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Recommended Book List for College-Bound Students in Grades 6-8

This book list, compiled by the College Board includes classics your student should read before (or during) college. But don’t use the “s” word! Instead, let your child know that these aren’t just classics, they are tales of romance, war, adventure, and courage, and that — while they won’t love every story — a few are sure to become beloved lifelong companions. As author Italo Calvino wrote: “A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”

Middle school books 

Achebe, Chinua

Things Fall Apart

Crane, Stephen

The Red Badge of Courage

Dumas, Alexandre

The Three Musketeers

Golding, William

Lord of the Flies

Hurston, Zora Neale

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Huxley, Aldous

Brave New World

Lee, Harper

To Kill a Mockingbird

London, Jack

The Call of the Wild

Miller, Arthur

The Crucible

Morrison, Toni

Beloved

O’Neill, Eugene

Long Day’s Journey into Night

Orwell, George

Animal Farm

Poe, Edgar Allen

Selected Tales

Remarque, Erich Maria

All Quiet on the Western Front

Rostand, Edmond

Cyrano de Bergerac

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Treasure Island

Swift, Jonathan

Gulliver’s Travels

Twain, Mark

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Welty, Eudora

Collected Stories

Wright, Richard

Native Son