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The Classics


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A brief review of the classic genre including specific books available in the media center.

A brief review of the classic genre including specific books available in the media center.

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  • 1. The Classics
  • 2. Sci-Fi Fantasy
  • 3. 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne
    • Published in 1870 by Jules Verne
    • Earliest science fiction novel ever written
    • Plunge below the ocean’s waves with Captain Nemo and his first-ever submarine
  • 4. The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells
    • Alien invasion of Earth by Martians
    • Original foundation work of science fiction
  • 5. The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
    • The Time Traveler journeys 800,000 years into the future and discovers two bizarre races at war on the Earth.
  • 6. Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne A scientist leads a group on a treacherous journey to the center of the earth and discovers a lost civilization.
  • 7. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde A young man stops aging, while his portrait, hidden away in his attic, ages for him.
  • 8.
    • Sci-Fi
    • Horror
  • 9. Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
    • A respected London doctor
    • (Dr. Jekyll) invents a formula which turns him into an evil, ugly person (Mr. Hyde) who stalks the streets at night killing people.
    Sci-Fi/Murder Mystery
  • 10. Monster and Vampire Lore ….. Could you be going insane?
  • 11. Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux Romance, mystery, horror, drama, and adventure … story of a man saving his love from the Phantom of the Opera
  • 12. Adventure
  • 13. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
    • Eccentric Englishman, Phileas Fogg, embarks on a grand adventure after he accepts a bet made at his London club to complete a journey around the world in only eighty days.
  • 14. Captains Courageous by Rudyard Kipling
    • A rich American heir to a fortune is saved from drowning by a New England fishing schooner
    • While living aboard the ship, he must learn to survive on his own strength.
  • 15. The Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle The outlaw Robin Hood and his band of men share many adventures as they plunder the king's purse, poach his deer, overcome foes, and endear themselves to the poor through their generosity. Adventure
  • 16. Kidnapped by Robert Lewis Stevenson
    • Story of a boy …
    • kidnapped, sold as a slave, and thrown onto a ship …
    • fights his captors, makes a daring escape amidst a shipwreck, and attempts to survive a treacherous journey home.
  • 17. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
    • During one of many adventurous voyages, an Englishman becomes the sole survivor of a shipwreck and lives nearly thirty years on a desert island before being rescued.
  • 18. Swiss Family Robinson by Johan David Wyss Story of a shipwrecked family adapting to life on an island. Adventure/Survival
  • 19. Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
    • Adventures of a mischievous Missouri boy named Tom Sawyer, growing up a few decades before the Civil War.
  • 20. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
    • Huck travels down the Mississippi river with runaway slave, Jim.
    • Theme -- friends stick together through floods, gunfights, & bandits.
    One of the most banned books in America! “ The Great American Novel”
  • 21. Mark Twain -- Sam Clemens “the father of American literature”
  • 22. Adventure Girls Coming of Age
  • 23. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggin Talkative ten-year-old Rebecca goes to live with her spinster aunts, one harsh and demanding, the other soft and sentimental, with whom she spends seven difficult but rewarding years growing up.
  • 24. Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery
    • Lively red-headed orphan finds a home!
    • Full of humor and good-hearted adventure.
    Anne of Avonlea by L. M. Montgomery Humor/Adventure
  • 25. A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett Sara Crewe, a student at Miss Minchin's London school, is left in poverty when her father dies but is later rescued by a mysterious benefactor.
  • 26. Heidi by Johanna Spyri Swiss orphan, Heidi, is heartbroken when she must leave her beloved grandfather and their home in the mountains to go to school and care for an invalid girl in the city.
  • 27. Animal Adventure
  • 28. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
    • Autobiographical memoir told by a horse named Black Beauty
    Animal Adventure
  • 29. The Call of the Wild by Jack London
    • One of London's most-read books!
    • Buck, has been forced into the harsh life of a sled dog.
    • Befriends a man seeking his fortune in the Klondike gold fields.
  • 30. Animal Farm by George Orwell
    • Animals take over running a farm
    • Perfect utopian world falls into a dictatorship
    Political Satire
  • 31. Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Graham The escapades of four animal friends who live along a river in the English countryside-- Toad, Mole, Rat, and Badger.
  • 32. The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
    • Adventures of Mowgli, a young boy raised by the animals in an Indian jungle.
    Animal Adventure
  • 33. Romance
  • 34. Emma by Jane Austen
    • A self-assured young lady in Regency England, attempts to arrange her life and the lives of those around her.
  • 35. More titles by Jane Austen
  • 36. Historical Fiction
  • 37. Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck
    • Tragic story of two displaced migrant ranch workers during the Great Depression in California.
  • 38. Red Badge of Courage by Stephen Crane
    • Story of a young recruit in the American Civil War.
    • Considered one of the most influential works in American literature.
  • 39. My Antonia by Willa Cather
    • Tells the stories of several immigrant families who move out to rural Nebraska to start new lives in America
  • 40. The Story of My Life -- Helen Keller by Helen Keller
    • Helen Keller -- a blind and deaf girl who learned to communicate through her relationship with her teacher, Anne Sullivan.
  • 41. Classics are awesome!