History & Geography
A simple yet moving story of love and faithfulness and duty . . . concerning a hunch backed man, a young girl, and a snow goose . . . all climaxing at the Battle of Dunkirk. A perennial favorite since first published in 1940.
Readers / Literature
Multiple award-winner. A stunning tale of cultural pressures felt by a Cambodian girl who finds herself a refugee in late 20th Century United States.
How did Hitler get normal German citizens to do his evil will? The author interweaves the personal narratives of Helen Waterford, a German Jewish woman who got married only days after Hitler came to power in 1933, and Alfons Heck, 10 years old when he proudly joined the Hitler Youth in 1938.
An engaging modern-day Robinson Crusoe adventure: survival after a nuclear attack that destroys all civilization outside the confines of a small Florida town.
A bleak look at a utopian world in which human beings are made to love servitude and totalitarian government crafted by author Aldous Huxley.
Alfred Brooks, an inner-city high school dropout, learns, through the disciplines of boxing, what it takes to win the battles of life. Fascinating, moving, and--trade places--all too real!
The magnificent, deeply moving story of a dignified Zulu pastor and his son in mid-20th Century South Africa: a land driven by racial injustice. A classic work of love, hope, courage and endurance. Sad and intense.
A decade and a half after great treachery, the paths of the betrayed and the betrayer again cross. Includes a measure of mistaken identity, romance, and reconciliation. This version of the Tempest by William Shakespeare has modern English side-by-side with the original text.
Holling is a 7th-grade boy forced to spend Wednesday afternoons dissecting Shakespeare with his teacher who, he is certain, "hates his guts." You'll grow with him through the uproars of adolescence and 1960s culture, as Holling realizes that he can choose the life he wants. Glorious.
Tom, The Great Brain, puts his mind to use in creating all manner of hilarious mischief in a turn-of-the-century Utah town!
When a history teacher tests the power of peer pressure, his experiment gains frightening momentum beyond his control. Two students, Laurie and David, realize they must stop a dangerous movement before it's too late. Let this sobering drama, based on actual events, spark thoughtful discussion with your family.
The quintessential novel of "Roaring 20s" America.
This is "comfort food" in print! Hope and her aunt move from New York to Wisconsin to run a diner. The kind owner runs for mayor against the corrupt incumbent. Hope's positive determination will leave her mark on your heart.
Young Winston Carmichael and his handicapped younger sister have been virtual prisoners in their mansion since birth. Years before, their elder half sister, Caroline was kidnapped. Believed dead, she reappears right before the deadline to collect her inheritance ... or does she? Outstanding.
A foster girl learns what true love is and what it means to belong. Riveting. A book you'll read over and over.
Because of his accessibility and pleasing depictions of rural life, Frost is, perhaps, one of the most appealing of the 20th Century poets. Enjoy all of the master poet's best-loved works, and dozens more. This thorough Robert Frost anthology (over 100 poems) should be a home library essential.
Set in turn-of-the-century Congo, West Africa, Heart of Darkness is considered one of this century's literary masterpieces. This book by author Joseph Conrad is a study in human corruption and despair.
This book combines full-color reprints of famous American works of art (Harper, Pollock, Man Ray, Lichtenstein, O'Keeffe, and many more) accompanied by poems.
Kon-Tiki is the classic true tale of men against the sea and against scientific orthodoxy. This book discusses the Kon-Tiki expedition, upon which six young men proved that a prehistoric voyage from South America to Polynesia was possible — contrary to the predictions of scientists and scholars.
Classic Kafka book: the story of a young man who, transformed into a giant insect, becomes an object of disgrace to his family and an outsider in his own home. Asks what it means to be truly and fully human. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka is thought-provoking
Jerome Foxworthy tells the story of his friend, a white boy named Bix. Basketball--played straight or with fakes--becomes an allegory for life. Engrossing. Brilliantly written.
The famed Belgian detective Hercule Poirot is traveling on the unusually crowded Orient Express when a notorious gangster is found murdered.
A towering story of man against nature, victory in defeat. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway is haunting and deep.
Walk Two Moons by Sharon Creech is a deep, exquisitely-textured story, full of symbolism, about a 13-year-old girl, her parents and grandparents, and about relationships, living and dying. A story that will call forth tears.