Alamo Heights High School Required Reading

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Grade Strand Title Author ISBN Best for students to have by
9 ADV/GT March: Book One John Lewis 9781603093002 October 19
9 GL Lord of the Flies William Golding 9780143129400 September 16
10 ADV/GT All Quiet on the Western Front Erich Maria Remarque 9780449213940 October
10 ADV/GT Macbeth William Shakespeare 9781451694727 January
10 ADV/GT Cyrano De Bergerac Edmond Rostand 9780553213607 n/a
10 ADV/GT Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 9780140177398 February
10 GL Just Mercy Bryan Stevenson 9780812984965 October 1
10 GL Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck 9780140177398 February 1
11 GL The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 9780743273565 January 6
11 GL The Road Cormac McCarthy 9780307387899 October 14
11 GL The Things They Carried Tim O'Brien 9780618706419 March 22
11 APLAC The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald 9780743273565 March 1
11 APLAC A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini 9781594483851 January 3
11 DC Ethan Frome Edith Wharton 9780486266909 January 4
11 DC The Stranger Albert Camus, translation by Matthew Ward 9780679720201 January 4
12 GL Frankenstein Mary Shelley 9780553212471 March 1
12 GL Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya 9780446600255 March 1
12 APLIT The Poisonwood Bible Barbara Kingsolver 9780060786502 August 19
12 APLIT Frankenstein Mary Shelley 9780553212471 October 31
12 APLIT Hamlet William Shakespeare 9780743477123 January 17
12 APLIT Beloved Toni Morrison 9781400033416 March 21
12 DC Dubliners James Joyce 9780486268705 January 4
All Quiet on the Western Front: A Novel By Erich Maria Remarque, Arthur Wesley Wheen (Translated by) Cover Image
$7.99
ISBN: 9780449213940
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Published: Ballantine Books - March 12th, 1987

Considered by many the greatest war novel of all time, All Quiet on the Western Front is Erich Maria Remarque’s masterpiece of the German experience during World War I.

I am young, I am twenty years old; yet I know nothing of life but despair, death, fear, and fatuous superficiality cast over an abyss of sorrow. . . .


Beloved (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 • An unflinchingly look into the abyss of slavery, from the acclaimed Nobel Prize winner. This spellbinding novel transforms history into a story as powerful as Exodus and as intimate as a lullaby. With a new afterword.


Bless Me, Ultima By Rudolfo Anaya Cover Image
$8.00
ISBN: 9780446600255
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - April 1st, 1994

From "one of the nation's foremost Chicano literary artists" comes a coming-of-age classic and the bestselling Chicano novel of all time that follows a young boy as he questions his faith and beliefs -- now one of PBS's "100 Great American Reads" (Denver Post).


Cyrano De Bergerac By Edmond Rostand Cover Image
$5.95
ISBN: 9780553213607
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Published: Bantam Classics -

This is Edmond Rostand's immortal play in which chivalry and wit, bravery and love are forever captured in the timeless spirit of romance. Set in Louis XIII’s reign, it is the moving and exciting drama of one of the finest swordsmen in France, gallant soldier, brilliant wit, tragic poet-lover with the face of a clown.


Dubliners By James Joyce Cover Image
$5.00
ISBN: 9780486268705
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Published: Dover Publications - May 1st, 1991

Although James Joyce began these stories of Dublin life in 1904, when he was 22, and had completed them by the end of 1907, they remained unpublished until 1914 -- victims of Edwardian squeamishness.


Ethan Frome By Edith Wharton Cover Image
$3.00
ISBN: 9780486266909
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Published: Dover Publications - January 1st, 1991

Perhaps the best-known and most popular of Edith Wharton's novels, Ethan Frome is widely considered her masterpiece. Set against a bleak New England background, the novel tells of Frome, his ailing wife Zeena and her companion Mattie Silver, superbly delineating the characters of each as they are drawn relentlessly into a deep-rooted domestic struggle.


Frankenstein By Mary Shelley Cover Image
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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
$17.00
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.


Lord of the Flies: (Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition) By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Foreword by), Stephen King (Introduction by), E. M. Forster (Contributions by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by) Cover Image
By William Golding, Lois Lowry (Foreword by), Stephen King (Introduction by), E. M. Forster (Contributions by), Jennifer Buehler (Contributions by)
$17.00
ISBN: 9780143129400
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Published: Penguin Classics - November 15th, 2016

William Golding’s unforgettable classic of boyhood adventure and the savagery of humanity comes to Penguin Classics in a stunning Graphic Deluxe Edition with a new foreword by Lois Lowry
 


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


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 Poisonwood Bible: A Novel By Barbara Kingsolver Cover Image
$17.00
ISBN: 9780060786502
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Published: Harper Perennial Modern Classics - July 5th, 2005

“Powerful . . . [Kingsolver] has with infinitely steady hands worked the prickly threads of religion, politics, race, sin and redemption into a thing of terrible beauty.” —Los Angeles Times Book Review


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

NATIONAL BESTSELLER • WINNER OF THE PULITZER PRIZE • 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).


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
$16.99
ISBN: 9780618706419
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Published: Mariner Books - 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.