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YA Books and Classics Pairings

Ways to Pair

  • Characterization
  • Theme/Motif
  • Parallel stories
  • Text Structure
  • Literary Concepts
  • Retellings
    • Updated
    • Graphic adaptations
Classic Equivalent
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The Girl Who Fell from the Sky by Heidi W. Durrow

Noughts & Crosses, by Blackman

A Lesson Before Dying by Gaines

Monster by Walter Dean Myers

Black and White by Paul Volponi

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Great by Sara Beninsca

Paper Towns by Green

Jake Reinvented by Gordon Korman

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne The Boyfriend List by E. Lockhart

Waiting for June by Joyce Sweeney

Annie’s Baby by Beatrice Sparks

Someone Like you by Sarah Dessen

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Lord of the Flies by William Goldring Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

Gone (series) by Michael Grant

The Goats by Brock Cole

Nothing by Janne Teller

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Killing Mr. Griffin by Lois Duncan

The Drowning of Stephan Jones by Bette Greene

The Wave by Todd Strasser

Romeo and Juliet by Shakespeare Romiette and Julio by Sharon Draper

Scribbler of Dreams by Mary Pearson

If You Come Softly by Jacqueline Woodson

Crushing on a Capulet by Tony Abbot

Julius Caesar by Shakespeare The Scorpions by Walter Dean Myers

Running Loose by Chris Crutcher

Out of Control by Norma Fox Mazer

1984 by George Orwell The Giver by Lois Lowry

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier

Feed by M.T. Anderson

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card

Brain Jack by Brian Falkner

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow

Moby Dick by Melville Leaving Protection by Will Hobbs

Railsea by China Mieville

The Odyssey

(journey’s quest/hero motif)

East by Edith Pattou

Looking for Alaska by John Green

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment by James Patterson

So Yesterday by Scott Westerfield

Hole in My Life by Jack Gantos

Eragon by Christopher Paolini

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson


Don Quixote by Cervantes Going Bovine by Libba Bray
The Crucible by Arthur Miller Wicked Girls by Stephanie Hemphill
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley His Dark Endeavors by Kenneth Oppel
Wuthering Heights Looking for Alaska, by Green

Catherine by April Lindner,

Black Spring by Alison Croggin

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

The Crucible by Arthur Miller Conversation by Katherine Howe

The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane by Katherine Howe

The HERitic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent


The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain


The Day They Came to Arrest the Book by Nat Hentoff

Whale Talk by Chris Crutcher

Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher

47 by Walter Mosley

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

Memory by Margaret Mahy



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