pileofbooks“Crossover” is what the publishing industry calls books that appeal to both adults and teenagers. Books can cross over in both directions: they’re especially popular if they win awards, or reviewers rave about them. Here are fifty great reads that both adults and young adults might enjoy.

(Updated: September 2012)

Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
George Orwell, 1984
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Fantasy & Science Fiction
Margaret Atwood, The Year of the Flood
Julianna Baggott, Pure
Kristin Cashore, Graceling
Ernest Cline, Ready Player One
Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games
Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon
Elizabeth Knox (NZ), Dreamhunter
Robin McKinley, Sunshine
Melina Marchetta, The Lumatere Chronicles
Erin Morgenstern, The Night Circus
Patrick Ness, Chaos Walking trilogy
Philip Pullman, His Dark Materials series
Megan Whalen Turner, The Queen’s Thief series
Chris Wooding, Retribution Falls

Sherman Alexie, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian
Peter Cameron, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You
Kate De Goldi (NZ), The 10 pm Question
Jenny Downham, Before I Die
Jeffrey Eungenides, The Virgin Suicides
Mark Haddon, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime
Meg Howrey, Blind Sight
Witi Ihimaera (NZ), The Whale Rider
John Irving, A Prayer for Owen Meany
Justine Larbalestier, Liar
Melina Marchetta, The Piper’s Son
Yann Martel, Life of Pi
Emily Perkins (NZ), The New Girl
DBC Pierre, Vernon God Little
Natalie Standiford, How to Say Goodbye in Robot
Gabrielle Zevin, Elsewhere
Markus Zusak, I Am the Messenger

Graphic Novels
Neil Gaiman, Sandman series
Art Spiegelman, Maus
Bryan Talbot, The Tale of One Bad Rat
Shaun Tan, The Arrival
Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis

Historical & War
M T Anderson, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor to the Nation
Julie Blundell, What I Saw and How I Lied
Aidan Chambers, Postcards from No Man’s Land
Tracy Chevallier, Girl with a Pearl Earring
Siobhan Dowd, Bog Child
Lloyd Jones (NZ), Mister Pip
Toni Morrison, Beloved
Meg Rosoff, How I Live Now
Markus Zusak, The Book Thief