Yowzers! In the 1930's teens were cutting a rug over these books. No dice, you say? Holy mackerel, you have to give them a try. You'll be knocked out!
Boylston, Helen Dore. Sue Barton,
Sue enters nursing school, meets new friends, engages in assorted hospital highjinks and overcomes apprehensions about her personal courage. (YA Fic)
Lane, Rose Wilder. Let the Hurricane
Newlyweds Molly and David work hard on their homestead but when disaster strikes, David heads east to find work, leaving Molly and their new baby to face the prairie winter. (YA Fic)
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone With
This sweeping romantic saga about the Civil War tells the story of Scarlett O'Hara, a headstrong Southern belle who struggles through the hardships of war. (YA Fic)
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of
Forced from their home, the Joad family is lured to California to find work; instead, they find disillusionment, exploitation, and hunger. (YA Fic)
Tunis, John Roberts. Iron Duke.
Entering Harvard, Jim Wellington finds himself in a different world from his small hometown but gains poise and a sense of proportion as he faces the difficulties and disappointments of college life and running track. (YA Fic)
White, T. H. The Once and Future
A magical epic of King Arthur and Camelot; of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war. This is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged. (Juv Fic SF)
Hey, these 1940's books are peachy keen! Teens were so gung-ho they were reading like gangbusters.
Benson, Sally. Junior Miss.
The misadventures of awkward twelve-year-old New York City schoolgirl Judy Graves. (YA Fic)
Bradbury, Ray. The Martian Chronicles.
Leaving behind a world on the brink of destruction, man comes to the Red Planet and finds the Martians waiting, dreamlike. Seeking the promise of a new beginning, man brings with him his oldest fears and deepest desires. Man conquers Mars, and in that instant, Mars conquers him. This strange new world, with its ancient, dying race and vast, red-gold deserts, casts a spell on him, settles into his dreams and changes him forever. (Juv Fic SF)
Daly, Maureen. Seventeenth Summer.
17-year-old Angie falls in love for the first time the summer after high school graduation. (YA Fic)
Du Jardin, Rosamond Neal. Practically
At "practically seventeen," Tobey Heydon thinks she is old enough to make her own decisions. Whether it's saving her sister Alicia from last-minute wedding disasters or hiding her diary from little sister Midge, Tobey handles it all with boyfriend Brose by her side. They cope with the arrival of a beautiful blonde at the lake, but can they survive Tobey's mysterious date for the Heart Hop? (YA Fic)
Gunther, John. Death Be Not Proud.
Johnny Gunther was only 17 years old when he died of a brain tumor. During the months of his illness, everyone near him was impressed by his level-headed courage, his wit and quiet friendliness and, above all, his unfaltering patience through times of despair. This deeply moving book is a father's memoir of a brave, intelligent and spirited boy. (YA 921 G958g)
Orwell, George. Animal Farm.
When the downtrodden beasts of Manor Farm oust their drunken human master and take over management of the land, all are awash in collectivist zeal. The animals proclaim their motto: All animals are equal. No animal shall drink alcohol, wear clothes, sleep in a bed or kill a fellow-four-footed creature. Too soon, however, the pigs, who have declared themselves leaders by virtue of their intelligence, succumb to the temptations of privilege and power. While this swinish brotherhood sells out the revolution, the common animals are once again left hungry and exhausted, no better off than when humans ran the farm. (YA Fic)
Schaefer, Jack. Shane.
A stranger rides into a small Western town in 1889 and creates a lasting impact on its inhabitants, especially on young Bob Starrett and his family. (YA Fic)
Smith, Betty. A Tree Grows in
Young Francie Nolan experiences the problems of growing up in a Brooklyn, New York slum. (YA Fic)
Wells, Helen. Cherry Ames, Sudent
Eighteen-year-old Cherry Ames takes the first steps on the road to a nursing career as she begins three years of training at Spencer Hospital. (YA Fic)
Hip cats in the '50s flipped over these crazy books and you will too!
Cleary, Beverly. Fifteen.
It seems too good to be true. The most popular boy in school has asked Jane out - and she's never even dated before. Stan is tall and good-looking, friendly and hard-working - everything Jane ever dreamed of. But is she ready for this? Suppose her parents won't let her go? What if she's nervous and makes a fool of herself? (YA Fic)
Felsen, Henry Gregor. Hot Rod.
Bud Crayne's motto was: "When you get in a tight spot, use your head and drive your way out!" The kids idolized him, his friends envied him and La Verne Shuler was his girl. But Bud Crayne had enemies, too, and when he got on the wrong side of the Law, he was playing right into their hands. (YA Fic)
Frank, Anne. The Diary of a Young
Dutch Jewish teenager Anne Frank's classic diary, written in an Amsterdam warehouse, where for two years she hid from the Nazis with her family and friends. (j940.53)
Golding, William. Lord of the
A plane crashes on an uninhabited tropical island during wartime. A group of schoolboys-the sole survivors-form their own society, an experiment that quickly descends into chaos and death (YA Fic)
Graham, Lorenz B. South Town.
David Williams encounters bigotry and violence in this novel of an African American family living in a small town in the south. (YA Fic)
Heinlein, Robert A. Have Space
Suit- Will Travel.
A high school senior wins a space suit in a contest, takes a last walk wearing "Oscar" before cashing him in for college tuition, and suddenly finds himself on a space odyssey. (Juv Fic SF)
Knowles, John. A Separate Peace.
Gene was a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas was a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. See what happened between them at school one summer during the early years of World War II. (YA Fic)
Salinger, J. D. The Catcher in
Holden, about to be expelled from school, spends three days in New York City. This is the story of what he did and suffered there. (YA Fic)
Stolz, Mary. The Sea Gulls Woke
A coming of age story of 16-year-old Jean's summer on an island in Maine. (YA Fic)
Sutcliff, Rosemary. The Lantern
When the last of the Roman legions leaves, Aquila, a young officer, decides that his loyalties lie with Britain, and he joins the forces of Roman-British leader Ambrosius to fight against the Saxon hordes. (YA Fic)
Tolkien, J. R. R. The Lord of
Enter a world of men, orcs, trolls, dwarfs, elves, and hobbits, all fully imagined, with customs, traditions, and languages of their own. Full of quiet humor and high moral seriousness, this trilogy appeals equally to young and old. (Juv Fic SF)
In the Sixties, teens freaked out over these groovy books.
Clarke, Arthur C. 2001: A Space
When an enigmatic monolith is found buried on the moon, scientists are amazed to discover that it's at least 3 million years old. Even more amazing, after it's unearthed, the artifact releases a powerful signal aimed at Saturn. A manned spacecraft is sent to investigate what sort of alarm has been triggered. The highly-trained crew is assisted by a self-aware computer, the ultra-capabale HAL 9000. HAL's programming is a little too similar to the human mind: he is capable of guilt, neurosis and even murder...and he controls every one of the spaceship's components. The crew must overthrow this digital psychotic if they hope to make their rendezvous with the beings responsible not just for the monolith but maybe even for human civilization. (Juv Fic SF)
Head, Ann. Mr. and Mrs. Bo Jo
She's sixteen, he's seventeen, a pregnant bride, and her bewildered groom - playing a grown-up game with adult consequences. (YA Fic)
Hinton, S. E. The Outsiders.
Three brothers struggle to stay together after their parents' death as they search for an identity among the conflicting values of their society in which they find themselves "outsiders." (YA Fic)
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.
Eight-year-old Scout Finch tells of life in a small Alabama town in the 1930s. When her lawyer father defends a black man, Scout learns painful lessons about prejudice and human nature. (YA Fic)
Le Guin, Ursula K. A Wizard of
Sparrowhawk grows to manhood while attempting to subdue the evil he unleashed on the world as an apprentice to the Master Wizard. (Juv Fic SF)
L'Engle, Madeleine. Meet the
The Austin family's lives are changed by the arrival of self-centered young Maggy Hamilton, orphaned by the sudden death of her pilot father. (YA Fic)
Lipsyte, Robert. The Contender.
A Harlem high school dropout escapes from a gang of punks into a boxing gym and learns that being a contender is hard and often discouraging work, but you don't know anything until you try. (YA Fic)
Mowat, Farley. Never Cry Wolf.
This amazing true story of life among arctic wolves. is the report of the author's observations in the Keewatin Lands northwest of the Hudson Bay on the caribou and wolf populations living there. (j599.74442)
Neufeld, John. Lisa, Bright and
16-year-old Lisa, smart, attractive and outwardly successful, suffers from a nervous breakdown that only her closest friends seem to notice. (YA Fic)
Potok, Chaim. The Chosen.
The story of Reuven Malter and Danny Saunders - one an orthodox Jew, the other the son of a Hasidic rabbi - and the course of their friendship as they grow up in Brooklyn. (YA Fic)
Rawls, Wilson. Where the Red
A boy living in the Ozarks achieves his heart's desire when he becomes the owner of two redbone hounds and teaches them to be champion hunters. (YA Fic)
Wiesel, Elie. Night.
A true account of the author's experiences as a Jewish boy with his family in a Nazi concentration camp. (YA 940.53)
Zindel, Paul. The Pigman.
A teenage boy and girl, high school sophomores from unhappy homes, tell of their bizarre relationship with an old man. (YA Fic)
The reading scene was far out in the 1970's! These books were out of sight - can you dig it?
Adams, Douglas. The Hitchhiker's
Guide to the Galaxy.
Seconds before Earth is demolished to make room for a galactic freeway, a man is saved by his friend and together they journey across space. (Juv Fic SF)
Adams, Richard. Watership Down.
The adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace. (YA Fic)
Blume, Judy. Forever...
Michael and Katherine, two high school seniors, believe their love will last forever - until they are separated for the summer. (YA Fic)
Childress, Alice. A Hero Ain't
Nothin' But a Sandwich.
The life of a 13-year-old black boy on his way to becoming a confirmed heroin addict, seen from his viewpoint and that of people around him. (YA Fic)
Cormier, Robert. The Chocolate
A high school freshman discovers the devastating consequences of refusing to join in the school's annual fundraising drive, arousing the wrath of the school bullies. (YA Fic)
Craven, Margaret. I Heard the
Owl Call My Name.
Sent to live with an Indian tribe in Canada, a young minister learns not to fear his coming death. (YA Fic)
Danziger, Paula. The Cat Ate
When the unconventional English teacher who helped her conquer many of her feelings of insecurity is fired, a junior high student uses her new-found courage to campaign for the teacher's reinstatement. (YA Fic)
Duncan, Lois. I Know What You
Did Last Summer.
Four teenagers, desperately trying to conceal their responsibility for a hit-and-run accident, are pursued by a mysterious figure seeking revenge. (YA Fic M)
Dygard, Thomas J. Running Scared.
A football coach whose job is on the line discovers a talented quarterback who is afraid to run. (YA Fic)
Engdahl, Sylvia Louise. Enchantress
From the Stars.
Civilizations from three different planets in widely varying stages of development clash in what could be either a mutually disastrous or a beneficial encounter. (Juv Fic SF)
Go Ask Alice.
A 15-year-old drug user chronicles her daily struggle to escape the pull of the drug world. (YA Fic)
Goldman, William. The Princess
When Buttercup hears of Westley's death, she agrees to marry Prince Humperdinck; Westley is not only alive, but also willing to battle everything, including death, to get her back. (Juv Fic SF)
Greene, Bette. Summer of My German
Sheltering an escaped German prisoner of war is the beginning of shattering experiences for a 12-year-old Jewish girl in Arkansas. (YA Fic)
Guy, Rosa. The Friends.
What created the gulf between Phyllisia and her best friend: her mother's death, her father's tyrannical behavior or her own selfish pride? (YA Fic)
Holman, Felice. Slake's Limbo.
13-year-old Aremis Slake, hounded by his fears and misfortunes, flees into New York City's subway tunnels, thinking never to emerge. (YA Fic)
Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki. Farewell
The author recalls the Manzanar internment camp: her fear, confusion, and bewilderment as life unfolds there during World War II. (j301.453)
Kerr, M. E. Dinky Hocker Shoots
Many things change in a teenage boy's life when he meets the overweight girl who answers his advertisement for the cat he must give away. (YA Fic)
McCaffrey, Anne. Dragonsong.
Forbidden by her father to indulge in music in any way, a girl on the planet Pern runs away, taking shelter with fire lizards who help to open a new life for her. (Juv Fic SF)
McKinley, Robin. Beauty.
Beauty grows to love the Beast at whose castle she is compelled to stay. Through her love, she releases him from the spell which had turned him from a handsome prince into an ugly beast. (Juv Fic SF)
Mazer, Harry. Snow Bound.
Two teenagers caught in a snowstorm face a fight for survival in a desolate area. (YA Fic)
Myers, Walter Dean. Fast Sam,
Cool Clyde, and Stuff.
New to New York's 116th St., a boy soon makes friends and begins a year of unusual experiences. (YA Fic)
O'Brien, Robert C. Z for Zachariah.
After a year of believing herself to be the only survivor of a nuclear holocaust, 16-year-old Ann makes a startling discovery: a scientist has also survived - but this surprise quickly turns sinister. (Juv Fic SF)
Peck, Richard. Are You in the
As the recipient of threatening notes and phone calls, a high school girl becomes aware that she is under constant observation. (YA Fic M)
Peck, Robert Newton. A Day No
Pigs Would Die.
To a 13-year-old Vermont farm boy, maturity comes early as he learns "doing what's got to be done," especially with his pet pig who cannot have a litter. (YA Fic)
Stewart, Mary. The Crystal Cave.
Merlin, the son of a Welsh princess, survives a perilous childhood on his way to fulfill his destiny as mentor, advisor, and friend to King Arthur. (YA Fic)
White, Robb. Deathwatch.
A hunting trip becomes a test for survival as Ben guides a ruthless businessman into the desert. (YA Fic)
Oh my gawd, like, these 1980s books were, like, totally awesome! Teens were chillin' with these rad books! No way. Way!
Block, Francesca Lia. Weetzie
The wild adventures of Weetzie Bat and her L.A. friends Dirk, Duck, and My-Secret-Agent-Lover-Man. (YA Fic)
Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game.
Ender, the result of genetic experimentation, may be the military genius Earth needs in its war against an alien enemy. (Juv Fic SF)
Garden, Nancy. Annie On My Mind.
Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after a disaster at school, but eventually she allows love to triumph over people's ignorance. (YA Fic)
Hentoff, Nat. The Day They Came
to Arrest the Book.
High school students and faculty become embroiled in a censorship case over Huckleberry Finn. (YA Fic)
Klein, Norma. No More Saturday
A 17-year-old unmarried father wins custody of his son and goes off to college, where he finds an apartment with three girls. (YA Fic)
Magorian, Michelle. Good Night,
A battered child learns to embrace life when he is taken in by an old man in the English countryside during World War II. (YA Fic)
Mahy, Margaret. The Changeover.
When her little brother seems to become possessed by an evil spirit, 14-year-old Laura seeks the help of the strangely compelling older boy at school who she is convinced has supernatural powers. (YA Fic M)
Mazer, Norma Fox. After the Rain.
After discovering her grandfather is dying, 15-year-old Rachel gets to know him better than ever before but finds the experience bittersweet. (YA Fic)
Myers, Walter Dean. Fallen Angels.
Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam. (YA Fic)
Paulsen, Gary. Hatchet.
After a plane crash, 13-year-old Brian spends 54 days in the wilderness, learning to survive with only the aid of a hatchet given him by his mother, and learning also to survive his parents' divorce. (YA Fic)
Paterson, Katherine. Jacob Have
Having felt deprived all her life of schooling, friends, mother, and even her name by her twin sister, Louise finally begins to find her identy. (YA Fic)
Spiegelman, Art. Maus.
This early graphic novel/memoir portrays Jews as mice and Nazis as cats. (YA 940.5318)
Voigt, Cynthia. Homecoming.
13-year-old Dicey takes care of her siblings and tries to find a new home for all of them after they are abandoned by their mother. (YA Fic)
Teens in the 1990s were stoked about reading these fly books. You, too, can chill with these phat reads!
Anderson, Laurie Halse. Speak.
A traumatic event during the summer has a devastating effect on Melinda's freshman year. (YA Fic)
Avi. Nothing But the Truth.
A 9th-grader's suspension for singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" during homeroom becomes a national news story. (YA Fic)
Cooney, Caroline B. The Face
on the Milk Carton.
A photograph of a missing girl on a milk carton leads Janie on a search of her real identity. (YA Fic)
Creech, Sharon. Walk Two Moons.
After her mother leaves home suddenly, 13-year-old Sal and her grandparents take a car trip tracing her mother's route. (YA Fic)
Crutcher, Chris. Ironman.
Bo has been at war with his father for as long as he can remember. Close to explusion following an angry outburst in class, Bo is forced to attend an anger management program, where he meets a hard-edged pack of survivors whose defenses are rigged as high as his. (YA Fic)
Cushman, Karen. Catherine, Called
The daughter of a knight keeps a journal in which she records the events of her life, including her longing for adventures beyond the usual role of women and her efforts to avoid being married. (YA Fic)
Farmer, Nancy. The Ear, the Eye,
and the Arm.
In 2194 in Zimbabwe, General Matsika's 3 children are kidnapped and put to work in a plastic mine, while mutant detectives use special powers to search for them. (Juv Fic SF)
Filipovic, Zlata. Zlata's Diary.
The diary of a girl living in Sarajevo, begun just before her 11th birthday when there was still peace in her homeland. (YA 949.742)
Klause, Annette Curtis. Blood
Having fallen for a human boy, a beautiful teenage werewolf must battle both her packmates and the fear of the townspeople to decide where she belongs and with whom. (YA Fic M)
Levine, Gail Carson. Ella Enchanted.
In this novel based on the story of Cinderella, Ella struggles against the childhood curse that forces her to obey any order given to her. (Juv Fic SF)
Marsden, John. Tomorrow, When
the War Began.
7 Australian teenagers return from a camping trip in the bush to discover that their country has been invaded and they must hide to stay alive. (YA Fic)
Nix, Garth. Sabriel.
Sabriel, daughter of necromancer Abhorsen, journeys into the mysterious magical Old Kingdom to rescue her father from the Land of the Dead. (Juv Fic SF)
Pullman, Philip. The Golden Compass.
Accompanied by her daemon, Lyra Belacqua sets out to prevent her best friend and other kidnapped children from becoming the subject of gruesome experiments in the Far North. (Juv Fic SF)
Sachar, Louis. Holes.
As further evidence of his family's bad fortune which they attribute to a curse on a distant relative, Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas desert where he finds his first real friend, a treasure, and a new sense of himself. (YA Fic)
Wolff, Virginia Euwer. Make Lemonade.
In order to earn money for college, 14-year-old LaVaughn babysits for a teenage mother. (YA Fic)
Wrede, Patricia C. Dealing With
Bored with traditional palace life, a princess goes to live with a group of dragons and soon becomes involved with fighting against disreputable wizards who want to steal the dragons' kingdom. (Juv Fic SF)
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