Book Lists


The lists below are just suggestions. The (m) or (f) listed after each title denotes male or female protagonists respectively. The books are linked to Amazon. However, I am not affiliated with amazon in any way other than my extensive shopping lists. ;)

Please read each book before you order them or assign them to your students. You know what your students are mature enough to handle. Please keep this in mind when viewing this list.

Dystopian Literature Circle List: This list is used with our sophomores. It is pretty accessible for our students.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (f)
Lockdown by Alexander Gordon Smith (m)

Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (m)
Unwind by Neal Schusterman (m)
Wither by Lauren DeStefano (f)

Life as We Knew it by Susan Beth Pfeffer (f)
Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan (f)
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld (f)
Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi (f)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (f)
Shipbreaker by Paolo Bacigalupi (m)
Eye Of Minds by James Dashner (m)


Mental Health Literature Circle List: This list is used with sophomore or juniors based on their maturity level. Please note that these books contain some very heavy content. Please, please, please make sure that you read these and know your kids before you assign these texts. In addition to the protagonist label, I've tried to include a topic tag for the specific type of mental health that is covered in each text.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (suicide) (m & f)
Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone (ocd) (f)
Schizo by Nic Sheff (schizophrenia) (m)

How it Feels to Fly by Kateryn Holmes (dysmorphia) (f)
A World Without You by Beth Revis (delusions) (m)
Challenger Deep by Neal Shusterman (mental health) (m)
The Memory of Light by Francisco Stork (Depression) (f)
Cut by Patricia McCormick (cutting) (f)
The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson (ptsd) (f)
If I Wake by Nikki Moyes (various)(f)
Crazy by Amy Reed (mental health)(m&f)
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned V (depression)(m)


Adversity Literature Circle List:

Monster by Walter Dean Myers (m)
The First Part Last by Angela Johnson (m)
What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi (m)
Clean by Amy Reed (m&f)
Gym Candy by Carl Deuker (m)
Boy 21 by Matthew Quick (m)
No Place by Todd Strasser (m)
Faceless by Alyssa Sheinmel (f)
Holding up the Universe by Jennifer Niven (m&f)
Because You'll Never Meet Me by Leah Thomas (m)
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell (m&f)
Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson (f)
Bone Gap by Laura Ruby (m)
Caraval by Stephanie Garber (f)



If you have ideas for books that I should consider adding to these lists, please leave your suggestions in the comments below! Also, please feel free to leave any questions that you have, and I will answer them as soon as possible. 
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