Featured below are fiction, biographies, and classic texts ideal for the high school classroom.

 

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PENGUIN CIVIC CLASSICS

 

PENGUIN CIVIC CLASSICS SERIES
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Edited by Richard Beeman

Penguin Books • Paperback
(1) 978-0-14-312197-8   208 pages • $13.00
(2) 978-0-14-312196-1   176 pages • $12.00
(3) 978-0-14-312198-5   208 pages • $13.00
(4) 978-0-14-312199-2   176 pages • $13.00
(5) 978-0-14-312200-5   160 pages • $12.00
(6) 978-0-14-312195-4   208 pages • $13.00
Publication Date: 8/28/2012

  • (1) A selection of The Federalist Papers by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, and John Jay, introduced and contextualized by Richard Beeman
  • (3) 37 Lincoln Speeches, introduced and edited by Lincoln scholar Allen C. Guelzo, with notes of explanation
  • (4) The most influential Supreme Court Decisions on government, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, civil rights, the right of privacy, and criminal and civil justice, collected, abridged, introduced, and explained by legal expert Jay Feinman
  • (5) Complete edition of Thomas Paine’s Common Sense, including the appendix, plus the first installment in his American Crisis series, introduced and contextualized by Richard Beeman

 

BIOGRAPHIES & AUTOBIOGRAPHIES

 

9780143034759ALEXANDER HAMILTON
by Ron Chernow

Penguin Press • Hardcover
978-1-59420-009-0 • 832 pages • $35.00
Publication Date:  4/26/2004

Penguin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-303475-9 • 832 pages • $20.00
Publication Date:  3/29/2005

Drawing upon extensive, unparalleled research—including nearly fifty previously undiscovered essays highlighting Hamilton’s journalism and personal correspondences—this biography covers the entirety of Hamilton’s life, from his childhood in the Caribbean to his remarkable military career; his contentious relationships with Jefferson, Madison, Adams, and Monroe; his pivotal role in four presidential elections; his wide-ranging commentary on most political events of his time; and his death at the hands of Aaron Burr in their famed duel—as well as the legacy he left behind. Hamilton was one of the central figures in the creation of our country and his story is nothing less than the epic story of America’s founding, from the Revolution to the creation of the Federal government.

 

9780812993547BETWEEN THE WORLD AND ME
by Ta-Nehisi Coates

Spiegel & Grau • Hardcover
978-0-8129-9354-7 • 176 pages • $25.00
Publication Date: 7/14/2015

In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.

 

9780143122913ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West
by Blaine Harden

Viking • Hardcover
978-0-670-02332-5 • 224 pages • $26.95
Publication Date:  3/29/2012

Penguin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-312291-3 • 256 pages • $16.00
Publication Date:  3/26/2013

Harden tells the remarkable story of Shin Dong-hyuk, and through the lens of his life unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state. This revised edition contains a new foreword that addresses recent changes to Shin’s story, providing a framework for discussing unreliable narration, the effects of trauma, and the challenges of reporting.

 

9780385486804INTO THE WILD
by Jon Krakauer

Villard • Hardcover
978-0-679-42850-3 • 224 pages • $26.00
Publication Date: 1/13/1996

Anchor • Paperback
978-0-385-48680-4 • 240 pages • $15.00
Publication Date: 1/20/1997

Jon Krakauer tells the haunting true story of Chris McCandless, who after graduating from college in 1991, walked deep into the wilderness of Alaska on a fatal odyssey. Krakauer explores the ideas of spiritual want, the fear of intimacy, and rejection of privilege. Students gain bold insights into the Zeitgeist of America’s youth of today. Through Krakauer’s analysis, students will appreciate the profound pull of the wilderness on the American imagination, the allure of peril, and the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

 

YOUNG ADULT FICTION

 

9781101934180THE BOOK THIEF
by Markus Zusak

Knopf Books for Young Readers • Hardcover
978-1-101-93418-0 •  592 pages • $19.99
Publication Date: 3/8/2016

Knopf Books for Young Readers • Paperback
978-0-375-84220-7 •  592 pages • $12.99
Publication Date: 9/11/2007

It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will become busier still.

Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement.

In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak, author of I Am the Messenger, has given us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

 

9780142424179THE FAULT IN OUR STARS
by John Green

Dutton Books for Young Readers • Hardcover
978-0-525-47881-2 • 336 pages • $19.99
Publication Date: 1/10/2012

Penguin Books • Paperback
978-0-14-242417-9 • 336 pages • $12.99
Publication Date: 4/8/2014

The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of the star-crossed love between Hazel and Augustus—both of whom are surviving with cancer, despite seemingly impossible odds. As their relationship progresses—and through a shared affection for the sole novel written by a mysterious author—both characters learn and experience things that would have been impossible without their interdependence.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

 

SCIENCE FICTION

 

9780804189354THE MARTIAN
Classroom Edition
by Andy Weir

Broadway Books • Paperback
978-0-8041-8935-4 • 400 pages • $15.00
Publication Date: 5/3/2016

The Martian, by debut science fiction novelist Andy Weir, is a survival story about an astronaut who gets left behind on the red planet when his crew believes him to be dead.

After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.

Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to kill him first.

But Mark isn’t ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills—and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit—he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?

 

9780307887443READY PLAYER ONE
by Ernest Cline

Crown • Hardcover
978-0-307-88743-6 •  384 pages • $26.00
Publication Date: 8/16/2011

Broadway Books • Paperback
978-0-307-88744-3 •  400 pages • $16.00
Publication Date: 6/5/2012

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the OASIS. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within the world’s digital

confines—puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with ’80 pop culture and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take the ultimate prize.

 

AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE

 

9780679744726THE FIRE NEXT TIME
by James Baldwin

Vintage • Paperback
978-0-679-74472-6 • 128 pages • $13.95
Publication Date: 12/1/1992

At once a powerful evocation of Baldwin’s early life in Harlem and a disturbing examination of the consequences of racial injustice, the book is an intensely personal and provocative document. It consists of two “letters,” written on the occasion of the centennial of the Emancipation Proclamation, that exhort Americans, both black and white, to attack the terrible legacy of racism. The Fire Next Time stands as a classic of our literature and as urgent today as when it was written.

 

 

9780807033050A TIME TO BREAK SILENCE: The Essential Works of Martin Luther King, Jr., for Students
by Martin Luther King, Jr.

Beacon Press • Hardcover
978-0-8070-3318-0 • 272 pages • $26.95
Publication Date: 11/5/2013

Beacon Press • Paperback
978-0-8070-3305-0 • 272 pages • $15.00
Publication Date: 11/5/2013

 A Time to Break Silence presents Martin Luther King, Jr.’s most important writings and speeches—carefully selected by teachers across a variety of disciplines—in an accessible and user-friendly volume. Now, for the first time, teachers and students will be able to access Dr. King’s writings not only electronically but in stand-alone book form.

 

9780385542364THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD
by Colson Whitehead

Doubleday • Hardcover
978-0-3855-4236-4 • 320 pages • $26.95
Publication Date: 8/2/2016
Paperback forthcoming June 2017

From National Book Award-winning author Colson Whitehead, a magnificent tour-de-force chronicling a young slave’s adventures as she makes a desperate bid for freedom in the antebellum South.

In Whitehead’s ingenious conception, the Underground Railroad is no mere metaphor —engineers and conductors operate a secret network of tracks and tunnels beneath the Southern soil. The Underground Railroad is at once a kinetic adventure tale of one woman’s ferocious will to escape the horrors of bondage and a shattering, powerful meditation on the history we all share.

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