By William Golding
Several boys are marooned on an island, and must learn to survive and behave without grown ups. That is most of what happens in Lord of the Flies. It may not sound riveting, but there’s a little more to it than that. Addressing in a roundabout manner the general morality of people, Lord of the Flies is very interesting.
A rebel, Jack, arises from the group to challenge Ralph, the leader the boys have chosen. When Ralph stands firm, Jack takes the few boys who follow him into the woods to form his own tribe. Ralph’s tribe, pressured with the upkeep of a signal fire, has trouble hunting. Not to mention that a strange beast is lurking.
Overall, Lord of the Flies is a great book, and an important moral is instilled. It is not fast-paced, but that aspect helps add to the suspense. There are also a few gory parts in it. Late middle school, high school or older would probably be a suitable age range for an audience.