Generation Z — some of whom are in or approaching tween-hood — are rediscovering books that hooked millennials or even boomers.

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Though American culture is programmed to anticipate new and original, sometimes tried and true can be just as trendy. Generation Z — some of whom are in or approaching tween-hood — are rediscovering books that hooked millennials or even boomers. A few time-tested stories, which parents can also trust for clean content, include:

— “Anne of Green Gables,” a 1908 novel by Canadian author Lucy Maud Montgomery about a beleaguered orphan girl whose life is transformed when she gets adopted into a Prince Edward Island family. There are eight books in the series.

— “Little House in the Big Woods,” published in 1932, sparked a nine-volume series that eventually became a beloved nine-season television show, “Little House on the Prairie.” Could author Laura Ingalls Wilder have known the influence and staying power of her late 19th-century family drama about forging a life in America’s wilderness?

— “James and the Giant Peach,” or anything by British novelist Roald Dahl: “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory,” “The BFG,” “Matilda” and dozens more. He wrote and published from the 1940s through the 1980s. Several of these imaginative, fantastical stories have been adapted to the screen.

— “The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe,” published in 1950, is the first in what became a seven-book series titled The Chronicles of Narnia. Written by British author C.S. Lewis, the adventure begins when four children are evacuated from London during World War II and sent to stay in the English countryside with a quirky professor; it is there they walk through a wardrobe and are captivated by a magical land.

— “The Penderwicks,” by Jeanne Birdsall, was published in 2005 but is already garnering classics-quality approval. The five-book series has been compared to Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” for its compassionate storytelling of sister adventures.

And then, of course, there is British author J.K. Rowling’s seven-book Harry Potter series, which has made both a literary and cultural impact on the world.

For more tween read ideas, check out the extensive and stellar amightygirl.com June 9 list or 150 suggested by steampoweredfamily.com.