Monday, February 29, 2016

Three Great Books For High School Students To Read

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If you are in high school (or if you have a child who is in high school, or if you are a high school teacher!), it can sometimes be difficult to figure out which books you ought to read; after all, it can be tough to really get into the books that are assigned by the school, and you might have a hard time connecting with a lot of the new books that are being released these days - but when you know some of the books that are great for any high school student to read, you will be able to rediscover the great joy of reading!

One book that is great for high school students - a book that is small, simple, and easy to read, but that causes deep wells of thought to spring up in the mind of the reader - is William Golding's classic "Lord of the Flies"; "Lord of the Flies" is the story of a plane crash that leaves a number of young boys stranded on an island, where they are forced to set up a society of their own - and through this story, one is able to not only be entertained, but is also able to explore some serious and ponderous thoughts on society and humanity as a whole.

Of course, no list of "great books for high school students" would be complete without JD Salinger's "The Catcher in the Rye" - the ultimate high school read; many people who read this novel as an adult find it difficult to understand exactly what it is about this book that grabs people so strongly - but just about any high school student who reads this book feels an immediate connection with the story, the main character, and everything that emanates from the pages of this masterful novel.

And if you are in high school and are wanting to move onto something that is seriously powerful, take a look at Tim O'Brien's "The Things They Carried." O'Brien is considered to be the greatest storyteller in regards to the Vietnam War, and this short story collection is a haunting and altogether memorable piece of "fiction" that every single high schooler - and in fact, every single person - owes it to themselves to read.

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