Top Ten Books You Believe Should Be Required Reading For Teens (contemporary, YA, adult fic, whatever you fancy)
1. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is such a powerful novel and I think it would be a great discussion book for teens.
2. Thirteen Reason Why by Jay Asher. I think this would help students understand how their actions, no matter how small they are, affect others.
3.To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was required to read this novel and I love the message it gives out. I still re-read it to this day.
4. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank. This was another book that I was required to read and it changed how I viewed the Holocoust.
5. Little Bee by Chris Cleave. Often required reading focuses on the "big" events in history, but this novel would help with some of the current issues including genocide.
6. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson. This is a novel about a girl with an eating disorder and her day to day struggles. The only thing that would make me apprehensive is that it could give some people who were battling these diseases certain ideas that would aid their sickness instead of help to over come it.
7. Number the Stars by Lois Lowry. Amazing novel!
8. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. This has one of the most beautiful discriptions of grief and death I have ever read. Death is so gentle when he comes to claim his victums that it's heartbreaking.
9. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. This is another great book to discuss how your actions affect others and how to learn there are some things you just have to accept.
10. The Adoration of Jenna Fox by Mary E Pearson. I would have loved to have read this and discussed the sitations that arose in my ethics course. It brings a lot of important issues to the table.
What about you? I'd love to hear what you think should be required reading for teens.