What are some of your favorite YA novels?

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  1. LittleShakespeare

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    Hey, everybody.

    I’m in the process of creating a reading list of young adult novels. The humanities specialist at our school wants to rewrite the curriculum, and she wanted some suggestions. I did have a few, but to be honest, I’m more familiar with the classics. :(

    My kids last year loved “The Hate U Give” and “Eleanor and Park.” I personally love “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and “Looking for Alaska.”

    Any suggestions will be appreciated. Perhaps you can regale me with what books you enioyed during high school. Thank you so much. :heart:
     
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    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time by Mark Haddon

    While some of the subject matter can be a bit dark, it is an interesting read.

    1984 by George Orwell was interesting although a classic.

    A family member's favorite is "Grapes of Wrath".
     
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    I love "1984" so much. It's so strange, I've always had "Curious Incident" on my bookshelf, but I never read it. We had to pick between that one and "A Clockwork Orange" when I was in high school. But I remember a lot of kids from my old school who had to read it for AP, and they loved it.
     
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    The students in my school did The Hunger Games novel series and The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. I think they preferred the former more than the latter.
    When I was a teenager I enjoyed the novels by Judy Blume (I don’t know if you would consider it to be YA).
     
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    I'm pretty sure The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah falls under YA fiction, this one was excellent!
    Salt to the Sea by Ruta Septys is another good one. I believe it won the Goodreads award for best book a few years back.
     
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    My students read and loved Lightning Thief. They also loved any YA books about sports, so we read a book about Lou Gehrig called Luckiest Man. That may be too young for your group, though, because I did this with a group of 4th/5th graders. Also, The Outsiders was a favorite pick for independent reading.
     
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