Category Archives: Year: 1950s

The Borrowers

The Borrowers
Mary Norton

Do you think they "borrowed" my missing $10 bill? Or was that my brother?

Do you think they “borrowed” my missing $10 bill? Or was that my brother?

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 180
Age Range: 9 and up
Year: 1953
Genre: Fantasy
Series: 1st of 5

The Borrowers are tiny people who live under the floorboards.  They do not steal, but merely borrow from the “giants” living above them.  The only rule is that they must never be seen by the humans.  This book tells the story of one family named the Clocks, whose daughter Arrietty is tired of being cooped up under the floor and is ready to begin borrowing and experience the world of the humans for herself.

This book would be a great classic for young readers to read, although some of the vocabulary is not commonly used today.

-Atalie

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Filed under Age Range: 9 and up, Author: Mary Norton, Genre: Fantasy, Page Count: 100-200, Part of a Series, Year: 1950s

Lord of the Flies

Lord of the Flies
William Golding

This is one of the more grim covers this book has seen over the years. Also one of the more fitting, imho.

This is one of the more grim covers this book has seen over the years. Also one of the more fitting, imho.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 235
Age Range: 13 and up
Genre: Realistic
Year: 1954

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.

–Mr. Jordan

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Filed under Age Range: 13 and up, Author: William Golding, Genre: Realistic, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1950s

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel

A Wrinkle in Time: The Graphic Novel
Madeleine L’Engle, adapted by Hope Larson

A Wrinkle in Time: Famously beautiful novel, now in beautiful graphic novel format.

A Wrinkle in Time: Famously beautiful novel, now in beautiful graphic novel format.

Quick Stats:

Page Count: 392
Age Range: 10 and up
Genre: Fantasy
Year: 2012 (graphic novel), 1962 (original)
Series: There are 5 books in total

Meg and her little brother Charles Wallace don’t fit in, and their father has been missing for some time. However, everything changes when they and their friend Calvin meet Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who, and Mrs. Which, and travel across the universe to save their father, in the process learning more about themselves.

A Wrinkle in Time is a classic, but one I fear might be inaccessible to many of our students, due to it’s reliance on describing the fantasy world and the different concepts that govern it. The graphic novel adaptation solves that problem by conveying much of that through pictures, which are gorgeous, making this an engaging read for anyone, especially those who identify with not fitting in.

–Ms. Kate

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Hope Larson, Author: Madeleine L'Engle, Genre: Fantasy, Genre: Graphic Novel, Page Count: 300-400, Part of a Series, Year: 1950s, Year: 2010s

The Witch of Blackbird Pond

The Witch of Blackbird Pond
Elizabeth George Speare

Is that young woman the Witch of Blackbird Pond?

Quick Stats
Page count: 272

Age range: 10 and up
Year: 1958
Genre: Historical

Kit has lived in a British colony on a Caribbean island for most of her life, enjoying a pampered lifestyle and taking for granted the luxury of learning to read and write. But certain circumstances cause her to travel alone to Connecticut Colony to live with relatives who she has never met and who have no idea she is coming. Kit stirs up controversy as she adjusts to life in a Puritan community whose lifestyles and beliefs are drastically different than her own, but she manages to make new and unusual friends and in turn learns much more about herself and her place in the world than she ever could have imagined.

This book is great for students who like historical fiction and students who enjoy reading about a strong female protagonist.

*Also: this book may be better for more advanced readers, as some of the vocabulary is really difficult because it is so archaic.

–Maggie

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Filed under Age Range: 10 and up, Author: Elizabeth George Speare, Genre: Historical, Page Count: 200-300, Year: 1950s