There are millions of books in this world, but some will stand out as must reads and game changers. These books are the ones that leave you thinking long after the last page has been turned. The books that leave you wanting for more and sometimes, even going for a second read are the ones I am talking about. These are the books we want to make sure our children don’t miss out on amidst the required reading and the classics. Here are a few books that are standouts and should make it on every highschooler’s must-read list.
Five Must Reads for Your Highschooler
This is an amazing read, especially for Christian kids. Published by Bob Jones University Press for use in its curriculum (but available on Amazon) this book will open your eyes to a viewpoint you never even considered. This historical fiction is set in Jerusalem during the first century. The main characters are two teens whose lives are altered when their parents are killed by Roman soldiers. Seventeen-year-old Mala seeks comfort in the hope of a Messiah; however, her older brother joins a street gang seeking solace in thievery to survive. The entire village is upheaved when one of its well-known occupants is transformed so miraculously that this one called Jesus must be considered further. When you reach the climax you will find yourself silently contemplating and possibly going in for a second read.
The famed writer who brought us The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe never fails to weave a magical tale. In this one, lesser known than his others, C.S. Lewis shows us a fictional world that is created from nothing, much like what we read in Genesis. The tale will leave readers on the edge of their seats and shows a viewpoint that may help youth better understand the impact of evil and good.
For when you need a historical fiction full of action and espionage, check this one out. Mara is a slave, though no ordinary one, who can read and write. She is living in ancient Egypt under the rule of Queen Hatshepsut and finds herself in the role of a spy to barter for her freedom from slavery. This is a complicated weaving tale of lies, deceit, and characters that leap to life.
This one was on many public school dockets for recommended reading, though it has been replaced in many locales with newer recommended reads. A classic that helps readers understand the childlike innocence of a little girl living in the south when African Americans had no rights. The main character’s father, a lawyer, gets the case of a lifetime that threatens to tear apart the town at its seams. This is a book that you can come back to again, and again.
The Giver became popular with the release of a movie based on the book. As far as popular fiction this one is very tame and appropriate for the Christian reader. A dystopian style novel, this book offers a glimpse into a strange world void of color, emotion, and feeling. The main character struggles with this reality when he is chosen for his life’s work of receiving memories of the past.
Great literature abounds but there a few that stand out as must reads. Having a frank discussion with your highschooler about what they are reading is invaluable as a parent. Read alongside your student. Compare your thoughts and feelings about these books as you grow your young person into a well-read young adult.
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