Recently we asked “What book did you have to read for school that you ended up liking (or loving)?” Several of you responded with great recommendations. Check them out below, and then tell us which book from school you ended up liking!
For Teens and Adults:
“Jay Gatsby had once loved beautiful, spoiled Daisy Buchanan, then lost her to a rich boy. Now, mysteriously wealthy, he is ready to risk everything to woo her back.”
Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan is available in print, eBook, and audio book. This classic has been adapted to film, as well.
“Four mothers, four daughters, four families whose histories shift with the four winds depending on who is telling the story.”
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston is also available in print, eBook, and audio book.
“Janie Crawford, a Southern Black woman in the 1930’s, journeys from being a free-spirited girl to a woman of independence and substance.”
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee can be found at the Library in print, eBook, and audio book. It has been adapted to film.
“Scout Finch, daughter of the town lawyer Atticus, has just started school; but her carefree days come to an end when a black man in town is accused of raping a white woman, and her father is the only man willing to defend him.”
I Am Malala: how one girl stood up for education and changed the world by Malala Yousafzai, with Patricia McCormick is available at the Library in print, eBook, and audio book.
“When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education. On Tuesday October 9, 2012, she almost paid the ultimate price.”
Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is available in print, eBook, and audio book. It has been adapted to film too!
“The adventures of an orphan boy who lives in the squalid surroundings of a nineteenth century English workhouse until he becomes involved with a gang of thieves.”
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens is available in print, eBook and audio book.
“In the early days of the French Revolution, a young Englishman determines to do the utmost to save the husband of the woman he loves from the guillotine.”
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is available in print, eBook, audio book, and has been adapted to film.
“A searing portrait of the physical, emotional, and psychological costs of the American dream.”
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is available in print, eBook, audio book, and film!
“Each of five children lucky enough to discover an entry into Mr. Willy Wonka’s mysterious chocolate factory takes advantage of the situation in his own way.”
Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls is also available in print, eBook, audio book and film.
“A young boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart’s desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters.”
The Giver by Lois Lowry is available in print, eBook, and audio book. It was recently adapted to film!
“In the story of a seemingly utopian city in a futuristic world, Jonas is singled out to receive special training from The Giver, who alone holds memories of pain and pleasure in life.”