Pairing Young Adult Novels with Classics in Your Classroom

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Teens want—and need—to read books that truly reflect our diverse societies and, even more importantly, our struggles. Contemporary young adult novels cover a variety of issues, and their use in conjunction with classic texts can highlight the universality of the human experience. We take an in-depth dive into Wilder Girls and offer many other suggested pairings of new titles with classics already in your classroom. See the guide and books listed below for more information!

Wilder Girls

Wilder Girls By Rory Power

It’s been eighteen months since the Raxter School for Girls was put under quarantine. Since the Tox hit and pulled Hetty’s life out from under her.

It started slow. First the teachers died one by one. Then it began to infect the students, turning their bodies strange and foreign. Now, cut off from the rest of the world and left to fend for themselves on their island home, the girls don’t dare wander outside the school’s fence, where the Tox has made the woods wild and dangerous. They wait for the cure they were promised as the Tox seeps into everything.

But when Byatt goes missing, Hetty will do anything to find her, even if it means breaking quarantine and braving the horrors that lie beyond the fence. And when she does, Hetty learns that there’s more to their story, to their life at Raxter, than she could have ever thought true.

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