Five Books that Every Student Must Read

Author: Sherry Helms

Here is a list of five books that every student should read. Though the list of such books seems to be endless but I personally recommend these books because of the plot and the themes that authors talk upon through them. Readers are invited to share with us the name of any other book that they believe will fit into this category.

1.To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee-0099549484: The book tells us the story of Scout and Jem’s childhood in Alabama and how a series of events shook their innocence, shaped their character and taught them about human race. This novel is a great source of discussion about themes, character development, plot development and many other issues that touch on the lives of the students.

2.The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay by Michael Chabon-1841154938: An epic novel depicting two Jewish boy’s aspirations to create comic books in 1940’s and save one of their families from Nazis. The book works on so many different levels. It has the thrill, action and pacing of a comic book yet also has beautiful language, memorable characters and moving, non-manipulative drama of the finest literary novel. It is rare to see excitement, sadness, history, and humor mix so seamlessly together.

3. Cry, The Beloved Country by Alan Paton-1433213680: The novel tells us the story of a Zulu priest in South Africa, whose son has been arrested for murder. The priest accidentally meets the father of the man his son has killed. This book is the story of these two fathers. The story can teach children about violence, race issues and the results of acting without thinking.

4.Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin-0141034262: This is the story of Greg Mortenson, a mountaineer who tried to climb Pakistan’s K2, the second highest mountain in the world. Though he failed to reach the peak but the attempt led him to build schools in remote regions of Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is an inspirational tale that students must read. The book will also educate children about the culture in the Middle East.

5.The Life of Pi by Yann Martel-0156030209: This is a fantasy novel that describes a boy stranded on a boat in the Pacific, with a host of zoo animals including a tiger and hyena. Martel’s elegant and beautiful prose throughout make it a good read for students. Spirituality does indeed play a major role in the pre- life boat segment of the book and as told in the novel’s prologue this story will really make you believe in God.

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