45 Old and New Classic Books For Teens

45 Old and New Classic Books For Teens

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Years ago, in the early days of my blog, 2008 and 2009 to be exact, I created two lists of 20 classic books for teens. When I decided to merge the two lists, I wanted to update it with some new classics. While it is presumptuous to think that I can choose which current books will become classics, I am going to try. As you see, I have only chosen five.

My picks for currently new and popular books for teens that will become classics:

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  1. The Harry Potter Series – J.K. Rowling: I did’t need magic to predict this. It probably already is already considered a classic book series. The only reason it maybe shouldn’t be on this list is that most kids read it before they are teens. However, it is perfect for any age. classic books teens
  2. The Hunger Games Trilogy – Suzanne Collins: While many teen book series became very popular after Harry Potter, in addition to to The Hunger Games (i.e. Twilight, Divergent), I felt that if any of them were going to the staying power to become a classic it would be The Hunger Games. books classic teens
  3. The Fault in our Stars – John Green: Green’s books are so popular with teens, that he may have many teen classics. The Fault is our Stars is a beautiful book for both teens and adults. It is one not to be forgotten. teens classic books
  4. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – Stephen Chbosky: A classic coming of age story of a high school freshman. classic books teens
  5. The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – Douglas Adams: I realize that the first of these novels is old enough that it should have been in one of my original classics lists. Since I missed it then, I am making up for my mistake by including it now. This Ultimate Guide is a compilation the 5 novels that make up the series.

Here is my combined list of classic book for teens from my old lists of 20 Classic Books for Teens and 20 Classic Books for Teens 2. (alphabetical):

  1. 1984 – George Orwell
  2. A Separate Peace – John Knowles
  3. A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
  4. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Betty Smith
  5. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain
  6. Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll
  7. Animal Farm – George Orwell
  8. Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  9. Are You There God? It’s Me Margaret – Judy Blume
  10. The Bell Jar – Sylvia Plath
  11. Brave New World – Aldous Huxley
  12. Call of the Wild – Jack London
  13. Captains Courageous – Rudyard Kipling
  14. Catcher in the Rye – J.D. Salinger
  15. Cat’s Cradle – Kurt Vonnegut
  16. David Copperfield – Charles Dickens
  17. Flowers for Algernon – Daniel Keyes
  18. Frankenstein – Mary Shelley
  19. Go Ask Alice – Anonymous
  20. Gone with the Wind – Margaret Mitchell
  21. Great Expectations – Charles Dickens
  22. Gulliver’s Travels – Jonathan Swift
  23. The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  24. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
  25. King Solomon’s Mines – H. Rider Haggard
  26. Little Women – Louisa May Alcott
  27. Lord of the Flies – William Golding
  28. The Lord of the Rings – J.R.R. Tolkien
  29. Marjorie Morningstar – Herman Wouk
  30. The Martian Chronicles – Ray Bradbury
  31. Night – Elie Wiesel
  32. Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
  33. The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton
  34. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
  35. Roots – Alex Haley
  36. The Scarlett Letter – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  37. This Side of ParadiseRoots – Alex Haley
  38. To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee
  39. Treasure Island – Robert Louis Stevenson
  40. Wuthering Heights – Emily Bronte

Are there any other new books or book series for teens that you think are destined to become classics?

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  1. Very intriguing. I like the idea of thinking about what books to put on a list. I am sure you must have enjoyed mulling that over. I have been looking over your site today and wanted to let you know that I look forward to spending more time here. I have some intention this year around reading more blogs and reaching out to others who have some overlapping interests with my own. Although, to be truthful, my tech skills are not on par with my relationship skills.

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