Top Ten Books I Would Put On A Required Reading List

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Top Ten Books I Would Put On A Required Reading List

These books are hand-picked because 1 and 2 teach empathy and kindness to animals, 3 and 4 explain dystopians and encourage discussions about real world politics, 5 and 6 teach about situations different to what a student may experience, 7 and 8 teach about romance and love and how you don’t have to like characters to enjoy a story, and 9 and 10 are there to demonstrate popular literature. These aren’t meant o be required reading for any one year, just required over the course of the student’s education and matching reading ability and maturity to the text. There is a good mix of Australian literature, classics, and modern lit. We could even do page-to-screen adaptation studies on all of them except 5, which is the only one without an adaptation.

  1. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  2. Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dan
  3. Animal Farm by George Orwell
  4. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  5. Back on Track: Diary of a Street Kid by Margaret Clark
  6. Tomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden
  7. Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  8. Wuthering Heights by Charlotte Bronte
  9. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone by JK Rowling
  10. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins



About Nemo

A lover of kittens and all things sparkly, Nemo has a degree in English Literature and specialises in reviewing contemporary, paranormal, mystery/thriller, historical, sci-fi and fantasy Young Adult fiction. She is especially drawn to novels about princesses, strong female friendships, magical powers, and assassins.

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