Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Ten Classic Novels for Teens

Classic literature is replete with imagery of the time it was written and lessons for the 

ages. It also demonstrates the excellence of well written works where emphasis was 

on quality of words and structure rather than quantity of books published.  These are 

some of my favorite and most important works of all time!

10. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

          This is a tale of two displacd migrant workers during the depression in California.

9. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

           This is a true story of a young girl in hiding for two years with her family during the Nazi   

           occupation of the Netherlands. 

8.  The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

          Set in the post war South, this story paints a picture of he people and places 

          along the Mississippi River. 

7. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

          This story follows the experiences of Jane Eyre on her journey from youth to 
          adulthood including her moral sensibilities of the times.

6. Animal Farm by George Orwell

          This is an allegory that questions the role and responsibility of government to its

          people to rebel.

5. Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

          This novel courageously addresses adolescent themes of anxiety and alienation.

4.  Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

          This classic is a book about the strength of women and the validation of virtue

          over wealth in a family setting.

3.  Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

          The story follows the main character as she deals with issues of manners,

           morality, education, and marriage in high society of early 19th Century England.

2.  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

          This story reveals the unprecedented economic prosperity and flagrant culture

           of the 1920's.

1.  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

          A disturbing look at the racial and financial inequality of the South in the 1930's.


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