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BOOK LIST:

Coming of Age Fiction

Updated: August 15, 2013

These are stories of children, young adults, sometimes late-bloomers who achieve maturity by overcoming difficult


by Townsend, Sue.
 
British teenager, Adrian Mole, reveals all his yearnings and inadequacies in a diary.

by Ammaniti, Niccolo`, 1966-
 
Charles Dickens meets Sapphire meets rough times for a young person in this modern day tale of a teenager's life in Varano, Italy. Cristiano's neo-Nazi dad and several pals decide to launch the perfect robbery by running some type of vehicle into an ATM machine. Most everything goes disastrously wrong, including the life of Cristiano, the young protagonist. This is a gritty compelling story of a young person caught in a life without options. The book was awarded Italy's Strega Prize.

by McEwan, Ian.
 
A thirteen-year old girl's willful and wild misjudgment has horrendous consequences for her and other family members in this heart-breaking story set in pre-World War II England.

by Ballard, J. G., 1930-2009.
 

Eleven-year-old Jim is torn from the comfort of his upper-class British family when Japan attacks allied warships in Shanghai on December 7, 1941. He is left to scavenge in a city left in ruins until being picked up and thrown into an internment camp with adults.


by Salinger, J. D. 1919-2010.
Call Number: Ed.a
J. D. Salinger published most of his short stories in The New Yorker, from "A Perfect Day for Bananafish" in 1948 to his last published work, "Hapworth 16, 1924," which appeared in the June 19, 1965 issue. Franny and Zooey consists of two short stories published separately in the magazine, with each story about one of the members of Salinger's fictional Glass family.

by Hughes, Richard Arthur Warren, 1900-1976.
Call Number: Ed.a

In nineteenth century Jamaica, a shipload of British children are being sent home to school when their ship is highjacked by pirates. What happens is unexpected and belies the innocence of childhood.


by Hosseini, Khaled.
 
A tale of a tumultuous father-son relationship in present-day Afghanistan and the United States which reveals two family secrets.

by Sillitoe, Alan.
Call Number: Ed.c
A defiant teenage boy in a British reformatory school has a talent for long-distance running which gives hope to the school's director for a great victory. However this working-class lad has his own plans for another kind of prize.

by Golding, William, 1911-1993.
Call Number: Ed.c
This modern classic tackles the problem of bullying as a group of English schoolboys try to survive being stranded on an island.

by McCullers, Carson, 1917-1967.
Call Number: Ed.a

by Franklin, Miles, 1879-1954.
Call Number: Ed.b

Miles Franklin's autobiographical novel is about her life as a young girl, growing up in the wilds of Australia's outback, all the while yearning for a life of art, music and literature.


by Segal, Lore Groszmann.
 

by Godden, Rumer, 1907-1998.
 

by Greene, Graham, 1904-1991.
Call Number: M Ed.a

by Smith, Betty, 1896-1972.
Call Number: Ed.g
The wonderful tale of Francie Nolan, a bookish little girl who was born in 1900 and grew up with the century in a poor Brooklyn tenement. Sensitive portrayals of her hard-working mother, alcoholic father and colorful aunts are offset by budding writer Francie's own deft observations of her surroundings and the way both she and they change over time. A nostalgic yet clear-eyed snapshot of America in the early twentieth century. Highly recommended.

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