Phoenix Reading

Reading on your own is the most important thing you can do to build your language skills....and besides, it's fun! If you are looking for a new book, try browsing on www.goodreads.com. Or, try one of these recommendations:

A Recommended Reading List

posted Sep 12, 2018, 9:05 PM by Chloe Smith


Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

posted Sep 12, 2018, 9:01 PM by Chloe Smith

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

posted Sep 12, 2018, 8:55 PM by Chloe Smith   [ updated Sep 12, 2018, 8:56 PM ]

If you like....

posted Sep 20, 2016, 8:15 PM by Chloe Smith

Here are recommendations based on things you may have read and enjoyed:

If you liked Percy Jackson...... (action, adventure, and magic)


  • The Lost Years of Merlin (and sequels), by T.A. Barron
  • The Golden Compass (1), The Subtle Knife (2), and The Amber Spyglass (3) by Philip Pullman

  • The Amulet of Samarkand, by Jonathan Stroud

  • The Wee Free Men, by Terry Pratchett (funny!)

  • the Obernwyn series by Isobelle Carmody


  • More challenging:

    • A Wizard of Earthsea, by Ursula K. LeGuin

    • The Forgotten Beasts of Eld and The Riddlemaster Trilogy by Patricia Mckillip

    • The Lord of the Rings, by J.R.R. Tolkien

    • Ysabel, by Guy Gavriel Kay

    • Into the Green, and other books by Charles De Lint


If you liked Beautiful Creatures...... (action, adventure, magic, and romance)


  • Daughter of Smoke and Bone, by Laini Tailor

  • The Mortal Instruments series, by Cassandra Claire

  • White Cat (1),  Red Glove (2), and Black Heart (3), by Holly Black

  • Alanna: The First Adventure, by Tamora Pierce (very strongly recommended!!)

  • The Girl of Fire and Thorns, by Rae Carson

  • Crown Duel, by Sherwood Smith

  • A Great and Terrible Beauty and The Diviners by Libba Bray

  • Sorcery and Cecelia, by Patricia Wrede


  • More challenging:

    • Arrows of the Queen, and all the following novels about Valdemar, by Mercedes Lacky
    • Stardust,  by Neal Gaiman
    • War for the Oaks, by Emma Bull
    • Johnathan Strange and Mr. Norell, by Susanna Clark
    • Tam Lin, by Pamela Dean

If you like stories about young people growing up and learning how to deal with the challenges the world throws at them......


  • A Ring of Endless Light, by Madeline L’Engle

  • Absolutely Normal Chaos, by Sharon Creech (funny!)

  • All American Girl, by Meg Cabot

  • Homecoming, by Cynthia Voigt


  • More challenging:

    • The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston
    • Jacob Have I Loved, by Katharine Patterson

If you like stories set in the past....

In the middle ages:


  • Jackaroo, by Cynthia Voigt

  • The Shield Ring, and The Sword and the Circle, by Rosemary Sutcliff

  • Catherine, Called Birdy, by Karen Cushman

  • The Ramsey Scallop, by Frances Temple

  • Crispin, Cross of Lead, by Avi

  • Of Nightingales that Weep, by Katherine Patterson (medieval Japan)


In American history:
  • Streams to the River, River to the Sea, by Scott O'Dell
  • Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, by Virginia Hamilton
  • The Velvet Room, by Zilpha Keatley Snyder

If you like science fiction or thrillers......

  • The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm, by Nancy Farmer

  • The Dragonriders of Pern, by Anne McCaffery

  • Shipbreaker, by Paulo Bacigalupi

  • The Tripods Trilogy, by John Christopher

  • any of the “juveniles” series, by Robert Heinlein (for example, Have Spacesuit, Will Travel)

  • Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card

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