The Best ‘Great American Read’ Picks for Tweens and Teens

by Keith Rice

Literature is an illuminating force, the imaginative spark that encourages and empowers young minds to learn, grow, and create. We all have one book (or hopefully several) we read when we were kids that inspired us or moved us or completely changed the way we saw the world and the people in it. That’s the magic of a great book. That’s the power of reading. It’s also what has us excited for “The Great American Read.”

Over the course of its upcoming eight-episode run, “The Great American Read” looks to “spark a national conversation about reading and the books that have inspired, moved and shaped us.” That’s certainly something we can get behind. The series has curated a list of 100 of the most-loved novels in the U.S. and will encourage fans to read the books, vote on their favorites, and share what they think makes the novels truly great. In anticipation of “The Great American Read,” which is set to premiere on PBS on May 22, we’ve taken a look at the list and pulled some of our favorites for young readers. From beloved classics to contemporary gems, there’s something here for every fan of middle grade and YA literature.

Want to know what other books made it onto “The Great American Read” list? Head on over to PBS to see all 100.