Lord of the Flies - Book

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Reading Level: Grades 11-12 

Lexile Level: 770L

Setting: 1950s Era, Jungle Island

Genre: British Literature

Page Count: 224

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An airplane, carrying a group of British boys fleeing a devastating nuclear war, is shot down and crashes, stranding the boys on a tropical island. With the pilot dead and only themselves to rule the island, the boys try to establish some form of order. Under the leadership of Ralph and the advice of a boy called Piggy, the boys set up rules for survival and rescue. Above all else, a signal fire must be maintained. This responsibility is accepted by Jack and his followers, who are also the hunters.
But something stalks the island, sowing fear and discord. The fire is allowed to die and a rescue ship misses them. Day by day the boys change. Conflicts arise. Mistakes happen. And as time passes, the children become barbaric, careless, and cruel.

Content Warning: This title is recommended for mature readers!

Book Awards:
Nobel Prize 1983   •   #70 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200)   •   Modern Library’s 100 Best Novels   •   Time Magazine’s 100 best   •   #74 on The 100 Best Novels Written in English   •   #66 on The 100 Greatest Novels of All Time

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Penguin Classics
Recommended Grade Level:
1950s era, Jungle Island
British Literature
Page Count:
220 pages
William Golding
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