Austen, Jane. Pride and prejudice
The story of lively and rebellious Elizabeth, one of five unmarried daughters living in the countryside of 19th century England, in a world where an advantageous marriage is a woman's sole occupation.
Benedict, Freedman. Mrs. Mike
A moving love story set in the Canadian wilderness, Mrs. Mike is a classic tale that has enchanted millions of readers worldwide. It brings the fierce, stunning landscape of the Great North to life-and tenderly evokes the love that blossoms between Sergeant Mike Flannigan and beautiful young Katherine Mary O'Fallon.
Blume, Judy. Forever...
Katherine and Michael, along with various friends and acquaintances in suburban New Jersey, discover the possibilities and limitations of love and personal commitment.
Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451
Career fireman Guy Montag, who works for a totalitarian regime burning books, awakens to the dark aspects of government-controlled thought and the value of philosophy, theology, and literature.
Burns, Olivia. Cold sassy tree
On July 5, 1906, scandal breaks in the small town of Cold Sassy, Georgia, when the proprietor of the general store, E. Rucker Blakeslee, elopes with Miss Love Simpson. He is barely three weeks a widower, and she is only half his age and a Yankee to boot.
Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre
The love story of Jane Eyre, a plain yet spirited governess, and her arrogant, brooding Mr. Rochester.
Card, Orson Scott. Ender's game
An expert at simulated war games, Andrew "Ender" Wiggin believes that he is engaged in one more computer war game when, in truth, he is commanding the last Earth fleet against an alien race seeking Earth's complete destruction.
Cather, Willa. My Antonia
Chronicles the life of Antonia, a Bohemian immigrant woman, as seen through the eyes of Jim, the man unable to forget her. Jim, now a successful New York lawyer, recollects his upbringing on a Nebraska farm.
Chobsky, Stephen. The perks of being a wallflower
A tale of adolescence whose hero is Charlie, a high school freshman in Pennsylvania. The novel follows Charlie as he is introduced to love, literature and pot. A debut in fiction by a filmmaker.
Cormier, Robert. The chocolate war
Jerry Renault is forced into a psychological showdown with Trinity School's gang leader, Archie Costello, for refusing to be bullied into selling chocolates for the annual fund raising.
Daly, Maureen. Seventeenth summer
Classic teenage love story which follows the summer time romance of a college-bound girl and her boyfriend, who share moonlit sailboat rides, grueling introductions to parents, and the pain of separation.
Dickens, Charles. David Copperfield
A young boy endures hardships as a child laborer in this partly autobiographical classic reflecting social conditions in nineteenth-century England.
Du Maurier, Daphne. Rebecca
Rebecca has been dead for several months, but her sinister influence is still very much alive at Manderley, as Maxim de Winter's second wife soon comes to realize.
Dumas, Alexander. The count of Monte Cristo
Dashing young Edmond Dantès has everything. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, is about to become the captain of a ship, and is well liked by almost everyone. But his perfect life is shattered when he is framed by a jealous rival and thrown into a dark prison cell for 14 years.
Garden, Nancy. Annie on my mind
Liza puts aside her feelings for Annie after the disaster at school, but eventually allows love to triumph over the ignorance of people.
Golding, William. Lord of the flies
Marooned on a tropical island, a group of English schoolboys tries to set up a civilized society; but with the fear of the unknown, savagery erupts, and the rule of brute force leads to murder.
Greenberg, Joanne. I never promised you a rose garden
Chronicles the three-year battle of a mentally ill, but perceptive, teenage girl against a world of her own creation, emphasizing her relationship with the doctor who gave her the ammunition of self-understanding with which to destroy that world of fantasy.
Greene, Betty. Summer of my German Soldier
Sheltering an escaped prisoner of war is the beginning of some shattering experiences for a twelve-year-old girl in Arkansas.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The scarlet letter
Nathaniel Hawthorne's novel brings to life the attitudes and passions of 17th century New England. Condemned by her Puritan fellows for having a child out of wedlock, Hester Prynne is forced to wear a scarlet letter.
Hinton, S.E. The outsiders
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.
Hugo, Victor. The hunchback of Notre Dame
The tragic story of Quasimodo, the hunchback bell tender of Parisas Notre Dame cathedral, and his struggle to save Esmerelda, a girl falsely accused of a crime she did not commit.
Knowles, John. A separate peace
Gene was a lonely introverted intellectual. Phineas was a handsome taunting, daredevil athlete. What happened between them at school one summer during the early years of World War II is the subject of this fiction.
Lee, Harper. To kill a mockingbird
Explores the ways of a small southern town in the 1930s where Atticus Finch is called on to defend an African American.
McCullers, Carson. The member of the wedding
Drifting and uncertain, a motherless twelve-year old girl called Frankie sees a solution to her unhappiness in the approaching wedding of her elder brother.
Melville, Herman. Moby dick
Melville's epic story of Captain Ahab's obsessive hunt for the great white whale.
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone with the wind
The story of the tempestuous romance between Rhett Butler and Scarlet O'Hara is set amid the drama of the Civil War
Orwell, George. 1984
Winston hates the system, hates Big Brother. He knows that his rebellion puts him in terrible danger and that the Thought Police will find him.
Orwell, George. Animal farm
Why should animals work so hard and allow humans to reap all the benefits? The animals rebel, chase the people off the farm, and set up a new society. A clever fable, this is also a bleak picture of a totalitarian society.
Plath, Sylvia. The bell jar
This extraordinary work--echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s--chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time.
Salinger, J.D. The catcher in the rye
Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists.
Smith, Betty. A tree grows in Brooklyn
An American classic about a young girl's coming-of-age at the turn of the century.
Smith, Dodie. I capture the castle
A novel of an eccentric and impoverished English family whose home is a ruined 14th century castle. The story is presented in the form of a diary by the family's teen daughter.
Steinbeck, John. The grapes of wrath
The odyssey of the Joad family, dispossessed of their farm in the Dust Bowl and seeking a new home, only to be driven on from camp to camp.
Tolkien, J.R.R. The fellowship of the ring
The dark, fearsome Ringwraiths were searching for a hobbit. Frodo Baggins knew they were seeking him and the Ring he bore-the Ring of Power that would enable evil Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it is up to Frodo and his faithful servant, Sam, with a small band of companions, to carry the Ring to the one place it could be destroyed-Mount Doom, in the very center of Sauron's dark kingdom.
Twain, Mark. The adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The story of Tom Sawyer's friend Huck Finn, who takes refuge on an island where he is joined by Jim, an escaped slave. Together they travel by raft down the Mississippi, tumbling in and out of amazing adventures.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Slaughterhouse-Five
Billy Pilgrim, a traumatized American POW who survived the Dresden bombing during World War II, becomes unstuck in time after he is abducted by aliens. Under their watchful gaze, he must relive his life over and over again, coming at last to some understanding of the human comedy. Both deeply funny and deadly serious, Slaughterhouse-Five became perhaps the signature antiwar novel of the 1960s, a cry of protest against brutality in the service of authority. Billy Pilgrim's odyssey through time reflects the epic journey of our own fractured lives as we search for meaning in what we are afraid to know.