Tuesday, January 12

Essential Reading List for High School Boys

Boys tend to fall staunchly into the 'reader' or 'non-reader' category.  Sometimes it just takes a little push toward more action-packed, exciting, adventure-filled stories to move them from one category to the other!  We've put together a list of thirty-two books that all boys should read in middle and high school.   Not only are they full of adventure (which they'll love), but they have lots of character-building lessons, too!

Parents should always preview books first....many of these are only appropriate at the high school level.

Rudyard Kipling Just So Stories
L. Frank Baum The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Robert Westall The Machine Gunners
Madeleine L'Engle A Wrinkle in Time
Theordore Taylor The Cay
Jack London Call of the Wild
S.E. Hinton The Outsiders
William Golding Lord of the Flies
Mary Steward The Crystal Cave
Robert Heinlein Stranger in a Strange Land
Mark Twain Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Homer The Odyssey
Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird
John Knowles A Separate Peace
Erich Maria Remarque All Quiet on the Western Front
Thor Hyerdahl Kon-Tiki
Claude Brown Manchild in the Promised Land
Michael Shaara The Killer Angels
F. Scott Fitzgerald The Great Gatsby
Earnest Hemingway The Sun Also Rises
George Orwell 1984
Ken Kesey One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Woody Guthrie Bound for Glory
Gary Paulsen Hatchet
Patrick O'Brian Master and Commander
Robert Penn Warren All the King's Men
E.M. Forster A Passage to India
Fyodor Dostoevsky The Brothers Karamazov
Richard  Yates Revolutionary Road
James Cain The Postman Always Rings Twice
Sebastian Junger The Perfect Storm

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