What are the best books assigned for school?

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    #1To Kill a Mockingbird

    To Kill a Mockingbird
    To Kill a Mockingbird is Harper Lee's Pulitzer prize-winning masterwork of honor and injustice in the deep south and the heroism of one man in the face of blind and violent hatred. This was first published in 1960.
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    Nancy Mendez
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "Part of every student's studies should be great literature. To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most commonly assigned reads. Its is a great story by a great author."
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    #2Animal Farm

    Animal Farm
    Animal Farm is a short novel by George Orwell that tells the story of a farm that's taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. They set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality, but a revolution starts to show. 
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    José Guadalupe Galván
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The mistreated animals are very sad to read about. The revolution that I have discovered is a legit angle here. Like that I can read offline when there is no internet connection or I just want to relax.."
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    #3Brave New World

    Brave New World

    Brave New World by Aldous Huxley is a utopian and dystopian fiction novel published in 1932. This book follows Bernard Marx living a perfect life in a scientifically engineered society until he visited one of the remaining old reservoirs.

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    Frances May
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Brave New World is a very common book for school readings. I read it in high school and it still stands up today as a wonderful classic. Always a great read. "
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    #4Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl
    Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl was written by Anne Frank, published from the diary she kept when she and her family were in hiding from the Nazis in the then German-occupied Netherlands.
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    Samuel Hernandez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Diary of Anne Frank is not a cheery book, but it is an important one. I have been pretty upset with some of the assigned reading that my kid has had in school recently. I'm pleased that they at least have the sense to keep this in the curriculum. This book is a great way to teach people just some of what life was like for those persecuted in WWII."
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    #5The Scarlet Letter

    The Scarlet Letter
    First published in 1850, The Scarlet Letter is a classic work by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Set in a Puritan society, it tells the story of Hester Prynne as she is punished and publicly shamed for having a child outside of wedlock.
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    Deborah Alexander
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Scarlet Letter is a classic read that I think everyone should read at least once during school. It is a great book for teachers to assign students to read. Although it may not have been my favorite book I was assigned to read in school, it was good to read and our class had many discussions about it."
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    #6Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451

    Fahrenheit 451 is a dystopian novel wherein a totalitarian regime has ordered the burning of books in order to suppress the spread of subversive ideas. It preaches about the power and role of knowledge to see beyond the surface.

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    Joyce Jimenez
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "You know the saying "knowledge is power"? Fahrenheit 451 is the perfect example of truly understanding that saying. It should be a required for everyone to read (pretty sure it was a school assignment for me). Don't be just another follower...stand up, resist, and think for yourself! "
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    #7The Giver

    The Giver

    The Giver is a book by Lois Lowry that tells the story of Jonas, a boy who lives in a very structured society where everyone has a role. He will soon discover what his role is meant to be, and it will change his life.

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    Graciela Murillo
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Giver is without a doubt one of favorite books of all time. I read it when I was 11 and recently re-read it now at 32. It really opened my imagination as a reader and to science fiction. Even if you detest science fiction you will love The Giver. "
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    #8Hamlet

    Hamlet
    This is one of the greatest plays of all times and this edition is the groundbreaking Cambridge School, established by Rex Gibson. This is the story of the tormented prince of Denmark confronted with the evidence that this uncle murdered his father. 
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    Philip Jenkins
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "Hamlet is an absolute classic if you haven't ever heard of it. Really, you're missing out if you haven't read this one yet!"
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    #9The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye

    The Catcher in the Rye is J.D. Salinger's 1951 classic about teenager Holden Caulfield, who was used as an icon of teenage angst and rebellion. The controversial book has caused debates, mainly because of its vulgar language and themes.

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    Johnny Stewart
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Popular School Assigned Books. The Outsiders (Mass Market Paperback) S.E. Hinton (Goodreads Author) To Kill a Mockingbird (Paperback) Harper Lee. Romeo and Juliet (Mass Market Paperback) William Shakespeare. The Great Gatsby (Paperback) F. Lord of the Flies (Paperback) Animal Farm (Paperback) Of Mice and Men"
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    #10Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre

    Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë that tells the story of Jane Eyre who is left under the care of cruel guardians as a young girl, and then goes to Thornfield Hall to work as a governess, under a harsh employer.

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    Ryan Lynch
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I am not sure that this kind of book should be assigned for school as a learning material. First because the book might present explicit or horrific content for the audience. Second, schools must not allow such kind of books that portray cruelty."
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    #11Night

    Night
    Night is the first book in Elie Wiesel's historical trilogy about the Holocaust. Night shows the worst side of humanity during World War II, when familial relationships blurred because of hunger, pain, and fear inside concentration camps.
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    Janice Davidson
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Very good book. I read it in middle school. It's interesting to see what happened during that time through the eyes of someone who actually experienced it. The author is really good at putting you there and feeling how he felt. One of the best books I've read."
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    #12Macbeth

    Macbeth
    Macbeth is a play by the famous playwright William Shakespeare that tells the story about the titular Macbeth and his wife, Lady Macbeth, and how their murderous greed for power and the crown ultimately led to their own demise.
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    Albert Weber
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This one really hits me. It began with some tedious opening but soon when into unexpected story lines. The wording is without a question beautiful. Of course, it is by William Shakespeare, right? You won't be disappointed. "
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    #13A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)

    A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet)
    A Wrinkle in Time, the first in Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quartet series, is centered on how Meg Murry and her family met an unearthly stranger during a stormy night and was introduced to the tesseract, which is the book's term for a wrinkle in time.
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    Louis Valdez
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Meg Murry and her brother, Charles, are home with their mother one night when a stranger comes to their door. Looking unearthly and homeless, they are startled by his presence. The book goes on to teach the reader valuable life lessons about kindness and empathy through a Christian pespeective which can be put to use by everyone in daily dealings with others."
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    #14The Hobbit

    The Hobbit

    The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien is a modern classic and the prelude to The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable life, but his contentment is disturbed when Gandalf and a group of dwarves arrive on his doorstep.

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    Francisco Salgado
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "The Hobbit is a timeless classic that any fan of fantasy and classic literature should read. My son was assigned this book to read for school so I ordered it for him and it reminds me of the time when I read it as a kid. I've now been lured into reading it again and it's just as great an adventure as I remember."
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    #15The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby

    The Great Gatsby is a classic book written by F. Scott Fitzgerald which was first published in 1914. It tells the story of wealthy man Jay Gatsby who is in love with Daisy Buchanan from an old money family. This has two film adaptations. 

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    Joseph Hunter
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I was forced to read this book in my Junior year of high school and hated it so much. I was so bored reading it and it was just so overly descriptive and made me just wish the thing would end. It may not have that many pages, but each page takes forever to read. Didn't enjoy this book one bit."
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    #16The Little Prince

    The Little Prince

    The Little Prince is written by Antoine de Saint-Exupery about a prince who visited Earth from a tiny asteroid. It is known as a book for kids but it has been considered as an allegory of the author's wartime experiences. 

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    Ashley Rose
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "This is a lovely children's book with great art in it. Story is fascinating and original. A true treasure and a must have for your kids library."
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    #17The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (The Chronicles of Narnia)

    The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe is the first book in the series Chronicles of Narnia. The story revolves around the journey of four siblings to Narnia where they fight with an evil witch.  

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    Doris Qiu
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book is a good read for youngsters. Some adults may have issues with the religious aspects, but most kids don't mind. I would recommend this book."
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    #18Holes

    Holes

    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.

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    Harry Chapman
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "I bought this for my son, but ended up reading it myself after he couldn't stop talking about it. It was great! It's a fun story, and enjoyable to the last page. My son's only 9, so a wide range of ages can enjoy this one."

Summary

Best What are the best books assigned for school
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 32 Paid
2Animal FarmBooks 28 Paid
3Brave New WorldBooks 27 Paid
4Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young GirlBooks 25 Paid
5The Scarlet LetterBooks 24 Paid
6Fahrenheit 451Books 22 Paid
7The GiverBooks 20 Paid
8HamletBooks 19 Paid
9The Catcher in the RyeBooks 18 Paid
10Jane EyreBooks 15 Paid
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