Mensa for Kids Excellence in Reading Grades 9-12

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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.

Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln
by Carl Sandburg

The Adventures of Huckleberry FinnThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Mark Twain
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The AeneidThe Aeneid
by Virgil

Against all HopeAgainst all Hope
by Armando Valladares

The Age of InnocenceThe Age of Innocence
by Edith Wharton

All Quiet on the Western FrontAll Quiet on the Western Front
by Erich Remarque
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All the King’s MenAll the King’s Men
by Robert Penn Warren

An American TragedyAn American Tragedy
by Theodore Dreiser
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Animal FarmAnimal Farm
by George Orwell
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Anna KareninaAnna Karenina
by Leo Tolstoy

The Autobiography of Benjamin FranklinThe Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
by Benjamin Franklin

BabbittBabbitt
by Sinclair Lewis
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Barchester TowersBarchester Towers
by Anthony Trollope

BeowulfBeowulf
Anonymous
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Brave New WorldBrave New World
by Aldous Huxley
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The Caine MutinyThe Caine Mutiny
by Herman Wouk

CandideCandide
by Voltaire
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The Canterbury TalesThe Canterbury Tales
by Geoffrey Chaucer
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The Catcher in the RyeThe Catcher in the Rye
by J.D. Salinger
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The Cherry OrchardThe Cherry Orchard
by Anton Chekhov
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The ChosenThe Chosen
by Chaim Potok

Collected Short StoriesCollected Short Stories
by Eudora Welty
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The Concise Columbia Book of Poetry: The Top 100 Poems in EnglishThe Concise Columbia Book of Poetry: The Top 100 Poems in English
Edited by William Harmon

Crime and PunishmentCrime and Punishment
by Fyodor Dostoevsky
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The CrucibleThe Crucible
by Arthur Miller
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The Cruel SeaThe Cruel Sea
by Nicholas Monsarrat

Cyrano de BergeracCyrano de Bergerac
by Edmond Rostand
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Darkness at NoonDarkness at Noon
by Arthur Koestler
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A Death in the FamilyA Death in the Family
by James Agee
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The Divine ComedyThe Divine Comedy
by Dante

Doctor ZhivagoDoctor Zhivago
by Boris Pasternak
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A DollA Doll's House
by Henrik Ibsen
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Don QuixoteDon Quixote
by Miguel de Cervantes
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Fathers and SonsFathers and Sons
by Ivan Turgenev
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Dr. FaustusDr. Faustus
by Christopher Marlowe

For Whom the Bell TollsFor Whom the Bell Tolls
by Ernest Hemingway
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The Forsyte SagaThe Forsyte Saga
by John Galsworthy

The FountainheadThe Fountainhead
by Ayn Rand

Go Tell It on the MountainGo Tell It on the Mountain
by James Baldwin
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The Good EarthThe Good Earth
by Pearl Buck

Great ExpectationsGreat Expectations
by Charles Dickens
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The Great GatsbyThe Great Gatsby
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
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Gulliver’s TravelsGulliver’s Travels
by Jonathan Swift
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HamletHamlet
by William Shakespeare
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A Handful of DustA Handful of Dust
by Evelyn Waugh

The Heart is a Lonely HunterThe Heart is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers

How Green Was My ValleyHow Green Was My Valley
by Richard Llewellyn

I Know Why the Caged Bird SingsI Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

I, ClaudiusI, Claudius
by Robert Graves

Inherit the WindInherit the Wind
by Jerome and Robert E. Lee Lawrence

Invisible ManInvisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
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The IliadThe Iliad
by Homer
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Jane EyreJane Eyre
by Charlotte Brontë
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The JungleThe Jungle
by Upton Sinclair
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King LearKing Lear
by William Shakespeare

Les MisérablesLes Misérables
by Victor Hugo

Long Day’s Journey into NightLong Day’s Journey into Night
by Eugene O’Neill
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Look Homeward, AngelLook Homeward, Angel
by Thomas Wolfe

Lord of the FliesLord of the Flies
by William Golding
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The Lord of the Rings TrilogyThe Lord of the Rings Trilogy
by J.R.R. Tolkien
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Madame BovaryMadame Bovary
by Gustave Flaubert
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The Magic MountainThe Magic Mountain
by Thomas Mann
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A Man for All SeasonsA Man for All Seasons
by Robert Bolt

Moby-DickMoby-Dick
by Herman Melville

Moll FlandersMoll Flanders
by Daniel Defoe

The MoonstoneThe Moonstone
by Wilkie Collins

Much Ado About NothingMuch Ado About Nothing
by William Shakespeare

Murder in the CathedralMurder in the Cathedral
by T.S. Eliot

My ÁntoniaMy Ántonia
by Willa Cather

Native SonNative Son
by Richard Wright
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NightNight
by Elie Wiesel

The Nine TailorsThe Nine Tailors
by Dorothy Sayers

19841984
by George Orwell
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The OdysseyThe Odyssey
by Homer
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Oedipus RexOedipus Rex
by Sophocles
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Of Human BondageOf Human Bondage
by Somerset Maugham

Of Mice and MenOf Mice and Men
by John Steinbeck

The Once and Future KingThe Once and Future King
by T.H. White
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One Day in the Life of Ivan DenisovichOne Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
by Alexander Solzhenitsyn
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Our TownOur Town
by Thornton Wilder

A Passage to IndiaA Passage to India
by E.M. Forster

The Picture of Dorian GrayThe Picture of Dorian Gray
by Oscar Wilde
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A Portrait of the Artist as a Young ManA Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
by James Joyce
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The Power and the GloryThe Power and the Glory
by Graham Greene

Pride and PrejudicePride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
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Profiles in CourageProfiles in Courage
by John F. Kennedy

PygmalionPygmalion
by George Bernard Shaw
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Rabbit, RunRabbit, Run
by John Updike

The Red Badge of CourageThe Red Badge of Courage
by Stephen Crane
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The Scarlet LetterThe Scarlet Letter
by Nathaniel Hawthorne
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The School for ScandalThe School for Scandal
by Richard B. Sheridan

Short Stories and Tales, CompleteShort Stories and Tales, Complete
by Edgar Allan Poe
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Silas MarnerSilas Marner
by George Eliot

Lord JimLord Jim
by Joseph Conrad

A Single PebbleA Single Pebble
by John Hersey

Sonnets (all 154)Sonnets (all 154)
by William Shakespeare

Sons and LoversSons and Lovers
by D.H. Lawrence

The Sound and the FuryThe Sound and the Fury
by William Faulkner
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SteppenwolfSteppenwolf
by Hermann Hesse

The Best Short Stories of O. HenryThe Best Short Stories of O. Henry
by O. Henry

The StrangerThe Stranger
by Albert Camus
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A Streetcar Named DesireA Streetcar Named Desire
by Tennessee Williams

Tess of the D’UrbervillesTess of the D’Urbervilles
by Thomas Hardy
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A Town Like AliceA Town Like Alice
by Nevil Shute

Their Eyes Were Watching GodTheir Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
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Things Fall ApartThings Fall Apart
by Chinua Achebe
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To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee
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To the LighthouseTo the Lighthouse
by Virginia Woolf
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Tom JonesTom Jones
by Henry Fielding
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The TrialThe Trial
by Franz Kafka

The Turn of the ScrewThe Turn of the Screw
by Henry James
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Uncle TomUncle Tom's Cabin
by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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Vanity FairVanity Fair
by William M. Thackeray
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VilletteVillette
by Charlotte Brontë

WaldenWalden
by Henry David Thoreau
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Wuthering HeightsWuthering Heights
by Emily Brontë
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