Bibliography for Engaging Readers

List Compiled by ReLeah

I have read all of the books recommended on this list. If you would like to know more about a book or would like a list for a particular content area, feel free to email me.

Legend: H – High School, M – Middle School, E – Elementary

  • (H) The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time IndianSherman Alexie (NBA Winner)
  • (H) After  – Amy Efaw (great for lit circles; potential for discussion, especially for girls)
  • (H) The Astonishing Life of Octavian NothingM.T. Anderson (a difficult read – good for AP or honors History/English)
  • (M, H) Before I FallLauren Oliver
  • (H) Between Shades of GraySepetys (powerful novel about WWII in Russia; Stalin’s atrocities; nonfiction link: WWII)
  • (H) Black and WhitePaul Volponi (great for reluctant boy readers; anything by him is good)
  • (M-H) Boot CampTodd Strasser (popular author for boys; nonfiction link: juvenile detention facilities; boot camps for juveniles)
  • (M-H) Boy in the Stripped PajamasJohn Boyne (a gripping novel about the Holocaust – also made into a movie)
  • (M-H) The Boy Who DaredSusan Campbell Bartoletti (author of Hitler Youth, nonfiction, and KKK, nonfiction)
  • (M-H) Breathing UnderwaterAlex Flinn (other books by Flinn are good for high schoolers; bibliotheraphy)
  • (H) Buford SeriesPaul Langan (easy, inexpensive books to engage reluctant high school students)
  • (M-H) ChainsLaurie Halse Anderson (History/English)
  • (M-H) The Chosen OneCarol Lynch Williams (lit circles choice)
  • (H) Caleb’s Crossing. Geraldine Brooks (first native American to go to Harvard – good for AP, American History)
  • (M-H) Code OrangeCaroline Cooney (Cooney is highly engaging; great for Science nonfiction link: viruses, epidemics)
  • (H) Copper SunSharon Drapergreat for History and African American studies(other books by Sharon Draper, such as Tears of a Tiger, for middle and high-schoolers)
  • (M-H) Crossing the WireWill Hobbs (check out Hobbs’ other books for middle; perfect book for framing a discussion about immigration)
  • (H) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-timeMark Haddon (outstanding book for eliciting discussion)
  • (M) DeadlineCrutcher (good for lit circles)
  • (H) Diamonds in the ShadowCaroline Cooney (great for lit circles or English/Social Studies interdisciplinary class)
  • (H) The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-BanksE. Lockhart  (NBA Finalist; difficult read but highly engaging)
  • (H) Double HelixNancy Werlin (Werlin is a great author for middle/high, especially science; Nonfiction link: genetics)
  • (M, H) Fade to BlackAlex Flinn (good for unit on bullying, lit circles, bibliotheraphy)
  • (M, H) The Fault in Our StarsJohn Green (great for lit circles)
  • (E – M) The Graveyard BookNeil Gaiman (Newbery)
  • (M,H) Gym CandyCarl Deuker (he writes sports books that reluctant guys like)
  • (H) The First Part LastAngela Johnson (good for reluctant readers, lit circles)
  • (M-H) Hate That Cat and Love that DogSharon Creech (an English-teacher must-have!)
  • (M-H) Hate ListJennifer Brown (bullying, violence in schools, school shooting)
  • (H) Honey, Baby, SweetheartDeb Caletti (good for classroom libraries)
  •  (H) Hunger Games and Catching Fire and MockingjaySuzanne Collins
  • (M-H) Hurricane Song: A Novel of New OrleansPaul Volponi (nonfiction link: hurricanes, Katrina)
  • (M,H) If I StayForman (good for classroom libraries)
  •  (H) Jake ReinventedGordon Korman (pair with Great Gatsby)
  • (M, H) JumpedRita Williams-Garcia (National Book Award; GREAT!; good for teaching point of view, bullying)
  • (H) The Last Town on EarthThomas Mullen (coming of age; good for English/Social Studies classes; nonfiction link: flu epidemic)
  • (M-H) Life as We Knew itSusan Beth Pfeffer (good for school/community read; science teachers use this to show effect of tides, moon; there are two other books in the series)
  • (M) LocomotionJacqueline Woodson (good for English/Math classes; written in verse)
  •  (E-M-H) MockingbirdKathryn Erskine (story of a girl with autism; good for lit circles; bibliotheraphy)
  • (E-M) No More Dead Dogs; SchooledGordon Korman (funny read-alouds)
  • (M) The Mostly True Adventures of Homer P. FiggRodman Philbrick (Newbery)
  • (H) A Northern LightJennifer Donnelly (great for English/Social Studies classes)
  • (M) One Crazy SummerRita Williams-Garcia (Newbery; GREAT book for discussing civil rights movement)
  • (M-H) Out of the DustKaren Hesse (other books by Hesse great for middle & high; nonfiction link: Dust Bowl)
  • (M-H) Paper TownsJohn Green (good for classroom libraries)
  • (M) Peak; Cryptid HuntersRoland Smith (check out Smith for reluctant boy readers)
  • (H) Purple HeartPatricia McCormick (gripping read about Iraq war)
  • (E – M) Red KayakCummings (great for lit circles)
  • (M, H) Right Behind YouGiles (gripping novel about abuse; introspection)
  •  H) RevolutionJennifer Donnelly (Social Studies, English; nonfiction link: French Revolution; good for music)
  • (M, H) RunnerDeuker (good classroom library selection)
  • (E) The Seer of ShadowsAvi (any of Avi’s books are good)
  • (M,H) ShineLauren Myracle. (great book for lit circles, classroom libraries; deals with bullying)
  • (M,H) ShipbreakerPaolo Bacigalupi (great book for reluctant readers; action-packed; good for lit circles; National Book Award winner; nonfiction link: environmental impact of oil industry)
  • (M – H) Shooter; Street LoveWalter Dean Myers (anything by Myers is good, especially for boys, Monster is his classic)
  • (M-H) Silent BoyLois Lowrey (History & English; nonfiction link: Child labor)
  • (M-H) The Sledding HillChris Crutcher (good for lit circles; great book to begin the conversation about censorship)
  • (M) Skeleton CreekPatrick Carman (interactive on web)
  •  (M-H) The Sky is EverywhereJandy Nelson (good for English classroom library; nice poetry and story)
  • (M-H) SmashedLisa Luedeke (good for lit circles; bibliotheraphy; nonfiction link: alcoholism, parental responsibilities)
  • (M-H) Stuck in NeutralTerry Truman (powerful novel about a boy with cerebral palsy)
  • (M-H) Thirteen Reasons WhyJay Asher (very popular and engaging)
  • (M-H) Tree GirlBen Mikaelsen (massacre in Guatemala)
  • (M-H) Touching Spirit BearBen Mikaelsen (nonfiction link: juvenile detention, Alaska)
  • (H) SoldPatricia McCormick (powerful novel written in verse about the sex slave trade of children in India, Cut isgood, too, especially for bibliotherapy)
  • (M-H) The Tiger RisingKate DiCamillo (great for English classes reading William Blake)
  •  (H) You Don’t Know Me and Home of the BravesDavid Klass (great for male readers)
  • (E-H) The UnderneathKathi Appelt (NBA Finalist; Newbery Honor; beautifully written; good to use for point of view)
  • (H) What I Saw and How I LiedJudy Blundell (NBA Winner; good for Social Studies)
  • (E-M) When You Reach MeRebecca Stead (GREAT for middle; good read-aloud)
  • (H) WintergirlsLaurie Halse Anderson (nonfiction link: anorexia)
  • (M-H) Witch Child. Celia Rees (great to use with The Crucible)
Elementary 3 – 5
Picture Books for Content Areas

*(H) any book of poetry by Jimmy Santiago Baca (English/Social Studies)

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