Tenth, eleventh and twelfth grade students in public high schools in the United States should read Red Sky at Morning (1968) by Richard Bradford. According to Reading Counts Scholastic (2007) this novel is rated at the 7.1 reading level. Students younger than sixteen may have trouble understanding some vocabulary and context and therefore students younger should not read this novel. Richard Bradford, despite not having won any particular awards for this novel, is a well-known and respected writer of reviews for young adult literature. This therefore somewhat validates his own contribution to the genre. There are six very positive reviews of his novel written by scholars writing in 1969. It is a modern classic. Therefore it should be in every classroom and school library. Despite the fact that this novel has remained relatively untouched for the past few decades it is just as an important and beneficial a read as it was deemed to be in the past.
By: Richard Bradford