English Reading List SY 2009-2010

e-Classics : a collection of classic novels readable online

(click each link to direct you to the site)

All’s Well That Ends Well / William Shakespeare*

Animal Farm / George Orwell**

As You Like It / William Shakespeare*

The Invisible Man / George Orwell**

1984 / George Orwell ***

The Tragedy of Antony and Cleopatra / William Shakespeare*

The Seven Books on The Art of War / Niccolo Machiavelli*

The Three Musketeers / Alexandre Dumas*

The Count of Monte Cristo / Alexandre Dumas*

*Links to http://ebooks.adelaide.edu.au/

**links to Read Print

*** links to The Complete Works of George Orwell



(click each link to direct you to the site)

Louisa May Alcott

Jane Austen

Agatha Christie

Charles Dickens

Robert Frost

George Orwell

Edgar Allan Poe

William Shakespeare

Mark Twain

Oscar Wilde

*links to Read Print


H1 Readers’ Choice (3rd Quarter):

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier
C81c 2000

The Chocolate War

Jerry Renault is pondering the question on the poster in his locker: Do I dare disturb the universe?

Refusing to sell chocolates in the annual Trinity School fund-raiser may not seem like a radical thing to do. But when Jerry challenges a secret school society called The Vigils, his defiant act turns into an all-out war. Now the only question is: Who will survive?

SOURCE: book cover

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton
H59o 2003

The Outsiders by S.E. HintonA heroic story of friendship and belonging. According to Ponyboy, there are two kinds of people in the world: greasers and socs. A soc (short for “social”) has money, can get away with just about anything, and has an attitude longer than a limousine. A greaser, on the other hand, always lives on the outside and needs to watch his back. Ponyboy is a greaser, and he’s always been proud of it, even willing to rumble against a gang of socs for the sake of his fellow greasers–until one terrible night when his friend Johnny kills a soc. The murder gets under Ponyboy’s skin, causing his world to crumble and teaching him that pain feels the same whether a soc or a greaser.

SOURCE: http://www.sehinton.com/books/

EGGS by Jerry Spinelli
Sp4e 2007

eggs by jerry SpinelliEggs is a heart-warming story about friendship and sorrow. Nine-year-old David and thirteen-year-old Primrose forge the most unlikely union. Both have had a troubled past— David losing his mother in a freak accident and Primrose growing up without a father—find comfort in each other as they try to make sense of their lives. The bond between the two, albeit tumultuous at times, is strong and in the end proves to be the key to their healing.

SOURCE: http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/_assets/lbyr/text-pdf/LB_DiscussionGuide_Egg2.pdf

Moby Dick by Herman Melville

mobydickMoby Dick, first published in Britain in 1851, tells the story of a one-legged Captain Ahab, a deranged whaling skipper, and his obsessive voyage to find the great white whale that caused him to be crippled.

The book is written in an extraordinary variety of styles, from sailors’ slang to biblical prophesy and Shakespearian rant. It can be read as an exciting sea story, a sociological critique of American class and racial prejudices, a repository of information about whaling and a philosophical inquiry into the structure of good and evil.

Ignored for many years after its first publication, Moby Dick is now recognized as one of the greatest novels of American literature.

SOURCE: book cover

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
P28h 1987

hatchet by Gary PaulsenBrian Robeson, 13, is the only passenger on a small plane flying him to visit his father in the Canadian wilderness when the pilot has a heart attack and dies. The plane drifts off course and finally crashes into a small lake. Miraculously Brian is able to swim free of the plane, arriving on a sandy tree-lined shore with only his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

SOURCE: School Library Journal

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
C17e 1991


Ender’s Game is a science fiction novel that tells the story of Andrew Wiggin (nicknamed Ender by his sister, Valentine.) The story takes place on Earth in the future. Earth has been attacked twice by an alien species called Buggers, nearly destroying the human race. Mankind begins training young geniuses to become soldiers and commanders to fight in Earth’s defense if the Buggers should ever attack again. Ender is extremely intelligent, and at the age of six years old, he goes to Battle School to be trained. Ender quickly rises to the top in Battle School and begins training in order to command Earth’s fleet.

SOURCE: http://www.ender.com/ender/

Coraline by Neil Gaiman
G12c 2008

coraline-graphic-novelWhen Coraline steps through a door to find another house strangely similar to her own (only better), things seem marvelous. But there’s another mother there, and another father, and they want her to stay and be their little girl. They want to CHANGE her and never let her go.

Acclaimed artist P. Craig Russell brings Neil Gaiman’s enchanting, nationally bestselling children’s book CORALINE to new life in this gorgeously illustrated graphic novel.

SOURCE: book cover

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Enrique el Negro by Carla M. Pacis
O. C. W. by Carla M. Pacis

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English Reading List SY 2009-2010


Holes by Louis Sachar

The Giver by Lois Lowry   CALL NO.  L89g 1993 (2 copies)

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee   CALL NO. L51t  (2 copies)

Coraline by Neil Gaiman


The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen-Mah

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon  CALL NO.  H11c 2004

Lord of the Flies

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare   CALL NO. 822.33 Sh1r 1992 / 822.33 Sh1r 1980


The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Ender’s Shadow by Orson Scott Card

The Terror by Dan Simmons

Pattern Recognition by William Gibson

The Gathering by Isobelle Carmody


Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare    CALL NO. 822.33 Sh1j 1959 / 822.33 Sh1j 1980 / 822.33 Sh1j 1915

Animal Farm by George Orwell  CALL NO. Or9a (1 copy)

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger CALL NO.  Sa1 1991 (3 copies)

The Little Prince by Antoine Saint-Exupery


The Hand of the Enemy by Kerima Polotan

Candide by Voltaire


Mythology by Edith Hamilton  CALL NO. 292.1 H18m  / 290.13 W42w / 292 H18n 1961 / 292 H18m 1969

The Mythology Class by Arnold Arre

Macbeth by William Shakespeare  CALL NO. 822.33 Sh1m 1985 / 822.33 Sh1m 1992


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