With today’s electronic distractions, it is difficult to get young people to appreciate the joys of classical literature. Many classical novels have been written that are targeted to pre teen boys. Below is a short list of some of the greatest classic books to get your pre teen started on a life-long adventure into reading classic literature.
“War of the Worlds”, by HG Wells: This is a story of an invasion of Earth by a more advanced civilization from Mars. The Martian forces travel in large and powerful three legged machines
called the Tripods. These machines outmatch any military forces from the Earth. The story centers around an English journalist as he witnesses the destruction of Earth’s armies. This book has been adapted to film on several different occasions.
“The Call of the Wild”, by Jack London: This short book tells the story of a peaceful, but powerful dog named Buck. Buck lives in a quiet house in California. One day, he is kidnapped by a ousehold servant and sold to an Alaskan dogsledder. Buck’s quiet existent now becomes nbearable and violent as he struggles to survive in Alaska. Eventually, he finds himself living with a pack of wild wolves and eventually becomes the leader of the wild pack.
“White Fang”, by Jack London: This book is somewhat of a sequel to “The Call of the Wild”. A part wolf named White Fang is living in the wild. He is a powerful dog and eventually finds himself as part of a dog fighting ring. The novel tells the story of how White Fang transformed from a wild wolf to a peaceful domestic dog who not only loves his new masters, but also becomes their protector.
“Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson: This is a pirate adventure story about a small group who fine a treasure map. The travel to Skeleton Island in search of this buried treasure. Along the way, they must deal with pirates and mutineers who want to steal the treasure and kill those who hold the map.
“The Hobbit” by JRR Tolkien: A Hobbit named Bilbo joins a group of 13 Dwarves and one Wizard as they battle the dragon Smaug and try to steal his treasure.
"20,000 Leagues Under the Sea”, by Jules Verne: The mysterious Captain Nemo commands a
powerful ship called the Nautilus. The world believes this ship to be a sea creature and dispatches warships to find and destroy this creature. Little did they know that it is in reality, a submarine.
“The Three Musketeers”, by Alexendre Dumas: A young and handsome d’Artagnan wants to join the brave Musketeers. The mission of the Musketeers is to protect and serve the king of France. D’Artagnan and his friends, Athos, Porthos and Aramas struggle to serve the interests of the young king.
These books are only some of the excellent stories that young adults and pre teens can enjoy. Once they read a few of these books, they may become hooked on the joys of classical literature.