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Novels for ESL Students: Lexile Measures 600 - 890

This guide lists novels available in the Spokane Community College Library that are appropriate for English as a Second Language students

Novels with Lexile Measures 600L to 890L

The books on this page are listed by Lexile Measure number from lowest (600L) to highest (890L). Books with Lexile numbers of 900L and higher are shown on the next page.

To find a book in the library, look for the library call number (example: 813.54 ALEXIE) shown after the book title.  Books are arranged in the library by call number and then by author last name. Ask a librarian if you need help locating a book.

book cover for The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian







Alexie, Sherman, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, 813.54 ALEXIE, 229 pages.

Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.

book cover for Of Mice and Men








Steinbeck, John, Of Mice and Men, 813.52 STEINBE, 107 pages.

Tells a story about the strange relationship of two migrant workers, who are able to realize their dreams of an easy life until one of them succumbs to his weakness for soft, helpless creatures and strangles the farmer's wife. This is the tragic tale of a retarded man and the friend who loves and tries to protect him.

book cover for Charlotte's Web


White, E.B., Charlotte’s Web, 813.52 WHITE, 282 pages.

Wilbur, the pig, is desolate when he discovers that he is destined to be the farmer's Christmas dinner until his spider friend, Charlotte decides to help him.

book cover for The Little Prince 


Saint-Exupery, Antoine de, The Little Prince, 843.912 SAINT-E, 91 pages.

No story is more beloved by children and grown-ups alike than this wise, enchanting fable. One day, the author reminisces, when his plane was forced down in the Sahara, a thousand miles from help, he encountered a most extraordinary small person. "If you please, " said the stranger, "draw me a sheep." And thus begins the remarkable history of the Little Prince.

book cover for A Wrinkle in Time


L’Engle, Madeleine, A Wrinkle in Time, 813.54 LENGLE, 211 pages.

When an atomic physicist disappears on a secret mission, his son, daughter and their friend search for him, going on an interplanetary journey through time and space. 

book cover for The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 


McCullers, Carson, The Heart is a Lonely Hunter, 813.52 MCCULLE, 273 pages.

With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the novel is considered McCullers' finest work. At its center is the deaf-mute John Singer, who becomes the confidant for various types of misfits in a Georgia mill town during the 1930s.

book cover for Anne of Green Gables


Montgomery, Lucy Maud, Anne of Green Gables, 813.54 MONTGOM, 287 pages.

Anne, an eleven-year-old orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make an indelible impression on everyone around her. 

book cover for Lord of the Flies 


Golding, William, The Lord of the Flies, 823.914 GOLDING, 243 pages.

Classic study of human nature which depicts the degeneration of a group of schoolboys marooned on a desert island.

book cover for Animal Dreams 


Kingsolver, Barbara, Animal Dreams, 813.54 KINGSOL, 342 pages.

Hallie Nodine fights for justice in Nicaragua while her sister, Codi, returns to Arizona to confront her dying father, as myths, dreams, and flashbacks blend to examine life's commitments.

book cover for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew


Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew, 823.912 LEWIS, 202 pages.

In the first book of The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis shows us how it all began -- the glorious birth of Narnia at the hand of its unforgettable King. It is followed by six more books that collectively tell the history of a world that has become as real as our own.

 book cover for Mocking Jay


Collins, Suzanne, Mockingjay, 813.54 COLLINS, 390 pages.

Katniss Everdeen's having survived the Hunger games twice makes her a target of the Capitol and President Snow, as well as a hero to the rebels who will succeed only if Katniss is willing to put aside her personal feelings and serve as their pawn.

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Steinbeck, John, The Red Pony, 813.52 STEINBE, 100 pages.

Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.

 book cover for The Hunger Games


Collins, Suzanne, The Hunger Games, 813.54 COLLINS, 374 pages.

In a future North America, where the rulers of Panem maintain control through an annual televised survival competition pitting young people from each of the twelve districts against one another, sixteen-year-old Katniss's skills are put to the test when she voluntarily takes her younger sister's place. 

book cover for The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 


Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 823.912 TOLKIEN, 352 pages.

This is the second volume of The Lord of the Rings. Frodo and his Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom.

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Collins, Suzanne, Catching Fire, 813.54 COLLINS, 391 pages.

By winning the annual Hunger Games, District 12 tributes Katniss Everdeen and Peeta Mellark have secured a life of safety and plenty for themselves and their families, but because they won by defying the rules, they unwittingly become the faces of an impending rebellion. 

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Cormier, Robert, Chocolate War, 813.54 CORMIER, 253 pages.

A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fund raising drive and arousing the wrath of the school bullies.

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Soto, Gary, Baseball in April, 813.54 SOTO, 111 pages.

A collection of eleven short stories focusing on the everyday adventures of Hispanic young people growing up in Fresno, California. In this unique collection of short stories, the small events of daily life reveal big themes-love and friendship, youth and growing up, success and failure. Calling on his own experiences of growing up in California's Central Valley, poet Gary Soto brings to life the joys and pains of young people everywhere. The smart, tough, vulnerable kids in these stories are Latino, but their dreams and desires belong to all of us.

book cover for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair


Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia: The Silver Chair, 823.912 LEWIS, 243 pages.

Two English children undergo hair-raising adventures as they go on a search and rescue mission for the missing Prince Rilian, who is held captive in the underground kingdom of the Emerald Witch.


book cover for The Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring 


Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Ring: The Fellowship of the Ring, 823.912 TOLKIEN, 423 pages.

This is the first volume of The Lord of the Rings. Frodo the hobbit and his companions set out to destroy the Ring of Power before the evil Sauron grasps control.

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Cisneros, Sandra, The House on Mango Street, 813.54 CISNEROS, 110 pages.

Esperanza Cordero, a girl coming of age in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, uses poems and stories to express thoughts and emotions about her oppressive environment.

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Gibbons, Kaye, Ellen Foster, 813.54 GIBBONS, 126 pages.

Having suffered abuse and misfortune for much of her life, a young child searches for a better life and finally gets a break in the home of a loving woman with several foster children.

book cover for To Kill a Mockingbird 


Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird, 813.43 LEE, 323 pages.

The explosion of racial hate in an Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends a black man accused of rape.

book cover for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia


Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia: The Prince Caspian: The Return to Narnia, 823.912 LEWIS, 223 pages.

Four children help Prince Caspian and his army of Talking Beasts to free Narnia from evil. Troubled times have come to Narnia as it is gripped by civil war. Prince Caspian is forced to blow The Great Horn of Narnia, summoning the help of past hero Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Now they must overthrow Caspian's uncle, King Miraz, to restore peace to Narnia. 

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Schaefer, Jack, Shane, 813.54 SCHAEFE, 214 pages.

Shane, a stranger the Starretts take into their home in Wyoming in 1889, becomes involved in a feud between the cattle ranger and the local homesteaders.

 book cover for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone


Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, 823.914 ROWLING, 309 pages.

Rescued from the outrageous neglect of his aunt and uncle, a young boy with a great destiny proves his worth while attending Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry.

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban


Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, 823.914 ROWLING, 448 pages.

During his third year at Hogwarts School for Witchcraft and Wizardry, Harry Potter must confront the devious and dangerous wizard responsible for his parents' deaths.

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire


Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 823.914 ROWLING, 752 pages.

A teenager pitching headfirst into the world of near-adulthood, Harry returns to Hogwarts for his fourth year where he competes in the Triwizard Tournament.

book cover for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 


Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, 823.914 ROWLING, 759 pages.

Burdened with the dark, dangerous, and seemingly impossible task of locating and destroying Voldemort's remaining Horcruxes, Harry, feeling alone and uncertain about his future, struggles to find the inner strength he needs to follow the path set out before him.

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Watson, Larry, Montana 1948, 813.54 WATSON, 175 pages.

David 12, comes of age during 1948 when his uncle is accused of molesting and murdering Native Americans in his small Montana town.

book cover for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle


Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia: The Last Battle, 823.912 LEWIS, 211 pages.

When evil comes to Narnia, Jill and Eustace help fight the great last battle and Aslan leads his people to a glorious new paradise.

book cover for Fahrenheit 451 


Bradbury, Ray, Fahrenheit 451, 813.54 BRADBUR, 179 pages.

A novel set in the (perhaps near) future when "firemen" burn books forbidden by a totalitarian "brave new world" regime.