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Can anyone recommend an interesting book to me?I'm in year 11 and I want a challenging...

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blair-enchanted | Student, Grade 11 | eNoter

Posted March 29, 2009 at 6:14 AM via web

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Can anyone recommend an interesting book to me?

I'm in year 11 and I want a challenging yet interesting book.

Anyone have any ideas?

I recently read "The Time Travellers Wife" which I would recommend to everyone, because it's so good and gripping.

Thanks xoxo

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 12:17 PM (Answer #2)

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One of my favorite author's is Ayn Rand.  You might try "The Fountainhead," "Atlas Shrugged," or "We The Living."  Other more recent novels by other authors are: " Water for Elephants," "The Life of Pi," "The Memory Keeper's Daughter,"  "The Outlander," series by Diana Gabaldon, "Bel Canto," and "The Historian" by Elizabeth Kostova.

These titles are of various themes and I enjoyed them all.  Another suggestion for looking for titles is to go to the link here at enotes. There are referances to 100's of author's, subjects and novels.  You can not only get suggestions, but you can also read a little about the book before you buy it or check it out of the library.

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little-miss-sunshine | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2009 at 12:17 PM (Answer #3)

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Stephanie Meyer is a good book auther or read an autobiography of someyou like or find interessting.

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renesmeecarlieecullen | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 30, 2009 at 12:17 PM (Answer #4)

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hey you have probably watched the movie twillight and thought it sucked possibly but the book is amazing and way better then the movie twillight the book will have you laughing and crying at times ... its amazing

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 12:17 PM (Answer #5)

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I will encourage you to read the entire Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkein. These books were in my high school library and caused me to become more involved in what I could do to help my society from what I perceived to be a "great evil".

Tolkein is an excellent story-teller. The books are gripping, and inspiring.

 

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 12:52 PM (Answer #6)

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I would suggest you try "In the Lake of the Woods" by Tim O'Brien.  His is a very interesting author who uses modern techniques to create a thoroughly enjoyable story (the reading, if not the plot) that has an interesting approach to time.  Many of my students who have read this book have continued to read other of O'Brien's books, particulatly "The Things They Carried."  It is also a great read.

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thequeen | Middle School Teacher | eNoter

Posted March 30, 2009 at 1:43 PM (Answer #7)

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Hi - I'm a 6th grade Language Arts teacher.  Here is a list of books that I recommend to my students.

Realistic Fiction - The Outsiders, The Shadow Club*, Silent to the Bone, Chasing Vermeer, Becoming Naomi Leon, The View From Saturday*, Hatchet, Peak, Far North*, The Wednesday Wars*.  * = Higher Level or books that I use in my honors class.

Science Fiction - Things Not Seen, any of the Cirque De Freak books, The Giver*.

Historical Fiction - Hattie Big Sky*, Black Storm Coming*, The Things They Carried.

The only ones I'm not crazy about are Cirque de Freak.  I actually don't recommend Twilight for eleven year olds, as I find the content of the 4th book to be inappropriate.

You can always check the Newberry books for the upcoming year, that list has already been published.

Home this helps!

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pippin1313 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 2:08 PM (Answer #8)

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"The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold is definitely challenging so that could be a good one for you. "Oryx and Crake" and "The Handmaid's Tale" by Margaret Atwood are good for something a little different and if you like "The Time Traveller's Wife" then you should like those.

Pat Barker is absolutely amazing and I would recommend anything by her; especially "The Regeneration Trilogy".

Another one that is absolutely stunning is "Mister Pip" by Lloyd Jones.

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 2:29 PM (Answer #9)

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I always suggest "1984" by George Orwell. It is especially gripping because of its connection with our own government.

"The Time Machine" by HG Wells is also gripping.

If you are looking for something more contemporary, you might try "The Wind-Up Bird Chronicles" by Haruki Murakami. It has a good mystery to it.

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marilynn07 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted March 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM (Answer #10)

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Could you clarify what you mean by "year 11"?  I am thinking that some of us think that you are 11 years old. Are you in 11th grade?

An eleventh grade student should have already Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, 1984 by George Orwell is also excellent.

Animal Farm by George Orwell is another excellent book.

As I recall, the 11th grade focused on American Literature.  I will suggest that Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein is a good book with a strange twist at the end.

Slaughterhouse 5 by Kurt Vonnegut

The Great Train Robbery by Michael Crichton

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Michelle Ossa | College Teacher | (Level 3) Educator Emeritus

Posted March 31, 2009 at 6:19 AM (Answer #11)

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I would recommend Phil Pullman's books (writer of Golden Compass). It is not a children's story and you will find yourself very into it. Golden Compass is the second of the trilogy.

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 31, 2009 at 8:12 AM (Answer #12)

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What happened to the classics?  They have always been "challenging, yet interesting."  Many young ladies enjoy "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte or "Tess of the D'Ubervilles" by Thomas Hardy. On the American front, Mark Twain's novels are always enjoyable as well as edifying.  Try "The Prince and the Pauper"; it is enjoyable for all readers, and a great satire for mature ones.

If you will read from such classics, you will have a foundation for college as well as be acquainted with the structure of classic writers (all the literary elements) and build your vocabulary and your own writing style.

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linda-allen | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted April 1, 2009 at 9:08 AM (Answer #13)

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Try "The Lovely Bones" by Alice Sebold or "The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd. At your age, you might enjoy "Uglies," "Pretties," and "Specials" by Scott Westerfeld.

My 12-year-old niece is into Manga (Japanese cartoons), and there are lots of books to choose from. It would be easier to make recommendations if we knew what type of books you're most interested in.

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litchick2011 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted April 3, 2009 at 4:46 AM (Answer #14)

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If you like time - travel you should check out Slaughterhouse - Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons F. Scott Fitzgerald

Elsewhere Gabrielle Zevin

There is also a trilogy of books by Libba Bray that you may find interesting. It starts with A Great and Terrible Beauty.

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sbrown1977 | High School Teacher | eNoter

Posted April 5, 2009 at 9:48 AM (Answer #15)

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A great book to read is "Dog". I just happened to stumble across it at my library and loved it. It is especially good if you are an animal lover and if you are a loner and do not want the responsibility of owning a pet. This book is cleverly written and put a very soft place in my heart. I would recommend to anyone. Another great book is "A Summer To Die" by Lois Lowry-it is about two sisters who are as different as night and day, yet learn huge lessons about one another. I read this book when I was around your age and I still own it. A must read!

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charcunning | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Assistant Educator

Posted April 5, 2009 at 3:06 PM (Answer #16)

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You should definitely read The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd. Amazing book, and the movie is not too terrible. I love Cry, The Beloved Country as well. A few other good ones are....

A Lesson Before Dying -- Ernest Gaines

Angela's Ashes--Frank McCourt

If you are looking for "light" reading, try Jodi Piccoult or John Grisham--both are great!

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xx--xx | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 26, 2009 at 5:20 AM (Answer #17)

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try the alchamist

it is challenging and requires deep thinking.. but only as deep as you may wish to take it. its also a compellin story :)

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