Most of the books on our high school reading lists are a little outdated. While I believe that many of those titles are important for high school kids to read, I also think that our curriculum could use a few titles that are newer and fresher. Not every high school book should be a struggle to get through. So here are a few titles that should definitely be added to our reading lists:
1. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Afghanistan has been all over the news for the past decade, but most students don't actually know much about what's going on over there. This novel broadens students' horizons and shows diverse culture in different corners of the world.
2. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Race is still a huge issue in our society, as much as many of us wouldn't like to think so. And while most high schoolers read books like Uncle Tom's Cabin and The Bluest Eye, The Help is much more current and will probably resonate better with students.
3. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
Malala is the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize--she's so inspiring and incredibly intelligent. Her book could help inspire students to help positively impact the world.
4. Stolen by Lucy Christopher
This would be the perfect addition to an English elective class. It's told from a second person point of view, so it's unique and vastly interesting. Its use of setting is also pretty neat.
5. Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein
This book weaves history and action into a beautiful tale. It would be great for a discussion on World War II and/or the theme of friendship.