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50 Books to Read in High School

The 50 Books to Read in High School list was created by the Lexington Public Library staff in response to frequent questions regarding the best books for high school students.  The 50 Books to Read in High School is a list generated by the teen services team with input from librarians from the Fayette County Public Schools.  The list is intended to either reflect the life experiences of local teenagers, or to broaden your world view.  On this list, you’ll find classics as well as cultural phenomena, and you may find something you wouldn’t have immediately picked out for yourself. Read them and share what you think with your friends, teachers and, of course, your favorite librarians!

 Following is an alphabetical list by author of all 50 titles. 


  1. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

    by Douglas Adams (TEEN FIC ADAMS)
     

  2. The Book of Three

    by Lloyd Alexander (TEEN FIC ALEXA)
     

  3. Speak

    by Laurie Halse Anderson (TEEN FIC ANDER)
     

  4. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

    by Maya Angelou (TEEN B An43a1)
     

  5. Go Ask Alice

    by Anonymous (TEEN 362.29 An79g)
     

  6. Thirteen Reasons Why

    by Jay Asher (TEEN FIC ASHER)
     

  7. Pride and Prejudice

    by Jane Austen (TEEN FIC AUSTE)
     

  8. Fahrenheit 451

    by Ray Bradbury (TEEN FIC BRADB)
     

  9. Ender’s Game

    by Orson Scott Card (TEEN FIC CARD)
     

  10. The Perks of Being a Wallflower

    by Stephen Chbosky (TEEN FIC CHBOS)
     

  11. Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist

    by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (TEEN FIC COHN)
     

  12. The Hunger Games

    by Suzanne Collins (TEEN FIC COLLI)
     

  13. Whale Talk

    by Chris Crutcher (TEEN FIC CRUTC)
     

  14. Just Listen

    by Sarah Dessen (TEEN FIC DESSE)
     

  15. Little Brother

    by Cory Doctorow (TEEN FIC DOCTO)
     

  16. Tears of a Tiger

    by Sharon Draper (TEEN FIC DRAPE)
     

  17. The Diary of a Young Girl

    by Anne Frank (TEEN B F851a4)
     

  18. The Sandman:  Preludes & Nocturnes

    by Neil Gaiman (TEEN 741.5 SANDM)
     

  19. Lord of the Flies

    by William Golding (TEEN FIC GOLDI)
     

  20. The Princess Bride

    by William Goldman (TEEN FIC GOLDM)
     

  21. Looking for Alaska

    by John Green (TEEN FIC GREEN)
     

  22. Black Like Me

    by John Howard Griffin (TEEN B G8757a1)
     

  23. The Outsiders

    by S. E. Hinton (TEEN FIC HINTO)
     

  24. Crank

    by Ellen Hopkins (TEEN FIC HOPKI)
     

  25. The First Part Last

    by Angela Johnson (TEEN FIC JOHNS)
     

  26. Flowers for Algernon

    by Daniel Keyes (TEEN FIC KEYES)
     

  27. The Secret Life of Bees

    by Sue Monk Kidd (TEEN FIC KIDD)
     

  28. To Kill a Mockingbird

    by Harper Lee (TEEN FIC LEE)
     

  29. A Wrinkle in Time

    by Madeleine L’Engle (TEEN FIC LENGL)
     

  30. Sold

    by Patricia McCormick (TEEN FIC MCCOR)
     

  31. Twilight

    By Stephenie Meyer (TEEN FIC MEYER)
     

  32. Gone with the Wind

    by Margaret Mitchell (TEEN FIC MITCH)
     

  33. Monster

    by Walter Dean Myers (TEEN FIC MYERS)
     

  34. 1984

    by George Orwell (TEEN FIC ORWEL)
     

  35. A Child Called It

    by Dave Pelzer (TEEN 362.76 P369c)
     

  36. The Bell Jar

    by Sylvia Plath (TEEN FIC PLATH)
     

  37. The Catcher in the Rye

    by J. D. Salinger (TEEN FIC SALIN)
     

  38. Persepolis

    by Marjane Satrapi (TEEN 741.5944 PERSE)
     

  39. Fast Food Nation

    by Eric Schlosser (TEEN 394.10973 Sch39f)
     

  40. Romeo and Juliet

    by William Shakespeare (TEEN 822.33 U3ss)
     

  41. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow is Enuf

    by Ntozake Shange (TEEN 811.54 Sh18f)

  1. Frankenstein

    by Mary Shelley (TEEN FIC SHELL)
     

  2. Maus I

    by Art Spiegelman (TEEN 940.5315 Sp43m)
     

  3. The Grapes of Wrath

    by John Steinbeck (TEEN FIC STEIN)
     

  4. The Fellowship of the Ring

    by J. R. R. Tolkien (TEEN FIC TOLKI)
     

  5. A Streetcar Named Desire

    by Tennessee Williams (TEEN 812.54 W675s)
     

  6. Native Son

    by Richard Wright (TEEN FIC WRIGHT)
     

  7. Funny How Things Change

    by Melissa Wyatt (TEEN FIC WYATT)
     

  8. American Born Chinese

    by Gene Luen Yang (TEEN 741.5 YANG)
     

  9. The Book Thief

    by Markus Zusak (TEEN FIC ZUSAK)