Grade 4

The Bronze Bow by Elisabeth George Speare

Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi

Lassie Come-Home by Eric Knight

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

Indian Captive by Lois Lenski

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes

The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame

Grade 5: “Heroes:”

The Adventures of Robin Hood by Roger Lancelyn Green

The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum

The Dragon and the Raven by G. A. Henty

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald

Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Mythology by Edith Hamilton, selections

The Eagle of the Ninth by Rosemary Sutcliff

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Grade 6:“Youths Facing Great Challenges:”

Little Men by Louisa May Alcott

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

The Prince and The Pauper by Mark Twain

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

Captain Courageous by Rudyard Kipling

Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson

Grade 7: “The Quest” (young scholars will explore the hero motif, classical versus Christian values, internal versus external quests, and the quests they may travel in their own lives)

Template text: The Odyssey by Homer

Supplemental: Selections from Book 1 of The Faerie Queen by Edmund Spenser, selections from Dante’s Inferno, selected poetry

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Roger Lancelyn Green

Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Adam of the Road by Elizabeth Janet Gray

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll


Grade 8: “Redemption” (young scholars will explore fantasy fiction, the redemption of men versus the redemption of God, salvation, and sacrifice)

Template text: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis

Supplemental: The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, selections from Confessions by St. Augustine of Hippo, selected poetry

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

Watership Down by Richard Adams

Twelve Years a Slave by Solomon Northup

The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo