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Call Number: FIC ORW
Publication Date: 1950-07-01
Dystopian Novel: Winston Smith is a worker at the Ministry of Truth, where he falsifies records for the party. Secretly subversive, he and his colleague Julia try to free themselves from political slavery but the price of freedom is betrayal. Depicts life in a totalitarian regime of the future.
Call Number: 922.2 McC
Publication Date: 1996
Memoir: The author chronicles his impoverished childhood in Limerick, Ireland, in the 1930s and 1940s, describing his father's alcoholism and talent for storytelling; the challenges and tragedies his mother faced, including the loss of three children; and his early experiences in the Catholic church, and balances painful memories with humor.
The Book Thief
Call Number: FIC ZUS
Publication Date: 2006-03-14
Historical Fiction: 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.
The Catcher in the Rye
Call Number: FIC SAL
Publication Date: 1951-07-16
Bildungsroman: An adolescent boy, knowing he is about to be dropped by his school, spends three days and nights in New York City.
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time.
Call Number: FIC HAD
Publication Date: 2003
A murder mystery like no other, this novel features Christopher Boone, a 15 year-old who suffers from Asperger's syndrome. When he finds a neighbour's dog murdered, he sets out on a journey which will turn his whole world upside down.
Call Number: FIC HER
Publication Date: 1984-04-16
Sience Fiction: The story of a young prince, Paul Artreides, scion of a star-crossed dynasty, and of his journey from boy to warrior to ruler of a dying planet destined to become a paradise regained.
Call Number: FIC BRA
Publication Date: 2003-09-23
Dystopian Novel: In a society in which books are outlawed, Montag, a regimented fireman in charge of burning the forbidden volumes, meets a revolutionary school teacher who dares to read. Suddenly he finds himself a hunted fugitive, forced to choose not only between two women, but between personal safety and intellectual freedom.
Flowers for Algernon
Call Number: FIC KEY
Publication Date: 1995-04-17
After being mentally retarded for all of his thirty-two years, Charlie Gordon undergoes an operation designed to change his life.
Girl With a Pearl Earring
Call Number: FIC CHE
Publication Date: 2000
Historical Fiction: The life of sixteen-year-old Griet is transformed forever when she goes to work as a maid in the home of Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, and catches the eye of the famous artist.
The Grapes of Wrath
Call Number: FIC STE
Realist Novel: A poor Midwest family is forced off their land during the dustbowl era of the 1930s and migrate to California in search of a new life.
Call Number: FIC DIC
Publication Date: 2002-12-31
Social Criticism: Pip, an orphan in Victorian England, is informed one day he has "great expectations" and is to be educated and reared as a gentleman.
The Great Gatsby
Call Number: FIC FIT
Publication Date: 1996-06-01
Jazz Age Novel: The tragic story of the wealthy Jay Gatsby and his attempt to win back the love of Daisy Buchanan.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Memoir: Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local "powhitetrash." At eight years old and back at her mother's side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man any times her age - and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime.
Into Thin Air
Call Number: 796.522 KRA
Publication Date: 1998-04-06
Adventure: The author relates his experience of climbing Mount Everest during its deadliest season and examines what it is about the mountain that makes people willingly subject themselves to such risk, hardship, and expense.
Into the Wild
Call Number: B Mccandless
Publication Date: 1997-01-20
Tells the story of Chris McCandless, a twenty-four-year-old who walked into the Alaskan wilderness on an idealistic journey and was found dead of starvation four months later. Attempts to discover what led the young man to that point.
Call Number: FIC BRO
Publication Date: 2006-08-15
In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
The Joy Luck Club
Call Number: FIC TAN
Publication Date: 1990-04-30
Fiction: In 1949 four Chinese women began meeting in San Francisco to play mah jong. They called their gathering the Joy Luck Club. Forty years later they look back and remember.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Call Number: FIC LEE
Publication Date: 2010-05-11
Bildungsroman: Scout Finch, the young daughter of a local attorney in the Deep South during the 1930s, tells of her father's defence of an African-American man charged with the rape of a white girl. And according to this assessment by a Brown University professor, the first ever YA novel.
Lord of the Flies
Call Number: FIC GOL
Publication Date: 2013-05-07
Allegory: After a plane crash strands them on a tropical island while the rest of the world is ravaged by war, a group of British school boys attempts to form a civilized society but descends into brutal anarchy.
Call Number: FIC WRI
Fiction: Right from the start, Bigger Thomas had been headed for jail. It could have been for assault or petty larceny; by chance, it was for murder and rape. Native Son tells the story of this young black man caught in a downward spiral after he kills a young white woman in a brief moment of panic.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
Call Number: FIC KES
Publication Date: 2005
Ken Kesey's story of life in a state mental hospital is a classic of American literature.
The Complete Persepolis
Call Number: 920 SAT [GRA]
Publication Date: 2007-10-30
Graphic Novel: Contains black-and-white comic strip images in which the author shares the story of her life in Tehran, Iran, where she lived from ages six to fourteen while the country came under control of the Islamic regime.
The Power of One
Call Number: FIC COU
Publication Date: 1999
Bildungsroman: No stranger to the injustice of racial hatred, five-year-old Peekay learns the hard way the first secret of survival and self-preservation - the power of one. An encounter with amateur boxer Hoppie Groenewald inspires in Peekay a fiery ambition - to be welterweight champion of the world.
Call Number: FIC MCC
Publication Date: 2009-11-03
Dystopian Novel: A nameless man and his young son wander through a decimated landscape, searching for means of survival and a reason for hope as barbaric hordes of people roam the streets and ash falls from the sky.
Reasons to Read
Here are just a few reasons why you might consider taking on reading enrichment for your English 10 class:
1. Readers have more empathy.
2. Readers have a higher rate of acceptance to post secondary education.
3. Readers have a larger vocabulary.
4. Readers get to enjoy a great story and share it with others.
5. Readers in English 10 are cooler than they realize.
More reasons to read in a TED Talk
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