What are the best classic books for the 90s kids?

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    #1The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden

    The Secret Garden is a novel about Mary Lennox, a spoiled and alone child who is sent to his grieving uncle after her parent's death. She found out about that there is a forgotten garden there and she visited it to know its mysteries.

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    Diana Washington
    Written on March 7, 2018
    "The Secret Garden sounds like it is a great adventure book that also seem to have a mysterious side to it. I am really intrigued. Even though it is advertised as a children's book, I feel like it will also be good with adult audiences and probably a good way to bond with your kids during bedtime. "
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    #2Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl is a humor and fantasy fiction novel first published in 1964. This book tells the story of Mr. Willy Wonka's chocolate factory and five lucky children who got an entry ticket for a tour.

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    George Carlson
    Written on March 15, 2018
    " It is not a bad option, however, according to my tastes I inclined to; The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Published by Wordsworth Editions Ltd, United Kingdom (1997)  Wilde s only novel, first published in 1890, is a brilliantly designed puzzle, intended to tease conventional minds with its exploration of the myriad interrelationships between art, life, and consequence. From its provocative Preface, challenging the reader to believe in art for art sake, to its sensational conclusion, the story self-consciously experiments with the notion of without an element of design. Yet Wilde himself underestimated the consequences of his experiment, and its capacity to outrage the Victorian establishment. Its words returned to haunt him in his court appearances in 1895, and he later recalled the note of doom which runs like a purple thread through its carefully crafted prose. "
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    #3Bridge to Terabithia

    Bridge to Terabithia

    Jess and Leslie started a unique friendship. The other day, they were competing against each other. The next day, they were inseparable. Together, they created the magical world of Terabithia where imagination is their only limit.

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    Sara Garza
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "I would not recommend this book. I found it to be a heavy emotional book that just doesn't sit right with a classic book for 90s kids."
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    #4The Outsiders

    The Outsiders
    The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton is about how Ponyboy Curtis saw life as one of the greasers, one of the people who does not belong in a regular society. This book has won a number of awards for its contribution to the young adult genre.
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    Scott Jackson
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This is a good solution because it is a classic book. It is recommended by many and will be entertaining for the reader."
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    #5A Light in the Attic

    A Light in the Attic

    A Light in the Attic is another best-selling collection of poems and illustrations created by Shel Silverstein. In this book, Silverstein presented various poetry depicting imaginative and humorous childhood situations.

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    Liu Ma
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "A Light in the Attic is one of the most iconic books for kids from the 90s. It provides imaginative poetry that piques kid's curiosity and is quite funny as well. "
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    #6The Witches

    The Witches

    The Grand High Witch follows the story of the strongest witch in the whole world as she gathers other witches in England for an annual conference. Their ultimate agenda is to eliminate and punish all the children. Will they succeed?
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    William Peters
    Written on March 6, 2018
    "This was a classic book that I read when I was a kid and now my daughter has it too! She loves it. I'm such a big fan of this story. "
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    #7Hatchet (Brian's Saga)

    Hatchet (Brian's Saga)

    Hatchet is the first book in Brian's Saga by written by Gary Paulsen which tells the tale of 13-year-old Brian Robeson who finds himself alone in the Canadian wilderness after the plane he was riding on his way to visit his father crashes. 

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    Charlie Tian
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "Hatchet is a great children's book from the author Gary Paulsen. It is the first in a series of books following the adventures of Brian Robeson and his struggles in the Canadian wilderness. A timeless book that is a great read for all ages. "
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    #8Number the Stars

    Number the Stars
    Number the Stars by Lois Lowry follows the journey of a Jewish family escaping from Copenhagen during the ruthless days of World War II. This novel also shows the strong power of friendship and how solid bonds can move people.
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    Russell Scott
    Written on March 11, 2018
    "An excellent book for today's youth, one that shows what real perseverance in the face of adversity looks like. I first read Number the Stars when I was 34 years old, and wish I would have discovered it even earlier. Easy to read, but complex and rewarding. "
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    #9The Outcasts of Poker Flat

    The Outcasts of Poker Flat

    The Outcasts of Poker Flat is a classic fiction book written by Bret Harte. This Western fiction book is first published in 1961 by Signet Classics. 

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    #10The Blind Owl

    The Blind Owl
    The Blind Owl is an Iranian classic horror fiction novel written by Sadegh Hedayat. This cultural fiction book is first published in 1937. 
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    Emily Garrett
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "The Blind Owl is not what I'd call a good classic for 90s kids. Instead something that connects a bit more to their experience is a better option. This horror fiction is more of an acquired taste."
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    #11In the Land of Pain

    In the Land of Pain

    In the Land of Pain is a French non-fiction biography written by Alphonse Daudet. This classic historical memoir is first published in 1929. 

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    Megan Duncan
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "One of the best classic book for a 90s kid is In The Land of Pain. It is a very well written historical memoir and very factual!"
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    #12A Severed Head

    A Severed Head

    A Severed Head is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers son of a wine merchant Martin Lynch-Gibbon running their family business. It has been made into a film Claire Bloom, Lee Remick, Richard Attenborough, and Ian Holm.

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    Roger Brooks
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "As a child who grew up in the 90's, I appreciate books for people that grew up along that time. With A Severed Head, I read a story that feels like it spoke to not only me, but for my generation growing up. This book is timeless, and it will always be a part of the culture of children growing up in the 90's. "
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    #13Savushun

    Savushun

    Savushun is an Iranian classic fiction novel written by Simin Daneshvar. This Iranian literature is first published in 1969 and reproduced copies by Mage Publishers.  

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    Adam Curtis
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "I do not think this is a good solution for the topic. It really has nothing to do with the whole 90's kid"
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    #14The Double Tongue

    The Double Tongue

    The Double Tongue is a classic historical fiction novel written by Nobel Prize awardee William Golding. This mythological book is first published in 1995. 

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    #15Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree

    Under the Greenwood Tree is a classic fiction novel written by Thomas Hardy which centers on the relationship between church musician Dick Dewey and the new school mistress Fancy Day set in a Victorian era. 

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    Jeffrey Berry
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "This is a great book and well written and a joy to read with my kid. My kid never gets bored with this one and wants to read it over and over."
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    #16A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories
    A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories is a classic Southern fiction written by Flannery O'Connor. It is first published in 1953.
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    Ruth Schmidt
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "As a 90s kid I must say this book falls short as a classic for that era. ALthough it is a good read most people growing up in the 90s would not appreciate it."
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    #17Junky

    Junky

    Junky is a book written by William S. Burroughs. It is about long gone places and eye-witness accounts from untold field reports from the American post-war. 

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    Roy Meyer
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "Junky is a nostalgic book for me. Any child of the 90s can relate to the story. The writing is great and illuminates the minds of readers. Great story."
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    #18The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

    The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

    The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a fantasy fiction novel written by L. Frank Baum which tells the tale of the origins of Santa Claus in the North Pole. 

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    Billy Ray
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "One of the most interesting thoughts a child can have in the 90s was about Santa. I agree that L. Frank Baum writes curiously and adventurously enough to appeal to kids and gives a great representation of the 90s for those kids that may be out of context to relate. I know they tell you don't judge a book by it's cover, but from the Artwork on the front cover it really draws the reader in."
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    #19The Law and the Lady

    The Law and the Lady

    The Law and the Lady is a mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1875. 

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    Julia King
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This book is very nice."
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    #20Basil

    Basil
    Basil is a mysterious historical fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This classic Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1852.
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    Jesse King
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Basil is an odd choice for a book for a 90s kid, but it's a classic piece of literature from the 1850s that still holds up today if you go in with the right mindset and an appreciation of victorian literature. I recommend reading in small doses as the prose can get tiring."
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    #21The Frozen Deep

    The Frozen Deep
    The Frozen Deep is a historical mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1874. 
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    #22Hide and Seek

    Hide and Seek
    Hide and Seek  is a 
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    Juan Stanley
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This doesn't appear to be a book for kids and it has nothing to do with the 90s. This book would bore my kids to death . They would never finish it and it isn't at all what i was looking for. This does not fill the bill. "
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    #23Look Back in Anger

    Look Back in Anger

    Look Back in Anger is a classical drama fiction play written by JKohn Osborne. This theatrical fiction is published in 1957. 

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    Michael Medina
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "Look Back in Anger is a classical drama fiction play written by JKohn Osborne. This theatrical fiction is published in 1957. a good old classic "
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    #24North and South

    North and South
    North and South is a historical fiction book written by Elizabeth Gaskell which is set in the Industrial Revolution telling the life of Margaret Hale forced to leave south to go to Milton in the north of England. 
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    Grace Fu
    Written on March 30, 2018
    "A good historical book for kids to look back on. It details rebellion and authority perfect things for the kids to read about. The story was entertaining and interesting. It was pretty easy to get through and I would say it should be fine for kids."
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    #25Rites of Passage (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Rites of Passage (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Rites of Passage is a classic historical fiction and the first book in To the Ends of the Earth series written by William Golding. It is first published in 1980. 

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    Teresa Russell
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "I found it hard to get into this book. The story moved at a slower pace than I liked. I still have not yet finished it. Not the worse book I've ever read but certainly not the best. I would not recommend this to my friends."
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    #26Death Comes for the Archbishop

    Death Comes for the Archbishop

    Death Comes for the Archbishop is a classic historical fiction novel written by Willa Cather. This Mexican literature is first published in 1927. 

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    Joshua Ray
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is just more of a classic book, not really a classic for 90s kids. I doubt it will go over very well at all if you're after that 90s vibe, but it should be easy enough to find something else. It's a pretty good read, but the meaning of classic is just a bit different, that's all."
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    #27The Specialists

    The Specialists

    The Specialists is a classic crime and mystery thriller fiction book written by Lawrence Block. This military fiction novel is first published in 1969. 

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    Ishan Chavan
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "The Specialists was written in the 60's so it is not the classic book of the 90's "
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    #28The Paper Men

    The Paper Men

    The Paper Men is a classic fiction novel written by William Golding. It is about a novelist Wilfred Barclay's life who is in crisis and it is first published in 1984. 

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    David Caballero
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "This books is one of the most interesting books I read and it is a classic one."
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    #29A Little Princess

    A Little Princess

    A Little Princess is a classic young adult novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett which centers on little girl Sara who's father spends too much to fulfill her wishes but something horrible happens leaving her to deal with horrible circumstances. 

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    #30The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King

    The Man Who Would Be King is a historical adventure fiction novel written by Rudyard Kipling. This British classic fiction book is first published in 1888. 

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    Diane Harvey
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This book is loved by many. for me it just doesn't do it. It's not my favorite book"
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    #31Wuthering Heights (Collins Classics)

    Wuthering Heights (Collins Classics)

    Wuthering Heights is a romance fiction novel by Emily Bronte which revolves around the doomed love story of landlord Heathcliff and Catherine Earnshaw. This novel is said to be Bronte's one of the unique gothic novels. 

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    Claire Shi
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "This is a beautiful classic. It has a beautiful setting, a romantic and passionate story line, but appropriate for teens to read. The quality of the literature is outstanding, which is why this is considered a classic. There's love, jealousy, hatred, passion, and all the other emotions that a teen or twenty something can relate to. "
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    #32The Goose Girl

    The Goose Girl

    The Goose Girl is a classic fairy tale fantasy book written by Grimm brothers and Eric A. Kimmel. This children's fiction book is first published in 1812. 

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    Ruth Patel
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Not actually sure why this is for 90s kids in particular, but it's a good fairy tale nonetheless. "
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    #33A Word Child

    A Word Child

    A Word Child is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which follows Hilary Burde who was saved by a tutor and was admitted to Oxford. However, the man he has betrayed has followed him. 

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    #34The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    The Adventures of Robin Hood is a classic adventure novel written by Roger Lancelyn Green which follows Robin Hood who is helping out the poor and oppressed against Prince John and the brutal Sheriff of Nottingham. 

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    Pablo Mora
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I was surprised to see this pixelated game but did enjoy the old school approach. I do think it would be very fun to play at any rate"
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    #35Rumble Fish

    Rumble Fish
    Rumble Fish is a classic young adult fiction book written by S.E. Hinton. This teenage book is first published in 1975 and reproduced by Laurel Leaf. 
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    Catalina Hurtado
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Rumble Fish is a dramatic story by author Susan Eloise Hinton that was adapted into a movie. Teenagers will love this thought provoking and impactful plot in a short read."
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    #36Pincher Martin

    Pincher Martin

    Pincher Martin is a classic fantasy novel written by William Golding. It is about Christopher Martin's survival in mid-Atlantic and it is first published in 1956. 

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    Ronald Rice
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I had never heard of it. Looks like an accurate listing though. I'm sure it's interesting, but don't know much about 90s kids."
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    #37The Twelve Dancing Princesses

    The Twelve Dancing Princesses

    The Twelve Dancing Princesses is a children's fantasy book written by Marianna Meyer. This classic fairy tale book is first published in 1956. 

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    Marilyn Cooper
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I love classic books for 90s kids. I'm a 90s kids and just adore reading books like these. My favorite is The Twelve Dancing Princesses. It's a children's fantasy book by Marianna Meyer. I love the fantasy story. It's really interesting and I love the characters, too. I strongly recommend this book for 90s kids. They'll love it!"
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    #38A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast

    A Moveable Feast tells the story of American author Ernest Hemingway when he was young in Paris during the 1920s. It also shows his apprenticeship as a young writer while he was married to his first wife, Hadley Richardson. 

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    Zachary Reyes
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "This book was interesting. I found it kind of boring though. A decent read if you are a fan of Hemingway."
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    #39Close Quarters (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Close Quarters (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Close Quarters is a classic historical fiction and the second book in To the Ends of the Earth trilogy written by William Golding. It won a Nobel Prize award and it is first published in 1987. 

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    Mildred Simmons
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is an interesting take on historical fiction. It has some really great underlying meanings and lessons in the book."
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    #40The Wisdom of Father Brown

    The Wisdom of Father Brown

    The Wisdom of Father Brown is a classic mystery fiction and the second book in Father Brown series written by G.K. Chesterton. It is first published in 1914. 

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    Debra Morris
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "The best classic books for the 90s kids was what I wanted. I found The Wisdom of Father Brown. Its a classic mystery novel first published in 1914 and also the second book in the Father Brown series by Chersterton. Great read."
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    #41The Garden of Eden

    The Garden of Eden
    The Garden of Eden centers around American writer David Bourne and his bride Catherine who met a girl named Marita while on their honeymoon on the French Riviera. This is the last uncompleted novel of Ernest Hemingway. 
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    Maria Mitchell
    Written on March 13, 2018
    "I'm a huge Hemmingway fan and a 90's kid so I loved this book! I read it as a teen and reading it again along with my teenage daughter has been great fun! "
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    #42The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill is a classic comedic fantasy fiction written by G.K. Chesterton. It is about a clerk named Auberon Quinn and it is first published in 1904. 

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    Margaret May
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "I had heard about this book and decided to buy it. Well im glad i did the story is great! It is very well told and when i started to read it i just couldn't stop."
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    #43Under the Net

    Under the Net

    Under the Net is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on artist Jake Donaghue after he meets philosopher Hugo Belfounder when he arrives back in London following hist trip to France. 

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    Eric Nguyen
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "This novel catches attention, its full of fiction. "
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    #44L'Arlesienne

    L'Arlesienne

    L'Arlesienne is a French short story included in Letters From My Windmill written by Alphonse Daudet. It is first published in 1869. 

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    Harry Freeman
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I would view this solution as not very good based on the fact that it has no reviews on Amazon and the short story is written in French. The story is a classic seeing as it was first released in 1869, but the relation to being for a 90's kid is very unclear to me. Also, being someone born in 1993, I have no interest to purchase this book or investigate it further."
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    #45The Gettysburg Address

    The Gettysburg Address
    The Gettysburg Address is a classic non-fiction historical war book written by Abraham Lincoln. This political book is first published in 1947. 
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    Barbara Ward
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "Amazon, ,many options to buy, over 200 reviews"
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    #46Fire Down Below (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Fire Down Below (To the Ends of the Earth)

    Fire Down Below is a classic historical fiction and the third book in To the Ends of the Earth trilogy written by William Golding. It is first published in 1989. 

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    Daniel Stevens
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Fire Down Below is a classic historical fiction and the third book in To the Ends of the Earth trilogy written by William Golding. It is first published in 1989. an amazing writting"
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    #47The Dangerous Summer

    The Dangerous Summer

    The Dangerous Summer is Ernest Hemingway's first-hand experience of the brutal season of bullfights telling the exhausting pace and pressure of it, the camaraderie and pride of the matadors.

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    Nathan Price
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "The Dangerous Summer is good! I can't really say much else. I don't want to give anything away. Do yourself a favor and check it out"
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    #48The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

    The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a classic mystery fiction and the fourth book in Sherlock Holmes series written by Arthur Conan Doyle. It is first published in 1894. 

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    #49The Black Prince

    The Black Prince

    The Black Prince is a classic fiction novel written by Iris Murdoch which centers on unsuccessful novelist Bradley Pearson as he faces the struggles in his life at the age of 50. 

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    Jorge Alberto Baltazar
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "If you have never read The Black Prince, you owe it to yourself to pickup a copy of this classic. The book is something that most adults can relate to."
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    #50No Name

    No Name
    No Name is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Wilkie Collins. This Victorian era fiction book is first published in 1862. 
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    John Burke
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Wilkie Collins does it again, and by "it" we mean hypnotizing the reader into a deep, deep sleep. Most of his books can be adequately summarized as No Plot and No Effort, so it's nice to see that this time he also didn't even bother with a name. Avoid at all costs."
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    #51Meet the Austins

    Meet the Austins

     Madeleine L'Engle's Meet the Austins is the first book from her Austin Family Chronicles. The book is about Vicky Austin's repulsion towards Maggy, a new member of the family. 

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    Cynthia Herrera
    Written on April 6, 2018
    "I love these books - and love reading anything by L'Engle. She's so smart - her writing so gifted and mellifluous. This one (like the title implies) is the first of a series - so you have other books to enjoy after this. I read a LOT in the 90's (before I had kids) and this is just a classic for any age. I gave the set to my daughter (now a teen) and she loves them, too. Just timeless. If it's your first time reading these - you'll love them. Great author! "

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Best What are the best classic books for the 90s kids
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The Secret GardenBooks 16 Paid
2Charlie and the Chocolate FactoryBooks 12 Paid
3Bridge to TerabithiaBooks 11 Paid
4The OutsidersBooks 9 Paid
5A Light in the AtticBooks 6 Paid
6The WitchesBooks 5 Paid
7Hatchet (Brian's Saga)Books 3 Paid
8Number the StarsBooks 1 Paid
9The Outcasts of Poker FlatBooks 0 Paid
10The Blind OwlBooks 0 Paid
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