4 Modern Books to Teach in High School

March 23, 2017

For years, high schools have taught the classics like To Kill A Mockingbird, The Great Gatsby, Animal Farm, and The Scarlet Letter. While we certainly have nothing against these amazing literary works, there are also plenty of recently published books that are perfect for young adults to explore. If you’re looking to switch up this year’s reading assignments, here are a few modern day classics to include.

The Book Thief, by Markus Zuzak

This New York Times Bestseller tells the story of a young girl named Liesel living in Nazi Germany. To feed her love of learning, Liesel begins stealing books that have been banned by the Nazis, all while hiding a Jewish man in her home. If that wasn’t enough to spark your interest, the narrator of this book will also likely surprise you.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky

Charlie has lived most of his life as a quiet, shy student, who would rather sit back and observe the world than actually live life. That is – until he befriends a rebellious classmate and begins to experience all that life really has to offer.

I Am Malala, by Christina Lamb and Malala Yousafzai

In 2014, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. Just two years before, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out about the lack of schooling opportunities for young girls in Pakistan.  

Bossypants, by Tina Fey  

Tina Fey’s Bossypants chronicles her life from geeky high school student to award winning comedian, and tackles what life is like for a female in show business. This autobiography manages to be both powerful and hysterical, making it a great choice for students who are not always the most eager to begin their assigned reading.

 
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