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. What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Stacey Summitt-Mann, Science Teacher, Director of Campus & Community

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

4. Haroun and the Sea of Stories by Salman Rushdie
Alicia LaMagdeleine, Head-Elect

5. The Three-Body Problem by Liu Cixin
Dave Vesper, Associate Head of School

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

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

8. Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate & The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris
Carolyn Bradley, Science Teacher

9.  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

And the rockstar English teacher, Jamie MacDougall, put together a complete list of book recommendations, with heavy emphasis on 2019 releases. See those below:
Poetry
Non-Fiction
Teen Fiction

 Not from 2019, but GOOD