5 Books Your Students Need to Read This Year

5 Books Your Students Need to Read This Year

1) The Giver

“The Giver, which won the Newbery Medal in 1994, has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The story focuses on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, but bland world of conformity and contentment. Not until he starts his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to perceive the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community.”

2) Animal Farm

“Animal Farm is a short political fable that George Orwell wrote to show how Joseph Stalin betrayed of the Russian Revolution. It is about a group of animals who rebel against the humans who run the farm they live on and run it themselves with hopes of being equal, free, and happy. In the end, however, the new rule becomes a cruel tyranny of its own. Written during World War II and published in 1945, it was not well received at first, but is widely accepted as a classic today.”

3) Fahrenheit 451

“First published in 1953, Fahrenheit 451 is a classic novel set in the future when books forbidden by a totalitarian regime are burned. The hero, a book burner, suddenly discovers that books are flesh and blood ideas that cry out silently when put to the torch.”

4) 1984

“Nineteen Eighty-Four is George Orwell's terrifying vision of a totalitarian future in which everything and everyone is slave to a tyrannical regime. The novel also coined many new words and phrases which regular appear in popular culture, such as 'Big Brother', 'thoughtcrime', 'doublethink' and 'Newspeak’.”

5) Brave New World

“Brave New World is a cautionary dystopian tale that anticipates developments in reproductive technology, sleep-learning, psychological manipulation, and classical conditioning that combine profoundly to change society.”


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