Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Mark Twain
Mark Twain’s tale of a young boy’s journey on the Mississippi, and the people he meets on the way.
Alive – by Piers Paul Read
Two dozen rugby players must survive in the Andes mountains when their plane crashes.
All Quiet on the Western Front – by Erich Maria Remarque
This story of World War I ranks in the same class as Crane’s Red Badge of Courage in its
portrayal of both the horrors and ironies of war. It’s a powerful tale that forces its readers to contemplate the terrible price of conflict.
Among Grizzlies: Living With Wild Bears in Alaska – by Timothy Treadwell
The true accounts of the adventures of one man who visited Alaska several times over ten years and lived with bears. You are bound to learn a lot about these wonderful animals in this book.
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman – by Ernest Gaines
In this novel Ernest Gaines creates the character of 110-year-old Miss Jane Pittman, who shares recollections from the times of slavery to the 1960’s. This fascinating character teaches both history and compassion.
Beloved – by Toni Morrison
This story, part mystery, part romance, part history, part ghost story, will linger in your
memory long after summer is gone.
Between a Rock and a Hard Place – by Alden Carter
Mark and his diabetic cousin must survive in the wilderness.
The Catcher in the Rye – by J.D. Salinger
The classic coming-of-age story of an adolescent in 1950’s America. You will never forget Holden Caulfield!
Crime and Punishment – by Fyodor Dostoevsky
St. Petersburg student Raskolnikov becomes desperate and plans the “perfect” murder-but his conscience haunts him to the brink of madness.
The Crucible – by Arthur Miller
Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Frank
Anne Frank’s diary of her time in hiding from the Germans is a classic of hope in a world of despair.
The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood – by Rebecca Wells
Soon to be a movie, this sassy sisterhood will teach you how divine it is to have good friends!
Education of Little Tree – by Forrest Carter
An account of Cherokee life in the 1930’s.
The Endurance: Shackleton’s Legendary Antarctic Expedition – by Caroline Alexander
Follow Shackleton’s ill-fated expedition and its struggle for survival along the coast of Antarctica. Decide for yourself whether Shackleton was a tyrant or a masterful leader.
The French Lieutenant’s Woman – by John Fowles
Meet Sarah: a mysterious woman you will never forget. Fowles’ tale combines mystery, philosophy, romance and history in a can’t-put-it-down read.
A Gathering of Old Men – by Ernest Gaines
A book that explores the tragedies of racial tension and reveals the rewards of compassion and concern.
The Grapes of Wrath – by John Steinbeck
Steinbeck’s stark novel about a family’s migration from Oklahoma to California during the days of the dust bowl.
Henderson the Rain King – by Saul Bellow
Join this off-the-wall adventure in Bellow’s classic comedy.
The Hunt for Red October – by Tom Clancy
One of Clancy’s best- this fast-paced adventure centers on the search for the Soviet sub Red October. It will keep you on the edge of your seat!
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – by Maya Angelou
A novel of amazing proportions celebrating the strength of human spirit.
Into Thin Air – by Jon Krakauer
True accounting of a series of Mt. Everest expeditions that go awry in fickle weather.
Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Bronte
This story is about a whole lot more than the life of a governess. Jane Eyre remains one of the most important heroines in British literature.
The Joy Luck Club – by Amy Tan
Written from an interesting shifting narrative perspective, the story chronicles the cultural and generational differences in four Chinese-American families.
The Man Who Rode Sharks – by William R. Royal
Journey with Shandy, Jib, and Jackson as they search for buried treasure, avoid pirates, and survive being shipwrecked on the Florida Gulf Coast. This adventure is a great summer read!
The Merchant of Venice – by William Shakespeare
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil – by John Berendt
A murder mystery unfolds against the backdrop of colorful Savannah, Georgia.
Midsummer Night’s Dream – by William Shakespeare
Much Ado About Nothing – by William Shakespeare
The Night of the Grizzlies – by Jack Olsen
Accounting of fatal attacks in the national parks in 1968.
Othello – by William Shakespeare
The Perfect Storm – by Sebastian Younger
The true story of the fishing boat Andrea Gail caught in the middle of a huge storm off the coast of Maine in 1991.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower – by Stephen Chbosky
Meet main character Charlie, as he endures the agonies and rewards of growing up in he modern world.
Pride and Prejudice – by Jane Austen
The Red Badge of Courage – by Stephen Crane
Crane’s classic war novel examines important issues with the creation of his young hero, Henry Fleming.
Reservation Blues – by Sherman Alexie
Native American culture and rock ‘n roll – this unique novel is a great summer read!
The Return of the King – by J. R. R. Tolkien
Tolkien was a contemporary of C. S. Lewis and a lover of Norse and Icelandic myths. This novel is the conslusion of his epic story of Frodo Baggins and his journey to vanquish dark forces.
Robinson Crusoe – by Daniel Defoe
The classic shipwreck story, told in great detail.
The Shipping News – by Annie E. Proulx
Let the eccentric character Quoyle and his daughters capture your heart in this hilarious and endearing story about a family in Newfoundland.
The Story of My Life – by Helen Keller
The inspiring autobiography of Helen Keller, one of history’s most courageous women.
Teen Angst? Naaah . . . A Quasi-autobiography – by Ned Vizzini
A young man’s memories of what growing up is really like.
The Tempest – by William Shakespeare
Tomorrow: When the War Began – by John Marsden
Australian high school students return from a wilderness trip and find that everything at home has changed.
Twelfth Night – by William Shakespeare
Wide Sargasso Sea – by Jean Rhys
If you liked Jane Eyre, you should try this one. It’s a “prequel,” written long after the original, that gives the amazing story of the mysterious mad woman in the attic.
Wuthering Heights – by Emily Bronte
The romance to end all romances-Heathcliff and Cathy will hold you spellbound!