“Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another’s skin, another’s voice, another’s soul.” — Joyce Carol Oates


How can reading help in college admissions?

- Reading during childhood is the #1 predictor of how well a student will perform on their SAT Critical Reading component.

- Reading helps children understand societal challenges such as poverty and inequality, Books are instrumental in helping develop key personality traits such as compassion and tolerance.  The ability to discuss societal challenges and to pose potential solutions leads to insightful college essays and interviews.


Prosper's Recommended Book List


This is a comprehensive list of books for middle school and high school students that build vocabulary and reading comprehension skills.


1984 by Geroge Orwell (1949)

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (1876)

Alice's adventures in wonderland by Lewis Carroll (1865)

All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque (1929)

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

Animal Farm by Geroge Orwell (1945)

Around the World in eighty days by Jules Verne (1872)

As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner (1930)

Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)

The call of the wild by Jack London (1903)

Candide, or, Optimism by Voltaire (1759)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller (1955)

The catcher in the rye by J.D. Salinger (1951)

The chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis (1950-1956)

The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens (1850)

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)

Dracula by Bram Stoker (1897)

East of eden by John Steinbeck (1952)

Emma by Jane Austen (1816)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (1953)

A farewell to arms by Ernest Hemingway (1929)

The lord of the rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (1954)

Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (1966)

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1818)

The giver by Lois Lowry (1993)

Go ask Alice (1971)

Go tell it on the mountain by James Baldwin (1953)

The grapes of wrath by John Steinbeck (1939)

Great expectations by Charles Dickens (1861)

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1925)

Gulliver's travels by Jonathan Swift (1726)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (1937)

The hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo (1831)

I, robot by Isaac Asimov (1950)

The invisible man by H.G. Wells (1897)

Ivanhoe by Walter, Sir Scott (1819)

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë (1847)

The jungle by Upton Sinclair (1906)

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson (1886)

Little women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

Lord of the flies : a novel by William Golding (1954)

Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (1920)

Les miserables by Victor Hugo (1862)

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville (1851)

My Antonia by Willa Cather (1918)

Of mice and men by John Steinbeck (1937)

The old man and the sea by Ernest Hemingway (1952)

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens (1838)

One flew over the cuckoo's nest by Ken Kesey (1962)

The outsiders by S.E. Hinton (1967)

The phantom of the opera by Gaston Leroux (1910)

The picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (1891)

Pride and prejudice by Jane Austen (1813)

The red badge of courage by Stephen Crane (1895)

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe (1719)

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

The scarlet letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

The sea-wolf by Jack London (1904)

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse (1922)

Silas Marner by George Eliot (1861)

A tale of two cities by Charles Dickens (1859)

Tales of mystery and terror by Edgar Allan Poe (1838)

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe

The three musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (1844)

The time machine by H.G. Wells (1888)

To kill a mockingbird by Harper Lee (1960)

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson (1883)

A tree grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith (1943)

The war of the worlds by H.G. Wells (1897)

Where the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy by Wilson Rawls (1961)

White Fang by Jack London (1906)

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë (1847)

The yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (1938)



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