Young Adult Literature


Classic/Canonical Literature

This is a comprehensive list of the "classic" novels regularly taught in grades 7-12. This list is meant to help teachers find thematically relevant YA novels that can be paired with a classic text. Simply click on a novel and you will be redirected to a page that will show a list of texts that are thematically appropriate.

Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
I, Robot by Isaac Azimov
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
The Illustrated Man by Ray Bradbury
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
As I Lay Dying by William Faulkner
The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank
The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway
The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway
The Iliad by Homer
The Odyssey by Homer
Lés Miserables by Victor Hugo
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
Brave New World Aldous Huxley
A Portrait of the Artist As a Young Man by James Joyce
To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper
Call of the Wild by Jack London
Moby Dick by Herman Melville
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
The Crucible by Arthur Miller
Beloved by Toni Morrison
1984 by George Orwell
Animal Farm by George Orwell
Cry the Beloved Country by Alan Paton
All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
A Midsummer Night's Dream by William Shakespeare
Julius Caeser by William Shakespeare
Macbeth by William Shakespeare
Hamlet by William Shakespeare
Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred Taylor
Walden by Henry David Thoreau
The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Slaughterhouse Five by Kurt Vonnegut
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Night by Eli Weisel
The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
A Street Car Named Desire by Tennessee Williams
Black Boy by Richard Wright