This masterfully written story of buried treasure, piracy, and swashbuckling on the high seas is an unforgettable adventure, filled with excitement for all ages. It begins in merry ol' England and entwines its way with intrigue and adventure to an exciting climax on an exotic tropical island.
Two boys- one a prince, the other a pauper- look so much alike that no one can tell them apart! Join them in the days of old England, as they switch places- the prince becoming a pauper and the pauper a prince.
Thirty-five reproducible activities per guide reinforce basic reading and comprehension skills while teaching high-order critical thinking. Also included are teaching suggestions, background notes, summaries, and answer keys.
Shipwrecked Viola disguises herself as a boy and enters the service of Duke Orsino and falls in love with him. Orsino sends his servant, Cesario (Viola in disguise) to woo the Countess Olivia on his behalf. Olivia cannot love Orsino, but promptly falls in love with his servant, Cesario (Viola). Viola's shipwrecked twin brother, Sebastian, arrives on the scene creating chaos as it now appears that Cesario can be in two places at once. Will all the confusion end to everyone's satisfaction?
Journey between London and Paris during that perilous time known as the French Revolution. This is a story of two men that look alike - one in danger of being beheaded by the guillotine, and the other a hero who sacrifices his own life for his friend. The French Revolution has been called The Reign of Terror, and you will feel the terror in your own bones as you read!
Do UFO's really exist? Could creatures from another planet visit Earth? In The War of the Worlds they do exist and the visitors from the planet Mars come to Earth with not so friendly intentions- to destroy our civilizations! Can humans stop these monstrous invaders before they destroy everything and everyone on Earth?
Romeo and Juliet fall in love at first sight. Yet the bitter feud between their families forbids all contact. Can the power of their love stand up against such a longstanding history of hatred?
Oliver Twist is a penniless orphan. What chance has he got on the dangerous streets of 19th century London? Before long, he's taken in by a gang of thieves. The boy's future looks grim indeed, until a few kindly souls enter the picture.
Shaving the child’s head doesn’t solve a lice infestation. To solve the problem, G.K. Chesterton believes, the humankind must look inward and in depth, and address the poverty issues plus the today’s precarious living conditions. But what about the women’s right to vote or the human being’s rapid dehumanization?
Uncle's Dream by Fyodor Dostoyevsky was written following his five year exile to Siberia where he was sent to serve in a hard labor camp. Following what could only have been a harrowing and harsh existence in Russia's infamous prison for political and social prisoners, one would expect Dostoyevsky's work to have been dark and bitter. Rather, Uncle's Dream is a humorous and yet scathing commentary on Russian provincial high-society. The Eternal Husband is a novella by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoevsky that was first published in 1870 in Zarya magazine The novella's plot revolves around the complicated relationship between Velchaninov and Trusotsky, the husband of his deceased former lover.
A book about the forbidden love between a 20 year old astronomer, Swithin, and Viviette, the much older woman of 29.
A collection of six novellas, written in the 1880s and 1890s, about the true nature of nineteenth century marriage and its inherent restrictions.
Love and Friendship and Other Early Works is a collection of short epistolary stories initially meant to amuse Jane Austen’s family. Austen wrote these stories at the age of 14 and 15 and read them aloud to her family. All the epistolary stories are satirical mocking the 18th-century English society from the mushy love novels to the former kings and queens of England.
Besides his one-of-a-kind fiction craftsmanship, Mark Twain was also an excellent essayist. In his essays, Twain tried to solve the human kind’s riddles and answer those burning questions asked ever since Ancient Greece. Is Man an egocentric and conditional machine? What is Circumstance? Are all Men mad? Why do we create idols? Twain has an answer for all these questions!
Life in the English village of Mellstock is about to change when a mechanical organ is brought to the local church. Of course, there is also a need for an organist and that is where beautiful, highly-educated Fancy Day comes in. Replacing the church’s choir however is more difficult than it seems, especially when a member of the choir, Dick falls for Fancy at first sight.
Zarathustra is not the Persian founder of Zoroastrianism; he is just a means to Friedrich Nietzsche’s end. Through Zarathustra, Nietzsche tries to define his own philosophy attacking the Christian values of good and evil and predicting the rise of a new man, the superman, a self-mastered, self-cultivating, self-directed and self-overcoming individual.
An excellent summary of Platonic metaphysics - Plato explains the elaborately wrought account of the formation of the universe that concerns the creation of the world by a Demiurge.
This novel, a sequel to “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”, told using the first-person voice of Huck Finn follows the adventures of Tom Sawyer while trying to solve a mysterious murder.
A beautiful collection of stories for children in which Tolstoy retells the wonderful fables from Aesop, old Hindu tales and Russian shorts as well as legends that transcend borders and continents.
The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins is considered one of the first detective novels. A case of forbidden love, identity theft and unjust imprisonment, The Woman in White has been called one greatest 100 novels of all time.
H.G. Wells popularized the idea of time travel in his 1895 novel, The Time Machine. This classic book tells the story of a Victorian scientist who travels far into the future in a mechanical device he has built.
A collection of three different stories, Gothic and grotesque, but with enduring charm: The Signal Man; The Haunted House; and The Trial for Murder. The novels are the author’s brief but successful foray into the mystery and detective genres.
Sherlock Holmes and Professor Watson are warned that someone named John Douglas is in grave danger and could be murdered at any time. The unfortunate event happens before Holmes can stop it and now he has to solve yet another daunting crime. He arrives at the crime scene - an old manor with a moat and a drawbridge - but very few pieces fall into place. For example, how did the murderer get inside?
The Violet Fairy book is an excellent collection of lesser-known fairy tales. Featuring Serbian, Lithuanian, Japanese, Russian and other lesser-known fairy tales, The Violet Fairy Book is a collection that is sure to surprise and delight young readers.
A family struggles to survive on a strange tropical island after their ship is destroyed at sea. This timeless tale was inspired by Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe and is a moral and heartwarming tale of a family on the brink. Much more than the classic film, this novel is a delight for children and adults.