What are the best classic books for 7th to 12th graders?

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    #1Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Adam Carpenter
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "Wow! Those are the only words I can bring myself to utter about this book! I, being the person that solemly enjoys any thing, but pure Fantasy found this particulary book a must read!"
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    #2Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    Michelle Hall
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This is a great solution because the book is all-time classic and has great reviews."
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    #3Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost

    This book is a collection of John Milton's most popular epic poems, which explore the origins of humanity. It includes many contextual and biographical information so that everyone can get to know better this work.





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    Elizabeth Mendez
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "This is a classic book, but it is probably a better fit for the older kids. Some of the younger ones, will find that the format is a little challenging and the phrasing obscure. Overall, it is a very good book that is enjoyable to read."
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    #4Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows

    Where the Red Fern Grows is a coming-of-age adventure novel by Wilson Rawls that tells the story of Billy and his two hounds, Old Dan and Little Ann. This is a story about dogs' loyalty and abiding love for their masters.

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    Jane James
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I remember reading this in middle school and I thought I'd check it out again. It's a classic coming-of-age story about a boy and his dogs that would be great for any young adult to read. It's so emotional and the artistic descriptions are so vivid, it really transports you to a different time and place."
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    #5The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Elizabeth Castro
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I like the book and the pictures. It was an exciting book. I could imagine myself in Narnia because Lewis is such a good author. The characters were neat. I think the book is my favorite book ever."
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    #6The Phantom Tollbooth

    The Phantom Tollbooth
    Boredom, curiosity, and a phantom tollbooth led Milo to the Lands Beyond, where the boy found out that life is more exciting than it seems. In Phantom Tollbooth, Milo goes on an adventure that he did not think was possible.
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    Tiffany Mendez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "For a decent amount of time during my adult years, I was quite worried that my love of The Phantom Tollbooth was the misguided interest of a child. I hesitated to read the book again, worrying that my affection for it was all based on nostalgia. I was very happy to find that it remains a fantastic read and I hope all middle school, or even high school, students are reading it!"
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    #7Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Pride and Prejudice is a book written by Jane Austen with an introduction from Anna Quindlen, which follows the story of Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet as they venture into a series of courtship in the 18th century. 
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    Emily Ma
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I think that Pride and Prejudice is a great book for 7th to 12th graders to read and really any young adult. I have read it twice and it is a classic. The characters were interesting and kept my attention the whole time I was reading it. The newer versions have such graphic details and illustrations that makes you want to read it again. "
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    #8Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation

    Beowulf: A New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney is a new verse narrative published in 1999. This epic poetry novel follows the story of Beowulf, a Scandinavian protagonist who saved the Danes from the monsters Grendel and its mother.

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    Amalia Meza
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "I needed to find a book that would be a good summer reading assignment for my English department at school. We needed to select books that were classic literature and appropriate for multiple ages. This translation of Beowulf was a perfect choice. It covered important literary themes and legendary background, while being a well-known classic."
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    #9Amos Fortune, Free Man

    Amos Fortune, Free Man
    Amos Fortune, Free Man is a Newberry Medal Winner written by Elizabeth Yates and illustrated by Nora S. Unwin. This historical fiction novel was originally published in 1950. It tells the story of a 15-year old boy after being captured.
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    Estela Ordoñez
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "Maybe this was lost on me since it's not a genre i normally go for but it wasn't terrible just sort of slow and.... okay it was BORING. Next! "
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    #10The Secret Garden (Children's Classics)

    The Secret Garden (Children's Classics)

    The Secret Garden (Children's Classics) is a novel written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. The Secret Garden (Children's Classics) was published by Children's Classics.

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    Eduardo Mora
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "I needed a good, classic book for my kids to read at an after school program, and The Secret Garden was the perfect solution. It's a lovely story about accepting someone else for their individuality while also accepting yourself. The kids loved it."
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    #11The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom

    The Hiding Place: The Triumphant True Story of Corrie Ten Boom is a History, Autobiography, Faith, Christian Non-fiction book written by Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill and Joni Tada.

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    Jerry Mendoza
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "This book is super heavy on the religious themes. Which is very off putting to me. I had trouble staying without even though I usually find books set during the holocaust to be very interesting. Avoid this one."

Summary

Best What are the best classic books for 7th to 12th graders
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Number the StarsBooks 40 Paid
2Animal FarmBooks 35 Paid
3Paradise Lost Books 35 Paid
4Where the Red Fern GrowsBooks 33 Paid
5The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)Books 32 Paid
6The Phantom TollboothBooks 25 Paid
7Pride and PrejudiceBooks 21 Free
8Beowulf: A New Verse TranslationBooks 19 Paid
9Amos Fortune, Free ManBooks 18 Paid
10The Secret Garden (Children's Classics)Books 12 Paid
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