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English 9 Honors

Cover Title Author Description
Book Cover The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian Sherman Alexie Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Book Cover The Perks of Being a Wallflower Stephen Chbosky A series of letters to an unknown correspondent reveals the coming-of-age trials of a high-schooler named Charlie.
Book Cover David Copperfield Charles Dickens David Copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy & impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. 
Book Cover Great Expectations Charles Dickens Humble, orphaned Pip is apprenticed to the dirty work of the forge but dares to dream of becoming a gentleman — and one day, under sudden and enigmatic circumstances, he finds himself in possession of "great expectations."
Book Cover The Odyssey Homer Ten years have passed since the fall of Troy, and the Greek hero Odysseus still has not returned to his kingdom in Ithaca. A large and rowdy mob of suitors who have overrun Odysseus’s palace and pillaged his land continue to court his wife, Penelope.
Book Cover Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora Neale When Janie, at sixteen, is caught kissing shiftless Johnny Taylor, her grandmother swiftly marries her off to an old man with sixty acres. Janie endures two stifling marriages before meeting the man of her dreams, who offers not diamonds, but a packet of flowering seeds.
Book Cover The Secret Life of Bees Sue Monk Kidd After her "stand-in mother," a bold black woman named Rosaleen, insults the three biggest racists in town, Lily Owens joins Rosaleen on a journey to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they are taken in by three black, bee-keeping sisters.
Book Cover A Separate Peace John Knowles Set at a boys' boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II. What happens between two boys, Phineas and Gene, one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.
Book Cover The Call of the Wild Jack London The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
Book Cover Animal Farm George Orwell Orwell's 1945 fable about the power struggles among animals on a farm parallels the situation in Russia at the time as Orwell saw it; the characters include the ruthless pig Stalin, his idealistic Trotsky-like adversary, and the simple, kindly horse who represents the common man. All animals are equals but some animals are more equal than others. George Orwell's classic satire of the Russian Revolution is the account of the bold struggle, initiated by the animals, that transforms Mr. Jones's Manor Farm into Animal Farm, a wholly democratic society built on the credo that all animals are created equal. Out of their cleverness, the pigs Napoleon, Squealer, and Snowball emerge as leaders of the new community in a subtle evolution that proves disastrous. The climax is the brutal betrayal of the faithful horse Boxer, when totalitarian rule is re-established with the bloodstained postscript to the founding slogan: but some animals are more equal than others. War is peace. Freedom is slavery. Ignorance is strength.
Book Cover The Chosen Chaim Potok Story of the friendship between a Hasidic Jew and an Americanized Jew in the 1940's, in Brooklyn.
Book Cover The Lightning Thief Rick Riordan Twelve-year-old Percy Jackson learns he is a demigod, the son of a mortal woman and Poseidon, god of the sea. His mother sends him to a summer camp for demigods where he and his new friends set out on a quest to prevent a war between the gods.
Book Cover The Lovely Bones Alice Sebold This is the tale of family, memory, love, and living told by 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is already in heaven. Through the voice of a precocious teenage girl, Susie relates the awful events of her death and builds out of her family's grief a hopeful and joyful story.
Book Cover The Grapes of Wrath John Steinbeck Depicts the hardships and suffering endured by the Joads as they journey from Oklahoma to California during the Depression.
Book Cover The Book Thief Markus Zusak Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors.
       
Updated June 2016