2016 Year 10 Reading Challenge
Here is the link to a Suggested Reading List, based on suggestions from:
- the K-10 English Syllabus
- Paul Jennings
- Children's Book Council shortlisted and award winning books from the past 5 years
- Inky Awards shortlisted books from the past 5 years
- AND some of your English and Library teachers
Now it's your turn. What "MUST READS" would you include in a Suggested Reading List for Year 10 students? Share your ideas by posting contributions to this blog. Please use the post "Clan of the Cave Bear by Jean M Auel" as a template for your post:
- TITLE BAR: Book title and author
- BODY OF POST: Image of cover + summary of plot + reasons you have included the book in the "Must Reads" List
Create and or contribute to a conversation about each other's suggestions by posting comments on each other's blog posts.
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown is an enthralling masterpiece giving a constant sense of adventure. Once you start reading this riveting novel you are hooked. The author cleverly weaves fact and fiction, truth and lies, past and present. Highlighted by action, The Da Vinci Code speeds through the streets of Paris encountering countless problems along the way, leaving you wondering … what will happen next?
If you loved the honest and ironic but heartbreaking humour in The Fault in Our Stars this is the novel for you! The book centres around the socially awkward, hilarious and short film fanatic Greg Gaines. Greg, like most of us teens, is struggling with the concept of being able to both fit in and stand out in High school along with his only friend and co-worker Earl. Together, they battle through the awkwardness of High school by blending in and making really atrocious movies in their free time. All until Greg’s mum forces him to spend time with his childhood friend Racheal, who has recently been diagnosed with leukaemia. As their friendship grows, Greg and Earl decide to make a film for her, which ends up turning into the Worst Film Ever Made and inevitably forces Greg to stop blending in and finally stand in the spotlight.
'Looking for Alaska' is gratifying fiction for young adults. The novel's protagonist Miles Halter leaves for boarding school. Once he arrives at the school he falls profoundly in love with Alaska Young. Alaska is the wild and beautiful character that readers fall in love with. She's mysterious throughout the whole novel even towards the end when the mystery swells. When Miles is pummeled by tragedy he discovers a great deal about himself and the importance of never taking anything for granted. Will he ever love again?
"The Martian" by Andy Weir is an intricate read of the story of an astronaut by the name of Mark Watney, who, whilst on a mission to Mars, is left stranded, following a horrific storm which destroys everything. His crew thought he was dead after seeing his suit lose pressure and had no choice but to evacuate the planet leaving Watney. Miraculously he survives the storm only to realise that he has been left behind, with nothing but a few days worth of rations. He is forced to ration out his food for many months and find a way to survive until the next planned mission to Mars can come rescue him. Will he make it? Or will he give in to the harsh environment of Mars?
'The Girl on the Train' is a captivating novel that will keep you on the edge of your seat no matter where you're up to. It's a thriller, mysterious yet cryptic. Hawkins leaves gaps in the plot representing Rachel's memory loss, as she is an alcoholic who goes through a failed pregnancy and is cheated on. It keeps you bewitched as the plot develops, getting juicer as the page numbers get higher. Eerily Rachel watches a couple on the train every morning; she names them Jess and Jason. She’s mesmerised and obssessed by their ‘golden’ relationship… until she sees one of them being unfaithful, right before 'Jess' goes missing. The story goes on as Rachel ties up with ‘Jason’ to find what and why ‘Jess’ disappears out of sight. As the storyline is twisted and manipulated just like its twisting and manipulating your thoughts.
The first book in this series is from the perspective of Luke Hunter, a 15 year old who recently moved to the town of Phoenix from Sydney. They are yet to find out that they have triggered the countdown. They are the last people coming into Phoenix before the rest of the world is blown into oblivion. Luke and his friends have 100 days before the rest of the world is gone. Seven billion lives in the hand of a 15 year of Sydney boy and his friends. Can this group of friends stop seven billion deaths? The countdown begins.
All The Truth That’s In Me by Julie Berry is a cleverly written yet wonderful masterpiece. Once you start reading All The Truth That’s In Me, you won’t be able to put the book down. All The Truth That’s in me is a poetic, yet gripping book, in which you get thrown into the head of the main character. This book not only lets the reader see what she sees, but feel what she feels. This amazing book has a very unique writing style as it is written with lots of very short chapters, which together, paints a picture which is beautiful yet devastating, traumatic yet humorous.
THE 1ST WAVE; took out half a million people. THE 2ND WAVE; put that number to shame. THE 3RD WAVE; lasted a little longer, twelve weeks....four billion dead. THE 4TH WAVE; you can't trust that people are still people. AND THE 5TH WAVE? No one knows but it's coming.
The 5th Wave is a novel set in a time where "The Others" are coming, five waves to complete the extinction of the Earth's humans. I'm not a strong reader and a don't enjoy it that much but I can't lie, this book changed my perspective on things. This novel keeps you guessing, from start to finish, and the main question that you ask yourself as a reader is; who are these "others", and what is the fifth wave? 'The 5th Wave' is a must read; who knows maybe you'll find out what are the 'others' planning.
The Minnow is a compelling coming of age story about a young girl named Tom who survived a devastating flood that claimed the lives of her sister and parents. Now she lives with Bill in his old shed by the lake, but soon finds herself having to move out because she is pregnant with Bill’s baby. Tom finds herself having conversations with her dead grandfather and unborn child (the minnow), and they are as much a part of the novel as anyone living.The Minnow is a powerful story that challenges the heartbreaking truth of grief and loss. The unreal elements of Tom's life make this novel a must read!
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of those books you must read before you die. Set in Alabama during the Great Depression, this American classic novel explores the timeless issues of racism, injustice and oppression through the young eyes of a 6 year old Southern girl. Throughout the novel, Lee reveals the roots of human behaviour; our cruelty and kindness, love and hate for one another under the highly opinionated subject of what a segretated world we live in. This novel is simply a masterpiece of American literature.
Divergent is a riveting novel that has a lot of interesting and engaging plots. They have used opposing views of different people to see the side of everyone in the novel not just the view from the protagonist. Sixteen year old Beatrice Prior lives in Chicago where society is divided into five factions: Amity (kind), Erudite (intelligent), Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless) and Dauntless (brave). The chileren must take an aptitude test that will tell them which faction they are best suited for and then choose which they will join. Where they join determines the value they will commit to for the rest of their lives. Further more Divergent is a novel that will have you jumping out of your seat while rapidly turning the pages to find out what happens next. Beatrice learns a lot about herself which makes the novel have a moral meaning not just an exhilarating adventure.
This historical graphic novel follows the life story of a young man in Vinci, Italy, who soon becomes well-known throughout history. He grows up to be a great inventor scientist, military engineer, philosopher, botanist, and mathematician as well as a brilliant painter and sculptures. he was a leading artist and intellectual of the Italian Renaissance who's known for his enduring works "The Last Supper" and "Mona Lisa.".
Have you ever watched or dove into the reveting story of The Hunger Games? If you have seen it and enjoyed the story I highly recommend this dystopian novel as it explores even more themes than those seen in the movie. It is set in North America in a city consisting of 12 different districts. These districts are controlled by the Capitol and every year an event called The Hunger Games takes place where one boy and one girl from each district fight to the death in a combat arena. This action pact story evolves around the survival of Katniss throughou the grusome event. I believe that the book is 10 times better than the movie because of its emotive language and dramatic ideas.
The book All The Bright Places wriiten by Jennifer Niven, is a very moving story told from the different perspectives of the two main characters Violet and Finch who in an effort to save themselves, help save each other. The author skillfully uses metaphors and emotive language to build a connection between the reader and the characters, leaving you wanting more. The themes highlighted throughout the book create a beatiful yet devestating storyline that conveys how even though you might not think that you're important, someone else does. This issue is becoming more prominent in today's society and the lessons that can be taken from this book are what make it suitable for today's youth.
The fictional book Eleanor and Park isn’t your typical high school romance. Rainbow Rowell presents us with characters that contrast quite differently in their appearance. Eleanor with crazy red hair and strange clothes, and Park, the quiet Asian boy who doesn’t like any attention. Both the characters are intrigued by their similarities of of comics and good music and soon enough they find themselves in love and having strong emotions for one another. I liked this book because it was unique to any romance I have read and I would recommend it to anyone who is keen for a good read and is into teenage romance.
Breakfast at TIffany's is a timeless classic that explores the themes of freedom, Identity and love. The novel is set in New York during World War II, the focal point of the story being Holly Golightly. The narrator portrays Holly as a glamorous, young socialite, however further explores her character to reveal a complex person, referred to as a "wild animal", who struggles with her identity and a desire for freedom. Holly's pregnancy, her arrest, the affair with José, and the contriversial events that happen throughout the novel are dramatic elements that reflect attempts to reveal Holly's character, which categorises the novel as a literary fiction.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story of a girl called Scout written during the 1930's when black people were valued much lower than white people. Scouts father Atticus teaches her and her brother Jem throught the story about the way things are and the way they should be as Atticus exposes the unfair aspects of the town Scout and Jem are growing up in. This book is very well written and shows a great portrayel of the racism and challenges the black people faced in the 1930's, by exposing the radical racism that some of the whites justified.
The author JK Rowling has cleverly writtin a novel which has followed the thrilling adventure of Harry's journey through the Goblet of Fire, a wizardry contest, which tests the great wizards of Harry's generation. This journey gives readers an insight into the minds of the characters, during there attempts to overcome obstacles in order to be crowned victorious. The story contains many plot twists and contains themes of friendship, good vs evil and fear. By combining these aspects Rowling has created a novel filled with lovable characters and intricate story lines.
The Great Gatsby is a book based on the 1920's. The book has a very philosophical approach to Jay Gatsby's eventful, lavish and exciting life. The book claims to be one of the greatest love stories of all time and if that doesn't already lure you in then I'm sure the illustrious lifestyle of rich Americans in Jazz Era, New York should. In my genuine opinion I believe that this book is an excellent read and that if you are keen on following the love life of this mysterious character delve into this novel and find out.
Have you ever read To Kill a Mocking Bird? The main character Atticus Finch is a lawyer that defends a black man, Tom Robinson. During the time of this story, the rights for the African-American community were very much minimalised, furthermore making it a nearly impossible task for Atticus to win in court. The racial prejudice seen in the white community comes to the conclusion of sentencing Tom Robinson to prison and sadly killing him despite the fact that Tom was in fact in the right. Racial prejudice was a horrible thing during the 1930’s and I think that it has come a long way but it would be incorrect to say that there is no racism in today’s world. Would you approve of your child bullying or being bullied purely judged on their skin colour?