What are some recommended books for a 10th grader?

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As a 10th grade teacher, my students enjoyed Go Ask Alice, Of Mice and Men and Fahrenheit 451, but they didn't like Dandelion Wine.

When I was in 10th grade, I read lots of Michael Crichton and Dean Koontz novels and, for literature, I liked A Separate Peace.

If you are a 15 to 17 year old person interested in reading, you may be surprised to find out that a lot of the best sellers out there are geared to your reading level. You could pick out almost anything from the NY Times top ten list and have no trouble at all.

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Wow, so many books so little time!  I suggest the following:

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

Night by Elie Wisel

Huck Finn by Mark Twain

The Odyssey by Homer

"The Most Dangerous Game" by Richard Connell

"A Tell-tale Heart" by Edgar Allen Poe

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I know that my children love the Shan novels (Cirque du Freak), the House of Night Series, and the Brewer series Ninth Grade Bites through Twelfth Grade Kills.

Other novels they have loved are Twisted by Anderson and Heavy Metal and You by Krovitan.

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This is my first year teaching 10th grade World Lit.  We are reading the following:

Like Water for Chocolate

The Joy Luck Club

Cry, the Beloved Country

A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich


House on Mango Street

The Metamorphosis

Things Fall Apart

The Poisonwood Bible

and lots and lots of short stories and poetry.

Good Luck!

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Congratulations! Independent reading is one of the best things you can do to improve your academic performance and develop your vocabulary. When I answer questions like this, I always like to know what was the last thing that you read that you really liked. We can't do that so here's a few I recommend:

The Call of the Wild by Jack London--If you missed this during your piror education, it's worth reading. Use enotes to help you decipher the layers of meaning.

Feed by M.T. Anderson, a science fiction novel.

You Don't Know Me by David Klass

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It's based on the Holocaust, but the characters are amazing.

Soldier X by Don Wulffson about a German boy drafted into the war.

Looking for Alaska by John Green covers friendship and the fringe part of adolescent live.

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger is a must-read at some point, preferably several times at different ages.

Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. It is a blend of Looking for Alaska and Catcher in the Rye.

The First Part Last by Angela Johnson

Under the Wolf, Under the Dog by Adam Rapp

Don't forget to check out graphic novels like Superman, Batman, V is for Vendetta, Full Metal Jacket, and Bleach.


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What are great books for a 10th grader to read?

It depends to a large extent on the student. Students have a wide range of interests and of reading skills. Students often enjoy stories featuring people of their own age, and thus Lord of the Flies, To Kill a Mockingbird, or The Catcher in the Rye are often included on reading lists.

Students interested in science can enjoy H. G. Wells, Jules Verne, and works such as 1984 or Brave New World. For students in the United States, reading works set in other cultures such as the Arabian Nights, Things Fall Apart, or even the travel and animal-collecting stories of Gerald Durrell can open up new worlds. Traditional epics, such as the Homeric poems and Beowulf, seem also to be popular, though they work best for the more advanced readers in this age group. Many collections of myth, legends, and fairy tales can also be of interest; the Norse sagas will appeal to those students who have enjoyed recent movies and comics based on them. Shorter fables and fairy tales might work well for less advanced students.

History books, especially local histories or stories of Native American culture, can also spark interesting discussions.

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