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Books for ESL Students

The Library offers a selection of books for Compton Center students learning English as a Second Language (ESL).

Please note that all currently enrolled students are welcome to use these books.

The ESL collection is located near the Reference Desk. Books are arranged by the author's last name.

Audiobooks (CD's) are available for the titles in boldface. Please ask a Library staff member if you would like to check out an audiobook.

Aldrich, Bess Streeter Lantern in her hand 
Alexie, Sherman Absolutely true diary of a part-time Indian 
An, Na Step from heaven
Anderson, Laurie Halse.  Catalyst\
Armstrong, William H. (William Howard) Sounder 
Avi Fighting ground
Avi Something upstairs 
Avi True confessions of Charlotte Doyle 
Avi Wolf rider 
Azuela, Mariano Underdogs : a novel of the Mexican revolution
Babbitt, Natalie.  Tuck everlasting 
Barrie, J. M. (James Matthew) Peter Pan 
Baum, L. Frank (Lyman Frank) Wizard of Oz
Beatty, Patricia Lupita Manana
Bell, William Forbidden city : a novel
Block, Francesca Lia.  Weetzie Bat
Blume, Judy.  Forever 
Blume, Judy.  It's not the end of the world
Blume, Judy.  Summer sisters : a novel
Blume, Judy.  Tiger eyes 
Bradbury, Ray Fahrenheit 451
Brooks, Bruce.  Moves make the man : a novel 
Bunting, Eve S.O.S Titanic 
Burnford, Sheila Every.  Incredible journey 
Buss, Fran Leeper Journey of the sparrows
Choi, Sook Nyul.  Year of impossible goodbyes 
Christopher, John White Mountains
Cisneros, Sandra.  House on Mango Street 
Clark, Ann Nolan Secret of the Andes 
Cleaver, Vera.  Where the lilies bloom 
Collier, James Lincoln My brother Sam is dead 
Collins, Suzanne Mockingjay 
Collins, Suzanne Catching fire 
Collins, Suzanne Hunger Games 
Cormier, Robert Chocolate war 
Creech, Sharon Walk two moons 
Crew, Linda.  Children of the river 
Crutcher, Chris.  King of the mild frontier : an ill-advised autobiography
Crutcher, Chris.  Whale talk 
Cushman, Karen.  Catherine, called Birdy
Cushman, Karen.  Midwife's apprentice 
Dahl, Roald,  Witches / Roald Dahl 
Dalgliesh, Alice Courage of Sarah Noble 
Desai Hidier, Tanuja,  Born confused 
Deuker, Carl.  On the Devil's court 
Dorris, Michael.  Morning Girl 
Draper, Sharon M. (Sharon Mills)  Tears of a tiger 
Duncan, Lois I know what you did last summer 
Duncan, Lois Killing Mr. Griffin 
Duncan, Lois Summer of fear 
Farmer, Nancy Ear, the eye, and the arm 
Fleischman, Sid Midnight horse
Forbes, Esther.  Johnny Tremain 
Fox, Paula.  Slave dancer
Fritz, Jean.  Homesick, my own story
Gaiman, Neil.  Coraline 
Garland, Sherry.  Shadow of the dragon 
Garland, Sherry.  Song of the buffalo boy
George, Jean Craighead Julie of the wolves 
George, Jean Craighead My side of the mountain
Gibbons, Kaye Ellen Foster : a novel 
Gipson, Fred Old Yeller
Golding, William Lord of the flies : a novel 
Grahame, Kenneth Wind in the willows 
Greene, Bette Morning is a long time coming 
Guest, Judith.  Ordinary people 
Guy, Rosa.  Friends / by Rosa Guy. 
Hansen, Joyce.  Which way freedom? 
Hassler, Jon.  Four miles to Pinecone 
Hautzig, Esther Endless steppe : growing up in Siberia 
Hemingway, Ernest Old man and the sea
Hesser, Terry Spencer.  Kissing doorknobs 
Hinton, S. E.  Outsiders
Hinton, S. E.  Taming the star runner 
Hinton, S. E.  That was then, this is now 
Hinton, S. E. Rumble fish 
Hinton, S. E. Tex
Holman, Felice.  Slake's limbo 
Hunt, Irene.  Across five Aprils 
Hunt, Irene.  No promises in the wind 
Hurwin, Davida Time for Dancing 
Kerr, M. E.  Gentlehands
Kincaid, Jamaica.  Annie John 
Kingsolver, Barbara.  Animal dreams : a novel
Kingsolver, Barbara.  Bean trees : a novel 
Klause, Annette Curtis.  Silver kiss
Kogawa, Joy.  Itsuka
Krumgold, Joseph Onion John 
Lachtman, Ofelia Dumas.  Girl from Playa Blanca 
Le Guin, Ursula K. Wizard of Earthsea 
Lee, Harper.  To kill a mockingbird 
L'Engle, Madeleine.  Wrinkle in time
Levitin, Sonia Return 
Lewis, C. S,  Lion, the witch, and the wardrobe
Lewis, C. S,  Magician's nephew
Lewis, C. S.  Horse and his boy 
Lewis, C. S.  Last battle
Lewis, C. S.  Prince Caspian : the return to Narnia
Lewis, C. S.  Silver chair 
Lewis, C. S.  Voyage of the Dawn Treader 
Lipsyte, Robert.  Contender
London, Jack Call of the wild
Lord, Bette.  In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson
Lowry, Lois.  Giver
Lowry, Lois.  Number the stars
Lowry, Lois.  Summer to die 
Lynch, Chris Shadow boxer 
MacLachlan, Patricia.  Sarah, plain and tall 
MacLachlan, Patricia.  Skylark 
Magorian, Michelle.  Good night, Mr. Tom 
Marsden, John So much to tell you 
Martinez, Victor Parrot in the oven : mi vida : a novel 
Mazer, Harry.  Last mission
McCaffrey, Anne.  Dragonsinger
McCaffrey, Anne.  Dragonsong 
McCall Smith, Alexander No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency
McCullers, Carson Heart is a lonely hunter
McDonald, Joyce.  Swallowing stones 
Mohr, Nicholasa.  Nilda 
Momaday, N. Scott Ancient child : a novel 
Montgomery, L. M. (Lucy Maud) Anne of Green Gables 
Morgan, Marlo.  Mutant message down under 
Mori, Kyoko.  Shizuko's daughter 
Myers, Walter Dean Fallen angels
Myers, Walter Dean Hoops 
Myers, Walter Dean Monster 
Myers, Walter Dean Somewhere in the darkness 
Namioka, Lensey.  Ties that bind, ties that break : a novel 
Neufeld, John.  Lisa, bright and dark : a novel 
Nix, Garth.  Sabriel 
O'Brien, Robert C.  Z for Zachariah 
O'Dell, Scott Black pearl 
O'Dell, Scott Island of the Blue Dolphins 
O'Dell, Scott My name is not Angelica 
O'Dell, Scott Sing down the moon 
O'Dell, Scott Zia
Okada, John.  No-no boy 
Oreshnik, A. F.  Demeter Star 
Orwell, George 1984 : a novel 
Orwell, George Animal farm : a fairy story
Park, Linda Sue.  Single shard
Park, Linda Sue.  When my name was Keoko 
Paterson, Katherine.  Bridge to Terabithia
Paterson, Katherine.  Lyddie 
Paulsen, Gary.  Crossing 
Paulsen, Gary.  Hatchet
Paulsen, Gary.  Island 
Paulsen, Gary.  Soldier's heart
Paulsen, Gary.  Winter room 
Peck, Robert Newton.  Day no pigs would die 
Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.  Of mice and men / John Steinbeck ; with an introduction by Susan Shillinglaw. 
Philbrick, W. R. (W. Rodman)  Freak the Mighty
Pullman, Philip Golden compass 
Pullman, Philip Ruby in the smoke
Raskin, Ellen.  Westing game 
Rawls, Wilson.  Where the red fern grows : the story of two dogs and a boy
Richter, Conrad Light in the forest : a novel 
Rinaldi, Ann.  Hang a thousand trees with ribbons : the story of Phillis Wheatley 
Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the deathly hallows 
Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the goblet of fire 
Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince 
Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix 
Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the prisoner of Azkaban 
Rowling, J. K.  Harry Potter and the sorcerer's stone 
Ryan, Pam Munoz.  Esperanza renace
Rylant, Cynthia.  Missing May 
Sachar, Louis Holes
Saint-Exupery, Antoine de Little prince 
Salinger, J. D. (Jerome David) Franny and Zooey
Salisbury, Graham.  Under the blood-red sun 
Santiago, Danny.  Famous all over town
Schaefer, Jack.  Shane
Schami, Rafik Hand full of stars
Sebestyen, Ouida.  Words by heart
Sleator, William.  Duplicate
Sleator, William.  House of stairs
Soto, Gary,  Pacific crossing
Soto, Gary.  Baseball in April : and other stories
Soto, Gary.  Buried onions
Soto, Gary.  Jesse 
Speare, Elizabeth George.  Witch of Blackbird Pond
Sperry, Armstrong Call it courage
Spinelli, Jerry.  Maniac Magee : a novel
Staples, Suzanne Fisher.  Haveli 
Staples, Suzanne Fisher.  Shabanu, daughter of the wind 
Steinbeck, John Cannery row
Steinbeck, John East of Eden 
Steinbeck, John Of mice and men
Steinbeck, John Pearl
Steinbeck, John Red pony 
Steinbeck, John Tortilla flat 
Swarthout, Glendon Fred.  Bless the beasts and children  
Swift, Jonathan Gulliver's travels 
Tan, Amy.  Hundred secret senses 
Tan, Amy.  Hundred secret senses 
Taylor, Mildred D.  Let the circle be unbroken 
Taylor, Mildred D.  Roll of thunder, hear my cry 
Taylor, Mildred D.  Song of the trees 
Taylor, Theodore Cay
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Hobbit, or, There and back again 
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Fellowship of the ring : being the first part of The lord of the rings, with a new foreword by the author
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Return of the king : being the third part of The lord of the rings 
Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel) Two towers : being the second part of The lord of the rings
Trevino, Elizabeth Borton de I, Juan de Pareja
Twain, Mark Adventures of Huckleberry Finn 
Twain, Mark Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Twain, Mark Life on the Mississippi 
Uchida, Yoshiko.  Journey home 
Uchida, Yoshiko.  Journey to Topaz : a story of the Japanese-American evacuation 
Uchida, Yoshiko.  Samurai of Gold Hill 
Ullman, James Ramsey Banner in the sky 
Voigt, Cynthia.  Dicey's song 
Voigt, Cynthia.  Homecoming 
Voigt, Cynthia.  Izzy, willy-nilly
Wallace, Rich.  Wrestling Sturbridge 
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima.  My brother, my sister, and I 
Watkins, Yoko Kawashima.  So far from the Bamboo Grove
Watson, Larry Montana 1948 : a novel 
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George) Invisible man 
Wells, H. G. (Herbert George) Time machine
Whelan, Gloria.  Angel on the square 
Whelan, Gloria.  Goodbye, Vietnam 
Whelan, Gloria.  Homeless bird
White, E. B. (Elwyn Brooks Charlotte's web 
White, Robb Deathwatch 
White, Ruth Belle Prater's boy
Wilder, Laura Ingalls Little house on the prairie
Woodson, Jacqueline.  From the notebooks of Melanin Sun
Woodson, Jacqueline.  If you come softly 
Wynd, Oswald Ginger tree 
Yep, Laurence Child of the owl 
Yep, Laurence Dragon of the lost sea
Yep, Laurence Dragon's gate 
Yep, Laurence Dragonwings
Yep, Laurence Hiroshima : a novella 
Yep, Laurence Ribbons 
Yep, Laurence Serpent's children 
Yumoto, Kazumi.  Friends 
Zindel, Paul.  Pigman 



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