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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Y Fiction Twain
Join Huck and Jim as their boyhood adventures along the Mississippi River lead them into a world of excitement, danger and self-discovery.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyerby Mark Twain, Y Fiction Twain
Mark Twain's tale of boyhood adventure brings to life an array of irresistible characters--the awesomely self-confident Tom, his best buddy Huck Finn, indulgent Aunt Polly, and the lovely, beguiling Becky--as well as such unforgettable incidents as whitewashing a fence, swearing an oath in blood, and getting lost in a dark and labyrinthine cave.

The Complete Works of Lewis Carroll by Lewis Carroll, Y Fiction Dodgson
Alice follows a White Rabbit through a very small door and enters Wonderland, where she has many unusual adventures. Other works included.

The Catcher in the Ryeby J. D. Salinger, Y Fiction Salinger
Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he's been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies, capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation.

The Chocolate War by Robert Cormier, Y Fiction Cormier, Y Books on CD Cormier
A high school student is first a hero and then a victim in this novel of intimidation and the misuse of power.

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C. S. Lewis, Y Fiction Lewis
Four English schoolchildren find their way through the back of a wardrobe into the magic land of Narnia and assist its ruler, the golden lion Aslan, to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court by Mark Y, Y Fiction Twain
 An American engineer is rendered unconscious by an accidentally dropped wrench, and awakens, to his bewilderment, 1400 years back in time in the land ruled by the great King Arthur.

The Fellowship of the Ringby J. R. R. Tolkien, Y Fiction Tolkien, Y Paperback Tolkien, Y Books on CD Tolkien
This first volume of the Lord of the Rings trilogy tells of the fateful power of the One ring. All the members of the fellowship, hobbits, elves and wizards, are plunged into a clash between good and evil. The trilogy continues in Tolkien's The Two Towers and The Return of the King.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Y Book on Tape Shelley
A monster assembled by a scientist from parts of dead bodies develops a mind of his own as he learns to loathe himself and hate his creator.

The Giver by Lois Lowry, Y Fiction Lowry, Y Books on Tape Lowry
Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

The Hobbit; Or There and Back Againby J. R. R. Tolkien, Y Fiction Tolkien
Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to take part in an adventure from which he may never return.

The Hound of the Baskervillesby Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Y Fiction Doyle
When Sir Charles Baskerville is found mysteriously dead in the grounds of Baskerville Hall, everyone remembers the legend of the monstrous creature that haunts the moor. The greatest detective in the world, Sherlock Holmes knows there must be a more rational explanation.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Y Fiction Bronte, Y Books on Tape Bronte
Jane Eyre, a mistreated orphan, learns to survive by relying on her independence and intelligence.

Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, Y Fiction Melville
Consumed by an insane rage, Captain Ahab has but one purpose in life-- revenge on the great white whale who maimed and disfigured him.

Of Mice and Menby John Steinbeck, Y Fiction Steinbeck, Y Books on CD Steinbeck
In depression-era California, two migrant workers dream of better days on a spread of their own until an act of unintentional violence leads to tragic consequences.

Oliver Twistby Charles Dickens, Y Books on Tape Dickens
After being apprenticed to a miserly undertaker, Oliver runs away, only to fall in with Artful Dodger, Fagin, and their gang of young thieves.

The Once and Future King by T. H. White, Y Fiction White
A magical epic of King Arthur and his shining Camelot: of Merlin and Owl and Guinevere; of beasts who talk and men who fly, of wizardry and war. It is the book of all things lost and wonderful and sad. It is the fantasy masterpiece by which all others are judged.

The Outsidersby S. E. Hinton, Y Fiction Hinton, Y Books on CD Hinton, Y Books on Tape Hinton
A story about the struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society.

The Phantom of the Operaby Gaston Leroux, Y Fiction Leroux
After the breathtaking performance of the lovely Christine Daae and her sudden disappearance, the old legend of the "opera ghost" becomes a horrifying reality as the ghost strikes out with increasing frequency and violence--always with the young singer at the center of his powerful obsession. Leroux has created a masterwork of love and murder--and a tragic figure who awakens our deepest and most forbidden fears.

The Pigman by Paul Zindel, Y Fiction Zindel
A moving story of two alienated young people and their encounter with a lonely old man with an awful secret.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Y Fiction Austen, Y Books on Tape Austen
The story of lively and rebellious Elizabeth, one of five unmarried daughters living in the countryside of 17th century England, in a world where an advantageous marriage is a woman's sole occupation.

The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, Y Fiction Crane, Y Books on Tape Crane
Crane tells the story of Henry Fleming and his initiation into manhood as a Union Army recruit during the Civil War.

Rebecca by Daphne Maurier, Fiction Du Maurier, Y Paperback Du Maurier, Y Books on Tape Du Maurier
A young bride is brought by her new husband to his manor house in England. There she finds that the memory of her husband's first wife haunts her, and she tries to discover the secret of that mysterious woman's death.

Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, Y Fiction Defoe, Y Books on Tape
Shipwreck survivor Robinson Crusoe risks his life to save a doomed local tribesman from certain death. Both men--each stranded and unable to return home--must cross an immense cultural divide to forge a friendship and survive against impossible odds.

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, Y Books on Tape Stevenson
Dr. Jekyll invents a drug that can change him into the ominous Mr. Hyde. His evil nature, however, becomes the stronger part of him and to his horror, he no longer needs the formula to transform his appearance.

The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White, Y Fiction White
The Sword And The Stone recreates, against the background of magnificent pageantry and dark magic that was medieval England, the education and training of young King Arthur, who was to become the greatest of Britain's legendary rulers. Growing up in a colorful world peopled by knights in armor and fair damsels, foul monsters and evil witches, young Arthur slowly learns the code of being a gentleman. Under the wise guidance of Merlin, the all-powerful magician for whom life progresses backwards, the king-to-be is trained in the gusty pursuits of falconry, jousting, hunting and sword play. He is even transformed by his remarkable old tutor into various animals, so that he may experience life from all points of view. In every conceivable and exciting way he is readied for the day when he, and he alone of all Englishmen, is destined to draw forth the marvelous sword from the magic stone and become the rightful King of' England.

The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas, Y Fiction Dumas
Based on actual events during the reign of Louis XIII, the Three Musketeers is perhaps the greatest "cloak and sword" story ever written.

The Time Machine by H. G. Wells, Y Fiction Wells
Desperate to alter the course of time, a visionary scientist invents a revolutionary machine that propels him 800,000 years into the future. There he discovers that humans have evolved into two groups: the hunters and the hunted. Now he must fight to save himself, and all of mankind, in a final, desperate battle.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Y Fiction Lee, Y Books on Tape Lee,
Lawyer Atticus Finch defends the real mockingbird of Harper Lee's classic, Puliter Prize-winning novel--a black man charged with the rape of a white woman. Through the eyes of Atticus's children, Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores with rich humor and unanswering honesty the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930's.

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson, Y Paperback Stevenson
While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, Y Books on Tape Verne
Captain Nemo guides the submarine Nautilus on a memorable voyage below the seven seas.

Uncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, Y Fiction Stowe
When Uncle Tom's Cabin was published in 1852, it became an international blockbuster, selling more than 300,000 copies in the United States alone in its first year. Progressive for her time, Harriet Beecher Stowe was one of the earliest writers to offer a shockingly realistic depiction of slavery. Her stirring indictment and portrait of human dignity in the most inhumane circumstances enlightened hundreds of thousands by revealing the human costs of slavery, which had until then been cloaked and justified by the racist misperceptions of the time.

Watership Downby Richard Adams, Y Fiction Adams
Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.

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