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More importantly, when it comes to "books that should not be forgotten," I don't feel the need to list books that aren't in any immediate danger of being forgotten. Nobody's planning to forget Dostoevsky anytime soon.
Here, however, are a few works which might need a little help getting remembered.
1. The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge. For all J.K. Rowling named this as a childhood favorite, I've yet to hear tell of millions of young girls rediscovering how thoroughly beautiful it is. I'm not J.K. Rowling, but I'll do my part.
2. Anything by Patricia M. St. John, whose books are to Christian fiction as Keith Green is to Christian music. They surpass the rest of their category not for being less heavy-handed, but for being so achingly sincere. My favorites are the children's story Star of Light and the Lebanese war novel If You Love Me.
3. Ben-Hur by Lew Wallace. Everyone still knows about this book, but when was the last time anyone read it?
4. Summer's Song by Linda Massey Weddle. This book has been so thoroughly forgotten that the handful of available copies online are priced over $20. For in-fair-condition softcovers of a short, light, simple summer-camp novella aimed at young teen girls. My sisters and I read our copy almost to bits, and our dog finished the job (the same dog that chewed the corner off my Bible.) It's far from being the greatest literary work on the planet, and it's not Catholic, but I loved the heck out of it when I was fourteen. Dear Mrs. Weddle: please put it on Kindle! :)
5. Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter. People have complained so thoroughly for so long about the title character's innocence and persistent cheerfulness that it's unlikely the story will stick around for the next generation of young readers who happen to like their characters on the sweet side. It's a perfectly good kid's book, and I always found Pollyanna inspiring.
6. Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls. Everyone remembers Rawls for Where the Red Fern Grows. Summer of the Monkeys is rather less pathetic and far more hilarious. It's a great family read.
7. No Flying in the House by Betty Brock. This is the first book I remember discovering in a school library, and I loved it madly.
8. L.M. Montgomery's minor works, especially The Blue Castle. Anne and Emily will live as long as the girls of my generation do, but let's not forget Valancy and Pat and Kilmeny and the others!
9. Enchantress from the Stars by Sylvia Engdahl. I don't understand why this isn't as well known as A Wrinkle in Time.
10. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo. This recent release had a movie made out of it, which may or may not have been any good—I never saw it—so it may not be likely to be forgotten very soon. But it's also one of a handful of superb children's books that made me cry and smile as a grown-up. It's just lovely.
What books would you like to see remembered?