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Brave Story
by Miyuki Miyabe
The Brief and Frightening
Reign of Phil

by George Saunders
Blow-Up & other stories
by Julio Cortazar
Cronopios
and Famas

by Julio Cortazar
I Am Scout
by Charles
J. Shields
Noisy Outlaws...
by various authors

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Do Androids Dream
of Electric Sheep?

by Philip K. Dick
Watchmen
by Alan Moore
Fahrenheit 451
by Ray Bradbury
Summerland
by Michael Chabon
Armored Hearts
by David Bottoms
47
by Walter Mosley



AWARD WINNING BOOKS
  • A Wreath for Emmett Till, by Marilyn Nelson
  • Airborn, by Kenneth Oppel
  • Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy, by Gary D. Schmidt
  • The First Part Last, by Angela Johnson
  • A Northern Light, by Jennifer Donnelly
  • The House of the Scorpion, by Nancy Farmer
  • Hole in My Life, by Jack Gantos
  • The Ropemaker, by Peter Dickinson
  • Angus, Thongs, and Full Frontal Snogging: Confessions of Georgia Nicolson, by Louise Rennison
  • Monster, by Walter Dean Myers
  • Speak, by Laurie Halse Anderson
  • The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak
  • The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, Traitor the State, Vol. 1: The Pox Party by M.T. Anderson
  • Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

GENERAL FICTION
  • Watership Down by Richard Adams
  • Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  • Before We Were Free by Julia Alvarez
  • The Illustrated Man, The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury
  • The Tequila Worm by Viola Canales
  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros
  • The Black Canary by Jane Louise Curry
  • Any Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • The Mirror of Fire and Dreaming by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  • The Battle of Jericho by Sharon Draper
  • Copper Sun by Sharon Draper
  • El Lector by William Durbin
  • Of Sound Mind by Jean Ferris
  • Money Hungry by Sharon Flake
  • Begging for Change by Sharon Flake
  • Inkheart, Inkspell, The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke
  • Princess Academy by Shannon Hale
  • Quest for a Maid by Frances Mary Hendry
  • Dune by Frank Herbert
  • All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot
  • Redwall series by Brian Jacques
  • Breaking Through by Francisco Jimenez
  • The Phantom Tollboothby Norton Juster
  • Kira-Kira by Cynthia Kadohata
  • Kiss the Dust by Elizabeth Laird
  • A Wrinkle in Time or any of the Austin series by Madeleine L’Engle
  • Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  • The Kite Rider: A Novel by Geraldine McCaughrean
  • Spirits of the High Mesa by Floyd Martinez
  • Parrot in the Oven by Victor Martinez
  • The Tree Girl by Ben Mikaelsen
  • Miss Spitfire: Reaching Helen Keller by Sarah Elizabeth Miller
  • Harlem Summer by Walter Dean Myers
  • The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
  • His Dark Materials trilogy by Philip Pullman
  • Singing Hands by Delia Ray
  • What the Moon Saw: A Novel by Laura Resau
  • Esperanza Rising, by Pamela Munoz Ryan
  • Shiva’s Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred Taylor
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The Time Machine by H.G. Wells
  • The Once and Future King by T.H. White
  • Seeing Emily by Joyce Lee Wong

LITERARY CLASSICS / HIGH SCHOOL REQUIRED READING
  • 1984 by George Orwell
  • Animal Farm by George Orwell
  • The Call of the Wild by Jack London
  • Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  • Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
  • Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
  • Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
  • Lord of the Flies by William Golding
  • Night by Elie Weisel
  • Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
  • Julius Caesa, by William Shakespeare
  • Macbeth by William Shakespeare
  • Hamlet by William Shakespeare
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
  • Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
  • Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
  • The Red Pony by John Steinbeck
  • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls
  • White Fang by Jack London
  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  • The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • The Iliad by Homer
  • The Odyssey by Homer
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo
  • Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  • Dracula by Bram Stoker
  • Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  • The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
  • Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn or Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  • 20,000 Leagues under the Sea or Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
  • The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
  • To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  • Pride and Prejudice, Emma, Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
  • Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie
  • Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  • Anything by Charles Dickens
  • Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Alice through the Looking Glass by Lewis Carroll

GRAPHIC NOVELS
  • Sticks and Stones by Peter Kuper
  • Persepolis I & Persepolis II by Marjane Satrapi
  • Maus I & Maus II by Art Spiegelman


NONFICTION
Social Science and Language
  • Witchhunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials, by Marc Aronson
  • 5000 Miles to Freedom: Ellen and William Craft’s Flight from Slavery, by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Fradin
  • Freedom Walkers: The Story of the Montgomery Bus Boycott, by Russell Freedman
  • Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground, by Joyce Hansen & Gary McGowan
  • War, Women, and the News: How Female Journalists won the Battle to Cover World War II, by Catherine Gourley
  • The Story of King Arthur, by Howard Pyle
  • Every Tongue Got to Confess: Negro Folk-Tales from the Gulf States, by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves: The Zero Tolerance Approach to Punctuation, by Lynn Truss

Science and Technology
  • Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions by Edwin A. Abbott
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson
  • Six Easy Pieces by Richard P. Feynman
  • Little People and a Lost World: An Anthropological Mystery by Linda Goldenberg
  • Silent Spring by Rachel Carson
  • Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat
  • Search for the Golden Moon Bear: Science and Adventure in the Asian Tropics by Sy Montgomery
  • An American Plague: The True and Terrifying Story of the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, Blizzard, or The Great Fire by Jim Murphy
  • Guinea Pig Scientists by Leslie Dendy and Mel Boring
  • The Hot Zone by
  • Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean
  • First on the Moon by Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Collins
  • Skyscraper by Lynn Curlee

Arts and Recreation
  • Art Against the Odds: From Slave Quilts to Prison Paintings by Susan Goldman Rubin
  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Seabiscuit by Laura Hillenbrand

Literature
  • What Have You Lost?, 19 Varieties of Gazelle, or This Same Sky by Naomi Shihab Nye
  • I Am the Darker Brother edited by Arnold Adoff
  • City of One : Young Writers Speak to The World edited by Collete deDonato
  • In the Mecca by Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Harlem Stomp: A Cultural History of the Harlem Renaissance, by Laba Carrick Hill
  • Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing UP Latino in the United States, edited by Lori M. Carlson
  • Tai Chi Morning: Snapshots of China by Nikki Grimes
  • A Thousand Peaks: Poems from China by Siyu Liu
  • Red Hot Salsa : Bilingual Poems On Being Young And Latino In The United States
  • The Miracle Worker by William Gibson
  • The Crucible by Arthur Miller
  • My Life and Hard Times by James Thurber

History and Geography
  • Mysteries of History by Robert Stewart
  • Open Your Eyes: Extraordinary Experiences in Faraway Places edited by Jill Davis
  • Curse of the Pharaohs: My Adventures with Mummies by Zahi Hawass
  • Kingdom of the Dead: Voyages through Time by Peter Ackroyd
  • Bodies from the Ash: Life and Death in Ancient Pompeii by James M. Deem
  • Dear Miss Breed: True Stories of the Japanese American Incarceration during World War II and the Librarian Who Made a Difference by Joanne Oppenheim
  • Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
  • Left for Dead: A Young Man’s Search for Justice for the USS Indianapolis by Pete Nelson
  • Black Potatoes: The Story of the Great Irish Famine, 1845-1850 or Hitler Youth by Susan Campbell Bartoletti
  • Chinese Cinderella by Adeline Yen Mah
  • Red Scarf Girl: A Memoir of the Cultural Revolution by Ji-Li Jiang
  • Secrets of a Civil War Submarine by Sally M. Walker
  • Days of Jubilee by Patricia and Frederick McKissack
  • Counting Coup: Becoming a Crow Chief on the Reservation and Beyond by Joseph Medicine Crow
  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee : An Indian history of the American West by Dee Alexander Brown
  • Ecology of a Cracker Childhood by Janisse Ray

Biographies
  • E.E. Cummings: A Poet’s Life by Catherine Reef
  • Sigmund Freud by Kathleen Krull
  • Iqbal Masih and the Crusaders against Child Slavery by Susan Kuklin
  • Our Elanor: A Scarpbook Look at Eleanor Roosevelt’s Remarkable Life by Candace Fleming