Books Most Widely Assigned in Public Schools, Grades 7-12

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1988
1. Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare (90 percent of schools)
2. Macbeth, Shakespeare (81 percent of schools)
3. Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain (78 percent of schools)
4. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (74 percent of schools)
5. Julius Caesar, Shakespeare (71 percent of schools)
6. The Pearl, John Steinbeck (64 percent of schools)
7. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (62 percent of schools)
8. Of Mice and Men, Steinbeck (60 percent of schools)
9. Diary of a Young Girl, Anne Frank (56 percent of schools)
10. Hamlet, Shakespeare (56 percent of schools)
11. Lord of the Flies, William Golding (56 percent of schools)
—SOURCE: Center for the Learning and Teaching of Literature

1963
1. Macbeth, Shakespeare (90 percent of schools)
2. Julius Caesar, Shakespeare (77 percent of schools)
3. Silas Marner, George Eliot (76 percent of schools)
4. Our Town, Thornton Wilder (46 percent of schools)
5. Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (39 percent of schools)
6. Hamlet, Shakespeare (33 percent of schools)
7. The Red Badge of Courage, Stephen Crane (33 percent of schools)
8. A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (33 percent of schools)
9. The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne (32 percent of schools)
—SOURCE: Educational Testing Service

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