The book lists below were compiled from the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) to assist youngsters in selecting books which will enable them to experience the joy of reading. It is a resource for students and parents. These age ranges should be used only as guidelines. A book that may appeal to one child may be rejected by another child of the same age. Before obtaining any of the books listed, it is suggested that you review them personally to see whether they seem right for your child.

    GRADES 6-8

    GRADES 9-12

    A Long Walk to Water: Based on a True Story, Linda Sue Park

    A Long Way from Chicago, Richard Peck

    Any Which Wall, Laurel Snyder,

    Artemis Fowl: the Arctic Incident, Eoin Colfer

    Brave New World, Aldous Huxley

    Breaking Stalin’s Nose, Eugene Yelchin

    Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson

    Brown Girl Dreaming, Jacqueline Woodson

    Carver, a Life in Poems, Marilyn Nelson

    Dead End in Norvelt, Jack Gantos

    Dragonwings, Laurence Yep

    Eragon, Christopher Paolini

    Escape! The Story of the Great Houdini, Sid Fleischman

    Esperanza Rising, Pam Munoz Ryan

    Fire From the Rock, Sharon Draper

    Flush, Carl Hiaasen

    Football Genius, Tim Green

    Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, Freedman, Russell

    Gifted Hands: The Story of Ben Carson, Ben Carson

    Heart of a Samurai, Margi Preus

    Hugo Cabret, Brian Schnick

    If I Ever Get Out of Here, Eric Gansworth

    Leverage, Joshua Cohen

    Little Women, Louisa May Alcott

    Lockdown, Walter Dean Myers

    Lost in the River of Grass, Ginny Rorby

    Magnificent Voyage: An American Adventurer on Captain James Cook’s Final Expedition, Laurie Lawlor

    Mockingbird, (Mok’ing;buerd), Kathryn Erkine

    Moon Over Manifest, Clare Vanderpool

    My Left Foot, Christy Brown

    Never Fall Down, Patricia McCormic

    Old Yeller, Fred Gipson

    One Crazy Summer, Rita Williams-Garcia

    Peter and the Starcatchers, Dave Barry & Ridley Pearson

    Saving the Ghost of the Mountain: An Expedition Among Snow Leopards in Mongolia, Sy Montgomery and Nic Bishop

    Scat, Carl Hiaasen

    Slob, Ellen Potter

    Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood, Ibtisam Barakat

    The Anybodies, N.E. Bode

    The Lightning Thief, Rick Riordan

    The Lost Hero, Richard Riordan

    The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins, Bea Uusma Schyffert

    The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost

    The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi

    The Trumpet of the Swan, E.B. White

    The View from Saturday, E.L. Konigsburg

    The Wednesday Wars, Gary D. Schmidt

    The Wright Sister: Katharine Wright and Her Famous Brothers, Richard Maurer


    Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson

    Turtle in Paradise, Jennifer Holm

    Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammed Ali, Charles R. Smith

    Waiting for Normal, Leslie Connor

    Wangari’s Tree of Peace, Jeanette Winter

    When the Wolves Returned: Restoring Nature’s Balance in Yellowstone, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent

    Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls

    Wild Things, Clay Carmichael

    A Separate Peace, John Knowles

    Adventurer’s Against Their Will, Joanie Schirm

    All Quiet on the Western Front, Erich Maria Remarque

    Allegiant, Veronica Roth

    Bunheads, Flack, Sophie

    Cloaked, Alex Flinn

    Courage Has No Color: The True Story of the Triple Nickles, America’s First Black Paratroopers, Tanya Lee Stone

    Darius & Twig, Walter Dean Myers

    Divergent, Veronica Roth

    Ender’s Game, Orson Scott Card

    Fat Angie, E. E. Charlton-Trujillo

    Flora & Ulysses: The Illuminated Adventures, Kate Dicamillo

    Florida Cowboys, Carlton Ward Jr.

    Gifted Hands: The Ben Carson Story, Ben Carson

    Imaginary Enemy, Julie Gonzalez

    Insurgent, Veronica Roth

    Kon-Tiki: Across the Pacific by Raft, Thor Heyerdahl

    Looking for the New Deal, Elna C. Green

    Marcelo in the Real World, Francisco Stork

    Money Hungry, Sharon Flake

    Monster, Walter Dean Myers

    Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein, Susan Goldman Rubin

    Night, Elie Wiesel

    November Blues, Sharon Draper

    P.S. Be Eleven, Rita Williams Garcia

    Pilgrim in the Land of Alligators: More Stories about Real Florida, Jeff Klinkenberg

    Poof: A Play, David Auburn

    Resurrecting Lazarus, Texas, Nathan Barber

    Reubin O’D. Askew and the Golden Age of Florida Politics, Martin A. Dyckman

    Rose Under Fire, Elizabeth Wein

    Silent Spring, Rachel Carson

    Solomon, Marilyn B. Shaw

    Southern Comforts: Rooted in a Florida Place, Sudye Cauthen

    Sugar Changed the World: A Story of Magic, Spice, Slavery, Freedom and Science, Marc Aronson and Marina Budhos


    Taken, Edward Bloor

    The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

    The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Creating Currents of Electricity and Hope, William Kamkwamba

    The Carnival at Bray, Jessie Ann Foley

    The Diving Bell and the Butterfly: A Memoir of Life in Death, Jean-Dominque Bauby

    The Everglades, River of Grass, Marjorie Stoneman Douglas

    The First Hollywood Florida and the Golden Age of Silent Filmmaking, Shawn Bean

    The Great Wide Sea, M. H. Herlong

    The Hot Zone: A Terrifying True Story, Richard Preston

    The House on Mango Street, Sandra Cisneros

    The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachery, Steve Sheinkin

    The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

    The Real Question, Adrian Fogelin

    The Shakespeare Stealer, Gary Blackwood

    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference, Malcolm Gladwell

    The Yearling, Marjorie K. Rawlings

    Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe

    This One Summer, Clare Vanderpool

    Through Her Eyes, Jennifer Archer

    We Beat the Street: How a Friendship Pact Led to Success, Sampson Davis, George Jenkins, Rameck Hunt, and Sharon Draper

    Wheels of Change: How Women Rode the Bicycle to Freedom (With a Few Flat Tires Along the Way), Sue Macy

    When You Reach Me, Rebecca Stead

    Whispers from the Bay, John Tkac

    Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown and Colonial Maryland, Sally M. Walker