Epistles of Thomas

April 5, 2010

Grade 11 book list

Filed under: Uncategorized — Thomas @ 17:03

I just came across a handout that I was given in English 11 of “Books for Average Readers.” I just passed the 3100 mark in books read since I started keeping track and I have to admit that I still haven’t read more than half a dozen of these. Do teachers really expect their students to read the books they suggest? I took a good look at this in preparation for posting it here and there are a lot of spelling mistakes and typos which doesn’t say much for an English teacher. Should I consider actually reading some of these? Have you read them? Here’s the list:

Richard Adams, Watership Down
Ralph Allen, The High White Forest
Harriette Arnow, The Dollmaker
Warner Ashton, The Greenstones
Margaret Campbell Barnes, anything
Edward Beach, Run Silent, Run Deep
Margaret Bell, Watch for a Tall White Sail
Richard Doddridge Blackmore, Lorna Doone
Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine & Fahrenheit 451
John Buchan, The Thirty Nine Steps & Greenmantle
Sheila Burnford, Incredible Journey
Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
Willa Cather, My Antonio
Betty Cavanna, Paint Box Summer
Marchetle Chute, The Innocent Wayfaring
Arthur C. Clarke, Space Odyssey 2001 & The City and the Stars
Thomas Constain, The Silver Chalice & The Black Rose
Jacques Yves Cousteau, The Silent World
Michael Crichton, The Andromeda Strain, Terminal Man
Maureen Daly, Seventeenth Summer
Anne Darrish, O Clouded Star
William Davis, Friend of Caesar
Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe
Mazo de la Roche, Jalna
Patrick Dennis, Auntie Mame
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Hildegarde Dobson, We Shook the Family Tree
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Theodore Dreiser, An American Tragedy
Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca & Frenchman’s Creek
Gerald Durrell, anything
Lawrence Durrell, White Eagles over Serbia
John M. Falkner, Moonfleet
Katherine Forbes, Mama’s Bank Account
C. S. Forester, “Hornblower” series
Frederick Forsythe, The Odessa File & Day of the Jackal
Benedict and Nancy Freeman, Mrs. Mike
Iola Fuller, The Loon Feather
Paul Gallico, Too Many Ghosts
Willa Gibbs, The Dedicated
Frank B. Gilbreth, Jr., and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, Cheaper by the Dozen
Fred Gibson, Old Yeller
Reimer Godden, An Episode of Sparrows
Graham Greene, The Power and the Glory
John Griffin, Black Like Me
Giovanni Guaraschi, The Little World of Don Camillo
Trygve Gulbranson, Beyond the Signing Woods
Arthur Hailey, Airport
Robert Heinlein, Citizen of the Galaxy
John Hersey, A Bell for Adano & A Single Pebble
James Hilton, Lost Horizon & Goodbye Mr. Chips
Geoffrey Household, Watcher in the Shadows
G. L. Howe, Call it Treason
W. H. Hudson, Green Mansion
Alice Huggins, The Red Chair Waits
Richard Hughes, A High Wind in Jamaica
Kathryn Hulme, The Nun’s Story
D. Hutchinson, That Summer by the Sea
Mac Hyman, No Time for Sergeants
Hammon Innes, The Wreck of the Mary Deare
Margaret Irwin, Young Bess & Elizabeth, Captive Princess
Annabel and Edgar Johnson, The Rescued Heart
Bell Kaufman, Up the Down Staircase
Herbert Kaufman, Adventure in the Desert
Agnes Keith, Land Below the Wind
Cornelia Otis Skinner and Emily Kimbrough, Our Hearts Were Young and Gay
Rudyard Kipling, Captains Courageous
Josephine Lawrence, If I Have Four Apples
John LeCarre, The Spy Who Came in From the Cold
Sinclair Lewis, Babbit
Richard Lewellyn, How Green Was My Valley
Jack London, The Call of the Wild
Helen McInnes, Decision at Delphi & The Saltzburg Connection
Alistair McLean, Ulysses
Hugh McLennan, Barometer Rising
Kamala Markandaya, Nectar in the Sieve
Catherine Marshall, Christy
Gavin Maxwell, Ring of Bright Water
Charlotte Mayerson, Two Blocks Apart
Margaret Mitchell, Gone With the Wind
James Mitchner, Hawaii & The Bridges of Toko-Ri
Nancy Mitford, One Pair of Hands, One Pair of Feet
Nicholas Monsarrat, The Cruel Sea
Farley Mowat, Never Cry Wolf & The Dog Who Wouldn’t Be & People of the Deer
Mary O’Hara, Thunderhead
Baroness Orczy, The Scarlet Pimpernel
Alan Paton, Cry, the Beloved Country
Maria Puzo, The Godfather
Marjorie Rawlings, The Yearling
Patrick Reid, The Colditz Story
Erich Maria Remarque, All Quiet on the Western Front
Mary Renault, The King Must Die & Bull From the Sea & The Last of the Wine
Mordecai Richler, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz
Leo Calvin Rosten, Captain Newman, M.D.
Gabrielle Roy, Where Nests the Waterhen & The Tin Flute
Jack Schaefer, Shane
Ernst Schnabel, Anne Frank: A Portrait
Georges Simenon, Maigret novels
Nevil Shute, On the Beach
Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
John Steinbeck, Grapes of Wrath & In Dubious Battle
Fred Mutard Stewart, The Mephisto Waltz & The Methuselah Enzyme
Mary Steward, Airs Above the Ground & Nine Coaches Waiting
Arthur D. Stapp, Escape on Skis
Elizabeth Spears, Calico Captive
Rosemary Sutcliffe, The Eagle of the Ninth
Josephine Tey, Brat Farrar
Mark Twain, Huckleberry Finn
James Ullman, Banner in the Sky & The White Tower
H. G. Wells, The Invisible Man
Morris West, The Tower of Babel
Leon Unis, Exodus & Mila 18
David Westheimer, The Mouse that Roared
Owen Wister, The Virginian



  1. Wow! That’s a stinkin long list. I didn’t look at every book, but I haven’t ready many of those as well. And the ones I have read are not at the top of any lists for me.

    Comment by Andrew — April 5, 2010 @ 21:49 | Reply

  2. Hi Thomas,

    I would be interested to know what year this list was compiled. I see the works of Margaret Campbell Barnes are listed. She is my favorite author, and incidentally my great-grandmother. She wrote 11 novels of historical fiction in the 1940s, 50s and 60s, and while she was highly regarded during her lifetime, I haven’t before seen her listed on a “must read” list such as this. Would you mind sharing what year you were in Grade 11, at the risk of exposing your age?

    And, yes, I would highly recommend reading her books. Several of her titles have recently come back into print in beautiful paperback editions from Sourcebooks, Inc. “Within the Hollow Crown”, the story of Richard II of England, was released on April 1.

    Best wishes,
    Elizabeth Blaufox

    Comment by Elizabeth — April 6, 2010 @ 7:13 | Reply

    • Hi Elizabeth, That was quick. I just posted the list yesterday and you found it already. By the looks of the quality of the photocopy we were given it was used for a while. I would guess it was compiled sometime in the ’80s. Obviously your grandmother was a favourite of the teacher as well given we were to read “anything” by her. All the best to you as well, Thomas

      Comment by Thomas — April 6, 2010 @ 10:32 | Reply

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