Looking for a good book? The Cuyamaca
Library ESL Collection is a fine collection of classic and
This ESL Library collection was
project is funded by the
Basic Skills Initiative to
help Cuyamaca students enjoy the art of reading.
ESL 98 novels
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Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
by Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain).
a boy and a runaway slave have some close calls with villains and
the mighty Mississippi River
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
Banner in the Sky
Rudi Matt’s father dies attempting to climb the Citadel but bravely
faces the mountain’s challenge himself in honor of his father’s courage
The Call of the Wild by Jack London
Stolen from his
family, a dog named Buck must quickly learn the harsh law of survival
amongst the men and dogs of the Canadian wilderness.
Called Birdy by Karen Cushman
Set in Medieval England, a young lady bravely challenges her father and
resists an arranged marriage.
- Children of the Dust Bowl
by Jerry Stanley
California Dust Bowl days of the 1930s and the formidable hardships
residents of Weedpatch Camp, one of several farm-labor camps they faced.
Cross of Lead by Avi
Falsely accused of theft and murder, an orphaned peasant boy in
fourteenth-century England flees his village and falls under the
protection a larger-than-life juggler who holds a dangerous secret.
- Days of the Blizzard by Marietta Moskin
- DeathWatch by Robb White
Needing money for school, a college
boy accepts a job as guide on a desert hunting trip and nearly loses his
life as he becomes the hunted.
Devils Storybook by Natalie Babbit
Ten comic stories about the Devil's plans to increase the population of
his realm...The stories are delightful in their narrative.
Nightingale by Sandra
- Ghosts of El Grullo by Patricia
In her sequel to the
Chicano/Latino Literary Prize-winning Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of
Tranquility(listed below), novelist Santana follows Yolanda Sahagún, now a young woman
struggling to find an identity of her own within her Mexican-American
community while uncovering the secrets left behind by her oddly
secretive, recently deceased mother.
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
When the pilot of a small two-passenger plane has a heart attack and
dies, Brian (the passenger) has to crash land in the forest of a
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
Separated from their
owners, a young Labrador retriever, a bull terrier, and a brave Siamese
cat set out through the Canadian wilderness and make their way home to
the family they love.
The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore
Classic tale of Hawkeye-Natty Bumppo-the frontier scout who turned his
back on "civilization," and his friendship with a Mohican warrior as
they escort two sisters through the dangerous wilderness of Indian
country in frontier America.
The Light in the Forest by Conrad Richter
True Son, the kidnapped child of a pioneer family, is raised by Cuyloga
and his Lenni Lenape tribe of Indians. Richter places True Son in a
difficult situation when he is returned to his white family as part of a
- Motorcycle Ride on the Sea of Tranquility
The sequel is Ghosts of El Gruillo (listed above)
Yolanda Sahagún, is 14
years old girl growing up in the 1960's and struggling to find an
identity of her own in her Mexican family.
Old Yeller by Red Gipson
This heart-warming book is about Old
Yeller, (Which mean 'Yellow' in those days) a stray golden-brown dog
which Travis' little brother (Little Arliss) finds and is determined
- Point Blank by Anthony
Powerful, privileged and screwed up, 16 boys in a boarding school
suddenly turn into model students. It's up to Alex Rider to find out
why and to face the maniacal man who has engineered it all in a bid
to take over the world in Point Blank.
The Red Badge of Courage by Stephen
The story of young Henry Flemming, who joins the Union army during the
Civil War, despite the wishes of his mother to the contrary.
- Skeleton Key by Anthony
British secret agent Alex Rider, last heard from in Point
Blank (2002), is back in another adventure. This time he's on an
island near Cuba where he's up against a retired Russian general who
plans to set off a nuclear device
Story by Pam Conrad
Zoe tells her story, beginning when she is five and comes to live with
her devoted, nurturing grandparents. She immediately discovers that
their 19th-century house is haunted by Zoe Louise, a beautiful child
dressed in old-fashioned clothes, eagerly anticipating her eleventh
The Sign of the
Beaver by Elizabeth George Speare
13-year-old Matt is left alone to guard his family's newly built
homestead. One day, Matt is brutally stung when he robs a bee tree for
honey. He returns to consciousness to discover that his many stings have
been treated by an old Native American and his grandson.
The Sound of Waves by Yukio Mishima
The hero, Shinji, a poor young fisherman of noble character, falls in
love with Hatsue, beautiful and good daughter of the wealthy merchant
Ultimate Gift by Jim Stovall
What would you do to inherit a billion dollars? Would you be willing to
change your life?
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by
Elizabeth George Speare
In 1687, 16-year-old
Katherine Tyler, (known throughout the story as Kit)
leaves her home in
after her grandfather's death and goes to New England to
live with her aunt and uncle in
Woven Riddle by Meghan Nuttall Sayers
In Iran, more than 100 years ago, a young woman with three suitors gets
permission from her father and a holy man to weave into her wedding rug
a riddle to be solved by her future husband, which will ensure that he
has wit to match hers.
- Anne of Avonlea
by Lisa Montgomery
Anne, a sixteen year-old school teacher in the small town of
Avonlea, learns the complications of adult life when she takes charge of
two young orphans and experiences new feelings between herself and a
- Anne of the Island
Anne is excited as she begins college but sad about leaving her home
town. And although still very close to a childhood friend, she finds
she’s not yet ready for marriage.
- The Arabian Nights Tales From A Thousand and one
Nights by Sir Richard F. Burton
- And Then There were None
Story of 10 strangers, each lured to Indian Island
by a mysterious host. Once his guests have arrived, the host accuses
each person of murder. Unable to leave the island, the guests begin to
share their darkest secrets--until they begin to die.
- A Child Called It
by Dave Pelzer
Sharon M. Draper- Set in 1738, a young African woman’s peaceful life in
a beautiful African village turns to a nightmare when she is kidnapped
away from her tribe and taken to South Carolina to be sold as a slave.
- A Room With a View
E. M. Forster
story of a young woman stuck in this repressive English culture who is
transformed by romantic Italy and awakened to love when she meets the
true love of her life there without even knowing it... but will she
realize this before it's too late? This is a classic to come to again
and again. A must-have for all true romantics.
- The Bell Jar by Sylvia
An autobiographical novel of a
young woman's struggle with a nervous breakdown.
- Catch-22 by Joseph Heller
Captain Yossarian, who spends his time in Italy plotting to survive. Anti-war
Waits by Tony Hillerman
Navajo tribal policemen unravel the mystery of the murder of another
tribal policeman with an old shaman as the prime suspect
- The Diary of Young Girl by Anne
Dutch Jewish teenager Anne Frank's keeps a diary describing the
two years she hid from the Nazis with her family and friends.
- The Five People You
Meet in Heaven by Mitch Alboum (non-fiction)
83-year-old Eddie, the head maintenance person at
Ruby Point Amusement Park,does not suspect he is only minutes away from
death as he goes about his typical business at the park .
- Fletch by Gregory McDonald
- Flush by Carl Hiaasen
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood and
his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of this
floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected waters
around their Florida Keys home.
Echoes by Maeve Binchy
Romantic melodrama, set in an Irish seaside town in the Fifties and
The youngest daughter of a shopkeeper whose meager living depends on
summer trade, Clare O'Brien is determined to move beyond her present
circumstances. Hard work and the guidance of an irreverent, caring
schoolteacher bring the resolute scholar to a college in Dublin.
Girl with a Pearl Earring
A novel that revolves around the famous Vermeer painting where the
author imagines the subject of the painting to be a maid in the artist’s
- The Glass
Harmonica by Lousie Marley
Eilish Eam is an orphan and street musician,
living in 1761, London. She survives on pennies and applause, and
nothing more. Until the night Benjamin Franklin stops to listen,
awe-struck by her gift-and with plans for her future... Erin Rushton is
a classical musician living in 2018, Seattle. She stands in the
orchestra, consumed by the music-and haunted by visions of a young girl
from a different time, who needs her help...
- The Graveyard
Book by Neil GaimanNobody Owens is perfectly normal, except that he
has been raised by ghosts, and lives in a graveyard. Now that he’s
older, he’d like to leave. But if he steps outside the graveyard gates,
he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed his
- First Part Last
A young man must accept the responsibilities of
by Carl Hiaasen
With their father jailed for sinking a river boat, Noah Underwood
and his younger sister, Abbey, must gather evidence that the owner of
this floating casino is emptying his bilge tanks into the protected
waters around their Florida Keys home.
- The Hobbit by J. R. R.
by Lois Sachar
Stanley Yelnats is sent to a hellish correctional camp in the Texas
desert where the warden makes the boys spend all day, every day, digging
holes. It doesn’t take Stanley long to realize the warden is looking for
something, and to start trying to dig up the truth.
- Hoot by Carl
Roy, who is new to his small Florida community, becomes involved in
another boy's attempt to save a colony of burrowing owls from a proposed
- Into thin Air by Jon Krakauer (biography)Journalist-mountaineer
Jon Krakauer, standing on the summit of Mt. Everest, saw nothing that
"suggested that a murderous storm was bearing down. He was wrong.
The author recounts his experiences on last years ill-fated, deadly
- Journey To the Center of the Earth
Verne A classic of nineteenth-century French literature,
this science fiction tale delves into the depths of the Earth, and by so
doing, reveals the staggeringly long history of our planet.
- Jurassic Park by Michael
CrichtonBioengineers clone 15 species of
dinosaurs and establish an island preserve where tourists can view the
large reptiles; chaos ensues when a rival genetics firm attempts to
steal frozen dinosaur embryos, and it's up to two kids, a safari guide
and a paleontologist to set things right.
- Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
David Balfour sets out to meet his uncle and claim his
inheritance. This adventure takes him through the highlands of Scotland
where he embarks upon a long journey back from treachery and deceit .
- Men are From Mars, Women Are From Venus by
John Gray (non-fiction)Relationship counselor John Gray focuses on the
differences between men and women--men are from Mars, and women are from
Venus, after all--and offers a simple solution.
- Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko
The wandering warrior Balsa is hired to protect Prince Agum from both
a mysterious monster, and the Prince’s father, the Mikado.
- The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
by Howard Pyle
The story of Robin, Maid Marion, and the men of
- Mystic and Rider
ShinnGillengaria abounds in magic, yet its mystics, the carriers of magic,
aren't well regarded. Tolerated in the North by royal order, in the
South they're feared, even hated. Lately it appears that orgaire mystic Senneth to the South.
- One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest
by Ken Kesey
of a mental ward in which the despotic Nurse Ratchet reigns over the
doctor and all the inhabitants. Nurse's unchallenged tyranny begins to whittle as McMurphy, a
35-year-old Korean veteran who has history of insubordination and street
brawls, resolves to oppose her every step of the way and raises the
racket in her ward
- The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger
- Percy Jackson
and the Olympians (Series) by Rick Riordan
The gods of Olympus—and their half-human offspring—are still alive and
well in the 21st Century. This fast-paced series follows the adventures
of Percy Jackson and his modern demigod friends as they fight
mythological monsters and the forces of the titan lord Kronos.
The Lightning Thief (Book One)
The Sea of Monsters (Book Two)
The Titan’s Curse (Book Three)
The Battle of the Labyrinth (Book Four)
The Last Olympian (Book Five)
- The Roots of the Blues by Samuel
How the blues music was handed down from African
slaves to musicians of today via the slave ships.
The Savage Damsel and the Dwarf
by Gerald Morris
Lynet, a feisty young woman, journeys to King
Arthur’s Camelot in order to find a champion to rescue her beautiful
older sister, and is joined on the quest by a clever dwarf and a bold
kitchen boy, neither of whom is what he seems.
- The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel
Hawthorne A tale of love, crime,
and revenge set in colonial New England. It revolves around a single,
forbidden act of passion that forever alters the lives of three members
of a small Puritan community.
the Snow by Louise Marley
In a land where the sun shines only once every five years, two gifted
young Singers are sent to a remote outpost where they struggle to refine
their abilities to create heat and light using their psi energy.
- The Sleeping Prophet by Edgar
Cayce (non-fiction)This fascinating
biography, written by on the country's foremost authorities on
- 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Verne Science fiction fantasy carries its
hero—Professor Aronnax of the Museum of Paris—on a thrilling and
dangerous journey far below the waves to see what creatures live in the
A Walk Through the Fire
Accidents are plaguing a documentary film crew on breathtakingly
beautiful Kauai. Can San Francisco P.I. Sharon McCone ferret out
possible sabotage behind the scenes?
- Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burrough’s John Clayton, born in the western coastal African
jungle is found as an infant by the she-ape Kala after his parents died
(his father is killed by the savage king ape Kerchak, Clayton is named
"Tarzan" and raised in ignorance of his human heritage .
- To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper
Whisper to the Blood: A
Kate Shugak Novel by Dana Stabenow
A Canadian mining company has discovered a rich mineral deposit in
Alaska’s enormous Iqaluk Wildlife Refuge. Politicians see dollar signs
for the state, but Ninilta residents, who live near the proposed site,
are split: Will outsiders take the jobs? Will the wildlife be harmed by
pollution? Will roads disintegrate . . . tourists invade? Then two
individuals associated with the company turn up dead, and Kate is drawn
into the investigation.
- White Fang by Jack
London A wolf-dog who endures great cruelty before he
comes to know human kindness.
A Wild and
Lonely Place by Marcia MullerA series of bombings at embassies, consulates and U.N. delegation
offices in the U.S. over the last five years is the work of someone the
feds and the San Francisco police call the Diplo-bomber. A $1-million
reward has been offered, and Sharon signs on with the slick security
office of RKI to investigate.
- The Woman in White by Wilkie
Collins Walter Hartright's mysterious midnight encounter with the woman in white
draws him into a vortex of crime, poison, kidnapping, and international