Babylon Senior High Supplemental Reading List


(also, see Nonfiction or Biography for true adventures)

Airmen, Eoin Colfer
Captains Courageous, Rudyard Kipling
Endangered, Elliot Schrefer
Kidnapped, Robert Louis Stevenson
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Ransom Riggs
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
Mutiny on the Bounty, Charles Nordhoff
Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe
The Traitor Game, B.R. Collins
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson


Around the World in Eighty Days, Jules Verne
Babbitt, Sinclair Lewis
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoevsky
Cyrano de Bergerac, Edmund Rostand
A Death in the Family, James Agee
Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Faust, Wolfgang von Goethe
The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
Go Tell It on the Mountain, James Baldwin
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Victor Hugo
Life on the Mississippi, Mark Twain
The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot
Paradise Lost, John Milton
The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyon
The Red and the Black, Robert Stendhal
Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Beecher Stowe
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame


Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Tennessee Williams
The Importance of Being Ernest, Oscar Wilde
The Laramie Project, Moises Kaufman
Long Day’s Journey into Night, Eugene O’Neill
Metamorphoses, Mary Zimmerman
Pygmalion, George Bernard Shaw
The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Muriel Spark
Private Lives, Noel Coward
Rabbit Hole, David Lindsay-Abaire
Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett
Who’s Afraid of Virginia Wolf? A Play, Edward Albee


Crap Kingdom, D.C. Piercson
Eon: Dragoneye Reborn, Alison Goodman
Eona: the Last Dragoneye, Alison Goodman
Every day, David Levithan
Fearless: A Mirrorworld Novel, Cornelia Funke
The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R. Tolkien
Fire and Thorns series, Rae Carson
Geek Love, Katherine Dunn
Lost Horizon, James Hilton
The Merlin Effect, Thomas A. Barron
The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
Mortal Instruments series, Cassandra Clare
The Once and Future King, T.H. White
The Return of the King, J.R.R. Tolkien
The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis
The Silmarillian, J. R.R. Tolkien
The Two Towers, J.R.R. Tolkien
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wrap-up List, Steven Arntson


An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser
As I Lay Dying, William Faulkner
Ascension: a Super Human Clash, Michael Carroll
Ask the Passengers, A.S. King
The Beach, Alex Garland
Before I Go To Sleep, S.J. Watson
Beloved, Toni Morrison
Billy Budd, Herman Melville
The Bluest Eye, Toni Morrison
The Book of Jonas, Stephen Das
Born in Sin, Evelyn Coleman
The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Thorton Wilder
The Caine Mutiny, Herman Wouk
Caleb’s Crossing, Geraldine Brooks
Catch-22, Joseph Heller
Chasing Brooklyn, Lisa Schoeder
Child of My Heart, Alice McDermott
The Color Purple, Alice Walker
Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton
Defending Jacob, William Landay
A Density of Souls, Christopher Rice
A Discovery of Witches, Deborah Harkness
The Dive from Claussen’s Pier, Ann Packer
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Rebecca Wells
The Drowning Girl, Caitlin R. Kiernan
The Expats, Chris Pavone
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, Jonathan Safran Foer
Eyes, Breath, Memory, Edwidge Danticat
Falling Angels, Tracy Chevalier
Feed, M.T. Anderson
The Future of Us, Jay Asher
The Girl of Fire and Thorns, Rae Carson
The God of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
The Great Santini, Pat Conroy
The House of Mirth, Edith Wharton
House of Sand and Fog, Andre Dubus III
House of Spirits, Isabel Allende
If Only It Were True, Marc Levy
Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Leaves of Grass, Walt Whitman
Like Water for Chocolate, Laura Esquivel
The Lower River, Paul Theroux
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
The Memory-Keeper’s Daughter, Kim Edwards
Mutant Message from Down Under, Marlo Morgan
Nineteen Minutes, Jodi Piccoult
No Holds Barred, Lyndon Stacey
Out of the Easy, Ruth Sepetys
The Paris Wife, Paula McLain
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
Rotten, Michael Northrup
The Secret of the Bulls, Jose Raul Bernardo
A Short History of a Small Place, T.R. Pearson
Song of Solomon, Toni Morrison
Sophie’s Choice, William Styron
Summer Sisters, Judy Blume
Swan Song, Robert McCammon
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Twisted, Laurie Halse Anderson
Walking the Clouds: An Anthology of Indigenous Science Fiction, George D. Dillon
What You Don’t Know Can Kill You, Fran Arrick
Where the Heart Is, Billie Letts
White Oleander, Janet Fitch
You, Charles Benoit
You Don’t Know Me, David Klass


The Agony and the Ecstasy: A Novel of Michelangelo, Irving Stone (Renaissance Italy)
All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque (World War II Europe)
The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation series, M.T. Anderson
Catch-22, Joseph Heller (World War II)
Chasing Shakespeare, Sarah Smith (Elizabethan England)
Cold Mountain, Charles Frazier (Civil War)
Crossing the Tracks, Barbara Stuber (1920’s Southeast US
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes (17th century Spain)
Dr. Zhivago, Boris Pasternack (early 20th century Russia)
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway (World War I)
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, Mary Ann Shaffer and Ann Burrows (WWII)
A Handful of Dust, Evelyn Waugh (post-World War I England)
Hard Times, Charles Dickens (19th century England)
Hattie Big Sky, Kirby Larson (WWI Midwest US)
In the Lake of the Woods, Tim O’Brien (post-Vietnam War US)
The Jackal in the Garden: an Encounter with Bizhad, Deborah Ellis (16th century Afghanistan)
The Jewel in the Crown, Paul Scott (British rule of India)
The Last of the Mohicans, James Fennimore Cooper (colonial U.S.)  Page 4 of 6
Memoirs of a Geisha: A Novel, Arthur Golden (World War II Japan)
No Promises in the Wind, Irene Hunt (Great Depression US)
On Wings of Eagles, Ken Follett (1970’s – 1980’s Iran)
Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett (11th century England)
Raptor Red, Robert T. Baker (prehistory)


Darkside series, Tom Becker
The Dead series, Charles Higson
Delores Claibourne, Stephen King
The Fifth Vial, Michael Palmer
Gil’s All Fright Diner, A. Lee Martinez
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
Hannibal, Thomas Harris
Interview with a Vampire series, Anne Rice
Rot & Ruin, Jonathan Mayberry
The Talisman, Stephen King and Peter Straub
The Watchers, Dean Koontz
We Have Always Lived in the Castle, Shirley Jackson
White Crow, Marcus Sedgwick


Alex Cross series, James Patterson
And Then There Were None, Agatha Christie
The Beach House, James Patterson
A Gift of Magic, Lois Duncan
The Girl in the Park, Mariah Fredericks
Looking for J.J., Anne Cassidy
The Maltese Falcon, Dashiell Hammett
The Night She Disappeared, April Henry
One for the Money (or others of the Stephanie Plum series), Janet Evanovich
Q is for Quarry (or others of the Kinsey Milhone series), Sue Grafton
Rebecca, Daphne DuMaurier
The Sixth Target, James Patterson
Where Things Come Back, John Corey Whaley
You Killed Wesley Payne, Sean Beaudoin


Curse Workers series, Holly Black
Divergent series, Veronica Roth
Dune, Frank Herbert
Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe, Douglas Adams
The Invisible Man, H.G. Wells
The Lathe of Heaven, Ursula LeGuin
The Left Hand of Darkness, Ursula LeGuin
The Lost World, Arthur Doyle
Maximum Ride series, James Patterson
The Other Normals, Ned Vizzini
Peeps series, Scott Westerfeld
Slaughterhouse-Five, Kurt Vonnegut
The Survivors, Will Weaver
Uglies series, Scott Westerfeld


Bird by Bird: Some Instructions of Writing and Life, Annie Lamott
Courage Has No Color: the True Story of the Triple Nickels, America’s First Black Paratroopers, Tanya Lee Stone
Freakonomics, Steven D. Levitt and Steven J. Dubner
The Impossible Rescue: the True Story of an Amazing Arctic Adventure, Martin W. Sandler
Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, Alexandra Horowitz
Issac’s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Storm in History, Erik Larson
Justice: What’s the Right Thing to Do? Michael Sandel
Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Operation Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL Team 10, Marcus Luttrell
Manhunt: The 12 -day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, James L. Swanson
Moneyball, Michael Lewis
Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
No Choirboy: Murder, Violence, and Teenagers on Death Row, Susan Kuklin
The Omnivore’s Dilemma or In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan (two books by same author)
On Writing, Stephen King
Ophelia Speaks: Adolescent Girls Write About Their Search for Self, Sara Shandler
Outcasts United: the Story of a Refugee Soccer Team that Changed a Town, adapted by Warren St. John
The Outliers, Malcom Gladwell
The Perfect Storm, Sebastian Junger
Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, Susan Cain
Sugar in the Raw: Voices of Young Black Girls in America, Rebecca Carroll
Wild Mind, Natalie Goldberg
With Their Eyes: September 11, 2001: The View from a High School at Ground Zero, Annie Thoms
The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dust Bowl, Timothy Egan
A Writer’s Life, Eudora Welty


Angela’s Ashes, Frank McCourt
The Brontë Sisters: the Brief Lives of Charlotte, Emily and Anne, Katherine Reef
Dawn, Elie Wiesel
Generation Kill, Evan Wright
Girl, Interrupted, Susanna Kaysen
Hope Solo: My Story, Hope Solo
In My Place, Charlayne Hunter-Gault
Kelly Slater: For the Love, Kelly Slater, Jack Johnson, and Phil Jarrett
The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow
The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons for Achieving Your Dreams, Derek Jeter
Living at the Edge of the World: a Teenager’s Survival in the Tunnels of Grand Central Station,
Tina S. and Jamie Pastor Bolnick
Miles: the Biography, Miles Davis
The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates, Wes Moore
Out of Africa, and Shadows on the Grass, Isak Dinesen
P3: Pipes, Parks, and Powder, Todd Richards and Eric Blehm
Rapture Practice: a True Story, Aaron Hartzler
The Reading Promise: My Father and the Books We Shared, Alice Ozma
This Boy’s Life: a Memoir, Tobias Wolff
Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson
?Tis, Frank McCourt
The Warrior Woman: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts, Maxine Hong Kingston
Winterdance: the Fine Madness of Running the Iditarod, Gary Paulsen


Battle of the Dinosaur Bones: Othniel Charles Marsh vs. Edward Drinker Cope, Rebecca L. Johnson
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman, Robert K. Massie
Che Guevara: You Win or You Die, Stuart A. Kallen
Cleopatra: A Life, Stacy Schiff
The Greatest: Muhammad Ali, Walter Dean Myers
Master of Deceit: J. Edgar Hoover and America in the Age of Lies, Marc Aronson
Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different, Karen Blumenthal
Temple Grandin: How the Girl Who Loved Cows Embraced Autism and Changed the World, Sy Montgonery