I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
This memoir of a youth is filled with disappointment and tragedy, but leads to hard-won independence.
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Fiercely independent Elizabeth engages in a battle of wits with stubborn Mr. Darcy in 19th century England. Will she ever find love?
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Bronte tells the story of Heathcliff and Catherine, a pair of star-crossed lovers whose all-encompassing love is continually thwarted.
My Antonia by Willa Cather
Jim, an orphan, and Antonia, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants, meet on a train headed to Nebraska.
Romeo and Juliet by Bruce Coville
Bruce Coville captures in prose the classic tale of star-crossed lovers with phrases such as, “the barest hint of moonlight dusted Verona’s streets…”
Mill on the Floss by George Eliot
A girl fights repressive social norms in early 19th century England so that she may be “true to herself.”
Hiroshima by John Hersey
Classic story of the atomic bomb and its aftermath as told by six survivors.
Mary Reilly by Valerie Martin
Housemaid Mary is intrigued by the mysterious Dr. Jekyll and his late night outings in Victorian London.
Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley
Beauty is not the most attractive of her sisters, but she takes pride in her competence which proves essential when her family must move to the country.
White Fang by Jack London
Set in the frozen north during Gold Rush days, White Fang tells the story of a young wolf and how his encounters with humans change him.
Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
You may have seen the movie, but the book is even better. Rhett and Scarlet take us from the rolling hills to the burning fields and cities of the American South during the War Between the States.
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
A bright teen has a mental breakdown while serving as an intern in New York City.
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
An amazing adventure under the sea led by the deranged Captain Nemo.