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Want to get the student in your house hooked on reading? Here’s a list of books that will be sure to inspire the inner bibliophile in your young adult. This will be an unqualified list and it isn’t done in a top-to-bottom, race-to-the-best fashion. These are just wonderful books, some old and some not so old, that are worthy of being read by anyone, young and old alike.

1.) The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien (8th Grade & Up)

The Hobbit kickstarted the saga of Middle-earth. A classic children’s fantasy novel, often published with beautiful full-color paintings alongside the prose.

2.) The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak (8th Grade & Up)

This book was made into an awe-inspiring film, dealing with Nazi book-burnings and other atrocities performed during WW2. May we never forget.

3.) The Outsiders, by S. E. Hinton (8th Grade & Up)

The Outsiders was Hinton’s first book, published when she was just a freshman in college. The novel is a brilliant and insightful look at classism and the great divide between the rich and the poor; fair warning though, this one is a tear-jerker.

4.) The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas (8th Grade & Up)

The Hate U Give was Angie Thomas’ debut novel in 2017, and like the others listed previously here, it has been made into a feature film. The story concerning race relations and police brutality is a searing social commentary on our times. You must check this one out for sure.

Be sure to reach out to OWL Educational Services on social media with your book recommendations for young adults. We’d love to hear from you!

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