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Top 5 classic books every teen should read (and how to store them)

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Being a teenager is hard enough, but throw social media into the mix and it can become downright overwhelming at times.

For those moments when you just want your teenager to stop double-tapping on Instagram and watching Snapchat stories, here are five classic books that will engross them instead. Of course, they can always post about their #NewFavoriteBook when they’re done reading!

And if you’ve got little ones who aren’t quite there yet, consider stashing your pile of must-read books in a private vault until they’re old enough to read them. Call the team at Closetbox and they’ll pick up your books, transport them to storage and return them whenever you need them. We’ve also included a few handy tips for storing paperbacks and hardbacks below.

1. “The Catcher in the Rye” by J.D. Salinger

This controversial novel was first published in 1951 and is still a top recommendation for teenagers. The book follows 17-year-old narrator Holden Caulfield on a journey of self discovery after he is expelled from a private prep school.

“This is one that everyone will say — and for good reason,” says Candice Roberts, Ph.D., a professor and director of communication arts at St. John’s University. “‘The Catcher in the Rye’ is a deceptively simple story that deals with emotionally deep coming-of-age themes in such an effortless narrative.”

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2. “The Color Purple” by Alice Walker

Alice Walker won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and the National Book Award for fiction for “The Color Purple.” The story, written in 1982, follows African-American women in the south during the 1930s. It’s a controversial book that’s been the frequent target of censors and bans. That level of scandal usually gets teenagers excited, says Roberts.

“It is important that they understand the historical and cultural implications of censorship and what we can learn about our society by what kinds of media pose a public concern or are perceived as a potential threat,” she says.

But beyond that, this book will introduce them to themes of race, gender and sexuality.

#BannedBooksWeek THE COLOR PURPLE by Alice Walker "This book changed me when I first read it as a young teen. I think it has been banned not because of its graphic violence, but because of how beautifully, and tragically, it portrays what it meant to be poor, black, and a woman in the 1930's South. Because it defies heteronormativity. Because despite abuse and oppression, our protagonist, a woman, is a hero." – Natalie #bannedbooksweek2017 #thecolorpurple #alicewalker #bookrecommendations

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3. “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens is one of the best-known and most well-loved authors of all time. His 1859 novel “A Tale of Two Cities” tells the story of several fictional characters in the years leading up to the French Revolution. It opens with the iconic line, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” which is sure to ring a bell for many teenagers.

“It addresses many of humanity’s timeless questions via a great story with colorful characters within a real historic setting,” says Dan Nygaard, a father, author and pastor of Hope Community church. “Readers can almost taste the history while bathing in some of the greatest writing in the English language.”

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4. “The Outsiders” by S. E. Hinton

S.E. Hinton was a teenager herself when she wrote the now-popular coming-of-age story “The Outsiders.” This novel follows two rival gangs as they navigate violence, dysfunctional families and other teenage challenges.

While your teen may not be able to relate to being in a gang, they’ll probably find a character or two to connect with along the way.

“‘Everyone can relate to at least one of the characters and the coming of age struggles they go through,” says Erik Holmstrom, a business instructor at United Tribes Technical College.

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5. “The Hobbit” by J.R.R. Tolkien

This fantasy novel was written in 1937 by J.R.R. Tolkien and led to a well-known sequel, “The Lord of the Rings” (maybe your kids have seen the movie!). The story of “The Hobbit” takes place in the fictional land of Middle Earth and follows the epic adventure of hobbit Bilbo Baggins and his friends. It’s a purely entertaining read that will surely capture your teen’s imagination!

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How to store books

If your book collection at home is getting out of control or you’re just running out of space in general, consider storing your collection of favorites until you’re ready to ready them again with the help of Closetbox.

But before you give their team of experts a call, you should take care to store your books so that they’ll be in tip-top shape when you give one to your teenager.

Consider storing your books in plastic totes, as these will protect the delicate pages from moisture, insects and dust, says Lauren Haynes, a cleaning expert with Star Domestic Cleaners.

“Books should be stored the same way as on a bookshelf: upright with outward-aligned spines,” she says. “This will prevent any damages if additional books are stacked on top.”

And don’t forget to label your boxes by genre for easy reference when you want to grab a page-turning thriller versus a romance novel.

Top 5 classic books every teen should read (and how to store them)
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