Around the World in Eighty Days
In a time before jet planes or fast boats, Phileas Fogg bets he can go around the world in eighty days - a then unheard of record time. Travel with him as he boards boats, trains, and even an elephant! Will he beat the deadline and be rich? Or will he be ruined?
Anna Sewell's classic tale, her first and only published book, portrays the life of a magnificent, beautiful, proud, "well-bred and well-born horse"-- Black Beauty. The author tells this unforgettable story, which takes place in nineteenth-century England, through the eyes of Black Beauty. The reader will feel the love and cruelty that this great stallion experiences. Beginning with Black Beauty's wonderful life with his master, Squire Gordon, and the kindness of Jerry Barker, and on through the terrible times as a "wagon" and "cab" horse having to tolerate the torture of the "proper" English bearing reins, Black Beauty's story will speak for all animals that can't speak for themselves. This story is considered one of the most successful animal stories ever written…truly a timeless classic!
The Call of the Wild
Follow the adventures of Buck, a loving family pet, who is stolen from his comfortable home to become a sled dog in the Yukon Territory gold rush. As Buck faces freezing temperatures, starvation, and cruelty, he learns that he must be brutal to survive.
The Call of the Wild, Buck's exciting tale, is one of the most powerful animal stories ever written!
A Christmas Carol
A wonderful, intriguing, joyful mystery about Christmas…one of the most heartwarming stories ever written! A Christmas Carol is without question one of Charles Dickens' greatest works. This extremely popular story introduces some of the most timeless, internationally known characters such as Scrooge, the unforgettable miser; Bob Cratchit, the underpaid clerk; and Tiny Tim, Cratchit's frail, loving son. This story is synonymous with the festive and giving spirit of Christmas and is one of the most widely read classics of all time.
The Great Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Read two of the most intriguing mystery stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
In "The Adventure of the Speckled Band" the sharp-eyed Holmes, along with his friend, Dr. Watson, is able to save the life of a young woman fated by an evil stepfather to meet a horrifying death. "The Boscombe Valley Mystery" is even more difficult to solve, but Sherlock Holmes comes to the rescue again and saves an innocent young man from a fate he does not deserve.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
"A tragic story of love, disappointment, ignorance, anger, and deceit."
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of Victor Hugo's greatest accomplishments. This gothic tale about Dom Frollo, the archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral, and his total infatuation and frustration for the beautiful La Esmeralda ends in disaster. The pathetic and disfigured Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer, is forced to choose between his two loves - Dom Frollo and La Esmeralda. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a grim novel, is beautifully written, and is without question a timeless classic.
Many people think that Charlotte Bronte loosely based Jane Eyre on her own life and experiences. See how Bronte tells her story through the eyes of Jane Eyre. Even though Jane was orphaned at an early age and forced to live with her evil aunt, Mrs. Reed, she still managed to be happy. Read along as Jane travels to Lowood School and eventually to Thornfield Hall where she meets Mr. Rochester, the only true love she ever knows.
The Prince and the Pauper
Two boys - one a prince, the other a pauper-- look so much alike that no one can tell them apart! Join them in the days of old England, as they switch places - the prince becoming a pauper and the pauper a prince. Read how the prince discovers what it is like to be poor and hungry in his own kingdom. However, it is no easy task for him to become the prince again, as you will find out!
The Scarlet Letter
The Scarlet Letter takes place in 17th century Puritan New England. Read along with this touching tale of Hester Prynne and her daughter Pearl as they struggle to survive as outcasts. Only one person, Arthur Dimmesdale, the Reverend, knows Hester's true story, but he is kept away for fear of what the community will think of him. Find out how Hester turns hardship into the ability to help the very people who scorned her.
A Tale of Two Cities
Journey between London and Paris during that perilous time known as "The French Revolution". This is a story of two men that look alike - one in danger of being beheaded by the guillotine, and the other, a hero that sacrifices his own life for his friend. The French Revolution has been called "The Reign of terror," and you will feel the terror in your own bones as you read!
About Graphic Novels:
Experienced parents know that the amount of reading their child does will have a direct and positive impact on his reading fluency and vocabulary development. That is why graphic novels--which we used to refer to as comic books--though once relegated to the category of lowbrow reading, are now experiencing a surge in popularity.
You may think that the comic book medium is primarily for mainstream American children who are peppered by snack-size visual and audio bombardment. If you desire that your children slow down and feast on the written word, then you may cringe at the idea of a graphic novel version of Moby Dick. But before you issue a home-wide ban on these books, consider the following.
If you have a reluctant or beginning reader, your first concern should be for fluidity and competency. You will find that the graphic novel's illustrations draw your child in even as the vocabulary becomes more complex. Then, because the graphics are so attention-grabbing, children often find themselves reading for pleasure.
If your reluctant reader is an older child, your main concern may be making sure that he is culturally savvy. With graphic novels, vocabulary is introduced via contextual clues, making great literature accessible to more children. The interesting pictures and snappy dialogue, with little-to-no narration to bog the reader down, will encourage independent reading and learning. As the child's competence and confidence grow, so will his joy of literacy.
Even if your older child is a competent reader, he will enjoy taking a break from the verbally intense books characteristic of higher-level learning to enjoy a more visual form of storytelling. A 2006 study found that the amount of reading children did for fun decreased from the time they were eight through the teen years. Graphic books can re-engage them in the delights of reading for leisure as well as for learning.
There are children who may never read for pleasure; God just might have wired them differently. But most children, from the reluctant, faltering reader to the brilliant but easily bored adolescent, will find graphic novels intriguing.