Z's List of High School (Sometimes) Required Reading

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Invisible Man
1.  Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
The list author says:
  "A culturally significant book, it covers race issues in one of the most unusual yet intelligent ways that I have ever read.  5/5"
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The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Bollingen Series, No. 17)
2.  The Hero with a Thousand Faces (Bollingen Series, No. 17) by Joseph Campbell
The list author says:
  "A very excellent look at historical mythology.  Based on the psychology of Jung, the book shows how mythology has common roots in all cultures.  Maybe a bit academic for some, but 5/5."
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Night
3.  Night by Elie Wiesel
The list author says:
  "I read this for an ethics class and I have to say that this was a great book.  Elie Wiesel shows just a small part of life during the Holocaust, and at the camps.  5/5"
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To Kill a Mockingbird
4.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The list author says:
  "I liked this book for the innocent way the main character, a young child, looked at cultural "backwardness."  4/5"
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The Giver (Giver Quartet)
5.  The Giver (Giver Quartet) by Lois Lowry
The list author says:
  "Although confusing at first, this was the first of many dysutopia books that I have read.  This is still one of my favorites.  Also, read the rest of the trilogy. 4/5."
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JB: A Play in Verse
6.  JB: A Play in Verse by Archibald MacLeish
The list author says:
  "A modern adaptation of the story of Job, I found this book to be quite interesting.  I believe that this might help, for better or worse, show the story of Job to a new audience.  4/5."
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Equus (Penguin Plays)
7.  Equus (Penguin Plays) by Peter Shaffer
The list author says:
  "This is a weird play about a boy growing up, and his psychological attachment to horses.  Call me strange, but I really liked it.  4/5."
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Romeo and Juliet (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
8.  Romeo and Juliet (Cambridge School Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The list author says:
  "I am an open non-fan of Shakespeare, but I thought that Romeo and Juliet was one of his better plays.  With no "magic confusion" like Midsummer, the movie goes with the theme of true love alone.  3/5."
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The Tempest (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
9.  The Tempest (Cambridge School Shakespeare) by David Bevington
The list author says:
  "I have to admit.  I don't remember what it was about, but that means it wasn't too bad or too good.  So 3/5."
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Othello (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
10.  Othello (Cambridge School Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The list author says:
  "This was a strange play to say the least, but I felt that it was fairly interesting.  It also stuck out as a very different "Shakespeare" to me.  3/5"
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The Crucible
11.  The Crucible by Arthur Miller
The list author says:
  "I did this as a play and I have to say, although kind of depressing, it wasn't bad.  Also, the fact that this movie was an allegory for communism and the McCarthy era didn't hurt.  3/5."
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A Separate Peace
12.  A Separate Peace by John Knowles
The list author says:
  "This book was based on a school which was amazingly like my own, although mine was coed.  The book was okay though, because it just seemed so familiar.  3/5."
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The House on Mango Street
13.  The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
The list author says:
  "I just never connected with this story, much like I never connected with the Okies journey.  Yet, the immigrant tale is one that needs to be heard.  3/5"
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Things Fall Apart
14.  Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
The list author says:
  "Although historically relevant, this book provided me with nothing but a very funny inside-joke, which is of no use to you.  I didn't dislike it though, just ok.  3/5."
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Catcher in the Rye Cassette and Book Package
15.  Catcher in the Rye Cassette and Book Package by J. D. Salinger
The list author says:
  "Too weird for me, I would have to say that displaced youth is something which I've never related to.  When you're given lemons and squash them I don't understand, but I did like his independence.  3/5"
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The Canterbury Tales (Bantam Classics)
16.  The Canterbury Tales (Bantam Classics) by Geoffrey Chaucer
The list author says:
  "Old english is just not my thing, although it's translated conveniently.  The humor just doesn't carry over.  2/5"
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A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
17.  A Midsummer Night's Dream (Cambridge School Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The list author says:
  "Fairies and confused humans make not a good play.  Not awful, but not good is what I say.  2/5"
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Brave New World
18.  Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The list author says:
  "Although I feel this is a very important book to read, one of the "dysutopia" types, it is reffered to way too much.  It also was frankly, not a good book.  Maybe I was too young at the time.  2/5"
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The Reader
19.  The Reader by Carol Brown Janeway
The list author says:
  "This book tried to talk about the serious issue of Germans dealing with the Holacaust, but weakly built it on the strange premise of forbidden love.  2/5."
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Macbeth (Cambridge School Shakespeare)
20.  Macbeth (Cambridge School Shakespeare) by William Shakespeare
The list author says:
  "I really just didn't like the play.  It was annoyingly fanciful and boring...  2/5."
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The God of Small Things
21.  The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy
The list author says:
  "I really didn't like this book, because it was long, strange, and a bit perverse.  I understand the "Untouchable's" dilemma, but I feel this book did it no justice.  2/5"
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Coming of Age: Short Stories About Youth & Adolescence (General Series)
22.  Coming of Age: Short Stories About Youth & Adolescence (General Series) by Bruce Emra
The list author says:
  "There is nothing a short story about coming of age has done that a bad orator could not have done better.  I read this during that phase of life and never connected, finding it useless.  1/5"
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Catcher in the Rye should be banned... 90 Oct 14, 2014
what to read after To Kill A Mockingbird???????? 27 Oct 9, 2014
Is The Giver appropriate for a class of 10-year-olds? 73 Sep 16, 2014
Does Jonas die? 25 Aug 6, 2014
why are these novels banned? 11 Jun 26, 2014
E-Book broken, last pages missing 4 May 5, 2014
Go Ask Alice 1 May 3, 2014
this book sucks 52 Mar 29, 2014
A Separate Peace for Kindle? 5 Dec 14, 2013
Ok for my 9-yr old daughter? 14 Nov 18, 2013
Needs An eBook Version 1 Jul 16, 2013
Need something besides The Giver 4 May 30, 2013
 
   

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