The Medusa and the Snail. Grade(s): 10-12

Thoreau, Henry David. Civil Disobedience. Grade(s): 9-12

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Grade(s): 9-12

Thurber, James. My World and Welcome to It. Grade(s): 9-12

Timerman, Jacobo. Prisoner Without a Name, Cell Without a Number. Grade(s): 9-12

Tocqueville, Alexis de. Democracy in America. Grade(s): 9-12

Truth, Sojourner. Ain’t I a Woman? Grade(s): 9-12

Twain, Mark. Selected essays. Grade(s): 9-12

Vanzetti, Bartolomeo, and Nicola Sacco. Last Words. Grade(s): 9-11

Walker, Alice. In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens: Womanist Prose. Grade(s): 10-12

Webb, Sheyann, and Rachel W. Nelson. Selma, Lord, Selma: Girlhood Memories of the Civil-Rights Days. Grade(s): 9-12

White, E.B. Selected essays. Grade(s): 9-12

Wollstonecraft, Mary. A Vindication of the Rights of Women. Grade(s): 10-12

Woolf, Virginia.

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