1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876): This classic novel by Mark Twain follows the mischievous adventures of Tom Sawyer, a young boy growing up in 1840s Missouri. With humor and insight, Twain paints a vivid picture of life along the Mississippi River, as Tom and his friends get up to all sorts of trouble.
2. The Catcher in the Rye (1951): J.D. Salinger’s classic coming-of-age novel follows the story of Holden Caulfield, a troubled teenager struggling to find his place in the world. Holden’s cynical view of the world around him is both humorous and heartbreaking, making this a must-read for any teenage reader.
3. The Giver (1993): Lois Lowry’s dystopian novel tells the story of Jonas, a young boy living in a strictly-controlled society. When Jonas is chosen to be the Receiver of Memory, he must confront the dark secrets of his world and make hard choices about the future.
4. The Hobbit (1937): J.R.R. Tolkien’s beloved fantasy novel tells the story of Bilbo Baggins, a hobbit who embarks on an epic quest to help a group of dwarves reclaim their lost kingdom. Along the way, Bilbo meets a cast of strange characters and discovers his own inner strength.
5. The Outsiders (1967): S.E. Hinton’s powerful coming-of-age novel tells the story of Ponyboy, a teenage boy struggling to find his place in the world. With gripping realism, Hinton paints a picture of the struggle between social classes and the power of friendship.