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258 WIL

Wilkerson, David R. The cross and the switchblade. [New York]: Random House, [1963]. A minister who left his small church in Pennsylvania to go to New York City relates his experiences working with street gang members. Accelerated Reader Level 6.2 Points 11

292.13 HAM

Hamilton, Edith and Savage, Steele. Mythology : timeless tales of Gods and heroes. New York: Penguin Group, [1989, 1942]. A collection of Greek and Roman myths from various classical sources arranged in section on the gods and early heroes, love and adventure stories, heroes before and during the Trojan War, and lesser myths. Includes a brief section on Norse mythology. Accelerated Reader Level 8.2 Points 20

301.152 HUX

Huxley, Aldous. Brave new world revisited. New York: Harper, [1958]. The author discusses some of the concerns addressed in his novel "Brave New World," covering such issues as brainwashing, overpopulation, and the use of propaganda in democratic societies. Accelerated Reader Level 11.4 Points 7

301.451 GRI

Griffin, John Howard. Black like me. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, [1961]. The author, a white man, recounts his experiences when he darkened his skin and traveled through the South as an African-American man. Accelerated Reader Level 7 Points 11

303.4 TOF

Toffler, Alvin. Future shock. New York: Bantam, [1990, 1970]. : Examines the role of change in contemporary society, touching on trends in education, technology, the arts, and interpersonal relations, and explores what these changes hold for the future. Accelerated Reader Level 11.6 Points 30

364.1 CAP

Capote, Truman. In cold blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences. New York: Random House, [1966, 1965]. Two two-time losers living in a lonely house in western Kansas are out to make the heist of their life, but when things don't go as planned, the robbery turns ugly. The book is a real-life look into murder, prison, and the criminal mind. Accelerated Reader Level 7.1 Points 21

599.74 ADA

Adamson, Joy. Born free, a lioness of two worlds. Collector's ed. Norwalk, Conn: Easton Press, [1989]. Joy Adamson describes the remarkable relationship she and her husband had with Elsa, a lion cub they cared for during the late 1950s in Kenya, and Elsa's return to the wild as a lioness; includes the many photographs from the original publication. Accelerated Reader Level 7.3 Points 9

812 HAN

Hansberry, Lorraine. A raisin in the sun. New York: The Modern Library, [1995]. A three-act play concerned with the tensions in a middle-class African American family living on Chicago's Southside in the 1950s. Accelerated Reader Level 4.9 Points 6

812.5 MIL

Miller, Arthur. Death of a salesman : certain private conversations in two acts and a requiem. New York: Viking Press, [1949]. Pulitzer Prize-winning play in which Willy Loman, a sixty-three-year-old traveling salesman, is forced to face the reality he has avoided all his life. Accelerated Reader Level 6.2 Points 5

812.5 WIL

Wilder, Thornton. Three plays: Our town, The skin of our teeth, The matchmaker. New York: Harper, [1985 1957]. Pulitzer Prize–winning drama of life in the town of Grover's Corners, an allegorical representation of all life Accelerated Reader Level 3.9 Points 3

812.52 MIL

Miller, Arthur. The crucible : a play in four acts. New York, N. Y: Penguin Books, [1995]. In 1692 nineteen men and women and two dogs were convicted and hanged for witchcraft in a small village in eastern Massachusetts. Based on historical people and real events, Arthur Miller's play uses the destructive power of socially sanctioned violence unleashed by the rumors of witchcraft as a powerful parable about McCarthyism. Accelerated Reader Level 4.9 Points 5

818 THO

Thoreau, Henry David. Walden. Boston: Beacon Press, [1997]. : Presents an annotated version of the 1854 edition of "Walden," in which Thoreau offers his philosophy of life and observations of nature gleaned from two years of solitude living in a cabin on Walden Pond in Massachusetts. Accelerated Reader Level 8.7 Points 21

822 SHA

Shaw, Bernard, 1856-1950. Pygmalion. New York: Dover Publications, [1994]. : A play about Eliza Doolittle, an untutored flower girl who is transformed into a "duchess" with the help of Henry Higgins. Accelerated Reader Level 7 Points 6

822.3 SHA

Shakespeare, William and Braunmuller, A. R. Macbeth. New York: Cambridge University Press, [1997]. Drama about Scottish nobleman Macbeth and his murderously ambitious wife, who decide to take royal ascension into their own hands after hearing a prediction by three witches. Accelerated Reader Level 10.9 Points 4

822.33 SHA

Shakespeare, William and Charney, Maurice. Julius Caesar. A parallel text, 2nd ed. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning Corp, [1998]. Tragedy in which Brutus, best friend of Julius Caesar, destroys himself when he reluctantly joins a plot to murder the Roman ruler. Accelerated Reader Level 10.8 Points 6

822.33 SHA

Shakespeare, William and Richetti, John J. Hamlet. A parallel text, 2nd ed. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Learning Corp, [1998]. Presents Shakespeare's tragedy in which the Danish prince Hamlet takes revenge upon his uncle for murdering his father. Accelerated Reader Level 10.5 Points 7

822.33 SHA

Shakespeare, William. A midsummer night's dream. Logan, Iowa: Perfection Form Co, [1987]. Presents the original text of Shakespeare's play side by side with a modern version, discusses the author and the theater of his time, and provides quixxes and other study activities. Accelerated Reader Level 10.9 Points 3.

883 HOM

Homer and Lawrence, T. E. The Odyssey of Homer. New York: Oxford University Press, [1991]. The epic poem recounting the experiences of Odysseus during his return from the Trojan War. Accelerated Reader Level 10.3 Points 24

883.01 HOM

Homer and Fitzgerald, Robert. The Iliad. [1st ed.]. Garden City, N.Y: Anchor Press, [1974]. Homer's classic account of the war between the Greeks and the Trojans from Agamemnon's visit by the priest Chryses to the burial of Hector. Accelerated Reader Level 11.3 Points 25

891.734 TOL

Tolstoy, Leo and Maude, Louise Shanks. War and peace. Chicago: Encyclopµdia Britannica, [1955, 1952]. An epic novel featuring the Russian role in the Napoleonic wars and providing a complex panorama of the life of the time. Accelerated Reader Level 10.1 Points 118

910 HEY

Heyerdahl, Thor. Kon-Tiki : across the Pacific by raft. 35th anniversary ed. Chicago: Rand McNally, [1984]. The record of a 4,300 nautical mile journey across the Pacific Ocean by raft. Accelerated Reader Level 8 Points 14

921 ALC

Meigs, Cornelia. Invincible Louisa : the story of the author of Little Women. Boston: Little, Brown, [1968]. Meet the author of Little Women and find out what happened to the real Jo (Louisa) and her sisters, and whether there really was an Aunt March, a Professor Bhaer -- or a Laurie. Accelerated Reader Level 8 Points 10

921 ANG

Angelou, Maya. I know why the caged bird sings. New York: Bantam, [1971, 1969]. : Autobiography covering the childhood of a woman who has been a professional dancer, actress, poet, journalist, and television producer. Accelerated Reader Level 6.7 Points 13

921 BRA

Braithwaite, Edward Ricardo. To Sir, with love. Englewood Cliffs, N.J: Prentice -Hall, [1960, 1959]. A black teacher from British Guiana describes how he overcame the hostility and prejudices of his students in a London slum. Accelerated Reader Level 7.5 Points 10

921 HER

Herriot, James. All things bright and beautiful. New York: St. Martin's Press, [1974]. An English veterinarians reminisces about his life, career, and animal patients in a small village. Accelerated Reader Level 6.7 Points 23

921 MAT

Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir boy : the true story of a Black youth's coming of age in Apartheid South Africa. New York: Macmillan, [1986]. Recreates the author's boyhood experiences in South Africa. Accelerated Reader Level 7.1 Points 24

921 WAS

Washington, Booker T. Up from slavery. New York: Oxford University Press, [1995]. The autobiography of the man who, though born in slavery, educated himself and went on to found Tuskegee Institute. Accelerated Reader Level 8.2 Points 13

921 WRI

Wright, Richard. Black boy : a record of childhood and youth. New York: Harper & Row, [1969, 1945]. The autobiography oan African-American writer, recounting his early years and the harrowing experiences he encountered drifting from Natchez to Chicago to Brooklyn. Accelerated Reader Level 7.4 Points 22

921 X

X, Malcolm and Haley, Alex. The autobiography of Malcolm X. New York: Ballantine Books, [1999, 1965]. Story of national leader who rose to prominence as a Negro force in shaping the destiny of this country. Accelerated Reader Level 7.5 Points 32

923.273 KEN

Kennedy, John F. Profiles in courage. [Memorial ed.]. New York: Harper & Row, [1964]. A now classic study in courage as seen in the lives of J. Q. Adams, Daniel Webster, T. H. Benton, Sam Houston, Robert Taft, and others. Commemorative Edition with a forward by Robert F. Kennedy. Accelerated Reader Level 11.4 Points 13

940.53 TEN

Ten Boom, Corrie and Sherrill, Elizabeth. The hiding place. 25th anniversary ed., new pbk. ed. Grand Rapids, Mich: Chosen Books, [1996]. The memoirs of a Dutch woman who was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp during World War II as a result of her activities in the anti-Nazi underground. Accelerated Reader Level 6.4 Points 13

940.54 HOU

Houston, Jeanne Wakatsuki and Houston, James D. Farewell to Manzanar : a true story of Japanese American experience during and after the World War II internment. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, [1973]. Accelerated Reader Level 6.7 Points 7

982.6 REA

Read, Piers Paul. Alive : the story of the Andes survivors. [1st ed.]. Philadelphia: Lippincott, [1974]. True ordeal of a soccer team who lived through an airplane crash and severe winter in the Andes. Accelerated Reader Level 7.7 Points 19.


Adams, Richard. Watership Down. Harmondsworth: Penguin, [1974]. : Chronicles the adventures of a group of rabbits searching for a safe place to establish a new warren so that they can live in peace. Accelerated Reader Level 6.2 Points 25


Alcott, Louisa May. Little men : life at Plumfield with Jo's boys. New York: Knopf, [1995]. Follows the adventures of Jo March and her husband Professor Bhaer as they try to make their school for boys a happy, comfortable, and stimulating place. Accelerated Reader Level 8.1 Points 19


Alcott, Louisa May. Little women. Philadelphia: Courage Books, [1995]. : The adored classic of four sisters and their enduring devotion to and protection of one another, loosely based on Louisa May Alcott's own life. Jo, willful, headstrong, and undoubtedly the backbone of the March family, is a heroine unlike any seen before. Follow the sisters from innocent adolescence to sage adulthood, with all the joy and sorrow of life in between in this endearing story. Accelerated Reader Level 7.4 Points 15


Armstrong, William Howard and Barkley, James. Sounder. New York: Harper & Row, [1969]. Angry and humiliated when his sharecropper father is jailed for stealing food for his family, a young black boy grows in courage and understanding by learning to read and with the help of the devoted dog Sounder. Accelerated Reader Level 5.3 Points 3


Asimov, Isaac and Kleiner, Harry. Fantastic voyage. New York: Bantam Books, [1966]. Five people are miniaturized and sent on a rescue mission through a man's body where they have sixty minutes to reach and break up a blood clot in his brain. Accelerated Reader Level 6.0 Points 10.


Asimov, Isaac. Forward the foundation. Bantam Spectra ed. New York: Doubleday, [1994]. Hari Seldon struggles to perfect his revolutionary Theory of Psychohistory and the means to ensure the survival of humanity: Foundation. Accelerated Reader Level 6.0 Points 19


Asimov, Isaac. Foundation and empire. New York: Bantam Books, [1991]. : The Galactic Empire declines, and a period of disruption ensues, followed by the emergence of the Foundation, creation of psychohistorian Hari Seldon, as a state strong enough to finally defeat the decrepit First Empire. Accelerated Reader Level 6.4 Points 12


Asimov, Isaac. I, robot. Bantam ed. New York: Bantam Books, [1991, 1977]. : Dr. Susan Calvin, the first great practitioner of the new science of robopsychology in 2008, looks back on her career with U.S. Robotics on the occasion of her retirement fifty years later, telling stories of how the mechanical race developed. Accelerated Reader Level 6.1 Points 11


Auel, Jean M. The Clan of the Cave Bear : a novel. New York: Crown, [1980]. : Story of the orphaned Ayla's struggle to fit in and survive in the period when Cro-Magnons and Neanderthals existed at the same time on the Earth. Accelerated Reader Level 7.0 Points 35


Austen, Jane and Bradbrook, Frank W. Pride and prejudice. New York: Oxford University Press, [1995]. In early nineteenth-century England, a spirited young woman copes with the courtship of a snobbish gentleman as well as the romantic entanglements of her four sisters. Accelerated Reader Level 12 Points 27


Austen, Jane and Parrish, Stephen Maxfield. Emma. Reader's Digest ed. Pleasantville, N.Y: Reader's Digest Assoc, [1994]. A novel of Regency England that centers upon a self-assured young lady who is determined to arrange her life and the lives of those around her into a pattern dictated by her romantic fancy. Accelerated Reader Level 9.3 Points 30


Austen, Jane and Sutherland, Kathryn. Mansfield Park. London: Penguin Books, [2003]. Fanny Price, a teenaged girl of low social rank brought up on her wealthy relatives' countryside estate, feels the sharp sting of rejection when her cousin Edmund, the only person who treats her as an equal, is won over by a flirtatious, exciting--and unprincipled--London girl. Accelerated Reader Level 12.0 Points 35.


Austen, Jane. Sense and sensibility. Dover ed. New York: Dover Publications, [1996]. Two sisters of opposing temperaments share the pangs of tragic love. Their mutual suffering brings a closer understanding between the two sisters and true love finally triumphs. Accelerated Reader Level 8.4 Points 22


Baldwin, James. Go tell it on the mountain. New ed. New York: Dell, [1985, 1953]. Fourteen-year-old John struggles against the environmental influences of Harlem. Accelerated Reader Level 6.5 Points 13


Borland, Hal. When the legends die. [1st ed.]. Philadelphia: Lippincott, [1963]. : An orphaned Ute Indian boy wins stardom on the rodeo circuit but, disillusioned by his success, returns to the ways of his ancestors. Accelerated Reader Level 5.2 Points 13

Boyd, James and Wyeth, N. C. Drums. New York: Atheneum, [1995]. The son of Scottish immigrants now living in North Carolina, goes off to fight in the Revolutionary War and has adventures on both sides of the Atlantic. Accelerated Reader Level 7.9 Points 25


Bradbury, Ray. Fahrenheit 451. New York: Simon & Schuster, [1993]. A bookburner official in a future fascist state finds out books are a vital part of a culture he never knew. He clandestinely pursues reading, until he is betrayed. Accelerated Reader Level 5.2 Points 7


Bradbury, Ray. The Martian chronicles. New York: Avon Books, [1997]. The first Earth people to attempt the colonization of Mars try to build their new world in the image of the civilization they left behind. Accelerated Reader Level 3.7 Points 6


Brontë, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. New York, NY: Barnes & Noble Books, [1993]. This is a story of a woman of passion and intelligence who refuses to be satisfied with her "place" in society, and asserts her identity and aspirations with defiance and dignity. Accelerated Reader Level 7.9 Points 33


Brontë, Emily and Hoffman, Alice. Wuthering Heights. New York: Scholastic, [2001]. Forced by a storm to spend the night at the home of Heathcliff, Mr. Lockwood uncovers a tale of terror and hatred on the Yorkshire moors. Accelerated Reader Level 11.3 Points 23


Buck, Pearl S. The good earth. Pleasantville, NY: Reader's Digest Association, [1992, 1931]. The story of a Chinese peasant and his passionate, dogged accumulation of land during famine, drought, and revolution. Accelerated Reader Level 6.8 Points 19


Burnford, Sheila Every and Burger, Carl. The incredible journey. Boston: Little, Brown, [1961]. A Siamese cat, an old bull terrier, and a young Labrador retriever travel together 250 miles through the Canadian wilderness to find their family. Accelerated Reader Level 7.6 Points 5.


Camus, Albert and Gilbert, Stuart. The stranger. New York: A. A. Knopf, [1946]. : Caught in the grip of forces he does not understand, a quiet, ordinary clerk in Algiers commits a murder. Accelerated Reader Level 6.8 Points 6


Cather, Willa. Death comes for the archbishop. New York: A. A. Knopf, [1927]. : In 1851 an Apostolic Vicar comes to New Mexico, American by law, but Indian in custom and belief. In spreading his faith he must contend with an unforgiving landscape, derelict and sometimes openly rebellious priests, and his own loneliness. Accelerated Reader Level 5.8 Points 8


Cather, Willa. My Antonia. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, [1995]. : Tells of the difficulties of settling on the prairies of Nebraska through the eyes of a young girl who moved there with her family. Accelerated Reader Level 6.9 Points 14


Cather, Willa. O pioneers! Pleasantville, N.Y: Reader's Digest Association, [1990]. Alexandra, daughter of a Swedish immigrant farmer in Nebraska, inherits the family farm and finds love with an old friend. Accelerated Reader Level 6.7 Points 9


Cervantes Saavedra, Miguel de. Don Quixote. New York: Knopf, [1991]. : Tells the story of the adventures of Don Quixote, the visionary idealist and Sancho Panza, the practical realist. Accelerated Reader Level 13.2 Points 91


Christie, Agatha. Murder on the Orient Express. 1st ed. New York: Dodd, Mead, [1985, 1933]. A Russian princess, a Hungarian count, a Swedish beauty, and an assortment of Americans, English and French are brought together on the elegant Orient Express. A brutal murder and an unexpected blizzard bring in the vacationing Hercule Poirot. Accelerated Reader Level 6.2 Points 9


Clark, Walter Van Tilburg. The Ox-Bow incident. New York: New American Library, [1968]. A posse captures and hangs three men believed to be guilty of cattle rustling and murder, only to learn later that the men were innocent. Accelerated Reader Level 5.4 Points 12


Clarke, Arthur Charles and Kubrick, Stanley. 2001 : a space odyssey. New York: ROC, [2000, 1999]. The spacecraft Discovery journeys to the outer edge of the solar system, and two navigators become uneasy when Hal, the craft's talking computer system, demonstrates unusual behavior. Accelerated Reader Level 9 Points 12


Clarke, Arthur Charles. Childhood's end. New York: Ballantine Books, [1995, 1990]. When the Overlords first came to Earth, they brought peace and prosperity with them, but it soon became apparent that their purpose was the elimination of the human race. Accelerated Reader Level 7.7 Points 12


Clarke, Arthur Charles. Rendezvous with Rama. London [etc.]: Pan Books, [1974]. : As a team of scientists make their way aboard a dead space capsule headed toward Earth, it suddenly comes alive with a biological life. Accelerated Reader Level 8.2 Points 13


Clavell, James. Sh¯ogun : a novel of Japan. 1st ed. New York: Atheneum, [1975]. : An explorer in 17th century Japan, ambitious Englishman Blackthorne, encounters the powerful and power-hungry Lord Toranaga and Catholic convert Lady Mariko. Accelerated Reader Level 5.1 Points 64


Conrad, Joseph. Heart of darkness, typhoon. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, [1959]. : Heart of Darkness: In this dark allegory, Marlow, a seaman and wanderer, recounts his physical and psychological journey in search of the enigmatic Kurtz. Travelling to the heart of the African continent, he discovers how Kurtz has gained his position of power and influence over the local people. Marlow's struggle to fathom his experience involves him in a radical questioning of not only his own nature and values but the nature and values of his society. Accelerated reader Level 9 Points 10


Conrad, Joseph. Lord Jim. Limited ed. Franklin Center, Pa: Franklin Library, [1977]. A man haunted by guilt over an act of cowardice becomes an agent at an isolated East Indian trading post. There his feelings of inadequacy and responsibility are played out to their logical and inevitable end. Accelerated Reader Level 9.1 Points 24


Conroy, Pat. The prince of tides. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, [1986]. : Tom Wingo is a high school football coach whose marriage and career are crumbling. He flies to New York after learning of his twin sister's suicide attempt. He realizes that while trying to save her, this may be his last chance to save himself as well. Accelerated Reader Level 6.3 Points 41.


Cooper, James Fenimore and Peck, H. Daniel. The deerslayer. Oxford: Oxford University Press, [1993]. Set in 1740 during the French and Indian Wars, The Deerslayer testifies to the murderous humanity and natural beauty on which the history of America was written. In the climactic novel of the Leather-stocking Tales, Hawkeye, the noble white youth, learns to sacrifice self-interest for the common good and discovers his identity in bloody struggles among the powerful Iroquois confederacy. Accelerated Reader Level 11.2 Points 44


Cooper, James Fenimore. The last of the Mohicans. New York: Bantam, [1981]. : During the French and Indian War, a Mohican brave struggles to protect two white girls from an evil Huron. Accelerated Reader Level 10.3 Points 29


Crane, Stephen. The red badge of courage, and other stories. New York: Avenel Books, [1985]. Red Badge of Courage -- During his service in the Civil War, a young Union soldier matures to manhood and finds peace of mind as he comes to grips with his conflicting emotions about war. Accelerated Reader Level 8 Points 8


Craven, Margaret. I heard the owl call my name. Garden City, N.Y: Doubleday, [1973]. Sent to live with an Indian tribe in British Columbia, a young minister learns not to fear his impending death. Accelerated Reader Level 6 Points 6


Defoe, Daniel. Moll Flanders. New York: Knopf, [1991]. : Follows the heroine's adventures from seventeenth-century England to the American colonies. Accelerated Reader Level 12.1 Points 31


Defoe, Daniel. Robinson Crusoe : the life and strange surprising adventures of Robinson Crusoe, of York, Mariner: who lived eight and twenty years all alone in an uninhabited island on the coast of America, near the mouth of the great river of Orinoco; having been cast on shore by shipwreck, wherein all the men perished but himself, with an account how he was at last as strangely delivered by pirates. New York: Harper & Row, [1965]. During one of his several adventurous voyages in the 1600's, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives for nearly 30 years on a deserted island. Accelerated Reader Level 12.3 Points 27.

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