To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Lord of the Flies by William Golding
Merchant of Venice by Shakespeare
Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
When the Legends Die by Hal Borland
Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry
Obassan by Joy Kogawa
Cyrano De Bergerac by Edmund Rostand
Pygmalion by Bernard Shaw
How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accent by Julia Alvarex
Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Red Sky at Morning by Richard Bradford
Mists of Avalon by Marian Zimmer Bradley
Permanent Connections by Sue Ellen Bridgers
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons
Black Like Me by John Griffin
King Arthur, His Knights and Their Ladies by Johanna Johnston
You Can't Take it With You by George Kaufman
Le Morte de Arthur by Thomas Mallory
Truth Trap by Francine Miller
The Crossing by Gary Paulsen
Reviving Ophelia by Dr. Mary Pipher
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
Cannery Row by John Steinbeck
The Pearl by John Steinbeck
Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
Hollow Hills by Mary Steward
The Last Enchantment by Mary Stewart
Bless the Beasts and the Children by Glendon Swarthout
The Runner by Cynthia Voight
The Sword in the Stone by T.H. White
The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in the- Moon Marigolds by Paul Zindel
Author: Sherman Alexie
Title: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Description: Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot.
Author: Kenneth Oppel
Description: Matt Cruse, cabin boy on the great airship Aurora, is about to have an adventure beyond his wildest dreams.
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
Title: All Quiet on the Western Front
Description: Germany's Iron Youth, represented by Paul Baumer and his friends, begin the war as teenagers sure of the justice of their cause and the glory that will be theirs. When these young men are confronted with trench warfare, dying in hellish agony, Paul must face the reality in which he finds himself and prepare for the world to which he will return, irrevocably changed.
Author: Marina Tamar Budhos
Title: Ask Me No Questions
Description: Fourteen-year-old Nadira, her sister, and their parents leave Bangladesh for New York City, but the expiration of their visas and the events of September 11, 2001, bring frustration, sorrow, and terror for the whole family.
Author: Theodore Taylor
Title: Billy the Kid
Description: Young William Bonney is talked into committing his first train robbery, unaware that his cousin and best friend, Willie Monroe, is now sheriff of the nearest town, and that his fellow robbers are already wanted in four states.
Author: Margo Lanagan
Title: Black Juice
Description: Provides glimpses of the dark side of civilization and the beauty of the human spirit through ten short stories that explore significant moments in people's lives, events leading to them, and their consequences.
Author: Kathleen Krull
Title: The Book of Rock Stars: 24 Musical Icons That Shine Through History
Description: An illustrated collection of twenty mini-biographies of such rock music legends as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Bruce Springsteen, and Carlos Santana.
Author: Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
Title: Boy On the Lion Throne: The Childhood of the 14th Dalai Lama
Description: Follows the childhood of the 14th Dalai Lama from his simple life in a mountain village to the thousand-room Potala Palace and his perilous escape into exile.
Author: Dee Alexander Brown
Title: Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West
Description: A landmark book detailing how white settlers forced Native American tribes off the plains, often simply by killing them.
Author: Simon Singh
Title: The Code Book: How to Make It, Break It, Hack It, Crack It
Description: From Julius Caesar and his Caesar Cipher to the code used by Mary Queen of Scots to the use of the Enigma machine during the Second World War, Simon Singh follows the evolution of secret writing.
Author: Carolee Dean
Description: When fourteen-year-old Kenny Roy Willson discovers the power of poetry, he realizes that education will be his ticket out of Comfort, the small Texas town in which he has grown up.
Author: David Chotjewitz
Title: Daniel Half Human: and the Good Nazi
Description: Best friends Daniel and Armin find themselves separated by forces out of their control during Hitler's Germany of 1933.
Author: Willa Cather
Title: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Description: A novel taking place in the American Southwest, beginning in the 1850's and continuing through the end of the 19th Century. Two Catholic priests, Father Jean Latour and Father Joseph Vailant, are sent to New Mexico to bring Catholicism to the developing American territory.
Author: Victoria McKernan
Title: The Devil`s Paintbox
Description: In 1865, fifteen-year-old Aiden and his thirteen-year-old sister Maddy, penniless orphans, leave drought-stricken Kansas on a wagon train hoping for a better life in Seattle, but find there are still many hardships to be faced.
Author: Gabrielle Zevin
Description: After fifteen-year-old Liz Hall is hit by a taxi and killed, she finds herself in a place that is both like and unlike Earth, where she must adjust to her new status and figure out how to "live."
Author: Mary Hoffman
Title: The Falconer`s Knot: A Story of Friars, Flirtation and Foul Play
Description: Silvano and Chiara, teens sent to live in a friary and a nunnery in Renaissance Italy, are drawn to one another and dream of a future together, but when murders are committed in the friary, they must discover who is behind the crimes before they can realize their love.
Author: J.R.R. Tolkien
Title: The Fellowship of the Ring
Description: The first volume in the classic fantasy series, the Lord of the Rings, in which the quest to destroy the One Ring begins.
Title: The Fighting Ground
Description: Jonathan goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and discovers the real war is being fought within himself.
Author: Robin McKinley
Title: Fire: Tales of Elemental Spirits
Description: Five tales of creatures who live and die by fire from both the present day and the prehistoric past.
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Description: For this new historical novel, the acclaimed author of "Sacajawea" now turns his attention to the great Apache warrior and spiritual leader.
Author: Janet Tashjian
Title: The Gospel According to Larry
Description: To save the world and win beautiful Beth, Josh invents Larry, an anonymous teen prophet ranting against consumerism.
Author: Marc Gellman
Title: How Do You Spell God?: Answers to the Big Questions From Around the World
Description: With a refreshing combination of humor and sensitivity, a rabbi and a priest show us how Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and the other great religions teach us to live. This wise and thought-provoking book shows us that each religion has its own wisdom and its own wonderful stories.
Author: Dennis B. Fradin
Title: Ida B. Wells: Mother of the Civil Rights Movement
Description: The acclaimed civil rights leader Ida B. Wells (1862-1931) is brought vividly to life in this accessible and well-researched biography.
Author: Melissa Kantor
Title: If I Have a Wicked Stepmother, Where`s My Prince?
Description: When the father of high school sophomore, Lucy Norton, remarries, Lucy finds herself tormented by two bratty stepsisters and a wicked stepmother.
Author: Pete Hautman
Description: Doug and Andy are unlikely best friends--one a loner obsessed by his model trains, the other a popular student involved in football and theater--who grew up together and share a bond that nothing can sever.
Author: Erik Larson
Title: Isaac`s Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
Description: Narrative of the extreme hurricane that struck Galveston, Texas in 1900, leaving at least 8,000 dead in its wake.
Author: Janette Rallison
Title: It`s a Mall World After All
Description: While working at the mall, organizing a school fundraiser, and trying to prove that her best friend's boyfriend is seeing another girl, high-school student Charlotte's best intentions always seem to backfire.
Author: Wynton Marsalis
Title: Jazz A-B-Z
Description: Profiles twenty-six of the jazz greats of all time, from Count Basie to Louis Armstrong, through a review of their work, their life stories, and their greatest hits by one of today's top jazz performers.
Author: Joseph Bruchac
Title: Jim Thorpe: Original All-American
Description: Focusing on Jim Thorpe's years at Pennsylvania's Carlisle Indian School, this title brings his early athletic career to life, while also dispelling some myths about him and movingly depicting the Native American experience at the turn of the 20th century.
Author: K. L. Going
Title: King of the Screwups
Description: After getting in trouble yet again, popular high school senior Liam, who never seems to live up to his wealthy father's expectations, is sent to live in a trailer park with his gay "glam-rocker" uncle.
Author: David Okum
Title: Manga Fantasy Madness
Description: This guide for manga fans features more than 50 basic lessons for drawing warriors, wizards, and monsters, providing essential instructions and dynamic demonstrations using pencil, colored pencil, and markers.
Author: Russell Freedman
Title: Martha Graham: A Dancer`s Life
Description: A photo-biography of the American dancer, teacher, and choreographer who was born in Pittsburgh in 1895 and who became a leading figure in the world of modern dance.
Author: Norine Dresser
Title: Multicultural Manners: New Rules of Etiquette for a Changing Society
Description: This informative and entertaining book gives you the understanding you need, the perfect words to say, and the correct behavior to use in a wide range of cross-cultural situations.
Title: Night Is Gone, Day Is Still Coming: Stories and Poems by American Indian Teenagers and Young Adults
Description: This anthology of poetry, prose, and memoir gives voice to today's young American Indians, ages 11 to 22, from many nations across the country.
Author: Andrew C. Revkin
Title: The North Pole Was Here: Puzzles and Perils at the Top of the World
Description: An environmental reporter recounts his expedition to the North Pole where he followed oceanographers as they drilled through nine feet of ice to dive into the frigid waters and delved into the mysteries of climate modeling and global warming.
Author: Patricia McKillip
Title: Od Magic
Description: Possessing a unique talent for connecting with the agricultural environment, Brenden Vetch is hired as a gardener by the wizard Od, but Brenden's gifts could tip the balance of power in the Kingdom of Numis.
Author: Catherine Fisher
Title: The Oracle Betrayed
Description: After she is chosen to be "Bearer-of-the-god," Mirany questions the established order and sets out, along with a musician and a scribe, to find the legitimate heir of the religious leader known as the Archon.
Author: Elizabeth Marie Pope
Title: The Perilous Gard
Description: In 1558, while imprisoned at Elvenwood Hall, a remote castle in northern England, teenaged Kate Sutton finds mystery and romance.
Author: John Fleischman
Title: Phineas Gage: A Gruesome but True Story About Brain Science
Description: Gage, foreman of a railroad construction gang, survived an iron rod being blasted through his brain in 1848, and the subsequent study of him contributed to the modern understanding of the central nervous system.
Author: Jennifer Armstrong
Title: Photo By Brady: A Picture of the Civil War
Description: The story of the Civil War as seen through the lenses of the field photographers hired by Matthew Brady, who traveled with troops and made visual records of what they saw.
Author: Martin Sandler
Title: Photography: An Illustrated History
Description: Presents the history of photography from the daguerreotypes of the mid-1800s to its acceptance as an art form and more.
Author: Margarita Engle
Title: The Poet Slave of Cuba: A Biography of Juan Francisco Manzano
Description: Born a slave, raised by a woman not his mother, and denied an education, Juan overcame all the personal obstacles he faced as a child in order to reach freedom, pursue his natural talents, and become the celebrated poet he was destined to be.
Author: Philip Pullman
Title: The Ruby in the Smoke
Description: Sally Lockhart ventures into the shadowy underworld of Victorian London on the trail of a legendary ruby.
Author: Trudy Krisher
Title: Spite Fences
Description: As she struggles with her troubled relationship with her mother during the summer of 1960, a young girl is also drawn into the violence, hatred, and racial tension in her small Georgia town.
Author: Ibtisam Barakat
Title: Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood
Description: The author remembers her childhood in Ramallah and as a Palestinian refugee in the late 1960s.
Author: Rosemary Graham
Title: Thou Shalt Not Dump the Skater Dude and Other Commandments I Have Broken
Description: Having endured the vicious rumors spread by her professional-skateboarder ex-boyfriend, high school sophomore Kelsey Wilcox tries to salvage her reputation while attempting to earn a place on her high school newspaper.
Author: Ben Mikaelsen
Title: Touching Spirit Bear
Description: Juvenile delinquent Cole is sent to a remote Alaskan island where an encounter with a huge Spirit Bear changes his life.
Author: Bill Keller
Title: Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela
Description: The story of Nelson Mandela, who challenged apartheid in South Africa.
Author: Jean Ferris
Description: In 1839, Charlotte Brown is sold north to Kentucky, where she becomes a maid at Mammoth Cave Hotel, falls in love with one of the tour guides there, and gets involved in the Underground Railroad.
Title: The Wand in the Word: Conversations with Writers of Fantasy
Description: The editor asks thirteen noted fantasy authors--including Brian Jacques, Diana Wynne Jones, Garth Nix, and Terry Pratchett--about their pivotal life experiences, their literary influences and work routines, and their core beliefs about the place of fantasy in literature and in the lives of readers.
Author: Valerie Zenatti
Title: When I Was a Soldier: A Memoir
Description: Zenatti, first among her group of friends to be called for compulsory military service, chronicles two years of growing up in the Israeli army between 1988 and 1990.
Author: Marc Aronson
Title: Witch-hunt: Mysteries of the Salem Witch Trials
Description: Revisit a time of fear and half-truths to make up your own mind about what really happened in Salem Village.
Author: Diane Duane
Title: A Wizard Alone
Description: While Nita mourns her mother's death, teenage wizard Kit and his dog Ponch set out to find a young autistic boy who vanished in the middle of his Ordeal, pursued by the Lone Power.
Agee, James. A Death in the Family
The enchanted childhood summer of 1915 suddenly becomes a baffling experience for Rufus Follet when his father dies.
Bellow, Saul. The Adventures of Augie March
A modern Huckleberry Finn also rebels against society and its constricting influences. Compare and contrast this with Twain's classic.
Faulkner, William. The Sound and the Fury
Alluding to Shakespeare's lines in Macbeth, this complex book tells the bleak story of a Southern family from many viewpoints. Nobel Prize-winning American author.
Gibbons, Kay. Ellen Foster
Award-winning book. Casting an unflinching yet humorous eye on her situation, Ellen survives her mother's death, an abusive father, and uncaring relatives to find for herself a loving home and a new mama.
Gunther, John. Death Be Not Proud
This is the author's tribute to his son Johnny, who died at the age of 17 of a brain tumor.
Hemingway, Ernest. For Whom the Bell Tolls
A timeless epic of the Spanish Civil War, portraying every facet of human emotions. If you examine Picasso's Guernica, you'll find it was based on this Civil War.
Hemingway, Ernest. Men without Women
This is a collection of short stories about men alone; men hunting, fishing, developing father-son relationships. Understated, spare language.
Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany
In the summer of 1953, during a little league game, 11-year-old Owen Meany hits a foul ball that kills his best friend's mother. What happens to him after that fateful day makes this book extraordinary, terrifying, and unforgettable.
McCullers, Carson. Member of the Wedding
A young Southern Girl is determined to be the third party on a honeymoon, despite all advice.
Malumud, Bernard. The Natural
All he ever wanted was to be the best in the game of baseball
Salinger, J.D. Franny and Zooey
Written by the author of Catcher in the Rye, this novel shows kids pushed too hard by ambitious parents. Two siblings deal with the death of an older brother.
Twain, Mark. The Prince and the Pauper
Written by a favorite American author, this concerns a prince who changes place with a pauper. Anti-class conscious, in Twain's tradition.
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple
A black girl suffers brutal treatment at home and is sent off in marriage to a cruel man with children. She learns of possibilities from her sister and from a friend and becomes self-directed and happy.
Cather, Willa. My Antonia
At age fourteen, Antonia Shimerda arrives on the Nebraska frontier as part of a family of Bohemian immigrants. Broken by the rigors of prairie life, Antonia's father commits suicide, leaving his teenage daughter to take over the farm and coming baby. Her great spirit and unselfish nature carry Antonia through difficult times, untimately leading to a successful farm and a loving family of her own.
Clark, Walter. The Ox-Bow Incident
Novel about the lynching of three innocent men on the Western frontier.
Dana, Richard. Two Years Before the Mast
The narrative of the author's journey from Boston around the Cape Horn and his landing at a port on the western coast of the United States.
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man
A young African-American man seeking identity during his high school and college days, and later in New York's Harlem, relates his terrifying experiences.
Faulkner, William. The Bear
Ike McCaslin's hunting trips for the legendary bear, Old Ben, are played out against opposing ideas of corruption and innocence.
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. The Scarlet Letter
Hester, a married Puritan woman with an out-of-wedlock baby named Pearl, is publicly punished for adultery and ridiculed by Boston townspeople. Because she refuses to identify the baby's father, many complications follow.
Hemingway, Ernest. A Farewell to Arms
An American Nobel-prize author writes of an American ambulance driver and a British nurse based in Italy during World War I before the United States officially entered the war. It is a story of love and of war.
Lewis, Sinclair. Babbitt
A satire on the small-town American business man.
London, Jack. The Call of the Wild
Rugged, outdoor story of the sled dog Buck, who, mistreated by his master, breaks free to roam the Alaskan wilderness.
Mitchell, Margaret. Gone with the Wind
Set during the Civil War, this novel's heroine is Scarlett O'Hara, a wealthy Southerner. The war brings problems for Scarlett, and she learns to live with struggles of family, love, and survival as life continues in the South during and after the war.
Philbrick, Nathaniel. In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
In this just-published book, "this year's best historical thriller," you learn of what happens to the men on a just-sunk whaleship, the first Nantucket ship attacked and sunk by a whale. This historical incident from 1819 provided Melville's background for Moby Dick, and provides outstanding background for American History study. This is a page-turner.
Schaefer, Jack. Shane
A gunman helps the homesteaders break the power of the Wyoming cattlemen. An enduring tale of the old West about a boy's love for the man who taught him the meaning of courage and self-respect.
Sinclair, Upton. The Jungle
A muck-raking novel about the problems of industry in America after the turn of the century: reformist.
Steinbeck, John. The Grapes of Wrath
Famous novel of the migrant Joad family that leaves Oklahoma for California after the Dust Storms of the Depression make it impossible for them to continue on their land. Challenges they face as individuals and as a family make continuing on heroic.
Stowe, Harriet Beecher. Uncle Tom's Cabin
This is a classic novel about blacks in slavery before the Civil War and of their oppression. Loved by Abolitionists and those morally opposed to slavery. Sound background reading for English and History and for understanding a great American conflict.
Tarkington, Booth. Seventeen
High school love during the era of the Flappers
Wister, Owen. The Virginian
This is a classic Western that influenced other Westerns that followed. Written by a New Jersey writer.
Wright, Richard. Native Son
Bigger Thomas is a young African-American man in Chicago in the 1930's whose fury at and fear of the white world bring him increasing difficulties when he is accused of a crime in the white world.
Mystery and Suspense
Capote, Truman. In Cold Blood
Capote's famous "non-fiction novel" about killers in America. Beautiful writing style.
Gilstrap, John. Nathan's Run
Nathan is 12 and escapes from the juvenile detention center. He is on the run, and parents want to get him and kill him.
Grisham, John. The Pelican Brief
A young woman reads a legal brief. No one believes her about government conspiracy. Finally, she finds believers.
Grisham, John. The Street Lawyer
Successful lawyer helps people evicted from their buildings. This changes his outlook.
Fantasy and Science Fiction
Adams, Richard. Watership Down
This chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren where they can live in peace.
Asimov, Issac. Fantastic Voyage
A journey through the human body: good complement to scientific study of biophysical systems.
Card, Orson Scott. Ender's Game
A series book about kids who are bred and schooled for war. Set in the future.
Clarke, Arthur C. 2001: A Space Odyssey
A 1960's view of what the year 2001 would be like in space
Lubar, David. Hidden Talents
Five kids think they're going to reform school. This is actually a research facility, for the kids have unusual talents.
Lindbergh, Anne Morrow. Gift from the Sea
Mrs. Lindbergh contemplates various shells as she vacations at the beach, associating different shells with past, present, and future lifestyles and choices. She leaves the beach with deeper knowledge of herself and her relationships with others.
Dent, David J. In Search of Black America: Discovering the African-American Dream
Newly-published: The author, a professor of journalism at New York University, goes on the road to report how a range of black people are coping with America at the millenium. This book provides a modern perspective on The American Dream, a concept of crucial importance in both American Literature and American History.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Essays, First Series
Important in American literature and American thinking, Emerson wrote oft-quoted essays "Self-Reliance," " Compensation," "Love," "Friendship," and "Art" in this book of essays. Helpful for essay writing you will do in the future and for exploring the Movement of Transcendentalism.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo. Essays, Second Series
Emerson's important essays continued, including such favorites as "Character," "Gifts," and "Nature."
Jones, Steve. Darwin's Ghost: "The Origin of Species" Updated
Recently-published: Darwin's narrative rewritten and sometimes just repeated by a geneticist who examines the state of Darwinism in the light of scientific discovery since Darwin's time. He finds it healthy and happy. Excellent for biophysical science study and for comparison with the play Inherit the Wind.
Margolick, David. Strange Fruit: Billie Holiday, Café Society, and an Early Cry for Civil Rights.
Recently-published: The history of the anti-lynching song that became imprinted on the cultural consciousness through the performances of Billie Holiday. Great background for American history and American literature.
Nuland, Sherwin B. The Mysteries Within: A Surgeon Reflects on Medical Myths
Recently-published: A surgeon and scholar of medical history urbanely reviews the expansion of medical knowledge since Hippocrates, Galen, and Aristotle. His heroes are the experimental scientists of the 17th century. Excellent for biophysical science study.
Ridley, Matt. Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 Chapters
Recently- published: A nearly jargonless expedition around the three billion characters in 23 chromosomes that carry the genetic instructions for making human beings. Good connection to biophysical systems.
Thoreau, Henry David. Of Civil Disobedience
Essays reflect Thoreau's interest in disobeying "senseless" laws. Often-quoted in American life.
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden
An American classic about Thoreau's two year experiment living at Walden Pond, "away" from civilization, living simply, and dealing with life's essentials. Terrific for exploring Transcendentalism.
Thomas, Lewis. The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher
A classic scientific work on how a cell works when you breathe, eat, move. The notes of an optimistic scientist's view of a wide variety of subjects. Great tie-in to Biochemical Systems.
Biographies, Autobiographies, and Memoirs
Ambrose, Stephen E. Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West.
Lewis and Clark brave the wilds of North America in this vivid account of exploration and adventure. Fine background for American History and for understanding backdrop against which American Literature was written.
Carson, Kit. Kit Carson's Autobiography
This Western hero writes of his life.
Dillard, Annie. An American Childhood
Annie grows up in Pittsburgh and explores, seeks a life of awareness, her eyes wide open to experience. Outstanding writing of childhood and of learning.
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Written by Himself
Former slave and famed abolitionist Frederick Douglass describes the horrors of his enslavement and his eventual escape. Douglass educated himself, and promoted the Abolition of Slavery. Helpful background for both American Literature and American history.
Franklin, Benjamin. Autobiography
This is the often-quoted, epigraphic story of a famous American who showed the Protestant Ethic and yet had fun. Surprisingly engaging, humorous style. Helpful background for English and for history.
McKissack, Pat. Young, Black, and Determined: Lorraine Hansberry
The biography of Lorraine Hansberry, Black playwright who wrote the landmark play Raisin in the Sun, about an upwardly-mobile Black family in Chicago.
Robertson, James I. Stonewall Jackson: The Man, the Soldier, the Legend
Both the genius and the failings of this confederate Civil War general are chronicled in this meticulous account of his life. Connection with American history.
Sandburg, Carl. Abe Lincoln Grows Up
An award-winning biography of our heroic American President: good to connect with study of American History.
Sandburg, Carl. Abraham Lincoln: The War Years
Award-winning biography of Lincoln during the Civil War: good to connect with study of history.
Simpson, Brooks D. Ulysses S. Grant: Triumph Over Adversity, 1822-1865
Recently-published: Simpson explores, in this first of two projected volumes, a man dogged by failure, depression, and self-doubt, until, with the coming of war, he became a national hero and savior. Great to read for connection with American History.
Washington, Booker T. Up from Slavery
This is an autobiography of an American Black hero, who rose up from slavery and inspired others to do so as well. Helpful background for American history.
Wright, Richard. Black Boy
The author tells of his troubled youth in the Jim Crow South. He hated whites and refused to be suppressed by them.
Health: Physical and Mental
Burgess, Melvin. Smack
A story of heroin addiction
Guest, Judith. Ordinary People
The story of a youth's breakdown and recovery and the effect it has on his family.
Hanauer, Cathi. My Sister's Bones
Girl's sister returns from college and is anorexic.
McCormick, Patricia. Cut
A story of self-mutilation
Powell, Randy. Tribute to Another Dead Rock Star
The boy's mother, a rock star, OD'd and died. He must deal with his mother's fans and his mentally retarded half-brother.
Wieler, Diana. Bad Boy
AJ thought he knew his hockey teammate and best friend Tully well until he learned that Tully was gay.
Chase, Mary. Harvey
A quiet, gentle man has a six-foot tall imaginary rabbit as his friend. A humorous play, yet with wisdom about life. A Pulitzer Prize-winner.
Day, Clarence. Life with Father
A light-hearted look at family life in the early 1900's, when fathers ruled their families.
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun
The Youngers, an African-American family headed by Lena, the grandmother, gains an insurance check for the death of Lena's husband. They live in Chicago in the 1950's. This check proves divisive because family members have different plans for spending it.
Hellman, Lillian. The Little Foxes.
Members of the greedy and treacherous Hubbard family compete with each other for control of the mill that will bring them riches in the post-Civil War South. Famous American play.
Lawrence, Jerome; and Lee, Robert E. Inherit the Wind
This is the famous play of the Scopes trial about teaching evolution or creation in school. Science teacher is on trial. Good tie-in with American History, American Literature, and Science.
O'Neill, Eugene. Long Day's Journey into Night
Painful autobiographical play reveals the illusions and delusions of the Tyrone family. By America's only Nobel-Prize-winning dramatist.
Shakespeare, William. Antony and Cleopatra
Tragedy about one of the triumverate in Julius Caesar and the woman he loved. Outstanding for background knowledge and for understanding the psychology of the hero and the lover.
Simon, Neil. Lost in Yonkers
A humorous yet serious play about immigrants in New York's Yonkers and their life. Pulitzer Prize-winner.
Simon, Neil. The Odd Couple
This is the story of two men, foil characters, living together in Manhattan - and the humor that results from their different preferences and reactions.
Sondheim, Stephen; and Lapine, James. Sunday in the Park with George
Pulitzer Prize-winning play about artist George Seurat's life.
Uhry, Alfred. Driving Miss Daisy.
Over the years, the Southern and headstrong Miss Daisy and her black chauffeur Hoke develop a deep and abiding friendship.
cummings, e. e. 50 Poems
Writing in his inimitable style, without capital letters, with words run together or with letters separated, cummings explores life in a playful style that reflects his playful content: much about childhood, such as "in just-spring"
Frost, Robert. Collected Poems
Beautifully constructed poems of nature and of man living in nature are characteristic of Robert Frost, who wrote of his beloved New England. A favorite: "The Road Not Taken." A Pulitzer Prize winning writer and American Poet Laureate during the Kennedy administration.
Hughes, Langston. Lament for Dark People and Other Poems
Poems of the Negro during the Harlem Renaissance: conflicts, struggles, successes. His "A Raisin in the Sun" became a play by that name.
Masters, Edgar Lee. Spoon River Anthology
A favorite collection of poems, each told by a dead former resident of Spoon River and revealing his/ her life.
Robinson, Edward Arlington. Collected Poems
A writer of poems about people in his Midwestern town, Robinson is known for such favorite character studies as "Richard Cory," "Minniver Cheevy," and "Lucinda Matlock."
Sandburg, Carl. Complete Poems
The prairie poet and biographer of Lincoln wrote energetically about Chicago, using free verse.
Wheatley, Phillis. Poems on Various Subjects
Wheatley, who lived during the American Colonial Period and George Washington's administration, is the first black poet in America, who studied in England when her owner was traveling there. She is famous for an ode she wrote to George Washington.
Whitman, Walt. Leaves of Grass
This book of poetry is a national favorite. This celebrates all aspects of American people and life. Free verse.
Steinbeck, John. Travels with Charlie
Steinbeck travels America by car with his dog in the 1960's looking for the American Character.