Category Archives: High School Reading Level

The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells (1885)

I think we can all agree that part of the American Dream is the possibility of a Rags to Riches story for anyone.  The Rise of Silas Lapham, written over 100 years ago, follows just such a success story. Silas … Continue reading

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne (1870)

If you enjoyed Journey to the Center of the Earth, then here’s another classic by the “father of science fiction”! What massive and powerful sea creature is wreaking havoc on the world’s shipping industry? Three men venture out on the … Continue reading

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The Boat Who Wouldn’t Float by Farley Mowat (1969)

After years and years of talking about sailing, reading about sailing, dreaming about sailing, Farley Mowat finally buys himself a boat.  He has plans of adventures on the sea and peaceful sailing with family and friends. But what happens when … Continue reading

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2001: a Space Odyssey by Arthur C. Clark (1968)

I know that 2001 seems like ancient history now, but this sci-fi masterpiece is still worth reading! Five astronauts are traveling to one of Saturn’s moons to unravel the mystery of an alien monolith suddenly discovered on our moon.  But … Continue reading

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Seventeenth Summer by Maureen Daly (1942)

Despite the very up-to-date cover art of Seventeenth Summer, this sweet teenage romance was written over 70 years ago! Angie is a good girl who helps around the house and weeds her mother’s garden.  It’s the summer before she leaves … Continue reading

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6 Civil War Novels by Ann Rinaldi (1988 – 2007)

Ann Rinaldi has written dozens of historical novels and she was my secret weapon as a homeschool mom.  No matter what American historical time period we were studying, Ms. Rinaldi had an excellent book for my middle grade and high … Continue reading

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Profiles in Courage by John F. Kennedy (1955)

        Profiles in Courages tells the stories of eight United States senators who stood by their principles —  against popular opinion and their own political parties.  For each, their lives as well as their careers were put … Continue reading

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