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Senior Fiction Themes Project

This database displays a selection of 1100+ secondary level senior fiction titles with themes and topics. Suggested title matches for comparative themes are also displayed (FilemakerPro must be installed on the computer to view these files, several systems in the library will work). Always check with your teacher on final novel choices.

INSTRUCTIONS: You must save both of the files to your computer before opening them (to the desktop is fine on school computers, they will be erased when you log off). Then open the Senior Fiction Themes file. 
NOTE: THESE REQUIRE A PROGRAM CALLED FILEMAKER PRO TO RUN THEM. At school, this is included on some library systems. 
The files are available on the LINKS > Library Learning Commons section of the Riverdale AW site


General Grade 12U English 
General fiction suggestion lists - Scroll through Themes and Genres
Always check with your teacher for specific requirements

Social criticism, societal conventions, values and institutions

Achebe, Chinua Things Fall Apart
Allende, Isabel Daughter of Fortune: A Novel
Atwood, Margaret Edible Woman
Baldwin, Shauna The Tiger Claw
Barker, Pat Regeneration
Cliff No Telephone to Heaven
Courtenay, Bryce The Power of One
Doyle, Roddy A Star Called Henry
Findley, Timothy The Piano Man's Daughter
Findley, Timothy Pilgrim
Gaines, Ernest A Lesson Before Dying
Golden Memoirs of a Geisha
Gordimer July's People
Hegi, Ursula Stones from the River
Hill The Drink and Dream Teahouse
Irving, John A Prayer for Owen Meany
Jhabvala Heat and Dust
Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible
Mahfouz, Nagub The Palace Walk
Mason, Daniel The Piano Tuner
Mistry, Rohinton A Fine Balance
Mitton Fadimatu
Morrison, Toni Beloved
Ondaatje, Michael In the Skin of a Lion
Ondaatje, Michael Anil's Ghost
Richler, Mordecai Joshua, Then and Now
Robinson, G. Hotel Paradiso
Selvadurai, Shyam The Cinnamon Gardens
Syal, Meera Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
Trevor, William Felicia's Journey
Vassanji, M.G The Book of Secrets

Alienation

Atwood, Margaret Alias Grace
Farmer, Nancy The House of Scorpion
Shields, Carol Larry's Party
Toews, Miriam A Complicated Kindness
Urquhart, Jane The Underpainter
Urquhart, Jane Whirlpool
Urquhart, Jane The Stone Carvers

Courage, Survival

Atwood, Margaret Alias Grace
Atwood, Margaret Bodily Harm
Atwood, Margaret Oryx and Crake
Baldwin, Shauna The Tiger Claw
Beatty Lupita Manana
Bock, Dennis The Ash Garden
Coetzee Life and Times of Michael K
Danticat, E Farming of Bones
Elegant A Floating Life
Frazier, Charles Cold Mountain
Gaines, Ernest A Lesson Before Dying
Garland Song of the Buffalo Boy
Gordimer, Nadine Burgers' Daughter
Greene The Power and the Glory
Guterson, David Snow Falling on Cedars
Guy The Sun, the Sea, a Touch of the Wind
Heath The Ministry of Hope
Hillerman Finding Moon
Holi Breaking Chains
Hope Black Swan
Ihimaera, Witi Whale Rider
Jenkins The Honorable Prison
Khan The Jumbie Bird
Levitin The Singing Mountain
Lewis Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Martel, Yan Life of Pi
McEwan, Ian Atonement
Mistry, Rohinton A Fine Balance
Mistry, Rohinton Such a Long Journey
Morrison, T Beloved
Mukherjee Jasmine
Nix, Garth Sabriel
Nix, Garth Lirael
Nix, Garth Abhorsen
Paolini, Christopher Erogan (S.F.)
Patchett, Ann Bel Canto
Rees, Celia Pirates
Rogers, Linda Friday Water
She Rickshaw
Tan The Hundred Secret Senses
Toews, Miriam A Complicated Kindness
Urquhart, Jane Away
Van der Post In a Province
Vassanji, M.C. The In-Between World of Vikram Lall
Whelan Goodbye, Vietnam
West The Ambassador
Yep Mountain Light

Rights and Freedoms

Achebe, Chinua Arrow of God
Alvarez, Julia In the Time of Butterflies
Alvarez, Julia In the Name of Salome
Arqueta One Day of Life
Coetzee, J.M. Disgrace
Coetzee, J.M. Waiting for Barbarians
De Bernieres, Louis Captain Corelli's Mandolin
Gaines, Ernest A Lesson Before Dying
Greene The Quiet American
Hope Black Swan
Jackson-Davis, G. Digging for Help
Mistry, Rohinton A Fine Balance
Moore, Brian The Magician's Wife
Morrison, Toni Beloved
Morrison, Toni Song of Salomon
Ondaatje, Michael Anil's Ghost
Paton Cry, the Beloved Country
Van der Post In a Province

Childhood, Adolescence

Arenas Singing From the Well
Casper, Claudia The Continuation of Love by Other Means
Choy, Wayson All That Matters
Cowan, Lesley As She Grows
Foster No Man in the House
Funke, Cornelia The Thief Lord
Ganesan Inheritance
Garland Song of the Buffalo Boy 
Gavin The Wheel of Surya
Grant, Pamela When a Girl is Born
Holi Breaking Chains
Ihimaera, Witi Whale Rider
Jackson-Davis, G. Digging for Philip
Jhabvala Amrita
Khan The Jumbie Bird
Levitin The Singing Mountain
Lewis Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze
Marchand African Journey
McEwan, Ian Atonement
Meyer Fulalia¡'s Island
Morrison, Toni Song of Solomon
Morrison, Toni The Bluest Eye
Paolini, Christopher Erogan
Ricci, Nino In a Glass House
Ricci, Nino Lives of Saints
Richards, David Mercy Among the Children
Roy The God of Small Things
Rosnau, Laisha The Sudden Weight of Snow
Staples Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind
Tan, Amy The Hundred Secret Senses
Van der Post A Story Like the Wind
Yep Mountain Light

Relationships

Aikath-Gyaltsen Daughters of the House
Ali, Monica Brick Lane
Atwood, Margaret The Blind Assassin
Atwood, Margaret The Robber Bride
Badami The Hero's Walk
Bergen, David The Curse of Lena J
Casper, Claudia The Continuation of Love by Other Means
Coetzee Life and Times of Michael K
Faulks, Sebastian Birdsong
Garcia-Maquez Life in the Times of Cholera
Golden, Arthur Memoirs of a Geisha
Gowdy, Barbara The Romantic
Grant, Pamela When a Girl is Born
Huston, Nancy Mark of an Angel
Khashoggi, Saheir Mirage
Lamb, Wally She's Come Undone
Levitin The Singing Mountain
Morrison, Toni Paradise
Morrison, Toni Jazz
Morrison, Toni Tar Baby
Ondaatje, Michael The English Patient
Park, J The Secret Book of Grazia Dei Rossi
Proulx, Annie Shipping News
Proulx, Monique The Heart is an Involuntary Muscle
Seth, Vikram An Equal Music
Shields, Carol Larry's Party
Syal, Mecra Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
Urquhart, Jane The Underpainter

Family Dynamics

Ali, Monica Brick Lane
Allende, Isabel The House of Spirits
Arsenijevic In the Hold: A Novel
Atwood, Margaret Blind Assassin
Atwood, Margaret Cat's Eye
Badami Tamarind Mem
Banerjee, Chitra Sister of My Heart
Bissoondath, Neil The Worlds Within Her
Brookner, Anita Hotel du Lac
Burnard, Bonnie A Good House
Casper, Claudia The Continuation of Love By Other Means
Chang In the Eye of War
Choy, Wayson The Jade Peony
Cohen, Matt Last Seen
Conroy, Pat Beach Music
Desai Clear Light of Day
Dorris, Michael A Yellow Raft on Blue
Ganesan Inheritance
Gordimer, Nadine The House Gun
Gowdy, Barbara The Romantic
Irving, John Widow for One Year
Jhabvala Amrita
Khan The Jumbie Bird
Khashoggi, Saheir Mirage
Lawson, Mary Crow Lake
Macdonald, A Fall on Your Knees
McEwan, Ian Atonement
McWatt, Tessa Dragon's Cry
Mistry, Rohinton Such a Long Journey
Morrison, Toni The Bluest Eye
Naipal, V.S. A House for Mr. Biswas
Narayan The World of Nagaraj
Ricci, Nino Where She Has Gone
Rosnau, Lausha The Sudden Weight of Snow
Roy, Arundhati The God of Small Things
Rushdie, Salman The Moor's Last Sign
Selvadurai, Shyam Funny Boy
Selvadurai, Shyam Cinnamon Gardens
Shields, Carol The Stone Diaries
Shields, Carol Larry's Party
Shields, Carol Happenstance
Simpson, Mona Anywhere But Here
Smiley, Jane A Thousand Acres
Tan, Amy The Bonesetter's Daughter
Toews, Miriam A Complicated Kindess
Tyler, Ann If Morning Ever Comes
Tyler, Ann Saint Maybe
Vassanji The Book of Secrets
Walker, Alice By the Light of My Father's Smile

The Immigrant Experience

Ali, Monica Brick Lane
Berger, David The Curse of Lena S
Choy, Wayson All That Matters
Choy, Wayson The Jade Peony
Forester, E.M. Passage to India
Guterson, David Snow Falling on Cedars
Guterson, David East of the Mountain
Khashoggi, Saheir Mirage
Kingsolver, Barbara The Poisonwood Bible
Mason, David The Piano Tuner
McWatt, Tessa Dragon's Cry
Mistry, Rohinton Such a Long Journey
Syal, Meera Life Isn't All Ha Ha Hee Hee
Tan, Amy The Hundred Secret Senses
Tan, Amy Bonesetter's Daughter
Tan, Amy Kitchen God's Wife
Urquhart, Jane Away
Whelan Goodbye, Vietnam
Yep, L Mountain Light

Gay/Lesbian Literature

Barker, Pat Regeneration
Barker, Pat The Eye in the Door
Barker, Pat The Ghost Road
Cameron, P. The Weekend
Gowdy, Barbara Mister Sandman
Hollinghurst, A The Swimming Pool Library
MacDonald, Anne Fall on Your Knees
Miller, C. Killing at the Cat
Mooloo, Shani Cereus Blooms at Night
Robinson, J. Hotel Paradiso
Selvadurai, Shyam Cinnamon Gardens
Selvadurai, Shyam Funny Boy
Vine, Barbara No Night is Too Long
Walker, Alice The Color Purple
Walker, Alice The Temple of My Familiar
Walker, Alice By the Light of My Father's Smile
Woodrow, Marnee Spelling Mississippi
Woolf, Virginia Orlando

War

Baldwin, Shauna The Tiger Claw
Barker, Pat Regeneration
Barker, Pat The Ghost Road
McEwan, Ian Atonement

Native Canadian

Jackson-Davis, G Digging for Philip

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