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Location Author Title
YA ALC/ YA BOCD ALC Alcott, Louisa May Little Women
The classic story of the March family whose 4 daughters are growing up in New England in the mid-1800s. There are numerous sequels, for example, Little Men and Jo's Boys. Annotation. Little Women is the heartwarming story of the March family that has thrilled generations of readers. It is the story of four sisters--Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth-- and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War.
YA AUS/YA BOCD AUS Austen, Jane Persuasion
persuasion Anne Elliot has only one regret: that she listened to her family and broke off her engagement to Captain Wentworth. He was poor, but they were in love -- and she didn't realize that love was enough. But Ann has a new chance: Captain Wentworth has returned from the Royal Navy. With everything stacked against her, can she overcome their heartbreak and persuade him to love her again?
YA AUS/YA BOCD AUS Austen, Jane Sense and Sensibility
sands Tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor and passionate Marianne, whose chances at marriage seem doomed by their family's sudden loss of fortune.
YA BRA/ YA BOCD BRA Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451
451 Guy Montag is a fireman. His job is to burn books, which are forbidden, being the source of all discord and unhappiness. Even so, Montag is unhappy; there is discord in his marriage. Are books hidden in his house? The Mechanical Hound of the Fire Department, armed with a lethal hypodermic, escorted by helicopters, is ready to track down those dissidents who defy society to preserve and read books.
YA BRO/YA BOCD BRO Bronte, Charlotte Jane Eyre
eyre Jane Eyre is the story of a love-deprived girl who becomes the governess of a young French girl at the Rochester estate. Jane's boss, Mr. Rochester is mysterious and reclusive. As romance develops between Jane and Rochester not all is as it seems. There are strange noises in the night and Jane believes a servant is trying to kill Rochester. Nothing at the Rochester estate is as she expects.
YA CON/YA BOCD CON Conrad, Joseph Heart of Darkness
heartdk Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the infamous ivory trader Kurtz. Traveling up river to the heart of the African continent, he gradually becomes obsessed by this enigmatic, wraith-like figure. Marlow's discovery of how Kurtz has gained his position of power over the local people involves him in a radical questioning, not only of his own nature and values, but those of Western civilization.
YA CRA/ YA BOCD CRA Crane, Stephen The Red Badge of Courage
redbadge The red badge of courage tells the story of Henry Fleming, a farm boy who sets out in search of glory by running away from home to join the Civil War, only to find himself running away from the battlefield in terror during the first skirmish. Mortified by his cowardice, Henry yearns for a wound which would legitimize his desertion of his company. When Henry is finally wounded, he finds himself feeling real anger for the very first time and is finally able to redeem himself.
YA FIT/ YA BOCD FIT Fitzgerald, F. Scott The Great Gatsby
gatsby Jay Gatsby is the man who has everything. But one thing will always be out of his reach. Everybody who is anybody is seen at his glittering parties. Day and night his Long Island mansion buzzes with bright young things drinking, dancing, and debating his mysterious character. For Gatsby, young, handsome, and fabulously rich, always seems alone in the crowd, watching and waiting, though no one knows what for. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life he is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.
YA FRA/YA BOCD FRA Frank, Anne Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition
annefrank The journal of a Jewish girl in her early teens describes both the joys and torments of daily life, as well as typical adolescent thoughts, throughout two years spent in hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of Holland.
YA GOL/YA BOCD GOL Golding, William Lord of the Flies
lordflies William Golding's classic novel of primitive savagery and survival is one of the most vividly realized and riveting works in modern fiction. The tale begins after a plane wreck deposits a group of English school boys, aged six to twelve on an isolated tropical island. Their struggle to survive and impose order quickly evolves from a battle against nature into a battle against their own primitive instincts. Golding's portrayal of the collapse of social order into chaos draws the fine line between innocence and savagery.
YA HAW/YA BOCD HAW Hawthorne, Nathaniel The Scarlet Letter
scarlet In early colonial Massachusetts, a young woman endures the consequences of her sin of adultery and spends the rest of her life in atonement.
YA HEL/YA BOCD HEL Heller, Joseph Catch-22
catch22 It is set in the closing months of World War II, in an American bomber squadron on a small island off Italy. Its hero is a bombardier named Yossarian, who is frantic and furious because thousands of people he hasn't even met keep trying to kill him. (He has decided to live forever even if he has to die in the attempt.)
YA HEM/YA BOCD HEM Hemingway, Ernest A Farewell to Arms
farewell A Farewell to Arms is the unforgettable story of an American ambulance driver on the Italian front and his passion for a beautiful English nurse. A frank portrayal of the love between Lieutenant Henry and Catherine Barkley, caught in the inexorable sweep of war, glows with an intensity unrivaled in modern literature, while descriptions of the German attack on Caporetto--of lines of fired men marching in the rain, hungry, weary, and demoralized--is one of the greatest moments in literary history.
YA HEM/YA BOCD HEM Hemingway, Ernest The Old Man and the Sea
oldman It is the story of an old Cuban fisherman and his supreme ordeal: a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream.
YA HIN/YA BOCD HIN Hinton, S.E. The Outsiders
outsiders The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their peers.
YA LEE/YA BOCD LEE Lee, Harper To Kill a Mockingbird
mockingbird A young girl growing up in an Alabama town in the 1930s learns of injustice and violence when her father, a widowed lawyer, defends a black man falsely accused of rape.
YA LON/YA BOCD LON London, Jack Call of the Wild

This is the story of Buck, A St Bernard/Scotch Shepherd cross who was kidnapped from his home and sold into the frozen lands of Alaska.

He was sold to pull the sleds, and developed a reputation as 'The Dog Who Could." but all the while, the Call of the Wild Lands and the wolves was growing in his heart and soul. Men had shown themselves to not be the true friends he had once thought them - aside from his current, beloved master.

Buck's education in the toughness and cunning needed to survive is an important and fascinating part of the story. When the time came to leave man's world and answer that call, Buck was ready for it.

YA MEL/YA BOCD MEL Melville, Herman Moby Dick
moby A young seaman joins the crew of the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.
YA ODE/YA BOCD ODE O’Dell, Scott The Black Pearl
blackpearl Ramon Salazar knows that someday he will become a partner with his father, pearling in the waters off Baja California. But at sixteen, he's more interested in pearling alone. Ramon wants to find the Pearl of Heaven, for with it comes untold riches. But what Ramon doesn't realize is that the pearl brings more than riches. It brings danger, jealousy and even death. He must ask himself: how much is the pearl really worth?
YA ORW/YA BOCD ORW Orwell, George 1984
84 A single man's determined battle against Big Brother and the forces of totalitarianism.
YA ORW/YA BOCD ORW Orwell, George Animal Farm
animalfarm When the animals at Manor Farm revolt against their master, Mr. Jones, their goal is to take over the farm and establish an ideal community based on hard work, honesty, and the equality of all animals. Guided by the memory of Old Major's utopian vision and the seven commandments, Animal Farm, as the animals have renamed it, briefly fulfills the ideal.
YA PAU/YA BOCD PAU Paulsen, Gary Hatchet
hatchet Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson is on his way to visit his father when the single-engine plane in which he is flying crashes. Suddenly, Brian finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but a tattered Windbreaker and the hatchet his mother gave him as a present -- and the dreadful secret that has been tearing him apart since his parent's divorce. But now Brian has no time for anger, self-pity, or despair -- it will take all his know-how and determination, and more courage than he knew he possessed, to survive.
YA PLA/YA BOCD PLA Plath, Sylvia The Bell Jar
belljar A semi-autobiographical account of Esther Greenwood, a talented writer who struggles for intimacy and meaning in her artist life.
YA POE/YA BOCD POE Poe, Edgar Allan Tales of Terror
poeterror With these stories, The Tell-Tale Heart, The Black Cat, The Cask of Amontillado, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Masque of the Red Death, The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, Hop Frog, The Fall of the House of Usher, and The Murders in the Rue Morgue, Poe's title of Master of Terror is solidified.
YA POT/YA BOCD POT Potok, Chaim The Chosen
chosen Following a baseball game that nearly became a religious war, two Jewish boys become friends. Danny comes from the strict Hasidic sect that keeps him bound in centuries of orthodoxy. Reuven is brought up by a father patently aware of the twentieth century. Everything tries to destroy their friendship, but they use honesty with each other as a shield and it proves an impenetrable protection.
YA RAW/YA BOCD RAW Rawls, Wilson Where the Red Fern Grows
redfern Billy and his precious coonhound pups romp relentlessly through the Ozarks, trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion. When the victory over the mountain lion turns to tragedy, Billy grieves, but learns the beautiful old Native American legend of the sacred red fern that grows over the graves of his dogs.
YA SHE/YA BOCD SHE Shelley, Mary Frankenstein
frankenstein The story of Dr. Frankenstein and the obsessive experiment that leads to the creation of a monstrous and deadly creature.
YA SMI/YA BOCD SMI Smith, Betty A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
brooklyn The story of the Nolan family, including daughter Francie, and life in the Williamsburg slums of Brooklyn during the early part of the 20th century.
YA SPE/YA BOCD SPE Speare, Elizabeth George The Witch of Blackbird Pond
blackbird Kit Tyler knew, as she gazed for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home would never be like the shimmering Caribbean islands she left behind. In the stern Puritan community of her relatives, she soon felt caged as well, and lonely. In the meadows, the only place where she could feel completely free, she meets another lone and mysterious figure, the old woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond. But when their friendship is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger as she herself is accused of witchcraft!
YA STE/YA BOCD STE Steinbeck, John Cannery Row
cannery In the din and stink that is Cannery Row, a colorful blend of misfits - gamblers, whores, drunks, bums and artists - survive side by side in a jumble of adventure and mischief. Lee Chong, the astute owner of the well-stocked grocery store, is also the proprietor of the Palace Flophouse that Mack and his troupe of good-natured 'boys' call home. Dora runs the brothel with clockwork efficiency and a generous heart, and Doc is the fount of all wisdom.
YA STE/YA BOCD STE Steinbeck, John Of Mice and Men
micemen George and Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields of California. They hope that one day they'll find a place of their own and live the American dream. Eventually they find work on a ranch, but their hopes are doomed as Lennie - struggling against extreme cruelty, misunderstanding and feelings of jealousy - becomes a victim of his own strength.
YA STE/YA BOCD STE Steinbeck, John Red Pony
redpony Raised on a ranch in northern California, Jody is well-schooled in the hard work and demands of a rancher's life. He is used to the way of horses, too; but nothing has prepared him for the special connection he will forge with Gabilan, the hot-tempered pony his father gives him. With Billy Buck, the hired hand, Jody tends and trains his horse, restlessly anticipating the moment he will sit high upon Gabilan's saddle. But when Gabilan falls ill, Jody discovers there are still lessons he must learn about the ways of nature and, particularly, the ways of man.
YA STE/YA BOCD STE Steinbeck, John Tortilla Flat
tortilla Danny is a paisano, descended from the original Spanish settlers who arrived in Monterey, California, centuries before. He values friendship above money and possessions, so when he suddenly inherits two houses, Danny is quick to offer shelter to his fellow gentlemen of the road. Together, their love of freedom and scorn for material things draws them into daring and often hilarious adventures. That is, until Danny, tiring of his new responsibilities, suddenly disappears.
YA STE/YA BOCD STE Stevenson, Robert Louis Treasure Island
treasureis While going through the possessions of a deceased guest who owed them money, the mistress of the inn and her son find a treasure map that leads them to a pirate's fortune.
YA TWA/YA BOCD TWA Twain, Mark The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
huckfinn A nineteenth-century boy, floating down the Mississippi River on a raft with a runaway slave, becomes involved with a feuding family, two scoundrels pretending to be royalty, and Tom Sawyer's aunt, who mistakes him for Tom.
YA VER/YA BOCD VER Verne, Jules 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
20000 A glorious mission to rid the seas of a monstrous creature becomes a terrifying nightmare when Professor Aronnax, Conseil and the harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard. For the frigate has struck bare metal: the huge marine animal which has haunted the waters is no living beast, but a spectacular man-made vessel, and the three men find themselves the helpless prisoners of Captain Nemo.
YA VER/YA BOCD VER Verne, Jules Journey to the Center of the Earth
center Professor Von Hardwigg and Harry discover the entrance to an ancient volcanic tunnel in Iceland. As they travel deep into the caverns they encounter a subterranean world that pre-existed man. It is an adventure as fascinating and strange as any explorer ever recorded. Finally, with their equipment lost and food running low they must face the consequences of a vital choice; attempt returning the the world above or explore even deeper mysteries in hopes of rescue.
YA WEL/YA BOC WEL Wells, H.G. The Time Machine
timemac In a future world, childlike people called Eloi live in ignorant bliss while the hideous and vicious Morlocks assume the industrial duties in subterranean caves. Into this world comes the Time Traveler--destined to become an alien on his own planet.

Last Updated: 5/26/2015