What are the best recommended books for a school library?

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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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    Jacqueline Burton
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "There are certain books that stand the test of time for their content, messages, and historical significance. TKAM is a great example of that. It teaches how you can overcome hate and prejudice to be a better person. "
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    #2The Kite Runner

    The Kite Runner
    The Kite Runner is a novel by Khaled Hosseini that tells the story of Amir and his childhood friend Hassan, the son of his father's servant, against the backdrop of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
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    Richard Martin
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "An insightful book that allows people a window into the lives of people in other parts of the world and gives the reader a different perspective and at times the reader will find that they have more in common with strangers in distant lands. Great choice. "
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    #3Confessions of a Shopaholic

    Confessions of a Shopaholic
    Confession of a Shopaholic is a romance novel by Sophia Kinsella. It tells the story of Becky Bloomwood, who takes shopping to the next level and suffers the consequences in the form bad credit and constant letters from the bank.
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    Martha Edwards
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "About a third of the way through this book I almost threw in the towel. Rebecca was maddening in her stupidity and unexamined neuroses. I couldn't seem to stop, however: as much as she got on my nerves, I was still curious as to how things would turn out, so I soldiered on to the en"
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    #4The 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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    Kelly Wallace
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "The Little Prince centers on a prince who visited earth from an asteroid. Published in 1943, it's a great addition to a school library."
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    #5The Historian

    The Historian
    This is the story of a young woman that while exploring her father's library is plunged into a labyrinth where she will find out about her father's past and the fate of her mother, and she will learn about Vlad the Impaler, and his possible connections with her situation in the current days. 




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    Donald Snyder
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I am a huge fan of Bram Stoker's "Dracula" and the legend of Vlad the Impaler, and I wanted to check out this acclaimed novel that meshes together real-world events with the story of a girl and her family's dark legacy. While I found the tale compelling and the historical components hard to forget, I would hardly consider the graphic subject manner appropriate for school-age readers. Students looking to use this book for a report might be better off consulting actual historical texts for information, as certain liberties may have been taken to tell a better story."
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    #6Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    Written by Mary Shelley, this book narrates the life of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist who creates a terrifying human-like creature through a dangerous and innovative scientific experiment. 

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    Gregory Franklin
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Man who’s expectation of knowledge led to the love of science, which resulted in a passion for exploration and grandeur that led to obsession and achievement. But to what end? Victor Frankenstein engaged in undertakings surpassing any ever attempted. He without consideration, self-preservation, or repercussions painstakingly constructed a human form and brought him life. A scientist who creates a terrifying human-like creature through a dangerous and innovative scientific experiment. "
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    #7Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

    Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets is the second book in the Harry Potter Series. Harry is on his second year at Hogwarts and more exciting but dangerous things are yet to come. 

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    Sandra Mendoza
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "There are thousands upon thousands of books that I could recommend for a school library. Any Harry Potter book is not even on my list of books I would recommend. "
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    #8The 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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    Julia Cox
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "The Hobbit is a great example to recommend to a school library, if they don't already have it, that is. I read this in school for an English semester with my whole class - most of the year was focused on this book. This is a good recommendation but it's likely already included in most libraries."
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    #9The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)

    The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)
    The Two Towers is the second part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic trilogy, the Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in November 1954. It is about the war instigated by Saruman the White, ruler of Isengard.
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    Arjun Rodrigues
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this fiction novel. I need to read the other volumes in the Lord of the Rings series."
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    #10The 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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    Patricia Young
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "While I think this book should be required reading for High Schools. I also think it is a very long and boring book. I found it very difficult to finish in my youth."
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    #11Eragon (Inheritance)

    Eragon (Inheritance)
    Eragon is the first book in the best selling tetralogy, Inheritance Cycle. The book tells the story of the 15-year-old farm boy Eragon, and how his discovery of a dragon's egg led to a world of action and adventure.  
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    Mark Barnes
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The book description sounds interesting but there is no explanation why it is recommended for a school library. Why is this a good choice for a school library? "
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    #12Of 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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    Amit Tata
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A classic book that I feel like everyone should read is Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. I read it in high school and it helped introduce me to other classic literature. It's a great book for anyone."
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    #13Anne 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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    Muhammad Bose
    Written on May 9, 2018
    "This book is world renowned for good reason. It's harrowing to see how a little girl's life was upended due to one of the most brutal and barbaric events in human history. You'll never be able to feel what she felt, and I'm pretty thankful for that, but you get close reading her diary."
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    #14The Westing Game

    The Westing Game
    Described by Booklist as 'a supersharp mystery, confoundingly clever and very funny' this is a bizarre chain of events that begin when 16 people gather for the reading of Samuel Westling's will. A fascinating book full of word games, disguises, aliases and subterfuges. 
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    Tyler Cooper
    Written on May 11, 2018
    "Westing Game has always been a solid book. I remember having it in my school's library when I was a kid and my kids also have it in their school. I think this is one of the many staples that any educational institution should have on their shelves."
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    #15Twilight

    Twilight

    Twilight is the first book in the Twilight Saga series, a book by Stephenie Meyer. It tells the story of Bella Swan, a transferee student, and Edward Cullen who is a vampire. They will fall in love with each other and defy all odds. 

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    Janet Ward
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "The writing is awful, the plot is idiotic, and the characters are flat and boring. It's clear that the author had no idea how to write when she first wrote this book."
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    #16Frankenstein

    Frankenstein

    Frankenstein is a science fiction book written by Mary Shelley which centers on scientist Victor Frankenstein who creates a grotesque and cognizant being through a scientific experiment. 

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    #17The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
    The Fellowship of the Ring is the first part of J.R.R. Tolkien's classic epic series, The Lord of the Rings. It was originally published in Great Britain in 1954 and has been adapted into a world-famous film.
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    #18The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits

    The House of the Spirits is a classic historical fantasy fiction novel written by Isabel Allende. This magical realism book is first published in 1982. 

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    Dylan Santos
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "I had never heard of this book before but seems it is a good recommendation for schools to put in their libraries. I totally agree with these recommendations and am surprised i had never heard of it."
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    #19Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

    On his eleventh birthday, Harry Potter finds out that his parents were powerful wizards, and that he is also a wizard. The man who told Harry about his true nature is Hagrid, a member of Hogwarts, the magician school where Harry will go and where he will find many friends and adventures.

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    oyelami samuel
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Its okay"

Summary

Best What are the best recommended books for a school library
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1To Kill a MockingbirdBooks 49 Paid
2The Kite RunnerBooks 49 Paid
3Confessions of a ShopaholicBooks 45 Paid
4The Little PrinceBooks 38 Paid
5The HistorianBooks 35 Paid
6Frankenstein Books 34 Paid
7Harry Potter and the Chamber of SecretsBooks 32 Paid
8The HobbitBooks 30 Paid
9The Two Towers (The Lord of the Rings)Books 29 Paid
10The Great GatsbyBooks 27 Paid
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