Summary: A rare pearl is fought over during a hurricane on a South Sea island. A zealous....+
A rare pearl is fought over during a hurricane on a South Sea island. A zealous missionary sets out to spread the gospel in a land of cannibals. The son of a Polynesian chief becomes the slave of a white man. These stories and others portray life in the South Seas in the days of tall ships over a century ago. In powerful and compelling language that seems not the least bit dated, Jack London tells eight tales of high daring and great savagery, of bravery and death, even of occasional humor, that could only take place in the exotic South Sea islands. Based around themes London considered important--race, culture, justice, and heroism--the stories derive their intensity from the author’s own far-flung adventures, conveying an impassioned, unsparing vision borne only of experience.
Included here are the following stories: “The House of Mapuhi,” “The Whale Tooth,” “Mauki,” “Yah! Yah! Yah!” “The Heathen,” “The Terrible Solomons,” “The Inevitable White Man,” and “The Seed of McCoy.”
Summary: O. Henry wove several stories together into this highly episodic narrative,....+
O. Henry wove several stories together into this highly episodic narrative, taking his title and inspiration from Lewis Carroll’s poem “The Walrus and the Carpenter” in Alice in Wonderland.
The stories are set in the fictional country of Anchuria in Central America, a banana republic where larceny is rampant and revolution is lurking in every impoverished back alley. O. Henry offers a cutting satire of contemporary politics and prejudices. Nevertheless, an essential middle-class morality prevails, in which lovers are reunited, poverty obliterated, character rewarded, and sentiment satisfied.
Summary: Dominic Cantori is an orphan. Ashamed of his situation, he avoids making friends....+
Dominic Cantori is an orphan. Ashamed of his situation, he avoids making friends for fear of exposing his terrible secret. One day on a class trip to Ellis Island, a tour guide asks everyone about their families. Terrified of having to answer, Dominic immediately flees from the class and hides in a closet, where he falls asleep for hours.
When he wakes up, the museum is deserted. Lonely and afraid, he picks up one display telephone after another, listening to the recorded voices of immigrants who describe their lives in faraway countries and their journeys to Ellis Island. To Dominic’s surprise, the voice of an old Italian immigrant speaks directly to him! Before he knows it, he’s transported back in time--to Italy in 1908. There, he unlocks the door to his past and discovers just what it feels like to be loved by his own family.
Summary: Has a mummy’s spirit really moved into Andy’s body?!
What do you do....+
Has a mummy’s spirit really moved into Andy’s body?!
What do you do when it seems like everyone in your family has done something magnificent--everyone, that is, except you? That’s Andy’s problem. He just wants to do something special.
When his class visits an Egyptian exhibit, he figures it’ll be just another field trip. But he’s wrong, because somehow a mummy’s spirit seems to have given him a weird magic power. Suddenly, Andy’s magnificent--all he has to do is wish for whatever he wants! But being extraordinary has its drawbacks. And Andy soon learns to be very, very careful of what he wishes for.
Summary: Born the son of a nobleman, Ben-Hur is condemned to the galleys for life after....+
Born the son of a nobleman, Ben-Hur is condemned to the galleys for life after he accidentally dislodges a piece of tile which falls on the Roman procurator. He is betrayed by his best friend, manages to escape his imprisonment, and gains revenge and glory before the cheering multitudes in the chariot races at the Roman circus in Antioch. Later he fulfills his true destiny at the foot of a cross on a hill in Jerusalem.
Summary: In 1895 two young men destined to make their mark on American life--Theodore....+
In 1895 two young men destined to make their mark on American life--Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Cabot Lodge--discovered they shared a common interest in the remarkable way ordinary Americans demonstrated the real character of the young nation. They were convinced that the brilliance of American liberty could best be found in the lives of everyday people, rather than in the traditional accounts of the famous and powerful. Somehow the two men found time to research and write the twenty-six amazing stories in Hero Tales.
Summary: Amid the sparkle and hum of a New York City winter, Jed and his best friend,....+
Amid the sparkle and hum of a New York City winter, Jed and his best friend, Flyer, are filming a documentary of their neighborhood. In the process, Jed confronts painful memories of his older brother, Zeke, a poet who loved jazzman Charlie “Bird” Parker and who died, leaving behind his CDs, a notebook, and a lot of unanswered questions. When Jed encounters a mysterious homeless girl he thinks holds the key to connecting him to Zeke, it could be his only way to unlock his deepest sorrow and discover how to be--who to be--on his own.
Summary: What do bald men in skirts, ancient geeks, pompous popes, and bickering bishops....+
What do bald men in skirts, ancient geeks, pompous popes, and bickering bishops have in common? They all took part in shaping the calendar that hangs on your wall. Together with a host of famous and not-so-famous others, they adjusted, fine-tuned, and tinkered around with what would eventually become the western world’s most popular tool for keeping track of time. Follow Lindsie and Evan as they accompany Father Time on a wild ride through five thousand years of hilarious history.