Young Adult Grades 10 - 12

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Animal Farm by George Orwell

  • George Orwell's 1945 satire on the perils of Stalinism has proved magnificently long-lived as a parable about totalitarianism anywhere. (12/05)

The Body of Christopher Creed" by Carol Plum-Ucci

  • A high school junior with a seemingly perfect life, struggles with doubts and questions surrounding the mysterious disappearance of the class outcast.

The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

  • Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel--a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding, as well as their neighbors. Powerful and best suited for sophisticated readers in high school. Zusak's book I Am the Messenger has also been well received. In it, a young man receives mysterious messages that instruct him to go to addresses where people need help - but who is behind the messages? (10/07)

Changing Plains: Stories by Ursula le Guin (not in Doucette though we have several titles by le Guin, including her classic Earthsea trilogy)

  • Helps students see different ways of living, as characters experience different planes of existence. Junior/senior high. (12/05)

Death, the High Cost of Living by Neil Gaiman

  • Call it comic book or graphic novel, this is best suited for high school. Death, one of the characters in Gaiman’s popular ‘Sandman’ comics, comes for one day among the living the better to understand the lives of those she takes

The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (not in Doucette)

  • This 'science fiction literary detective thriller' takes place in a parallel dystopian Great Britain where a 'prose portal' is allowing a villain (who must be stopped by detective Thursday Next) to step into any work of literature - or pull any character out of it! Great fun and a riot of literary allusions that might do wonderful things in a high school English class.(01/08)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel]

  • A fable-like story about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. (12/05)

My Father Had a Daughter by Grace Tiffany

  • A novel about Shakespeare's daughter Judith which provides interesting insight into Shakespeare,his times and the life of women in this period. High school. (12/05)

The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

  • All mentioned as good choices for grade 10 novel study. Students given choice of representing the work in many different formats. One group produced a drama bringing together characters from different books. (12/05)

The Power of One by Bryce Courtney (not in Doucette)

  • The writing style, fast-paced action, and the message about the power of the individual make this a compelling read, especially for adolescents. It would be worth exploring how the author shapes this as an epic melodrama, as the young boy grows up to be a classic mythological hero who is hero-worshipped by all and also to analyze the strong message about individualism that is being delivered.

Slaughterhouse Five; or, The Children's Crusadeby Kurt Vonnegut]

  • Vonnegut’s own experiences of World War II and the bombing of Dresden, turned into science fiction. For senior high. (12/05)

Non-fiction Grades K-3 Fiction K-3 (Picture Books)
Non-fiction Grades 4-6 plus Fiction K-3 (Chapter Books)
Youth Non Fiction Grades 7 and up Fiction Grades 4-6
Poetry/Novels in Poetry Youth Fiction Grades 7 and up
Suitable for All Grades Young Adult Grades 10 - 12
Books suitable for French Immersion Students
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