The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain
Young Huck grows up as he travels down the Mississippi River with his companion Jim, a runaway slave.
Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Alice falls into a rabbit hole and ends up in another world with peculiar laws of its own.
All Creatures Great and Small, James Herriot
Yorkshire's favorite veterinarian regales the reader
with funny and heartwarming tales of balky calves and pampered Pekingese
and their equally unique owners.
The Black Stallion, Walter Farley
This is the first in a wonderful series about a proud Arabian horse and the fillies and colts that he sires.
The Call of the Wild, Jack London
A striking and powerful tale of the savage lawlessness of man and beast.
The Count of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
The enduring French novel about false imprisonment, escape and revenge.
Emily of New Moon, L.M. Montgomery
In the spirit of Anne of Green Gables, Montgomery writes of the
adventures, trials and tribulations of an independent young woman.
The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
Life in China as revealed through the experiences of one peasant family.
The Jungle Book, Rudyard Kipling
Orphaned as a baby, Mowgli is raised by wolves and speaks the
language of the wild. Now he must face down a dreaded new enemy--man.
The Miracle Worker, William Gibson
The story of Annie Sullivan, the courageous young teacher who persevered in teaching Helen Keller to speak and to read Braille.
Old Yeller, Fred Gipson
A tale for dog-lovers about fourteen-year-old Travis and his
yellow dog Old Yeller who proves to be a match for thieving raccoons,
fighting bulls, grizzly bears, and mad wolves.
The Red Pony, John Steinbeck
A warm, moving story of a boy's love of horses.
The Swiss Family Robinson, Johann Wyss
The many adventures of a family shipwrecked on an uninhabited island in the Pacific.
Tales of Mystery and Imagination, Edgar Allan Poe (top)
The threat of evil is always present in Poe's stories.
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
A timeless novel of pirates and buried treasure.
The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth Grahame
A delightful fantasy for all ages about four animal friends who explore the English countryside.
The Yearling, Marjorie Rawlings
A sensitive story of a boy, his pet deer, and their life in the Florida wilderness in the 1870s.
At Risk, Alice Hoffman
When eleven-year-old Amanda is diagnosed with AIDS, she and her
family must face their own pain and the fears of those around them.
The Best Little Girl in the World, Steven Levenkron
The history of an obsessed, self-destructive young woman diagnosed with anorexia nervosa.
Bracken, Elizabeth Webster (top)
Jake Farrant, a famous London journalist, is stunned to learn
that he has only a few months to live. He retreats to an isolated
village and meets a mysterious boy named Bracken who teaches him to
appreciate and accept nature, life, and death.
Bridge to Terabithia, Katherine Paterson
A young girl makes a new friend and is confronted with love and
loss in this very realistic novel by a great contemporary author.
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, Paula Danziger
Marcy overcomes her shyness in order to organize a student protest on behalf of her suspended English teacher.
The Chocolate War, Robert Cormier
A powerful and suspenseful novel about high school politics, cruelty, and conformity.
The Education of Little Tree, Forrest Carter
The account of a six-year-old Cherokee boy who lives with his
grandparents in the Tennessee mountains during the Great Depression.
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Paul Zindel
How can Tillie concentrate on her science project while her
family life is spinning out of control? A play by the author of The
The Girl on the Outside, Mildred Walter
It is 1957 and the Supreme Court has ordered that schools be
desegregated. Two girls, one white and one black, are caught up in the
town's fury and are bound together by their courage and strength.
The Goats, Brock Cole
The victims of a vicious camp prank, two young teens learn personal and physical survival skills when deserted on an island.
A Hand Full of Stars, Rafik Schami (top)
Although his father has forced him to leave school, a Syrian
boy finds a way to become a journalist in spy-ridden Damascus where
speaking the truth is a dangerous business.
The Harmony Arms, Ron Koertge
Gabriel is not looking forward to living in California with his
teacher-writer father, but the apartment complex in which his father
lives turns out to be full of unusual characters.
I Heard the Owl Call My Name, Margaret Craven
A young priest, assigned to live and work among the Kwakiutl Indians, learns enough about life to accept his impending death.
It's Not the End of the World, Judy Blume
Sure, people get divorced, but it's different when they are your own parents: a novel about love and real life.
Izzy Willy Nilly, Cynthia Voigt
Izzy must reevaluate her friendships and life after losing her leg in a drunk-driving accident.
Jacob Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson
Louise deals with sibling rivalry: her sister Caroline is like a
Biblical Jacob who is favored and loved by everyone. Louise's struggle
to find her own identity causes her to choose a very different path from
that of her twin sister.
Locked in Time, Lois Duncan
Visiting her step-family for the first time, Nore at first ignores the hints that all might not be as it seems.
Make Lemonade, Virginia Euwer Wolff
A teenage single mom and her fourteen-year-old baby-sitter try
to cope with life's lemons in this tough, funny, and ultimately hopeful
Motown and Didi, Walter Dean Myers
Despite the difficulties of life in Harlem, Motown and Didi are drawn to each other and find hope for their futures.
The Moves Make the Man, Bruce Brooks
A moving, fast-paced novel about the perils and joys of teenage
friendship and survival; much of the action takes place on the
The Noonday Friends, Mary Stolz
Franny lives in New York City and dreams of being rich and
becoming a ballerina. She must take care of her little brother while her
mother works. She doesn't get to play after school. Will her noonday
friends be all she ever has?
The One-Eyed Cat, Paula Fox (top)
A riveting and simply written adventure of a minister's son who
sneaks a rifle out of the attic and shoots at something in the dark.
On My Honor, Marion Dane Bauer
When his best friend drowns while they are both swimming in a
treacherous river that they had promised never to go near, Joel is
devastated and terrified at having to tell their parents.
Rainbow Jordan, Alice Childress
Neglected by her young mother and placed in an "interim home," Rainbow feels the world is a hostile and uncaring place.
Remembering the Good Times, Richard Peck
Buck, Kate, and Trav have a special friendship that helps them
face the changes in their hometown. One of them has inner battles to
fight--some too big to handle.
A Ring of Endless Light, Madeleine L'Engle
Vicky Austin must come to terms with both her grandfather's
death and the increasing complexity of her own life in the summer before
her sixteenth birthday. A wonderful combination of L'Engle's poetic,
inspirational and realistic storytelling.
The Star Fisher,Laurence Yep
Joan Lee and her family are the first Chinese-Americans that
the small community of Clarksburg, West Virginia, has ever seen.
Prejudice and persecution make it difficult for the Lee family to pursue
the American Dream.
The Summer of the Swans, Betsy Byars
A confused, fourteen-year-old girl learns a valuable lesson when her retarded younger brother disappears one night.
Toning the Sweep, Angela Johnson
Get to know three generations of African-American women, each holding on to separate truths about life, death and themselves.
Waiting for the Rain, Sheila Gordon
Can the childhood friendship between Frikkie and Tengo survive apartheid in contemporary South Africa?
Walk Two Moons, Sharon Creech
This Newbury Award winner follows the mysterious, funny and
touching adventures of a thirteen-year-old girl on a cross-country trip
with her elderly grandparents.
Where the Lilies Bloom, Vera and Bill Cleaver
Mary Call, a spunky and surprising fourteen-year-old, vows to keep her orphaned family together.
A White Romance, Virginia Hamilton (top)
When her previously all-black school is integrated, Talley makes some new friends and embarks on a doomed romance.
Words by Heart, Ouida Sebestyen
An African-American girl's confrontation with fear and hatred.
Alan and Naomi, Myron Levoy
Alan's ordinary life changes as he struggles to help Naomi
recover from the horrors of the Holocaust; set in New York City in the
Caddie Woodlawn, Carol Brink
Caddie Woodlawn, knitting and cooking? Never! Exploring the
Wisconsin frontier in the 1800s with her new Native American friends
promises to be much more exciting.
Constance, Patricia Clapp
The fourteen-year-old girl standing on the deck of the
Mayflower in November 1620 was not looking forward to the life ahead. In
a journal, Constance Hopkins records her observations and feelings over
the course of six years, from the first dreadful winter when sickness
killed half of the settlers to the time of her marriage.
Davita's Harp, Chaim Potok
Growing up in Brooklyn during the 1930s, the daughter of
American Communists, Davita is confused by her parents' political
activities, which isolate her from her friends but give her the strength
to find her own way.
Gentlehands, M.E. Kerr
Could Buddy's beloved grandfather be a Nazi war criminal?
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson, Betty Bao Lord
A young Chinese girl finds that the world of baseball helps her adjust to her new home in America.
Island on Bird Street, Uri Orlev
Experience the terror of World War II through the eyes of Alex,
a courageous Jewish child who takes refuge, alone, in an abandoned
Lisa's War, Carol Matas
The Nazis have invaded Denmark and Lisa can't sit by doing nothing. Can one girl make a difference?
The Midwife's Apprentice, Karen Cushman
One cold morning in medieval England, a homeless and nameless
but determined girl finds her place in the world as the midwife's
My Name is Not Angelica, Scott O'Dell
Here is a compelling account of the great slave rebellion of
1733 on the island of St. John's, and of one young woman's suffering but
ultimate triumph of will.
No Promises in the Wind, Irene Hunt (top)
This is the unforgettable story of Josh, who grows up during the turbulent years of America's Great Depression.
The Return, Sonia Levitin
Seen from the viewpoint of a teenage girl, this is the story of
a group of African Jews who journey from Ethiopia to the Sudan to
Sarah Bishop, Scott O'Dell
Sarah Bishop, fifteen years old, tries to ignore the American
Revolution, but discovers that she is caught up in a conflict of
The Slave Dancer, Paula Fox
A spellbinding tale of young Jessie forced to play his fife on board a slave ship bound for America.
Sweet Grass, Jan Hudson
Can a fifteen-year-old member of the Blackfoot Tribe find the courage and the skill to save her people?
To Be a Slave, Julius Lester
Told by slaves themselves, this is the true story of slavery in
North America, from its African origins in the 1600s up to the time of
the American Civil War.
Tree of Freedom, Rebecca Caudill
A young girl moves to Kentucky from Carolina in the 1780s and experiences a new life full of promise as well as hardship.
The True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, Avi
Leaving England on the brig Seahawk to join her family in
America in 1832, Charlotte is a prim, dutiful young lady. What is it
that changes her so radically in just a few weeks at sea?
The Upstairs Room, Johanna Reiss
Annie and Sini, two Jewish girls, hide in a room of a small farmhouse after the Germans invade Holland during World War II.
The Witch of Blackbird Pond, Elizabeth Speare
Kit moves from the Caribbean to a stern Puritan community in
Connecticut where her unconventional ways bring an accusation of
Wolf by the Ears, Ann Rinaldi
Historical fiction about a young woman who was one of Thomas Jefferson's slaves and who may even have been his daughter.
Beauty, Robin McKinley (top)
"Beauty and the Beast" retold in a full-length novel rich in character and emotion.
The Book of Three, Lloyd Alexander
The first in a series of gripping fantasies about the adventures of Taran in the imaginary kingdom of Wales.
Dandelion Wine, Ray Bradbury
A magical coming-of-age novel about the freedoms of summers past.
The Dark Is Rising, Susan Cooper
The seventh son of a seventh son becomes, on his eleventh
birthday, an unknowing and unwilling participant in the eternal struggle
between good and evil.
Dragonflight, Anne McCaffrey
First in a series of fantastic adventures about the
dragonriders of Pern, human colonists who have long been out of contact
with earth, and the mind-reading dragons who carry them "in between."
The Giver, Lois Lowry
Jonas lives in a perfect society without pain or war. But when
The Giver chooses him for "Special Instructions," his life is changed
The Hobbit, J.R.R. Tolkien
Tolkien creates a fantasy world called Middle Earth populated
by small creatures known as Hobbits; prequel to Lord of the Rings
Indian in the Cupboard, Lynne Reid Banks
Omri's adventure begins when the plastic Indian he is given for his birthday comes alive.
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, C.S. Lewis
An extraordinary excursion into magical lands and enchanted happenings.
Redwall, Brian Jacques (top)
This is a tale of fantasy, adventure and romance in which the
heroes are the gentle mice of Mossflower Wood and the villains are Cluny
the Scourge and his battle-seasoned army of rats.
The Sword in the Stone, T.H. White
A brilliant storyteller recounts the early years and adventures of King Arthur.
Tuck Everlasting, Natalie Babbitt
An exciting and thought-provoking adventure of a young girl who
stumbles upon the Tuck family's home in the wilderness and learns their
strange and awesome secret.
Watership Down, Richard Adams
A group of enterprising rabbits sets out to find a new home.
Witches, Roald Dahl
Another humorous fantasy adventure by this popular English author.
A Wizard of Earthsea, Ursula Le Guin
The story of Ged, a boy with an unusual aptitude for wizardry; the first book of Le Guin's famous Earthsea trilogy.
Z for Zachariah, Robert C. O'Brien
Safe in her radiation-free valley after World War III, Ann
Burden thinks she is the last person in the world until the arrival of a
The Egypt Game, Zilpha Keatly Snyder
Several friends create their own Egyptian temple in a desolate yard, attracting a murderer's attention.
From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, E.L. Konigsburg (top)
Claudia and her brother run away from home and take up
residence in New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they must
solve a puzzling mystery of the art world.
The House of Dies Drear, Virginia Hamilton
The haunting story of thirteen-year-old Thomas Small and his
family who move into a mansion that was once the home of Dies Drear, a
murdered abolitionist, and subsequently a station on the underground
Killing Mr. Griffin, Lois Duncan
He gives the lowest grades. He demands the most work. He
refuses to turn his classes into a place where students have fun. Are
these grounds for murder?
The Silver Kiss, Annette Klaus
Zoe's loneliness and confusion over her mother's death are
mysteriously eased by a gentle vampire in this story that is at once a
mystery, a romance, and an exploration of the meaning of death.
Tell Me Everything, Carolyn Coman
Roz's mother dies trying to rescue Nate. Now Roz must find Nate
and find out what he knows before he disappears forever, like her
The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin
Can you discover who took Sam Westing's life? If you can beat
the other sixteen players in this play-along story, you could win $200
After the First Death, Robert Cormier
A busload of schoolchildren become the victims of a terrorist plot.
Alive, Piers Paul Read
A spellbinding and inspirational account of the survivors of a
1972 plane crash, who must go to extremes to survive in the snowbound
The Cay, Theodore Taylor (top)
A blind boy and an old black sailor are shipwrecked on a coral island.
Dry Tears, Nechama Tec
Forced to pass as Christians during the Holocaust, a desperate
family of Polish Jews finds both the best and the worst in the people
Fireweed, Jill Paton Walsh
A boy and a girl, both runaways, try to live independently in London during the bombings of World War II.
The Haymeadow, Gary Paulsen
Using his wits and determination, fourteen-year-old John Barron
survives rattlesnakes, coyote and bear attacks, and a flash flood
during the three months that he is responsible for tending his family's
six thousand sheep.
Incident at Hawk's Hill, Allan W. Eckert
A moving story of a boy's life in the wild; young Ben MacDonald is adopted by a badger when he wanders from his family's farm.
The Incredible Journey, Sheila Burnford
A cat and two dogs find their way home through the Canadian wilderness to the family they love.
Julie of the Wolves, Jean Craighead George
A young Inuit girl runs away from home and becomes lost in the
Arctic where she learns to survive by observing a pack of wolves.
Never Cry Wolf, Farley Mowat
The true story of a young scientist's incredible adventures with a family of wolves in the Canadian wilderness.
The Night Journey, Kathryn Lasky (top)
Rachel listens to her great-grandmother's tale of her family's escape from Russia.
Shabanu, Suzanne Fisher Staples
Growing up on the windswept Cholistan Desert of Pakistan, young
Shabanu has been allowed freedoms forbidden to most Muslim girls. Now
she must make a difficult decision: marry the man her father has chosen
for her, or bring dishonor to her family by striking out on her own.
The Sign of the Beaver, Elizabeth Speare
Thirteen-year-old Matt is left alone to guard his family's home
in the wilderness of Maine. It's the eighteenth century, and in order
to survive Matt has no choice but to trust his Native American
Walkabout, James Vance Marshall
A young girl and her brother learn to communicate with an
Aborigine youth in an effort to survive the wilderness of the Australian
When the Legends Die, Hal Borland
Extraordinary novel about a young boy left alone in the
wilderness after his parents' death, who resolves never to return to the
white man's world that had condemned his father.
Where the Red Fern Grows, Wilson Rawls
Billy and his two dogs, Old Dan and Little Ann, are a loving
threesome. They roam the dark hills and river bottoms of Cherokee
country as Billy trains his canine companions to be great coon dogs.
Boy, Roald Dahl
Funny and painful memories of growing up by the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and James and the Giant Peach.
Coming of Age in Mississippi, Anne Moody
The author describes her experiences growing up as an African-American in Mississippi.
The Endless Steppe: Growing Up in Siberia, Esther Hautzig (top)
A gripping account of a young girl and her family exiled to Siberia in 1941.
Eric, Doris Lund
A true story of a seventeen-year old boy who, afflicted with a terminal illness, lives life to the fullest.
Harriet Tubman: Conductor of the Underground Railroad, Ann Petry
After escaping slavery, Harriet Tubman returned to danger again and again as she led men and women north to freedom.
Homesick: My Own Story, Jean Fritz
Twelve-year-old Jean Guttery has lived her entire life in
China, but is homesick for America, a place she has never seen. When the
time comes for her family to make the long and perilous return journey
to the United States, Jean begins to wonder if she will ever belong
The Invisible Thread, Yoshiko Uchida
In a moving autobiography, Uchida describes growing up in
Berkeley, California, as a second-generation Japanese American, her
family's internment in a Utah concentration camp during World War II,
and her pride in her heritage.
Little by Little: A Writer's Education, Jean Little
Nearly blind from birth, Jean Little has led an extraordinary
life. Subjected to ridicule, rejection, and bullying, she had to
discover her own sources of strength.
My Dog Skip, Willie Morris
Willie Morris' boyhood reads like the further adventures of Tom
Sawyer as Willie and Skip spend their days chasing squirrels and their
nights taking little kids into graveyards and scaring them.
So Far from the Bamboo Grove, Yoko Kawahima Watkins
Young Yoko is a Japanese girl living in Northern Korea after
World War II. With the outbreak of the Korean War, she and her family
must make the long and dangerous journey home to Japan. Faced with
starvation, armed soldiers, and a hostile native population, Yoko learns
the true meaning of courage.
Albatross: The True Story of a Woman's Survival at Sea, Deborah Scaling Kiley
Numbing cold, monstrous waves, and sharks challenge five people
stranded in a tiny rubber dinghy in this incredible account by one of
Annie John, Jamaica Kincaid
This is the story of a young girl who grows up on the beautiful
and magical island of Antigua. But Annie John's story goes beyond a
typical adolescence; it is about the terrible struggle between Annie and
her mother and the even greater struggle Annie faces in trying to
discover who she really is.
Charms for the Easy Life, Kaye Gibbons
Set in the backwoods of North Carolina during wartime, this
compelling yet simply written novel takes the reader into the lives of a
grandmother, mother and granddaughter as they forge their way in a
world unused to such outspoken women.
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens (top)
What a gallery of characters stroll through these pages of a
young boy's growing up, setting the standard for so many
autobiographical novels that came after it.
Equal Rites, Terry Pratchett
The eighth son of an eighth son turns out to be a daughter, and
Discworld turns up with its first female wizard. This proves to be a
Good Thing, as both the world and magic itself are in trouble.
Good Moon Rising, Nancy Garden
A love story, a portrait of aspiring young actors involved in a
high school production of The Crucible, and an illustration of the
damaging effects of homophobia.
Haveli, Suzanne Fisher Staples
Haveli shows us the Pakistan of the upper class and the social
constraints that bind its women. Shabanu, an eighteen year old, has been
forced to marry a much older man. Separated from her family and living
on an estate in the city, Shabanu struggles to raise her daughter while
enduring torture at the hands of her husband's more cultured and
powerful wives. Eventually she is confronted by a major obstacle which
forces her to make an extremely difficult choice.
I Never Promised You a Rose Garden, Hannah Green (Joanne Greenberg)
Eloquent novel about the struggles of a sixteen-year-old girl
who retreats from reality to the horrors of an imaginary world, and of
the help she receives from a caring psychiatrist.
An Island Like You, Judith Ortiz Cofer
In this rich and poignant collection of coming of age stories,
Puerto Rican American teenagers in a New Jersey barrio experience the
difficulties and rewards of growing up between two cultures.
Kitchen, Banana Yoshimoto
Magical realism, humor, and an inside look at contemporary
Japanese culture combine to make these two novellas an unforgettable
experience. Yoshimoto handles issues of loss and the relationships
between women and men with warmth and wisdom.
A Night to Remember, Walter Lord
You have seen the film Titanic (how many times?) Now here's an
opportunity to read an historical account of this memorable disaster.
One More River, Lynne Reid Banks
The riveting story of a spoiled Canadian girl who grows into a
self-reliant young woman after her family emigrates to a kibbutz in
Rosie, Anne Lamott
Still recovering from the unexpected death of her husband,
Elizabeth Ferguson attempts, through a fog of alcohol, to raise her
precocious, stubborn daughter, Rosie. Lamott's characters are funny,
intelligent, introspective and interesting as they struggle to redefine
their relationships with each other and with themselves.
The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole, Age 133/4, Sue Townsend
Adrian Mole is a British teenager who adores his girlfriend
Pandora, befriends a lonely eccentric in his nineties, reads hard books,
and survives his parents' separation. Best of all, he has a great sense
of humor. Everyone loves this book!
Silver Pigs, Lindsey Davis
The first of a series of novels featuring Marcus Didius Falco, wisecracking private investigator, in Rome, A.D. 70.
Stand Before Your God, Paul Watkins
In this memoir about an American boy coming of age in British
boarding schools, Watkins vividly recreates the joy and pain of growing
up. Watkins' parents dropped him off at the age of six; he left at
nineteen, a changed person.
Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes, Chris Crutcher
Eric, a self-described fat kid, and Sarah, a girl with
disfiguring burn scars, are drawn together by the insensitivity both
face at the hands of their classmates. What happens to their friendship
when Eric loses weight and begins to explore the abuse behind Sarah's
The Sound of Waves, Yukio Mishima
Set in a Japanese fishing village, this is the