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by Charles Dickens
Category:Literature » Novel » Classic novel
Tags:
Young-adult fiction, Christmas
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Recom'd: 1 | In 1 book shelves
Total words: 27,638
Pages(Except illustrations): 56
| Status: Complete
Created: 2/14/15
Last update: 10/16/16
A Christmas Carol is a novella by Charles Dickens, first published in London by Chapman & Hall on 19 December 1843. The novella met with instant success and critical acclaim. Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come. The book was written at a time when the British were examining and exploring Christmas traditions from the past as well as new customs such as Christmas cards and Christmas trees. Carol singing took a new lease on life during this time. Dickens' sources for the tale appear to be many and varied, but are, principally, the...more
by Franz Kefka
Category:Literature
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Translated, Germanic literature, Absurdist fiction
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Recom'd: 1 | In 0 book shelves
Total words: 0
Pages(Except illustrations): 42
| Status: Hiatus
Created: 2/22/15
Last update: 2/22/15
The Metamorphosis ( German : Die Verwandlung , also sometimes translated as The Transformation ) is a novella by Franz Kafka , first published in 1915 . It has been cited as one of the seminal works of fiction of the 20th century and is studied in colleges and universities across the Western world. The story begins with a traveling salesman, Gregor Samsa , waking to find himself transformed ( metamorphosed ) into a large, monstrous insect -like creature. The cause of Samsa's transformation is never revealed, and Kafka himself never gave an explanation. The rest of Kafka's novella deals with Gregor's attempts to adjust to his new condition as he deals with being burdensome to his parents and sister, who are repulsed by the horrible, verminous creature Gregor...more
by Mark Twain
Category:Literature
Tags:
Young-adult fiction, Adventure novel, Historical
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Average: 5 (1 vote)
Recom'd: 1 | In 1 book shelves
Total words: 67,574
Pages(Except illustrations): 136
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 2/15/15
Last update: 11/3/16
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is an 1876 novel about a young boy growing up along the Mississippi River. The story is set in the fictional town of St. Petersburg, inspired by Hannibal, Missouri, where Twain lived. Tom Sawyer lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid. Tom dirties his clothes in a fight and is made to whitewash the fence the next day as punishment. He cleverly persuades his friends to trade him small treasures for the privilege of doing his work. He then trades the treasures for Sunday School tickets which one normally receives for memorizing verses, redeeming them for a Bible, much to the surprise and bewilderment of the superintendent who thought "it was simply preposterous that this boy had warehoused two thousand...more
by Robert Louis St...
Category:Literature
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Classic novel, Children-Teens fiction, Young-adult fiction
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Recom'd: 1 | In 1 book shelves
Total words: 0
Pages(Except illustrations): 0
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 3/21/15
Last update: 11/7/15
Illustrated by Louis Rhead Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson , narrating a tale of " buccaneers and buried gold". First published as a book on 23 May 1883, it was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks between 1881 and 1882 under the title Treasure Island or, the mutiny of the Hispaniola with Stevenson adopting the pseudonym Captain George North . Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story , Treasure Island is a tale noted for its atmosphere, characters and action, and also as a wry commentary on the ambiguity of morality – as seen in Long John Silver – unusual for children's literature . It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on...more
by test88 Charles Dickens, Charles Darwin, John Smith
Category:Literature
Tags:
Aboutness
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Recom'd: 1 | In 1 book shelves
Total words: 626
Pages(Except illustrations): 2
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 10/4/15
Last update: 5/21/16
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Debra Burroughs can be found most days sitting in front of her computer in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, dreaming up and writing exciting murder mysteries with a delicious twist of romance. Her characters are rich and the stories are full of compelling suspense and real romance. If you're looking for graphic violence and explicit sex scenes, these are not the books for you, but if you're looking for stories with real romance that will entertain you, grab your attention, touch your heart, and leave you wanting more, dive into one of her captivating books.more
by Jack London
Category:Literature
Tags:
Adventure novel, Short Story, American literature
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Recom'd: 0 | In 0 book shelves
Total words: 43,291
Pages(Except illustrations): 87
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 2/15/15
Last update: 4/26/16
Love of Life is a popular book by Jack London. Read Love of Life, free online version of the book by Jack London, on ReadCentral.com. Jack London's Love of Life consists of 8 parts for ease of reading. Choose the part of Love of Life which you want to read from the table of contents to get started.more
by Count Ilya Tolstoy Leo Tolstoy, Russian
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Total words: 0
Pages(Except illustrations): 0
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 7/4/15
Last update: 7/4/15
Translated By George Calderon Count Ilya Tolstoy was born in 1903 at Toptivovo, Tula, Russia . His father was Count Andrey Lvovich Tolstoy, son of writer Lev Tolstoy , and his mother was Olga Diterichs, daughter of General of the Infantry Konstantin Diterichs (and sister of General Mikhail Diterikhs ). Tolstoy attended the Moscow School of Agriculture, before joining the Imperial Cavalry and serving in Tashkent . In 1917 – 1918 he worked for the Russian Department of Agriculture in Turkestan . Tolstoy emigrated to the United States in 1924. He studied at the William Penn College and Iowa State University, Ames. In 1927, Tolstoy became associated with the explorer and naturalist, William Douglas Burden , an associate and trustee of the American Museum of...more
by test88 Robert Louis Stevenson, Drew Robertson
Category:Literature
Tags:
Mystery
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Recom'd: 0 | In 0 book shelves
Total words: 29
Pages(Except illustrations): 1
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 10/6/15
Last update: 11/26/15
I was looking forward to this new series by Debra Burroughs, and it was WELL worth the wait. Great characters, and story line. This book kept my attention from the first page to the last. Jenessa moves back home after the death of her father. When arriving she gets a job at the local paper, where she is sent on an assignment out by the lake where some human remains are found buried. She is sure she recognizes something in the shallow grave. The home next door also brings back many not to happy memories for her. She tries so hard to get the answers from the Detective in town, and it turns our that it is her that helps him, with some of the answers in this terrible crime. This story is very well written. There is so many twists in this book that you don't...more
by Randolph Caldecott William Cowper Song, Illustration
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Total words: 0
Pages(Except illustrations): 1
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 2/21/15
Last update: 2/21/15
Illustration: Written by William Cowper with drawings by R. Caldecott. Known chiefly for his book illustrations, Caldecott was a gifted artist respected by his contemporaries. The Caldecott Medal which is given out each year for the most distinguished children's picture book is named for him. ( from goodreads)more
by Charles Dickens
Category:Literature
Tags:
Christmas, Short Story, English literature
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Recom'd: 0 | In 0 book shelves
Total words: 30,757
Pages(Except illustrations): 62
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 2/15/15
Last update: 11/7/15
The Cricket on the Hearth. A Fairy Tale of Home is a novella by Charles Dickens, published by Bradbury and Evans, and released 20 December 1845 with illustrations by Daniel Maclise, John Leech, Richard Doyle, Clarkson Stanfield and Edwin Henry Landseer. Dickens began writing the book around 17 October 1845 and finished it by 1 December. Like all of Dickens's Christmas books, it was published in book form, not as a serial. Dickens described the novel as "quiet and domestic [...] innocent and pretty." It is subdivided into chapters called "Chirps", similar to the "Quarters" of The Chimes or the "Staves" of A Christmas Carol. It is the third of Dickens's five Christmas books, preceded by A Christmas Carol (1843) and The Chimes (1844), and followed by The...more
by Jack London
Category:Literature
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Science fiction, Adventure novel, Historical
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Recom'd: 0 | In 0 book shelves
Total words: 0
Pages(Except illustrations): 81
| Status: Ongoing
Created: 2/15/15
Last update: 11/7/15
Before Adam is a novel by Jack London, serialized in 1906 and 1907 in Everybody's Magazine. It is the story of a boy who dreams he lives the life of an early hominid Australopithecine. The story offers an early view of human evolution. The majority of the story is told through the eyes of the boy's hominid alter ego, one of the Cave People. In addition to the Cave People, there are the more advanced Fire People, and the more animal-like Tree People. Other characters include the hominid's father, a love interest, and Red-Eye, a fierce "atavism" that perpetually terrorizes the Cave People. A sabre-cat also plays a role in the story. (from wikipedia)more
by Randolph Caldecott
Category:Literature » Classic literature
Tags:
Song, Lyrics, Poem
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Recom'd: 0 | In 0 book shelves
Total words: 3,789
Pages(Except illustrations): 8
| Status: Complete
Created: 2/21/15
Last update: 9/4/16
Randolph Caldecott (22 March 1846 – 12 February 1886) was a British artist and illustrator, born in Chester. The Caldecott Medal was named in his honour. He exercised his art chiefly in book illustrations. His abilities as an artist were promptly and generously recognised by the Royal Academy. Caldecott greatly influenced illustration of children's books during the nineteenth century. Two books illustrated by him, priced at a shilling each, were published every Christmas for eight years. Caldecott also illustrated novels and accounts of foreign travel, made humorous drawings depicting hunting and fashionable life, drew cartoons and he made sketches of the Houses of Parliament inside and out, and exhibited sculptures and paintings in oil and watercolour in...more

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