Holiday Reads for High School Students


Now that we are half way through the winter holiday recess it might be a good time to check on your children and what they have been doing to maintain and develop their academic skills. High school students require good reading skills the most as they have the largest volume of texts to work through during the school year. Not only will excellent reading skills make studying faster and easier in high school, it will also be a very valuable asset at work and in college. Here are some excellent reads that are sure to be a hit with high school students.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
911 had an immeasurable impact on the psyche of the people of New York, not least for nine-year-old Oskar Schell who lost his father in the tragedy. When he finds a mysterious key among his father’s belongings, he sets out to find its matching lock on an adventure that will take him through the five boroughs of the city.

Kick-Ass
If you have ever wanted to be a super hero, then this amazing little book is for you. This is the story of teens brave enough to don capes and fight crime despite having no superpowers at all. Bullied in their own lives, they overcome their fears to fight crime and, well, kick ass.

Life at these Speeds: A Novel
Kevin Schuler was a pretty good athlete before the accident, but when a bus crash claims the lives of his fellow students and his girlfriend, he finds the track the only place that makes sense anymore.

The Six most Important Decisions you’ll ever Make: A Guide for Teens
Teens face several important decisions that impact the rest of their lives, but few have been taught the skills on how to make the decision that right for them. Sean Covey’s book will help to equip teens with the skills they need to make decisions that will positively impact their lives.

Angela’s Ashes
Frank McCourt’s luminous memoire of his childhood as a poor Irish Catholic raised in the Limerick slums. Although the setting is bleak and the children poor, McCourt’s humour, forgiveness and exuberance for life makes this a glorious book. The book is from the late ‘9os so you can probably find a copy at a local 2nd hand book store.

Flowers for Algernon
Charlie Gordon is a mentally challenged custodian who, through an experimental operation, becomes a genius. This poignant and powerful novel has been made into a movie by the same name.

Tuesdays with Morrie
This is a touching and inspiring novel written by Mitch Albom about his interviews with Morrie Schwartz. This illuminating novel is a wonderful tale of a life well lived. Inspiring, touching and luminous, it’s a must-read for everyone who wants to live a full life.

The Perks of being a Wallflower
This insightful trip through the troubled life of a depressed teen is a wild ride that touches on many difficulties of being an awkward teen. Its deep, funny and fun and anyone who has ever been in loved or shared a kiss with a crush will enjoy this crazy little book.

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