ELA (English Language Arts) Reading List

Grades 6 - 12

 Governing Board Approved February 2017  

 PRINTABLE  ELA (English Language Arts) Reading List Grades 6 - 12 Approved February 2017

 According to Policies IJ and IJJ, the following books were selected for grades 6-12 and approved for the 2017-2018 school year.  Selections were based on the following:

·         Consideration of varied interest, abilities, learning styles and maturity levels of the students served.

·         Stimulation of growth in factual knowledge, critical analysis of differing sides of issues, literary appreciation, aesthetic values and recognition of various societal values.

·         Assurance of a comprehensive collection of resources appropriate for the complete education of all students placing principle above personal opinion and reason above prejudice.

Due to some mature or potentially sensitive topics that are covered, we feel it is important for parents to be a part of the educational experience.  The Flagstaff Unified School District recommends parents review the books that will be read in your child’s class.  Please feel free to reach out to your child’s teacher if you have any concerns or questions.


Sixth Grade (6):

Required reading:  choice of novel & short stories




The Giver

Lois Lowry

Touching Spirit Bear

Ben Mikaelsen

Junior Great Books (4-6)  anthology




Supplemental Reading options:


A Single Shard

Linda Sue Park

Among the Hidden

Margaret Peterson Haddix

Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis

Call It Courage

Armstrong Sperry


Laurence Yep


M.T. Anderson


Louis Sachar

Number the Stars

Lois Lowry

Sing Down the Moon

Scott O’Dell


Jerry Spinelli

The Lightening Thief (Percy Jackson)

Rick Riordan

The Rescue

Nicholas Sparks

The Watsons Go To Birmingham

Christopher Paul Curtis

Walk Two Moons

Sharon Creech


Seventh Grade (7):


Required reading: choice of novel & short stories




The Hunger Games

Suzanne Collins

The Transall Saga

Gary Paulsen

Junior Great Books (6-7)  anthology




Supplemental Reading options:


A Break with Charity

Ann Rinaldi

A Day No Pigs Would Die

Robert Newton Peck

A Long Walk to Water

Linda Sue Park

Artemis Fowl

Eoin Colfer

Crossing the Wire

Will Hobbs


John Hart


Laurie  Halse Anderson


Naomi Nye

House on Mango Street

Sandra Cisneros


Katherine Paterson

October Sky

Homer Hickman

Rabbitt Proof Fence

Doris Pikington

River Thunder

Will Hobbs

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Midred Taylor


Paul Fleischman

Stonewall’s Gold

Robert J. Mrazek

Sunrise Over Falluja

Walter Dean Myers


Edward Bloor

The Devil’s Arithmetic

Jane Yolen

The Little Prince

Antoine de Saint-Expery

Tom Sawyer

Mark Twain


Paul Fleischman


Eighth Grade (8):


Required reading & option of short stories




The Outsiders

S.E. Hinton

Junior Great Books (7-9) anthology




Supplemental Reading options:


A Boy in the Striped Pajamas

John Boyne

A Mighty Long Way (Little Rock High School)

C. Lanier & L. Page

Diary of Anne Frank

Anne Frank

Goodnight Mr. Tom

Michelle Magorian

Henry the 5th

William Shakespeare

Inside Out and Back Again

Thanhha Lai

Poe Anthology

Edgar Alen Poe

Stonewall’s Gold

Robert J. Mrazek


Chris Crutcher

The Book Thief

Markus Zusak

The Hobbit

J.R.R. Tolkein

The Island on Bird Street

Uri Orlev

The Man From the Otherside

Uri Orlev

The Red Pony

John Steinbeck

Warriors Don’t Cry (Little Rock High School)

Melba Pattillo Beals

Year of Impossible Goodbyes

Sook Nyul Choi


Ninth Grade (9):


Required Reading options:




Romeo and Juliet

William Shakespeare

To Kill a Mockingbird

Harper Lee



Required reading - choose one of the following


Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck


Laurie Halse Anderson

The Absolutely True Diary  of a Part Time Indian

Sherman Alexie



Supplemental Reading options:


Cry the Beloved Country

Alan Paton

Ender's Game

Orson Scott Card

I Am Malala

C. Lamb & M. Yousafzai

Martian Chronicles

Ray Bradbury

Necessary Roughness

Marie G. Lee

The Old Man and the Sea

Ernest Hemingway

The Pact

Drs. S. Davis, G. Jenkins, R. Hunt


Tenth Grade (10):


Required Reading options:




Night   and

Elie Wiesel

1984   or

George Orwell

Lord of the Flies

William Golding



Required reading - choose one of the following


A Long Way Gone

Ishmael Beah

A Midsummer’s Night Dream

William Shakespeare

Julius Caesar

William Shakespeare

Memoir of a Geisha

Sayo Masuda


Marjane Satrapi

The Kite Runner

Khaled Hosseini

The Pearl

John Steinbeck

Woman Warrior

Maxine Kingston



Supplemental Reading Options:


Animal Farm

George Orwell

Chronicle of a Death Foretold

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury


Mary Shelley

Gulliver's Travels

Jonathan Swift

Kiss Every Step

Doris Martin Springer


Herman Hesse

The Odyssey


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson


Eleventh Grade (11):


Required Reading options:




The Crucible  and

Arthur Miller

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass  or

Frederick Douglass

Black Boy

Richard Wright



Required reading choose one of the following:


Catcher in the Rye

J. D. Salinger

Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Huck Finn

Mark Twain

Lesson Before Dying

Ernest Gaines

The Secret Life of Bees

Sue Monk Kidd



Supplemental Reading options:


Always Running

Luis J. Rodriguez

Bless Me, Ultima

Rodolpho Anaya

Common Sense

Thomas Paine

Every Day

David Levithan

Lone Ranger & Tonto  First Fight in Heaven

Sherman Alexie

Ordinary People

Judith Guest

The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck

The Jungle

Upton Sinclair

The Tempest

William Shakespeare

Tortilla Curtain

T.C. Boyle


Twelveth Grade (12):

Required Reading:




Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller

The Things They Carried

Tim O'Brien

Required reading - choose one of the following:


A Place to Stand 

Jimmy Santiago Baca

A Streetcar Named Desire

Tennessee Williams

Angela's Ashes

Frank McCourt

Breaking Clean

Judy Blunt

Cat's Cradle

Kurt Vonnegut

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Ken Kesey

Supplemental Reading options:



Toni Morrison

Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

Change Me Into Zeus' Daughter

Barbara Robinette Ross

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

Alexandra Fuller


William Shakespeare

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte

King Richard III

William Shakespeare

Lokota Woman

Mary Crow Dog

Leaving Home

Lynn Freed

Long Walk

Slovamir Rawicz

Much Ado About Nothing

William Shakespeare

Native Son

James Baldwin


William Shakespeare

Rule of the Bone

Russell Banks

The Awakening

Kate Chopin

The Bell Jar

Sylvia Plath

The Bluest Eye

Toni Morrison

The Color of Water

James McBride

The English Patient

Michael Ondaatje

The Handmaid's Tale

Margaret Atwood

The Joy Luck Club

Amy Tan

The Other Wes Moore

Wes Moore

This Boy's Life

Tobias Wolff

Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett

Wuthering Heights

Emily Bronte