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Okay, folks,


I know this has been done before but my searches aren't yielding great results. I follow the WTM approach for history pretty closely and have a son doing the early modern period for 7th grade this fall. However, SWB's book choices are often a bit much-- I need to mix it up with some less challenging choices or my son will burn out.


I'm hoping y'all can point me to previous threads or send me your lists. Thank you so much!



Here's SWB's, straight from her book:


Don Quixote, retold by Michael Harrison.

The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault, Charles Perrault et. al.

“A Voyage to Lilliput†and “A Voyage to Brobdingnag†from Gulliver’s Travels,

Jonathan Swift.

Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan, or Pilgrim’s Progress : A Retelling by Gary D.


Robinson Crusoe, Daniel Defoe

William Wordsworth’s Collected Poems (Dover Thrift edition, $1)

Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s “The Rime of the Ancient Marinerâ€

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow and Rip Van Winkle, Washington Irving.

Robert Browning: “The Pied Piper of Hamelinâ€

Grimm’s Fairy Tales, Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm

“The Way to Wealth,†Benjamin Franklin. In Benjamin Franklin: The

Autobiography and Other Writings

Christina Rossetti: “Goblin Market,†“A Birthday,†“Sister Maudeâ€, “No, Thank

You, Johnâ€

Alice in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll

Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Jules Verne

A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens

“The Lady of Shalott†and “The Charge of the Light Brigade,†Alfred Lord

Tennyson; in any Tennyson collection.

“The Raven,†Edgar Allen Poe

East O’ the Sun and West O’ the Moon : Fifty-Nine Norwegian Folk Tales, by

Peter Christen Asbjrnsen

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave: Written by

Himself, Frederick Douglass

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OK, since nobody has an alternate list, I'll respond:

we will do the time period next year for DS for 7th grade and are using the list as is suggested in WTM, with small modifications

(for instance, we are going to skip the Pilgrim's Progress because we are not religious and it is not part of our cultural heritage.)


It contains plenty of entertaining, not too hard for 7th grade, selections which are enjoyable:

Grimm's fairy tales (which my kids have been familiar with since early childhood

Tom Sawyer (which both of mine read and enjoyed before or in 5th grade)

A Christmas Carol


DD has loved and read many times: Pride and Prejudice (DS saw it as a play on stage and I will not require him to read it next year, as this is not a "boy" book)

Alice in Wonderland


I would guess boys enjoy Jules Verne - if you don't want 20,00 leagues, there are plenty of others to choose from, such as Around the world in 80 days and Journey to the center of the Earth


I have not read Robinson Crusoe in the original; we may use an adaptation of it turns out cumbersome (great story, kids know and love)

I am not familiar with the suggested version of Don Quixote, but we have an adaptation which we may use instead (great story, kids know and love)

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