Themes in Novels

The following are some themes that may appear in the novels/books you are reading.


 Ambition  Ethics   Oppression  Violence   
   Right and Wrong     Identity          Pride  War  Happiness
 Childhood  Family  Illness  Responsibility  Overcoming Struggles        Fear
 Coming of Age  Freedom  Justice    Loyalty  
 Cruelty  Grief  Love  Survial    
 Death    Nature  Tradition    


What have you read recently that included one or more of these themes?

Can you give an example of another theme in novels (and the book).  If so, I will give you credit (your initials) on this page.

 A short list of books that I have recently read.

Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse.  A tragically sad story about a young girl growing up in Oklahoma during the dust bowl time.  Billie Jo struggles with life after losing her mother and her own ability to play the piano in an accident.  Well written in a poetic journal form.

Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine.  Another sad story about a young girl coping with the loss of her brother.  Caitlin, dealing with her own social problems, tries to help her father. 

Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.  Same book some students read in ELA with Mrs. DeMatteo.  Fun, easy, quick read.  Enjoyed the codes and the good ending.

Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George.  A wonderful story about an Eskimo girl and her struggle to survive in the Arctic wilderness and her struggle to understand her identity.  A Newbery Medal winner.

Tracker and The Hunt  both by Gary Paulsen  These stories continue the struggles and adventures of Brian, the main character of Paulsen's classic survival story, Hatchet.

Gulliver's Travels by Jonathan Swift.  Can not go to see the new movie version if you have not recently read the book!

Greenwitch by Susan Cooper.  A fantasy story that continues the story of young Will who with his new friends is on a quest to recover a magical grail stolen by the forces of the dark.  This story is part of a series called "The Dark is Rising."