I didn't mean to be ethnocentric when I asked for help. Sorry about that. Eighth graders in the US tend to be in the 13 or 14 year old category. Ninth graders are about 14-16. Twelfth graders, though I don't think I asked for ideas there, are 17, 18 years old normally.
I was asking folks which books they enjoyed in that time in school because I am going to be teaching 8th/9th and 12th grade classes in literature next year. I've seen last year's schedule, now, and some of the books I wanted to read are in the list, but I am still working on it.
I have two lists, one for this year, one for next, for the 8/9 year.
Washington Irving short stories
Edgar Allen Poe short stories
Alice in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass
Red Badge of Courage
The Time Machine
Around the World in 80 Days
something by Robert Louis Stevenson (But what?)
Twain short stories
Stephen Vincent Benet short stories
Call of the Wild
Fitzgerald short stories or The Great Gatsby
The Old Man and the Sea
Of Mice and Men
O'Henry short stories
My Antonia! (Don't remember this. Would have to read first for age-appropriateness.)
Main Street by Sinclair Lewis (Never read this. Would have to check for age-appropriateness)
The Horse and His Boy
Passing by Nella Larsen (Haven't read this but have always wanted to. Going to look at the library for this. Need to check it out.)
For the 12th grade class I wanted to do:
Beowulf, in a prose version
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
For this class I was thinking classic old stuff. 1700s or earlier. This is supposed to be the AP version. But Gulliver's Travels and Robinson Crusoe were both on the last year list for this class. So if there are students repeating, I can't do that. Drats. (It's a 2 year class.)
Try to get the following stories:
Edgar Allan Poe – The Cask of Amontillado
Ernest Hemingway – Hills Like White Elephants (The Old Man and the Sea is toooo long…)
Longfellow – Psalm of Life
How about Emily Dickinson?