ESOL (Levels 5-8) Book List

Level 5

  • Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman
  • Zlata's Diary by Zlata Filipovic
  • Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Skylark by Patricia MacLachlan
  • Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
  • The Canada Geese Quilt by Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Level 6

  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • A Stone in My Hand by Cathryn Clinton
  • The Borning Room by Paul Fleischman
  • Whirligig by Paul Fleischman
  • The Man Who Planted Trees by Jean Giono
  • Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
  • The Captive by Joyce Hansen
  • The Old Man in the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • The Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
  • Two Old Women by Velma Wallis
  • Goodbye Vietnam by Gloria Whelan
  • The Invisible Thread by Yoshiko Uchida

Level 7

  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt
  • Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech
  • The Long Season of Rain by Helen Kim
  • My Brother Sam is Dead by James Lincoln
  • Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry
  • The Giver by Lois Lowry
  • America Street by Anne Mazer
  • Thousand Pieces of Gold by Ruthanne Lum McCunn
  • Horseman Pass By by Larry McMurtry
  • Touching Spirit Bear by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Montgomery
  • Habibi by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • Lyddie by Katherine Paterson
  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
  • The No. One Ladies' Detective Agency by Alexander McCall Smith
  • El Bronx Remembered by Nicholasa Mohr
  • The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
  • Holes by Louis Sachar
  • A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
  • The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
  • Light Years by Tammar Stein
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Tortilla Flat by John Steinbeck
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Pearl by John Steinbeck
  • Flight to Freedom by Ana Veciana-Suarez
  • My Brother, My Sister and I by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
  • So Far From the Bamboo Grove by Yoko Kawashima Watkins
  • The Wedding by Dorothy West
  • The Barn Burner by Patricia Willis

Level 8

  • I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
  • Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather
  • The Foreign Student by Susan Choi
  • Rendezvous With Rama by Arthur C. Clarke
  • I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
  • Yellow Raft on Blue Water by Michael Dorris
  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer
  • The Way West by A. B. Guthrie
  • Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
  • Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
  • The Bean Trees by Barbara Kingsolver
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
  • The Color of Water by James MacBride
  • Kaffir Boy in America by Mathabane
  • All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
  • Motor City by Bill Morris
  • The Rapture of Canaan by Sheri Reynolds
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • The Kitchen God’s Wife by Amy Tan
  • The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • Dragonwings by Lawrence Yep