(There’s nothing like the tiniest hint of fall in the air to make us want to curl up with a blanket, a cup of herbal tea, and a good book. The only question is, which book should you curl up with? Whether you have tweens and teens of your own, or you’d like to re-visit some classics as an adult, here is our guide to the seven best books of all time.
Our Roundup of the 7 Best Books of All Time [for Tweens & Teens]
The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
This American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults and Best Book for Reluctant Readers winner takes an honest look at the heartbreaks, friendships, and weirdness of high school in all its honest glory. (However, take note: this book does deal with some serious subjects, such as teen sexuality and drinking. It is likely better for older teens.) Read the cult-favorite here.
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Find out how Harry discovers his true heritage at Hogwarts School of Wizardry and Witchcraft, the reason behind his parents’ mysterious deaths, who is out to kill him, and how he uncovers the most amazing secret of all time, the fabled Sorcerer’s Stone! This book is the first in a classic series about life, friendship, love, loss, and a little bit of magic. Get it here.
The Giver by Lois Lowry
This 1994 Newbery Medal winner has become one of the most influential novels of our time. The haunting story centers on twelve-year-old Jonas, who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver of Memory does he begin to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his fragile community. A true classic, tweens and teens have been mesmerized for years. Buy it here.
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne, an eleven-year-old red-headed orphan, is sent by mistake to live with a lonely, middle-aged brother and sister on a Prince Edward Island farm and proceeds to make a lasting impression on everyone around her. This beloved series speaks to young women everywhere on the verge of growing up. Get it here.
The Hobbit by J.R. Tolkein
Bilbo Baggins is a hobbit who enjoys a comfortable, unambitious life, rarely traveling any farther than his pantry or cellar. But his contentment is disturbed when the wizard Gandalf and a company of dwarves arrive on his doorstep one day to whisk him away on an adventure. A magical prelude to The Lord of the Rings, this book is the perfect introduction to Middle Earth and all of its mysteries. Buy it here.
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Published in 1903, this story is set in the Yukon during the 1890s Klondike Gold Rush. However, the novel’s central character is a dog named Buck, a domesticated dog living at a ranch in the Santa Clara valley of California. Stolen from his home and sold into the brutal existence of an Alaskan sled dog, Buck is forced to adjust to, and survive, cruel treatments and fight to dominate other dogs in a harsh climate. An immersive experience, this book will stick with teens and tweens for many years to come. Get it here.
Little Women by Lousia May Alcott
Written in 1868, this novel follows the lives of four sisters—Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March. Detailing their passage from childhood to womanhood, this book is also loosely based on the author and her three sisters. It has captivated the hearts of young and old women alike for years and has been adapted into two films (one that will be released winter of 2019!) Read the book here.
Looking for a brand new novel to add to your list of best books of all time? Dive into The Sieger Chronicles! This latest dystopian saga will have you (and your teens) gripping the edge of your seat at every page. Buy on Amazon today!