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unBoring Classics

Boring, can’t relate, and dull, dull, dull. That’s what some people think when they hear the word, “classic,” and you’re talking about books (not cars). Classics are often required reading in high school. But any book your English teacher assigns must be ancient as dirt and just about as exciting, you think. Classics may have stood the test of time, but do they stand up to today’s standards of young adult literature? From murder and romance, to dragons and magic spells, young adult books of the 21st century are thrilling, relevant, and escapist. With the plethora of incredible reading choices for teens now, how many classics would you bother to pick up? But these books are around for a reason. They are stories of adventure, death, and love. They hold you in awe, in fear, and in suspense. Give them a shot – you just might find yourself recommending them to your own kids when you’re ancient as dirt…

Check out this list of Must-Read Classics that are worth reading, even if your English teacher doesn’t recommend them.

The Patient's Eyes: the Dark Beginnings of Sherlock Holmes

By Davie Pirie

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An atmospheric, literary thriller that partners Dr. Joseph Bell (widely believed to be the model for Sherlock Holmes himself) and Arthur Conan Doyle as innovators in criminal investigation, exploring the strange underworld of violence and sexual hypocrisy running beneath the surface of the Victorian era.
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Oscar Wilde and a Death of no Importance

By Gyles Daubeney Brandreth

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In 1889 London, writer Oscar Wilde finds the corpse of a male artist's model in a house used by men for assignations. Wilde later returns with friends Robert Sherard and Arthur Conan Doyle, but the body has vanished, the room cleaned, and the police declare that nothing has happened.
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Holmes on the Range

By Steve Hockensmith

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Two German cowboy brothers, Gustav (Old Red) and Otto (Big Red) Amlingmeyer, have been reading the adventures of Sherlock Holmes in magazines and take on the roles of the master detective and his sidekick, Watson, when an albino cowboy turns up dead in a locked outhouse.
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Arthur and George

By Julian Barnes

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Chronicles the lives of two boys--one who is forgotten by history, and one who becomes the creator of the world's most famous detective--as they pursue their separate destinies until they meet in a remarkable alliance.
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Other Worlds

By Barbara Michaels

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In a small Connecticut town, a newly married widow and her children move into her second husband's home to find their lives possessed by an unimaginable demon....
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