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Top Ten Books I'd Pair With Required Reading
1. Jane by April Lindner & Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane is just a modern retelling of the classic Jane Eyre but they are really fun to read together! You get to see how April Lindner takes all the small details of the original and makes it contemporary.
2. Beauty Queens by Libba Bray & Lord of the Flies by William Golding
These novels share the theme of a group of young adults stranded on a deserted island and what happens when there is no longer organized civilization.
3. The Madman's Daughter by Megan Shepherd & The Island of Dr. Moreau by H.G. Wells
Even though I haven't read The Island of Dr. Moreau, I know it was the inspiration behind The Madman's Daughter which is told from the point-of-view of Dr. Moreau's daughter (she's not in the original).
4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins & 1984 by George Orwell
It would be great for readers to see what classic dystopian fiction looks like.
5. If I Lie by Corrine Jackson & The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
Both novels have the theme of a woman being shunned for sexual impropriety. Things haven't changed much.
6. Unwind by Neal Shusterman & My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
Unwind is science fiction but it deals with the same issue as in My Sister's Keeper: the importance of bodily autonomy for everyone, including minors.
7. The Mockingbirds by Daisy Whitney & To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
These books are obviously meant to go together by the titles but actual stories do as well. In The Mockingbirds there is a group on campus who dole out their own justice, especially when it's ignored by the school or police.
8. Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare & A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
A Tale of Two Cities is referenced frequently in Clockwork Prince so an understanding of Dickens's novel will help you make some predictions!
9. Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys & The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank
Both books (even though one is fiction) highlight the experiences of young girls during WWII. Lina is taken to a Siberian labor camp by the Soviet Union and Anne must hide from the Nazis so she isn't taken to concentration camp.
10. Prom and Prejudice by Elizabeth Eulberg & Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Prom and Prejudice is just a fun and light retelling of the original.