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BKLYN BookMatch Coming of Age Novels

Recommendations for a reader who loves the Bildungsroman genre. Has already read The Catcher in the Rye, Of Human Bondage, Sons and Lovers, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Ham on Rye, The Chosen, A Separate Peace, The Member of the Wedding, and Goodbye, Columbus. This list was created by a librarian with the Brooklyn Public Library for a reader. Would you like your own personalized list of reading suggestions? Visit Bklyn BookMatch here:

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The adventures of Huckleberry Finn

by Mark Twain ; afterword by Alfred Kazin. |

Jane Eyre

by Charlotte Bronte. |

Anne of Green Gables

L.M. Montgomery. |

From the mixed-up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

written and illustrated by E.L. Konigsburg. |

Harriet the spy

written & illustrated by Louise Fitzhugh. |

The secret garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett ; illustrations by Robin Lawrie. |

The red pony

John Steinbeck ; with an introduction by John Seelye. |

World of wonders

Robertson Davies ; introduction by Wayne Johnston. |


Fernanda Eberstadt. |


Andrew Smith. |

Skippy dies

Paul Murray. |