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40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology

Beverly Lawn

2004    576 Pages    (Bedford/St. Martin's)

DDC: 808.831   

ISBN 13: 9780312413057    ISBN 10: 031241305X

Gathering forty important short stories in a portable and economical format, the second edition includes even more of the fiction instructors want to teach and more of the help student readers need.

Gathering forty important short stories in a portable and economical format, the second edition includes even more of the fiction instructors want to teach and more of the help student readers need. [less]

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40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology

Beverly Lawn

2009    (Bedford/St. Martin's)

DDC: 808.831   

ISBN 13: 9780312533991    ISBN 10: 0312533993

Wonderful collection of short stories including current and classic authors.

Wonderful collection of short stories including current and classic authors. [less]

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40 Short Stories: A Portable Anthology

Beverly Lawn

2000    541 Pages    (Bedford/St. Martin's)

DDC: 808.83   

ISBN 13: 9780312259129    ISBN 10: 0312259123

Gathering forty important short stories in a portable and economical format, the second edition includes even more of the fiction instructors want to teach and more of the help student readers need.

Gathering forty important short stories in a portable and economical format, the second edition includes even more of the fiction instructors want to teach and more of the help student readers need. [less]

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1984: 60th-Anniversary Edition (Plume)

George Orwell

1983    304 Pages    (Plume)

DDC: 823.912   

ISBN 13: 9780452262935    ISBN 10: 0452262933

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984. Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its [...]

View our feature on George Orwell’s 1984. Written in 1948, 1984 was George Orwell's chilling prophecy about the future. And while 1984 has come and gone, Orwell's narrative is more timely that ever. 1984 presents a "negative utopia," that is at once a startling and haunting vision of the world—so powerful that it is completely convincing from start to finish. No one can deny the power of this novel, its hold on the imaginations of entire generations of readers, or the resiliency of its admonitions—a legacy that seems to grow, not lessen, with the passage of time. [less]

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Adoration of Jenna Fox (Jenna Fox Chronicles), The

Mary E. Pearson

2008    272 Pages    (Henry Holt and Co. (BYR))

DDC: 813.6   

ISBN 13: 9780805076684    ISBN 10: 0805076689

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable [...]

Who is Jenna Fox? Seventeen-year-old Jenna has been told that is her name. She has just awoken from a coma, they tell her, and she is still recovering from a terrible accident in which she was involved a year ago. But what happened before that? Jenna doesn't remember her life. Or does she? And are the memories really hers?This fascinating novel represents a stunning new direction for acclaimed author Mary Pearson. Set in a near future America, it takes readers on an unforgettable journey through questions of bio-medical ethics and the nature of humanity. Mary Pearson's vividly drawn characters and masterful writing soar to a new level of sophistication. The Adoration of Jenna Fox is a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. [less]

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After Tupac and D Foster (Newbery Honor Book)

Jacqueline Woodson

2008    160 Pages    (Putnam Young Adult)

DDC: 813.6   

ISBN 13: 9780399246548    ISBN 10: 0399246541

D Foster showed up a few months before Tupac got shot that first time and left us the summer before he died. The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac Shakur’s rap music, D is the [...]

D Foster showed up a few months before Tupac got shot that first time and left us the summer before he died. The day D Foster enters Neeka and her best friend’s lives, the world opens up for them. D comes from a world vastly different from their safe Queens neighborhood, and through her, the girls see another side of life that includes loss, foster families and an amount of freedom that makes the girls envious. Although all of them are crazy about Tupac Shakur’s rap music, D is the one who truly understands the place where he’s coming from, and through knowing D, Tupac’s lyrics become more personal for all of them.The girls are thirteen when D’s mom swoops in to reclaim D—and as magically as she appeared, she now disappears from their lives. Tupac is gone, too, after another shooting; this time fatal. As the narrator looks back, she sees lives suspended in time, and realizes that even all-too-brief connections can touch deeply. A Discussion Guide to After Tupac and D Foster by Jacqueline Woodson [less]

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Alabama Moon

Watt Key

2006    304 Pages    (Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR))

DDC: 813.6   

ISBN 13: 9780374301842    ISBN 10: 0374301840

I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody three times my size. He wasn’t worried about me. For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon’s father dies, Moon follows his father& [...]

I could trap my own food and make my own clothes. I could find my way by the stars and make fire in the rain. Pap said he even figured I could whip somebody three times my size. He wasn’t worried about me. For as long as ten-year-old Moon can remember, he has lived out in the forest in a shelter with his father. They keep to themselves, their only contact with other human beings an occasional trip to the nearest general store. When Moon’s father dies, Moon follows his father’s last instructions: to travel to Alaska to find others like themselves. But Moon is soon caught and entangled in a world he doesn’t know or understand, apparent property of the government he has been avoiding all his life. As the spirited and resourceful Moon encounters constables, jails, institutions, lawyers, true friends, and true enemies, he adapts his wilderness survival skills and learns to survive in the outside world, and even, perhaps, make his home there.  In this compelling, action-packed book, Watt Key gives us the thrilling coming-of-age story of the unique and extremely appealing Moon. Alabama Moon is a 2007 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year. [less]

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Alchemist, The

Paulo Coelho

2006    197 Pages    (HarperCollins)

ISBN 13: 9780061122415    ISBN 10: 0061122416

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to [...]

"My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer," the boy told the alchemist one night as they looked up at the moonless sky." Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams." The Alchemist is the magical story of Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who yearns to travel in search of a worldly treasure as extravagant as any ever found. From his home in Spain he journeys to the markets of Tangiers and across the Egyptian desert to a fateful encounter with the alchemist. The story of the treasures Santiago finds along the way teaches us, as only a few stories have done, about the essential wisdom of listening to our hearts, learning to read the omens strewn along life's path, and, above all, following our dreams. Every few decades a book is published that changes the lives of its readers forever. The Alchemist is such a book. With over a million and a half copies sold around the world, The Alchemist has already established itself as a modern classic, universally admired. Paulo Coelho's charming fable, now available in English for the first time, will enchant and inspire an even wider audience of readers for generations to come. [less]

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America's Best Value Colleges

Eric Owens, Tom Meltzer, Princeton Review

2007    592 Pages    (Princeton Review)

DDC: 378.73   

ISBN 13: 9780375766015    ISBN 10: 0375766014

Provides a close-up look at 150 lesser-known colleges and universities across the country that provide superb academic studies, top-notch facilities, competitive athletics, and other excellent features for a lot less money than the more famous schools. Original.

Provides a close-up look at 150 lesser-known colleges and universities across the country that provide superb academic studies, top-notch facilities, competitive athletics, and other excellent features for a lot less money than the more famous schools. Original. [less]

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And Then There Were None

Agatha Christie

2001    288 Pages    (St. Martin's Paperbacks)

DDC: 823.912   

ISBN 13: 9780312979478    ISBN 10: 0312979479

First there were ten--a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unkonwn to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal--and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion.

First there were ten--a curious assortment of strangers summoned as weekend guests to a private island off the coast of Devon. Their host, an eccentric millionaire unkonwn to all of them, is nowhere to be found. All that the guests have in common is a wicked past they're unwilling to reveal--and a secret that will seal their fate. For each has been marked for murder. One by one they fall prey. Before the weekend is out, there will be none. And only the dead are above suspicion. [less]

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And Then There Were None : A mystery play script in three acts

Agatha Christie

2010    96 Pages    (Samuel French, Inc.)

DDC: 822.912   

ISBN 13: 9780573616396    ISBN 10: 0573616396

Mystery / 8m, 3f / Int. In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten "soldiers" met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, [...]

Mystery / 8m, 3f / Int. In this superlative mystery comedy statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten "soldiers" met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead---poisoned. One down and nine to go! The excitement never lets up in this ideal play for schools, colleges and little theatres. [less]

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And Then There Were None (Agatha Christie Mysteries Collection)

Agatha Christie

2011    272 Pages    (William Morrow Paperbacks)

DDC: 823.912   

ISBN 13: 9780062073471    ISBN 10: 0062073478

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks…including And Then There Were None, the world’s bestselling mystery, in which ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are [...]

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks…including And Then There Were None, the world’s bestselling mystery, in which ten strangers, each with a dark secret, are lured to a mansion on an uninhabited island and killed off one by one. [less]

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Animal Farm: Centennial Edition

George Orwell

2003    128 Pages    (Plume)

DDC: 823.912   

ISBN 13: 9780452284241    ISBN 10: 0452284244

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors [...]

As ferociously fresh as it was more than a half century ago, this remarkable allegory of a downtrodden society of overworked, mistreated animals, and their quest to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality is one of the most scathing satires ever published. As we witness the rise and bloody fall of the revolutionary animals, we begin to recognize the seeds of totalitarianism in the most idealistic organization; and in our most charismatic leaders, the souls of our cruelest oppressors. [less]

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Anne Frank: The Diary of a Young Girl

Anne Frank

1993    304 Pages    (Bantam)

DDC: 940.5318092   

ISBN 13: 9780553296983    ISBN 10: 0553296981

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the " [...]

Discovered in the attic in which she spent the last years of her life, Anne Frank's remarkable diary has since become a world classic -- a powerful reminder of the horrors of war and an eloquent testament to the human spirit. In 1942, with Nazis occupying Holland, a thirteen-year-old Jewish girl and her family fled their home in Amsterdam and went into hiding. For the next two years, until their whereabouts were betrayed to the Gestapo, they and another family lived cloistered in the "Secret Annex" of an old office building. Cut off from the outside world, they faced hunger, boredom, the constant cruelties of living in confined quarters, and the ever-present threat of discovery and death. In her diary Anne Frank recorded vivid impressions of her experiences during this period. By turns thoughtful, moving, and amusing, her account offers a fascinating commentary on human courage and frailty and a compelling self-portrait of a sensitive and spirited young woman whose promise was tragically cut short. [less]

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Antsy Does Time (Antsy Bonano)

Neal Shusterman

2010    256 Pages    (Puffin)

ISBN 13: 9780142414873    ISBN 10: 0142414875

Antsy Bonano, narrator of The Schwa Was Here, is back with another crazy tale. This time, Antsy signs a month of his life over to his "dying" classmate Gunnar Umlaut. Soon everyone at school follows suit, giving new meaning to the idea of "living on borrowed time." But does Gunnar really have six months to live, or is news of his imminent death greatly exaggerated? And when a family member suffers a heart attack after donating two years to Gunnar, Antsy starts to wonder if [...]

Antsy Bonano, narrator of The Schwa Was Here, is back with another crazy tale. This time, Antsy signs a month of his life over to his "dying" classmate Gunnar Umlaut. Soon everyone at school follows suit, giving new meaning to the idea of "living on borrowed time." But does Gunnar really have six months to live, or is news of his imminent death greatly exaggerated? And when a family member suffers a heart attack after donating two years to Gunnar, Antsy starts to wonder if he has tempted fate by trying to play God . . . .   [less]

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Appetite for Detention

Sloane Tanen, Stefan Hagen (Photographer, Illustrator)

2008    64 Pages    (Bloomsbury USA)

ISBN 13: 9781599900759    ISBN 10: 1599900750

From first-day-of-class primping (in Juicy Couture, of course!), dating anxiety, and back-stabbing chick cliques, to teachers, gym class, and other hallmarks of school life, these ingenious photographic scenes starring SloaneTanen's signature yellow chicks bring the teen experience to life with hilarious results. Training her razor sharp sense of humor on seven "typical" teenagers, Sloane follows Caitlin, Edgar, Marissa, Joey, Annalise, Helen, and Andrew as they navigate a world plagued by [...]

From first-day-of-class primping (in Juicy Couture, of course!), dating anxiety, and back-stabbing chick cliques, to teachers, gym class, and other hallmarks of school life, these ingenious photographic scenes starring SloaneTanen's signature yellow chicks bring the teen experience to life with hilarious results. Training her razor sharp sense of humor on seven "typical" teenagers, Sloane follows Caitlin, Edgar, Marissa, Joey, Annalise, Helen, and Andrew as they navigate a world plagued by unrequited love, pop quizzes, and parents. This birds-eye view of the blunder years is a perfect gift for back-to-schoolers or graduates, and a wickedly funny trip down memory lane for many an adult as well. SLOANE TANEN is the author of several books for adults, including the bestsellingBitter with Baggage Seeks Same,Going for the Bronze, andHatched! She is also the creator of several books for young readers.Appetite for Detention marks her first book for teenagers, and one she is ideally-perhaps even genetically-suited to write. (Sloane is the daughter of Ned Tanen, who produced such teen cult hits as Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club, and St. Elmo's Fire.) Sloane lives in New York City with her husband and young son. www.sloanetanen.com [less]

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Armed Madhouse: From Baghdad to New Orleans--Sordid Secrets and Strange Tales of a White House Gone Wild

Greg Palast

2007    402 Pages    (Plume)

DDC: 973.931   

ISBN 13: 9780452288317    ISBN 10: 0452288312

In his most provocative and caustically funny book yet, Greg Palast, author of the national bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, once again gives us the straight scoop on the stories that Big Media won?t report. Digging up reams of documents marked ?secret? and ?confidential,? Palast provides the latest lowdown on Bush?s secret plans to seize Iraq?s oil, the fix planned for the 2008 election, who drowned New Orleans, and the horror and the humor of the War on Terror. With diligent [...]

In his most provocative and caustically funny book yet, Greg Palast, author of the national bestseller The Best Democracy Money Can Buy, once again gives us the straight scoop on the stories that Big Media won?t report. Digging up reams of documents marked ?secret? and ?confidential,? Palast provides the latest lowdown on Bush?s secret plans to seize Iraq?s oil, the fix planned for the 2008 election, who drowned New Orleans, and the horror and the humor of the War on Terror. With diligent detective work, moral outrage, and a keen sense of the absurd, Palast takes on the ?armed and dangerous clowns that rule us? as only he can. [less]

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Barron's AP Chemistry

Neil Jespersen

2007    816 Pages    (Barron's Educational Series, Incorporated)

DDC: 540.76   

ISBN 13: 9780764193293    ISBN 10: 0764193295

Updated to reflect the most recent Advanced Placement Chemistry exams, this manual presents two diagnostic tests and three full length practice exams, all with questions answered and explained. The author also presents additional routine and more challenging problems in every chapter. Also included is a complete compact review of chemistry topics covering the structure of matter, chemical bonding, states of matter, physical chemistry, chemical reactions, and other topics that appear on the AP [...]

Updated to reflect the most recent Advanced Placement Chemistry exams, this manual presents two diagnostic tests and three full length practice exams, all with questions answered and explained. The author also presents additional routine and more challenging problems in every chapter. Also included is a complete compact review of chemistry topics covering the structure of matter, chemical bonding, states of matter, physical chemistry, chemical reactions, and other topics that appear on the AP exam. New with this version of the manual is an enclosed compact disc that presents two additional practice exams with answers, explanations, and an automatic scoring feature for the multiple-choice questions. [less]

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Beanball

Gene Fehler

2008    128 Pages    (Clarion Books)

ISBN 13: 9780618843480    ISBN 10: 0618843485

It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever.In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove teammates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, [...]

It's the last inning of a high school baseball game between arch-rivals Oak Grove and Compton. Center fielder Luke "Wizard" Wallace steps up to the plate--and is hit by a beanball, a wild pitch that shatters his skull, destroys the vision in his left eye, and changes his life forever.In this riveting novel, the events surrounding this pivotal moment are recounted through free-verse monologues by 28 different voices, including those of Luke and his Oak Grove teammates; the pitcher, Kyle Dawkins, and other Compton players; the two coaches; Luke's family members and teachers; and Sarah Edgerton, a new classmate who seems more affected by Luke's injury than his girlfriend is.With its unusual format, gripping subject matter, and economy of language, Beanball is a thought-provoking, fast-paced read. [less]

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Behemoth (Leviathan)

Scott Westerfeld

2010    496 Pages    (Simon Pulse)

DDC: 813.6   

ISBN 13: 9781416971757    ISBN 10: 1416971750

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy [...]

The behemoth is the fiercest creature in the British navy. It can swallow enemy battleships with one bite. The Darwinists will need it, now that they are at war with the Clanker powers.Deryn is a girl posing as a boy in the British Air Service, and Alek is the heir to an empire posing as a commoner. Finally together aboard the airship Leviathan, they hope to bring the war to a halt. But when disaster strikes the Leviathan's peacekeeping mission, they find themselves alone and hunted in enemy territory. Alek and Deryn will need great skill, new allies, and brave hearts to face what's ahead. [less]

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Beowulf

Seamus Heaney

2000    (W.W. Norton & Company)

ISBN 13: 9780393320978    ISBN 10: 0393320979

An epic poem about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath.

An epic poem about encountering the monstrous, defeating it, and then having to live on in the exhausted aftermath. [less]

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Best College Admission Essays, 2nd ed (Peterson's Best College Admission Essays)

Peterson's

2002    148 Pages    (Peterson's)

DDC: 808.066378   

ISBN 13: 9780768908497    ISBN 10: 0768908493

DESCRIPTION 50 Sample essays from successful college applications give a great idea of what colleges are looking for, also includes tips and advice on writing the essay, including content, style and format. VERY creative and compelling essays get creative juices flowing. Expert advice from admissions officials at Yale, Stanford, Penn, and other top schools on essays, admissions, and more is also included.

DESCRIPTION 50 Sample essays from successful college applications give a great idea of what colleges are looking for, also includes tips and advice on writing the essay, including content, style and format. VERY creative and compelling essays get creative juices flowing. Expert advice from admissions officials at Yale, Stanford, Penn, and other top schools on essays, admissions, and more is also included. [less]

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Best Short Stories of Mark Twain (Modern Library Classics), The

Mark Twain

2004    400 Pages    (Modern Library)

DDC: 813.4   

ISBN 13: 9780812971187    ISBN 10: 0812971183

This unique collection of Twain’s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author’s vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” and “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written in the author’s twilight years. These selections illuminate the depth of Twain’s [...]

This unique collection of Twain’s essential short stories and semiautobiographical narratives is a testament to the author’s vast imagination. Featuring popular tales such as “Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog” and “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg,” as well as some delightful excerpts from The Diaries of Adam and Eve, this compilation also includes darker works written in the author’s twilight years. These selections illuminate the depth of Twain’s artistry, humor, irony, and narrative genius. [less]

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Body of Christopher Creed, The

Carol Plum-Ucci

2000    256 Pages    (Harcourt Children's Books)

DDC: 813.6   

ISBN 13: 9780152023881    ISBN 10: 0152023887

Chris Creed grew up as the class freak--the bullies' punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. It was as if a darkness reached out of his void to grab at the most normal, happy people--like some twisted joke or demented form of justice. It tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams's search for answers opens his eyes to the lies, the pain, and the need to blame when tragedy strikes, and his once-safe world comes crashing down around him.

Chris Creed grew up as the class freak--the bullies' punching bag. After he vanished, the weirdness that had once surrounded him began spreading. It was as if a darkness reached out of his void to grab at the most normal, happy people--like some twisted joke or demented form of justice. It tore the town apart. Sixteen-year-old Torey Adams's search for answers opens his eyes to the lies, the pain, and the need to blame when tragedy strikes, and his once-safe world comes crashing down around him. [less]

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Book Thief, The

Markus Zusak

2007    576 Pages    (Alfred A. Knopf)

ISBN 13: 9780375842207    ISBN 10: 0375842209

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion- [...]

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul. [less]

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Boxer and the Spy, The

Robert B. Parker

2008    224 Pages    (Philomel)

ISBN 13: 9780399247750    ISBN 10: 0399247750

Another teen thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser mysteries. When a shy high school student?s body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town?an apparent suicide?fifteen-year-old Terry Novak doesn?t know what to think. Something just doesn?t add up, so he decides to do some investigating of his own with the help of his best friend, Abby. It doesn?t take long before they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger, and surviving is [...]

Another teen thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser mysteries. When a shy high school student?s body is found washed up on the shore of a quiet New England beach town?an apparent suicide?fifteen-year-old Terry Novak doesn?t know what to think. Something just doesn?t add up, so he decides to do some investigating of his own with the help of his best friend, Abby. It doesn?t take long before they learn that asking questions puts them in grave danger, and surviving is going to be a fight. Fortunately, Terry has been learning a thing or two about fighting, thanks to a retired boxer named George, who teaches the boy to use his head and always keep his feet set beneath him?lessons Terry takes to heart in more ways than one. He will need to. Robert B. Parker, New York Times bestselling author of the Spenser novels, delivers a taut, empowering mystery for young readers. [less]

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Brave New World

Aldous Huxley

2006    288 Pages    (Harper Perennial Modern Classics)

DDC: 823.912   

ISBN 13: 9780060850524    ISBN 10: 0060850523

Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.

Aldous Huxley's tour de force, Brave New World is a darkly satiric vision of a "utopian" future—where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passively serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment. [less]

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Caddy Ever After

Hilary McKay

2006    224 Pages    (Margaret K. McElderry Books)

DDC: 823.914   

ISBN 13: 9781416909309    ISBN 10: 1416909303

Love is in the air for the Casson family! Four hilarious, endearing tales unfold as Rose, Indigo, Saffy, and Caddy each tell their intertwining stories. Rose begins by showing how she does special with her Valentine's card for Tom in New York. Not to be outdone, Indigo has his own surprise in store for the Valentine,s Day disco at school. For her part, Saffy has an unusual date in a very, very dark graveyard, and is haunted by a balloon that almost costs her her best friend. But it is Caddy [...]

Love is in the air for the Casson family! Four hilarious, endearing tales unfold as Rose, Indigo, Saffy, and Caddy each tell their intertwining stories. Rose begins by showing how she does special with her Valentine's card for Tom in New York. Not to be outdone, Indigo has his own surprise in store for the Valentine,s Day disco at school. For her part, Saffy has an unusual date in a very, very dark graveyard, and is haunted by a balloon that almost costs her her best friend. But it is Caddy who dares everything -- as she tells all about love at first sight when you have found the Real Thing. Unfortunately the Real Thing is not darling Michael. What is Rose going to do? [less]

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Call of the Wild and Selected Stories: 100th Anniversary Edition (Signet Classics), The

Jack London

1998    192 Pages    (Signet Classics)

DDC: 813.52   

ISBN 13: 9780451527035    ISBN 10: 0451527038

Inspired by the rugged landscape of the wild Northwest frontier, London's immortal "The Call of the Wild" has captivated readers of all ages with its unique perspective--a narrative from the viewpoint of the sled dog named Buck. Other selected stories include "Diable--A Dog", "An Odyssey of the North", "To the Man on Trail", "To Build a Fire" and "Love of Life". Revised and repackaged.

Inspired by the rugged landscape of the wild Northwest frontier, London's immortal "The Call of the Wild" has captivated readers of all ages with its unique perspective--a narrative from the viewpoint of the sled dog named Buck. Other selected stories include "Diable--A Dog", "An Odyssey of the North", "To the Man on Trail", "To Build a Fire" and "Love of Life". Revised and repackaged. [less]

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Call of the Wild and Selected Stories (Signet classics), The

Jack London

1960    176 Pages    (Signet Classics)

DDC: 813.52   

ISBN 13: 9780451523907    ISBN 10: 0451523903

Swiftly paced, vividly written, these six stories deal with man's struggle to survive when faced with the brute forces of nature.

Swiftly paced, vividly written, these six stories deal with man's struggle to survive when faced with the brute forces of nature. [less]

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Cambridge Guide to Women's Writing in English, The

1999    704 Pages    (Cambridge University Press)

DDC: 820.9   

ISBN 13: 9780521668132    ISBN 10: 0521668131

This guide to women's writing in English aims to consolidate and epitomize the rereading of women's writing that has gone on in the past twenty-five years. There are entries on writers, on individual texts, and on general terms, genres and movements, all printed in a single alphabetical sequence. The earliest written documents in medieval English (the visionary writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe) are covered in an historical and geographical sweep that takes us up to the [...]

This guide to women's writing in English aims to consolidate and epitomize the rereading of women's writing that has gone on in the past twenty-five years. There are entries on writers, on individual texts, and on general terms, genres and movements, all printed in a single alphabetical sequence. The earliest written documents in medieval English (the visionary writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe) are covered in an historical and geographical sweep that takes us up to the present. The entries reflect the spread of literacy, the history of colonization, and the development of postcolonial cultures using and changing the English language. The contributors are chosen from all the countries around the world--and represent academics, novelists, poets, critics, women and men. The result is a work of reference with a feel for the vitality, wealth and diversity of women's writing. Lorna Sage is Professor of English Literature at the University of East Anglia. She is also a literary journalist whose articles have appeared in such periodicals as the Times Literary Supplement, the London Review of Books and the New York Times Book Review [less]

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Cambridge Introduction to Mark Twain (Cambridge Introductions to Literature), The

Peter Messent

2007    152 Pages    (Cambridge University Press)

DDC: 818.409   

ISBN 13: 9780521670753    ISBN 10: 0521670756

Mark Twain is a central figure in nineteenth-century American literature, and his novels are among the best-known and most often studied texts in the field. This clear and incisive 2007 introduction provides a biography of the author and situates his works in the historical and cultural context of his times. Peter Messent gives accessible but penetrating readings of the best-known writings including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He pays particular attention to the way Twain's humour [...]

Mark Twain is a central figure in nineteenth-century American literature, and his novels are among the best-known and most often studied texts in the field. This clear and incisive 2007 introduction provides a biography of the author and situates his works in the historical and cultural context of his times. Peter Messent gives accessible but penetrating readings of the best-known writings including Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. He pays particular attention to the way Twain's humour works and how it underpins his prose style. The final chapter provides up-to-date analysis of the recent critical reception of Twain's writing, and summarises the contentious and important debates about his literary and cultural position. The guide to further reading will help those who wish to extend their research and critical work on the author. This book will be of outstanding value to anyone coming to Twain for the first time. [less]

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Cathy's Book: If Found Call (650) 266-8233

Sean Stewart, Jordan Weisman

2008    176 Pages    (Running Press Kids)

DDC: 813.6   

ISBN 13: 9780762433469    ISBN 10: 0762433469

The publishing phenomenon Cathy’s Book redefined the way teens approach novels and set a new standard for interactivity, using the most popular kids’ technology to enhance the experience of reading a really good story. As a new chapter is about to unfold with the publication of the sequel, Cathy’s Key later this spring, the original novel is available in trade paperback. All of the supplementary items from the “evidence pack” are reproduced on pages in the back of the [...]

The publishing phenomenon Cathy’s Book redefined the way teens approach novels and set a new standard for interactivity, using the most popular kids’ technology to enhance the experience of reading a really good story. As a new chapter is about to unfold with the publication of the sequel, Cathy’s Key later this spring, the original novel is available in trade paperback. All of the supplementary items from the “evidence pack” are reproduced on pages in the back of the book, making this edition more accessible and portable. All of the original websites, phone numbers, and secret codes are still operational. Part romance, part thriller, part mystery, Cathy’s Book stands on its own beyond the interactive angle and the intense marketing campaign that made it a bestseller. Readers identify with Cathy, they read her story, listen to her phone messages, check out the websites she mentions, and they leave her messages on her MySpace.com page and on a special voicemail. Fans have even created their own videos on YouTube, demonstrating their comfort and familiarity with this level of interactivity and technology. Reviewers and awards committees have also recognized the unique phenomenon that reset the bar for engaging teen novels. Don’t miss this opportunity to get caught up in Cathy’s world all over again! Included in the paperback edition only is a special, teaser chapter from the sequel (which pubs two months later), to whet the appetite of the thousands of readers who have gotten caught up in the web of Cathy’s story! A YALSA Quick Pick [less]

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Cathy's Key: If Found 650-266-8202

Jordan Weisman, Sean Stewart

2008    144 Pages    (Running Press Kids)

DDC: 813.6   

ISBN 13: 9780762430857    ISBN 10: 0762430850

Cathy’s Book was literally a word-of-mouth success story, with over 120,000 copies of the groundbreaking, interactive teen novel in print. Perhaps less noticeable was the heart of the book: a good story well told. Now fans of Cathy Vickers will return to the exciting, unpredictable world that made the first book such a success. Cathy was your average high school student-doodling in the margins of her journal, crushing on a cute boy, and hanging out with her best friend Emma. As this story [...]

Cathy’s Book was literally a word-of-mouth success story, with over 120,000 copies of the groundbreaking, interactive teen novel in print. Perhaps less noticeable was the heart of the book: a good story well told. Now fans of Cathy Vickers will return to the exciting, unpredictable world that made the first book such a success. Cathy was your average high school student-doodling in the margins of her journal, crushing on a cute boy, and hanging out with her best friend Emma. As this story begins, she’s trying to keep a job, her journal is stolen, the cute boy is not who he seems to be, and even Emma’s side project/start-up company, Doubletalk Wireless, is about to get caught up in the mystery surrounding Cathy and her search for the truth about her father. Her presumed-dead father. It’s just a simple story really: Girl loves Boy, Boy disappears, Girl discovers secret that will alter the course of humanity.... [less]

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Cherokee Feast of Days: Daily Meditations, A

Joyce Sequichie Hifler

1995    412 Pages    (Council Oak Books)

DDC: 242.2   

ISBN 13: 9780933031685    ISBN 10: 0933031688

Joyce Sequichie Hifler offers a book of daily meditations drawn from her own rich Cherokee heritage and that of other tribes.

Joyce Sequichie Hifler offers a book of daily meditations drawn from her own rich Cherokee heritage and that of other tribes. [less]

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Cinema of George Lucas, The

Marcus Hearn, Ron Howard

2005    264 Pages    (Harry N. Abrams)

DDC: 791.4302   

ISBN 13: 9780810949683    ISBN 10: 0810949687

Marcus Hearn analyzes Lucas's journey as a director over four decades whose groundbreaking technical achievements and creation of enduring modern mythologies have forever changed both film and science fiction. as well as his many other accomplishments in the film industry, including the formation of Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and LucasArts. The book is lavishly illustrated with many images that have never or rarely been seen, such as stills from Lucas's student [...]

Marcus Hearn analyzes Lucas's journey as a director over four decades whose groundbreaking technical achievements and creation of enduring modern mythologies have forever changed both film and science fiction. as well as his many other accomplishments in the film industry, including the formation of Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and LucasArts. The book is lavishly illustrated with many images that have never or rarely been seen, such as stills from Lucas's student films, material from the director's cut of his early science-fiction film, production shots from, among others, the first Star Wars film, American Graffiti and the Indiana Jones Adventures. and behind-the-scenes photos from his films. With its wealth of new information and compelling illustrations, The Cinema of George Lucas is an essential volume for every fan and film enthusiast. [less]

 
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