The story is narrated by the hero, Bupps, who is an amateur de- tective and professional lawyer. His sister Helen is in the throes of a painful and acrimonious divorce with her husband Jim who also happens to be Bupps’ best friend. She is now involved in a torrid a air with a man called Frank Woods who, as Bupps discovers doesn’t enjoy a very clean reputation.
A sentimental short story praised for its moving plot and con- demnation of scienti c experimentation on animals, Mark Twain e ciently delivers a truly captivating piece. First appearing in Harper’s Magazine in 1903, A Dog’s Tale was later published as a pamphlet for the National Anti-Vivisection Society. The tale focus- es on the life of Aileen, a misunderstood dog who experiences the ups and downs of life, while cruelly subjected to su ering because of the shallow belief of her inferiority amidst humans.
James Allen was a British writer who wrote mostly about every- day philosophy for the lay person and was in a sense, a pioneer of the self help movement. His books and poems were inspirational pieces, meant to help people realize their own powers and take charge of their lives rather than being mere tools in the hands of destiny. Born in a working class family in Leicester, England, Al- len and his younger brother grew up in straitened circumstances. His father, a factory worker, traveled to America in search of a better job, but was tragically attacked and killed by criminals in New York. James, the older son, was compelled to leave school and seek work back in England.
Written originally for his own children, Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories have continued to delight generations of youngsters since they were rst published in 1902. The thirteen stories col- lected in this book are meant for very young children, but they en- gage older kids and adults too with their charming conversational style and simple plot lines.
These stories are typical examples of the “origin” story, where children are provided with imaginative rather than practical ex- planations for the “why” “what” “how” “where” “who” “when” questions of childhood. The Just So Stories were tales that Kipling would tell his own daughter who tragically died in infancy of pneumonia.
The story is narrated by the hero, Bupps, who is an amateur de- teLove and Friendship was written primarily for the amusement of her large and gregarious family, and young Jane was probably called upon to read her writings aloud. The reader can only im- agine the sheer hilarity that the novel must have evoked. As part of a collection of Jane Austen Juvenilia, this is indeed a treasure trove for Jane Austen enthusiasts as it o ers early glimpses of that brilliant talent which was to shine forth a few years later and de- light readers of all ages.
His name has become a metaphor for one who will never grow old. Peter Pan by JM Barrie is the story of a boy who remains a boy while the world around him changes.
Sir James Mathew Barrie was a Scottish playwright and novel- ist whose works were received with great critical and commercial success in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. He dis- covered the main inspiration for his creative genius in his friend- ship (and later guardianship) with the children of Arthur and Syl- via Llewellyn-Davies. The Llewellyn-Davies boys, ve in number and related to the famous Du Maurier family, featured in many of Barrie’s stories and plays and some of these works were written speci cally for them.
Persuasion is the last completed novel by Jane Austen and it was published posthumously in 1818. Readers have often connected Persuasion with Northanger Abbey as the setting of both stories is in Bath, a highly fashionable health resort with which the author was well acquainted. Another interesting point to note is that the title of ‘Persuasion’ was probably not envisioned by Jane but by her brother or sister. Another theory is that her two siblings had a great role in choosing the title of the story.
Austen’s timeless romantic classic, follows the lives of the ve Bennett sisters, who live in a time where an advantageous mar- riage and social status are considered a fundamental for any woman to stand a fair chance at life. Set at the turn of the 19th century, Pride and Prejudice catches a perfect glimpse not only of a time when women were socially and economically dependent solely on their marital status, but also as an age of enlightenment and witness of the French Revolution.
Montgomery’s literary classic recounts the exciting adventures undertaken by the ery eleven-year-old Anne Shirley, an orphan girl accidentally adopted by middle aged siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert. A coming-of-age novel, Anne of Green Gables focuses on Anne’s new life at Green Gables farm in Avonlea and her adjustment into the Prince Edward Island community.
If ever there was a story written based unabashedly on adven- ture and trouble, this is it.
There are treasure hunts and murderers on the run in this book that will keep you spellbound. Tom and his half-brother, Sid, lived with their aunt, Polly. Tom was a boisterous young fellow who constantly found himself in rather awkward situations that land- ed him into trouble. These situations were however exceedingly hilarious.
On one occasion, Tom dirtied his clothes in a ght and his pun- ishment was to whitewash the fence the following day. He cun- ningly got his friends to not only beg to do the work for him but also to pay him for the privilege!
The Little Mermaid, The Ugly Duckling, The Snow Queen, The Real Princess and a host of other wonderful tales which form so much a part of childhood are part of Andersen’s Fairy Tales, by Hans Christian Andersen.
This volume contains eighteen selected stories. Some of them are old familiar friends, while others maybe new to some readers, but all of them equally enchanting and enthralling. Today, these stories are known almost everywhere in the world and have been translated into hundreds of languages. Their appeal is not just for children or young readers. As folktales and typical Scandinavian legends, they are a fascinating glimpse into the myths and leg- ends, culture and ethos of the Northern Lands. Since their publi- cation in 1835, they have continued to inspire and delight genera- tions of children and adults.
Frances Hodgson Burnett’s book “A Little Princess” begins as seven year old Sara Crewe is dropped o at a boarding school by her rich father. She has grown up in India and has lived a very pampered life. Even though she is rich, she is very friendly to everyone and the students all love her.
Unfortunately, the woman in charge of the school does not like Sara and when her father dies on a business trip, the head mistress is angry that she will not get the money she is owed for Sara’s care. She makes her live in the attic with the maid and to do chores to earn her keep at the school. Sara is mistreated, but still remains kind to others and helps anyone she can.
The Railway Children is a children’s book by Edith Nesbit, orig- inally serialised in The London Magazine during 1905 and rst published in book form in 1906. It has been adapted for the screen several times, of which the 1970 lm version is the best known. The story concerns a family who move to “Three Chimneys”, a house near the railway, after the father, who works at the Foreign o ce, is imprisoned after being falsely accused of spying. The children befriend an Old Gentleman who regularly takes the 9:15 train near their home; he is eventually able to help prove their fa- ther’s innocence, and the family is reunited. The family take care of a Russian exile, Mr Szczepansky, who came to England looking for his family and Jim.
The story is narrated by the hero, Bupps, who is an amateur de- tective and professional lawyer. His sister Helen is in the throes of a painful and acrimonious divorce with her husband Jim who also happens to be Bupps’ best friend. She is now involved in a torrid a air with a man called Frank Woods who, as Bupps discovers doesn’t enjoy a very clean reputation. Woods is a war-pro teer and his transactions have a seamy side. Things take a menacing turn when Jim is found mysteriously dead in a car accident. Bu- pps’ suspicious are aroused by certain strange circumstances that occurred during the accident. From here on, the plot takes readers on a roller coaster ride through sinister Bolshevik conspiracies, high society country clubs and deadly pursuit through barren landscapes, ending in a most unexpected denouement.
An old carpenter carves a little wooden puppet from a mysteri- ous piece of wood that seems to have the ability to talk! He begins to love the little creature like his own son and names him Pinoc- chio. But the mischievous fellow runs away from his loving fa- ther as soon as he learns to walk. The Adventures of Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi follows the misadventures and naughty exploits of this delightfully “human” puppet who in his heart of hearts longs only to become a real boy.
Carlo Collodi was the pen name of a gifted writer of children’s books, Carlo Lorenzini who lived in Florence, Italy, during the late 19th century. He was also a political activist and author of several novels, short novels, articles and sketches for adults. He began writing for children in 1876 and translated children’s literature from other languages into Italian.
The continuing story of Katy Carr, recounting the time she spent at boarding school with her sister Clover.
First of the famous Rover Boys books by future Hardy Boys creator Edward Stratemeyer (under the pseudonym Arthur M Win eld), this is an introduction to the fun-loving teenage Rover Brothers -- Dick, Tom & Sam. Virtual orphans, they are sent by their prudish Uncle Randolph to a military boarding school and their adventures soon begin!
Great Englishwomen is a collection of biographies of some of the greatest women in England’s history. Women who were lead- ers of their country in troubled times, women who were reform- ers in prison conditions, and those who sought improvement in the education and living conditions of the poor. Some were great painters, poets, and writers.
Three Men in a Boat was originally meant to be a serious piece of travel writing, full of local avors, legends and folklore about England’s mighty river. As it turned out, somewhere along the way, the author Jerome found himself catapulted into a madcap adventure. The plot is relatively simple. It describes three friends, namely, the author himself, Jerome, George Wingrave and Harris, who set out with their dog on a boat trip and encounter a series of amusing, poignant and strange happenings along the river. Win- grave and Harris (Carl Hentschel in real life) are both friends with whom Jerome often took trips on boats. The dog Montmorency however, is ctional!
Mike’s dream of studying and playing cricket at Cambridge are thwarted as his father runs into nancial di culties. Instead, Mike takes on the job of clerk at the “New Asiatic Bank.” Luckily, school friend Psmith, with his boundless optimism and original views, soon joins his department, and together they endeavour to make the best of their new life in London.
A comedy of manners, Emma portrays the spoilt, snobbish, yet charming Emma Woodhouse as she delightfully interferes in the relationships of others without taking much notice of her own heart. Although quick to make prejudgments and decisions, Emma is eventually able to notice her mistakes, and it is this rev- elation that makes her an endearing heroine and an inspiration to women throughout.
Call of the Wild is an emotional rollercoaster of a novel set dur- ing the late 19th century Klondike Gold Rush. The central charac- ter is Buck, an Alaskan sled dog who is forced to adjust to the cruel climate in order to survive. If you have even a remote love of dogs then you will fall head over heels in love with this book. In fact, take away the fact that Buck is a dog and the story is the same, a struggle against greed and to live a life of freedom.
Hugely popular among younger readers, White Fang by Jack London was a runaway hit when it rst debuted in 1906, as a se- rial story in the Outing magazine. Since then it continues to en- joy immense acclaim and popularity as a coming of age allegory where a nonconformist youngster is transformed into a responsi- ble citizen.
A treasure trove of more than two hundred poems, this gem of an anthology compiled by Mary E Burt is indeed a most valuable set of poems to read or listen to.
The Adventures of Jimmy Skunk is another in the long list chil- dren’s books by the conservationist, Thornton W. Burgess. In this book, Jimmy Skunk has encounters with Reddy Fox, Peter Rabbit, Unc’ Billy Possum and other acquaintances of his in the Green Meadows and Green Forest. Along the way, we learn some of the habits of Jimmy and his friends and we learn little lessons about life such as the importance of always keeping one’s temper, keep- ing promises and not playing practical jokes. We are also treated to a philosophical discussion by Jimmy Skunk on the advantages of defensive weaponry.
Born on Christmas Day, little Carol Bird is a gentle soul who touches every life around her. Despite physical illness, Carol is loved by everyone who knows her. This year, she is going to make Christmas extra special for her family and the little Ruggles chil- dren who live nearby.
All people in the world tell nursery tales to their children, and the stories are apt to be like each other everywhere. A child who has read the Blue and Red and Yellow Fairy Books will nd some old friends with new faces in the Pink Fairy Book. Courage, youth, beauty, kindness, have many trials, but they always win the battle; while witches, giants, unfriendly cruel people, are on the losing hand. So it ought to be, and so, on the whole, it is and will be; and that is all the moral of fairy tales. We cannot all be young, alas! and pretty, and strong; but nothing prevents us from being kind, and no kind man, woman, or beast or bird, ever comes to anything but good in these oldest fables of the world.
Thornton Waldo Burgess (January 14, 1874 – June 5, 1965) was a conservationist and author of children’s stories. He loved the beauty of nature and its living creatures so much that he wrote about them for 50 years. By the time he retired, he had written more than 170 books. Many of his outdoor observations in nature were used as plots for his stories. In his rst book, “Old Moth- er West Wind,” published in 1910, the reader meets many of the characters found in later books and stories. These characters in- clude Peter Rabbit, Jimmy Skunk, Sammy Jay, Bobby Raccoon, Joe Otter, Grandfather Frog, Billy Mink, Jerry Muskrat, Spotty the Turtle and of course, Old Mother West Wind and her Merry Little Breezes. Note to parents of very small children: in Chapter 15, lit- tle Tommy Trout gets eaten by a pickerel.
Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books or Andrew Lang’s “Coloured” Fairy Books constitute a twelve-book series of fairy tale collections. Al- though Andrew Lang did not collect the stories himself from the oral tradition, the extent of his sources, who had collected them originally (with the notable exception of Madame d’Aulnoy), made them an immensely in uential collection, especially as he used foreign-language sources, giving many of these tales their rst appearance in English. As acknowledged in the prefaces, al- though Lang himself made most of the selections, his wife and other translators did a large portion of the translating and telling of the actual stories.
The consequences of letting your irritation get the better of you are humorously portrayed in this story of a self-important man who res a shotgun at an annoying cat on his fence.. and hits a man skulking in the bushes. What did the cat do to enrage him? Why was the man in the bushes? And how can the whole matter be covered up and done away with before the neighbors start gos- siping?
The Moon and Sixpence is a 1919 short novel by William Som- erset Maugham based on the life of the painter Paul Gauguin. The story is told in episodic form by the rst-person narrator as a series of glimpses into the mind and soul of the central charac- ter, Charles Strickland, a middle aged English stock broker who abandons his wife and children abruptly to pursue his desire to become an artist.
Flower Fables is Louisa May Alcott’s rst book, penned at 16 for Ralph Waldo Emerson’s daughter, Ellen. Flower Fables is a treas- ury of six di erent stories penned by Louisa May Alcott. These old-fashioned fairy tales have been compiled and edited by Dan- iel Shealy, who has done editing on several Alcott books. The text is very readable.
The novel has two main plots; one set in the real world at the time the book was published (the Victorian era), the other in the fantasy world of Fairyland. While the latter plot is a fairytale with many nonsense elements and poems, similar to Carroll’s Alice books, the story set in Victorian Britain is a social novel, with its characters discussing various concepts and aspects of religion, so- ciety, philosophy and morality.
Sara Cone Bryant was an educator and storyteller who wrote several books on the importance of oral storytelling to children, and stories to tell children. This volume expounds on her theories and practices of telling stories to children, and provides several examples. Her conversational writing style makes this work as relevant for parents and teachers as it was 90 years ago.
Follow the adventures of Katy Carr and her family, through good times and bad.
“Not once upon a time but just now, in a white house by the side of a road, live three happy children.
Their mother and father gave them very odd names, for two old uncles and one aunt, which pleased the old people very much. Their names are all written in the big family Bible,–Jehosophat Green, Marmaduke Green, and Hepzebiah Green.”es Bond and countless other best-seller heroes in 32 Caliber.
An Australian childrens’ classic about life on a ranch around the same time of A Little Florida Lady, with a similarly plucky tomboy heroine. Also, like the latter story, expect some racial stereotyping of Asian and Aboriginal characters. This originally ran as a news- paper serial and it shows in the episodic nature of the chapters, such as a vivid trip to the circus sandwiched by talk of a mad killer and an unexpectedly sentimental ending.
Sheen, a member of Seymour’s House at Wrykyn School, ees from an unexpected assault by town boys. His colleagues wade into the ght with relish, acquiring bruises and sore heads, but in the fracas, Sheen is missed, and the story makes the rounds of Wrykyn that when blows were traded, Sheen “funked it.”
Honor in such institutions depends on reliably standing with your House. As punishment for his defection, Sheen is “cut” - treated as if he did not exist.
Bailey’s writing has been described thusly by the Newark Evening News: “Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the sus- picions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never ‘write down’ to children and frequently used words beyond the aver- age juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar.
The Last of the Mohicans is an epic novel by James Fenimore Cooper, rst published in January 1826.
It was one of the most popular English-language novels of its time, and helped establish Cooper as one of the rst world-fa- mous American writers.The story takes place in 1757 during the French and Indian War, when France and Great Britain battled for control of the American and Canadian colonies.
This is the second book in the series of the Motor Girls. Join Cora and her friends in this mystery and adventure of The Motor Girls. Also the search for a missing table and promise book belonging to a cripple girl called Wren. Why is Clip so mysterious? What is she up to? Is Sid Wilcox up to his old tricks with his chum Rob Roland?
Follow more of the hilarious life of the boy Penrod Scho eld, his friends Sam Williams, Herman, Verman, Georgie, Maurice, and the love of his life, Marjorie Jones.
This story surrounds a child waif, a young woman, a young gentleman doctor, and an elderly lady. This tale unfolds the story of a bond that brings these unlikely friends together and merges their separate paths of life into one common path. The bond is “Dumps”, or “Pompey”, the “doggie”. With many twists, turns, and uncertainties, the ending may surprise the reader. All’s well that ends well in this doggie “tail”. (Introduction by Allyson Hes- ter)
The Turmoil is the rst novel in the ‘Growth’ trilogy, which also includes The Magni cent Ambersons (1918) and The Midlander (1923, retitled National Avenue in 1927). In 1942 Orson Welles di- rected a lm version based on volume 2, also titled “The Magnif- icent Ambersons.”
The trilogy traces the growth of the United States through the declining fortunes of three generations of the aristocratic Amber- son family in a ctional Mid-Western town, between the end of the Civil War and the early part of the 20th century, a period of rapid industrialization and socio-economic change in America. The decline of the Ambersons is contrasted with the rising for- tunes of industrial tycoons and other new-money families, which did not derive power from family names but by “doing things”. As George Amberson’s friend says, “don’t you think being things is ‘rahthuh bettuh’ than doing things?”
Tom Swift is approached by Mr. Preston, the owner of a circus, and begins to tell the story of Jake Poddington, Mr. Preston’s most skilled hunter. As it turns out, Jake went missing just after send- ing word to Preston that Jake was on the trail of a tribe of giants, somewhere in South Africa. That was the last Preston has heard of Jake Poddington. Preston would like Tom to use one of his air- ships to search for Poddington, and if possible, bring back a giant for the circus.
The Camp Fire Girls books is a series of ction novels written for children by various authors from 1912 into the 1930s.
he had not been brought up in America at all. She had been born in France, in a beautiful château, and she had been born heiress to a great fortune, but, nevertheless, just now she felt as if she was very poor, indeed. And yet her home was in one of the most splen- did houses in New York. She had a lovely suite of apartments of her own, though she was only eleven years old. She had had her own carriage and a saddle horse, a train of masters, and govern- esses, and servants, and was regarded by all the children of the neighborhood as a sort of grand and mysterious little princess, whose incomings and outgoings were to be watched with the greatest interest....
This is a short story about a shy, quiet little girl living in a big city. When her parents are o ered the opportunity to take care of a house in the suburbs for the summer she meets another little girl in the house and they become playmates.
Clotel; or, The President’s Daughter is a novel by William Wells Brown (1815-84), a fugitive from slavery and abolitionist and was published in London, England in December 1853. It is often con- sidered the rst African-American novel. This novel focuses on the di cult lives of mulattoes in America and the “degraded and immoral condition of the relation of master and slave in the USA” (Brown). It is about the tragic lives of Currer, Althesea, and Clotel. In the novel, Currer is the former mulatto mistress of President Thomas Je erson who together have two daughters, Althesea and Clotel. Because she was beautiful and the mistress of Je erson, Currer and her daughters lived a confortable life, this changed when her master passes away. In the end, Currer and Althesea are auctioned to the notorious slave trader, Dick Walker. Clotel is bought by her lover Horatio Green. The separation of these three women is just the beginning of the injustices they face.
This story is based upon the experiences of two Belgian refugees in World War I. When their parents are marched of by Germans, Jan and Marie are left alone. Now they, along with their dog, have to nd their parents!