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"Class Novels" are supplemental reading approved by the Board of Education.

This page represents titles identified by NVUSD teachers as currently in use (defined as a title assigned to an entire class of students in the last five years) and does not include textbooks. The complete list of approved titles may be found here

The number below each book image indicates the grade level(s) for which use has been approved. (e.g. *11-12)

TEACHERS: If the book you wish to use for your class is not on this list, it must be approved by the Board before it is assigned. 

If you wish to suggest a book for approval, please contact Library Services.  

Additional titles
Project lit
Titles from the Project Lit program may be used for extracurricular after-school programs. 


StudySync (both Core ELA units and the extended Library) may be used for classroom instruction or supplemental assignments. 


Title Accessibility

Print copies of class novels may be available through our school libraries. If your school has a library, please check with your library media tech about print availability. If sufficient copies of the desired title are not available on site, your library media tech can initiate a request to borrow copies from another school through the Library Services office. If you do not have a library at your school, please contact Library Services for assistance. 

Ebook (or audiobook) copies can be assigned via OverDrive/Sora to an entire class quickly and easily. Titles will automatically check out to the students on the date the assignment begins and will automatically return in 90 days.

Students can take notes inside the platform, export them to Google Drive or retrieve them in OverDrive/Sora even after the check-out period expires. Learn more about TAKING AND USING NOTES in OverDrive/Sora. 

To request a title assignment via the OverDrive/Sora app, email


Availability of resources through is indicated by a yellow border around the book cover image and may be accessed by clicking the book cover. pairs resources (activities, book guides, lesson plans, etc.) with book titles that further reading enjoyment, contextual knowledge, and educational relevance.

High School Class Novels

The absolutely true diary of a part-time indian*9-12 the alchemist*9-12 all quiet on the western front *10-12 An American Childhood*9 angels in american*11-12 animal dreams*11 animal farm *12 as i lay dying *11
awakening*11-12 baseball in april*9-12 the bean trees*9-12 The bell jar*11-12 Beloved*11 the best we could do*10 between the world and me*11-12 black boy*10-12
bless me, ultima*10 brave new world*11-12 Brighton Beach Memoirs*10 by the lake of sleeping children*12 Cajas de carton*10-12 the call of the wild*10-12 the catcher in the rye*11-12 ceremony*12
crime and punishment*11 the crucible*11-12 the curious incident of the dog in the night-time*10 Cyrano de Bergerac*10 dead man walking*12 death of a salesman*11 december sky*9-12 the diary of a young girl  anne frank*10-12
the distance between us*11-12 dracula*10-12 ender s game*10 esperanza rising*6-11 everything sad is untrue*9-12 fahrenheit 451*11 farewell to manzanar*10 fast food nation*11-12
feed*9 fences*11-12 frankenstein*10-12

the freedom writers diary

the grapes of wrath*11 great expectations*9 the great gatsby*11 hamlet*12
harvest of empire*9-12 the hate u give*9 heroes gods and monsters of the greek myths*9 hiroshima*11-12 homegoing*9-12 The house of the scorpion*9 the house on mango street*9-12 how the garcia girls lost their accents*9-12
the adventures of huckleberry finn*11 i am not your perfect mexican daughter*10 I heard the owl call my name*9 i know why the caged bird sings*10-12 if you ve forgotten the names of the clouds, you ve lost your way*9-12 the iliad of homer*10-12 inherit the wind*11-12 into the wild*9-12
jane eyre*10 the joy luck club*11-12 julius caesar*10 the jungle*11 kindred*9-12 la linea*9-12 life of pi*9 light in august*11-12
like water for chocolate*11-12 long way down*9 lord of the flies*12 macbeth*11-12 man s search for meaning*11-12 Maus*9-10 A midsummer night s dream*11-12 montana 1948*10
my antonia*10-12 native son*10-12 night*10-12 1984*11 october sky*9 the odyssey*9, 11-12 Oedipus Rex*12 of mice and men*11-12
the old man and the sea*11 one flew over the cuckoo s nest*11-12 othello*11-12 the outsiders*7-9 the pearl*10 the perks of being a wallflower*9-12 Persepolis*9-12 the poet x*9
Poetry speaks  Who I am*9-12 Pride and Prejudice*9 A Raisin in the Sun*11 Romeo and Juliet*10-12 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead*12 the Scarlet Letter*11 the secret life of bees*10 a separate peace*11
The Seven Daughters of Eve*9 Siddhartha*11-12 So much to tell you*9 speak*9 stargirl*9 a summer life*9 taking sides*9-12 a tale of two cities*10
their eyes were watching god*11 Things fall apart*11 the things they carried*12 to kill a mocking bird*10-12 the turn of the screw*11-12 twelth night*11-12 twilight los angeles, 1992*12 Under Milk Wood*10-12
walkabout*9-12 where i m calling from*10-12 zeitoun*11-12