Nineteen-year-old Na has always lived in the shadow of her younger brother, Bao-bao, her parents' cherished son. Years ago, Na's parents left her in the countryside and went to work in the city, bringing Bao-bao along and committing everything to his education. But when Bao-bao dies suddenly, Na realizes how little she knew him. Did he really kill himself because of a low score on China's all-important college entrance exam? Na learns that Bao-bao had many secrets and that his death may not be what it seems. Na's parents expect her to quit her vocational school and go to work, forcing Na to confront traditional expectations for and pressures on young women.
Ian Taylor lives a secret life. At school he's a varsity football player, dating one of the hottest cheerleaders on campus. At home he's his divorced mother's right hand, helping her to keep his younger autistic brother, Davey, in line. To Ian, Davey is a freak. And no one must ever know about him. But it's a game changer when Davey begins attending a special day class at Ian's school. Undaunted, Ian continues his charade of denying Davey's existence, even when Davey has massive public meltdowns. He internalizes his strong feelings--Screaming Quietly inside--until resentment, anger, and embarrassment force him to burst. But his love for Davey and his desire to man up eventually allow him to overcome peer pressure and fully own his life.
Dad was always depressing Abel with his pyramid stories. He was always dooming Abel to a life at the bottom of the pyramid with all the other miserable losers. No matter how much Abel struggled and clawed, he'd never get to the pinnacle of the pyramid. And his mom was absolutely sure of Abel's incompetence at whatever he said.
Carmen Ibarra's larger-than-life father is running for city council against Monte Esposito, the corrupt incumbent- and Naomi's cousin. Ernesto is a little nervous. Deep in his heart he knows that Esposito is not good for the barrio. But he isn't about to upset Naomi's family. So he keeps his mouth shut.
Ty, a great high-school football player, doesn't like being compared to his father, who left Ty and his mother after getting another woman pregnant. But Ty finds the strength to continue playing, even against his half-brother's team.
Two brothers by birth are also brothers in arms in the American Civil War. Their feelings are mixed: they want to destroy the enemy and at the same time, they desperately want to protect each other. Will they succeed?
Rachel Innes is convinced by her niece and nephew to move outside the city into a country house for the summer. The first couple of nights in Sunnyside are troublesome, however, and Rachel needs to figure what is happening. Can she do it?
The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin is one of America's most famous memoirs. In this text, Ben Franklin shares his life story and details his attempts to build a life of good habits and virtues. His plan for self-improvement was one of the first "self help" books and his role as a founder of the United States is given a personal perspective.
Sons and Lovers is D.H. Lawrence's masterpiece novel that has been listed as one of the top ten novels of the 20th century. The novel centers around the life of Paul Morel. Born into an unhappy marriage, Paul is determined to please his mother, even when it means destroying his own life in the process.
Tess sets out to clear her father's name after he is accused of murder.
Book 8 in the Anne of Green Gables series This book by Lucy Maud Montgomery focuses on Rilla Blythe, the youngest daughter of Anne and Gilbert. This novel is more serious in tone than many of the "Anne" books and is set during World War I, with many of the series' characters fighting in Europe.
Book 7 in the Anne of Green Gables series. Anne and Gilbert have been married for 15 years and have six children. The story centers around the Blythe family's next door neighbors, the unruly Meredith children and their widower father.
Sir Harry is a wealthy man who has a son and a daughter. His fortune seems safe but when his son dies, his family title is under heavy threat. His only descendant is Emily who will inherit the estate yet lose the name Hotspur of Humblethwaite. There is a solution though: if Emily marries his cousin’s son, George Hotspur, the family title will survive. Is Sir Harry willing to take this deal?
Squire Gregory Newton of Newton Priory owns an estate which will be eventually inherited by his nephew, Ralph Newton after his death. Gregory has an illegitimate son by the same name as his nephew but he’s not legally entitled to his estate. Who will end up with the small fortune: Ralph the Heir or Ralph the Illegitimate?
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm is a delightful children's novel in the vein of Anne of Green Gables. Written by Kate Douglas Wiggin, it tells the story of a young girl (Rebecca) who goes to live with her two dour aunts. Rebecca injects joy into their lives and finds a way to keep her impoverished family afloat.
The Fernalds are scattered all across the land. So the elderly must face yet another lonely Christmas. But a son of theirs has other plans. He wants to bring them all together for Christmas and bring joy in their parent’s dull lives. How will he succeed?
Claude tries to escapes from his family firm grasp who want him pious and working at their family farm in Nebraska. He marries in his attempt to escape only to realize that his wife is not interested at all in him. That’s when another opportunity arises: going overseas and fight for the American army in World War One.
This is the tale of young lonely girl who desperately wishes for a relationship with her absent father. When he finally returns after 15 years, Mathilda finds that his interest in her is beyond tragic. This novella is a perfect example of the period of Romantic literature and is filled with obsession, betrayal and crushing sadness.
In California in the 1920s, a young woman struggles to find her place in society. Two sisters must work through their relationship after their father's death.
Heidi is a classic novel for reading aloud or for independent readers. This novel by Johanna Spyri is about a girl named Heidi and her life with her grandfather in the mountains. Celebrating the way a child's love can transform a life, Heidi is a classic novel that should be a part of every childhood.
When a husband is stricken with grief over his wife's death, he kidnaps the twin children of the man he believes responsible. From the Valley of the Missing by Grace Miller White is a suspenseful and chilling story about the power of resentment and two children's drive to survive.
The story is about a widow named Ms. Pepper and her loving five children. They are very poor but have a wonderful time together. The book shows that you don't have to have a lot of money to have love.
When Rose Campbell is orphaned, she is forced to live with her wealthy great-aunts. Her legal guardian returns from living abroad, and she goes to live with her Uncle Alec finding health and joy in a family of 7 boy cousins and numerous aunts and uncles.
Mistreated by her selfish sister and in danger of becoming a mere servant, Julia Cloud is saved by her niece and nephew. Both are in college and both are in need of a guiding mother. Julia succeeds in undertaking this role and soon becomes known as ‘Cloudy Jewel.’
Book 5 in the Anne of Green Gables series - Anne's House of Dreams begins with the wedding between Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe. In this book, they move to a small home and begin their life together with love, loss and many interesting escapades.