Lyceum Summer 2020 Booklist

Updated: Jun 10, 2020

Disclaimer: While we suggest grade levels, none of these books are necessarily for one grade specifically. Likewise, what each family deems appropriate is different; please “do your homework” on books of interest as you see fit and use your own discretion when selecting books for your children.

3rd-4th grade:

  1. Edward’s Eyes by Patricia Maclachlan

  2. Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia Maclachlan

  3. Baby by Patricia Maclachlan

  4. The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by

  5. The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo

  6. Because of Winn Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

  7. The Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo

  8. Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli

  9. Wringer by Jerry Spinelli

  10. Crash by Jerry Spinelli

  11. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

  12. Eggs by Jerry Spinelli

  13. The Library Card by Jerry Spinelli

  14. From the Mixed up Flies of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

  15. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

  16. Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick 

  17. The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill

  18. Diary of a Wimpy Kid (series) by Jeff Kinney

  19. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

  20. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

5th-6th grade:

  1. The Wild Robot by Peter Brown

  2. Ghost by Jason Reynolds

  3. The Best Man by Richard Peck

  4. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

  5. Built to Last by David Macaulay

  6. All-American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

  7. Phoenix Island by John Dixon

  8. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

  9. A Young People's History of the United States: Columbus to the War on Terror by Howard Zinn

  10. Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

7th-8th grade:

  1. Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

  2. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

  3. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Phillip K. Dick

  4. A People’s History of the United States by Howard Zinn

  5. Feed by M.T. Anderson

  6. The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History by Elizabeth Kolbert

  7. The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas

  8. The Nine Cloud Dream by Kim Man-Jung (trans. Heinz Insu Fenkl)

  9. Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident by Donnie Eichar

  10. The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells

  11. Masters of Modern Soccer: How the World’s Best Play the Twenty-First-Century Game by Grant Wahl

  12. Faster: How a Jewish Driver, an American Heiress, and a Legendary Car Beat Hitler’s Best by Neal Bascomb

  13. Humble Pi: When Math Goes Wrong in the Real World by Matt Parker

  14. Ghost Soldiers: The Epic Account of World War II’s Greatest Rescue Mission by Hampton Sides

  15. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

  16. Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

  17. The Indomitable Florence Finch: The Untold Story of a War Widow Turned Resistance Fighter and sAvior of American POWs by Robert J Mrazek

  18. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass by Frederick Douglass

  19. The Trial by Franz Kafka (trans. Breon Mitchell)

  20. My Vanishing Country: A Memoir by Bakari Sellers

9th-10th grade:

  1. Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

  2. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

  3. Burning Down the Haus: Punk Rock, Revolution, and the Fall of the Berlin Wall by Tim Mohr

  4. Billionaire Buddha by Rivera Sun

  5. The Man Who Knew Infinity: A Life of the Genius Ramanujan by Robert Kanigel

  6. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

  7. The Plague by Albert Camus

  8. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

  9. Libyan Sands: Travel in a Dead World by Ralph Alger Bagnold

  10. The Invention of Nature by Alexander von Humboldt’s New World by Andrew Wulf

  11. Cities of Salt by Abdelrahman Munif

  12. The RBG Way: The Secrets of Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Success by Rebecca Gibian

  13. The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson

  14. The Man Who Loved Only Numbers: The Story of Paul Erdos and the Search for Mathematical Truth by Paul Hoffman

  15. Not in God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

  16. The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas

  17. Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

  18. Your House Will Pay by Steph Cha

  19. There There by Tommy Orange

  20. Cultural Evolution: People’s Motivations are Changing, and Reshaping the World by Ronald F. Inglehart

11th-12th grade:

  1. The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu

  2. Dreaming in Cuban by Cristina García

  3. Justice by Michael J. Sandel

  4. The Overstory by Richard Powers

  5. Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation from the Past by Firas Alkhateeb

  6. The Road Back to Sweetgrass by Linda LeGarde Grover

  7. Benito Cereno by Herman Melville

  8. The Making of Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of an Idea by Christopher J. Lebron

  9. Cat’s Cradle by Kurt Vonnegut

  10. A Long Petal of the Sea by Isabel Allende

  11. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad

  12. The Witches: Salem 1692 by Stacy Schiff

  13. Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes by Tamim Ansary

  14. The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle

  15. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

  16. An Indigenous People’s History of the United States by Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz

  17. Norco ‘80: The True Story of the Most Spectacular Bank Robbery in American History by Peter Houlahan

  18. The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies by Jason Fagone

  19. The Island of the Day Before by Umberto Eco

  20. Lucy by Jamaica Kincaid

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