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Location

Author

Title

YA AUS/YA BOCD AUS

Austen, Jane

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

 

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 BRO/YA BOCD BRO

Bronte, Charlotte

Jane Eyre

 

An orphan girl who accepts employment as a governess finds herself involved in a family secret and in love with her employer.

YA CON/YA BOCD CON

Conrad, Joseph

Heart of Darkness

 

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 FRA/YA BOCD FRA

Frank, Anne

Diary of a Young Girl: The Definitive Edition

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 MEL/YA BOCD MEL

Melville, Herman

Moby Dick

 

A young seaman joins the crew of the fanatical Captain Ahab in pursuit of the white whale Moby Dick.

YA ORW/YA BOCD ORW

Orwell, George

1984

 

A single man's determined battle against Big Brother and the forces of totalitarianism.

YA ORW/YA BOCD ORW

Orwell, George

Animal Farm

 

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 PLA/YA BOCD PLA

Plath, Sylvia

The Bell Jar

 

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

 

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 SHE/YA BOCD SHE

Shelley, Mary

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

 

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 STE/YA BOCD STE

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Treasure Island

 

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

 

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 WEL/YA BOC WEL

Wells, H.G.

The Time Machine

 

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: 5/10/2012