Way back in the 1900’s as my daughter likes to say when most of us parenting tweens and teens today were teens ourselves, life looked kind of different. Growing up in the carefree 80s and early 90s, most of us still only had a handful of TV channels before cable arrived.
Video games were nothing like they are today and certainly weren’t something we could carry around in our hands. Oh, and phones were attached to the wall with a thing called a cord (that wasn’t for charging).
As things were a bit lower tech, many of us still turned to books to fill our hours instead of screens. And luckily, some of us have been able to pass this on to our kids today, despite all the distractions- even if those books now often come on a screen (hello Kindle).
However, you may have forgotten some of your favorite teen and tween books from back in the day. So, enjoy a walk down memory lane and consider sharing some of these classic 80s books with your teens and tweens.
Not all these tween and teen book suggestions totally stand the test of time, but many are just as relevant and fun today as they were back in the “olden days.”
Best 80s book series for teens and tweens
A Box of Fudge: Fude-A-Mania, Superfudge, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Otherwise Known as Sheila the GreatThe Abominable Snowman/Journey Under the Sea/Space and Beyond/The Lost Jewels of Nabooti (Choose Your Own Adventure 1-4)The Baby-Sitters Club Retro SetThe Judy Blume Teen Collection: Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret; Deenie; Forever; Then Again, Maybe I Won’t; Tiger EyesSweet Valley High, Books 1-12Dragonflight: Volume I in The Dragonriders of PernThe Mystery of the Whispering Mummy (Three Investigators #3)Wrinkle in Time / Wind in the Door / Swiftly Tiltling Planet
Classic 80s books to read again (and again)
The Secret of the Old Clock (Nancy Drew, Book 1)The Hardy Boys Secret Files Collection Books 1-5: Trouble at the Arcade; The Missing Mitt; Mystery Map; Hopping Mad; A Monster of a Mystery (Hardy Boys: The Secret Files)Wayside School [3-Book Set]: Wayside School Gets a Little Stranger, Wayside School is Falling Down, Sideway Stories from Wayside SchoolAnne of Green GablesThe Chronicles of Narnia Boxed SetThe Westing Game (Puffin Modern Classics)How To Eat Fried Worms (Scholastic Gold)Goosebumps (original series) Set, Books: 1 -12The OutsidersThe Midnight ClubThe Agony of Alice by Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds [Atheneum Books for Young Readers,2011] (Paperback) Reprint Edition[By Lois Lowry] Number the Stars-[Paperback] Best Selling book for |Children’s Holocaust Fiction Books (Books)|
Young adult novels have improved so much since the 80s
When discussing 80’s books on Facebook that we all remembered reading, many of us were shocked to remember the stuff our parents let us read back then. V.C. Andrews, Dean Koontz, Stephen King, and Danielle Steele, to name a few. Not that teens today can’t read these too, but quite a few of us started these in middle school. LOL! Those were the days!
Many also fondly remembered all the Beverly Cleary Books, like Romona and Beezus. I honestly wasn’t sure if that was a little young for this age group, but just for nostalgia’s sake we thought we’d mention it.
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