Young Adult Bibliography


ED 5502 Reading and Literature, Grades 5-12

Updated July 2014

prepared by Jane M. Gangi, PhD


“Classics” is in quotes because it is a controversial term. For too long, the “canon” was dominated by DWEMS—dead, white European males. I see them as books that have enduring value for generations of students of all ethnicities. Arbitrarily I am defining them as books published before 1970.


Achebe, Chinua, Things Fall Apart; The Arrow of God; No Longer at Ease

Alcott, Louisa May, Little Women; Jo’s Boys

Agee, James, A Death in the Family

Anderson, Sherwood, Winesburg, Ohio

Austen Jane, Pride and Prejudice; Emma; Mansfield Park; Sense and Sensibility

Baldwin, James, Go Tell It on The Mountain; Nobody Knows My Name; The Fire Next Time; If Beale Street Could Talk

Borges, Jorge Luis, Ficciones

Bradbury, Ray, Farenheit 451

Brontë, Charlotte, Jane Eyre

Brontë, Emily, Wuthering Heights

Buck, Pearl, The Good Earth

Butler, Samuel, The Way of All Flesh

Camus, Albert, The Plague; The Stranger

Cather, Willa, Death Comes to the Archbishop

Cervantes, Adventures of Don Quixote de la Mancha.

Chopin, Kate, The Awakening

Clemens, Samuel (Mark Twain), Tom Sawyer; The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Conrad, Joseph, Heart of Darkness

Crane, Stephen, The Red Badge of Courage

Dickens, Charle, David Copperfield; Great Expectations; A Tale of Two Cities

Dinesen, Isak, short stories

Dostoevski, Fyodor, The Brothers Karamazov; Crime and Punishment; The Idiot

Dreiser, Theodore, An American Tragedy

DuBois, W. E. B., The Souls of Black Folks

Dumas, Alexander, The Count of Monte Cristo

Eliot, George, Middlemarch; Adam Bede; The Mill on the Floss; Silas Marner

Ellison, Ralph, Invisible Man

Faulkner, William, The Sound and the Fury; Absalom, Absalom

Ferber, Edna, Giant; So Big; Cimarron

Fielding, Henry, Tom Jones

Fitzgerald, F. Scott, The Great Gatsby; Tender Is the Night

Flaubert, Gustave, Madame Bovary

Forster, E. M., A Room with a View

Gaines, Ernest, A Lesson Before Dying; The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Gilman, Charlotte, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

Golding, William, Lord of the Flies

Greene, Graham, The Heart of the Matter; The End of the Affair

Hardy, Thomas, Tess of the D’Urbervilles; Return of the Native; The Mayor of Casterbridge

Hawthorne, Nathaniel, The Scarlet Letter; House of Seven Gables

Hemingway, Ernest, A Farewell to Arms; For Whom the Bell Tolls; The Old Man and the Sea; A Moveable Feast

Hesse, Hermann, Siddhartha

Hugo, Victor, Les Miserables; The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hurston, Zora Neale, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Huxley, Aldous, Brave New World

James, Henry, The Turn of the Screw

Joyce, James, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Kafka, Franz, The Castle, Complete Stories

Knowles, John, A Separate Peace

Koestler, Arthur, Darkness at Noon

Lawrence, D. H., Lady Chatterly’s Lover

Lee, Harper, To Kill a Mockingbird

Lewis, Sinclair, Arrowsmith; Main Street; Babbitt; Elmer Gantry

Llewellyn, Richard, How Green Was My Valley

London, Jack, The Call of the Wild; White Fang

Markandaya, Kamala, Nectar in a Sieve

Márquez, Gabriel García, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Maugham, W. Somerset, Of Human Bondage

McCullers, Carson, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter

Melville, Herman, Moby Dick

Nabokov, Vladimir, Lolita

Orwell, George, Animal Farm; 1984

Paton, Alan, Cry, the Beloved Country

Plath, Sylvia, The Bell Jar

Rand, Ayn, Atlas Shrugged

Remarque, Erich Maria, All Quiet on the Western Front

Richter, Conrad, The Trees; The Town; The Field; The Light in the Forest

Rolvaag, Ole, Giants in the Earth

Salinger, J. D., The Catcher in the Rye; Raise High the Roof Beam, Carpenter

Sandburg, Carl, Rootabaga Stories

Shelley, Mary, Frankenstein

Shikibu, Murasaki, The Tale of Genji

Sienkiewicz, Henryk, Quo Vadis

Sinclair, Upton, The Jungle

Singer, Isaac Bashevis, The Family Moskat

Smith, Dodie, I Capture the Castle

Solzhenitsyn, Aleksandr Isaevich, One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Steinbeck, John, The Grapes of Wrath; East of Eden; Of Mice and Men; The Pearl

Stendahl, The Red and the Black

Stevenson, Robert Louis, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Stoker, Bram, Dracula

Swift, Jonathan, Gulliver’s Travels

Thackeray, William, Vanity Fair

Thomas, Dylan, Under Milkwood

Tolstoy, Anna Karenina; War and Peace; short stories

Vonnegut, Kurt, Slaughterhouse Five

Walker, Alice, The Color Purple

Warren, Robert Penn, All the King’s Men.

Welty, Eudora, short stories

Wharton, Edith, Ethan Frome; House of Mirth

Wilde, Oscar, The Picture of Dorian Gray

Wolfe, Thomas, Look Homeward, Angel

Wolff, Virginia, The Waves

Wright, Richard, Native Son