What are the best books to read for freshman year English class?

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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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    Sun Su
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "To Kill a Mockingbird is a good book for those beginning class as it includes many used themes such as symbolism which is very powerful and is what makes a good book. The story is great for those who want to learn more about writing. "
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    #2A Farewell To Arms

    A Farewell To Arms
    A Farewell to Arms is a novel by Ernest Hemingway. Set in Italy during the First World War, it tells the story of Frederic Henry, an American in the ambulance corps of the Italian army, and his relationship with a British nurse.

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    Christine Oliver
    Written on May 20, 2018
    "A very good classic read. High school would be around the time this book would have more meaning. Not really for a younger audience . "
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    #3The Crucible

    The Crucible

    The Crucible: A Play in Four Acts by Arthur Miller tells the story of Abigail Williams, who was wrongfully charged with witchcraft in 17th century Salem. The story was inspired by the persecution of communists in the US during the McCarthy era.


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    Jordan Hayes
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "The Crucible is a classic play that is accessible for young people but also contains a lot of depth. I think freshmen high schoolers will be able to understand it and it will also get them thinking about human nature, Salem witch trials and the Cold War."
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    #4The Good Earth

    The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Good Earth is about the life of a poor Chinese farmer. Through drought and flood, Wang Lung and his family, as do other peasant farmers, struggle to make ends meet.


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    Peter Guzman
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "This is a classic. I remember reading this for English class during my freshman year of high school. This is great storytelling at its finest. "
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    #5Of Mice and Men

    Of Mice and Men
    Of Mice and Men is a book by John Steinbeck that follows the story of George, small but smart, and Lennie, big and strong but mentally challenged, as they set off in a journey to look for a livelihood during the Great Depression.

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    Frank Brewer
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "I hated this book as freshman and I still haven't picked it up since than. "
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    #6Great Expectations

    Great Expectations

    Great Expectations by Charles Dickens portrays the development of the main character named Pip, who is an orphan. The story focuses on the poverty, prison ships and survival with an influence of the early-mid 19th century setting.


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    Josefina Bravo
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "This is literally one of the best classic books ever written. All young adults should be required to read this book at least once!"
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    #7The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a Pulitzer Prize-winning book by John Steinbeck. It tells the story of the Joad family as they travel west to California in search of greener pastures during the Dust Bowl and the Great Depression.


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    Carol Wheeler
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "The Grapes of Wrath was one of those books I never had to read in school that it seems like everyone else had to. I ended up reading it years later and while I did enjoy it, I can't say I remember very much about it in the end."
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    #8The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea

    The Old Man and the Sea tells the story of an old Cuban fisherman named Santiago and his supreme ordeal with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. It was the last major work of fiction to be produced by Hemingway. 


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    George Johnston
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This book does a fantastic job of conveying a well developed story without the high diction that may come ith it. This will be great for introducing students to more complex literature devices without the difficulty"
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    #9My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    My Father Bleeds History (Maus)

    Possibly the most original way to understand and explain the holocaust and the Nazis prosecution against the Jews. A brutal graphic novel over a real story where the jews are wide-eyed mice and the Nazis are menacing cats. 


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    Albert Hart
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "This was recommended reading during my first freshman semester at college, and I am glad I chose to read it! So thought provoking, so through, and definitive while still leaving the reader to form their own opinions. I would make this mandatory reading, if there were such a thing."
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    #10A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol

    A Christmas Carol is one of Dicken's greatest masterpieces. It tells the story of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, who gets unexpected visitors in his sleep one Christmas Eve and wakes up a changed man.


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    Benjamin Matthews
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "One of the best books ever telling the story of Scrooge. A must read for this age group. The story is compelling and the character of Scrooge is lifelike throughout the book. A fantastic classic."
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    #11The Yearling

    The Yearling

    The Yearling is a novel written by Marjorie Kinan Rawlings in March 1938. It sold over 250,000 copies that year and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1939. Since then, it has been translated into other languages.


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    Zachary Butler
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This does seem like the kind of book one might read in freshman English. It is older and is fairly timeless – many students probably can't directly relate to some of the lifestyles mentioned in the book, but just about everyone has experiences developing relationships with their families and with various types of animals. All and all, it seems about average – based on the kinds of books I recall reading, I think I would find it to neither be my most or my least favorite in this kind of situation. "
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    #12The Chosen

    The Chosen

    The Chosen is a young adult novel written by Chaim Potok. First published in 1967, The Chosen follows the spiritual journey of two fathers and two sons. The novel is published by Fawcett Books.


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    William McDonald
    Written on May 14, 2018
    "The Chosen is great if you are looking for a freshman year English book. It is very easy to read and the story is interesting as well."
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    #13Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes

    Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes
    Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by one of the most notable storytellers in the publications, Edith Hamilton gives another breakthrough as she unfolds the fable and fantasy behind the Western culture of Greek gods and heroes.

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    James Wong
    Written on May 19, 2018
    "Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes was a book I read during my Freshman year English class, and what a read it was. It is a timeless classic written by Edith Hamilton that goes into the Western culture of Greek mythology. "
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    #14Jackboot Britain

    Jackboot Britain

    Jackboot Britain is a speculative novel written by Daniel S. Fletcher. First published in 2014 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform under ISBN 1500556270, it focuses on an alternate story in which Nazi Germany won World War II.


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    Kathryn Woods
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "I usually like history books as I get engrossed in reading the real life tales that people had to go through. But, I wasn't a fan of this book, mainly because of how it was written."
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    #15Nocturne, Opus 1

    Nocturne, Opus 1
    Nocturne, Opus 1: Sea Foam is a Christian mystery thriller fiction novel written by Norene Moskalski. It was first published in 2012 by Divinity Press. 

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    Tiffany Yu
    Written on May 15, 2018
    "This would not be a good book for a freshman English class because it's purely a pleasure read. It's only decent if you're into Christian themes in books."
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    #16Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens

    Charles Dickens is a nonfiction biography book about Charles Dickens written by Jane Smiley. This book about the famous English writer was published on May 13, 2002 by Viking.


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    Jordan Rodriguez
    Written on May 17, 2018
    "I think anyone who wants to write fiction should consider this book required reading. Charles Dickens is a legend and this book offers a detailed peek into his life. "


Best What are the best books to read for freshman year English class
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 35 Paid
2A Farewell To ArmsBooks 31 Paid
3The CrucibleBooks 30 Paid
4The Good EarthBooks 28 Paid
5Of Mice and MenBooks 25 Paid
6Great ExpectationsBooks 24 Paid
7The Grapes of WrathBooks 23 Paid
8The Old Man and the SeaBooks 20 Paid
9My Father Bleeds History (Maus)Books 18 Paid
10A Christmas CarolBooks 17 Paid

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