Advanced Readers

By an Advanced Reader, I’m talking about a young adult in late junior high through highschool who is able to appreciate (and handle) literature that pushes a bit deeper.  Some of this literature is appropriate for younger readers, but I believe it grows more meaningful with age.  I have endeavored to keep this a fairly clean list and to note any objectionable content.

  • 5-Stepping Heavenward by Elizabeth Prentiss
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  • 4-To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • 5-Autobiography by John G. Paton
  • A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
  • Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
  • 5-Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan
  • The Space Trilogy by C.S. Lewis
  • 3-Jacob I have Loved by Katherine Paterson
    Popular author Katherine Paterson takes an engaging look at some of life’s complexities, including sibling rivalry, puberty, and faith.  Although written for a sixth grade or above reading level, I believe this book fits more into the ‘Advanced Reader’ category because of its content: as part of the main character’s physical maturation, she deals with new physical/sexual attractions that seem to her to be confusing and uncontrollable.  Also, although based very solidly in Christian-religious culture, the main character ultimately rejects her faith, feeling that she is predestined to be hated by God.  These themes are worth a bit more mature reader’s time and thought, but may prove difficult for a younger reader to deal with.  I really appreciated her portrayal of the main character’s parents, specifically their marriage.  Included some mildly profane language.
  • 3-Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
    Well written, clean glimpse into some of the history surrounding Japanese-American persecution in WWII.
  • 3-I’ll Watch The Moon by Ann Tatlock
    A good contemporary-Christian work set in the WWII era that examines the pain and suffering we experience in a sinful world–and maintains that God rules over all.  Especially interesting (to me) inclusion of the widespread fear and anguish of the time caused by polio.
  • 4-Mutiny on the Bounty by Charles Nordhoff and James Norman Hall
    I’d heard the title before, but only just read the book recently.  I was pleasantly surprised!  It’s a long book–but chock full of history: it’s a slightly fictionalized account of a real event.  Plus, it offers a very historical perspective on patriotism and family…one very far removed from our current culture!  Not all of it’s good–I, for instance, was a bit dismayed at the way the family is prioritized.  However, all events in the book are presented in a family-friendly manner without minimizing their depth or significance, which I appreciated.
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