A great update:
My students read Ramona, Death Comes for the Archbishop, O Pioneers, My Antonia, Call of the Wild, Crazy Woman, Storyteller, The Hi-Lo Country, Lonesome Dove and Desert Solitaire. I was going to invite everyone from Duke City Fix, but I wanted to give them a chance to be successful while not under the spotlight. Their projects were wonderful! If you want the rubric, drop me a line and I will give you the project requirements.
Thanks to this community for helping with ideas!