So what are those kids reading?

By the Tri-City HeraldAugust 13, 2011 

The following seven books are among those required in all three Tri-City districts. There are others required in the individual districts.

Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare, 1591-95
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain, 1884
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1925
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck, 1937
The Crucible, Arthur Miller, 1953
Lord of the Flies, William Golding, 1954
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, 1960

The following are samples from each district's supplemental reading list. There are hundreds of novels, non-fiction books and plays on these lists. The selections offered may vary greatly, depending on the teacher and the grade.

Kennewick School District
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens, 1861
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, 1899
Call of the Wild, Jack London, 1903
The Jungle, Upton Sinclair, 1906
The Crossing, Cormac McCarthy, 1994
Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser, 2002
The Glass Castle: A Memoir, Jeannette Walls, 2005 The Memory Keeper's Daughter, Kim Edwards, 2005

Richland School District
Cannery Row, John Steinbeck, 1945
The Quiet American, Graham Greene, 1955
Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, 1985
Winterkill, Craig Lesley, 1996
The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver, 1998
Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli, 2000
The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini, 2003
Runner, Carl Deuker, 2005

Pasco School District
Their Eyes Were Watching God, Zora Neale Hurston, 1937
Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, 1958
Bless Me, Ultima, Rudolfo Anaya, 1972
Beloved, Toni Morrison, 1987
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents, Julia Alvarez, 1991
The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven, Sherman Alexie, 1993
Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer, 1996
The Secret Life of Bees, Sue Monk Kidd, 2002

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