Multcolib Books 2 U Picks: Fun & Sophisticated for High School
Annotation:An amazing blend of Islamic and Christian legends, Daughter of Smoke and Bone is a truly unique alternate universe. I've never read any Sci-Fi quite like it. Universal acquired the rights to it last year and Internet Movie Database lists the project as "in development."
Annotation:Author and avowed atheist, Mary Roach investigates the concept of the afterlife according to various belief systems. Excellent for its use of language. See other titles by Mary Roach.
Annotation:Ventakesh conducts a survey at the Robert Taylor Homes public housing projects in Chicago, is held at gun point over night and becomes friends with the leader of a notorious gang. Nice vocabulary! Adult.
Annotation:The Everybody Reads book of 2011, The Other Wes Moore tells story of a Black man named Wes Moore who discovers that there is another Black man who shares his name, city of birth and age. This "other" Wes Moore is in prison for murder. The book explores the similarities and the divergence of both lives.
Annotation: I fell in love with it from the first page. The language is beautiful. Jacob discovers too late that his grandfather's stories were not just stories.
Annotation: Sunny discovers that she is one of the leopard people and is therefore possessed of powers beyond those of ordinary people. A kind of fanciful African version of the popular Harry Potter series.
Annotation:An African-American boy living in the 1700s grows up as part of an experiment designed to gauge whether or Africans have the same mental capacities as Europeans. The best American "children's" book since Huck Finn.
Annotation:The American classic, Narrative of the Life of FD is a first hand account of American chattel slavery.
Annotation:A classic of Feminist literature, The Woman Warrior tells the story of the story of the author's upbringing in the US. Includes also her fanciful recreation of the story of Mulan. Classified: Creative non-fiction!
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Chosen for the complexity of the language and the appeal of its topics, this list is a fun version of all of those recommended reading lists for college going students.