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The call of the wild

London, Jack, 1876-1916.


The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.


Melville, Herman, 1819-1891.


Moby-Dick is generally regarded as its author's masterpiece and one of the greatest American novels. The basic plot of Moby-Dick is simple. The narrator (who asks to be called "Ishmael") tells of the last voyage of the ship Pequod out of New Bedford, Mass. Captain Ahab is obsessed with the pursuit of the white whale Moby-Dick, which finally kills him. On that level, the work is an intense, superbly authentic narrative. Its theme and central figure, however, are reminiscent of Job in his search for justice and of Oedipus in his search for truth. The novel's richly symbolic language and tragic hero are indicative of Melville's deeper concerns: the equivocal defeats and triumphs of the human spirit and its fusion of creative and murderous urges. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature.

Gone with the wind.

Mitchell, Margaret, 1900-1949.


A monumental classic considered by many to be not only the greatest love story ever written, but also the greatest Civil War saga.

Nineteen eighty-four

Orwell, George, 1903-1950.


While the totalitarianism that provoked George Orwell into writing 'Nineteen Eighty-Four' seems to be passing into oblivion, his harrowing, cautionary tale of a man trapped in a political nightmare has had the opposite fate, and its relevance and power to disturb our complacency seem to grow decade by decade.

Animal farm ; 1984

Orwell, George, 1903-1950.


Animal farm: A fairy tale about farmer Jones's domesticated animals, who, when they revolt against their cruel master are then taken over by the pigs, and soon find they have succeeded in exchanging one form of tyranny for another, and once again are forced to unite in a common cause.

The yearling

Rawlings, Marjorie Kinnan, 1896-1953.


A young boy living in the Florida backwoods is forced to decide the fate of a fawn he has lovingly raisesd as a pet.

All quiet on the western front

Remarque, Erich Maria, 1898-1970.


The timeless classic of World War I Germany that speaks to generation after generation

The light in the forest

Richter, Conrad, 1890-1968.


When John Cameron Butler was a child, he was captured in a raid on the Pennsylvania frontier and adopted by the great warrrior Cuyloga. Renamed True Son, he came to think of himself as fully Indian. But eleven years later his tribe, the Lenni Lenape, has signed a treaty with the white men and agreed to return their captives, including fifteen-year-old True Son. Now he must go back to the family he has forgotten, whose language is no longer his, and whose ways of dress and behavior are as strange to him as the ways of the forest are to them. A beautifully written, sensitively told story of a white boy brought up by Indians, The Light in the Forest is a beloved American classic.


Schaefer, Jack, 1907-1991.


In the summer of 1889, a mysterious and charismatic man rides into a small Wyoming valley, where he joins homesteaders who take a stand against a bullying cattle rancher, and where he changes the lives of a young boy and his parents.

Frankenstein, or, The modern prometheus

Shelley, Mary Wollstonecraft, 1797-1851.


At this challenge, Mary Shelley began work on the 'ghost story' that was to evolve into the most celebrated horror novel in literary history. Frankenstein was published the next year and become the rage of London. In the generations since, the story of Victor Frankenstein and the monster he created has been read by millions all over the world. It has inspired hundreds of imitations, but it has never been equaled for its masterful manipulation of the elements of horror and suspense.

The Grapes of wrath

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.


Novel about the plight of American farmers who were forced off their farms by drought and foreclosure during the 1930's.

Of mice and men

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.


Novel-Ties study guides contain reproducible pages in a chapter by chapter format to accompany a work of literature of the same title.

The red pony

Steinbeck, John, 1902-1968.


This is the story of conflict between a nine year old boy, his father and the family's hired man. The son works his way from despair to contentment with the aid of a small red pony.


Stoker, Bram, 1847-1912.


Of the many admiring reviews Bram Stoker's Dracula received when it first appeared in 1897, the most astute praise came from the author's mother, who wrote her son: 'It is splendid. No book since Mrs. Shelley's "Frankenstein" or indeed any other at all has come near yours in originality, or terror.' A popular bestseller in Victorian England, Stoker's hypnotic tale of the bloodthirsty Count Dracula, whose nocturnal atrocities are symbolic of an evil ages old yet forever new, endures as the quintessential story of suspense and horror. The unbridled lusts and desires, the diabolical cravings that Stoker dramatized with such mythical force, render Dracula resonant and unsettling a century later.

The hobbit, or, There and back again

Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.


Bilbo Baggins, a respectable, well-to-do hobbit, lives comfortably in his hobbit-hole until the day the wandering wizard Gandalf chooses him to share in an adventure from which he may never return.

The lord of the rings

Tolkien, J. R. R. (John Ronald Reuel), 1892-1973.


For over fifty years, J.R.R. Tolkien's peerless fantasy has accumulated worldwide acclaim as the greatest adventure tale ever written. No other writer has created a world as distinct as Middle-earth, complete with its own geography, history, languages, and legends. And no one has created characters as endearing as Tolkien's large-hearted, hairy-footed hobbits. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings continues to seize the imaginations of readers of all ages, and this new three-volume paperback edition is designed to appeal to the youngest of them.

A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's court

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.


This novel tells the story of Hank Morgan, the quintessential self-reliant New Englander who brings to King Arthur's Age of Chivalry the "great and beneficent" miracles of nineteenth-century engineering and American ingenuity. Through the collision of past and present, Twain exposes the insubstantiality of both utopias, destroying the myth of the romantic ideal as well as his own era's faith in scientific and social progress. A central document in American intellectual history, "A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court "is at once a hilarious comedy of anachronisms and incongruities, a romantic fantasy, a utopian vision, and a savage, anarchic social satire that only one of America's greatest writers could pen.

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Twain, Mark, 1835-1910.


The classic story of a boy's adventures in the Mississippi Valley.

The time machine

Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946.


When the Time Traveller courageously stepped out of his machine for the first time, he found himself in the year 802,700--and everything has changed.nbsp;nbsp;In another, more utopian age, creatures seemed to dwell together in perfect harmony.nbsp;nbsp;The Time Traveller thought he could study these marvelous beings--unearth their secret and then retum to his own time--until he discovered that his invention, his only avenue of escape, had been stolen.nbsp;nbsp;H.G. Well's famous novel of one man's astonishing journey beyond the conventional limits of the imagination first appeared in 1895.nbsp;nbsp;It won him immediate recognition, and has been regarded ever since as one of the great masterpieces in the literature of science fiction.

The war of the worlds

Wells, H. G. (Herbert George), 1866-1946.


H.G. Wells' late nineteenth-century novel in which an intellectually superior race from Mars invades Earth with plans to take over the planet.

The age of innocence

Wharton, Edith, 1862-1937.


The picture of Dorian Gray

Wilde, Oscar, 1854-1900.


An incredibly handsome young man in Victorian England retains his youthful appearance over the years while his portrait reflects both his age and evil soul as he pursues a life of decadence and corruption.

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