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Slate's 100 Great Books for an Ambitious Teenage Reader

On last week's episode of Mom and Dad Are Fighting, Slate's parenting podcast, I mentioned that this summer I've given my daughter Lyra a 100-book reading list...So I made up this list and told her the only thing I require of her this summer is that she needs to read 25 of them. (So far she's read about 15.)
The list is made up of a mix of classics and contemporary books, short stories and novels, plays and comics, literature and trash. Some of them are books I loved dearly when I was 14. (That's one reason there are so many dudes on the list.) Some of them are books that I'm pretty sure are way over Lyra's head. Above all, these are 100 books that I hope my particular 14-year-old girl will love, and that I hope will serve as a good grounding in the world of modern letters as she goes forward in her life.
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Watership Down
Watership Down
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Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
Americanah (Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie)
3
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
4
Sense and Sensibility
Sense and Sensibility
5
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
The Stranger (Albert Camus)
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The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
7
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens)
8
Jim the Boy (Tony Earley)
Jim the Boy (Tony Earley)
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9
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
10
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves
11
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
12
A Prayer for Owen Meany
A Prayer for Owen Meany
13
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
The Remains of the Day (Kazuo Ishiguro)
14
The Bean Trees
The Bean Trees
15
Anne of Green Gables
Anne of Green Gables
16
Song of Solomon
Song of Solomon
17
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
The Bell Jar (Sylvia Plath)
18
The Chosen
The Chosen
19
Jitterbug Perfume
Jitterbug Perfume
20
Was (Geoff Ryman)
Was (Geoff Ryman)
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21
The Joy Luck Club
The Joy Luck Club
22
Zero Fade (Chris Terry)
Zero Fade (Chris Terry)
23
Galápagos (Kurt Vonnegut)
Galápagos (Kurt Vonnegut)
24
The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
The Underground Railroad (Colson Whitehead)
25
Kitchen
Kitchen
26
The Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology (Ishmael Reed, Kathryn Trueblood)
The Before Columbus Foundation Fiction Anthology (Ishmael Reed, Kathryn Trueblood)
27
Bluebeard's Egg (Margaret Atwood)
Bluebeard's Egg (Margaret Atwood)
28
The Bloody Chamber
The Bloody Chamber
29
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
The House on Mango Street (Sandra Cisneros)
30
Homeland and Other Stories
Homeland and Other Stories
31
Get in Trouble (Kelly Link)
Get in Trouble (Kelly Link)
32
Self-Help, Lorrie Moore
Self-Help, Lorrie Moore
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33
The Middleman and Other Stories (Baharati Mukherji)
The Middleman and Other Stories (Baharati Mukherji)
34
The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
The Things They Carried (Tim O'Brien)
35
Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
Nine Stories (J.D. Salinger)
36
Tenth of December
Tenth of December
37
The Alienist
The Alienist
38
Skin Tight (Carl Hiaasen)
Skin Tight (Carl Hiaasen)
39
The Stand
The Stand
40
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith
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