With blockbuster franchises like Harry Potter, Twilight, and The Hunger Games, there is no shortage of books to get teens excited about reading. But so much media hype and fan frenzy over the movies and the actors who star in them makes it easy to forget it all began with a book. Even moms have weighed in on whether they are Team Edward or Team Jacob. The post-cheating scandal interaction between RPatz and KStew as they do press for the latest (and last…sigh) Twilight movie has nearly overshadowed the film itself.
It’s important to remind our teens that long before anyone referred to a bestselling series of books as a “franchise,” there have been timeless, classic books that have spoken to generations of developing young hearts and minds. The following titles will show your kids that classic definitely does not equal boring. These favorites are packed with just as much action, drama, unrequited love, and thrilling tension as today’s bestsellers and are—in many cases—much better-written.