Koelling, Holly
Classic Connections: Turning Teens On to Great Literature
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This book was written for Young Adult librarians and teachers, however there is a wealth
of classic lists.
Twain, Mark
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
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Huck tells of his adventures traveling down the Mississippi on a raft with an escaped slave, and of the
many people they encounter, including a pair of swindlers and two families in a feud.
Dana, Richard Henry
Two Years Before the Mast
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Dana gives a vivid account of the life of a common sailor in 1834.
Gunther, John
Death Be Not Proud 
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A father's account of his teenage son's courageous fight for life during the fifteen months he was
dying from a brain tumor.



Austen, Jane
Pride and Prejudice 
In late eighteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the suit of a snobbish gentleman as
well as the romantic entanglements of three of her four sisters.
Boulle, Pierre
The Bridge Over the River Kwai
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When British P.O.W.'s build a vital railway bridge in enemy occupied Burma, Allied commandos are assigned to
destroy it.
Bradbury, Ray
Dandelion Wine 
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In the unusual world of Green Town, Illinois, a twelve-year-old discovers the wonders of reality and the power
of imagination during the summer of 1928.
Bradbury, Ray
Fahrenheit 451 
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In the classic novel of censorship and defiance, a totalitarian regime in the future has ordered all books to be
destroyed, but one of the book burners suddenly realizes their merit.
Bronte, Charlotte
Jane Eyre 
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In early nineteenth-century England, an orphaned young woman accepts employment as a governess and soon finds
herself in love with her employer who has a terrible secret.
Bronte, Emily
Wuthering Heights 
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Heathcliff comes to the brooding mansion of Wuthering Heights as an orphan child. Cathy is the daughter of the
wealthy family that tales him in. They fall in love but cannot be together, and yet they cannot stay apart.
Bunyan, John
The Pilgrim's Progress 
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The pilgrim Christian undertakes the dangerous journey to the Celestial City, experiencing physical and spiritual
obstacles along the way.
Cather, Willa
My Antonia 
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The reminiscences of a New York lawyer, Jim Burden, about his boyhood in Nebraska and particularly a young Bohemian
girl named Antonia Shimerda are set against the backdrop of the American assimilation of the immigrant.
Cooper, James Fenimore
The Last of the Mohicans 
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The tale of two sisters' journey through the wilderness to Fort William Henry is set during the French and Indian War.
Crane, Stephen
The Red Badge of Courage 
During his service in the Civil War, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes
to grips with his conflicting emotions about war.
Eliot, George
Silas Marner 
A reclusive miser is framed for theft by his best friend but finds redemption in raising a young girl.
Defoe, Daniel
Robinson Crusoe
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An Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives on a deserted island for more than
twenty-eight years.
Dickens, Charles
Oliver Twist 
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An orphan forced to practice thievery and live a life of crime in nineteenth-century London.
Douglas, Lloyd C. 
The Robe 
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A Roman soldier, Marcellus, wins Christ's robe as a gambling prize.
Doyle, Arthur Conan
Adventures of Sherlock Holmes 
A Scandal in bohemia -- The Red-Headed League -- A Case of Identity -- The Boscombe Valley Mystery-- 
The Five Orange Pips -- The Man With the Twisted Lip -- The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle -- 
The Adventure of the Speckled Band.
Dumas, Alexander
The Count of Monte Cristo 
Edmund Dantes, unjustly convicted of aiding the exiled Napoleon, escapes after fourteen years in prison
and seeks his revenge in Paris.
Dumas, Alexander
The Three Musketeers 
In seventeenth-century France, young D'Artagnan initially quarrels with, then befriends, three musketeers and joins
them in trying to outwit the enemies of the king and queen.
Forbes, Esther
Johnny Tremain 
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After injuring his hand, a silversmith's apprentice in Boston becomes a messenger for the Sons of Liberty in the
days before the American Revolution.
Golding, William
Lord of the Flies 
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A plane wreck deposits a group of boys, aged six to twelve, on an isolated tropical island.
Goldsmith, Oliver
The Vicar of Wakefield
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Narrated by Dr. Primrose, the vicar, tells of the many trials his family endures, including the loss of their money, 
the seduction of one daughter, the destruction of their home by fire, and his own incarceration.
Hemingway, Ernest
The Old Man and the Sea 
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An old Cuban fisherman triumphs over a giant marlin, only to have his prized eaten by sharks.
 Hudson, W. H.
Green Mansions 
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Abel, a young European, falls in love with Rima, a lovely and mysterious girl of the jungle, and the two travel
through dense South American jungles and arid grasslands to Rima's distant homeland.
Lee, Harper
To Kill a Mockingbird
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The explosion of racial hate and violence in a small Alabama town is viewed by a little girl whose father defends
a black man accused of rape.
London, Jack
White Fang 
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Rescued from a life of fear and abuse, a part dog, part wolf finds man can be a friend and companion.
Melville, Herman
Moby Dick 
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Ishmael, a sailor, recounts the ill-fated voyage of a whaling ship led by the fanatical Captain Ahab in search
of the white whale that had crippled him.
Salinger, J. D. 
The Catcher in the Rye 
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In an effort to escape the hypocrisies of life at his boarding school, sixteen-year-old Holden Caulfield seeks
refuge in New York City.
Scott, Sir Walter
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The adventures of the Saxon knight Ivanhoe in 1194, the year of Richard the Lion-Hearted's return from
the Third Crusade.
Shelley, Mary W. 
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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.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher
Uncle Tom's Cabin 
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A devoutly Christian slave becomes separated from his wife and family when he is sold to the brutal planter, 
Simon Legree.
Swift, Jonathan
Gulliver's Travels 
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On a voyage in the South Seas, an Englishman finds himself shipwrecked in Lilliput, a land of people only six inches high.
Tolkien, J.R.R. 
The Hobbit 
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Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard
Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.
Verne, Jules
Around the World in Eighty Days 
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An eccentric Englishman accepts a challenge to circle the globe with unprecedented speed in this fantastic
blend of adventure, entertainment, and suspense.
Wells, H. G. 
The War of the Worlds
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In the first of these two science fiction stories a scientist invents a machine that transports him into the future. 
Wilder, Thornton
The Bridge of San Luis Rey
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In 1714 a bridge in Peru collapses and five people die. A Franciscan missionary, is a witness to the event and asks "Why did this
happen to those five?" He then starts out on a quest to find out about the lives of the five victims.