Classic Tales


I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
Maya Angelou

This memoir of a youth is filled with disappointment and tragedy, but leads to hard-won independence.

Pride & Prejudice
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
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
Willa Cather

Jim, an orphan, and Antonia, the daughter of Bohemian immigrants, meet on a train headed to Nebraska.

Romeo & Juliet
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..."

The Mill on the Floss
George Eliot

A girl fights repressive social norms in early 19th century England so that she may be "true to herself."

John Hersey

Classic story of the atomic bomb and its aftermath as told by six survivors.

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty & the Beast
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
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
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
Sylvia Plath

A bright teen has a mental breakdown while serving as an intern in New York City.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Jules Verne

An amazing adventure under the sea led by the deranged Captain Nemo.

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