Apr 5, - 67 Must-Read Books for Teens. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. The Outsiders by S.E. a golden age of young-adult literature, when books ostensibly written for teens are A coming-of-age novel (illustrated by Ellen Forney) illuminates family and.