1. Legend (Marie Lu) Via arbookfind.com In a dark future, when North America has split into two warring nations, 15-year-olds Day, a famous criminal, and prodigy June, the brilliant soldier hired to capture him, discover they have a common enemy. 2. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak) Via arbookfind.com Trying to make sense of the horrors of World War II, Death relates the story of Liesel, a young German girl whose book-stealing and story-telling talents help sustain her family and the Jewish man they are hiding. 3. The Glass Castle: A Memoir (Jeannette Walls) Via arbookfind.com The author recalls growing up in a dysfunctional family with an alcoholic father and distant mother and describes how she and her siblings finally found the resources and will to leave. 4. Paper Towns (John Green) Via arbookfind.com One month before graduating from high school, Quentin "Q" Jacobsen basks in the predictable boringness of his life until his beautiful and exciting classmate, Margo Roth Spiegelman, takes him on a midnight adventure and then mysteriously disappears. 5. The Pit and the Pendulum (Edgar Allan Poe) Via arbookfind.com Judged guilty by the Inquisition, a condemned man is slowly tortured. 6. Into the Wild (Jon Krakauer) Via arbookfind.com The author retraces the steps of a young man from a well-to-do family who gave up everything he owned and walked alone into the Alaska wilderness. 7. Ender's Game (Orson Scott Card) Via arbookfind.com Andrew "Ender" Wiggin thinks he is playing computer games. But in reality he is being trained to be the military genius that the planet needs in its all-out war with an alien enemy. 8. Our Town (Thornton Wilder) Via arbookfind.com Illuminating that which is extraordinary about the ordinary aspects of daily life, this play has become one of the most unforgettable of this century. 9. Ethan Frome (Edith Wharton) Via arbookfind.com This tragic love story, with its setting in remote New England, has become one of the classics of twentieth-century American literature. 10. Heaven Is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back (Todd Burpo) Via arbookfind.com Todd Burpo shares his son's visions of heaven after a near-fatal illness, describing what Colton saw and learned about faith and love after listening to Colton's stories of his time with Jesus. The coauthor is Lynn Vincent.