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100 Best Books 
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Fiction / Non-Fiction


Adams, Douglas, 1980, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (Adult Fiction)

Adams, Richard, 1974, Watership Down (Adult Fiction)

Anonymous, 1971, Go Ask Alice (613.8 Anon)

Atwood, Margaret,1986, Handmaid's Tale (Adult Fiction)

Avi, 1993, Blue Heron (Juv Fiction)

Avi, 1992, Nothing but the Truth (YA Fiction)

Bachman, Richard, 1979, Long Walk (Adult Fiction)

Bauer, Joan, 1999, Rules of the Road (YA Fiction)

Block, Francesca Lia, 1990, Weetzie Bat (YA Fiction)

Bloor, Edward, 1998, Tangerine (Juv Fiction)

Brooks, Bruce, 1985, The Moves Make the Man (YA Fiction)

Brooks, Terry, 1986, Magic Kingdom for Sale--Sold! (Adult Fiction)

Card, Orson Scott, 1985, Ender's Game (Adult Fiction)

Childress, Alice, 1973, Hero Ain't Nothin but a Sandwich (YA Fiction)

Cooney, Caroline B. 1993, Flight #116 Is Down (YA Fiction)

Cormier, Robert, 1979, After the First Death (YA Fiction)

Cormier, Robert, 1988, Fade (YA Fiction)

Cormier, Robert, 1977, I Am the Cheese (YA Fiction)

Cormier, Robert, 1974, The Chocolate War: A Novel (YA Fiction)

Crutcher, Chris, 1992, Athletic Shorts: 6 Short Stories (YA Fiction)

Crutcher, Chris, 1990, Chinese Handcuffs (YA Fiction)

Crutcher, Chris, 1996, Ironman (YA Fiction)

Crutcher, Chris, 1983, Running Loose (YA Fiction)

Crutcher, Chris, 1994, Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes (YA Fiction)

Cushman, Karen, 1995, Catherine, Called Birdy (YA Fiction)

Cushman, Karen, 1996, The Midwife's Apprentice (YA Fiction)

Deuker, Carl, 1990, On the Devil's Court (YA Fiction)

Dickinson, Peter, 1990, Eva (YA Fiction)

Draper, Sharon M., 1996, Tears of a Tiger (YA Fiction)

Farmer, Nancy, 1997, A Girl Named Disaster (Juv Fiction)

Farmer, Nancy, 1995, The Ear, the Eye, and the Arm (YA Fiction)

Fleischman, Paul, 1994, Bull Run (YA Fiction)

Fleischman, Paul, 1999, Whirlygig

Gallo, Donald (ed.), 1984, Sixteen: Short Stories by Outstanding Writers for Young

Adults (YA Short Stories)

Garden, Nancy, 1982, Annie on My Mind (YA Fiction)

Gurney, James, 1993, Dinotopia: A Land Apart from Time (Adult Fiction)

Guy, Rosa, 1979, Disappearance (YA Fiction)

Guy, Rosa, 1973, The Friends (YA Fiction)

Hesser, Terry Spencer, 1999, Kissing Doorknobs (YA Fiction)

Hobbs, Will, 1992, Downriver (YA Fiction)

Hobbs, Will, 1997, Far North (YA Fiction)

Hurwin, Davida Wills, 1996, A Time for Dancing (YA Fiction

Kindl, Patrice, 1995, Owl in Love (YA Fiction)

Klause, Annette Curtis, 1991, The Silver Kiss (YA Fiction)

Koertge, Ron, 1988, The Arizona Kid (YA Fiction)

Laird, Elizabeth, 1993, Kiss the Dust (Juv Fiction)

Lowry, Lois, 1994, The Giver (YA Fiction)

Magorian, Michelle, 1982, Good Night, Mr. Tom (YA Fiction)

Mahy, Margaret, 1984, The Changeover: A Supernatural Romance (YA Fiction)

Marsden, John, 1996, Tomorrow, When the War Began (Juv Fiction)

McCaffrey, Anne, 1977, Dragonsinger (Adult Fiction)

McDonald, Joyce,1998, Swallowing Stones (YA Fiction)

McKinley, Robin, 1978, Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast (YA Fiction)

McKinley, Robin, 1982, Blue Sword (YA Fiction)

Myers, Walter Dean, 1988, Fallen Angels (YA Fiction)

Myers, Walter Dean, 1981, Hoops (YA Fiction)

Myers, Walter Dean, 1997, Slam (YA Fiction)

Myers, Walter Dean, 1993, Somewhere in the Darkness (YA Fiction)

Nelson, Theresa, 1995, Earthshine (Adult Fiction)

Nix, Garth, 1997, Sabriel (YA Fiction)

O'Brien, Robert C., 1975, Z for Zachariah (YA Fiction)

O'Brien, Tim, 1991, Things They Carried (Adult Fiction)

Orr, Wendy, 1998, Peeling the Onion (YA Fiction)

Paterson, Katherine, 1980, Jacob Have I Loved (YA Fiction)

Paterson, Katherine,1992, Lyddie (Juv Fiction)

Paulsen, Gary, 1999, Soldier's Heart (Juv Fiction)

Plath, Sylvia, 1971, The Bell Jar (Adult Fiction)

Potok, Chaim, 1967, The Chosen (Adult Fiction)

Pullman, Philip, 1997, The Golden Compass (YA Fiction)

Pullman, Philip, 1987, The Ruby in the Smoke (YA Fiction)

Rowling, J.K.,1999, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Juv Fiction)

Sachar, Louis, 1999, Holes (Juv Fiction)

Sleator, William, 1974, House of Stairs (Juv Fiction)

Spiegelman, Art, 1992, Maus: A Survivor's Tale II: And Here My Troubles Began

(940.5308 Spiegelman)

Staples, Suzanne Fisher, 1990, Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind (Juv Fiction)

Stewart, Mary, 1970, The Crystal Cave (Adult Fiction)

Tan, Amy, 1990, The Joy Luck Club (Adult Fiction)

Voigt, Cynthia, 1985, Runner (YA Fiction)

White, Robb, 1972, Deathwatch (YA Fiction)

Wolff, Virginia Euwer, 1994, Make Lemonade (YA Fiction)

Woodson, Jacqueline, 1999, If You Come Softly (YA Fiction)

Wrede, Patricia C, 1991, Dealing with Dragons (Juv Fiction)

Yolen, Jane, 1993, Briar Rose


Angelou, Maya, 1970, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

This remarkable, poetic and frank autobiography of a black girl who grew up in

Arkansas, St. Louis and San Francisco is for mature readers.

Ashabranner, Brent, 1988, Always to Remember: The Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The story of Vietnam veteran Jan C. Scruggs's struggle to build a national monument

honoring Americans who died or are missing in the Vietnam War.

Boas, Jacob, 1996, We Are Witnesses: The Diaries of Five Teenagers Who Died in

the Holocaust

The compelling and poignant diaries of five teenagers who died during the Holocaust

tell their tragic, courageous stories.

Bodanis, David, 1986, Secret House: 24 Hours in the Strange and Unexpected

World in Which We Spend Our Nights and Days

The microbiological drama found within a house is explored from early-morning to late-


Brooks, Polly Schoyer, 1991, Beyond the Myth: The Story of Joan of Arc

Condemned as a witch but later canonized as a saint, young Joan, inspired by her love

of France, leads her countrymen in their battle against the English.

Cleary, Beverly, 1988, Girl from Yamhill: A Memoir

An honest and humorous account of the Depression-era childhood and adolescence of

Beverly Cleary in Oregon, where she encountered many of the same situations that

teens do today.

Edelman, Bernard, 1985, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam

In their personal letters, soldiers and civilians reveal the pain, frustration, confusion, and

anger that were part of their daily lives in Vietnam.

Freedman, Russell, 1994, Eleanor Roosevelt: A Life of Discovery

A compelling photo-biography of Eleanor Roosevelt relates the remarkable story of a

shy, lonely girl who grows up to be a powerful force in the fight for world peace and

equality and an inspiration to millions of people.

Freedman, Russell, 1988, Lincoln: A Photobiography

This skillfully written, appealing overview of Lincoln's life from boyhood to death, is

accompanied by carefully chosen photographs and prints.

Freedman, Russell, 1992, Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane

Freedman tells the fascinating story of how two self-taught bicycle mechanics solve the

problems that had baffled generations of scientists and engineers. Janeczko, Paul B, 1991, Place My Words Are Looking For: What Poets Say About

and Through Their Work

Writers share their poems and give insights into their craft and life.

McCall, Nathan, 1995, Makes Me Wanna Holler: A Young Black Man in America

McCall remembers his journey from a working-class African American neighborhood to

prison to a prestigious position on the WASHINGTON POST.

McKissack, Patricia C. and McKissack, Fredrick L.,1997, Rebels against Slavery:

American Slave Revolts

Exciting profiles of heroic men and women tell accounts of those who rebelled against

slavery in North America.

Paulsen, Gary, 1991, Woodsong

Through his dogsledding adventures in the Minnesota wilderness where there are

wolves, deep snow, and minus-30-degree temperatures, the author comes to

understand nature's ways and harrowing surprises.

Spiegelman, Art, 1986, Maus: A Survivor's Tale

In a comic book of revolutionary graphic design, a cartoonist juxtaposes his frustration

with his father's insensitivity today and his father's desperate struggle to stay alive 40

years earlier during the Holocaust.

Stoll, Cliff, 1991, The Cuckoo's Egg: Tracking a Spy through the Maze of Computer


A young astrophysicist turns detective as he embarks on the trail of an elusive computer

hacker who has managed to break into top-secret government and military data banks.

Zindel, Paul, 1993, Pigman and Me

Zindel recounts his bizarre adventures growing up on Staten Island, when his neighbor's

father becomes his personal "pigman" and teaches him to cope with his rootless family.