1. Animal Farm by George Orwell
Animal Farm is probably one of the most popular school reads in the world. George Orwell wrote it as a political allegory and has since then inspired the minds of not only adult revolutionaries but also the younger ones who start feeling the spark of righteousness and freedom for all of the humanity in their hearts.
2. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
No matter how old you are, in this book you will find gems of wisdom and advice, The Little Prince reveals the true essence of human nature, it serves to advise us not to be fooled by those in power, it warns us that the conceited man is alone in his own world.
3. Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
This is a wise, funny, and heartbreakingly moving comic-strip memoir of Marjane Satrapi’s years growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution, and how she dealt with life whilst experiencing the devastating effects of the war with Iraq. The mistakes she felt she made opened her eyes and shaped her into becoming the influential individual she is today.
4. A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park
This is definitely one of the must-read children’s book. A story of two people of the same country, but of different tribes and times – both finding themselves on this long, tiring and often dangerous walk of life.
5. Lord of The Flies by William Golding
This provocative and compelling novel is about a group of ordinary boys stranded on a coral island. At first it seems as though it will all be fun and games, however the fun and games soon turn into something more animalistic and cruel. Thus, life for some of the boys on the island turns into a nightmare of panic and death.
6. To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee
Regarded as a masterpiece of literature – it is no wonder it won the Pulitzer Prize. To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of those rare classics that both bring you to laughter and tears. It moves its readers in the profound way in which it reminds us as human beings how important it is to defend the innocent.
7. The Harry Potter Series by J. K. Rowling
A story showing the absolute courage of a young boy, who was never afraid to speak his mind in the face of injustice and would always defend the helpless. A boy that shows us the importance of believing in ourselves and others. Harry Potter reminds us that the true power to defeat any enemy is not found in others, but found within each of us.
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