High School Summer Reading List

Instructor: Shelby Golden
Get an overview of some interesting novels that could be included on your summer reading list and familiarize yourself with these books to pick the ones that would most interest you. You'll also find study guides you can use to explore these novels' key themes and characters.

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Fahrenheit 451 offers readers a look at an alternate history of the United States where books are banned and any that are found are burned. The novel explores the effects this form of censorship has on civilization. You can find out more about the plot and interpretations of this novel with the Fahrenheit 451 Study Guide.

1984 by George Orwell

Orwell's book 1984 is a dystopian novel that focuses on a world trapped in a state of constant war and controlled by a government that carries out constant surveillance on the populace. The themes of the novel are timely and engaging. You can develop your understanding of them with the 1984 Study Guide.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Shelley created one of the most captivating horror stories of all time with Frankenstein. The novel explores the costs of a blind pursuit of knowledge, while also mining the depths of human emotion and thought. You can check your understanding of the novel and review what you've read with the Frankenstein Study Guide.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin

Pride and Prejudice offers you a chance to delve into fiction from a different time period and explore social conventions you might not be used to. Austin's novel follows the life of Elizabeth Bennet as she tries to find her place in 19th century England. You can look deeper into the novel with the Pride and Prejudice Study Guide.

Lord of the Flies by William Golding

This novel focuses on a group of children trapped on an otherwise uninhabited island and left to their own devices. Golding uses his book to examine human nature, often with horrifying results. You can learn more about the themes explored by this novel with the Lord of the Flies Study Guide.

A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle

L'Engle's novel offers you an opportunity to read a classic science fiction tale full of space travel concepts. The novel dwells heavily on the themes of good vs. evil. You can explore other themes and ensure you understand the plot of the book with the A Wrinkle in Time Study Guide.

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