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100+ Great Books to Read in Our Library

HF- Historical Fiction

  • Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry..and the whole Trilogy by Mildred D. Taylor, HF

  • Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryric Brink, HF

  • The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare, HF

  • My Antonia by Willa Cather, HF
  • Midwife’s Apprentice by Karen Cushman, HF
  • Dragonwings by Laurence Yep, HF
  • Homesickness by Jean Fritz *She went to SAS, HF
  • Little Women or Little Men by Louisa May Alcott, HF
  • Long Way from Chicago by Richard Peck, HF
  • Out of the Dust by Karen Hesse, HF
  • Legend of the Wandering King by Laura Gallego Garcia, HF, F
  • Best Bad Luck I Ever Had by Kristin Levine, HF
  • Sounder by William Armstrong, HF
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls, HF
  • The Door in the Wall by MarGuerite De AAngelina, HF
  • The Black Stallion by Walter Farley, HF
  • King of the Wind by Marguerite Henry, HF
  • Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, ADV, HF
  • The Secret Garden by Frances Hodges Burnett, HF

  • Year of the Impossible Goodbyes by Sook Nyul Choi, HF

  • Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane, HF

  • The Watsons Go to Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis, HF
  • The House of Sixty Fathers by Meindert Dejong, HF
  • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, MYS, HF
  • A Girl Named Disaster by Nancy Farmer, HF
  • The Slave Dancer by Paula Fox, HF

  • Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos, HF

  • Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George, HF
  • Lily’s Crossing by Patricia Riley Giff, HF
  • The House of Dies Drear by Virginia Hamilton, HF

  • The Stone Goddess by Minfong Ho, HF

  • Jason’s Gold by Will Hobbs, HF
  • Turtle in Paradise by Jennifer L. Holm, HF
  • My Louisiana Sky by Kimberly Willis Holt, HF
  • When Zachary Beaver Comes To Town by Kimberly Willis Holt, HF
  • Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson, HF
  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, HF, ADV

  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, F, HF

  • The Wreckers by Iain Lawrence, HF

  • Dave At Night by Gail Carson Levine, HF

  • The Art of Keeping Cool by Janet Taylor Lisle, HF
  • Number the Stars by Lois Lowry, HF
  • Gold Dust by Chris Lynch, HF
  • Heroes Don’t Run by Harry Mazer, HF
  • Beware Princess Elizabeth by Caroline Meyer, MYS, HF
  • Petey by Ben Mikaelsen, HF
  • Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery, HF
  • Shizuko’s Daughter by Kyoko Mori, HF
  • The Black Pearl by Scott o’Dell, HF

  • When My Name Was Keoko by Linda Sue Park, HF

  • Single Shard by Linda Sue Park, HF
  • Bread and Roses, Too by Katherine Paterson, HF
  • Lydie by Katherine Paterson, HF
  • Jip, His Story by Katherine Paterson, HF
  • A Year Down Yonder and Fair Weather by Richard Peck, HF
  • Riding the Flume by Patricia Curtis Pfitsch, HF
  • Mine Eyes Have Seen by Ann Rinaldi, HF
  • Yellow Star by Jennifer Roy, HF
  • The Dreamer by Pam Munoz Ryan, HF
  • The Cay by Theodore Taylor, HF
  • Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt, HF
  • Homeless Bird by Gloria Whelan, HF
  • Jesse by Gary Soto, HF
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell, HF
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck, HF

  • Moon Over Manifest by Clare Vanderpool, HF

  • Chu Ju’s House By Gloria Whelan, HF

  • Listening for Lions by Gloria Whelan, HF
  • Belle Prater’s Boy by Ruth White, HF
  • Hiroshima by Laurence Yep, HF
  • The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen, HF

SF-Science Fiction

  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne, SF

  • Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, SF

NF-Non-Fiction

  • The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba-NF

  • The Great Fire by Jim Murphy* NF

  • Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong NF

RF-Realistic Fiction

  • Homecoming by Cynthia Voigt, RF
  • Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Patterson *ever book-note-She went to SAS, RF
  • Summer of the Swans by Betsy Byars, RF

  • The Report Card by Andrew Clements, RF

  • Crazy Lady by Jane Leslie Conly, RF
  • Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech, RF
  • Seedfolks by Paul Fleischman, RF

  • Joey Pigza Swallows The Key by Jack Gantos, RF

  • View From Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg, RF

  • No More Dead Dogs by Gordon Korman, RF
  • Saffy’s Angel by Hilary McKay, RF

  • Monster by Walter Dean Myers, RF

  • Freak the Mighty by Rodman Philbrick, RF

  • Loser by Jerry Spinelli, RF

  • Star Girl by Jerry Spinelli, RF

  • Survivng the Applewhites by Stephanie S. Tolan, RF

  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen, RF

  • So B. It by Sarah Weeks, RF

  • After Tupac & D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson, RF

MYS-Mystery

  • Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, MYS

  • Beware Princess Elizabeth by Caroline Meyer, MYS, HF

  • The Inventions of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick, MYS

F-Fantasy

  • Through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll, F
  • The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis, F
  • The Complete Grimm’s Fairytales - FA
  • Legend of the Wandering King by Laura Gallego Garcia, HF, F

  • Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin, F

  • Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Anderson, F

  • Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt, F
  • Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl, F

  • Shadow Spinner by Susan Fletcher, F

  • Inkheart by Cornelia Funke, F

  • Just Ella by Margaret Peterson Haddix, F

  • The Underneath by Kathi Appelt, F

  • Martin the Warrior by Brian Jacques, F

  • Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, F, HF

  • A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, F

  • Eragon Christopher Paolini, F

  • Wild Magic by Tamora Pierce, F

  • The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman, F

  • Bella at Midnight by Diane Stanley, F

  • The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner, F

ADV-Adventure-Survival

  • Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, ADV
  • My Side of  the Mountain by Jean Craighead George, ADV

  • Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, ADV, HF

  • Hoot by Carl Hiaasen, ADV

  • Journey to the River Sea by Eva Ibbotson, HF, ADV

  • The White Giraffe by Lauren St. John, ADV

  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stephenson, ADV

  • Swiss Family Robinson by Johann Wyss, ADV

  • Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe, ADV

 

Poetry

  • Poetry by Robert Frost
  • Poetry by Emily Dickinson
  • Poetry by Edgar Allan Poe

Other Great Reads

  • Island of the Blue Dolphins, by Scott O’Dell
  • Countdown, by Deborah Wiles
  • Arm of the Starfish, by Madeline L’Engle
  • Earthling!, by Mark Fearing (graphic novel)
  • The Creature from the 7th Grade, by Bob Balaban
  • Two or Three Things I Forgot To Tell You, by Joyce Carol Oates
  • Before You Go, by James Preller
  • Drama, by Raina Telgemeier (graphic novel)
  • Planet Tad, by Tim Carvell
  • Never Fall Down, by Patricia McCormick
  • The Grils of No Return, by Erin Saklin
  • The List, by Siobhan Vivian
  • BOY21 by Matthew Quick
  • Epic Fail, by Claire LaZebnik
  • Falling for Hamlet, by Michelle Ray
  • Benjamin Zephaniah – Face
  • Morris Gleitzman – Once/ Then/ Now
  • Chinese Cinderella – Adeline Yen mah
  • Roll of Thunder Hear my Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  • Patrick Ness – anything/ Chaos Walking trilogy
  • The Other Side of Truth by Beverly Naidoo