Classic Literature (Teen)

Armstrong, William.  Sounder.  Y FIC Armstrong // JPB A
Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder.

Avi.  The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle.  Y FIC Avi
As the lone “young lady” on a transatlantic voyage in 1832, Charlotte learns that the captain is murderous and the crew rebellious.

Bronte, Emily.  Jane Eyre.  Y Fic Bronte/Y PB B/ FIC Bronte / PB Fic B (Adult Section)
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.

Cooper, James Fenimore.  The Last of the Mohicans.  FIC Cooper
The tale of a Mohican brave’s struggle to protect two English girls from an evil Huron. Illustrated with maps and drawings depicting the period.

Cormier, Robert.  I Am the Cheese.  Y FIC Cormier
A young boy desperately tries to unlock his past yet knows he must hide those memories if he is to remain alive.

Defoe, Daniel.  Robinson Crusoe.  Y PB D/ Fic Defoe (Adult Section)
During one of his several adventurous voyages, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for thirty years on a desert island before being rescued.

Dickens, Charles.  Great Expectations.   FIC Dickens (Adult Section)
The adventures of an orphaned young man in Victorian England who is given a great deal of money by an unknown benefactor to enable him to live as a gentleman, pursuing a good education and fulfilling great expectations.

Hamilton, Virginia.  M.C. Higgins, the Great.  Y PB H
As a slag heap, the result of strip mining, creeps closer to his house in the Ohio hills, fifteen-year-old M. C. is torn between trying to get his family away and fighting for the home they love.

Hemingway, Ernest.  The Old Man and the Sea.  Y FIC Hemingway / FIC Hemingway (Adult Section) // PB FIC H
An old Cuban fisherman tests his courage and remaining strength as he battles the sea and a fish for survival and dignity.

Keyes, Daniel.  Flowers for Algernon.  FIC Keyes (Adult Section)
Mentally retarded Charlie Gordon participates in an experiment which turns him into a genius but only temporarily.

Kipling, Rudyard.  Captains Courageous.  Y PB K
After being washed overboard from an ocean liner, a spoiled millionaire’s son is rescued by New England fishermen who put him to work on their boat.

Knowles, John.  A Separate Peace.  Y FIC Knowles
Knowles’ classic story of two friends at boarding school during World War II–one of the most starkly moving parables ever written about the dark forces that brood over the tortured world of adolescence–has been a consistent seller for more than 20 years.

Lee, Harper.  To Kill a Mockingbird.  Y FIC Lee / FIC Lee (Adult Section)
To kill a mocking bird is an adult novel about two children, Scout and Jem Finch, and their father Atticus, a Southern lawyer appointed to defend a black man on a rape charge. It is a novel about the conscience of a small Alabama town.

L’Engle, Madeline.  A Wrinkle in Time.  Y FIC L’Engle/Y PB L / J FIC L’Engle/
Meg Murry and her friends become involved with unearthly strangers and a search for Meg’s father, who has disappeared while engaged in secret work for the government.

McCullers, Carson.  The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.  Y PB M // FIC McCullers (Adult Section) // PB FIC M
A sensitive teenage girl discovers the meaning of loneliness.

Melville, Herman.  Moby Dick.  Y PB M / FIC Melvile (Adult Section)
A young seaman joins the crew of the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.

Miller, Arthur.  Death of a Salesman.  Y 812 Miller // PB FIC M
The tragedy of a typical American, a salesman, who at the age of sixty-three is faced with what he cannot face: defeat and disillusionment.

O’Dell, Scott.  The Black Pearl.  YPB O / Y FIC O’Dell
In claiming as his own the magnificent black pearl he finds, a sixteen-year-old youth enrages the sea devil who legend says is its owner.

Orwell, George.  Animal Farm.  Y FIC Orwel //  FIC Orwell
A fable about Farmer Jones’ domesticated animals who revolt against their cruel master and are then taken over by the pigs; finding they have exchanged one form of tyranny for another, they unite again in a common cause.

Rawlings, Marjorie.  The Yearling.  FIC Rawlings (Adult Section)
A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raised as a pet.

Salinger, J. D.  The Catcher in the Rye.  YPB S  / FIC Salinger (Adult Section) // PB FIC S
Holden, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.

Sperry, Armstrong.  Call it Courage.  J FIC Sperry
Relates how Mafatu, a young Polynesian boy whose name means Stout Heart, overcomes his terrible fear of the sea and proves his courage to himself and his people.

Stevenson, Robert.  Treasure Island.  Y PB S /  Y FIC Stevenson / J FIC Stevenson
The classic story of Jim Hawkins’ dangerous search for pirate treasure is accompanied by notes and illustrations placing the story in the context of its era.

Stowe, Harriet Beecher.  Uncle Tom’s Cabin.  Y PB S / Y FIC Stowe
Eliza Harris, a slave whose child is to be sold, escapes her beloved home on the Shelby plantation in Kentucky and heads North, eludes the hired slave catchers and is aided by the underground railroad. Another slave, Uncle Tom, is sent “down the river” for sale and ultimately endures a martyr’s death under the whips of Simon Legree’s overseers.

Twain, Mark.  Adventures of Tom Sawyer.  Y PB T / J FIC Twain
The adventures of a spirited boy growing up in a Mississippi River town in the nineteenth century, as he tries a new method for curing warts, witnesses a murder, runs away to an island and pretends to be a pirate, watches his own funeral, and falls for the new girl in the neighborhood.

Verne, Jules.  A Journey to the Center of the Earth.  Y PB V
A team of explorers makes an expedition into a crater in Iceland which leads to the center of the earth and to incredible and horrifying discoveries.

Williams, Tennessee.  The Glass Menagerie.  Y 812 Williams // 812 Williams
In this semi-autobiographical play the domineering matriarch of the Wingfield family tries to find a “gentleman caller” for her fragile daughter.

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