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For Whom the Bell Tolls Book Poster Image
age 14+
Profound novel offers brutal view of Spanish Civil War.
By Ernest Hemingway
(1940)
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A Tale of Two Cities Book Poster Image
age 14+
Immortal romance is set against violent French Revolution.
By Charles Dickens
(1894)
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The Scarlet Letter Book Poster Image
age 14+
Classic novel of American religion, morality, and hypocrisy.
By Nathaniel Hawthorne
(1850)
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The Good Earth Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Gritty, moving tale of couple in turn-of-the century China.
By Pearl S. Buck
(1931)
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The Odyssey Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Essential, epic poem of Greek gods, monsters, and heroes.
By Homer
(1998)
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Black Boy Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Moving autobiography reveals brutality of Jim Crow South.
By Richard Wright
(2007)
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Never Fall Down Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Harrowing true story of boy in Cambodia's Killing Fields.
By Patricia McCormick
(2012)
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Code Name Verity Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Plot-twisting, heart-wrenching, unforgettable WWII story.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2012)
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Small Damages Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Luminous story of pregnant teen's summer in Spain.
By Beth Kephart
(2012)
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Eleanor & Park Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Intense '80s romance is a fabulous pick for mature teens.
By Rainbow Rowell
(2013)
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Dark Triumph: His Fair Assassin, Book 2 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Beautiful, violent story of medieval love and tragedy.
By Robin LaFevers
(2013)
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Gris Grimly's Frankenstein Book Poster Image
age 14+
Illustrated version puts fresh, surreal spin on classic.
By Mary Shelley
(2013)
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Rose Under Fire Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Emotional story of WWII teen pilot in concentration camp.
By Elizabeth Wein
(2013)
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Divided We Fall, Book 1 Book Poster Image
age 14+
Provocative military tale asks tough patriotism questions.
By Trent Reedy
(2014)
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Going Over Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Passionate, poetic story of love across the Berlin Wall.
By Beth Kephart
(2014)
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Challenger Deep Book Poster Image
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age 14+
Sensitive tale of teen's descent into mental illness.
By Neal Shusterman
(2015)
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The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song from Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated, and Deconstructed Book Poster Image
age 14+
Smart, funny, and informative chronology of rap history.
By Shea Serrano
(2015)
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Out of Darkness Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Beautifully written look at racism and love in 1930s Texas.
By Ashley Hope Pérez
(2015)
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Anna and the Swallow Man Book Poster Image
age 14+
Exquisite tale of Polish girl in WWII shows horrors of war.
By Gavriel Savit
(2016)
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Sula Book Poster Image
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age 15+
Haunting, complex tale of friendship best for older teens.
By Toni Morrison
(1973)
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