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Lists of suggested titles to keep you reading all summer long.

100 Classic Literature Selections for ages 9-14

1.  Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – by Arthur Conan Doyle

2.  Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – by Mark Twain

3.  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer – by Mark Twain

4.  Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – by Lewis Carroll

5.  And Then There Were None – by Agatha Christie

6.  Animal Farm – by George Orwell

7.  Anne of Green Gables – by Lucy Montgomery

8.  Around the World in 80 Days – by Jules Verne

9.  Billy Budd – by Herman Melville

10. Black Beauty – by Ann Sewell

11. Bridge to Terabithia – by Katherine Paterson

12. Bud, Not Buddy – by Christopher Paul Curtis

13. Call It Courage – by Armstrong Sperry

14. The Call of the Wild – by Jack London

15. The Catcher in the Rye – by J.D. Salinger

16. The Chosen – by Chaim Potok

17. A Christmas Carol – by Charles Dickens

18. The Chronicles of Narnia – by C.S. Lewis

19. The Count of Monte Cristo – by Alexander Dumas

20. David Copperfield – by Charles Dickens

21. The Chocolate Wars – by Robert Cormier

22. Cyrano – by Geraldine McCaughrean (new adaptation from Rostand)

23. A Day No Pigs Would Die – by Robert Newton Peck

24. Diary of a Young Girl – by Anne Frank

25. Dragonwings – by Laurence Yep

26. Enchantress from the Stars – Sylvia Louise Engdahl

27. Fahrenheit 451 – by Ray Bradbury

28. Frankenstein – by Mary Shelley

29. The Giver – by Lois Lowry

30. The Good Earth – by Pearl Buck

31. The Great Gatsby – by F. Scott Fitzgerald

32. Gulliver’s Travels – by Jonathan Swift

33. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – by J.K. Rowling

34. Heidi – by Johanna Spyri

35. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy – by Douglas Adams

36. The Hobbit – by J.R.R. Tolkien

37. Holes – by Louis Sachar

38. Homecoming – by Cynthia Voigt

39. The House on Mango Street – by Sandra Cisneros

40. The Hunchback of Notre Dame – by Victor Hugo

41. The Invisible Man – by H.G. Wells

42. Island of the Blue Dolphins – by Scott O’Dell

43. Ivanhoe – by Sir Walter Scott

44. Jane Eyre – by Charlotte Bronte

45. Jacob I Have Loved – by Katherine Paterson

46. Journey to the Center of the Earth – by Jules Verne

47. Journey to Topaz – by Yoshiko Uchida

48. The Last of the Mohicans – by James Fenimore Cooper

49. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow – by Washington Irving

50. Life on the Mississippi – by Mark Twain

51. The Little Prince – by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

52. Little Women – by Louisa May Alcott

53. Lord of the Flies – by William Golding

54. Lost Horizon – by James Hilton

55. Mama’s Bank Account – by Kathryn Forbes

56. The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood – by Howard Pyle

57. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass – by Frederick Douglass

58. The Old Man and the Sea – by Ernest Hemingway

59. Oliver Twist – by Charles Dickens

60. The Outsiders – by S.E. Hinton

61. The Pearl – by John Steinbeck

62. Periodic Table – by Primo Levi

63. Peter Pan – by J.M. Barrie

64. The Piano Lesson – by August Wilson

65. The Pilgrim’s Progress – by John Bunyan

66. Pippi Longstocking – by Astrid Lindgren

67. Pride & Prejudice – by Jane Austen

68. Pudd’nhead Willson – by Mark Twain

69. The Rainbow People – by Laurence Yep

70. The Red Pony – by John Steinbeck

71. Rip Van Winkle – by Washington Irving

72. Robinson Crusoe – by Daniel Defoe

73. The Samurai’s Tale – by Erik C. Haugaard

74. The Secret Garden – by Frances Hodgson Burnett

75. A Separate Peace – by John Knowles

76. Shane – by Jack Schaefer

77. Story of My Life – by Helen Keller

78. The Tale of Desperaux – by Kate DiCamillo

79. The Tale of Two Cities – by Charles Dickens

80. Tales from the Arabian Nights – by Andrew Lang

81. Tales from Shakespeare – by Charles & Mary Lamb

82. The Thurber Carnival – by James Thurber

83. The Time Machine – by H.G. Wells

84. To Kill A Mockingbird – by Harper Lee

85. Treasure Island – by Robert Louis Stevenson

86. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – by Betty Smith

87. Tuck Everlasting – by Natalie Babbitt

88. 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea – by Jules Verne

89. The Upstairs Room – by Johanna Reiss

90. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – by Harriet Beecher Stowe

91. The Voyages of Dr. Doolittle – by Hugh Lofting

92. War of the Worlds – by H.G. Wells

93. The Westing Game – by Ellen Raskin

94. Where the Red Fern Grows – by Wilson Rawls

95. The White Mountains – John Christopher

96. Wind in the Willows – by Kenneth Grahame

97. A Wizard of Earthsea – by Ursula K. LeGuin

98. Wizard of Oz – by L. Frank Baum

99. A Wrinkle in Time – by Madeleine L’Engle

100. The Yearling – by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings


Depending on your child’s comprehension level, maturity, and personal preference some choices may fit in the high school years. Librarians believe in offering challenging classics that instill a love of reading.