Alamo Heights High School Required Reading

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Grade Strand Title Author ISBN Best for students to have by
9 ADV/GT The Odyssey Homer translated by Robert Fagles 9780140268867 September 5
9 ADV/GT March: Book One John Lewis 9781603093002 October 17
9 ADV/GT Romeo and Juliet William Shakespeare edited by Barbara A. Mowat and Paul Werstine 9780743477116 January 2
9 GL Scythe Neal Shusterman 9781442472433 March 6
9 GL Divergent Veronica Roth 9780062387240 March 6
10 ADV/GT Macbeth William Shakespeare 9781451694727 October 2
10 ADV/GT Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 9780140177398 February 2
10 GL Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson 9780812984965 October 1
10 GL Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 9780140177398 February 1
11 GL Slaughterhouse-Five Kurt Vonnegut 9780440180296 January 2
11 GL The Road Cormac McCarthy 9780307387899 October 2
11 GL The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien 9780618706419 March 6
11 APLAC The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 9780743273565 March 6
11 APLAC A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini 9781594483851 January 2
11 DC Wise Blood Flannery O'Connor 9780374530631 January 2
11 DC The Stranger Albert Camus, translation by Matthew Ward 9780679720201 January 2
12 GL Frankenstein Mary Shelley 9780553212471 March 6
12 GL Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya 9780446600255 March 6
12 APLIT Frankenstein Mary Shelley 9780553212471 October 31
12 APLIT Hamlet William Shakespeare 9780743477123 January 17
12 APLIT Beloved Toni Morrison 9781400033416 March 18
12 DC Dubliners James Joyce 9780140186475 January 2
Beloved: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Vintage International) By Toni Morrison Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781400033416
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Published: Vintage - June 8th, 2004

PULITZER PRIZE WINNER • NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • A spellbinding novel that transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. With a new afterword by the author. 


Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya Cover Image
$8.99
ISBN: 9780446600255
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 1994

This coming-of-age classic from "one of the nation's foremost Chicano literary artists" follows a young boy as he questions his faith and beliefs after a curandera woman introduces herbs and magic into his life (Denver Post) .

Antonio Marez is six years old when Ultima comes to stay with his family in New Mexico.


Divergent (Divergent Series #1) By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort (Photographs by) Cover Image
By Veronica Roth, Nicolas Delort (Photographs by)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780062387240
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Published: Katherine Tegen Books - September 30th, 2014

This first book in Veronica Roth's #1 New York Times bestselling Divergent series of books is the novel the inspired the major motion picture starring Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet. This dystopian series set in a futuristic Chicago has captured the hearts of millions of teen and adult readers.


Dubliners By James Joyce, Terence Brown (Introduction by), Terence Brown (Notes by) Cover Image
By James Joyce, Terence Brown (Introduction by), Terence Brown (Notes by)
$11.00
ISBN: 9780140186475
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Published: Penguin Classics - June 1st, 1993

A definitive edition of perhaps the greatest short story collection in the English language


Frankenstein By Mary Shelley Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9780553212471
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Published: Bantam Classics - May 1st, 1984

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read


The Great Gatsby: The Only Authorized Edition By F. Scott Fitzgerald Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780743273565
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Published: Scribner - September 30th, 2004

The only authorized edition of the twentieth-century classic, featuring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final revisions, a foreword by his granddaughter, and a new introduction by National Book Award winner Jesmyn Ward.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read.

The Great Gatsby, F.


Hamlet (Folger Shakespeare Library) By William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat (Editor), Paul Werstine, Ph.D. (Editor) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780743477123
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Published: Simon & Schuster - July 1st, 2003

Hamlet is Shakespeare’s most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a “revenge tragedy,” in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father’s murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark.


Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption By Bryan Stevenson Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780812984965
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Published: One World - August 18th, 2015

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE STARRING MICHAEL B. JORDAN AND JAMIE FOXX • A powerful true story about the potential for mercy to redeem us, and a clarion call to fix our broken system of justice—from one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time.


Macbeth (Folger Shakespeare Library) By William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat (Editor), Paul Werstine, Ph.D. (Editor) Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9781451694727
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Published: Simon & Schuster - October 8th, 2013

The authoritative edition of Macbeth from The Folger Shakespeare Library, the trusted and widely used Shakespeare series for students and general readers.

In 1603, James VI of Scotland ascended the English throne, becoming James I of England. London was alive with an interest in all things Scottish, and Shakespeare turned to Scottish history for material.


March: Book One By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator) Cover Image
By John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell (Illustrator)
$14.95
ISBN: 9781603093002
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Published: Top Shelf Productions - August 13th, 2013

#1 New York Times Bestseller


The Odyssey: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translated by), Bernard Knox (Introduction by), Bernard Knox (Notes by) Cover Image
By Homer, Robert Fagles (Translated by), Bernard Knox (Introduction by), Bernard Knox (Notes by)
$19.00
ISBN: 9780140268867
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 1st, 1997

The great epic of Western literature, translated by the acclaimed classicist Robert Fagles

A Penguin Classic

 


Of Mice and Men By John Steinbeck Cover Image
$12.00
ISBN: 9780140177398
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Published: Penguin Books - September 1st, 1993

A controversial tale of friendship and tragedy during the Great Depression
 
They are an unlikely pair: George is "small and quick and dark of face"; Lennie, a man of tremendous size, has the mind of a young child. Yet they have formed a "family," clinging together in the face of loneliness and alienation.


The Road: Pulitzer Prize Winner (Vintage International) By Cormac McCarthy Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780307387899
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Published: Vintage - March 28th, 2007

WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A searing, post-apocalyptic novel about a father and son's fight to survive, this "tale of survival and the miracle of goodness only adds to McCarthy's stature as a living master. It's gripping, frightening and, ultimately, beautiful" (San Francisco Chronicle).


Romeo and Juliet (Folger Shakespeare Library) By William Shakespeare, Dr. Barbara A. Mowat (Editor), Paul Werstine, Ph.D. (Editor) Cover Image
$6.99
ISBN: 9780743477116
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Published: Simon & Schuster - January 1st, 2004

In Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare creates a violent world, in which two young people fall in love. It is not simply that their families disapprove; the Montagues and the Capulets are engaged in a blood feud.

In this death-filled setting, the movement from love at first sight to the lovers’ final union in death seems almost inevitable.


Scythe (Arc of a Scythe #1) By Neal Shusterman Cover Image
$13.99
ISBN: 9781442472433
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - November 28th, 2017

A Time Best YA Book of All Time (2021)

Two teens must learn the “art of killing” in this Printz Honor–winning book, the first in a chilling new series from Neal Shusterman, author of the New York Times bestselling Unwind dystology.

A world with no hunger, no disease, no war, no misery: humanity has conquered all those things, and has eve


Slaughterhouse-Five (Modern Library 100 Best Novels) By Kurt Vonnegut Cover Image
$9.99
ISBN: 9780440180296
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Published: Dell - November 3rd, 1991

Kurt Vonnegut’s masterpiece, Slaughterhouse-Five is “a desperate, painfully honest attempt to confront the monstrous crimes of the twentieth century” (Time).
 
Selected by the Modern Library as one of the 100 best novels of all time • One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years


The Stranger (Vintage International) By Albert Camus Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780679720201
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Published: Vintage - March 13th, 1989

With the intrigue of a psychological thriller, The Stranger—Camus's masterpiece—gives us the story of an ordinary man unwittingly drawn into a senseless murder on an Algerian beach. With an Introduction by Peter Dunwoodie; translated by Matthew Ward.


The Things They Carried By Tim O'Brien Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books Classics - October 13th, 2009

“O'Brien has written a vital, important book—a book that matters not only to the reader interested in Vietnam, but to anyone interested in the craft of writing as well.”Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

A classic work of American literature that has not stopped changing minds and lives since it burst onto the literary scene


A Thousand Splendid Suns By Khaled Hosseini Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9781594483851
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Published: Riverhead Books - November 25th, 2008

Propelled by the same superb instinct for storytelling that made The Kite Runner a beloved classic, the #1 New York Times bestseller A Thousand Splendid Suns is at once an incredible chronicle of thirty years of Afghan history and a deeply moving story of family, friendship, faith, and the salvation to be found in love. 


Wise Blood: A Novel (FSG Classics) By Flannery O'Connor Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780374530631
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - March 6th, 2007

The American short story master Flannery O'Connor's haunting first novel of faith, false prophets, and redemptive wisdom.