So the original topic was: Top 10 Contemporary Books That Would Be Great Paired With A Required Reading Book or Top Ten Books That You Wish Were Taught In Schools. I’m shortening that to books that could be great required reading.
- Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein: This one is almost a no-brainer. I love it for the plotting and the intricacy of the story but it’s also one of the best fictional depictions of WWII that I’ve ever read.
- The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick: Great historical setting and I maintain that this should be required reading for all film studies majors and enthusiasts.
- For Darkness Shows the Stars by Diana Peterfreund: I love the idea of using a retelling of a story (like this one!) to introduce and work with a classic.
- Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine: I have used this book to illustrate an example of an effective feminist text. I also love it as a retelling.
- The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde: This series deals with a lot but again I love it to introduce and work with a classic as Fforde highlights some of the problems within Jane Eyre in a highly amusing story.
- What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell (or Strings Attached): No one does historical fiction like Judy Blundell. No one. I love her. Best examples of noir writing and best examples of 1950s New York area. Just fab.
- Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld: I feel like this could bomb but I’d love more units working with speculative fiction or alternate history stories to discuss real history (like WWI in this case).
- Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly: See above. This one is a great exploration of family and grieving but also a very compelling look at the French Revolution from an unlikely perspective.
- Dust Girl by Sarah Zettel: A fantasy but a great atmosphere and evocative read of the 1930s Dust Bowl.
- The Lost Sun by Tessa Gratton: An alternate history with Norse mythology undertones would be a great way to discuss the myths and history. Just saying.
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