polymath wrote:Robert Cormier is a boy's author. His The Chocolate War is boys' life with edge. The novel is one of the most challenged novels written for young adults. All Cormier's writing has edge. I'd get a copy, leave it lying around, and forbid young adults from reading it.
S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders is another great boys' life novel, a little less pessimism than Cormier, just as edgy, in the running for most challenged young adult novel.
C.J. Cherryh's Cuckoo's Egg, while not young adult, per se, fantasy science fiction, has a lot of martial arts wisdom, somewhat edgy, and a subtext of the familiar stranger striving for a sense of belonging in an alienating and hostile society. It's stayed off the challenge radar so far.
And of course, the all time boys' life young adult novel, written for adults though, frequently challenged, J.D. Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye.
Jessica Strider wrote:I'd also recommend the Maze Runner by James Dashner. The protagonist is 16 and stuck in a glade with a bunch of other boys, all trying to solve a maze and escape. It's like Lord of the Flies, only the boys mostly all work together and create a successful community. There's fake swearing and some violence, but no sex.
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