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Resolve to Read These 7 Timeless Classics You May Have Missed

Still looking for the perfect New Year’s resolution? Just in time for the 40th Anniversary Special Edition of ROLL OF THUNDER, HEAR MY CRY, we suggest making 2016 the year you FINALLY read these 7 timeless classics that no one should miss: 

1. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

It’s been 40 years since the story of Cassie Logan’s transformative year at the height of the Depression hit shelves. Don’t miss the 40th Anniversary Special Edition, which includes cover art by Caldecott Honor winner Kadir Nelson and an introduction by Jacqueline Woodson!

2. The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Widely considered the original YA, Ponyboy’s tale still resonates with its powerful portrait of the bonds and boundaries of friendship.

3. The BFG by Roald Dahl

Catch up on Sophie’s adventure with the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) before the movie hits theaters in July! Watch the trailer for The BFG movie here.

4. My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George

When Sam Gribley runs away from his family’s crowded New York City apartment to live in the mountains, his year alone will change his life forever.

5. The Puffin in Bloom Collection 

Four classic stories are given new life in these gorgeous editions designed by Anna Bond of Rifle Paper Co.!

6. Summer of My German Soldier by Bette Greene

The summer Patty turns 12, she forms a friendship that jeopardizes her family, friends and freedom – but it’s a risk she has to take.

7. The Westing Game by Ellen Raskin

This Newbery Medal winner is a medley of illusions, aliases, and subterfuge guaranteed to keep you turning pages to figure out Sam Westing’s game.

I, too, was once a living, breathing being, just like you. I possessed a wonderful zest for living. I, too, marveled at the rising moon and the set of a brilliant sun.  I loved the soft touch of the spring breeze upon my brow. I heard birds sing, and paused to listen with my ears and with my heart to their magical songs; I loved the rolling mountain thunder, and welcomed both its gentle rain and icy fury.
—  My Grandfather’s Memoirs

Thunder Mountain Indian Monument, built by Chief Rolling Mountain Thunder and assistants, 1968-1983, Imlay, Nevada

This eco-art architectural complex was built as a monument to the suffering and plight of American Indians at the hands of “white invaders,” as the landmark’s informational panels explain. About two hundred sculptures of Indians from all tribes and of all ages and status adorn the buildings; everything was made from concrete and discarded “white man’s junk” as a comment on the Indian genocide and world pollution. One encounters railroad ties, typewriters, cars and parts, highway barriers, dolls, license plates, and glass bottles, among countless other items. In 1983, several of the buildings were destroyed or damaged due to arson, thus today one sees only a remnant of the hostel, Indian school, cabins, workshop, bathhouse, and sweat house that once completed the site. Still visible as prominent landmarks along highway 80 are the monument and the chicken and round houses.

A curious and overlooked work of art that is well worth a visit and extended contemplation, regardless of one’s views or ideas about history.