Authentic Books Rated Highly by My Students

Compiled by Yoko Morimoto

School of Political Science and Economics
Meiji University

This is a list of books which were rated with 5 stars by my students. I hope this list will help you select books for your own pleasure or for your students in your classes.
  -Yoko Morimoto

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Book title (® indicates this title is available in translation or as an original work in Japanese. *indicates an additional student has rated this book with 5 stars.)
Author
Publisher
Number of pages

Books worth 5 points

Battle of Bubble and Squeak
Philippa Pearce
Puffin
95p

George's Marvellous Medicine
Roald Dahl
Penguin
112p

Great People of Our Time
Carol Christian
Macmillan
68p

Laura's Little House on the Prairie
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Shinozaki Shorin
91p

Running Out of Magic with Houdini
Elizabeth Levy
Knorp
119p

The Santa Clause
Daphne Skinner
Puffin
85p

Books worth 6 points

A Day No Pigs Would Die
Robert Newton Peck
Random House
150p

Anne of Green Gables -- Screenplay
Sullivan and Wiesenfeld
Four-in Creative Products
87p

50 Simple Things Kids Can Do to Save the Earth**
The Earth Works Group
Spleere Books
211p

Harp of Burma®
Michio Takeyama
Tuttle
132p

The Journey Begins
Lucy Maud Montgomery
Harper Collins
138p

Jack
Beth Nadler
Puffin
109p

The Kids' Book of Questions
Gregory Stock
Workman
207p

Leonardo Dicaprio
Grace Catalano
Dell
116p

The Little Prince*****
Antonie de Saint-Exupery
Piccolo
93p

The Story of Doctor Dolittle®
Hugh Lofting
Red Fox
171p

The Sheep-Pig
Dick King-Smith
Puffin
118

The Townsman
Pearl S. Buck
Washington Square
Ladder edition at 2000 words
150p

Books worth 7 points

The Adventure of a Quarter
Sidney Sheldon
Academy

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland®*
Lewis Carroll
Puffin/Penguin
138p/130p

Animal Farm®
George Orwell
Penguin
119p

Charlie and The Chocolate Factory**
Roald Dahl
Puffin
123p

Beverly Hills,902210-No Secrets
Mel Gilden
Harper
182p

Comet in Moominland®
Tove Jansson
Puffin
157p

Drippy _ The Runnaway Raindrop
Sidney Sheldon
Academy
393p

The Emperor Wears No Clothes
Jack Herer
Queen of Clubs
181p

The Graduate®
Charles Webb
Penguin
192p

Dead Poet Society
N.H. Kleinbaum
Bantam
166p

The Dolphin Experience
Lisa Tenzin-Dolma
Foulsham
120p

The House at Pooh Corner®
A.A.Milne
Magnet
176p

Lotte and Lisa
Erich Kastner
Puffin
140p

The Mezzainine
Nicholson Baker
Vintage
135p

My Story-Heart of a Champion
Michelle Kwan
Scholastic
169p

The Outsiders
Susan E.Hinton
Dell
156p

Papa, You're Crazy
William Saroyan
Kodansha English Library
195p

Rocky -- Screenplay
Sylvester Stallone
Four-in Creative
105p

When Someone You Know is Gay
Susan and Daniel Cohen
Laurel Leaf
165p

Winne-the-Pooh®
A.A.Miline
Yohan

Books worth 8 points

All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
Robert Fulghum
Ivy
196p

Bad or the Dumbing of America
Paul Fussell
Simon & Shusster
201p

The Basketball Diaries
Jim Carrol
Penguin
210p

The BFG
Roald Dahl
Penguin
207p

The Bells of Nagasaki®
Takashi Nagai
Kodansha
139p

Big
B.B.Hiller and Neil W.Hiller
Ballantin

e
181p

The Bridges of Madison County®*
Robert James Waller
Mand

arin
171p

Botchan®
Natsume Soseki
Kodan

The Catcher in the Rye®
J.D.Salinger
Little, Brown
214p

Charlotte's Web
E.B.White
Puffin
175p

A Clockwork Orange
Anthony Burgess
Penguin
149p

Face / Off
Clark Carlton based on a screenplay
Harper Prism
299p

Falling in Love®
Kenneth Harper
Grafton
172p

Fatal Attraction
HB.Gilmour
James Dearden
217p

Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Todd Strasser
Signet
176p sha
221p

Forever Young
Robert Tine
Signet
172p

Green Tea
Nadine Taylor
Kensington
179p

I Know What You Did Last Summer
Louis Duncan
Pocket Books
198p

The Long Winter®
Laura I. Wilder
Puffin
251p

A Little Princess®
Frances Hodgson Burivett
Penguin
224p

Mary Poppins*
P.L. Travers
Puffin
159p

Matilda****
Roald Dahl
Puffin
240p

Men in Black
Stone Perry
Penguin
226p

Murder is Easy
Agatha Christie
Harper
220p

No Longer Human®
Osamu Dazai
Tuttle
177

Nomo
Herb Fagen
Ssignet
256p

Norwegian Wood Vol I®***
Haaruki Murakami
Kodansha
256p

Norwegian Wood Vol II***
Haaruki Murakami
Kodansha
274p

On the Banks of Plum Creek®
Laura I. Wilder
Puffin
215p

Pshcho
Robert Bloch
Tom Doherty Associates
223p

Pygmalion
Bernard Shaw
Penguin
125p

The Notebook
Nicholas Sparks
Warner
213p

Top Gun
Mike Gogan
Grafton
185p

Tuesday With Morrie**
Mitch Albom
Doubleday
192p

Titanic
Diane Hoh
Scholastic
268p

The Secret of My Success
Martin Owens
Corgi
187p

Star Wars Return of the Jedi®
James Kahn
Bllantine
181p

Through the Looking Glass®
Lewis Carrol
Yohan
158p

A Walk in the Clouds
Deborah Chiel
Signet
238p

The Wizard of Oz®
L. Frank Baum
Yohan
182p

A Wild Sheep Chase Vol. I®
Haruki Murakami
Kodansha
266p

A Wild Sheep Chase Vol. II®
Haruki Murakami
Kodansha
227p

Who Cares About English Usage
David Crystal
Penguin
124p

Books worth 9 points

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer®
Mark Twain
Puffin
221p

And Then There Were None
Agatha Christie]
Harper Collins
223p

Anne of the Island®
L.M.Montgomery
Puffin
292p

Around the World in Eighty Days®
Jules Verne
Puffin
297p

Back to the Future®
George Gipe
Berkley
248p

Back to the Future Part II®
Craig Shaw Gardner
Headline
216p

Bad As I Wanna Be

Dennis Rodman with Tim Keown
Dell
317p

Chicken Soup for the Soul®**
Carfield & Hansen
Health Communication
308p

Don't Sweat the Small Stuff and It's All Small Stuff®
Richard Carlson
Hyperion
248p

Forrest Gump®**
Wiston Groom
Pocket
248p

The Girl Who Loved Tom Gorden
Stephen King
Pocket
264p

King Arthur and His Knights of the Round Table
Roger Lncelyn Green
Puffin
234p

A Life Less Ordinary
John Hodge
Penguin
252p

Mary Poppins in the Park®
P.L. Travers
Lions
255p

Momo®
Michael Ende
Penguin

An Officer and a Gentleman
Steven Phillip Smith
Yohan
230p

Pinocchio
Carlo Collodi
Puffin
262p

The Promise
Daniell Steel
Dell
288p

A Room with a View®
E.M. Foster
Vintage
246p

Shoeless Joe
W.P.Kinsella
Ballantine
224p

The Sun Also Rises®
Ernest M. Hemingway
Simon & Shuster
251p

Suicide and Attempted Suicide
Penguin
159p

The Unexpected Guest
Agatha Christie
St.Martins
258p

Books worth 10 points

Bridget Jones's Diary
Picador
310p

Farewell My Lovely
Raymond Chandler
Random House
292p

Little Women®
Alcott
Penguin

Memories of Midnight®**
Sidney Sheldon
Fontana
390p

Never Ending Story®
Michel Ende
Puffin
444p

One Child
Torey L. Hayden
Avon Nonfiction
221p

The Perfect Kill
A.J.Quinell
Orion
296p

Saving Private Ryan
Max Allen Collins
Signet
317p

To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee
Warner
281p

Books worth 11 points

Bloodline®
Sidney Sheldon
Harper Collins
409p

The Facts of Death
Raymond Benson
274p

Flowers for Algenon®
Daniel Keyes
Kodansha
329p

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone®
J.K. Rowling
Scholastic
312p

Into Thin Air
John Krakaur
Doubleday
374p

May All Be Fed
John Robbins
Marrow
391p

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People
Stephen R. Covey
Fireside
358p

The Silence of Lamb®
Thomas Harris
Mandarin
352p

Star Shining Down®
Sidney Sheldon
Warner
398p

Tell Me Your Dreams
Sidney Sheldon
Warner
363p

Books worth 12 points

I Can See You Naked
Ron Hoff
Andrew & Mcmeel
321p

If Tomorrow Comes®
Sidney Sheldon
Pan
384p

Jurassic Park®*
Michael Crichton
Ballantine
399p

The Last Sunrise*
Crelius & Kidd
Jove
420p

Master of the Game®***
Sidney Sheldon
Warner
495p

Nothing Lasts Forever
Sidney Sheldon
Warner
384p

The Other Side of the Midnight®
Sidney Sheldon
Fontana
392p

Sense and Sensibility®
Jane Austin
Bloomsbury
314p

A Simple Plan
Scott Smith
St. Martins
417p

Books worth 13 points

Independence Day
Richard Ford
Vintage
451p

Les Miserables®
Victor Hugo
Wordsworth
475p

The Wallstreet Journal's Middle Column
Jane Beentson.ed.
344p

Books worth 14 points

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland / Through the Looking Glass®
Lewis Carrol
Penguin
320p

Books worth 16 points

Human Communication
Joseph A. Devito
Harper Collins
486p

Rages of Angels
Sidney Sheldon
Warner
504p

Shawshank Redemption
®**
Stephen King
Warner
551p

Thurstoe House
Daniel Steel
Dell
500p

Books worth 19 points

A Man on the Moon
Andrew Chaikin
Penguin
670p

Books worth 20 points

Marathon
Jules Witcomer
Signet
700p

Books worth 22 points

Scarlet*
Alexandra Ripley
Pan
838p

Sharlock Holmes-The Complete Novels and Stories Vol.1
Sir Arthur Connan Doyle
Bantam
924p

Books worth 23 points

Gone With the Wind
Margaret Mitchel
Pan
1011p