From relevant to hilarious, this reading list contains a wealth of interesting
books for high school students.
Brave New World
by Aldous Huxley
This book, written in 1932, looks at Huxley’s vision of the future.
Thanks to psychological engineering, people have been genetically bred
to be passive and therefore useful to the ruling class. This book presents
not only a wonderful world of imaginative genius, it also sheds a poignant
light on the present. This is considered to be Huxley’s masterpiece
and a great read for the curious mind.
The Cider House Rules
by John Irving
Dr. Wilbur Larch is the director at St. Cloud’s orphanage in Maine.
When his protégé, Homer Wells, takes the reins from the
physician, the harsh realities of life in the 1920s and 30s takes its
toll on the young doctor. This is a very touching novel and a story about
love and loss that examines the grander themes of life.
Swords for Hire, Two of the Most Unlikely Heroes you’ll ever Meetby Will Allen
16 year old Sam Hatcher and his friend, en eccentric royal guard, aren’t
exactly what you would call conventional heroes. But when the king is
captured by his evil brother and imprisoned in a dungeon, they are the
only ones who can rescue him.
A Northern Light
by Jennifer Donnelly
When she is just sixteen, Mattie Gokey has to take a job at the Glenmore
Hotel where a guest, Grace Brown, asks her to burn a stack of secret letters.
But when Grace’s body is pulled from the lake, Mattie discovers
that the letters hold the clues that could reveal who committed the murder.
by Orson Scott Card
Government agencies are genetically engineering a race of child geniuses
in order to develop ways to protect the earth from invasion by a hostile
alien race. Andrew ‘Ender’ Wiggin is one of these children
who is taken from his parents and drafted into military training at a
very young age. Beset with sibling rivalry, isolation and pressure from
adult teachers, Ender must overcome his fears to help save the world.
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
by Douglas Adams
Arthur Dent is having a very bad day. When he wakes up to discover that
his house is about to be demolished to make way for a new highway he thinks
his world is coming to an end. He couldn’t be more right as his
friend, Ford Prefect explains that Earth is about to be blown to smithereens
by a battle cruiser. Ford manages to hitch a ride moments before earth
is destroyed and he and Arthur begin an epic hitchhiking adventure to
the end of the universe.
The Exploding Toiletby David Holt and Bill Mooney
This interesting book explores the best modern day urban legends. These
juicy tales aren’t only scintillating, they also teach an important
lesson on how to think critically about the stories people tell. A great
book for the reluctant reader.
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