Students will choose ONE book from the following options.
To help you make your selection, books have been organized into fiction and non-fiction columns.
The Last Hurrah by Edwin O'Connor
An old-style politician who has been mayor of a large American city for about 40 years finds that his power is being challenged.
All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. It describes the career of Willie Stark, a back-country lawyer whose idealism is overcome by his lust for power.
All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers
In one of his most thought-provoking novels to date, Myers weaves together political philosophy, basketball, and making soup in Harlem, with the depth that defines his writing career.
The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.
The Wave by Todd Strasser
This novel dramatizes an incident that took place in a California school in 1969. A teacher creates an experimental movement in his class to help students understand how people could have followed Hitler.
Hope Was Here by Joan Bauer
When Hope and her aunt move to small-town Wisconsin to take over the local diner, Hope's not sure what to expect. But what they find is that the owner, G.T., isn't quite ready to give up yet--in fact, he's decided to run for mayor against a corrupt candidate.
All the President's Men by Bob Woodward; Carl Bernstein
In the most devastating political detective story of the century, two Washington Post reporters, whose brilliant, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation smashed the Watergate scandal wide open, tell the behind-the-scenes drama the way it really happened.
I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.
Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin
Acclaimed historian Doris Kearns Goodwin illuminates Lincoln's political genius in this highly original work, as the one-term congressman and prairie lawyer rises from obscurity to prevail over three gifted rivals of national reputation to become president.
John Adams by David McCullough
In this powerful, epic biography, David McCullough unfolds the adventurous life journey of John Adams, the brilliant, fiercely independent, always honest Yankee patriot who spared nothing in his zeal for the American Revolution; who rose to become the second president of the United States and saved the country from blundering into an unnecessary war.
The Boys Who Challenged Hitler by Phillip Hoose
At the outset of World War II, Denmark did not resist German occupation. Deeply ashamed of his nation's leaders, fifteen-year-old Knud Pedersen resolved with his brother and a handful of schoolmates to take action against the Nazis if the adults would not.
No Ordinary Time by Doris Kearns Goodwin
The Pulitzer Prize winning monumental bestseller that forever captures the story of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt and the partnership that transformed America.