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Top holiday reading picks: high school edition

High school students reading at the library
20 April 2021

If you’ve been all go these school holidays and are looking to chill out before school goes back, it’s the perfect time to pick up a book or two for some reading bliss.

We’ve spoken to our book-loving experts, teachers at SA public high schools, to get the goss on what is good reading these holidays.

Once, Morris Gleitzman
Recommended reading level: year 7/8

Moonta Area School year 7-10 English teacher Wendy Williams describes it as the first in a series that tells the story of a young Jewish boy, starting in Poland in the 1940s and ending in modern day Australia.

The Outsiders, SE Hinton.
Recommended reading level: year 9/10

Wendy says: “Written by a female year 10 student who was failing their English class. A brilliant tale of loyalty and courage set in a small American town.”

Maximum Ride, James Patterson
Recommended reading level: year 8

Aberfoyle Park assistant principal Ryan Brown says: A group of genetically modified winged teenagers escape a secret test facility and embark on beginning a new life, while escaping the sinister clutches of their captors.

Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
Recommended reading level: year 9

Ryan says: A contemporary romance between two teenagers, Eleanor and Park come together due to their shared love of Graphic Novels, but soon realise their differences are more substantial.

I’m Not Dying with You Tonight, Kimberly Jones and Gilly Segal
Recommended reading level: year 10

Parafield Gardens HS assistant principal Jessica Cannon says this is about two young girls desperately flee a LA riot to get home safe with their families.

Ring Shout, P P Djèlí Clark
Recommended reading level: year 11/12

Jessica says: “It's a fast but tense read, where Maryse Boudreaux battles with demons - those from her past, otherworldly demons who have infiltrated the KKK, and the racism of the deep American south.”

She gives her recommendations with a helpful tip: if you’re not enjoying on of your holiday books it’s okay to stop reading and start something else. 

And if there’s one app every high school student should have on their phone, it’s the SA Libraries app. You can find and order books to be picked up at your local library to make the most of your school holiday reading time.