Upper School-Adult

Book Recommendations for Upper School students-Adult
***There is a wide range of personal tastes, sensibilities, and parental guidelines among this age group, so this is a limited list. Please use the Readers' Advisory Form for more detailed recommendations! What IS listed here is selected with high school students in mind, however. Parents of voracious young readers who need a challenge, PLEASE do not assume that these recommendations are simply the next step in regard to reading level and ability. They are also listed here as age-appropriate suggestions that may not be suitable for younger readers. Please use the RA form, and Mrs. Meester can help your reader with challenging reads!***

Biography/ Memoir

A Severe Mercy                                    Sheldon Vanauken

The Hiding Place                               Corrie ten Boom

A Grief Observed                              C.S. Lewis

Peace Child                                       Don Richardson

God's Smuggler                                 Brother Andrew, with Elizabeth Sherrill

The Once and Future King    T.H. White
Lord of the Rings         J.R.R Tolkien
Till We Have Faces         C.S. Lewis
The Lost World         Arthur Conan Doyle
The Great Divorce         C.S. Lewis Phantastes George MacDonald The Wise Woman and Other Stories George MacDonald The Last Unicorn Peter Beagle
Watership Down The Way of Kings Brandon Sanderson

(The following are more specifically categorized as Young Adult)

Atlantia Ally Condie

The Book of Pearl Timothee de Fambelle (translated by Sarah Ardizzone The Forbidden Wish Jessica Khoury

Howl's Moving Castle Dianne Wynne Jones

Cinder Marissa Meyer
Longbow Girl Linda Davies (part historical fiction, AND contemporary)

Valiant Sarah McGuire

The Traitor's Game Jennifer A. Nielson

Sky in the Deep Adrienne Young

Daughter of Sparta Claire Andrews

Historical Fiction Mara, Daughter of the Nile          Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Eagle of the Ninth Rosemary Sutcliffe The Hawk and the Dove Penelope Wilcock Longbow Girl            Linda Davies  (also a time travel book!)

The Scarlet Pimpernel     Baroness Orzcy
Les Miserables                          Victor Hugo Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen (and of course, everything by her!) North and South Elizabeth Gaskell

My Antonia Willa Cather

Killer Angels                              Michael Shaara

The Stranger Albert Camus (written in 1942, so perhaps historical, but actually regarded as contemporary fiction, or philosophical fiction.)

(The following are more specifically categorized as Young Adult).

Between Shades of Gray         Rita Sepetys

Salt to the Sea                           Rita Sepetys

The Enigma Game Elizabeth Wein

Vango                                      Timothee de Fombelle, translated by Sarah Ardizzone

Lovely War Julie Berry

Death on the Nile         Agatha Christie
Murder on the Orient Express    Agatha Christie
Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie (and sequels)    Alan Bradley
Rebecca             Daphne du Maurier The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Arthur Conan Doyle
The Innocence of Father Brown    G.K. Chesterton

Death in Kashmir (and companion books)     M.M. Kaye

(The following are more specifically categorized as Young Adult)

The Disappearances                             Emily Bain Murphy

Vango Timothee de Fambelle

Science Fiction   
Ender’s Game             Orson Scott Card
The Space Trilogy        C. S. Lewis
The Invisible Man   H.G. Wells     
The Time Machine         H.G. Wells
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury Brave New World Aldous Huxley 1984 George Orwell Alas, Babylon Pat Frank

(Young Adult Sci-Fi)

A Wrinkle in Time (and sequels!)    Madeleine L’Engle (also, she wrote many other science fiction/fantasy series!)

Ultraviolet                                  R.J. Anderson

Origin                          Jessica Khoury
The Six Mark Alpert


Darwin’s Black Box Michael Behe
How Should We Then Live?    Francis Schaeffer The Universe Next Door James W. Sire Total Truth Nancy Pearcey
Orthodoxy G.K. Chesterton From Jerusalem to Irian Jaya Ruth A. Tucker Amusing Ourselves to Death Neil Postman
Big Ideas Simply Explained Series (Shakespeare, Literature, Philosophy, History, Religion, and more!)

Make Your Bed William McRaven

Shackleton's Way Margaret Morrell

Series (various genres)

The Lunar Chronicles                Marissa Mayer
The Stormlight Archives Brandon Sanderson
Unwind            Neil Shusterman
Legend                     Marie Lu

Shadow and Bone      Leigh Bardugo

Spin the Dawn           Elizabeth Lim

Starbound                            Amie Kaufman and Megan Spooner

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