Looking for a gift idea for the teenager in your life? Why not give the gift of literature?

We asked our well-read faculty and staff to give book recommendations for their teenage students, and they came up with many excellent suggestions. The books on this list reflect many of our teachers’ personal interests or subject areas, and the book recommendations cover many different genres as well. There’s something for every student!

Some of these are books taught in University High School classes, but each of these would be great reading for winter break or a summer vacation.

Book Recommendations for High School Students

1. March (trilogy) by John Lewis & Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Chris Bradley, History Teacher, Dean of Academic Affairs

2. Hild by Nicola Griffith, Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson, Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi, Daytripper by Gabriel Bá
Kirstin Northenscold, English Teacher, Director of Teaching and Learning

3. In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
Merecedes Muñez-Peredo, Spanish Teacher

4. The Nightengale by Kristin Hannah
Stacey Summitt-Mann, Science Teacher, Director of Campus and Community

5. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead
Alicia LaMagdeleine, Assistant Head of School

6. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari
Collin Lawrence, History Teacher

7. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Dave Vesper, Assistant Head of School

8. The King Killer Chronicle by Patrick Rothfuss
Wes Priest, English Teacher

9. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
Thomas Myers, Communications Assistant

10. Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwood
Michael Spiegel, English Teacher

11. The Heart is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers, Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude by Ross Gay, Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Men We Reaped by Jesmyn Ward, Voices from Chernobyl by Svetlana Alexievich
Derek Thomas, English Teacher

12.  Mind Platter by Najwa Zebian, Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors by George W. Bush, Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Nila Nealy, Communications Coordinator