Desert Heights Reading List

Desert Heights 2020 - 2021 Reading List




5th Grade



Thunder Rolling in the Mountains

Scott O'Dell


The Phantom Tollbooth

Norton Juster


The River Between Us

Richard Peck


The Boy's War

Jim Murphy


We are the Ship

Kadir Nelson





6th Grade



Bud, Not Buddy

Christopher Paul Curtis


Out of the Dust

Karen Hesse


The Odyssey

Author Gillian Cross & Neil Packer


The Ramayana: The Divine Loophole

Sanjay Patel


Blood on the River: James Town in 1607

Elisa Carbone


Written in Bone: Buried Lives of Jamestown

Sally Walker


Shipwrecked at the Bottom of the World

Jennifer Armstrong


I Am Malala (Young Readers Edition)

Malala Yousafzai





7th Grade



Castle Diary

Richard Platt


Canterbury Tales

Geraldine McCaughrean


The Midwife’s Apprentice

Karen Cushman


Farewell to Manzanar

Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston


Code Talker

Joseph Bruchac


Fever 1793

Laurie Halse Anderson


American Plague

Jim Murphy


Animal Farm

George Orwell





8th Grade



The Crossover

Kwame Alexander


All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque


A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Folger Version)

William Shakespeare


Claudette Colvin: Twice Towards Justice

Phillip Hoose


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