Classics

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The giver

Lois Lowry

YOUNG ADULT FICTION Lowry, Lois
Dystopian, Classics, Kids, Fiction, Science Fiction

Given his lifetime assignment at the Ceremony of Twelve, Jonas becomes the receiver of memories shared by only one other in his community and discovers the terrible truth about the society in which he lives.

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A dystopian classic about a haunting world of total conformity, in which a 12-year-old boy begins slowly to uncover the secrets of the society with no discontent but also no choice or feelings. -Anne W

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Snow Pony and the Seven Miniature Ponies

Christian Trimmer

jE Trimmer
Picture Books, Fantasy, Humor, Classics, Animals

In this twist on the story of Snow White, pretty and sweet Snow Pony--beloved by children for her talent in braiding hair and dancing--follows a trail of delicious apples into the woods, where she meets seven miniature ponies.

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An enchantingly hilarious retelling of Snow White that stars, you guessed it, ponies!! What's not to love? -Casey

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The story of Ferdinand

Munro Leaf

jE Leaf
Picture Books, Classics

Ferdinand likes to sit quietly and smell the flowers, but one day he gets stung by a bee and his snorting and stomping convince everyone that he is the fiercest of bulls.

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Rapunzel

Bethan Woollvin

jE Woollvin
Picture Books, Classics, Humor

"The prisoner of an evil witch, Rapunzel lives all alone in a tall, dark tower. If she ever escapes, the witch will put a terrible curse her. But is Rapunzel frightened? Oh no, not she!"--

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A classic fairy tale gets a new spin! -Casey

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Speak : the graphic novel

Laurie Halse Anderson

GRAPHIC NOVEL Anderson
Graphic Novels, Young Adult, Classics

"Speak up for yourself--we want to know what you have to say." From the first moment of her freshman year at Merryweather High, Melinda knows this is a big fat lie, part of the nonsense of high school. She is friendless--an outcast--because she busted an end-of-summer party by calling the cops, so now nobody will talk to her, let alone listen to her.

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Emily Carroll was the perfect artist for this chilling adaptation. Just as relevant as the original. -Casey

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So big

Edna Ferber

FICTION Ferber Edna
Fiction, Classics

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So Big explores conflicting values, generational clashes, and living during an era of phenomenal social change. Ferber’s writing is clear and fresh, transcending many of the novels of the early twentieth century. If you enjoy Willa Cather, put So Big on your reading list. -Anne M

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North and south

Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

FICTION Gaskell, Elizabeth Cleghorn
Fiction, Classics

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Oh, you must read Elizabeth Gaskell and you must start with this one. Margaret Hale, a daughter of a clergyman meets a stern, yet handsome mill owner, who is below her station as a tradesman. I would say it is Pride and Prejudice meets the industrial revolution--but I think this may be unfair to Gaskell, who is a fantastic writer in her own right. -Anne M

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Far from the madding crowd.

Thomas Hardy

FICTION Hardy, Thomas
Fiction, Classics

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I read Tess of the D'Urbervilles and loved it, but after reading Jude the Obscure, I put Thomas Hardy back on the shelf. This book renewed my interest in Hardy. This is more of a love story, then the tragedies Hardy is know for. That doesn't mean that love and loss do not play a pivotal role in the story. -Anne M

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The magnificent Ambersons

Booth Tarkington

FICTION Tarkington, Booth
Fiction, Classics

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George Amberson Minafer's family was the most prominent family in late 19th century Indianapolis--but then Indianapolis begins to change and with it, George's family fortunes. If you love descriptions of houses, clothes, and cotillions with a dash of comeuppance and urban renewal, then this book is for you. -Anne M

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Brave new world

Aldous Huxley

FICTION Huxley, Aldous
Dystopian, Fiction, Classics, Science Fiction

Aldous Huxley's profoundly important classic of world literature, Brave New World is a searching vision of an unequal, technologically-advanced future where humans are genetically bred, socially indoctrinated, and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively uphold an authoritarian ruling order whose motto is "Community, Identity, Stability." - all at the cost of our freedom, humanity, and perhaps our souls.

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