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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Mark Twain - Oct 27, 2006 (first published in 1884)
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In The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the great American humorist Mark Twain follows the escapades of Tom Saywer's best friend on a raft trip down the swirling waters of the Mississippi River. Join Huck and Jim, a runaway slave, on their remarkable adventure, where they meet con artists and slave traders, while learning the power of friendship. Th...
The Outsiders
S. E. Hinton - Apr 20, 2006 (first published in 1967)
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Librarian note: See this edition record for the Laurel-Leaf Books/Dell edition that may have been published with ISBN 014240733X.No one ever said life was easy. But Ponyboy is pretty sure that he's got things figured out. He knows that he can count on his brothers, Darry and Sodapop. And he knows that he can count on his friends - true friends who ...
Lord of the Flies
William Golding - Dec 16, 2003 (first published in 1954)
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At the dawn of the next world war, a plane crashes on an uncharted island, stranding a group of schoolboys. At first, with no adult supervision, their freedom is something to celebrate; this far from civilization the boys can do anything they want. Anything. They attempt to forge their own society, failing, however, in the face of terror, sin and e...
To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee - Jan 01, 2002 (first published in 1960)
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The unforgettable novel of a childhood in a sleepy Southern town and the crisis of conscience that rocked it, To Kill A Mockingbird became both an instant bestseller and a critical success when it was first published in 1960. It went on to win the Pulitzer Prize in 1961 and was later made into an Academy Award-winning film, also a classic.Compassio...
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
(Penguin Orange Collection)
Ken Kesey - Oct 18, 2016 (first published in 1962)
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Part of the Penguin Orange Collection, a limited-run series of twelve influential and beloved American classics in a bold series design offering a modern take on the iconic Penguin paperback For the seventieth anniversary of Penguin Classics, the Penguin Orange Collection celebrates the heritage of Penguin’s iconic book design with twelve influenti...
Slaughterhouse-Five
A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut - Jan 12, 1999 (first published in 1969)
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Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant named Billy Pilgrim. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. Vonnegut's use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, because h...
Black Swan Green
David Mitchell - Feb 27, 2007 (first published in 2006)
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From award-winning writer David Mitchell comes a sinewy, meditative novel of boyhood on the cusp of adulthood and the old on the cusp of the new.Black Swan Green tracks a single year in what is, for thirteen-year-old Jason Taylor, the sleepiest village in muddiest Worcestershire in a dying Cold War England, 1982. But the thirteen chapters, each a s...
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Franny and Zooey
J. D. Salinger - May 01, 1991 (first published in 1955)
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The author writes: FRANNY came out in The New Yorker in 1955, and was swiftly followed, in 1957 by ZOOEY. Both stories are early, critical entries in a narrative series I'm doing about a family of settlers in twentieth-century New York, the Glasses. It is a long-term project, patently an ambiguous one, and there is a real-enough danger, I suppose t...
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Emma Stone
The Great Gatsby
F. Scott Fitzgerald - Dec 31, 2020
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One of the books that 'everybody should read', this was named the '2nd greatest novel of the 20th century' by the Modern Library and it has now been filmed six times, including the latest version directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio....
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A Separate Peace
John Knowles - Sep 30, 2003 (first published in 1959)
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An American classic and great bestseller for over thirty years, A Separate Peace is timeless in its description of adolescence during a period when the entire country was losing its innocence to the second world war.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 para...
The Book Thief
Markus Zusak - Sep 11, 2007 (first published in 2005)
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It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier, and will be busier still.By her brother's graveside, Liesel's life is changed when she picks up a single object, partially hidden in the snow. It is The Gravedigger's Handbook, left behind there by accident, and it is her first act of book thievery. So begins ...
The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
Nine Stories by J. D. Salinger
Pale Fire by Vladimir Nabokov
Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes
The Secret History by Donna Tartt
Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
A Personal Matter by Kenzaburo Oë
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
Black Hole by Charles Burns
Old School by Tobias Wolff
Rats Saw God by Rob Thomas
Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You by Peter Cameron
Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessl
We the Animals by Justin Torres
Vernon God Little by D. B. C. Pierre
King Dork by Frank Portman
Project X by Jim Shepard
A Model World and Other Stories by Michael Chabon
Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence by
Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A by Matthew Mitchell