Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 7-8

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To encourage the joy of reading, the Mensa Foundation has developed the Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Program, a year-round challenge to kids of all ages based on the NEH's "Summertime Favorites" reading list, with some alterations.

Across Five AprilsAcross Five Aprils
by Irene Hunt
Also: Sonlight Level E for Ages 9-12

The Adventures of Sherlock HolmesThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Tom SawyerThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

The Bridge of San Luis RayThe Bridge of San Luis Ray
by Thornton Wilder

Call It CourageCall It Courage
by Armstrong Sperry
Recommended Age: 9
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level F for Ages 10-13

The Call Of The WildThe Call Of The Wild
by Jack London
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 4th Grade Good Books

A Christmas CarolA Christmas Carol
by Charles Dickens
Also: Top 20 Christmas Chapter Books

The Count of Monte CristoThe Count of Monte Cristo
by Alexandre Dumas

A Day No Pigs Would DieA Day No Pigs Would Die
by Robert Newton Peck

Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlAnne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
by Anne Frank

DragonwingsDragonwings
by Laurence Yep
Also: Former Sonlight Books

Enchantress from the StarsEnchantress from the Stars
by Sylvia Engdahl

The Endless SteppeThe Endless Steppe
by Esther Hautzig

Fahrenheit 451Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Also: NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

FrankensteinFrankenstein
by Mary Shelley
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Also: NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

The Ghost Belonged to MeThe Ghost Belonged to Me
by Richard Peck

The GiverThe Giver
by Lois Lowry
Recommended Age: 12
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

Goodbye Mr ChipsGoodbye Mr Chips
by James Hilton

The HobbitThe Hobbit
by J. R. R. Tolkien
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Sonlight Level F for Ages 10-13

The Hunchback of Notre DameThe Hunchback of Notre Dame
by Victor Hugo
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

Incident at HawkIncident at Hawk's Hill
by Allan W. Eckert

Island of the Blue DolphinsIsland of the Blue Dolphins
by Scott O’Dell
Recommended Age: 9
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

IvanhoeIvanhoe
by Walter Scott

Jacob Have I LovedJacob Have I Loved
by Katherine Paterson
Recommended Age: 13
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

Johnny TremainJohnny Tremain
by Esther Forbes
Recommended Age: 10
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level D for Ages 8-11

Journey To TopazJourney To Topaz
by Yoshiko Uchida

Julie of the WolvesJulie of the Wolves
by Jean Craighead George
Recommended Age: 14
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

KimKim
by Rudyard Kipling

The Last MissionThe Last Mission
by Harry Mazer

Le Morte DLe Morte D'Arthur
by Thomas Mallory

The Legend of Sleepy HollowThe Legend of Sleepy Hollow
by Washington Irving

The Little Prince The Little Prince
by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime

Little WomenLittle Women
by Louisa May Alcott
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 4th Grade Good Books

The Last of the MohicansThe Last of the Mohicans
by James Fenimore Cooper
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

The Merry Adventures of Robin HoodThe Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle
Also: Angelicum Academy 4th Grade Good Books

My Friend FlickaMy Friend Flicka
by Mary O'Hara

Narrative of the Life of Frederick DouglassNarrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
by Frederick Douglass
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers

National VelvetNational Velvet
by Enid Bagnold

The OutsidersThe Outsiders
by S. E. Hinton
Also: Former Sonlight Books

The PigmanThe Pigman
by Paul Zindel

PilgrimPilgrim's Progress
by John Bunyan

The Red PonyThe Red Pony
by John Steinbeck

Rifles for WatieRifles for Watie
by Harold Keith
Recommended Age: 12
Also: Former Sonlight Books
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

Rip Van WinkleRip Van Winkle
by Washington Irving

Robinson CrusoeRobinson Crusoe
by Daniel Defoe
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Also: Angelicum Academy 4th Grade Good Books

Roll of Thunder, Hear My CryRoll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
Recommended Age: 11
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level E for Ages 9-12

ShaneShane
by Jack Schaefer

The Story of My LifeThe Story of My Life
by Helen Keller

A Stranger Came AshoreA Stranger Came Ashore
by Mollie Hunter

Tales from ShakespeareTales from Shakespeare
by Charles & Mary Lamb
Also: Angelicum Academy 3rd Grade Good Books

The Thurber CarnivalThe Thurber Carnival
by James Thurber

A Tree Grows in BrooklynA Tree Grows in Brooklyn
by Betty Smith
Also: Former Sonlight Books

The Witch of Blackbird PondThe Witch of Blackbird Pond
by Elizabeth George Speare
Recommended Age: 11
Also: Newbery Medal Winners
Also: Sonlight Level D for Ages 8-11

Treasure IslandTreasure Island
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Also: 101 Great Books Recommended for College-Bound Readers
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Angelicum Academy 3rd Grade Good Books

20,000 Leagues under the Sea20,000 Leagues under the Sea
by Jules Verne
Also: NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

The Upstairs RoomThe Upstairs Room
by Johanna Reiss

The War of the WorldsThe War of the Worlds
by H. G. Wells
Also: NPR's Top 100 Science-Fiction, Fantasy Books

Where the Red Fern GrowsWhere the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Former Sonlight Books

The White MountainsThe White Mountains
by John Christopher

A Wizard of EarthseaA Wizard of Earthsea
by Ursula K. Le Guin
Also: Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature

A Wrinkle in TimeA Wrinkle in Time
by Madeleine L’Engle
Recommended Age: 11
Also: Amazon's 100 Children's Books to Read in a Lifetime
Also: Newbery Medal Winners

The YearlingThe Yearling
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings

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