Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Top Ten - Teens

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Top Ten Books You Believe Should Be Required Reading For Teens (contemporary, YA, adult fic, whatever you fancy)
This took a bit of thought!  I thought about all of the horrible books I was forced to read in high school... and a few good ones that I did enjoy.  Then I thought about some of the YA books I have read in recent years, and if they had any merit to them!  Next, I asked my teenagers...but didn't get too good of a response...it was mostly, "That was a good book, but I didn't learn anything from it."  Some of the ones below I gave reasons for my choosing them... and I added a few more than 10...I couldn't narrow it down any further.

Ender’s Game  by Orson Scott Card– (Sci Fi) This one got four out of five (only because the 5th didn’t read it) votes in our family.  Hard to describe why it made our list, but it did.  The writing isn’t the best, but it’s the story that gets you!

Diary of a Young Girl, by Anne Frank – (Non Fiction/History) I felt that this was such an optimistic and realistic account of the Holocaust.

1984 by George Orwell – (Sci-Fi/Futuristic) It is one of those classic books that looked towards the future and what it might be like to live in a society of “Big Brother.”

Fahrenheit 451  by Ray Bradbury– (Sci-Fi/Censorship) The burning of books and what kind of society it would create. 

Persuasion by Jane Austen – Classic – I think that out of all of Jane Austen’s books, this one would be most accessible to teenagers, boys and girls.  I think we need to throw out Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre, and get some Jane Austen into students.  Especially with so many mash-ups of her books, it would be good for students to read this classic author.

The Giver by Lois Lowry(though I have never read the book) – (Dystopia)

Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger– (Banned Book) Typical teenage angst

The Hobbit  by J.R.R. Tolkien– (Fantasy, great literature) I think that this is a little more ‘accessible’ than the LOTR triology… and a beginning to it all.

The Great Gatsby  by F. Scott Fitzgerald– (Portrait of 1920’s)  Decadence and excess.  Asking my 18yo, she mentioned that most of her friends had marked this as a favorite book.

The Little Prince  by Antoine de Saint-Exupery- (Philosophical) To see the world with the wonderment of a child.

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi – (Fiction) – “An ocean voyage of unimaginable consequences... Not every thirteen-year-old girl is accused of murder, brought to trial, and found guilty. But I was just such a girl, and my story is worth relating even if it did happen years ago. Be warned, however: If strong ideas and action offend you, read no more. Find another companion to share your idle hours. For my part I intend to tell the truth as I lived it.”

I found this book fascinating and after reading it, I felt that all young teenagers should read it!

Jonathan Livingston Seagull  by Richard Bach- (Philosophical) You don’t know until you try… and why not try… you need to find out for yourself if you can do it!

A Break with Charity  by Ann Rinaldi– (Historical Fiction) about the Salem Witch Trials – would be great pairing with an American History class

A Tale of Two Cities  by Charles Dickens– (Classic)  If students must read Dickens, I think this would be better than Great Expectations.

I am looking forward to seeing your list!  What do you think about this one?!

7 comments:

  1. :0 Go read The Giver. lol. Love the list, but seriously, you should check out The Giver. New Follower!

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  2. Great list- Persuasion is one of my favorite books.

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  3. I love The Little Prince! Great choice.

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  4. Your list is pretty similar to mine. I have Richard Bach's Illusions though, not JLS.

    Come visit me at The Scarlet Letter.

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  5. +JMJ+

    I'm not crazy about Jonathan Livingston Seagull, but one student of mine who really loved it gave the best book report ever on it . . . so now I'm more open-minded than I used to be. (LOL!)

    Persuasion is my favourite Jane Austen novel, so I'm glad to see it here instead of the more popular Pride and Prejudice. But I'd probably leave in Jane Eyre because it's my favourite novel of all time! =P

    As for The Little Prince . . . when I was younger (that is, not yet a teenager myself), it seemed that every adult I knew had read this book or was familiar with the story. But now that I'm way past my teen years, I don't know anyone younger than I am who has read it. What a sad generational divide! =(

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  6. Good call on Persuasion! I defaulted to Mansfield Park or Sense and Sensibility over the popular Pride and Prejudice, so it's nice to see some non-P&P love. (Plus it's my sister's favourite Austen - she's been telling me for years it's underrated.)

    Also, nice to see some Ann Rinaldi. I came very, very close to including The Last Silk Dress for the same reason - good pairing with US history. A Break with Charity was a really fantastic novel too.

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  7. Definitely agree with Ender's Game. That book is amazing! Great list. :)

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