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What novel should I assign my advanced high school seniors to read?

After Christmas break, my advance high school seniors will start to read a novel. In the years past, they have read Frankenstein. I was thinking of doing something different this year. Any suggestions?


Asked by tracimed at 8:15 AM on Dec. 3, 2010 in

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  • The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck (my all time favorite book)
    Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
    Native Son by Richard Wright
    The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
    Beloved by Toni Morrison

    Answer by mom2aspclboy at 12:07 AM on Dec. 4, 2010

  • For advanced seniors they should have read The Jungle much earlier in their highschool career, but if they haven't it would be a good one. Same goes for Animal Farm and Lord of the Flies. In my AP english class we did Wuthering Heights, Crime and Punishment, two novels by Tolstoy, several of Dickens novels - those are the ones I remember off the top of my head.

    Answer by missanc at 9:02 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • The Jungle is good. Grapes of Wrath. 1984. Brave New World. The Stranger. The Republic. The Prince. I read all of those in my gifted English class and loved them.

    Answer by purpleducky at 10:24 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • What about The Jungle by Upton Sinclair?

    Answer by scout_mom at 8:23 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • The jungle is a good one....The Great Gatsby.....The Great American Novel is one that i loved when i took my novel ap (advanced placement) class

    Answer by macksmom716 at 8:42 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Jane Eyre or Tale of Two Cities. Flowers for Algernon brings back good memories too!

    Answer by spottedpony at 1:33 AM on Dec. 10, 2010

  • a mystery book. not sure which one.

    Answer by horsesteelers at 8:28 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • We read Lord of the Flies,Silas Marner, Shakespeare, The Great Gatsby, The Sound and the Fury (That's a good one), A Separate Peace, Dickens, Their Eyes Were Watching God, The Scarlet Letter, The Crucible....

    Grapes of Wrath is a good one, too. :)

    Answer by bandgeek521 at 11:01 AM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Catcher in the Rye.

    Answer by tasches at 4:39 PM on Dec. 3, 2010

  • Thanks for the suggestions. However, the Freshmen read The Jungle, the Sophomores read Great Gastby, the Crucible, The Scarlet Letter and Grapes of Wrath. The Seniors for summer readiing read Lord of the Flies, Hamlet and Animal Farm. What about Flowers for Algernon?

    Comment by tracimed (original poster) at 5:17 PM on Dec. 3, 2010