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Coming-of-Age Classics

Here's a list of beloved time-tested novels and often-controversial classics that have become reading rites of passage.
 
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The Giver
by Lois Lowry

Jonas's world is perfect. Everything is under control. There is no war or fear of pain. There are no choices. Every person is assigned a role in the community.

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The Yearling
by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Illustrated by Edward Shenton
No novel better epitomizes the love between a child and a pet than "The Yearling." Young Jody adopts an orphaned fawn he calls Flag and makes it a part of his family and his best friend.
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Where the Red Fern Grows
by Wilson Rawls

Billy Colman roams the Ozarks of northeastern Oklahoma with his bluetick hound and his precious coonhound pup trying to "tree" the elusive raccoon. In time, the inseparable trio wins the coveted gold cup in the annual coon-hunt contest, captures the wily ghost coon, and bravely fights with a mountain lion.

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Paperbacks : $6.50

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Waves
by Sharon Dogar

* "Skillfully narrated through Hal and Charley's alternating voices and thoughts, Dogar frequently and seamlessly shifts between time and place to create a haunting mystery packed with suffering, hope and personal growth. Riveting." — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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The Secret Garden
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Wonderful. Magical. Secret.

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Paperbacks : $4.99

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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

Set in a small Southern town during the Depression, this funny, heartbreaking coming-of-age novel follows three years in the life of Scout Finch, her brother Jem, and her attorney father, Atticus, who risks everything to defend a black man wrongly accused of raping a white woman.

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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
by Mark Twain

This irresistible tale of the adventures of two friends growing up in frontier America is one of Mark Twain's most popular novels.

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