Lord of the Flies
Page Count: 235
Age Range: 13 and up
Imagine a group of British boys crash-landed on an island during World War II, with nothing but the clothes on their bodies. No grownups, no girls, no food, and no technology. Is it as terrifying and exciting and mysterious as you’d think it would be? According to William Golding’s classic tale, it is. Throughout this story, it is up to kids–no older than 12, and as young as 6–to rebuild a civilization for themselves while waiting to be rescued.
This book is a bit advanced, and some of the diction gets confusing unless you grew up in the UK in the 1950s, but it gives you a lot to think about and is easy to want to continue reading. I recommend this for anyone who wants to imagine all of the beauty and terror of a civilization without adults or enforceable rules, and who can handle a few rather violent moments.