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for books alphabetically by TITLE below.
Book titles beginning with ‘The’ are filed under T.

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Word counts of books with more than 40,000 words (no books over 49,999 words allowed) are in

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Titles P - Z

Pippi Longstocking

by Astrid Lindgren

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1969

Blurb: A Swedish girl and her friends have adventures without parents or rules.

Word Count: 26,522

The Bad Beginning

by Lemoney Snicket

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1999

Blurb: The Baudelaire children are told they are orphans and sent to stay with a wicked uncle who wants their fortune.

Word Count: 40,500

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Genre: Literary Fiction

Publication Year: 1925

Blurb: A mysterious millionaire charms New York society during the Roaring Twenties. But where did the money come from?

Word Count: 47,094

The One and Only Ivan

by Katherine Applegate

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 2012

Blurb: A circus gorilla fights oppression to save a baby elephant.

Word Count: 26,263

The Sign of the Beaver

by Elizabeth George Speare

Genre: Middle Grade

Publication Year: 1983

Blurb: Thirteen-year-old Matt must survive in the frontier wilderness with the help of a friend from the Beaver Clan.

Word Count: 32,818

The Thin Man

by Samuel Dashiell Hammett

Genre: Mystery

Publication Year: 1934

Blurb: Retired private detective Nick Charles and his socialite wife, Nora, try to solve the murder of his former client.

Word Count: 40,851


by Steve Martin

Genre: Romance

Publication Year: 2000

Blurb: Department store employee Mirabelle Buttersfield moved to L.A. to find love. She just has to figure out what love means to her.

Word Count: 36,000

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Mark Haddon

Genre: Mystery

Publication Year: 2003

Blurb: An autistic teen’s quest to investigate the suspicious death of a neighborhood dog.

Word Count: 44,292

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Douglas Adams

Genre: Science Fiction

Publication Year: 1979

Blurb: After Earth is demolished, Arthur Dent joins a wacky gang of misfits who travel the galaxy searching for the meaning of life.

Word Count: 46,333 Words 

The Outsiders

by S.E. Hinton

Genre: Young Adult

Publication Year: 1967

Blurb: High schoolers in opposing gangs face off after a terrible event.

Word Count: 48,953 

The Sign of the Four

by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Genre: Mystery

Publication Year: 1890

Blurb: Consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson investigate the murder of a man connected to a stolen treasure.​

Word Count: 43,000

The Westing Game

Ellen Draskin

Genre: Mystery

Publication Year: 1978

Blurb: Sixteen people gather for the reading of an eccentric millionaire’s Will, but one of them is a murderer.

Word Count: 41,295

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