Grade 11 – Reading List

Month 1: Historical Fiction

  1. “The Diary of a Young Girl” by Anne Frank – Experience the poignant and powerful diary of Anne Frank, a Jewish girl hiding from the Nazis during World War II.
  2. “The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas” by John Boyne – Explore the friendship between Bruno, a German boy, and Shmuel, a Jewish boy in a concentration camp, during World War II.
  3. “Salt to the Sea” by Ruta Sepetys – Follow the intertwining stories of refugees fleeing World War II as they seek safety aboard the ill-fated Wilhelm Gustloff ship.

Month 2: Classic Literature

  1. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee – Witness the story of Scout Finch as she learns about racial injustice and moral courage in the racially charged atmosphere of 1930s Alabama.
  2. “Animal Farm” by George Orwell – Enter a dystopian world where animals revolt against their human masters, highlighting the corruption and abuse of power.
  3. “Lord of the Flies” by William Golding – Explore the descent into savagery as a group of boys stranded on a deserted island struggle to maintain order and civilization.

Month 3: Contemporary Fiction

  1. “The Kite Runner” by Khaled Hosseini – Follow the complex relationship between two friends against the backdrop of Afghanistan’s tumultuous history.
  2. “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett – Immerse yourself in the lives of African American maids working in white households during the civil rights movement in Mississippi.
  3. “Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman – Join Eleanor Oliphant on her journey of self-discovery and healing as she navigates her isolated life.

Month 4: Science Fiction

  1. “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley – Delve into a futuristic society driven by technological advancements, exploring themes of conformity and individuality.
  2. “Dune” by Frank Herbert – Embark on an epic journey across a desert planet filled with political intrigue, religion, and environmental challenges.
  3. “The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. Le Guin – Explore a world where gender is fluid and a lone ambassador navigates cultural differences in a frozen landscape.

Month 5: Mystery and Suspense

  1. “Gone Girl” by Gillian Flynn – Unravel the secrets behind a husband’s missing wife in this psychological thriller filled with twists and turns.
  2. “And Then There Were None” by Agatha Christie – Join ten strangers on a remote island as they are mysteriously picked off one by one, revealing dark secrets.
  3. “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins – Follow the entangled lives of three women as they become embroiled in a missing person investigation.

Month 6: Non-Fiction and Memoirs

  1. “Educated” by Tara Westover – Witness the transformative power of education in this memoir of a woman who escapes her isolated upbringing to pursue learning.
  2. “The Glass Castle” by Jeannette Walls – Explore the author’s unconventional upbringing and her journey from poverty to success, despite her dysfunctional family.
  3. “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind” by Yuval Noah Harari – Reflect on the history of our species, from the emergence of Homo sapiens to the present day.

Month 7: Fantasy

  1. “The Name of the Wind” by Patrick Rothfuss – Join Kvothe as he recounts his life’s adventures, magic, and struggles in a fantastical world.
  2. “Mistborn: The Final Empire” by Brandon Sanderson – Enter a world where the oppressed fight against a dark ruler with the help of magic and rebellion.
  3. “A Court of Thorns and Roses” by Sarah J. Maas – Immerse yourself in a tale of love, magic, and danger as a mortal woman navigates a treacherous faerie realm.

Month 8: Poetry and Drama

  1. “Selected Poems” by Emily Dickinson – Delve into the intricate and introspective world of Emily Dickinson’s poetry.
  2. “Romeo and Juliet” by William Shakespeare – Experience the tragic romance of two star-crossed lovers caught in a feud between their families.
  3. “A Streetcar Named Desire” by Tennessee Williams – Explore the complexities of desire, mental health, and societal expectations in this classic play.

Month 9: Historical Fiction

  1. “All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr – Witness the intertwining lives of a blind French girl and a German boy during World War II.
  2. “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah – Follow the harrowing journey of two sisters in Nazi-occupied France as they resist the enemy and protect their loved ones.
  3. “The Book Thief” by Markus Zusak – Experience the power of words and storytelling as a young girl in Nazi Germany finds solace and resilience through reading.

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