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100 Of The Best Books For Your High School Student

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Once our kids get to the High School level I gave them a list of books to choose from to read for the year. Every year our goal is for them to read at least 4 books for the list. We do reading programs in our homeschool, so the kids get plenty of other reading. I just want them to free read books they think would be good to read. Did you know how difficult it can be to find decent books for kids? It can really be a challenge.

I have come up with a list of books for high schoolers for them to use and thought it would be useful to share it with others who might be looking for great books for their high schoolers to read as well. One’s they will remember and leave an impression in their lives and they will enjoy reading. I have also included links to the book and often the audiobook for FREE at different places around the web.

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I would say to use this list with discretion though. I have included some books that are easier to read and others that are more difficult. I realize that some kids in high school are better readers than others. I have included both Christian and non-christian books on this list as well so make sure you look into the books before you let your child read.

“Give yourself unto reading. The man who never reads will never be read; he who never quotes will never be quoted. He who will not use the thoughts of other men’s brains, proves that he has no brains of his own. You need to read.” — Charles Spurgeon

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100 Memorable Books For High Schoolers

  1. Lord Of The Flies ~ by William Golding  FREE ONLINE BOOK  FREE AUDIOBOOK ONLINE
  2. A Child Called It ~ by Dave Pelzer    FREE ONLINE BOOK
  3. Anne Frank ~ by Anne Frank (Author) B.M. Mooyaart (Translator)  FREE ONLINE BOOK  FREE AUDIOBOOK ONLINE
  4. To Kill A Mockingbird ~by Harper Lee FREE ONLINE BOOK   FREE AUDIOBOOK ONLINE
  5. The Grapes Of Wrath ~ by John Steinbeck  FREE ONLINE BOOK
  6. Gone With The Wind ~ by Margaret Mitchell  FREE ONLINE BOOK    PART 1    Part 2    VIDEO
  7. Romeo and Juliet ~ by William Shakespeare  FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK ONLINE  FREE VIDEO
  8. Of Mice and Men ~ by John Steinbeck   FREE ONLINE BOOK        FREE VIDEO
  9. 1984 ~ by George Orwell   FREE ONLINE BOOK    FREE AUDIOBOOK    FREE VIDEO
  10. Adventures of Huckleberry and Finn ~ by Mark Twain   FREE ONLINE BOOK    FREE AUDIOBOOK
  11. Brave New World ~ by Aldous Huxley   FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  12. A Tale Of Two Cities ~ by Charles Dickens    FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK   FREE VIDEO
  13. Great Expectations ~ by Charles Dickens    FREE ONLINE BOOK    FREE AUDIOBOOK   FREE VIDEO
  14. Pride and Prejudice ~ by Jane Austin    FREE ONLINE BOOK    FREE AUDIOBOOK     VIDEO
  15. The Giver ~ by Lois Lowry    FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  16. The Hobbit ~ by J.R.R. Tolkien    FREE ONLINE BOOK      FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  17. Harry Potter Series ~ by J.K. Rowling   ALL ONLINE BOOKS    FREE AUDIOBOOK
  18. Animal Farm ~ by George Orwell   FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK    FREE VIDEO
  19. The Boy In Stripped Pajamas ~ by John Boyne    FREE ONLINE BOOK    FREE AUDIOBOOK    FREE VIDEO
  20. Great Gatsby ~ by F. Scott Fitzgerald     FREE ONLINE BOOK    FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  21. Holes by Louis Sachar     FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  22. Oliver Twist ~ by Charles Dickens     FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  23. Around The World in 80 Days ~ by Jules Verne     FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  24. Bridge to Terabithia ~ by Katherine Paterson         FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  25. War of The Worlds ~ by H.G. Wells      FREE ONLINE BOOK      FREE AUDIOBOOK      FREE VIDEO
  26. God’s Smuggler ~ by Brother Andrew, John Sherrill, Elizabeth Sherrill     FREE ONLINE BOOK
  27. Pilgrims Progress ~ by John Bunyan     FREE ONLINE BOOK      FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  28. The Invisible Man ~ by H.G. Wells     FREE ONLINE BOOK      FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  29. The Great Divorce ~ by C.S. Lewis      FREE ONLINE BOOK
  30. Little Women ~ by Louisa May Alcott     FREE ONLINE BOOK      FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  31. Fahrenheit 451 ~ by Ray Bradbury     FREE ONLINE BOOK      FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  32. Frankenstein ~ by Mary Shelley     FREE ONLINE BOOK     FREE AUDIOBOOK     FREE VIDEO
  33. Secret Life Of Bee’s ~ by Sue Monk Kidd     FREE ONLINE BOOK
  34. The Kite Runner ~ by Khaled Hosseini     FREE ONLINE BOOK
  35. Things We Couldn’t Say ~ by Diet Eman      FREE ONLINE BOOK
  36. Mere Christianity ~ by C.S. Lewis      FREE ONINE BOOK AND AUDIOBOOK
  37. Jacob Have I Loved ~ by Katherine Paterson     FREE ONLINE BOOK
  38. Lord Of The Rings ~ by J.R.R. Tolkien
  39. Left Behind Series ~ by Tim Lahaye
  40. Knowing God ~ by J.I. Packer
  41. Children of The River ~ by Linda Crew
  42. Walk Two Moons ~ by Sharon Creech
  43. The Hiding Place ~ by Corrie Ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, and John Sherrill
  44. The Jesus I Never Knew ~ by Phillip Yancey
  45. Black Hawk Down ~ by Mark Bowden
  46. A Summer Life ~ by Gary Soto
  47. The Shack ~ by William P. Young
  48. A Wrinkle In Time  ~ by Madeleine L’Engle
  49. Speak ~ by Laurie Halse Anderson
  50. Devil At My Heels ~ by Louis Zamperini and David Rensin
  51. The Book Thief  ~ by Markus Zusak
  52. Jesus Calling: Enjoy Peace In His Presence ~ by Sarah Young
  53. Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret ~ by Judy Blume
  54. Roll Of Thunder Hear My Cry ~ by Mildred D. Taylor
  55. Anne Of Green Gables 8 Books Total ~ by L.M. Montgomery
  56. The Chronicles Of Narnia (all 7 books) ~ by C.S. Lewis
  57. Series Of Unfortunate Events Books 1-3 ~ by Lemony Snicket
  58. Hatchet ~ by Gary Paulsen
  59. For Freedom ~ by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  60. The Wall: Growing Up Behind The Iron Curtain ~ by Peter Sis
  61. Percy Jackson & The Olympians 5 Book Set ~ by Rick Riordan
  62. The Scarlet Letter ~ by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  63. The Last Of The Mohicans ~ by James Fenimore Cooper
  64. Number The Stars ~ by Lois Lowry
  65. The Witch Of Blackbird Pond ~ by Elizabeth George Speare
  66. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  67. Walk Two Moons ~ by Sharon Creech
  68. The Wednesday Wars ~ by Gary D. Schmidt
  69. Enders Game ~ by Orson Scott Card
  70. The Chosen ~ by Chaim Potok
  71. Their Eyes Were Watching God ~ by Zora Neale Hurston
  72. The Insanity of God ~ by Nik Ripken and Gregg Lewis
  73. Night ~ by Elie Wiesel
  74. Uncle Tom’s Cabin ~ by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  75. The Red Badge of Courage ~ by Stephen Crane
  76. The Three Musketeers ~ by Alexandre Dumas
  77. Babbit ~ by Sinclair Lewis
  78. A Separate Peace ~ by John Knowles
  79. How to Stay Christian in College ~ by J. Budziszewski
  80. The Atonement Child ~ by Francine Rivers
  81. Les Misérables ~ by Victor Hugo
  82. Fireproof ~ by Eric Wilson
  83. Prophet ~ by Frank E. Peretti
  84. A Walk To Remember ~ by Nicholas Sparks
  85. What Is The Gospel? ~ by Greg Gilbert
  86. God’s Smuggler ~ by Brother Andrew
  87. The Invisible Man ~ by H.G. Wells
  88. The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here for? ~ by Rick Warren
  89. Speak ~ by Laurie Halse Anderson
  90. Where the Red Fern Grows ~ by Wilson Rawls
  91. Island Of The Dolphins ~ by Scott O’Dell
  92. The Cost of Discipleship ~ by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  93. The Jesus I Never Knew ~ by Philip Yancey
  94. My Brother Sam Is Dead ~ by James Lincoln Collier
  95. The Golden Compass ~ by Philip Pullman
  96. Life of Pi ~ by Yann Martel
  97. The Westing Game ~ by Ellen Raskin
  98. Julie Of The Wolves ~ by Jean Craighead George
  99. Call It Courage ~ by Armstrong Sperry
  100. The Sign Of The Beaver ~ by Elizabeth George Speare
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What were your favorite books for high schoolers? Leave me a comment letting me know, I would love to hear from you!!

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  1. We’ve read (or listened to) quite a few of these books together. My boys have very eclectic tastes in reading and it’s not always easy to find something we can all enjoy. This is a great list of books to pick from. Pinned.

  2. My favorite books from high school (30 years ago now) were To Kill A Mockingbird and Night. I read The Chronicles of Narnia to my kids when they were 9,7 and 5 and thoroughly enjoyed it. I read The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings when I was in my early to mid 30’s and really enjoyed those stories too. I read Red Badge of Courage in my mid to late 20’s (it took me forever to finish.) Funny story: It took me maybe 2-3 days (DAYS) to read Jane Eyre but it took me almost a month to read RBoC. I started Moby Dick and got to maybe the 7th chapter and couldn’t go on. The same happened when I tried The Old Man and The Sea. Those books enforced the idea that there are some books that are truly written for men (boys) and some that are truly written for women (girls). I love your list and though I am decidedly NOT in high school any more (not by a long shot. LOL) I will pin it for future choices to pick from.


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