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A Northern Light

A Northern Light is a story of a girl's search for identity and independence, complicated by the demands of family and financial struggle.

Mattie is faced with how to live her dreams without feeling as though she is betraying her family.
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a timeless classic as well as one of the best coming of age stories of all time.

Set in the early 1900's, the story follows the hardships as well as the achievements of the Nolan family.
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Ada, Legend of a Healer

Fraught with her own anxieties and problems, yet compassionate and likeable Readers will enjoy Ada because, like most of us, she struggles with life.

This book delves into the psychology and growth of a teenage girl coming to grips with the knowledge that there are some good people out there; some people worth healing. Read More

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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is an incredible example of the strength of the human will but also the tenderness of the human spirit.

Jane is an orphan sentenced to the lower class of society because of her loss. She grows beyond society's judgment into a sensitive woman not afraid of life's challenges.
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Young Fu

Young Fu of the Upper Yangtze is a story of unbearable pressure and struggle but also of the adaptable nature of youth and the importance of sound character. Forced away from the quiet solitude of his family's farm, Young Fu is thrust into the fast, and sometimes cut-throat, pace of city life where he'll be faced with hard choices that will eventually define the man he'll become.
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Huck Finn

Huckleberry Finn tells the story of societal conditioning and the struggle of a young boy who's determined to do what feels right in his heart.

Huck is faced with a choice, to help a good friend or turn his back on a man that society has judged a slave.
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The Giver

Jonas lives in the perfect society, no crime, no financial woes, no suffering, but at what cost? His new job, which was chosen for him by officials, will open a vault of secrets that will certainly bring into focus what he's never questioned: what's the price of a "perfect" society? Read More

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The Joy Luck Club

A The Joy Luck Club is a mesmerizing story of mothers and daughters filling in the gaps of misunderstanding that built up over years of high hopes and unreasonable expectations.
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The Hobbit

A day well spent for a hobbit is good food, a cozy fire and a full pipe, all in the safe confines of home. Bilbo's comfortable existence is interrupted by a visit from a wizard who wants Bilbo to leave behind all he knows for a mysterious adventure.
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Catcher In The Rye

Everyone expects Holden Caulfield to know what he wants to do with his life, but at sixteen what Holden wants to do is the opposite of what everyone thinks he should. Heading home after being kicked out of school, Holden sets out on a downward spiral of bad choices. Will he find his way?
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The Outsiders

Ponyboy and his gang, the Greasers, have spent their whole lives silently accepting their place at the bottom of society's ladder. But, will they be able to remain silent when a gang of rich kids, the Socs, threaten to beat up any "greaser" they come across?
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Homeless Bird

Koly fears that if her husband, of a pre-arranged marriage, dies she will be unwanted and even worse cast out of society in India. She can't go back to her own family and her husband's family will only see her as a burden. Why should one person's value be based on another's?
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Time of the Doves

In Spain during the civil war, a young girl named Natalia stumbles onto her path in life, learning that despair, loss, and sorrow are, at times, the painful ingredients in self discovery. But, along this dark and troubled road is where her true character begins to bloom.
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Swann's Way

Marcel Proust beautifully captures life through the eyes of a young boy growing up in French society during the late 19th century. The narrator describes his thoughts and feelings on the parental injustices and naive confusion of coming of age.
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The Red Tent

The Red Tent is the story of Dinah, a biblical figure from The Book of Genesis. Dinah is barely mentioned in the bible, but Anita Diamant masterfully weaves a story that brings her to life along with a richly detailed vision of what life was like for women during the biblical times.
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The Lord Of The Flies

A powerfully written, but disturbing example of the wicked nature that lingers just under the surface of humanity. What would become of a group of boys stranded on an uninhabited island?
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Children of the Arbat

This book follows the lives of a circle of young friends coming of age in Russia during the reign of Stalin. Anatoli Rybakov masterfully describes the psychological destruction inflicted on a generation subjected to Stalin's oppressive governing through fear.
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Coming of Age Poems

Please find below various poems relating to coming of age. To each their own, and if you know of a poem that you would like listed here, please use the contact us page to provide this information. Our goal is to make coming of age books a reference site for all things coming of age.




The Little Unicorn That Had No Horn

"...beautiful and endearing."



Unicorn Poem - The Little Unicorn That Had No Horn



The sweetest unicorn book of all time.




The Bells by Edgar Allan Poe

Walk with Edgar Allan Poe through the bells of ringing time.



Hope by Emily Dickinson

Hope by Emily Dickinson describes the one thing all humans should always have through all of the stages of coming of age, Hope.



Intimations of Immortality - William Wordsworth

Intimations of Immortality is a spiritual coming of age written by William Wordsworth during the1800s.


Morituri Salutamus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Morituri Salutamus by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is a passionate vision of the evolution of youth to old age. He speaks of the strengths and accomplishments of many amazing historical figures, who were well into their senior years when they produced their most amazing works. Longfellow doesn't want to delude his reader though; he explains the fade and decline that inevitably occurs when humans become elderly, but he celebrates this gradual weathering with words that encourage and empower the reader to stop ignoring or dreading this coming of age, but embrace it as the final and ultimate blooming of the human.



The Sin of Omission by Margaret E. Sangster

The ultimate moment in coming of age is the realization of the struggle and loss of particular moments that were left undone and can only be understood through life's trials and tribulations. Margaret E. Sangster captures this in The Sin of Omission and presents it as a wary but heartfelt warning.



In Progress by Christina Rossetti

In Progress by Christina Rossetti feels almost like a witness to the growth and struggle of the human spirit.



All the World's a Stage  by William Shakespeare

All the World's a Stage  by William Shakespeare is a monologue found in the play As You Like It. Shakespeare's witty writing describes coming of age on the stage of life.



A Light Exists In Spring by Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson in A Light Exists In Spring describes the beauty of spring as if it were the human process of coming of age.



There Was a Child Went Forth by Walt Whitman

Walt Whitman's There Was a Child Went Forth eloquently paints the picture of an internal coming of age of how life's experiences etch definition into the heart of the human soul. Whitman uses nature to make an unforgettable impression.



The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Is the Hand That Rules the World by William Ross Wallace

The Hand That Rocks the Cradle by William Ross Wallace beautifully portrays the efforts and hope a mother brings to the world for her ever growing children. Considering the time and state of mind of most Academics toward women, Wallace's poem is an empowering piece that captures the great value and importance of women's contribution.



If-  by Rudyard Kipling

If-  by Rudyard Kipling is an inspirational poem about the turbulent journey of coming of age from adolescence to adulthood. Kipling eloquently points out the heavy weight of responsibility heaped on the shoulders of youth to rise up and find balance in a world that seems mixed up at times.



Coming of Age by James McDonald

Coming of Age  by James McDonald is a seasonal poem that explores the evolution of our lives in correlation to the changing of the seasons. There are summers, winters, and springs in all of our lives.


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Thanatopsis by William Cullen Bryant

Thanatopsis is a poem celebrating life and embracing the coming of age of death. Old age is always looked upon as a forboding time in human existence, yet a phase we all face, Bryant's poem creates a different vision while clearing the foggy window into the uncertain realm of death, powerfully written.



A Psalm of life by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

A Psalm of Life paints a beautiful picture of how much more life is than we actually know. Wadsworth reminds us to not take even a breath for granted, embrace every chance to think, reflect and live to the fullest measure of courage and gratefulness. This poem is awesome!