Books We Loved as Teens
Recommendations from the BreakPoint Staff
By: Gina Dalfonzo|Published: February 22, 2011 8:24 AM
For today's Teen Fiction Week feature, a few of us BreakPoint staffers would like to share some of the books that we (or our kids) read and enjoyed when we were teenagers, and ask you to share some recommendations of your own!
Bear in mind, again, that not every one of these books will be suitable for every teenager. You know your own kids best, and can discern which ones are appropriate for them.
At the Back of the North Wind, by George MacDonald. A poor but happy boy is visited by the North Wind and taken on a journey. Through this fantasy, MacDonald helps readers to make sense of pain and suffering.
The Merlin Trilogy: The Crystal Cave, The Hollow Hills, and The Last Enchantment, by Mary Stewart. Since then, so many other Arthurian works have been produced, but back in those days, only these and T.H. White's The Once and Future King (also good) were really prominent.
I loved anything by Edgar Allan Poe.
The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, was a favorite.
The Anne of Green Gables series, by L. M. Montgomery. Before I caught Dickens fever, these were my favorite books. Anne still holds a very special place in my heart.
A Tale of Two Cities/Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens. And then I caught Dickens fever, thanks to these two books. (Now conveniently packaged in one volume! Or you can buy them separately here and here.)
An Old-Fashioned Girl, by Louisa May Alcott. As heroine Polly Milton learns to be true to herself and her convictions, she’s a great role model for girls who feel that they don't quite fit in with the crowd. I prefer this book to Alcott’s Little Women (though the latter is good in its own way).
Now it's your turn! Tell us about the books that you and/or your kids loved when you were teens.
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