Moby Dick is by Herman Melville. The must read classic tale of obsession and whaling. The narrator, "call me Ishmael", signs aboard the whaling ship, the Pequod, captained by the one-legged captain named (prophetically enough) Ahab. Ahab isn't just on a simple whaling venture, he is in search of the whale who took his leg; a great white "devil" known as Moby Dick. Ahab is willing to risk his ship, his crew, and even his own life to follow his obsession. This book is 10th grade level due to archaic vocabulary used in the text. Everyone should read this book before they die. We learn much about whaling, life at sea, and human frailty.
Ratings: 10th grade - 10 out of 10 - V (violence).