For grades 9-12, students who are mature in their reading ability and able to deal with mature content, we recommend Susan Wise Bauer's History of the _____ World series. The three books cover Ancient, Medieval, and Renaissance history.
For Late Renaissance/Early Modern History:
Burger, Michael. The Shaping of Western Civilization. University of Toronto Press
Cotterell, Arthur. Asia: A Concise History. John Wiley Press
Johnson, Paul. The Renaissance: A Short History. Modern Library
Tindall, George and David Shi. America: A Narrative History. WW Norton
Cotterell, Arthur, as above
Davies, Norman. Europe: A History. HarperPerennial
Johnson, Paul. Modern Times. HarperPerennial
Tindall, as above
For further help, check other articles in the general FAQ section for history.