All across the country, contemporary books are quickly joining the ranks of the classics on high school reading lists, and for good reason. Like the literary greats before them, modern titles have the power to introduce new and diverse perspectives, explore universal themes, and challenge students to think critically about the texts they read.

Based on titles we know are currently being taught in classrooms, we've compiled this contemporary high school reading list of 20 titles your students will love. We've sorted the books by high school grade level, considering aspects such as text difficulty and content. However, just as reading levels among students vary, the titles featured are certainly flexible.

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9th Grade

10th Grade

11th Grade

12th Grade

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