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Top Ten Books I Wish Were Taught in Schools
Harry Potter Series
These books are classics that I think everybody should read. They offer many different thought-provoking events and also open up a whole world full of imagination. If there's one thing that I think schools could use more of, it's imagination and I think these books could help bring that to the table.
The Hunger Games
These are serious books that involve some serious consequences in a dystopian society. I think that these books raise many political questions and challenge political thinking. I also liked that these books were realistic in the sense that many die when fighting for a cause and there isn't always a happy ending for everyone in the end.
Aristotle & Dante Discover Secrets of the Universe
This book is a love story of two boys. This is a beautiful love story and one that I think everyone should read. I think having more diverse literature in schools will help students to become more open-minded and also help those students that were looking for the perfect book to relate to.
The Fault in Our Stars
This is another book that I think everyone should read. This book is a beautiful story with beautiful characters that you can't help but feel for. I think this book would offer an unique perspective to some students. The discussions about life that would come out of reading this book would be incredible.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower
I think that most students would enjoy this book. Most students could relate to Charlie's journey to make friends and keep them. I think they would enjoy going on Charlie's adventures with him as well.
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
This book follows an Indian boy that goes to a rather prestigious white school. His story of struggling to embrace himself as a whole, rather than in pieces is a struggle I think most kids can relate to in one way or another.
There are so many things about this book that can be discussed. Processes of the mind and traits - such as a discussion of whether one trait can dominate and define a person. Could a society divided in any way be successful? So many good discussions can come from these pages, not to mention a highly enjoyable read.
Students are often required to read Romeo and Juliet, but I think this modern love story would be more enjoyable to students. It is similar to Romeo and Juliet in the sense of forbidden love but has a happier ending. This book is fantastic and one of my favorite love stories.
This book is half filled with beautiful pictures. I think that adding a little variety in and having a book filled with pictures that tell the story as well as the words would be a fun challenge to the students. Students that don't enjoy reading (sad occurrence, but it's more common than you think) may enjoy reading this book since it is told through pictures as well as words.
What I liked most about this book is the different language. This survival story is told from an African American girl's perspective and she speaks using ebonics. I think that it is crucial to students to see literature from not only different point of views but also from a full, unique perspective that immerses you in the world and the MC's unique mind.