Bless Me, Ultima Rudolfo Anaya (YA ANAYA)
An alienated Mexican-American boy of the 1940s must choose between following his father’s family’s nomadic lifestyle or his mother’s settled agricultural ways, seeking answers from the magical healer, Ultima.
Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen (YA AUSTEN)
In 19th-century England, spirited Elizabeth copes with an unwanted suitor, Mr. Darcy, as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters.
Fahrenheit 451 Ray Bradbury (YA BRADBURY)
A totalitarian regime has ordered all the books to be destroyed, but one of the “firemen” suddenly realizes their merit.
Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte (YA BRONTE)
A Victorian governess's love for her mysterious employer is threatened by his tragic secrets.
Oliver Twist Charles Dickens (YA DICKENS)
The adventures of a poor orphan in 19th century London, escaped from harsh child labor but now forced into a street life of crime and begging.
The Outsiders S.E. Hinton (YA HINTON)
Tells the story of class conflict between the greasers, a group of low-class youths, and the Socs (short for Socials), a group of privileged rich kids who live on the wealthy West Side of town.
Their Eyes Were Watching God Zora N. Hurston (YA HURSTON)
Follows the life of Janie Crawford, a girl of mixed black and white heritage, around the turn of the century...which was not an easy time to be of mixed race.
Brave New World Aldous Huxley (YA HUXLEY)
Six hundred years into the future, humans are bred by cloning and “mother” and “father” are forbidden words.
On the Road Jack Kerouac (YA KEROUAC)
Members of the Beat Generation hit the road in search of pleasure and meaning, from NY City to San Fran, by bus and by thumb, detours aplenty.
Sometimes a Great Notion Ken Kesey (YA KESEY)
A bitter strike rages through a small lumber town on the Oregon coast, but the Stamper clan is stubbornly bucking it to do what it can to survive. Tensions rise and family bonds are frayed.
To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee (YA LEE)
Scout is thrust into a world of racial bigotry and hatred when her lawyer father defends a black man unjustly accused of raping a white girl.
Call of the Wild Jack London (YA LONDON)
Buck, a loyal family pet, is cruelly forced to go into the Klondike gold rush, where he eventually becomes the leader of a ferocious wolf pack.
The Giver Lois Lowry (YA LOWRY)
After the ceremony of Twelve, Jonas is told he will become the next receiver of memories. Through his apprenticeship with “the giver” he learns some disturbing truths about his society that make him question right from wrong.
1984 George Orwell (YA ORWELL)
A chilling portrait of a totalitarian society under the ever-watchful gaze of Big Brother—where love, individuality and privacy are banned.
Animal Farm George Orwell (YA ORWELL)
A group of farm animals revolt, only to be betrayed into worse servitude by their leaders, the pigs! Corruption, ignorance, greed abound.
Of Mice and Men John Steinbeck (YA STEINBECK)
In depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien (YA TOLKIEN)
Chronicles the adventures Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who brought home the Ring of Power.