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.
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.
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.
Invisible Man Ralph Ellison (YA ELLISON)
An African-American man's search for success and the American dream leads him out of college to Harlem and a growing sense of personal rejection and social invisibility
A Lesson Before Dying Ernest Gaines (YA GAINES)
A young, illiterate African American man witnesses two black robbers kill a white store owner in Louisiana in the late 1940s, and he is the one convicted.
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.
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.
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.
The Bluest Eye Toni Morrison (YA MORRISON)
11-year-old Pecola Breedlove, an African-American girl living in America after the Great Depression, prays for her eyes to turn blue, so that she will be beautiful, people will notice her, and her world will be different.
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.
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.
The Red Pony John Steinbeck (YA STEINBECK)
The classic story of a boy's journey to manhood under the joys and hardships of ranch life, focused around the life and death of his red pony.
The Hobbit J.R.R. Tolkien (YA TOLKIEN)
Chronicles the adventures Bilbo Baggins, the hobbit who brought home the Ring of Power.
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.
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.
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.