Recommended Reading for grade 10.

Here is a list of books our teacher editors suggest for students in grade 10. Our selections include titles for both girls and boys who have a variety of interests. These selections include both "academic" and "recreational" reading suggestions. Check the synopsis for the book that might interest your student.

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The Accidental Tourist - by Anne Tyler

Take a trip with these quirky characters in a sad and moving yet laugh-out-loud story. But beware-you might just get hooked on Anne Tyler's one-of-a- kind style!

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn - by Mark Twain

Mark Twain's tale of a young boy's journey on the Mississippi, and the people he meets on the way.

Alive - by Piers Paul Read

Two dozen rugby players must survive in the Andes mountains when their plane crashes.

All Quiet on the Western Front - by Erich Maria Remarque

This story of World War I ranks in the same class as Crane's Red Badge of Courage in its portrayal of both the horrors and ironies of war. It's a powerful tale that forces its readers to contemplate the terrible price of conflict.

Anthem - by Ayn Rand

This short novella is a good place to begin investigating the works of philosopher Ayn Rand. Set in the future, Anthem explores themes of individual freedom, personal responsibility and power. It is a thought-provoking read!

Between a Rock and a Hard Place - by Alden Carter

Mark and his diabetic cousin must survive in the wilderness.

The Crucible - by Arthur Miller

Diary of a Young Girl - by Anne Frank

Anne Frank's diary of her time in hiding from the Germans is a classic of hope in a world of despair.

Exodus - by Leon Uris

A classic novel chronicling the birth of the nation of Israel. Timely reading for today's world.

The Fellowship of the Ring - by J. R. R. Tolkien

Tolkien was a contemporary of C. S. Lewis and a lover of Norse and Icelandic myths. In the first part of his epic novel Bilbo Baggins disappears, and young Frodo sets off on an adventure that is not entirely of his own choosing.

Fountainhead - by Ayn Rand

Explore the themes of good versus evil and fascism in this book chronicling the struggles of an architect, his rival, and a newspaper columnist.

The Godfather - by Mario Puzo

Take a look at the Mafia and organized crime during the 1940's with this book which tells the story of the Corleone family. "The Godfather" series of movies was inspired by the book!

The Grapes of Wrath - by John Steinbeck

Steinbeck's stark novel about a family's migration from Oklahoma to California during the days of the dust bowl.

Hamlet - by William Shakespeare

Revenge, madness, poison, ghosts, and the interaction between friends are all aspects of this classic tragedy.

Hatchet - by Gary Paulsen

A young man survives a small plane crash and must make his way through the wilderness armed only with a hatchet.

How Green Was My Valley - by Richard Llewellyn

This is a classic story, first published in 1940, that chronicles life in a welsh mining town. The characters deal with life's difficulties with a courage and strength that makes them - and their story-unforgettable.

Into Thin Air - by Jon Krakauer

True accounting of a series of Mt. Everest expeditions that go awry in fickle weather.

Lost Horizon - by James Hilton

A mysterious utopia high in the Himalayan Mountains is the setting for this famous story. Part mystery, part philosophy, this tale takes you to the intriguing "Shangri-La" as this adventure romance unfolds.

Lost Moon: the Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13 - by Jim Lovell

The riveting story of the Appollo mission that was almost lost in space.

The Night of the Grizzlies - by Jack Olsen

Accounting of fatal attacks in the national parks in 1968.

Ordinary People - by Judith Guest

This is a moving and sad book that explores human reaction to grief and death and the need to remain compassionate and connected during times of trouble.

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek - by Annie Dillard

Walk with Annie Dillard through the forests of central Virginia as she explores her own life and the world around her.

Pride and Prejudice - by Jane Austen

The Prince of Tides - by Pat Conroy

The Princess Bride - by William Goldman

This classic "fairy tale" follows a poor farm boy named Westley, who will do anything for the woman he loves. The story includes fighting, poison, true love, hate, revenge, fantastical beasts, death, miracles, and much more!

The Red Badge of Courage - by Stephen Crane

Crane's classic war novel examines important issues with the creation of his young hero, Henry Fleming.

Robinson Crusoe - by Daniel Defoe

The classic shipwreck story, told in great detail.

A Separate Peace - by John Knowles

This classic story of friendship and emotion is set in a boarding school during WW II.

Shoeless Joe - by W.P. Kinsella

This great book is about baseball, fulfilling your dreams, and believing in those you love. Based on the story of legendary ball player "Shoeless Joe" Jackson, the story is a home run hit! The popular movie "Field of Dreams" was based on this work.

Teen Angst? Naaah . . . A Quasi-autobiography - by Ned Vizzini

A young man's memories of what growing up is really like.

Tomorrow: When the War Began - by John Marsden

Australian high school students return from a wilderness trip and find that everything at home has changed.

A Walk to Remember - by Nicholas Sparks

If you liked the movie, you'll love the book. Variety magazine called the book "Bittersweet- A tragic yet spiritual love story."

Watership Down - by Richard Adams

This fascinating fable takes you into an organized community of rabbits! There's a whole world under the earth-discover it in this symbolic and intriguing tale.