Best Classic Books for Teens


Written by Nancy Eaton

What is the definition of a classic book? A classic book is one that has stood the test of time. A classic book so one that people will talk about when the get together. A classic book is one where the characters come across to the reader as genuine. A classic book is one where the characters are in situations or live in circumstances that are believable. A classic book is one that people do not read only once but go back and read it again.

I’m sure many of us can remember when we were a teen and a teacher would recommend a book for us to read. Most likely, that book was a classic at the time or it turned out to be a classic in years to come. Many of us might have had a recommendation from our parents about a classic book that they have read. This recommendation could go on from generation to generation because classic books never fade away. If anything, they become more popular over the years. One example I can think of is To Kill a Mocking Bird. I know this title was mentioned when I was a teen and it is still very popular today.

Listed below is my recommended list of top 10 classic books for teens:

    To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The setting for this book is in Alabama. A lawyer defends a black man accused of raping a white woman. How can he possibly get a fair trial?

    Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

A coming of age story about four sisters. The story follows them through adulthood.

    Pride and Prejudice by Anne Austen

Elizabeth Bennett is very independent and one of five sisters. She has to marry someone rich and this results in an interesting courtship.

    The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Read about the adventures of a young boy who travels down the river with a runaway slave.

    Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Two young people fall in love and end up dying because of their love.

    Tale of Two Cities by James Butler

This novel is set in London and Paris during and after the French Revolution.

    The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

A young girl flees her home and goes into hiding during Nazi occupation.

    Lord of the Flies by William Golding

A group of schoolboys are stranded on a deserted island after a plane wreck.

    Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens

A young boy is an orphan and struggles with poverty.

    The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

This is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his continuing battle with a giant marlin.

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Just by looking at these titles, I have rekindled by own interest in these classics. I am going to go back and read these classic books once again.