11th Grade Reading List

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Here is our Master list for 11th Grade, please feel free to comment which books you used with your children and which they enjoyed. Many should be used for SAT and ACT as well. Here is the Printable list.

Fiction

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

This carefully crafted ebook: “The Great Gatsby – The Original 1925 Edition” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents. The Great Gatsby is a novel written by American author F. Scott Fitzgerald and first published in 1925. It follows a cast of characters living in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in the summer of 1922. The story primarily concerns the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his quixotic passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Considered to be Fitzgerald’s magnum opus, The Great Gatsby explores themes of decadence, idealism, resistance to change, social upheaval, and excess, creating a portrait of the Jazz Age or the Roaring Twenties that has been described as a cautionary tale regarding the American Dream. Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (1896 – 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century.


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Adventures of Huckleberry Finnis a novel by Mark Twain. Commonly named among the Great American Novels.The novel’s preeminence derives from its wonderfully imaginative re-creation of boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River, its inspired characterization, the author’s remarkable ear for dialogue, and the book’s understated development of serious underlying themes: “natural” man versus “civilized” society, the evils of slavery, the innate value and dignity of human beings, and other topics. Most of all, Huckleberry Finn is a wonderful story, filled with high adventure and unforgettable characters.


The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne

An “A” for “adultery” marks Hester Prynne as an outcast from the society of colonial Boston. Although forced by the puritanical town fathers to wear a bright red badge of shame, Hester steadfastly resists their efforts to discover the identity of her baby’s father. The return of her long-absent spouse brings new pressure on the young mother, as the aggrieved husband undertakes a long-term plot to reveal Hester’s partner in adultery and force him to share her disgrace.
Masterful in its symbolism and compelling in its character studies, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tale of punishment and reconciliation examines the concepts of sin, guilt, and pride. The Scarlet Letter was published to immediate acclaim in 1850. Its timeless exploration of moral and spiritual issues, along with its philosophical and psychological insights, keep it ever relevant for students of American literature and lovers of fiction.

Plays


The Crucible by Arthur Miller

Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller’s play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism.


NonFiction

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues. 

As Truman Capote reconstructs the murder and the investigation that led to the capture, trial, and execution of the killers, he generates both mesmerizing suspense and astonishing empathy. In Cold Blood is a work that transcends its moment, yielding poignant insights into the nature of American violence.


The Lively Art of Writing by Lucile Vaughn Payne
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Poetry


Beloved by Toni Morrison
The Old man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
Their Eyes were Watching God by Zola Neale Hurston
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Like Water fo Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson
A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins
Drown by Junior Diaz
The Most Dangerous Game by Richard Connell
A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America by Ronald Takaki
The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
Native Son by Richard Wright
Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin
How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accents by Julia Alvarez
One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
When you Learn the Alphabet by Kendra Allen
This is How You Lose Her by Juno Diaz
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Dracula by Bram Stoker
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
The Plague by Albert Camus
Withering Heights by Emily Bronte
Night by Ellie Wiesel
On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King
A Century of Dishonor: A Sketch of the United States Goverment’s Dealings with some of the Indian Tribes by Helen Hunt Jackson
Short Fiction: Classic and Contemporary by Charles H. Bohner
The Art of Pokémon, the Movie: Mewtwo Strikes Back! By Takeshi Shudo
The Book of Ruth by Jane Hamilton
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

The Cather in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Death in the Family by James Agee Lucky Jim by Kingsley Amis
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper
Seize the Day by Saul Bellow
One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
Collected Stories by Raymond Carver
Collected Poems by Phillip Larkin
American Pastoral by Phillip Roth
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof by Tennessee Williams
A Room with a View by E.M. Forster
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
The Wasteland by T.S. Eliot
Carrie by Stephen King
I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith
On the Road by Jack Kerouac
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Out of Africa by Isak Dinesen
The Long Goodbye by Raymon Chandler
The Cider House Rules by John Irving
My Name is Asher Lev by Chaim Potok
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Vegetarian by Han Kang
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
City of Thieves by David Benioff
The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
Revolution by Deborah Wiles
Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
Dread Nation by Justina Ireland
Boys on the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Audacity by Melanie Crowder
Mass: A Survivor’s Tale by Art Spiegelman
Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alice Saenz #NotYourPrincess: Voices of Native American Women by Lisa Charleyboy and Mary Beth Leatherdale
Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
Dear Martin by Nic Stone
The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion and the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming Replica by Lauren Oliver
Midnight at the Electric by Jodi Lynn Anderson
Outrun the Moon by Stacey Lee
Once and For All by Sarah Dessen
Solo by Kwame Alexander
A Psalm for Lost Girls by Katie Bayern
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chobosky
Ask the Passengers by A.S. King
The Marrow Thieves by Cherie Dimaline
Midwinterblood by Marcus Sedgwick

Damsel by Elana K. Arnold
The Monstrumologist by Rick Yancheng
A Wreath for Emmett Till by Marilyn Nelson
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Code Talker by Joseph Bruchac
A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah
The Radium Girls by Kate Moore
Juliet Takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera
Autoboyaugraphy by Christina Lauren
To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
Up to this Pointe by Jennifer Longo
Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
Exit, Pursued by a Bear by E.K. Johnston
If I was Your Girl by Meredith Russo
Passenger by Alexandra Bracken
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
We Rise: The Earth Guardians Guide to Building a Movement that Restores the Planet by Xiuhtezcatl Martinez
Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe by Preston Norton
Odd One Out by Nic Stone
The Seven Torments of Amy and Craig by Don Zolidis
Herestics Anonymous by Katie Henry
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli
The Zoo Story by Edward Albee
I know Why the Caged Bird Songs by Maya Angelou
The Fire Next Time by James Baldwin
Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
Nobody Knows my Name by James Balwiin
Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
My Antonia by Willa Cather
The Awakening by Kate Choppin
The Deerslayer by James Fenimore Cooper
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Narrative of the Life of Fredrick Douglass by Fredrick Douglass
An American Tradgedy by Theodore Dreiser
Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser
Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Hamlet by William Faulkner
The Reivers by William Faulkner
Tender is the Night by F.Scott Fitzgerald
A Lesson Before Dying by Earnest Gaines
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Catch 0 22 by Joseph Heller
The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman
The Eye of the Dragon by Stephen King
The Night Thoreau Spent in Jail by Jerome & R.E. Lee Lawrence
Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis
The Autobiography of Malcom X by Malcom Little
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullars

Billy Budd by Herman Melville Moby Dick by Herman Hellman The Cricible by Arthur Miller Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
The Outside Shot by Walter Dean Myers Wise Blood by Flannery O’Connor
My Soul is Rested by Howell Raines The Jungle by Upton Sinclair
East of Eden by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck Cane by Jean Toomer
Jubilee by Margaret Walker
All the King’s Men by Robert Penn Warren Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
A Streetcar Named Desire
Fences by August Wilson
The Piano Lesson by August Wilson Black Boy by Richard Wright
Native Son by Richard Wright