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Great Expectations, Dickens

A young boy makes his way in the world through his benefactor's generosity, but learns that not all people are kind or giving.

The Hobbit, Tolkien

Bilbo Baggins learns that there is more inside him than he realized as he leads a company of dwarves on a question to reclaim their stolen treasure from a fire breathing dragon.

Cold Sassy Tree, Burns

A young boy comes of age following his grandmother's death.

A Tale of Two Cities, Dickens

The story of the French Revolution and the struggles for freedom and brotherhood.

The Lord of the Rings, Tolkien

Frodo continues the adventures begun by his famous relative Bilbo Baggins.

The Bean Trees, Kingsolver

In the prequel to Pigs in Heaven, Taylor Greer helps refugees find safe haven.

Pride and Prejudice (or any Jane Austen)

Austen's protagonists are young women who are trapped by the social rules of the day which limited their abilities to make their own way in the world.

Tom Sawyer

Conniving Tom Sawyer gets his friends to do his dirty work.

The Chosen, Potak

Two Jewish boys learn about each other's culture and about themselves.

Jane Eyre, Bronte

A young girl is sent by her aunt to live in a harsh boarding school where she must survive. She eventually becomes a teacher and falls in love with her pupil's guardian, though the way to true love is filled with obstacles.

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, Verne

Captain Nemo and his crew delve into the ocean depths, confronting "monsters" and difficulties.

A Member of the Wedding, McCullers

A young girl finds herself alone when her sister plans to be married.

Treasure Island, Stevenson Chronicles of Narnia, Lewis

These famous tales include the book The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe.

Ender's Game, Card

In a world decimated by alien attacks, the government trains young geniuses like Ender Wiggin in military strategy with increasingly complex computer games.

  Fahrenheit 451, Bradbury

Bradbury's famous book is about the value of books and ideas and what happens to society when they are destroyed.

  Farewell to Arms, Hemingway

World War I is the setting for this love story of an English nurse and a wounded American ambulance officer.