This does not include multiple novels I read and read and re-read when I was teaching them to middle schoolers in NYC.
  1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  2. Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin
  3. Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote
  4. The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
  5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  6. The Lion, the Witch, & the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis
  7. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton