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The call of the wild Juvenile Book The call of the wild

London, Jack, 1876-1916.
J LONDON

The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.



Moby-Dick book Moby-Dick

Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.
FIC MELVILL

Moby-Dick is generally regarded as its author's masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. The basic plot of Moby-Dick is simple. The narrator (who asks to be called "Ishmael") tells of the last voyage of the ship Pequod out of New Bedford, Mass. Captain Ahab is obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale Moby-Dick, which finally kills him. On that level, the work is an intense, superbly authentic narrative. Its theme and central figure, however, are reminiscent of Job in his search for justice and of Oedipus in his search for truth. The novel's richly symbolic language and tragic hero are indicative of Melville's deeper concerns: the equivocal defeats and triumphs of the human spirit and its fusion of creative and murderous urges. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.



Gone with the wind. book Gone with the wind.

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.
FIC MITCHEL

A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.



Nineteen eighty-four book Nineteen eighty-four

Orwell, George, 1903-1950.
FIC ORWELL

While the totalitarianism that provoked George Orwell into writing 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' seems to be passing into oblivion, his harrowing, cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate, and its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade.



The yearling Juvenile Book The yearling

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan, 1896-1953.
J RAWLING

A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raisesd as a pet.



All quiet on the western front book All quiet on the western front

Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.
FIC REMARQU

The timeless classic of World War I Germany that speaks to generation after generation



The light in the forest Juvenile Book The light in the forest

Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968.
J RICHTER

When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven years later his tribe, the Lenni Lenape, has signed a treaty with the white men and agreed to return their captives, including fifteen-year-old True Son. Now he must go back to the family he has forgotten, whose language is no longer his, and whose ways of dress and behavior are as strange to him as the ways of the forest are to them. A beautifully written, sensitively told story of a white boy brought up by Indians, The Light in the Forest is a beloved American classic.



Shane book Shane

Schaefer, Jack, 1907-1991.
FIC SCHAEFE

In the summer of 1889, a mysterious and charismatic man rides into a small Wyoming valley, where he joins homesteaders who take a stand against a bullying cattle rancher, and where he changes the lives of a young boy and his parents.



Frankenstein, or, The modern prometheus book Frankenstein, or, The modern prometheus

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.
FIC SHELLEY

At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.



The Grapes of wrath book The Grapes of wrath

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.
FIC STEINBE

Novel about the plight of American farmers who were forced off their farms by drought and foreclosure during the 1930's.



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