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Watership Down: A Novel by Richard Adams (1972)

In true British literary tradition, Watership Down began as a story Richard Adams told his daughters night after night as an ongoing bedtime story.  Eventually they convinced him to write it down into a proper book.  He did, and after … Continue reading

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The Brilliant Books of James Herriot! (1972 – 1992)

Do I like animals?  Yes.  Do I LOVE animals?  Not particularly.   Despite my ambivalent feelings about the animal kingdom, I am a HUGE fan of the James Herriot books!  If you’ve not yet met Dr. Herriot (a talented, self-deprecating country … Continue reading

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The Great Race: The Amazing Round-the-World Auto Race of 1908 by Gary Blackwood (2008)

In 1908 only the ultra-rich owned cars (mostly for racing around circular tracks) and therefore there were few roads to drive them on.  The automobile industry was in its infancy and desperate to find a place for cars in the … Continue reading

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson (1885)

If you’ve never read The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson, go get it from your library today!  It’s under 75 pages and you’ll understand the cultural references to it forevermore. Henry Jekyll is … Continue reading

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Bedknob and Broomstick by Mary Norton (1957)

If you’ve ever dreamed of owning a flying bed, this is the story for you! Carey, Charles and Paul are living away from home visiting their aunt for the summer in the English countryside.  One day while outside playing, they … Continue reading

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Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter (1913)

“You’re such a Pollyanna!”  So where does that phrase come from and what does it mean??  In 208 pages you’ll know the answer to both questions. Pollyanna, an orphan — of course!, is sent to live with her Aunt Polly … Continue reading

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The Time Machine by H.G. Wells (1895)

“The son of a professional cricketer and a lady’s maid, H. G. Wells (1866-1946) served apprenticeships as a draper and a chemist’s assistant before winning a scholarship to the prestigious Normal School of Science in London. While he is best … Continue reading

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