30 Books Every Kid Should Read Before Graduating High School

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Originally published on HarrisOnline, the website for the Paul Harris show. Note from Paul Harris: This list was inspired by a story about a high school teacher in Virginia who says that she doesn't have her students read "Catcher In The Rye" anymore, because she doesn't think it is relevant to their lives. I couldn't disagree more. It is the teacher's job to get the kids to relate to a great story. You don't have to have grown up on the Mississippi River to enjoy and learn from "Huck Finn," do you? Of course not. Here then, is a list of classics that should be must-read for every American kid:

  1. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  2. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  3. Alice In Wonderland
  4. All Quiet On The Western Front
  5. Black Like Me
  6. Brave New World
  7. Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee
  8. Catcher In The Rye
  9. Charlie & The Chocolate Factory
  10. Diary of Anne Frank
  11. Fahrenheit 451
  12. The Grapes of Wrath
  13. The Great Gatsby
  14. Gulliver’s Travels
  15. The Hobbitt
  16. Little Women
  17. Lord Of The Flies
  18. Lord Of The Rings
  19. Moby Dick
  20. Old Man & The Sea
  21. Old Yeller
  22. Oliver Twist
  23. Pride & Prejudice
  24. Robinson Crusoe
  25. Romeo & Juliet
  26. Roots
  27. Tale Of Two Cities
  28. To Kill A Mockingbird
  29. Treasure Island
  30. The Yearling

A Note from Alan: Ten of these were assigned reading when I was in High School. Also, Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee deals with the Indian Wars in the late 1860's. My mother's great grand father served in the calvary and is in the book.