Tolkien wrote The Hobbit as a children’s book. It provides a much less grand vision than The Lord of the Rings trilogy, but that doesn't mean it lacks seriousness or that it fails to raise some serious questions.
Charles Freeman in Holy Bones, Holy Dust examines the long use and veneration of items from Biblical times and from those considered to be saints after that, an interesting perspective outside of a traditional historical narrative.
No one ever said high school was easy, and Will Carter found that out the hard way in 2009's Carter Finally Gets It by Brent Crawford. But did Carter really learn anything? We find out in the sequel, Carter's Big Break.