Fiction: Junior, Senior High

It is difficult at times to find books that are appropriate for junior high students since adult themes are introduced earlier and earlier. Here are some titles that I have read that are “good stories” and I think your student(s) will enjoy. There are also senior high titles listed below them.

** JH  junior high  SH senior high

My Side of the Mountain, Jean Craighead George  JH A story of a young man living by himself in the wilderness and the adventures he has while there.

Artemis Fowl, Eion Colfer  JH Artemis is a boy genius who is spoiled and doesn’t always do the right thing. It is fantasy with fairies, but I thought it was a good adventure book for my early teen sons and led to many discussions concerning consequences and honesty. There are several in this series, all of which we enjoyed.

RedwallBrain Jacques JH A great tale of good versus evil, with good triumphing. Junior high students will enjoy reading them on their own. If you can find this on CD, listen to it to get the full effect of the text. I love how the author narrates his own book and has other actors as well. They are well done and make the book come alive. If you like this book you will be pleased to know there are many more titles to choose from as Mr. Jacques was a prolific writer. There is also an animated series you can purchase based upon the books.

The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis JH, SH  This is a seven book series of the adventures of children who were sent away to the country during World War II.  I am recommending these for junior and senior high because of the symbolism that is in each of these books.

The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien SH  This is the first book in the series, Lord of the Rings, and my favorite one of the epic struggle between good and evil. This is wonderful on CD and the whole family will enjoy it.

Sherlock Holmes, Arthur Conan Doyle SH I never tire of reading about Sherlock Holmes. His power of observations and deduction have made these stories a favorite since they were first written in the 19th century. If you own a kindle, any of the books can be downloaded for free.

A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens SH  John 15: 13 states, “Greater man has no man, than he lay his life down for a friend” is true in this story set during the French Revolution. I have read this book a half-dozen times and it never fails to move me to tears, it is that powerful. This is another book that is free for your kindle.

The Robe, Lloyd C. Douglas SH A fictionalized account of the Roman guard who won Jesus’ robe. This book was made into a movie so you can have your student write a comparison/contrast paper between the book and movie.

Happy Reading! 🙂

9 thoughts on “Fiction: Junior, Senior High

  1. If my son really doesn’t want to read Emma for British lit, what would be a good replacement? Any one of the above or???? Thanks

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    • Hi Karen,
      Are you looking for “classic” British literature or something more modern? I think Charles Dickens is a good choice for classical literature, but can be a bit wordy (Tale of Two Cities, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations, David Copperfield). Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes) and Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot, Miss Marple) are shorter reads and are mysteries. These are terrific for discussing plot, and climax of stories as they move rather quickly. The literary elements of foreshadowing and red herrings are found in both of these author’s works as well.
      You can always read William Shakespeare as well and he has a wide variety of plays to choose from, comedy; tragedy; suspense are just a few. You can watch the BBC productions of his works if you are having a difficult time getting through the old English.
      J.R.R. Tolkien is always a marvelous read (The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings) and The Hobbit is being made into a movie right now.

      Almost all of these books mentioned above have been made into movies. You could watch the film after reading the book and have him write a comparison/contrast paper on it.

      Thank you for asking for my opinion. I could give more suggestions so let me know what you are thinking so I can narrow the focus for you if needed. 🙂

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  2. The above is great. We are doing llatl British lit and he just couldn’t get through Emma, one of the required books. So I didn’t know what to replace it with that would fulfill the requirements of the course. Your reassurance has helped me to relax. Thank you!!!!

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    • You are welcome and I am glad to be of assistance. I can see why a young man wouldn’t be interested in reading Emma. My sons didn’t read it and didn’t want to watch the movie either. 🙂

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