Reading List - Fox Valley Homeschool Teen Literature Group


The following list is in alphabetic, not chronological order and it's tentative. Depending on the teens and their development, needs, and requests, we may skip, substitute, or reschedule books. I generally announce each new book on the Friday we finish the current book, or on the Saturday afterward.

Title Author
A Christmas Carol Charles Dickens
Angela's Ashes Frank McCourt
Davita's Harp Chaim Potok
Emma Jane Austen
For Whom the Bell Tolls Ernest Hemingway
Freckles Gene Stratton Porter
O! Pioneers! Willa Cather
Oedipus the King Sophocles
Out of Africa Isak Dinesen
Sister Carrie Theodore Dreiser
The Joy Luck Club Amy Tan
The Jungle: Complete and Unabridged Upton Sinclair
The Road to Wellville T. Coraghessan Boyle
The Sorrows of Young Werther Wolfgang Von Johann Goethe
This Side of Glory Gwen Bristow

Counting pages, the above list consists of about 22% classics, 26% modern classics, 12% "teen reads" (depending on how you count these), and the rest, general fiction. Female authors wrote about 38% of the works.


Title Author
A Farewell to Arms Hemingway, Ernest
Anna Karenina* Tolstoy, Leo
David Copperfield Dickens, Charles
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Café Flagg, Fannie
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden Greenberg, Joanne
Illusions Bach, Richard
Mamane's Journey Eckert, Sue
My Brilliant Career Franklin, Miles
Silas Marner Eliot, George
The Age of Innocence Wharton, Edith
The French Lieutenant's Woman Fowles, John
The Grapes of Wrath Steinbeck, John
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie Spark, Muriel
Things Fall Apart Achebe, Chinua
Uncle Tom's Cabin Beecher Stowe, Harriet
*Pevear and Volokhonsky Translation

Counting pages, the above list consists of about 1/3 classics, 1/3 modern classics, 1/10 "teen reads" (depending on how you count these), and the rest, general fiction. Female authors wrote about 40% of the works.

Beside the above, I read aloud from the following two books:

Title Author
Einstein's Dreams Lightman, Alan
Sum Eagleman, David


Title Author
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn Betty Smith
Animal Farm George Orwell
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens
Ghost Riders Sharyn McCrumb
The Diary of a Young Girl - The Definitive Edition Anne Frank
Tortilla Flat John Steinbeck
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte
The Curious Incident Of The Dog In The Night-Time Mark Haddon
Ender's Game Orson Scott Card
The Old Man and the Sea Ernest Hemingway
Lord of the Flies William Golding
Tess of the d'Urbervilles Thomas Hardy
Challenger (Chapter 1) Mike Richards
Frankenstein Mary Shelley

By page count, 38% classic literature, 31% "teen reads," and the rest, general fiction. Female authors wrote 44% of the works.


Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
The Hound of the Baskervilles, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
The Book Thief, Markus Zusak
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Skinwalkers, Tony Hillerman


The Gospel According to Larry, Janet Tashjian
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque
Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
Number the Stars, Lois Lowry
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
A Separate Peace, John Knowles
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Around the World in 80 Days, Jules Verne


A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
The Scarlett Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne
Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
Frankenstein, Mary Shelly
Out of the Dust, Karen Hesse
Black Like Me, John Griffith
Our Town, Thornton Wilder


Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank
When My Name Was Keoko, Linda Sue Park
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury
Animal Farm, George Orwell
The Pearl, John Steinbeck
Selected Shakespeare Sonnets
The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas
Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane

Also read during the years 2006 - 2010:

The Life of Pi, Yanni Martel
Letter from a Birmingham Jail, Martin Luther King
To a Mouse,  Robert Burns
Selected short stories and poems by Edgar Allen Poe, including: