Classics

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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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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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My Antonia
Willa Cather (YA CATHER)
After the death of her immigrant father, Antonia works as a servant for neighbors in the farmlands of Nebraska. She leaves for an unfortunate affair with an Irish railway conductor, but returns home, eventually marries and raises a large family in true pioneer style.
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The House on Mango Street
Sandra Cisneros (YA CISNEROS)
For Esperanza, a young girl growing up in the Hispanic quarter of Chicago, life is an endless landscape of concrete and run-down tenements, and she tries to rise above the hopelessness.
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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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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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A Wizard of Earthsea  [Trilogy]
Ursula K. Le Guin (YA LE GUIN)
During a spell recalling the dead, the boy Sparrowhawk, a sorcerer's apprentice, unwittingly unleashes evil on the land.
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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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The 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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Beloved
Toni Morrison (MORRISON)
Sethe, an escaped slave living in post-Civil War Ohio with her daughter and mother-in-law, is persistently haunted by the ghost of her dead baby girl.
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Monster
Walter Dean Myers (YA MYERS)
While on trial as an accomplice to a murder, sixteen-year-old Steve Harmon records his experiences in prison and in the courtroom in the form of a film script as he tries to come to terms with the course his life has taken.
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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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Tortilla Flat
John Steinbeck (YA STEINBECK)
In the shabby district called Tortilla Flat above Monterey, California, lives a gang whose exploits compare to those of King Arthur's knights.
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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 Color Purple
Alice Walker (YA WALKER)
Two African American sisters, one a missionary in Africa and the other a child-wife living in the South, support each other through their correspondence, beginning in the 1920s.
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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.