The Teen Reader

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Favorite Books

This is what we call the must-read area. If you’re not sure what you’re into, you really need a recommendation for that long car trip, or you just want to know a little more about our impeccable taste in literature, look no further. Here is a countdown to our top tens. (As you will notice, we are big fans of The Book Thief.)

Danielle’s Top Ten Favorite Books

10. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo (advanced, PG-13)

9. Milkweed by Jerry Spinelli (easy, PG)

8. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (moderate, PG-13)

7. Cyrano de Bergerac by Edmond Rostand (difficult, PG-13)

6. Rumble Fish by S.E. Hinton (moderate, PG-13)

5. Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (difficult, G)

4. Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis (difficult, PG-13)

3. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeleine L’Engle (intermediate, PG, sequel to A Wrinkle in Time)

2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien (advanced, PG-13)

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (moderate, PG-13)

Rachel’s Top Ten Favorite Books

10. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien (intermediate, G)

9. Witches Abroad by Terry Pratchett (moderate, PG, part of the Discworld Series)

8. Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk Cross (moderate, PG-13)

7. Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman (moderate, PG-13)

6. The Kite Runner/A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseinni (intermediate, R, I couldn’t choose one)

5. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen (easy, PG)

4. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson (intermediate, PG-13)

3. The Silver Crown by Robert C. O’Brian (easy, G)

2. The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde (advanced, PG-13)

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (moderate, PG-13)

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