Recommended Reading for grade 12.
Here is a list of books our teacher editors suggest for students in grade 12. 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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Mark Twain's tale of a young boy's journey on the Mississippi, and the people he meets on the way.
Two dozen rugby players must survive in the Andes mountains when their plane crashes.
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.
The true accounts of the adventures of one man who visited Alaska several times over ten years and lived with bears. You are bound to learn a lot about these wonderful animals in this book.
In this novel Ernest Gaines creates the character of 110-year-old Miss Jane Pittman, who shares recollections from the times of slavery to the 1960's. This fascinating character teaches both history and compassion.
This story, part mystery, part romance, part history, part ghost story, will linger in your memory long after summer is gone.
Mark and his diabetic cousin must survive in the wilderness.
The classic coming-of-age story of an adolescent in 1950's America. You will never forget Holden Caulfield!
St. Petersburg student Raskolnikov becomes desperate and plans the "perfect" murder-but his conscience haunts him to the brink of madness.
Anne Frank's diary of her time in hiding from the Germans is a classic of hope in a world of despair.
Soon to be a movie, this sassy sisterhood will teach you how divine it is to have good friends!
Follow Shackleton's ill-fated expedition and its struggle for survival along the coast of Antarctica. Decide for yourself whether Shackleton was a tyrant or a masterful leader.
Meet Sarah: a mysterious woman you will never forget. Fowles' tale combines mystery, philosophy, romance and history in a can't-put-it-down read.
A book that explores the tragedies of racial tension and reveals the rewards of compassion and concern.
Steinbeck's stark novel about a family's migration from Oklahoma to California during the days of the dust bowl.
Join this off-the-wall adventure in Bellow's classic comedy.
One of Clancy's best- this fast-paced adventure centers on the search for the Soviet sub Red October. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!
A novel of amazing proportions celebrating the strength of human spirit.
True accounting of a series of Mt. Everest expeditions that go awry in fickle weather.
This story is about a whole lot more than the life of a governess. Jane Eyre remains one of the most important heroines in British literature.
Written from an interesting shifting narrative perspective, the story chronicles the cultural and generational differences in four Chinese-American families.
Journey with Shandy, Jib, and Jackson as they search for buried treasure, avoid pirates, and survive being shipwrecked on the Florida Gulf Coast. This adventure is a great summer read!
A murder mystery unfolds against the backdrop of colorful Savannah, Georgia.
Accounting of fatal attacks in the national parks in 1968.
The true story of the fishing boat Andrea Gail caught in the middle of a huge storm off the coast of Maine in 1991.
Meet main character Charlie, as he endures the agonies and rewards of growing up in he modern world.
Crane's classic war novel examines important issues with the creation of his young hero, Henry Fleming.
Native American culture and rock 'n roll - this unique novel is a great summer read!
Tolkien was a contemporary of C. S. Lewis and a lover of Norse and Icelandic myths. This novel is the conslusion of his epic story of Frodo Baggins and his journey to vanquish dark forces.
Let the eccentric character Quoyle and his daughters capture your heart in this hilarious and endearing story about a family in Newfoundland.
The inspiring autobiography of Helen Keller, one of history's most courageous women.
A young man's memories of what growing up is really like.
Australian high school students return from a wilderness trip and find that everything at home has changed.
If you liked Jane Eyre, you should try this one. It's a "prequel," written long after the original, that gives the amazing story of the mysterious mad woman in the attic.