book-recommendation-graphicLooking 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 22 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.

22 Book Recommendations for High School Students

1. Blankets by Craig Thompson 
Kirstin Northenscold, English Teacher

2. The Maze Runner (series) by James Dashner
Meredith Hogan, Math Teacher

3. The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinkner
Dave Vesper, Assistant Head of School

4. Truth in Comedy by Charna Halpern
Callie Hartz, Theatre Teacher

5. March (trilogy) by John Lewis & Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer
Chris Bradley, History Teacher

6. The Glass Castle: A Memoir & Half Broke Horses: A True-Life Novel by Jeanette Walls
Rhonda Walls, Assistant Athletic Director

7. The Disappearing Spoon: And Other True Takes of Madness, Love, and the History of the World from the Periodic Table of the Elements by Sam Kean
Erica Posthuma-Adams, Chemistry Teacher

8. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz
Lade Akande, Director of College Counseling

9. A Girl Named Zippy by Haven Kimmel
Nancy Webster, Director of Admission

10. Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes & The Martian by Andy Weir
Jenny Cox, Math Teacher

11. The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas
Ashley Crockett-Lohr, Director of Communication

12. All Over But the Shoutin’ by Rick BraggWhat If: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe
Alicia LaMagdeleine, Assistant Head of School

13. A Brief Tour of Human Consciousness by V.S. Ramachandran
Derek Thomas, English Teacher

14. Gates of Fire: An Epic Novel of the Battle of Thermopylae by Steven Pressfield
Maggy Dean, History & English Teacher

15. What the Best College Students Do by Ken Bain
Daniel Knox, Music Teacher

16. Modoc: The True Story of the Greatest Elephant that Ever Lived by Ralph Helfer & New & Selected Poems, Volume 1 by Mary Oliver
Stacey Summitt-Mann, Science Teacher

17. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
Collin Lawrence, History Teacher