Thank you to all who responded, I have lots of information to go through. - Bridgit Original Post: I have an interesting class that I am planning with an 8th grade English teacher on Classical literature and Modern YA novel pairings. The goal of the class is to introduce 8th graders to Classical literature, examine common themes in literature and to prepare for a future discussion about books every American should read at least once (classics and what will be the new classics of our time). So, does anyone have any pairings? I have Hunger Games paired with Lord of the Flies and the Greek Myth Theseus. Any other ideas? Responses: There's the Percy Jackson novels that can be paired with classic myths, there are also several graphic novel version of classic novels (graphicclassic.com)then there's Pride and Prejudice and zombies as well. Good luck I like this idea...I do have a list called "If you like Shakespeare" that you might be able to use for this too. http://destiny.colquitt.k12.ga.us/ Go to the high school>catalog>visual search>If you like Shakespeare (I have all the No Fears on there too but there is a lot of fiction that would work for what you're looking for). The obvious one is The Lightning Thief with The Odyssey. I also just read Matched and there were some elements that reminded me of Romeo and Juliet. There is a book called From Hinton to Hamlet: Building Bridges Between Young Adult Literature and the Classics by Sarah Herz and Donald Gallo. published by Greenwood Press. Two possible pairings: Cassandra's Sister by Bennett and Enthusiasm by Shulman (both are connected to Jane Austen) Do you want obvious pairings/retellings or more subtle? Gratz's Something Rotten and there 's another I can't remember are modern day Hamlet and MacBeth. Lots of commonalities with some differences due to setting. Thought of this when I read your post on LM_NET. I saved this a year or so ago. Have a great weekend!- Susan Whittaker (copy placed at http://dover.nh.schoolwebpages.com/education/components/scrapbook/default.php?sectiondetailid=1332&linkid=nav-menu-container-4-16901 on the top of the page) I am not sure if this is exactly what you are looking for but I just finished Prom and Prejudice which of course you could pair with Pride and Prejudice. It was a cute book and it never stays on the shelf. The Twilight Saga would be an obvious choice. Twilight--Pride and Prejudice Eclipse--Romeo and Juliet New Moon--Wuthering Height Breaking Dawn--The Merchant of Venice and A Midsummer Night's Dream The Harry Potter's Bookshelf by John Granger offers many possible pairing for Rowling's series. Pride and Prejudice and Death Comes to Pemberley The Perceus myth cycle (and other Greek myths) and the Percy Jackson series The Nicholas Flammel series and numerous myths from cultures around the world. The Great Gatsby - Jake, Reinvented The Color Purple - Chinese Handcuffs by Crutcher The Lord of the Flies - The Chocolate War I attended a workshop on this at our state library media educator's conference several years back. Lynne Farrell Stover was the presenter, and it was entitled "From Snicket to Shakespeare: COnnecting Contemporary Tales to the Classics." Here are some of her pairings: Peter Pan by JM Barrie and Peter and the Starcatchers by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson Dragon Rider by Cornelia Funke and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket and Robinson Crusoe by Defoe or Swiss Family Robinson by Wyss I haven't read the above pairs, am familiar with one or the other, not both, so I can't really voice an opinion. THe workshop was wonderful. Here is one grouping I would recommend; My Mother, the Cheerleader by Robert Sharenow and John Steinbeck's Travels with Charley, including also Ruby Bridges autobiographical picture book Through my Eyes. In his novel, Steinbeck mentions that he witnessed Ruby's arrival at school each day, though he doesn't call her by name. My Mother the Cheerleader is a wonderful YA novel told from the pov of the daughter of one of the mothers who shows up every morning to scream at poor Ruby as she enters the school. A great way, in my opinion, for students to make those connections.