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August 10, 2016
If you’re a rebel like me, you might be tempted to ignore the classics in favor of edgier or more popular books. When I saw the classics feature in the Scholastic Reading Club kit, I was ashamed to realize that—even as a college English major—I’ve only read two from the list! Oops. I’m not saying to give up Harry Potter or the Hunger Games, but balancing classics alongside the blockbusters this summer can help keep your brain active and thinking about deeper themes. Plus, we’ve picked out six classics that are anything but boring!
My dad actually read A Wrinkle in Time to me when I was a kid! The elements that stand out most in my memory are an evil, disembodied brain; winged centaur ladies; and a trio of endearingly flawed misfits exploring space and time. If you’re looking for a good mix of science fiction and fantasy, this book is for you.
In Ender’s Game, aliens called the Buggers have attacked Earth in the not so distant future. They’ve nearly destroyed the human race and child prodigy Ender Wiggin is Earth’s only hope. A genius in military strategy, he goes to Battle School to train to command Earth’s fleet. But who are the real monsters: humans or aliens?
Let’s jump back to the early 1800s with Jane Austen’s classic, Emma. Clever, beautiful Emma prides herself on her romantic matchmaking abilities. But will others appreciate her well-meaning but misplaced meddling? And more importantly, will she be able to find her own perfect match?
LaVaughn, an inner city girl, answers a babysitting ad by Jolly, a single teenage mom. The two struggling young women unexpectedly help each other turn the lemons of their lives into lemonade. Make Lemonade, written in free verse, will inspire you to challenge common stereotypes.
In the award-winning Monster, 16-year-old Steve Harmon has been locked up and put on trial for his supposed role in the holdup of a drugstore. But is he really the monster he’s accused of being, or was he just unlucky? Steve mentally distances himself from his predicament by imagining the unfolding trial as a screenplay.
This gothic romance features a heroine ahead of her time. Jane Eyre is battered down by a cruel aunt and the oppressive regime of a charity school, but nothing can crush her spirit. She takes up a post as governess of an estate, and falls in love with the master of the house. There’s something for everyone in this book: sweeping landscapes, evil relatives you love to hate, forbidden romance, and a dash of the supernatural.
About the Author: Mari LeGagnoux is a Social Media/Online Marketing intern. She is a senior English concentrator at Brown University, but an Angeleno at heart. She also drinks way too much tea.
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