Ellie Rommelfanger: Catcher in the Rye I like it because it teaches great lessons about life and growing up.
Sydney Monahan: Glass Castle. It shows the harsh realities of poverty and doesn’t sugar coat anything
Victoria Ackermann: Where the Wild Things Are. It’s a beautifully illustrated book about a cool kid named Max who just has a fun imagination.
Emily Doll: “Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret.” It is a relatable and funny novel from a young girl’s perspective.
Isabelle Swanson: Fahrenheit 451. This is the quintessential banned book, as it is an incredibly thought-provoking book that defends freedom of speech and itself from censorship.
Natalie Kemler: To Kill a Mockingbird. This book addresses the realities of racial injustice and seeing things from another perspective.
Susana Pettis: Eleanor & Park. It’s realistic and I like that it doesn’t gloss over some of the ugly things in life. I like how Rainbow Rowell tells it how it is and you can’t help but love the characters.
Lauren Mayer: Glass Castle. It really opened my eyes and it was interesting to see how she grew up and what she had to go through to become the person she is today. It taught me that everything hard in life shapes who i am and I’ll get though whatever the challenge is.
Maddie Mingo: The Hunger Games. The Hunger Games Trilogy provokes resourceful thinking and problem solving. I loved how the books challenged me to put myself in the characters shoes and explore the dystopian world in which they lived.
Amalea Poulos & Allie Morrissey: the Harry Potter series. Harry Potter’s story is the ultimate bildungsroman and helped me to expand my imagination.
Ana Hingorani: Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. This book is one of my all time favorites. It’s about racism in the south during the Great Depression. This book opened my eyes in a way unparalleled by any other book I’ve read. It taught me about the hardships slaves in the south endured, and how equality is one of the most important concepts there is.
Brianna Wessling: The Outsiders. A thought provoking book that talks about growing up and having to face adult situations. The type of book that every young person should read at some point in their lives.
Emma Herold: To Kill a Mockingbird. This book opened my eyes to the stereotyping and racial profiling that took place in the past.
Carmen Miller: The Jungle. This book made me rethink my original thoughts on capitalism and our society as a whole.
Kate Schwaller: A Streetcar Named Desire. I loved the play and how it didn’t sugarcoat anything. It really showed how bad life can be sometimes.
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