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10 Books You Have to Read in School That Don't Suck

By Matt Heckler Apr 19, 2013

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Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes

Of all the heart-breaking sci-fi novels, Flowers for Algernon takes the cake. In the novel, a mentally handicapped janitor named Charlie volunteers for a very experimental procedure that will give him intelligence. Everything seems to go well, as Charlie suddenly finds himself smarter than just about everybody he knows, but worry arises when the original experimental mouse, Algernon, dies as a result of the successful procedure. Bring a box of tissues!

Tags: school, 1984, steinbeck, of mice and men, frankenstein, george orwell, english class, books-and-comics

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Matt Heckler

Matt Heckler is a writer, book critic, musician, movie nerd, sci-fi aficionado, and awesome beard haver from Chicago. When he isn't writing for The MindHut, he is drinking tasty beverages and working on his first novel. Follow him on Twitter @androiddreamer!

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