10 Amazing Novels for Every High School Student

If you haven’t had the chance to add these into your curriculum this year; here are some ideas for next semester or to add to your student’s summer reading lists. Check out the 10 Amazing Novels for Every High School Student (or even post graduation!)

1) George Orwell’s Animal Farm

A political satire told through the use of animals as characters. Published in 1945, Orwell’s Animal Farm is an allegorical novella which reflects the events of the Russian Revolution in 1917.

2) F. Scott-Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby

Think glamorous and a much more extravagant version of the American dream. Published in 1925, The Great Gatsby follows the story of characters living in wealthy Long Island during the summer of 1922.

3) William Golding’s Lord of the Flies

A group of boys are left stranded on an island without any adults; what happens next? Survival of the fittest. Moral compasses spin as the boys slowly begin to turn on each other and fend for themselves.

4) Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein

The original and legendary tale of a young science student named Victor Frankenstein who builds a hideous but perceivable creature.

5) Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird

Fall in love with To Kill a Mockingbird‘s characters while learning about civil rights and the laws of segregated Southern United States in the 1930s. Lee allows readers to learn about the beginnings of the civil rights movements in the most memorable way.

6) Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World

Enter the dystopian world of what Huxley writes to be the future. Readers are taken into a society where the human population is controlled by artificial reproduction and social conditioning.

7) J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter

Because everyone should experience the world of Wizardry. J.K Rowling’s world of magic leaves all of us muggles wishing we were able to cast spells and play Quidditch during gym class.

8) J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye

A classic coming of age novel is J.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye. Written through the eyes of an American teen who struggles with the inevitable changes that come with becoming an adult.

9) William Shakespeare’s works

Of course all of Shakespeare’s works would make the list! This playwright has something for everyone; the tragics, the romantics and the comics. Our favorite play and one we recommend to start students off with is the magical Midsummer Night’s Dream!

10) S.E Hinton’s The Outsiders

Told through the eyes of a young teen; Ponyboy and his brothers are left to live on their own after losing their parents in a car crash. Hinton’s novel focuses on the struggles of teens in the 1960’s; to readers being universal ones.

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