Literature for 7th & 8th

For 7th through 12 grades, I am using books recommended by Classical Conversations (CC).  To learn more about CC, visit  Since I am only homeschooling one child, we took the time to go through the complete Narnia series.  We are so glad we did.   We ended up blazing through most of the books on this list and had time for additional quality books not on the CC list.

Most of these books are available at our local library in book and audiobook form.   We prefer audiobook format so we are free to move around during story time.  We also play audiobooks during long car trips, while doing household chores and as a family bedtime story.   If this doesn’t work for you, don’t do it. Our goal is to consume a classic a week.  This helps us meet our goal.  My point is to let you know there are many opportunities to consume quality literature.  I highly recommend that you look for opportunities to consume a classic a week because there are so many great works.

To understand the content better, sometimes we review a book on and/or  I do NOT assign Sparknotes and Quizlets to EVERY book to avoid burnout.

The following literature is recommended for students in grades 7th and up:

  • The Magician’s Nephew by C.S. Lewis, 1898-1963.  Narnia’s beginning
  • The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. Narnia
  • Amos Fortune Free Man by Elizabeth Yates. The book is based on the life of the real Amos Fortune, who was born free in Africa in around the year 1695 and who died free in Jaffrey, New Hampshire, in 1801.
  • The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. This book is set in first-century Judea. The lead character, a young man named Daniel Bar Jamin, lives at the same time as Jesus of Nazareth.
  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham. The book is a children’s biography of Nathaniel Bowditch, a sailor and mathematician who published the mammoth and comprehensive reference work for seamen: The American Practical Navigator. It is an epic tale of adventure and learning.
  • The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli, 1889-1987. The story, illustrated by the author, is set in England during the Middle Ages, as the bubonic plague is sweeping across the country. Young Robin wants to be a knight like his father, but his dreams are endangered when he loses the use of his legs.
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. A historical fiction about the escape of a Jewish family from Copenhagen during Occupation of Denmark (1943) on Second World War because of the Holocaust.
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett, 1849-1924. A sour-faced 10-year-old girl, who is born in India is sent to Yorkshire, England to live with her uncle.
  • A Gathering of Days by Joan Blos. The book is written in the form of a journal kept by Catherine Hall, a young girl living in a rural village in New England with her widower father and younger sister. The journal details her daily life between the years of 1830 and 1832.
  • Crispin, The Cross of Lead by Edward Irving Wortis (aka Avi), 1849-1924. In 1377 England, a 13-year-old boy, lives as a peasant in the small village of Stromford. When his mother dies he is left with no other known relatives.
  • Crispin: At the Edge of the World by Edward Irving Wortis, 1849-1924. Bear and Crispin are free to follow new lives. As they travel in search of a new home, Bear is attacked by his old comrades in the Peasant’s Revolt and wounded by an arrow.
  • Crispin: At The End of Time by Edward Irving Wortis, 1849-1924. Crispin and Troth are wandering through France with the dream of going to Iceland. Near starvation, they find bread and shelter in a convent where sick nuns draw Troth’s attention.
  • The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom, 1892-1983. The book opens in 1937, with the ten Boom family celebrating the 100th anniversary of the family watch and watch repair business.  She died on her 91st birthday
  • The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster, 1929-. Milo unexpectedly receives a magic tollbooth one afternoon and, having nothing better to do, decides to drive through it in his toy car. The tollbooth transports him to a land called…
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls. A novel about a boy who buys and trains two Redbone Coonhound hunting dogs.
  • Little Britches: Father and I Were Ranchers by Ralph Moody, 1898–1982. An autobiographical account of Ralph Moody’s early life in the vicinity of Littleton, Colorado. This is the first book in the very popular series on Moody’s life.

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