Category Archives: Year: 1940s



George Orwell

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Page Count: 328

Age Range: 13 and up

Year: 1948

Genre: Dystopia

1984 is George Orwell’s classic dystopian nightmare novel – read and loved (or feared) by millions; the date of doom may have passed, but its vision of humanity’s possibly bleak future remains eerily plausible today, and to some readers may appear to already have manifested itself in some respects.

Anyone who likes to think about politics and nations, the way the world works, or the way humanity works, will enjoy this book. It was not written for children by any means, but could still be understood by most middle schoolers.

Mr. Coleman


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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: George Orwell, Genre: Dystopia, Page Count: 300-400, Year: 1940s

Rite of Passage

Rite of Passage
Richard Wright

A posthumously-published novella by the author of "Black Boy" and "Native Son."

A posthumously-published novella by the author of “Black Boy” and “Native Son.”

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 160
Age Range: 12 and up
Year: Written in the 1940s, first published in 1994
Genre: Realistic

Johnny happily arrives home to his family after receiving his straight-A report card but finds himself horribly confused and hurt when he learns that he is actually a foster child. When he is told that he has to move in with a new family, he runs away as he feels like he doesn’t belong anywhere. He joins a gang of other runaway foster children and finds himself in violent situations but doesn’t know where else to turn.

This is a good book for people who enjoy simple yet involving reads. The reader feels and understands Johnny’s conflicting emotions.

-Ms. Beth

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Filed under Age Range: 12 and up, Author: Richard Wright, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 100-200, Year: 1940s