Classics

Check out one of these timeless titles for teens.
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou (YA 921 ANGELOU)
Maya retells the suffering she experienced as an African American child in Arkansas and her teen years in the northern slums.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Jane Eyre
Charlotte Bronte (YA BRONTE)
A Victorian governess's love for her mysterious employer is threatened by his tragic secrets.
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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.
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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
 Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (YA DOYLE)
In his consulting room on Baker Street, the master sleuth unravels his client’s baffling and unorthodox puzzles.
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The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald (YA FITZGERALD)
A young man newly rich tries to recapture the past and win back his former love, despite the fact that she has married.
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One Hundred Years of Solitude
Gabriel Garcia Marquez (YA GARCIA )
This novel chronicles the irreconcilable conflict in the Buendia family between the desire for solitude and the need for love.
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Lord of the Flies
William Golding (YA GOLDING)
Thirty English schoolboys are stranded on an uninhabited island… but with no adults or rules present, their society turns violent.
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For Whom the Bell Tolls
Ernest Hemingway (YA HEMINGWAY)
An American learns the true value of life while fighting with a guerrilla band during the Spanish Civil War.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Catcher in the Rye
J. D. Salinger (YA SALINGER)
In an effort to escape the hypocrisy at his boarding school, 16-year-old Holden Caulfield seeks refuge in NY City.
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Frankenstein
Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (YA SHELLEY)
A monster, assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies, develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.
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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.
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The Hobbit
J.R.R. Tolkien (YA TOLKIEN)
Chronicles the adventures Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who brought home the Ring of Power.
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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain (YA TWAIN)
The adventures of a young boy and a runaway slave as they travel down the Mississippi river together on a raft.
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Around the World in 80 Days
Jules Verne (YA VERNE)
An eccentric Englishman accepts a wager to circle the globe in 80 days. Adventure, entertainment and suspense ensue.
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Slaughterhouse Five
Kurt Vonnegut (YA VONNEGUT)
Billy Pilgrim returns from WWII only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.
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The Invisible Man
H. G. Wells (YA WELLS)
A scientist has discovered the secret of invisibility. He holds his countrymen powerless, yet he is as terrified as they are, to the point of being driven mad.
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Native Son
Richard Wright (YA WRIGHT)
A poor struggling young African-American in 1930s inner Chicago loses all hope of redemption after killing a white woman in a brief moment of panic.