• Students are expected to read 1 novel per unit (2 per semester, 4 per year) from the Novels List.  These novels align with each unit and students will be expected to complete a book report or book project with each novel. Please keep in mind that each unit is 9 weeks and therefore, every 8-9 weeks, students will present their reports. Presentation dates TBD. It is suggested you check the GMS library, Temecula Public Library, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon for your novels. If there is a novel that fits the theme of the unit, but is not on the list, please seek approval from Mrs. Violante. Please consider donating your novel to class library upon completion of report. Thank you.

    Unit 1:Turning Points

    Brian's Return by Gary Paulsen

    Julie of the Wolves by Jean George

    Make Lemonade by Virginia E. Wolff

    Iqbal by Francisco D'Adamo

    A Retrieved Reformation by O.Henry

    Joey Pigza Loses Control by O'Henry

    The Misfits by James Howe


    Unit 2: Ancient Realms

    Cosmos by Carl Sagan

    Myths & Legends of Ancient Greece & Rome by E.M.Berens

    The Kingdom of the Golden Dragon by Isabelle Allende

    The Histories of Herodotus by George Rawlinson

    The Egypt Game by Zilpha Snyder

    The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper


    Unit 3: Facing Challenges

    The Mighty Miss Malone by Christopher P. Curtis

    The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

    Farewell to Manzanar by James Houston

    The Time Machine by H.G. Wells

    Stepping on the Cracks by Mary D. Hahn

    The Absolutely True Story of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


    Unit 4: Our Heroes

    Lone Survivor: The Eyewitness Account of Redwing and the Lost Heroes of SEAL TEAM 10 by M. Luttrell and P. Robinson

    The Help by Kathryn Stockett

    The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin by Benjamin Franklin

    The Notorious Benedict Arnold: A True Story of Adventure, Heroism, & Treachory by S. Sheinkiw

    Story of an Eyewitness: The San Francisco Earthquake by Jack London

    A Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck

    A Horseman in the Sky by Ambrose Bierce