• Chambers Lit & Comp Independent Reading List  For independent reading assignments, I will expect you to select a book from this list.  If you would like to choose a book that is not listed here (especially now that we are virtual), please check with me first—if I have read it, I am usually okay with other books. (Each book’s lexile measure is indicated in parentheses.  Consider choosing a book within or just past your lexile range)

    • With the Fire on High, Elizabeth Acevedo (810)
    • Children of Blood and Bone, Tomi Adeyemi (670)
    • The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, Sherman Alexie (600)
    • The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom (780)
    • Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom (830)
    • The House of the Spirits, Isabel Allende (1280)
    • How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez (950)
    • In the Time of the Butterflies, Julia Alvarez (910)
    • Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolpho Anaya (840)
    • Speak, Laurie Halse Anderson (890)
    • Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen (1100)
    • Nothing But the Truth, Avi (NA)
    • The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros (870)
    • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho (910)
    • All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr (880)
    • Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel (1030)
    • Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (1080)
    • Stardust, Neil Gaiman (970)
    • Neverwhere, Neil Gaiman (760)
    • The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman (NA)
    • The Cellist of Sarajevo, Steven Galloway (NA)
    • Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden (1000)
    • Lord of the Flies, William Golding (770)
    • Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes (670)
    • Ordinary People, Judith Guest (600)
    • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon (1180)
    • Siddhartha, Hermann Hesse (1010)
    • The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini (840)
    • Farewell to Manzanar, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston (1040)
    • Five Flavors of Dumb, Antony John (890)
    • The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd (840)
    • The Bean Trees, Barbara Kingsolver (900)
    • Shoeless Joe, W.P. Kinsella (1020)
    • The Iowa Baseball Confederacy, W. P. Kinsella (NA)
    • A Separate Peace, John Knowles (1110)
    • One of Us Is Lying, Karen M McManus (780)
    • Life of Pi, Yan Martel (830)
    • Fallen Angels, Walter Dean Myers (650)
    • Monster, Walter Dean Myers (670)
    • 1984, George Orwell (1090)
    • Where the Crawdads Sing, Delia Owens (880)
    • The Icarus Girl, Helen Oyeyemi (NA)
    • A Long Walk to Water, Linda Sue Park (720)
    • The Chosen, Chaim Potok (970)
    • All American Boys, Jason Reynolds (770)
    • Long Way Down, Jason Reynolds (720)
    • Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, Benjamin Alire Sáenz (380)
    • The Catcher in the Rye, J.D. Salinger (790)
    • I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter, Erika Sanchez (730)
    • They Both Die at the End, Adam Silvera (870)
    • Coffee Will Make You Black, April Sinclair (NA)
    • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot (1140)
    • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith (810)
    • Maus I/II, Art Spiegelman (NA)
    • The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein (850)
    • Dear Martin, Nic Stone (720)
    • The Joy Luck Club, Amy Tan (930)
    • The Kitchen God’s Wife, Amy Tan (810)
    • The Bonesetter’s Daughter, Amy Tan (800)
    • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Mildred Taylor (920)
    • The Hate U Give, Angie Thomas (590)
    • First They Killed My Father:  A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers, Loung Ung (920)
    • Slaughterhouse Five, Kurt Vonnegut (850)
    • The Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls (1010)
    • Night, Elie Weisel (570)
    • Educated, Tara Westover (NA)
    • Fences, August Wilson (NA)
    • The Piano Lesson, August Wilson (NA)
    • American Born Chinese, Gene Luen Yang (530)
    • I Am Malala, Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb (1000)
    • The Book Thief, Markus Zusak (730)