Recommended Reading List fiction – Young Adult Author

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Recommended Reading List
FICTION – Young Adult

Author Title

Brashares, Ann Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Burnford, Sheila The Incredible Journey

Collier & Collier My Brother Sam is Dead

Curtis, Paul The Watsons Go to Birmingham 1963

DiCamillo, Kate The Tiger Rising

Gipson, Fred Old Yeller

Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders

Lowry, Lois The Giver

A Summer to Die

Paulsen, Gary Hatchet

Brian’s Winter



Peck, Robert Newton A Day No Pigs Would Die

Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinan The Yearling

Sewall, Anna Black Beauty

Staples, Suzanne Fisher Shabanu


Berg, Elizabeth What We Keep (many other books by this author)

Blum, Jenna Those Who Save Us

Bohjalian, Chris Before You Know Kindness

Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451

Brooks, Geraldine March

Chevalier, Tracy Remarkable Creatures (many other books by this author)

DuMaurier, Daphne Rebecca

DeRosnay, Tatiana Sarah’s Key

Fergus, Jim One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd

Ford, Jamie Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

French, Tana In the Woods

Grisham, John A Time To Kill (many other books by this author)

Gruen, Sara Water for Elephants
Guterson, David Snow Falling on Cedars

Haddon, Mark The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
Hosseini, Khaled The Kite Runner*
“ “ A Thousand Splendid Suns
King, Stephen The Stand (many other books by this author)

Larsson, Stieg The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

London, Jack The Call of the Wild

White Fang

McLain, Paula The Paris Wife

Paton, Alan Cry, the Beloved Country

Patchett, Ann Run (many other books by this author)

Picoult, Jody My Sister’s Keeper (many other books by this author)
Poplam, Melissa Skywater

Sebold, Alice The Lovely Bones

Stein, Garth The Art of Racing in the Rain

Styron, William Sophie’s Choice

Talty, Stephen Black Irish: A Novel

Trumbo, Dalton Johnny Got His Gun

Vreeland, Susan Girl in Hyacinth Blue

Wilde, Oscar The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wilder, Thornton The Bridge at San Luis Rey

True Crime

Capote, Truman In Cold Blood*

Mailer, Norman The Executioner’s Song

Bugliosi, Vincent Helter Skelter

Larsen, Eric The Devil in the White City

Junger, Sebastian A Death in Belmont

Nonfiction, Biography, Memoir

Appelman-Jurman, Alicia Alicia: My Story

Baker, Russell Growing Up

Berendt, John Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

Bryson, Bill A Walk in the Woods

Buchignam, Walter Tell No One Who You Are

Frank, Anne The Diary of a Young Girl

Ehrenreich, Barbara Nickel and Dimed

Hautzig, Esther The Endless Steppe

Hillenbrand, Laura Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Hillenbrand, Laura Unbroken

Krakauer, John Into Thin Air

Kristof and Wudunn Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Levitin, Sonia Journey to America

McBride, James The Color of Water

McCourt, Frank Angela’s Ashes

Parrado, Nando Miracle in the Andes

Pausch, Randy The Last Lecture

Rawicz, Slavomir The Long Walk

Read, Piers Paul Alive!

Richter, Hans Peter Friedrich

Moehringer, J.R. The Tender Bar

Sebold, Alice Lucky

Swanson, James L. Manhunt: The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer

Walls, Jeannette The Glass Castle

Zailekas, Koren Smashed: The Story of A Drunken Girlhood

Recommended Films of 1930s – 1950s for Paper in Film Studies Class

Screwball Comedies (It Happened One Night) Film Noir (Double Indemnity)

The Thin Man Laura

His Girl Friday The Maltese Falcon

The Awful Truth Touch of Evil (1958)

The Philadelphia Story Gilda

The Lady Eve The Killers (1946)

Bringing Up Baby Out of the Past (1947)

My Man Godfrey The Asphalt Jungle (1949)

You Can’t Take it With You (1938) Mildred Pierce

Nothing Sacred

Holiday (1938)

The Lady Eve (1938)

The Palm Beach Story


Ball of Fire

You Can’t Take it with You (1938)

I Was a Male War Bride
Hitchcock/Suspense/Thrillers (Rebecca)

The Lady Vanishes (1936)


The Third Man (1949)

Strangers on a Train

Shadow of a Doubt

The Night of the Hunter(1955)

Laura (1944)

North by Northwest (1958)

Chaplin/Silent Films (City Lights)

Modern Times

The Kid

The Circus


The Battle over Citizen Kane


Drama (Casablanca or Rebecca)

The Heiress (1949) The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Johnny Belinda (1948)

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939) Gaslight (1944)

Mrs. Miniver (1941) The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

The African Queen (1951) The Letter (1940)

The Hunchback of Notre Dame(1939)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1949)

Key Largo (1948)

The Shop Around the Corner (1938)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1949)

Mildred Pierce (1945)
Directed by Elia Kazan
Splendor in the Grass (1961)

East of Eden (1955)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
Films about Social Problems (On the Waterfront)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1960)

Twelve Angry Men (1957

On the Beach (1961)
Directed by Billy Wilder (compare to Double Indemnity)

Some Like it Hot (1959)

Ace in the Hole (1952)

The Apartment (1960)

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Sabrina (1954)

Stalag 17 (1953)

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