Golding, W., & Epstein, E. L. (1954). Lord of the flies: A novel. New York, NY: Perigee.
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Awards: 1983 Nobel Prize in Literature
A group of young boys try to survive after being stranded on an island with no adults.
Lord of the Flies is a classic tale of a group of schoolboys that get stuck on a remote island when their plane gets shot down while trying to evacuate them from Britain during a war. Ralph is voted the leader of the group and tries to maintain some organization while waiting to get rescued. He assigns Jack to be in charge of the team to hunt and gather food for the boys. The boys become divided and create their own groups. Jack’s need for power drives him to manipulate the other boys and eventually takes over leadership while encouraging their cruelty toward the weaker characters. The boys start out with a shaky moral compass and quickly give in to their savage nature and descend into anarchy.
Lord of the Flies is often considered a cult classic. Golding wrote the book after being heavily influenced by his time in the Royal Navy during WWII. The book is actually a great analogy for navigating high school because the boys represent different groups or cliques and how they interact with each other. I would highly recommend this book because it is a great depiction of society. Lord of the Flies signifies the importance of standing up for yourself, your morals, and those who can’t stand up for themselves. It also teaches people not to give into peer pressure. This novel would fit well in junior high or high school academic libraries, as well as the Fiction or Young Adult sections of a public library. Although it primarily appeals to a Young Adult audience, it is a novel that can be enjoyed by adults as well.