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 Modern Classics

In October of 2012, 4 classes from River Middle School worked on a project to find the modern classics of YA literature. The students settled on 25 recent titles and series that met the criteria they had determined to be required in a literary classic. The following titles are their picks. (The Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and the Lord of the Rings series are represented in this list by the first book in their respective series.)


Award Winners

Michael L. Printz Awards

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

YALSA Best Books for Young Adults


School Book Lists 

California Department of Education

Outstanding Books for the College Bound

National Endowment for the Humanities Edsitement Reading List for the College Bound


Reluctant Reader? 

Teenage Angst Books

YALSA Books for Reluctant Readers

Reading Rants