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Novels for ESL Students: Lexile Measures 900 - 1370

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

Novels with Lexile Measure numbers 900L - 1370L

The books on this page are listed by Lexile Measure number from lowest (900L) to highest (1399L). Books with lower Lexile numbers are shown on the previous page.

To find a book in the library, look for the library call number (example: 813.54 KINGSOL) 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 Bean Trees 


Kingsolver, Barbara, The Bean Trees, 813.54 KINGSOL, 261 pages.

When Taylor Greer hits the road she has no real destination, only to get as far from Kentucky as possible. By the time she ends up in Arizona, she has inherited a three-year-old Cherokee girl from an Indian woman she met in a bar.

book cover for No-No Boy 


Okada, John, No-No Boy, 813.54 OKADA, 260 pages.

In the aftermath of World War II, Ichiro, a Japanese American, returns home to Seattle to make a new start after two years in an internment camp and two years in prison for refusing to be drafted.

book cover for Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince 


Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince, 823.914 ROWLING, 652 page.

Sixth-year Hogwarts student Harry Potter gains valuable insights into the boy Voldemort once was, even as his own world is transformed by maturing friendships, schoolwork assistance from an unexpected source, and devastating losses.

book cover for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King 


Tolkien, J.R.R., The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 823.912 LEWIS, 440 pages.

This is the third volume of The Lord of the Rings.  It is a chronicle of the great War of the Ring between the hobbits and the Enemy who made the One Ring.

book cover for The Invisible Man 


Wells, H.G., The Invisible Man, 823.912 WELLS, 161 pages.

With his face swaddled in bandages, his eyes hidden behind dark glasses, and his hands covered even indoors, Griffin—the new guest at the Coach and Horses—is at first assumed to be a shy accident victim. But the true reason for his disguise is far more chilling: he has developed a process that has made him invisible and is locked in a struggle to discover the antidote. Forced from the village and driven to murder, he seeks the aid of an old friend, Kemp. The horror of his fate has affected his mind, however, and when Kemp refuses to help, he resolves to wreak his revenge.

book cover for Cannery Row 


Steinbeck, John, Cannery Row, 813.52 STEINBE, 196 pages.

This is a segment of the underworld on the California coast near Monterey. A group of rootless men, who took jobs only as a last resort, lived contentedly in an old warehouse; nearby, Dora ran her house of prostitution with business efficiency, and in his marine laboratory Doc prepared the specimens he collected along the shore. Love for Doc was the sentiment that all Cannery Row shared, and the climax was the fearful birthday party given for him.

book cover for The Old Man and the Sea 


Hemingway, Ernest, The Old Man and the Sea, 813.52 HEMINGW, 140 pages.

Santiago is a Cuban fisherman who encounters a giant marlin in the Gulf Stream and the battle for his catch becomes one of survival against a band of marauding sharks.

book cover for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe 


Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 823.912 LEWIS, 189 pages.

Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist Aslan, the golden lion, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

book cover for Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets


Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, 823.914 ROWLING, 341 pages.

For Harry's second year at Hogwarts, fresh torments and horrors arise, including an outrageously stuck-up new professor and a spirit who haunts the girls' bathroom. But then real trouble begins--someone is turning Hogwarts students to stone. Could it be Draco Malfoy, a more poisonous rival than ever? Could it possibly be Hagrid, whose mysterious past is finally told? Or could it be the one everyone at Hogwarts most suspects ... Harry Potter himself?

book cover for Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix


Rowling, J.K., Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 823.914 ROWLING, 870 pages.

When the government of the magic world and authorities at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry refuse to believe in the growing threat of a freshly revived Lord Voldemort, fifteen-year-old Harry Potter finds support from his loyal friends in facing the evil wizard and other new terrors. 

book cover for The Chronicles of Narnia The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, 823.912 LEWIS, 248 pages.

Lucy and Edmund, accompanied by their peevish cousin Eustace, sail to the land of Narnia where Eustace is temporarily transformed into a green dragon because of his selfish behavior and skepticism.

book cover for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy


Lewis, C.S., The Chronicles of Narnia: The Horse and His Boy, 823.912 LEWIS, 224 pages.

A boy and a talking horse share an adventurous and dangerous journey to Narnia to warn of invading barbarians. 

book cover for The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


Twain, Mark, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, 813.4 TWAIN, 717 pages.

The adventures of a boy growing up in a nineteenth-century Mississippi River town as he plays hookey on an island, witnesses a crime, hunts for the pirates treasure, and becomes lost in a cave.

book cover for Peter Pan


Barrie, J.M., Peter Pan, 823.912 BARRIE, 155 pages.

Peter Pan, the book based on J. M. Barrie's famous play, is filled with unforgettable characters: Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up; the fairy, Tinker Bell; the evil pirate, Captain Hook; and the three children-Wendy, John, and Michael-who fly off with Peter Pan to Neverland, where they meet Indians and pirates and a crocodile that ticks.

book cover for The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


Twain, Mark, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, 813.4 TWAIN, 281 pages.

Climb aboard the raft with Huck and Jim and drift away from the "sivilized" life and into a world of adventure, excitement, danger, and self-discovery. Huck's shrewd and humorous narrative is complemented by lyrical descriptions of the Mississippi valley and a sparkling cast of memorable characters.

book cover for Franny and Zooey 


Salinger, J.D., Franny and Zooey, 813.54 SALINGE, 201 pages.

The volume contains two interrelated stories. The stories concern Franny and Zooey Glass, two members of the family that was the subject of most of Salinger's short fiction. Franny is an intellectually precocious late adolescent who tries to attain spiritual purification by obsessively reiterating the "Jesus prayer" as an antidote to the perceived superficiality and corruptness of life. She subsequently suffers a nervous breakdown. In the second story, her next older brother, Zooey, attempts to heal Franny by pointing out that her constant repetition of the "Jesus prayer" is as self-involved and egotistical as the egotism against which she rails.

book cover for The Hobbit 


Tolkien, J.R.R., The Hobbit, 823.912 TOLKIEN, 317 pages.

The adventures of the well-to-do hobbit, Bilbo, Baggins, who lived happily in his comfortable home until a wandering wizard granted his wish.

book cover for The Time Machine 


Wells, H.G., The Time Machine, 823.912 WELLS, 218 pages.

A classic novel of the future follows the Time Traveller as he hurtles one million years into the future and encounters a world populated by two distinct races, the childlike Eloi and the disgusting Morlocks who prey on the Eloi.

book cover for L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz 


Baum, L. Frank, L. Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, 813.4 BAUM, 268 pages.

After a cyclone transports her to the land of Oz, Dorothy must seek out the great wizard in order to return to Kansas.

book cover for Life on the Mississippi 


Twain, Mark, Life on the Mississippi, 813.4 TWAIN, 312 pages.

An account of Twain's experiences as an apprentice riverboat pilot in the days of the great Mississippi steamboats.

book cover for The Call of the Wild 


London, Jack, The Call of the Wild, 813.54 LONDON, 128 pages.

The story of a house dog sold to Alaska as a sled dog for the gold rush of 1898. Through various owners and experiences he becomes a tougher and smarter animal, and after his favorite owner dies he becomes leader of a wolf pack.

book cover for The Wind in the Willows 


Grahame, Kenneth, The Wind in the Willows, 823.912 GRAHAME, 244 pages.

The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside--Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.

book cover for A Wizard of Earthsea 


LeGuin, Ursula, A Wizard of Earthsea, 813.54 LE GUIN, 197 pages.

A boy grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard.

book cover for King of the Mild Frontier 


Crutcher, Chris, King of the Mild Frontier, 813.54 CRUTCHE, 260 pages.

Crutcher's autobiography is full of heartbreak, poignancy, and hilarity. Candid and casual, Crutcher shares stories from his childhood and adolescence in Cascade, Idaho.

book cover for Just So Stories 


Kipling, Rudyard, Just So Stories, 823.8 KIPLING, 170 pages.

The famous, funny and inspiring stories from one of the world's greatest storytellers. From the 'satiable curiosity of the elephant's child to the crab who played with the sea, from the ingenious invention of the alphabet to how the rhinoceros got his wrinkled skin, these stories of strange happenings in the High and Far-Off Times brim with life, humor and magic - a wonderful collection that will hold you spellbound!

book cover for Animal Farm 


Orwell, George, Animal Farm, 823.912 ORWELL, 128 pages.

A satire on totalitarianism in which farm animals overthrow their human owner and set up their own government.