--By the Hollywood Teen Book Council
We all have those childhood favorites that will forever hold a place in our hearts. Sometimes we come across something that takes us back. If you want to revisit a blast from the past, try one of these suggestions from Hollywood Teen Book Council member Elsa Hoover.
Yertle the Turtle by Dr. Seuss
The rock that Yertle uses as a throne isn’t high enough so King Yertle stacks himself on top of other turtles to see farther and make his kingdom bigger. He does not, however, think of how this situation is affecting the turtles beneath him.
The Big Short by Michael Lewis
In Michael Lewis’s book, four high-finance outsiders are the first to understand that the mid-2000-era housing market was the equivalent of a throne of stacked turtles.
Eloise by Kay Thompson
Unforgettable Eloise lives at the Plaza Hotel and knows everything about it.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna has her senior year planned out. Then plans change and she ends up in a boarding school in Paris. She’s pining for Georgia, so Paris isn’t very magical. But there’s this guy…
From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Claudia and her brother Jamie run away to the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Hiding in the museum is part of the fun, but they also set out to figure out if an angel statue was sculpted by Michelangelo.
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jude and her twin brother Noah were once close and now they aren’t. Find out what happened when they were 13 and what’s happening now when they are sixteen.
The Paper Bag Princess Robert N. Munsch
Princess Elizabeth is ready to marry Prince Roland, until a dragon intervenes.
Bitterblue by Kristen Cashore
Princess Bitterblue’s rule of Monsea is complicated by the fact that she can’t leave the castle, and also because the former king was a violent psychopath. She’s ready to move her kingdom past that stage. But how?
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Wilbur, the runt of the litter is saved twice, first by Fern Arable and then by Charlotte, a barn spider.
Animal Farm by George Orwell
The pigs have grown up! And this time they are taking over the farm in George Orwell’s allegorical novella.
Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown
The story of a bunny in a great green room saying goodnight to everything.
Room by Emma Donoghue
Jack says goodnight to things, too, though he does it in Room, the tiny shed which is the only home he’s ever known. Unknown to him, Room isn’t the world, it’s where he and his Ma are held captive by Old Nick.
Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
Annemarie and Ellen’s friendship persists despite the pressures of World War II and the relocation of Jews in Denmark.
Night by Elie WieselA son’s experience with his father in the concentration camps of Auschwitz and Buchenwald