A Wrinkle in Time
Meg Murry is an awkward high-school girl who is transported through time and space with her little brother Charles Wallace and her friend to rescue her scientist father from evil forces.
Themes: Family, coming of age, self-awareness.
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The Bluest Eye
This beautiful Toni Morrison novel tells the story of a black 11-year-old who prays for her eyes to turn blue so that she will be as beautiful as all the blond, blue-eyed children in America.
Themes: Race, peer pressure.
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The Perks of Being a Wallflower
Teenager Charlie struggles to cope with the complexities of high school, including common temptations and losing friends.
Themes: Coming of age, friendship, peer pressure, sex.
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The Lord of the Flies
A group of boys survive a plane crash only to be stranded on a remote island with no adults and little to no resources. Things get real pretty quickly.
Themes: Conflict, survival, leadership.
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The Hunger Games
Katniss volunteers to take her younger sister’s place in a televised fight to the death. In a similar vein as The Lord of the Flies, a group of children and teens are forced into a situation to survive, but only one is meant to make it out alive.
Themes: Class, love, survival, leadership, revolution.
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The Women of Brewster Place
A sentimental classic that tells the story of seven women in an inner-city sanctuary called Brewster Place. The interwoven stories display to teens the different paths of women’s lives.
Themes: Relationships, hopelessness, home.
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Author S.E. Hinton was a teenager when she wrote The Outsiders. The story follows 14-year-old Ponyboy and his journey to do anything to belong.
Themes: Class, society, loyalty.
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Flowers for Algernon
A science-fiction story of a mentally disabled man who undergoes an experimental procedure to increase his IQ. The experiment seems to be working until Algernon, the mouse who received the same procedure, begins deteriorating.
Themes: Bullying, wisdom, happiness.
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The Hate U Give
A teen living in a poor, black neighborhood has a political awakening as she discovers the injustices in society.
Themes: Racism, injustice, family.
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Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret.
Judy Blume’s novel displaying the inner turmoil of teen Margaret Simon, who just wants to grow up already.
Themes: Coming of age, identity, puberty.
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The Tuck family is immortal. Soon, they discover that a 10-year-old girl and a stranger (and soon-to-be enemy) share their secret.
Themes: Death, love, family.
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George Orwell’s dystopian world where the government is always watching and controlling those who don’t think freely.
Themes: Government, identity, technology.
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