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Discover the pioneers of YA classics

Provocative, iconic and outspoken, these are the stories that have been influencing and inspiring generations for decades, now with striking new covers. 

  • Masterful short stories by Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck celebrate the spirit and courage of adolescence and rural America.

  • A brilliant novella that is a fable about the dangers of unexpected wealth by great American novelist, John Steinbeck, author of The Grapes of Wrath.

  • A love story across the divide set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, part of the Originals, showcasing Penguin's very best modern classics for young adults

  • A tense thriller about a serial killer targeting homeless youngsters; Stone Cold won the Carnegie Medal and is now part of the Originals, showcasing Penguin's very best modern classics for young adults.

  • An unforgettable story of young love and teenage pregnancy; winner of the Carnegie Medal.

  • The original teenage rebel story.

  • After the First Death is a brilliant thriller by Robert Cormier, now part of The Originals, showcasing the best in YA modern classics.

  • A ground-breaking story about modern South Africa, part of the Originals collection, Penguin's essential modern classics for YA readers.

  • Aidan Chambers' stunning Carnegie Medal-winning novel weaves together a contemporary coming-of-age story of 17-year-old Jacob with his grandfather's story from WWII Holland.

  • Based on a nightmarish true episode in a Californian high school, this powerful novel about the danger of fanaticism is part of the Originals - Penguin's very best modern classics for young adults.

  • A powerful story of young love across the divide, during The Troubles in Northern Ireland; now part of the Originals collection, showcasing Penguin's very best modern classics for young adults.

  • An absolute classic coming-of-age novel from the 1940s, with an irresistible narrator, which fans of contemporary writers such as Meg Rosoff, Rainbow Rowell or E Lockhart will love.

  • The moving true-life story of a young girl in exile in Siberia during World War II, which will appeal to fans of The Book Thief, The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas an dCodename Verity.

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