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School Stories

I know I haven’t done a review in awhile, but better ideas just keep coming to me like wildfire. This time I’m going to be talking about the books you have to read for school.

Obviously, no matter what school you go to, you have to read certain books for English. Some of the books are really great; others are really bad. Since the sixth-grade, I’ve read: Maniac Maggee, Where the Red Fern Grows, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Touching Spirit Bear, Daniel’s Story, To Kill A Mockingbird, Of Mice And Men, Romeo And Juliet, A Raisin In The Sun, Night, Sunrise Over Fallujah, The Odyssey, and Lord Of The Flies. Out of those thirteen books (eleven stories and two plays); I have only liked three of them.

I understand that a county has to assign certain books because of their theme or their message, but most of them aren’t good. Maybe I’m not being too open-minded, but in most of the books I mentioned above, the main character is always some boy, and the messages are usually about truth or honesty. Aside from Romeo And Juliet, I’ve never been assigned a romance for class, and there was one book I thought I was going to read for school, but my teacher said we’re not reading it, even though another English class in my grade is.

Even if there was a list of books that students could read and get credit for, they’d probably like English better because they’d be reading something they chose. Most students in my class don’t like English and when asked why they say it’s because of the books. If kids could choose the books they could read for class, there would be a lot more readers at schools.

I guess in a way this ties into my “Don’t Judge A Book By Its Cover” post, except this would be judging based on the title. Whenever I get a new book assigned to me in class, I usually ask the teacher what the book is about. I try not to judge harshly, but some titles of the books (for example Sunrise over Fallujah) don’t sound interesting.

If I’ve heard of the book before it’s usually not so bad, but there are exceptions. I’d heard of Lord Of The Flies on a TV show (I know, terrible way to hear about a book opinion), but the characters on the show didn’t like it, and even though I knew I should read the book before forming an opinion, I was wary when I read the book. And I didn’t like Lord Of The Flies. The book is about a bunch of British boys who survive a plane crash and are stuck on an island. Not my kind of story.

Conversely, there are books I’ve never heard of that were assigned to me, and they actually turned out pretty good. The Great Gilly Hopkins is one of these books. It’s about an eleven-year-old foster child named Gilly who tries to find her real mom.

The best book I ever had to read for school was Romeo And Juliet. The worst book I ever had to read for school was Lord Of The Flies.

So this is my weekly post and I’ll update again in one week.


Comments on: "School Stories" (1)

  1. Another well written post with a lot of thought put into it. I mentioned something similar with AR. Many books kids like aren’t on the list for whatever reason so they don’t get credit. It doesn’t seem to be encouraging kids to read. Fortunately you’re like me…it was rare for me to enjoy a book assigned in school yet I do still love to read! Looking forward to your next post 😀

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