By: Blake Ursery
Magic Tree House series By: Mary Pope Osborne Published: 1992
This series of books is great for elementary students. It allows them to open their mind and use their imagination to become part of the book and go through the adventures with the main characters.
Holes by: Louis Sachar (movie) Published: 2003
This is a great story that every middle schooler should read. It explains many different conflicts in the world such as race, in a funny and understandable way for middle schoolers. It also has many details and to figure out what happens you have to remember each of the details because it is important.
Nineteen Minutes by: Jodi Picoult Published: March 9, 2007
Nineteen minutes is a good book of you understand what is happening. This book is great for late middle school to high school age students. I liked the book because it shows a realistic view of the other side of a school shooting. The shooter has people that loved him too and that the other kids could have caused the shooter to lean toward violence since he was bullied often.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind By: William Kamkwamba Published: 2010
The Boy who Harnessed the Wind is a great book for high school students. It is about a kid in Africa who did not have much but he was still determined to do something unique in his village. I think that all high school students should be required to read this book so they will know about William.
Beowulf By: Unknown, Published around 1000 AD
Beowulf is a great poem and is a classic story. I really enjoyed Beowulf because it reminds me of my childhood when you think that anything is possible.
The Tell-Tale Heart By: Edgar Allen Poe Published: 1843
I liked The Tell- Tale Heart because it shows that evil actions will eventually eat away at someone and the truth will come out.
Fallen Angels By: Walter Dean Myers, Published: 1988
Fallen Angels was a great book and helped the reader understand just how nasty the Vietnam War was. Many of our grandparents was in the war so it helps us understand what they went through.
To Kill a Mockingbird By: Harper Lee, Published: 1960
This book shows how bad racial issues were back in the day. It seems crazy how people acted back then to blacks and to people that supported blacks.
A Long Way Gone By: Ishmael Beah, Published: 2007
A Long Way Gone was a great book that described how some children had to go through ridiculous things that no child should ever have to go through. It makes you realize how good we actually have it in America.
The Great Gatsby By: F. Scott Fitzgerald, Published: 1925
The Great Gatsby showed that being rich did not make you happy and actually gave you more problems. This book was very confusing with all the things that were happening, but eventually made since at the end.