Category Archives: Classic

Pollyanna

by Eleanor H. Porter

Unconditional Recommendation: Eleven-year-old orphan Pollyanna, full of happiness and love, goes to live with her cold, strict Aunt Polly and turns the household and the town upside down in the best way.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand-Alone
Pages:  224-333, depending on edition
Published: 1913

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Pride and Prejudice

by Jane Austen

Unconditional Recommendation: Despite differing social classes, misunderstandings, ridiculous family members, prejudice and pride, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy fall in love.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 344
Published: 1813

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The Secret Garden

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Unconditional Recommendation: A story of mystery, transformation and new life for a neglected young girl, her fearful cousin, and an abandoned garden.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Paperback:  358 pages
Publisher: HarperCollins (originally published in 1911)

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Cheaper by the Dozen

by Frank B. Gilbreth Jr. and Ernestine Gilbreth Carey

Unconditional Recommendation: A hilarious and endearing collection of stories about efficiency experts, Frank and Lillian Gilbreth, and their growing household of twelve children.

Age: All Ages
Series: Stand Alone
Hardcover: 237 pages
Publisher: Thomas Y. Crowell Company (1948)

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Anne of Green Gables (#1)

by L. M. Montgomery

Unconditional Recommendation: A young orphan girl with a zest for life and a big imagination gets into adventures, scrapes, and makes many hilarious mistakes as she makes Green Gables her home.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Anne of Green Gables, Book One
Paperback: 308 pages
Published: 1908
Genre: Classic

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A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1)

A Wrinkle In Timeby Madeleine L’Engle

Unconditional Recommendation: With classic themes of family, friendship, courage, self-acceptance, and good triumphing over evil, this book is a mind-bending sci-fi fantasy sure to stretch the reader’s imagination.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Time Quintet #1
Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1962)
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

Award: John Newberry Award

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