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HS: Literature Investigations

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Barnes & Noble Books       Amazon Books          

BN: YA & Childrens     Amazon: YA & Childrens

Fort Vancouver Regional Library 


Welcome HS Readers......


Investigating literature leads to your personal connections with the world around you.  Open a book and begin your journey into your world of personal connections and understanding as an adult.  As an adult you will not be given an instruction book for living on your own.  All of your life's experiences and educational training has certain seeds of truth planted within your mind, heart, and soul.  Prior knowledge is your mental spring board for making meaning of what you see, read, and hear.... think of it as your "one-click" to the files within your mind.  You are your own best teacher!  Become a life-long learner... someone who seeks knowledge by opening a book to learn from those who have gone before you.


Enjoy your investigations.....





Free Book Notes: Online book outlines 


Shakespeare: Online outlines



Reality/Historical Fiction: 

Fahrenheit 451

Ray Bradbury 

Set in the 24th century, Fahrenheit 451 opens with Guy Montag, the protagonist, in the middle of a regular night at work. Montag is a fireman, and in the 24th century, firemen burn down houses where illegal books are kept. Burning books and houses gives Montag a great sense of happiness and satisfaction. Bradbury writes, "Montag grinned the fierce grin of all men singed and driven by black flame." (p.4)  Study Guide 

The Book Thief 

Markus Zusak

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. (From the publisher.) Study Guide 

The Wave 

Todd Strasser

At Gordon High School, history teacher Ben Ross is teaching his class about World War II and the Holocaust. His students are upset by the footage of concentration camps and question why the German people allowed this to happen, insisting they wouldn't be so easily duped. Ben Ross considers this and plans an experiment: the next day, he starts to indoctrinate the class using the slogan STRENGTH THROUGH DISCIPLINE. The class reacts well to this, embracing the sense of empowerment it gives them, and they continue their newly disciplined behavior into a second day of class, surprising Ross. He decides to take the experiment further and create a group, The Wave, adding two more slogans --STRENGTH THROUGH COMMUNITY and STRENGTH THROUGH ACTION - which leads to further rules of conduct and an organizational structure. In this way, The Wave takes on a life of its own. While Laurie Saunders is wary of The Wave and its effect on others, her friends are more willing to promote this movement.   Study Guide 


  Reading Lists:


Grades 9-12           College Bound Reading        YART Reading List 2009


Teachers First Reading Lists


Graphic Novels 9-12



Authors for Adults        YA Authors


Teen Reads

Book reviews, author biographies and dated interviews. Link to discussion guides.



Larger selection of links to author information. Somebody went to a lot of work here!


The Atlantic

Limited in number, but good interviews with authors and samples of their works as printed in The Atlantic.



Grade level book reviews, up to grade 9. 2-5 paragraph reviews.


Reading Rants

Good reviews and lists. Mostly modern literature.


Bartleby Books

Electronic books, no charge for downloading books from this site.


Gutenberg Project

Electronic books. No charge to download them.




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