10 books every high school student should read before they graduate
This list was made with the help of Librarian Lynn Maitz and English teacher Michael Russo.
Christopher Bateman, Staff Writer
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This is a thought-provoking and sensitive book with a plot that depicts racial discrimination. It is a book that anyone can read regardless of age
The Jungle by Upton Sinclair Jr.
The Jungle puts the reader in the world of the meat-packaging industry and it gives exact details on how the meat is made and what is in it. It also brings up the American dream and how America might not be the place to succeed.
The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
The Grapes of Wrath informs on the difficulty farmers had to face during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression and it also teaches that even in the darkest times there is still hope.
Watership Down by Richard Adams
Watership Down is a good adventure book about a group of rabbits who are on a journey to find a new home for themselves but they encounter many obstacles on their way.
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
The Great Gatsby teaches that money isn’t everything and the amount of money someone has doesn’t define them as a person. It also brings up the idea that the things that happen in our lives are either right or wrong.
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men makes you feel like you're there in the story and know what the characters are feeling. It teaches a lot about friendship as well.
The Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Lord of the Flies is a very modern book for its age that teaches the reader that human nature could easily deteriorate. Also that when there is no government things could quickly turn for the worse.
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Things Fall Apart explains how things were going on in Africa and how the people lived and acted on a day to day basis. As the book progresses it shows the reader how a civilization can fall apart hence the title.
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Crime and Punishment is a gripping story that has a lot of drama and keeps the reader interested with its intensity.
1984 by George Orwell
1984 is a compelling story that teaches about human nature and tells us to not blindly follow a government. It also has a lot of symbolism and completely changes your view on society and how it works.