Classics

Having lasting significance or worth; enduring.

The Call of the Wild

By Jack London

YAPB London

The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wold pack.

 

The Catcher in the Rye

J.D. Salinger

YAPB Salinger

An adolescent boy, knowing he is about to be dropped by his school, spends three days and nights in New York City.

 

Frankenstein

By Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley

FIC Shelley

This is the story of a science student Victor Frankenstein who obsesses over the cause of generation and life and giving animation to the lifeless. He assembles a “human” by stealing body parts. But when he brings it to life he fears it and tries to lock it away. The innocent creature becomes evil and wreaks revenge on his creator.

 

The Giver

By Lois Lowry

YAPB Lowry

When Jonas turns twelve he is singled out to receive special training from the Giver who holds the memories of the true pain and pleasure of life.

 

The Hobbit, or, There and Back Again

By J. R. R. Tolkien

YAPB Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day a wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

 

To Kill a Mockingbird

By Harper Lee

SR FIC Lee

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, this book follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and their father Atticus– Three-years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman.

 

Little Women

By Louisa May Alcott

JPB Alcott

The story of the March family,  specifically the four daughters: Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. Meg at 16

 

Lord of the Flies

By William Golding

YA FIC Golding

The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own nature.

 

Of Mice and Men

John Steinbeck

FIC Steinbeck

An intimate portrait of two men facing a world marked by petty tyranny, misunderstanding, jealousy, and callousness. But though the scope is narrow, the theme is universal: a friendship and shared dream that make an individual’s existence meaningful.

 

The Outsiders

By S. E. Hinton

YAPB Hinton

The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parents’ death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

 

The Pigman

By Paul Zindel

YAF Zindel

At the zoo, Mr. Pignati is anxious to see Bobo, but he learns that Bobo has died. Mr. Pignati has another hear attack and dies. Guilt-stricken, John and Lorraine resolve to write a “memorial epic” about their friendship with the Pigman.

 

Pride and Prejudice

By Jane Austen

YAPB Austen

Spirited Elizabeth Bennet matches wits and wiles of the heart with the arrogant Mr. Darcy in this entertaining portrait of matrimonial rites and rivalries in Regency England.

 

A Separate Peace

By John Knowles

YAPB Knowles

Set at a boys’ boarding school in New England during the early years of World War II, A Separate Peace is a harrowing and luminous parable of the dark side of adolescence. Gene is a lonely, introverted intellectual. Phineas is a handsome, taunting, daredevil athlete. What happens between the two friends one summer, like the war itself, banishes the innocence of these boys and their world.

 

A Tale of Two Cities

By Charles Dickens

FIC Dickens

This captivating tale, set in London and Paris at the time of the French Revolution, uses the contrast between the cities’ “beliefs” to reveal the central choice confronting ever society and each individual: Should a person work to change society or should the revolution occur within his heart? The story climaxes with a supreme sacrifice of selfless love that will not leave the reader unmoved.

 

Treasure Island

By Robert Louis Stevenson

YAPB Stevenson

While going through the possessions of  a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate’s fortune.

 

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

By Betty Smith

YAF Smith

Francie is eleven years old. It is 1912, and the Nolan family lives in an apartment in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn. In the courtyard is a tree, called the Tree of Heaven, which always grows, regardless of whether or not it is watered.

 

The War of the Worlds

By H. G, Wells

YAPB Wells

As life on Mars becomes impossible, Martians and their terrifying machines invade the earth.

 

A Wrinkle in Time

By Madeleine L’Engle

JF L’Engle

One stormy night a strange visitor comes to the Murry house and beckons Meg, her brother, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin O’Keefe on a most dangerous and fantastic journey — a journey that will threaten their lives and our universe. The visitor claims to have been blown off course, and goes on to tell them that there is such a thing as a “tesseract” which, if you didn’t know, is a wrinkle in time. Meg’s father has been experimenting with time-travel when he suddenly disappeared. Will Meg, Charles Wallace, and their friend Calvin outwit the forces of evil as they search through space for their father?