All Time Faves: Classic Adult Books for Teens

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The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
By Adams, Douglas
2004-10 - Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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Why are people born? Why do they die? Why do they want to spend so much of the intervening time wearing digital watches?
No one but Douglas Adams could have pared life's meaning down to these three questions, and they remain as inspired and head-scratchingly clever today as they did twenty-five years ago when they appeared in the first edition of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Showcasing his quick wit, comic genius, and wide-ranging intelligence, "Hitchhiker's has become nothing less than a cult classic and cultural phenomenon. More

Watership Down Watership Down
By Adams, Richard
2012-10 - Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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DiscoverNor revisitNthe enchanting world of the Sandleford Warren rabbits in this first-ever illustrated edition of a celebrated modern classic. Full color. …More

Pride and Prejudice Pride and Prejudice
By Austen, Jane
1995-04 - Dover Publications
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Austen's comedy of manners--one of the most popular novels of all time--features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of 18-century drawing-room intrigues. Reissue. …More

The Last Unicorn The Last Unicorn
By Beagle, Peter S.
2011-11 - Roc
9780451450524 Check our catalog

Adults and children the world over have fallen in love with Beagle's timeless classic, The Last Unicorn. Now, in this historic publication, Beagle's richly inventive novel springs to life in beautifully rendered illustrations that perfectly evoke the mystery and magic of one of man's favorite myths. …More

Fahrenheit 451 Fahrenheit 451
By Bradbury, Ray
1996-08 - Ballantine Books
9780345410016 Check our catalog

Nowadays firemen start fires. Fireman Guy Montag loves to rush to a fire and watch books burn up. Then he met a seventeen-year old girl who told him of a past when people were not afraid, and a professor who told him of a future where people could think. And Guy Montag knew what he had to do.... …More


Ender's Game Ender's Game
By Card, Orson Scott
2002-02 - Starscape Books
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The Earth is under attack from aliens known as "buggers." The only hope is a brilliant general named Ender Wiggin. The only problem is that he is a child. …More

Lord of the Flies Lord of the Flies
By Golding, William
1959-07 - Perigee Books
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The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures. …More

The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure; The The Princess Bride: S. Morgenstern's Classic Tale of True Love and High Adventure; The "Good Parts" Version
By Goldman, William
2007-10 - Harvest Books
9780156035217 Check our catalog

As a boy, William Goldman claims, he loved to hear his father read the "S. Morgenstern classic, The Princess Bride. But as a grown-up he discovered that the boring parts were left out of good old Dad's recitation, and only the "good parts" reached his ears. Now Goldman does Dad one better. He's reconstructed the "Good Parts Version" to delight wise kids and wide-eyed grownups everywhere. What's it about? Fencing. Fighting. True Love. Strong Hate. Harsh Revenge. A Few Giants. Lots of Bad Men. Lots of Good Men. Five or Six Beautiful Women. Beasties Monstrous and Gentle. Some Swell Escapes and Captures. Death, Lies, Truth, Miracles, and a Little Sex.  …More


Starship Troopers Starship Troopers
By Heinlein, Robert A.
2006-06 - Ace Books
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This controversial classic of military adventure by "New York Times" bestselling author Heinlein is back--the story of a young recruit of the future who goes through the toughest boot camp in the universe. …More

Dune Dune
By Herbert, Frank
2005-08 - Ace Books
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Frank Herbert's Hugo and Nebula Award winner celebrates 40 years with this new anniversary edition. The sweeping tale of a desert planet called Arrakis, "Dune" has been a favorite among sci-fi fans for decades. …More

Flowers for Algernon Flowers for Algernon
By Keyes, Daniel
2004-06 - Harvest Books
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Charlie Gordon is about to embark upon an unprecedented journey. Born with an unusually low IQ, he has been chosen as the perfect subject for an experimental surgery that researchers hope will increase his intelligence-a procedure that has already been highly successful when tested on a lab mouse named Algernon. As the treatment takes effect, Charlie's intelligence expands until it surpasses that of the doctors who engineered his metamorphosis. The experiment appears to be a scientific breakthrough of paramount importance, until Algernon suddenly deteriorates. Will the same happen to Charlie?  …More


A Separate Peace A Separate Peace
By Knowles, John
1996-10 - Scribner Book Company
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John Knowles' beloved classic has been a bestseller for more than 30 years and is one of the most moving and accurate novels about the trials and confusions of adolescence ever written. Set at an elite boarding school for boys during World War II, A Separate Peace is the story of friendship and treachery, and how a tragic accident involving two young men forever tarnishes their innocence. …More

To Kill a Mockingbrd (Blms NT) (Z) To Kill a Mockingbird 
By Lee, Harper
1995-10 - Chelsea House Publications
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Bloom's Notes offers concise, easy-to-understand biographical, critical, and bibliographical information presented in a user-friendly format for book reports and term papers. Most importantly, it condenses extensive critical research into one compact student handbook. …More

The Call of the Wild The Call of the Wild
By London, Jack
I2008-03 - Puffin Books
9780141321059 Check our catalog

CCBC Choices - 1994
One of the most popular and exciting adventure stories is now being reissued with vibrant, realistic paintings by a highly acclaimed artist and an introduction by award-winning author, Gary Paulsen. First published in 1903, this striking reissue is as relevant today as it was when it was first published. Black-and-white illustrations. …More

The Catcher in the Rye The Catcher in the Rye
By Salinger, J. D.
2001-01 - Back Bay Books
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J.D. Salinger's classic of adolescent angst is now available for the first time in trade paperback. Holden Caulfield, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there. …More

Frankenstein Frankenstein
By Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft
1994-10 - Dover Publications
9780486282114 Check our catalog

At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense. …More

I Capture the Castle I Capture the Castle
By Smith, Dodie
1999-03 - St. Martin's Press
9780312201654 Check our catalog

The story of 17-year-old Cassandra and her family, who live in not-so-genteel poverty in an English castle, "I Capture the Castle" is as brightly witty and adventuresome today as it was when it was first published 50 years ago. Illustrations. …More

Treasure Island Treasure Island
By Stevenson, Robert Louis
1993-04 - Dover Publications
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Classic adventure story of a perilous sea journey, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, and a lethal scramble for buried treasure — seen through the eyes of cabin boy Jim Hawkins. …More

The Fellowship of the Ring The Fellowship of the Ring
By Tolkien, J. R. R.
2012-09 - Mariner Books
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The first volume of Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. In ancient times the Dark Lord forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so he could rule all others. The ring falls into the hands of Bilbo Baggins, and his cousin Frodo must make a perilous journey to the Cracks of Doom to destroy it. …More

Cat's Cradle Cat's Cradle
By Vonnegut, Kurt, Jr.
1998-09 - Dial Press
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One of Vonnegut's major works, this is an apocalyptic tale of the planet's ultimate fate, featuring a cast of unlikely heroes. …More