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Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House by
Publication Date: 2005-02-11
he classic tale of leaving the city and building a house in the country, only to find country life isn't so simple. But it is hilarious.
Mr. Blandings, a successful New York advertising executive, and his wife want to escape the confines of their tiny midtown apartment. They design the perfect home in the idyllic country, but soon they are beset by construction troubles, temperamental workmen, skyrocketing bills, threatening lawyers, and difficult neighbors. Mr. Blandings' dream house soon threatens to be the nightmare that undoes him.
This internationally bestselling book by Eric Hodgins is illustrated by William Steig and was made into a film starring Cary Grant and Myrna Loy -- and a later film starring Tom Hanks called The Money Pit.
Mrs. Balasuriya and Mrs. Carroll
The Jane Austen Collection by
Publication Date: 2016-09-15
t is a truth universally acknowledged that Jane Austen is one of the literary giants of all time, and Jane Austen lovers will adore the modern design of this deluxe boxed gift set containing six of her most popular and iconic novels: Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Emma.
Wuthering Heights by
Publication Date: 2007-03-29
There are few more convincing, less sentimental accounts of passionate love than the story of the tormented Heathcliff, who falls wildly in love with Catherine Earnshaw, the daughter of his benefactor, and of the violence and misery that result from their thwarted longing for each other.
All Creatures Great and Small by
Publication Date: 2014-05-06
n "All Creatures Great and Small," we meet the young Herriot as he takes up his calling and discovers that the realities of veterinary practice in rural Yorkshire are very different from the sterile setting of veterinary school. Some visits are heart-wrenchingly difficult, such as one to an old man in the village whose very ill dog is his only friend and companion, some are lighthearted and fun, such as Herriot's periodic visits to the overfed and pampered Pekinese Tricki Woo who throws parties and has his own stationery, and yet others are inspirational and enlightening, such as Herriot's recollections of poor farmers who will scrape their meager earnings together to be able to get proper care for their working animals. From seeing to his patients in the depths of winter on the remotest homesteads to dealing with uncooperative owners and critically ill animals, Herriot discovers the wondrous variety and never-ending challenges of veterinary practice as his humor, compassion, and love of the animal world shine forth. (Lexile: 990)
Great Expectations by
Publication Date: 2010-02-02
When young Pip accidentally meets a convict out in the marsh one Christmas Eve, he has no idea that his life is about to change--forever. The amazing events following that encounter, and the strange tale of Miss Havisham and her adopted daughter Estella, have made Great Expectations a must-read since it was first serialized in 1860.
Publication Date: 2003-07-01
Hamlet is Shakespeare's most popular, and most puzzling, play. It follows the form of a "revenge tragedy," in which the hero, Hamlet, seeks vengeance against his father's murderer, his uncle Claudius, now the king of Denmark. Much of its fascination, however, lies in its uncertainties.
Among them: What is the Ghost--Hamlet's father demanding justice, a tempting demon, an angelic messenger? Does Hamlet go mad, or merely pretend to? Once he is sure that Claudius is a murderer, why does he not act? Was his mother, Gertrude, unfaithful to her husband or complicit in his murder?
Mrs. Cali and Ms. Roberson
Just As Long As We're Together by
Publication Date: 2010-04-13
With deft wit and an ear fine-tuned to both inner and outer dialogue, Judy Blume lets three distinct 12-year-olds show readers the truth about their first year of junior high in Connecticut, their families, themselves. Grade 7-9 (Lexile: 600)
War and Peace by
Publication Date: 1996-01-17
Hailed as one of the greatest novels of all time and a classic of world literature, War and Peace unfolds in the early nineteenth century during the turbulent years of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia. Tolstoy's epic ranges from stirring depictions of historical events to intimate portraits of family life, moving between public spectacles and private lives to offer a tale of both panoramic scope and closely observed detail.
From the breathless excitement of 16-year-old Natasha Rostov's first ball, to Prince Andrei Bolkonsky's epiphany on the battlefield at Austerlitz, the novel abounds in memorable incidents, particularly those involving Pierre Bezukhov. A seeker after moral and spiritual truths, Pierre and his search for life's deeper meaning stand at the heart of this monumental book. A tale of strivers in a world fraught with conflict, social and political change, and spiritual confusion, Tolstoy's magnificent work continues to entertain, enlighten, and inspire readers around the world.
Mrs. Donaldson Casella
Jane Eyre by
Publication Date: 2008-04-01
An unconventional love story that broadened the scope of romantic fiction, "Jane Eyre" is ultimately the tale of one woman's fight to claim her independence and self-respect in a society that has no place for her.
Señora Chavez, Mrs. Lansdale and Mrs. Schultz
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by
Publication Date: 2001-11-13
A poignant tale of childhood and the ties of family, "A Tree Grows in Brooklyn" will transport the reader to the early 1900s where a little girl named Francie dreamily looks out her window at a tree struggling to reach the sky.
The Complete Poems of Walt Whitman by
Publication Date: 1995-01-01
This collection contains the poetic works of Walt Whitman. These poems reflect the vitality of a new nation and the vastness of its lands. They combine autobiographical, sociological and religious themes but did not conform to previous genres.
The Bell Jar by
Publication Date: 2005-08-02
This extraordinary work--echoing Plath's own experiences as a rising writer/editor in the early 1950s--chronicles the nervous breakdown of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, successful, but slowly going under, and maybe for the last time. Grade 9 and up (Lexile 1050).
Guadalcanal Diary by
Publication Date: 2000-05-30
This celebrated classic gives a Marine's-eye-view of the Guadalcanal battles--crucial to World War II, the war that continues to fascinate us all, and to military history in general. Unlike some of those on Guadalcanal in the fall of 1942, Richard Tregaskis volunteered to be there. An on-location news correspondent (at the time, one of only two on Guadalcanal), he lived alongside the Marines: sleeping on the ground--only to be awoken by air raids--eating the sometimes meager rations, and braving some of the most dangerous battlefields of World War II. He more than once narrowly escaped the enemy's fire, and so we have this incisive and exciting inside account of the groundbreaking initial landing of U.S. Marines on Guadalcanal.
Mr. Freitas, Mrs. Giacalone, Ms. Sette, Ms. Tashji and Mrs. Von Euler
Little Women by
Publication Date: 1989-01-01
Little Women is the heartwarming story of the March family that has thrilled generations of readers. It is the story of four sisters--Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth-- and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War. Grades 7-12 (Lexile 1300).
Ms. Friedman, Mrs. Latimer, Mr. Maliakal, Mrs. Ramsey and Mrs. Spain
The Outsiders by
Call Number: F HIN
Publication Date: 1988-09-01
The struggle of three brothers to stay together after their parent's death and their quest for identity among the conflicting values of their adolescent society. Grade 6+ (Lexile: 750L)
Mr. Giggi and Mrs. Montgomery
To Kill a Mockingbird by
Publication Date: 2005-07-05
Through the young eyes of Scout and Jem Finch, Harper Lee explores ... the irrationality of adult attitudes toward race and class in the Deep South of the 1930s. The conscience of a town steeped in prejudice, violence, and hypocrisy is pricked by the stamina and quiet heroism of one man's struggle for justice--but the weight of history will only tolerate so much.
Johnny Tremain by
Publication Date: 2005-03-01
A story filled with danger and excitement, Johnny Tremain tells of the turbulent, passionate times in Boston just before the Revolutionary War. Johnny, a young apprentice silversmith, is caught up with Otis, Hancock, and John and Samuel Adams in the exciting and dramatic operations and subterfuges leading up to the Boston Tea Party and the Battle of Lexington. As Johnny is forced into the role of a full-grown man in the face of his new country's independence, he finds that his relations with those he loves change for the better as well. Winner of the Newbery Medal in 1943, the year of its publication, Johnny Tremain is historical fiction at its best, portraying Revolutionary Boston as a living drama, through the shrewd eyes of an observant boy. Grade 5-7 (Lexile: 840)
Publication Date: 2005-09-09
Elsewhere is where 15-year-old Liz Hall ends up, after she has died. It is a place so like Earth, yet completely different. Here Liz will age backward from the day of her death until she becomes a baby again and returns to Earth. Grades 7-12 (Lexile 720)..
The Giver by
Publication Date: 2014-07-01
In Lowry's Newbery Medal-winning classic, 12-year-old Jonas lives in a seemingly ideal world. Not until he is given his life assignment as the Receiver does he begin to understand the dark secrets behind his fragile community. Grade 6+ (Lexile: 760)
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by
Publication Date: 2007-09-12
Budding cartoonist Junior leaves his troubled school on the Spokane Indian Reservation to attend an all-white farm town school where the only other Indian is the school mascot. (Lexile: 600L)
Mr. A. Johnson
Lord of the Flies by
Publication Date: 2016-11-15
The classic tale of a group of English school boys who are left stranded on an unpopulated island, and who must confront not only the defects of their society but the defects of their own natures.
Mr. A. Johnson and Mr. M. Johnson
Lonesome Dove by
Publication Date: 2010-06-15
(Bk 1 of 4) Chronicles a cattle drive in the nineteenth century from Texas to Montana. Grade 9+
The Kite Runner by
Publication Date: 2013-03-05
The unforgettable, heartbreaking story of the unlikely friendship between a wealthy boy and the son of his father's servant, it is a beautifully crafted novel set in a country that is in the process of being destroyed.
The Lord of the Rings by
Publication Date: 2013-10-29
Presents the epic depicting the Great War of the Ring, a struggle between good and evil in Middle-earth, following the odyssey of Frodo the hobbit and his companions on a quest to destroy the Ring of Power.
The Grapes of Wrath by
Publication Date: 2002-01-08
Although it follows the movement of thousands of men and women and the transformation of an entire nation, "The Grapes of Wrath" is also the story of one Oklahoma farm family, the Joads, who are driven off their homestead and forced to travel west to the promised land of California.
Seventeenth Summer by
Publication Date: 2010-04-27
A summer to remember…
Angie always thought high school romances were just silly infatuations that come and go. She certainly never thought she would fall in love over one short summer. But when she meets Jack, their connection is beyond any childish crush. Suddenly, Angie and Jack are filling their summer with stolen moments and romantic nights. But as fall grows closer, they must figure out if their love is forever, or just a summer they’ll never forget. Grade 7-9 (Lexile:1050)
Mr. Lemoine and Mr, Randolph
The Hobbit by
Publication Date: 2012-09-18
In a hole in the ground, there lived a hobbit." So begins one of the most beloved and delightful tales in the English language. Set in the imaginary world of Middle-earth, at once a classic myth and a modern fairy tale, "The Hobbit" is one of literature's most enduring and well-loved novels.
The Eleventh Hour by
Publication Date: 1997-09-01
When Horace the elephant turns eleven, he celebrates in style by inviting his exotic friends to a splendid costume party. But a mystery is afoot, for in the midst of the games, music, and revelry, someone has eaten the birthday feast! Rhyming text and detailed illustrations provide clues to help readers find out who committed the crime. Grade 8+ (Lexile: 1070)
The Power of One by
Publication Date: 2007-07-10
In this magical novel, an irresistible boy tells the story of his survival and coming of age against the background of South Africa during and just after World War II.
Brave New World by
Publication Date: 2013-09-24
Huxley's story shows a futuristic World State where all emotion, love, art, and human individuality have been replaced by social stability. An ominous warning to the world's population, this literary classic is a must-read. (Lexile: 870)
Zlata's Diary by
Publication Date: 2006-02-28
When Zlata’s Diary was first published at the height of the Bosnian conflict, it became an international bestseller and was compared to The Diary of Anne Frank, both for the freshness of its voice and the grimness of the world it describes. It begins as the day-to-day record of the life of a typical eleven-year-old girl, preoccupied by piano lessons and birthday parties. But as war engulfs Sarajevo, Zlata Filipovic becomes a witness to food shortages and the deaths of friends and learns to wait out bombardments in a neighbor’s cellar. Yet throughout she remains courageous and observant. The result is a book that has the power to move and instruct readers a world away. Grade 7-9 (Lexile: 690)
The Catcher in the Rye by
Publication Date: 1991-05-01
J.D. Salinger's classic of adolescent angst is now available for the first time in trade paperback. Holden Caulfield, knowing he is to be expelled from school, decides to leave early. He spends three days in New York City and tells the story of what he did and suffered there.
The Count of Monte Cristo by
Publication Date: 2005-04-05
Wrongfully imprisoned for 14 years, Edmond Dants escapes to the island of Monte Cristo. What awaits him there is a fortune in gold--and a new identity with which to pursue his revenge and redemption. (Lexile: 1080)
Rumble Fish by
Publication Date: 2013-08-06
Rusty-James is the number one tough guy among the junior high kids who hang out and shoot pool at Benny's. He's proud of his reputation, but what he wants most of all is to be just like his older brother, the Motorcycle Boy. Whenever Rusty-James gets in over his head, the Motorcycle Boy has always been there to bail him out. Then one day Rusty-James' world comes apart, and the Motorcycle boy isn't around to pick up the pieces. What now?
Like Hinton's groundbreaking classic The Outsiders, Rumble Fish was adapted into a movie by Francis Ford Coppola and remains as relevant as ever in its exploration of sibling relationships, the importance of role models, and the courage to think independently.
That Was Then, This Is Now by
Publication Date: 1998-04-01
Set in the same working-class landscape as "The Outsiders, That Was Then, This Is Now" paints a deeply felt portrait of best friends Byron and Mark, as they grow up and grow apart.
The Call of the Wild by
Publication Date: 2011-12-01
The adventures of an unusual dog, part St. Bernard, part Scotch shepherd, that is forcibly taken to the Klondike gold fields where he eventually becomes the leader of a wolf pack.
Where the Red Fern Grows by
Publication Date: 1997-03-12
The beloved classic that captures the powerful bond between man and man’s best friend. Billy has long dreamt of owning not one, but two dogs. So when he’s finally able to save up enough money for two pups to call his own—Old Dan and Little Ann—he’s ecstatic. It’s true that times are tough, but together they’ll roam the hills of the Ozarks. Soon Billy and his hounds become the finest hunting team in the valley. Stories of their great achievements spread throughout the region, and the combination of Old Dan’s brawn, Little Ann’s brains, and Billy’s sheer will seems unbeatable. But tragedy awaits these determined hunters—now friends—and Billy learns that hope can grow out of despair. Grade 3-7 (Lexile: 700)