I'd especially recommend two classics: Queenie Peavy by Robert Burch and The Pushcart War by Jean Merrill. They are both specific to their eras but don't feel dated. The former deals with the gritty life in Atlanta, Georgia during the depression, and the latter is set in NYC in the 1970s or thereabouts (and oddly, the events in it sort of came true under the Giuliani administration!)...
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I am a fan of the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett. The age group is quite awkward, it's classed as an adults' book for it's quite complex vocabulary but it's perfectly appropriate for teens (apart from the occasional use of the word bugger). It's a massive comedy fantasy set made up of stand alone novels that are all set in a made up parallel world that sits on a turtle and four elephants. There are little subseries in the set (eg. The Ankh Morpork police series, the Witches series, the Death series etc.) but that's less important. Because there are 40 odd books in the set, I'll recommend some good starting off ones:
The Colour of Magic(1st book in series, natural starting point, not that good though...) Wyrd Sisters (a loose parody of MacBeth, excellent wee story) Night Watch (I've heard this one was heavily based on Les Miserables) Hogfather (most famous, best in my opinion! Absolutely hilarious and such a great plot!) Going Postal (another famous one)
So is the Cyber Chronicles (not sure if it is for teen readers but it is appropriate and not hard to read)
Graveminder by Melissa Marr.
The Queen's Thief by Megan Whalen Turner is excellent. As is the Gemma Doyle Trillogy by Libba Bray.
The Supernaturalist by Eoin Colfer was a good debate starter amung friends.
Something Wicked this Way Comes By Ray Bradburry as well as Farenhight 451 are pretty great. (but I really enjoy all of his stuff)
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut was a good read in English class in High School.
Anything by Niel Gaiman is fantastic.
The Keys to the Kingdom series as well as the Seven tower series by Garth Nix are both amazing.
The Delierium series by Lauren Oliver is about a society that rejects love and believes it is a disease. That is an interesting one. It goes right along with the Hunger Games By Suzanne Collins but is far less violent.
The Last Book in the universe by Rodman Philbrick and The Book Thief by Markus Zusak are both really lovely.
I loved the Forest of hands and teeth series by Carrie Ryan but that was a pretty extreme zombie series so I'm not sure if you want that.
The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer talks about what it means to be human and human rights in a world that has clones and humans coexisting.
The Black Tattoo by Sam Enthoven was something that inspired me as a kid as did The Folk Keeper bt Franny Billingsley.
Feed by MT Anderson is pretty popular among teens.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner were top hits for our class in High School (junior and senior year) Sylvia Plath's Bell Jar (as well as other poetry and her Journal) is fantastic.
I hope this list isn't too long. If you want more information on any of these books I can give you additional information.