New Lessons in November (English)

English

32 Caliber by Donald McGibney
A suspicious accident reveals itself to be a murder! Our story is narrated by a lawyer who turns detective in order to uncover the real murderer, and leads us on a chase through Bolshevik headquarters, country clubs, and a dry creek bed, before the real clues come to light. Up-in-the-air excitement! (Summary by Brenda Price)
Lessons in Collection: 18, New This Month: 17
Adrift in New York by Horatio Alger, Jr.
John Linden is a very wealthy man. The people who should inherit his property are his nephew, Curtis Waring, his niece Florence Linden, and his long lost son – if alive. John thinks it would be best if Florence and Curtis were married, and makes it a requirement if Florence wishes to have any of the property. A boy named Dodger was sent to steal one of the wills of John Linden so that Curtis would inherit all the property. But Florence prevents Dodger from stealing, and they become friends… (Summary by Stav Nisser)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
Alonso Fitz and Other Stories by Mark Twain
A collection of Twain short stories…
Lessons in Collection: 4, New This Month: 4
American English Pronunciation Podcast (Pronuncian.com)
This is the American English Pronunciation Podcast from www.pronuncian.com. Pronuncian focuses on presenting difficult-to-find American English pronunciation tips and techniques to mid to advanced level English language students. Go to www.pronuncian.com for more information.
Lessons in Collection: 119, New This Month: 119
Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Hans Christian Andersen was a Danish author and poet noted for his children’s stories. These include “The Steadfast Tin Soldier”, “The Snow Queen”, “The Little Mermaid”, “Thumbelina”, “The Little Match Girl”, and “The Ugly Duckling”.
Lessons in Collection: 124, New This Month: 124
And now ….
A series of short texts for Beginners. Each episode has some English grammar notes and a German word-for-word translation. These can be found under the RESOURCES tab of the lessons. A parallel story, called “Aber natürlich!”, can be found in the German library. Here is the link: http://www.lingq.com/learn/de/store/51400/
Lessons in Collection: 3, New This Month: 3
Anne of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
This second part in the story of Anne Shirley, follows her years teaching at Avonlea School. (Summary by Karen Savage)
Lessons in Collection: 30, New This Month: 29
Anne of the Island by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne is off to Redmond College! She will spend the next three years living and learning, making new friends, and deepening old friendships.
Lessons in Collection: 41, New This Month: 40
Anne’s House of Dreams by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Anne’s House of Dreams is book five in the series, and chronicles Anne’s early married life, as she and her childhood sweetheart Gilbert Blythe begin to build their life together. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 40, New This Month: 39
At the Back of the North Wind by George MacDonald
Diamond the little boy sleeps in the hayloft above the stall of Diamond the horse. The loft is snug but drafty, and after plugging a hole in the wall one night, Diamond is scolded by the beautiful Lady North Wind for closing her “window” into his room. Thus begins their friendship. Spirited away by the North Wind, Diamond embarks on a series of adventures both near to and far from his home. His pure heart and his simple, loving spirit guide him as he journeys to the back of the North Wind and home again. (Summary by Meredith Hughes)
Lessons in Collection: 39, New This Month: 39
At the Earth’s Core by Edgar Rice Burrough
This is the first book in the Pellucidar series. Pellucidar is a fictional Hollow Earth milieu invented by Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. The stories initially involve the adventures of mining heir David Innes and his inventor friend Abner Perry after they use an “iron mole” to burrow 500 miles into the earth’s crust. (adapted from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 17, New This Month: 17
Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale
The transitioning years between girlhood and womanhood are an exciting time for a girl, as well as tumultuous and confusing. Beautiful Girlhood by Mabel Hale is a lovely guide that will help the young girl understand the changes she is going through emotionally and physically and also guide her in the proper behavior befitting a young woman. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)
Lessons in Collection: 36, New This Month: 36
Beautiful Joe by Marshall Saunders
Beautiful Joe is a real dog, and “Beautiful Joe” is his real name. He belonged during the first part of his life to a cruel master, who mutilated him in the manner described in the story. He was rescued from him, and is now living in a happy home with pleasant surroundings, and enjoys a wide local celebrity. The character of Laura is drawn from life, and to the smallest detail is truthfully depicted.(Summary by Marshall Saunders)
Lessons in Collection: 39, New This Month: 39
Beverly Of Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
Beverly Of Graustark is the second book in the Graustark series. Lorry and his wife, the princess, made their home in Washington, but spent a few months of each year in Edelweiss. During the periods spent in Washington and in travel, her affairs in Graustark were in the hands of a capable, austere old diplomat–her uncle, Count Caspar Halfont. Princess Volga reigned as regent over the principality of Axphain. (Project Gutenberg)
Lessons in Collection: 31, New This Month: 31
Birds of the Air by Arabella B. Buckley
Arabella Buckley had a great love of nature and wished to impart that love to children. Birds of the Air will encourage children to observe birds in their natural environment and notice the habits of each particular bird they encounter. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
Blindside’s “Short Texts”
Everything here will be about one paragraph long. The object of this collection is to give the beginning language learner something not very difficult, but at the same time not boring like what is found in beginner books. These are designed to be listened to by the beginner 10-20 times to get “get used to” the language. I started this collection because I wish I had something similar in the languages I study. Short. Interesting. Fun. But not “dumbed down”
Lessons in Collection: 21, New This Month: 1
By Pond and River by Arabella B. Buckley
In By Pond and River, another of Arabella Buckley’s wonderful science books for children, she explains the habitats of ponds and rivers, exposing children to the animals and plant life that are found there. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
Cat Tales
Cat Tales is the first of a series of kid-friendly collections of animal stories and non-fiction. There’ll be one or two grade-school-level texts on the animal, with eight-nine fiction works. Source for these is Project Gutenberg. (Summary by BellonaTimes)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
Chronicles of Avonlea by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Chronicles of Avonlea is a collection of short stories by L.M. Montgomery, related to the Anne of Green Gables series. It features a number of stories relating to the fictional Canadian village of Avonlea, and was first published in 1912. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Chronicles of Canada Volume 14 – The War With the United States : A Chronicle of 1812 by William Wood
This volume of the Chronicles of Canada series explains both the causes of the War of 1812 and the campaigns of the war from a primarily Canadian viewpoint, a perspective that is very often missed in writings on this Americo-British conflict. (By Sibella)
Lessons in Collection: 15, New This Month: 15
Chronicles of Canada Volume 6 – The Great Intendant : A Chronicle of Jean Talon in Canada 1665-1672 by Thomas Chapais
Talon worked closely with lieutenant-general Prouville de Tracy to achieve the surrender of the Iroquois in 1627, thereby ending the threat that had hung over the colony for 20 years. Although Talon did not join the troops in the field, at Tracy’s request, he had a very large share in the success of the French arms through his constant and meticulous care in placing at the disposition of the army everything that was necessary for the war, despite the poverty of the colony, the lack of roads, and the distances. Summary by Wikipedia.
Lessons in Collection: 11, New This Month: 11
Chronicles of Canada Volume 9 – The Acadian Exiles : A Chronicle of the Land of Evangeline by Arthur G. Doughty
The name Acadia, which we now associate with a great tragedy of history and song, was first used by the French to distinguish the eastern or maritime part of New France from the western part, which began with the St Lawrence valley and was called Canada. Just where Acadia ended and Canada began, the French never clearly defined. This volume covers the period of hostility between the Acadians and the British Crown.
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces by Thomas W. Hanshew
Meet Hamilton Cleek – man of mystery, and master of disguise and derring-do. Cleek’s exploits are, to say the least, highly improbable, but the book is enormous fun. The goodies are good and the baddies are very bad indeed, but beware – things are not always what they seem. Suspend your disbelief and enjoy a rattling good yarn! Cleek is the central figure in dozens of short stories that began to appear in 1910 and were subsequently collected in a series of books. (Summary by Ruth Golding and Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 47, New This Month: 47
Dorothy Dale – A Girl of Today by Margaret Penrose (pseudonym of Lilian C. Garis)
Dorothy Dale is the daughter of an old Civil War veteran who is running a weekly newspaper in a small Eastern town. Her sunny disposition, her fun-loving ways and her trials and triumphs make clean, interesting and fascinating reading. The Dorothy Dale Series is one of the most popular series of books for girls ever published. (Summary from the book)
Lessons in Collection: 27, New This Month: 27
Dorothy Dale’s Camping Days by Margaret Penrose (pseudonym of Lilian C. Garis)
So the parties separated and then Dorothy was free to leave her hiding place. She longed to tell her friends the strange story, but she knew that the finding of Tavia was the one and only thing to be thought of just then. “Are you sure that this is the direction in which the boys went?” asked Nat, with something like a sigh. Dorothy looked over the rough woodland. “No,” she said, “there was a swamp, for I distinctly remember that they picked their way through tall grass, and about here the grass is actually dried up.” (Extract from Chapter 26)
Lessons in Collection: 29, New This Month: 29
Dorothy Dale’s Queer Holidays by Margaret Penrose (pseudonym of Lilian C. Garis)
Relates the details of a mystery that surrounded Tanglewood Park. There is a great snowstorm, and the young folks become snowbound, much to their dismay. (summary by luciburg)
Lessons in Collection: 27, New This Month: 27
Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home by Emily Post
From advice on planning the perfect wedding to eating an artichoke correctly, Emily Post offers instruction on how to live a well-mannered life circa 1922. With a sometimes gentle, sometimes sharp wit, she maintains that true ladies and gentlemen are characterized not by wealth but by their behavior toward others. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
Fame and Fortune by Horatio Alger, Jr.
Richard Hunter, in this sequel to Ragged Dick, continues his way in the world through hard work and excellent morals. He, along with his friend Henry, continue their positive outlook as they try to advance their lives. But Dick soon finds envy and jealousy leads others to work against him. How will Dick react as he tries to strive forward while others conspire to hold him down? (Written by Barry Eads)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
Fast in the Ice by Robert Michael Ballantyne
At the age of 16 Ballantyne went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company. His rule in writing, being in every case, was to write as far as possible from personal knowledge of the scenes he described. In this book he details the lives of the crew as they must overwinter in the frozen north including their meetings with Eskimos and bears and their struggles with disease. This is a realistic account of what life was like for the explorers of the Arctic. (summary by Esther, adapted from wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 11, New This Month: 11
Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin
Fifty Famous Stories Retold by James Baldwin is a collection of short stories that give a snapshot into the life of a legendary hero or an event in history. Hear how Alexander the Great tamed Bucephalus, the kindness of Doctor Goldsmith, William Tell, George Washington and his hatchet, King Alfred as well as many other interesting tales. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)
Lessons in Collection: 51, New This Month: 51
Fighting the Whales by Robert Michael Ballantyne
A fatherless boy joins the crew of a whaling ship in order to earn a living for himself and his mother. Beyond being a fascinating depiction of a now-alien time, occupation, and culture, it’s also a rousing adventure story. One is left with the impression that hunting and catching a whale in a sailing ship was akin to you or me being stalked, ambushed, and killed by a shoebox full of mice. (Summary by Lee.)
Lessons in Collection: 10, New This Month: 10
Five Little Peppers Abroad by Margaret Sidney
This book is the next in the series of the Five Little Peppers, by Margaret Sidney, after Five Little Peppers and How They Grew and Five Little Peppers Midway. It continues the series where Ben, Polly, Joel, Davie, and Phronsie get to travel abroad in Europe! (Summary by Chelsea)
Lessons in Collection: 29, New This Month: 29
Five Little Peppers and How They Grew by Margaret Sidney
The Five Little Peppers series was created by Margaret Sidney covering the life of five children with the surname Pepper. The Pepper children were very poor, and their widowed mother was left to raise them by herself. In order of age (descending), the children’s names were Ben (Ebaniezer), Polly (Mary), Joel, Davie, and Phronsie. Five Little Peppers and How They Grew is the first book in the series. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 26, New This Month: 26
Five Little Peppers Grown Up by Margaret Sidney
Five Little Peppers Grown Up continues the story of Ben, Polly, Joel, David, and Phronsie Pepper. Together with the Kings, the Whitneys, and other friends old and new, the Peppers learn and teach about life and love as they grow into adulthood. (Summary by Angela)
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 24
Five Little Peppers Midway by Margaret Sidney
Five Little Peppers Midway is the joyous continuation of the Pepper family’s story. A snooty cousin comes to stay with the Peppers, and yet even this can’t dampen the joy the Pepper children feel about the wonderful prospect of Mamsie’s upcoming wedding! (Summary by Mary Anderson)
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 24
Four Girls at Chautauqua by Isabella Alden
Four friends – spoiled, quirky Ruth; fun-loving and mischievous Eurie; poor, independent and brainy Marion; and meek, approval-seeking Flossy – attend Chautauqua on a lark, and their lives are changed forever. (Chautauqua is an adult education movement in the United States, highly popular in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The Chautauqua brought entertainment and culture for the whole community, with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day.) (Summary by TriciaG and Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 32, New This Month: 32
Four Great Americans: Washington, Franklin, Webster, Lincoln. A Book for Young Americans by James Baldwin
Written for children, James Baldwin’s history of Washington, Franklin, Webster, and Lincoln brings these men to life in a way that will be interesting for adults as well. The stories touch on the little humanities of the great men, rather than dwelling on the great works and great events of their lifetimes, without ignoring the latter. (Summary written by Sibella Denton)
Lessons in Collection: 60, New This Month: 60
Graustark by George Barr McCutcheon
The Graustark novels are stories of court intrigue, royal disguise, and romance similar to Anthony Hope’s 1894 novel, The Prisoner of Zenda, and its sequels. They were popular best-sellers at the time they were published and the original editions are still readily available in used book shops. The novels gave their name to a fictional genre called Graustarkian: this genre contains tales of romance and intrigue usually featuring titled characters in small, fictional, Central European countries. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Graustark )
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter by Beatrix Potter
Born in Victorian London on July 28th, 1866, Beatrix Potter created some of the best-loved children’s stories of all time. Starting with Peter Rabbit and moving through the rest of these delightful tales, the Great Big Treasury of Beatrix Potter will warm the hearts both of those who remember her fondly from their childhoods and those who discover for the first time the magic of these timeless stories. (Summary by Chip)
Lessons in Collection: 10, New This Month: 10
Harry Potter
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry’s quandary involving the evil wizard Lord Voldemort, who killed Harry’s parents in his quest to conquer the wizarding world and subjugate non-magical people (Muggles).
Lessons in Collection: 40, New This Month: 4
In God’s Garden by Amy Steedman
“In this book you will not find the stories of all God’s saints. I have gathered a few together, just as one gathers a little posy from a garden full of roses. But the stories I have chosen to tell are those that I hope children will love best to hear.” (excerpt from In God’s Garden by Amy Steedman)
Lessons in Collection: 15, New This Month: 15
In the High Valley by Susan Coolidge
In the High Valley” is the fifth and last book of the popular “What Katy did” series by Susan Coolidge. The story starts out with Lionel Young and his sister, Imogen who set out for the picturesque but remote High Valley (America), leaving their hometown Devonshire (England) behind. Lionel wants to take the share in Geoffrey Templestowe’s cattle business.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling
The Just So Stories for Little Children, first published in 1902, were written by British author Rudyard Kipling. They are a collection of fantastic stories, typically about how various animals came to be the way they are today. (Summary by Reynard with help from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 12, New This Month: 11
Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s first novel, Lady Audley’s Secret, was one of the most popular English novels of its day. Published serially in 1862, it tells the story of the lovely Lucy Graham, who becomes Lady Audley at the beginning of the novel, and who conceals a scandalous secret from her new husband and his family. The plot, which includes madness, bigamy, attempted murder, and seduction, made this a shocking but highly successful story for Victorian audiences. (Summary written by gloriana).
Lessons in Collection: 47, New This Month: 47
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard by Baroness Orczy
Lady Molly of Scotland Yard is a collection of short stories about Molly Robertson-Kirk, an early fictional female detective. It was written by Baroness Orczy, who is best known as the creator of The Scarlet Pimpernel, but who also invented two immortal turn-of-the-century detectives in The Old Man in the Corner and Lady Molly of Scotland Yard. First published in 1910, Orczy’s female detective was the precursor of the lay sleuth who relies on brains rather than brawn. (Introduction from wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 6, New This Month: 6
Lady Susan
Lady Susan is a short epistolary novel by Jane Austen, possibly written in 1794 but not published until 1871.
Lessons in Collection: 44, New This Month: 44
Letters from my cottage in England
These letters started out in French as my writing submissions and therefore are quite simple. http://www.lingq.com/learn/fr/store/49532. It’s a one-sided, imaginary correspondence.The two versions aren’t all that different, so could be used to check translations. I’ve also added a version for the German library. http://www.lingq.com/learn/de/store/49494
Lessons in Collection: 8, New This Month: 1
LingQ Plaza YouTube
This collection consists of transcripts along with mp3-files for different youtube-videos from http://www.youtube.com/group/LingQplaza
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Listen to English
This podcasts will help you to improve your English vocabulary and pronunciation and your listening skills. British English!
Lessons in Collection: 86, New This Month: 4
Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Little Lord Fauntleroy is a sentimental children’s novel by American (English-born) author Frances Hodgson Burnett, serialized in St. Nicholas Magazine in 1885. It was a runaway hit for the magazine and was separately published in 1886. The book was a commercial success for its author, and its illustrations by Reginal Birch set fashion trends. Little Lord Fauntleroy also set a precedent in copyright law in 1888 when its author won a lawsuit over the rights to theatrical adaptations of the work. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 44, New This Month: 12
Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
Stephen Crane’s first novel, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets has been called “the first dark flower of American Naturalism” for its distinctive elements of naturalistic fiction. The chief character, Maggie, descends into prostitution after being led astray by her lover. Rather than focusing on those that make up the very rich or middle class, the novel highlights the deplorable living conditions of the working class during the so-called Gilded Age in New York’s Bowery. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia by Illiterati)
Lessons in Collection: 19, New This Month: 19
Manley`s jouranl
Manely is a nice English teacher. He likes learning and teaching language . His journal ~> http://lang-8.com/manley/journals/ I am learning English through his journal. Thank you!
Lessons in Collection: 30, New This Month: 30
Mariner of St. Malo : A Chronicle of the Voyages of Jacques Cartier, The by Stephen Leacock
Jacques Cartier grew up as a sailor, married well and became an agent of exploration for King Francis I of France. In April, 1534, he sailed for the New World. Before sailing, his men took an oath that they would “behave themselves truly and faithfully in the service of the Most Christian King.” Jacques’ name was made immortal by the faithfulness with which he and his men carried out that oath. Summary from Christian History Institute Used with permision.
Lessons in Collection: 9, New This Month: 9
Mikola’s pronunciation samples
Hi. My native language is Russian. Here is my pronunciation samples. Here you can find different articles from http://zenhabits.net that were read by me. Basically, I am recording these files for myself in order to track my progress of the pronunciation of the English language. If you have any comments for me, please, leave them on my wall – http://www.lingq.com/profile/mikola. Thank you.
Lessons in Collection: 5, New This Month: 1
Miss Billy by Eleanor H. Porter
Mr. Neilson was determined to name his first child after his boyhood chum, William Henshaw. When the baby disappointed him by being a girl, he was consoled by naming her Billy. Miss Billy, now 18, orphaned and all alone in the world, takes her lawyer’s suggestion to ask her namesake to take her in. Only one little problem – Mr. Henshaw did not know of her existence, and then mistakenly thinks that Billy is a boy! Eleanor H. Porter was an early 20th century author of children’s literature and novels. (Summary by Maria Therese)
Lessons in Collection: 35, New This Month: 35
Mother Carey’s Chickens by Kate Douglas Wiggins
“When Captain Carey went on his long journey into the unknown and uncharted land, the rest of the Careys tried in vain for a few months to be still a family, and did not succeed at all. They clung as closely to one another as ever they could, but there was always a gap in the circle where father had been….. The only thing to do was to remember father’s pride and justify it, to recall his care for mother and take his place so far as might be…” (Summary by Maria Therese – with quotes from the book)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
My Doggie and I by Robert Michael Ballantyne
This story surrounds a child waif, a young woman, a young gentleman doctor, and an elderly lady. This tale unfolds the story of a bond that brings these unlikely friends together and merges their separate paths of life into one common path. The bond is “Dumps”, or “Pompey”, the “doggie”. With many twists, turns, and uncertainties, the ending may surprise the reader. All’s well that ends well in this doggie “tail”. (Introduction by Allyson Hester)
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 14
My Father’s Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
A story about a boy who befriends a cat and then sets off on an adventure to rescue a dragon. Illustrations from the original book can be seen at the e-text link. (Summary by as101)
Lessons in Collection: 10, New This Month: 10
My School Days by E. Nesbit
A short memoir about the author’s school days, serialised in The Girl’s Own Paper from October 1896 to September 1897. It includes stories about teachers, fellow pupils, the things that scared her most as a child (and even as an adult) and a vivid account of the best summer of her childhood. Summary by Cori Samuel.
Lessons in Collection: 12, New This Month: 12
New Grub Street by George Gissing
The story deals with the literary world that Gissing himself had experienced. Its title refers to the London street, Grub Street, which in the 18th century became synomynous with hack literature; as an institution, Grub Street itself no longer existed in Gissing’s time. Its two central characters are a sharply contrasted pair of writers: Edwin Reardon and Jasper Milvain. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
Nobody’s Boy by Hector Malot
Jerome Barberin lives with his wife in a little French town, Chavanon. He usually isn’t home, since he works in Paris as a mason. One day he finds a baby boy. The boy wears very fine clothes, so apparently his parents are rich. Barberin offers to take care of the child, hoping to get a good reward. He gives the boy to his wife, and calls him Remi. Afterwards, Barberin gets injured in an accident. He blames his employer and hopes to receive financial compensation in a trial. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
Obama’s Weekly Address
US President Barack Obama intends to publish a weekly video address every Saturday morning of his presidency.
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 2
Once on a Time by A. A. Milne
The book introduces us to a princess who is far from helpless; a prince who, whilst handsome, is also pompous and vain; an enchantment which is almost entirely humorous; a villain who is not entirely villainous and receives no real comeuppance; a good king who isn’t always good; an evil king who isn’t always evil, and so on. The result is a book which children may not enjoy as much as adults. The book was written by Milne partly for his wife, upon whom the character of the Countess Belvane was partially based. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Our Island Story by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
Our Island Story was first published in 1905 and became an instant classic. Beginning with the Romans and following the triumphs and foibles of the good, not so good and the downright despicable figures of history; we are treated to a dazzling montage of kings, queens, barons, knights, explorers, movers and shakers that have played a key role in the history of England.
Lessons in Collection: 112, New This Month: 112
Pellucidar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Pellucidar is a fictional “Hollow Earth” milieu invented by Edgar Rice Burroughs for a series of action adventure stories. The stories initially involve the adventures of mining heir David Innes and his inventor friend Abner Perry after they use an “iron mole” to burrow 500 miles into the earth’s crust. This is the second book in the series. (Summary adapted from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
Phantastes by George MacDonald
A young man named Anodos experiences dream-like adventures in Fairy Land, where he meets tree-spirits, endures the presence of the overwhelming shadow, journeys to the palace of the fairy queen, and searches for the spirit of the earth. The story conveys a profound sadness and a poignant longing for death. (Brad Powers)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 1
PHILOSOPHY & FUN OF ALGEBRA
PHILOSOPHY & FUN OF ALGEBRA by MARY EVEREST BOOLE AUTHOR OF “PREPARATION OF THE CHILD FOR SCIENCE,” ETC.
Lessons in Collection: 43, New This Month: 43
Planet of the Damned by Harry Harrison
Once in a generation, a man is born with a heightened sense of empathy. Brion Brandd used this gift to win the Twenties, an annual physical and mental competition among the best and smartest people on Anvhar. But scarcely able to enjoy his victory, Brandd is swept off to the hellish planet Dis where he must use his heightened sense of empathy to help avert a global nuclear holocaust by negotiating with the blockading fleet, traversing the Disan underworld, and cracking the mystery of the savagely ruthless magter. Summary by Great Plains.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Queen Lucia
Queen Lucia was the first of Benson’s ‘Mapp and Lucia’ novels of which there were six. This first book is a comedy of manners based in the provincial village of Riseholme, where Emmeline Lucas (the Queen Lucia of the title) presides over the social and artistic universe of the gullible residents. Her aide-de-camp in these matters is the somewhat effete Georgie Pillson and the chief competitor for her ‘crown’ is Daisy Quantock…
Lessons in Collection: 186, New This Month: 30
Raggedy Andy Stories by Johnny Gruelle
Raggedy Ann is a fictional character created by writer Johnny Gruelle (1880–1938) in a series of books he wrote and illustrated for young children. Raggedy Ann is a rag doll with red yarn for hair. The character was created in 1915 as a doll, and was introduced to the public in the 1918 book Raggedy Ann Stories. A doll was also marketed along with the book to great success. A sequel, Raggedy Andy Stories (1920) introduced the character of her brother, Raggedy Andy, dressed in sailor suit and hat. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 12, New This Month: 12
Raggedy Ann Stories by Johnny Gruelle
To the millions of children and grown-ups who have loved a Rag Doll, the author dedicated these stories. Now listen as Shannon reads to you Raggedy Ann’s exciting adventures; as gentle and charming today, as they were when first published in 1918. Find out what is written on her candy heart, what was the gift the fairies brought, and all about Raggedy Ann’s new sisters. (Summary by Cori)
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 14
Rainbow Valley by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Rainbow Valley, the seventh book in the Anne of Green Gables series explores the world of Anne & Gilbert’s six children along with the exploits of the Merediths, the children of the town’s new minister. With no mother and an absent-minded father, the Meredith children are not being properly brought up. This leads to their many adventures causing the ladies of the town to gossip, risking their father’s job. Summary by Robin Cotter
Lessons in Collection: 35, New This Month: 34
Ranald Bannerman’s Boyhood by George MacDonald
This story of a young motherless boy growing up with his brothers in a Scottish manse is full of delightful characters. There is Kirsty, an enchanting Highland storyteller, Turkey, the intrepid cowherd, the evil Kelpie, and the lovely Elsie Duff. Throughout the twists and turns of his escapades and adventures Ranald learns from his father the important lessons of courage and integrity. (Summary by Bookworm)
Lessons in Collection: 36, New This Month: 36
Rilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Written in 1921, this is the final book in L. M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables series. Set during World War I, it shows the courage and endurance of the sisters, mothers and wives (and brothers and fathers) left to tend the home front. The main focus of the book is on Anne and Gilbert’s youngest daughter, Rilla. (Summary by Karen Savage)
Lessons in Collection: 35, New This Month: 34
Robinson Crusoe Written Anew for Children by Daniel Defoe. Adapted by James Baldwin.
Adaptation of the story of Robinson Crusoe for grammar school children. Tells how the shipwrecked sailor makes a new life for himself on the island, providing shelter, food, and clothing for himself from the few tools he rescued from the ship and what he is able to find on the island. He lives on the island over twenty years before he is finally rescued and during that time must re-invent almost everything necessary for daily sustenance. (Summary from The Baldwin Project.)
Lessons in Collection: 49, New This Month: 48
Ronicky Doone by Max Brand
Ronicky Doone (1921) is a hero of the west, respected by the law-abiding citizen and hated by bushwhacking bandits. Bill Gregg is a man in love, not about to be deflected from meeting his lady love for the first time, and willing to stand up to the living legend to reach her. This initial meeting leads to a friendship between the two and they travel east to New York City on the trail of the girl. (Summary by Rowdy Delaney)
Lessons in Collection: 28, New This Month: 28
SEX and the CITY
all seasons
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Sky Island by L. Frank Baum
Sky Island (1912) was the second of three titles written by Baum featuring a spunky girl from California, Trot, and her companion, the old sailorman, Cap’n Bill. Baum had hoped to end the Oz series in 1910 and the following year he introduced Trot and Cap’n Bill in The Sea Fairies. In Sky Island, they journey to an island in the sky by means of an enchanted umbrella belonging to Button Bright, a character who first appeared in The Road to Oz (1909). (Summary by Judy Bieber)
Lessons in Collection: 31, New This Month: 31
Social networking (part 1)
Simple sentences that make use of repetition, a few unusual words and a play on words, to add a degree of sophistication, to a complicated topic.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
Son of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
This is the fourth of Burrough’s Tarzan novels. Alexis Paulvitch, a henchman of Tarzan’s now-deceased enemy, Nikolas Rokoff, survived his encounter with Tarzan in the third novel and wants to even the score. (adapted from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 27, New This Month: 27
Spotlight
http://spotlightradio.net/listen/ ——————————————————————————————————————————— The slow speed permits you to understand easily. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Spotlight is a daily 15 minute radio program. It uses a special English method of broadcasting. This makes Spotlight easier for many people to understand, no matter where in the world they live. ——————————————————————————————————————————— Authorization : “Thank you for your interest in using Spotlight as you describe. Yes, you are welcome to use it in that way. ” Mike Procter. 04/05/2010
Lessons in Collection: 136, New This Month: 1
Stories of Beowulf Told to the Children by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
The brave warrior, Beowulf, comes to the aid of King Hrothgar when he hears that Grendel, a horrible monster, is terrorizing the inhabitants of Hart Hall. Beowulf heroically battles Grendel, the Water Witch, and a fierce dragon. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)
Lessons in Collection: 11, New This Month: 11
Tarzan and the Jewels of Opar by Edgar Rice Burroughs
This is the fifth of Burrough’s Tarzan novels. Tarzan finds himself bereft of his fortune and resolves to return to the jewel-room of Opar, leaving Jane to face unexpected danger at home. (Summary written by Sarah Jennings.)
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 24
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Tarzan of the Apes is Burroughs’ exciting, if improbable, story of an English lord, left by the death of his stranded parents in the hands of a motherly African ape who raises him as her own. Although he is aware that he is different from the apes of his tribe, who are neither white nor hairless, he nevertheless regards them as his “people.” When older, larger, stronger apes decide that he an undesirable to be killed or expelled from the tribe, it is fortunate that Tarzan has learned the use of primitive weapons. Summary by Mark F. Smith
Lessons in Collection: 28, New This Month: 28
The Adventures of Maya the Bee by Waldemar Bonsels
The Adventures of Maya the Bee is an exciting tale for children of all ages. Themes of growth and development of courage and wisdom are found, as well as the extreme joy and satisfaction that Maya experiences in the beauty of creation and all creatures. Her ultimate and innate loyalty to her Nation of Bees is acted out in the final heroic scenes. This story gives us the delightful sense of having seen a small segment of the world through a Bee’s eyes. (Summary by Brenda Price)
Lessons in Collection: 17, New This Month: 16
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Edith Wharton became the first woman to win the Pulitzer Prize for fiction with this 1920 novel about Old New York society. Newland Archer is wealthy, well-bred, and engaged to the beautiful May Welland. But he finds himself drawn to May’s cousin Ellen Olenska, who has been living in Europe and who has returned following a scandalous separation from her husband. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)
Lessons in Collection: 35, New This Month: 35
The Angel of Terror by Edgar Wallace
When this was written, literary traditions still decreed beauty to be the outward sign of inner saintliness, whereas evil characters tended to be “ugly as sin.” Jean Briggerland defies these expectations by being every bit as angelically beautiful as she is sociopathic. So lovely that all around her are blinded to her guilt no matter how blatant her crimes, only Jack Glover, best friend and lawyer of her most recent victim, is aware of her true nature. (Summary by Lee Elliot)
Lessons in Collection: 41, New This Month: 41
The Beasts of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
This is the third of Burrough’s Tarzan novels. Originally serialized in All-Story Cavalier magazine in 1914, the novel was first published in book form by A. C. McClurg in 1916. In the previous novel Tarzan reclaimed his name and title as John Clayton, Lord Greystoke. In this novel he finds that proper society is just as vicious as the jungle when greedy men threaten him and his new family. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 21, New This Month: 21
The Bobbsey Twins at the Seashore by Laura Lee Hope
In this third volume of the “Bobbsey Twin Series”, the twins – Nan and Bert and Freddie and Flossie – go with their family to visit relatives at the seashore. Excitement and adventure are sure to abound! (Summary by Maria Therese)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
The Bobbsey Twins in the Country by Laura Lee Hope
The second book in The Bobbsey Twins series finds the two sets of twins experiencing life in the country during the first part of their summer vacation from school. (Introduction by Lee Ann Howlett)
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 21
The Calico Cat by Charles Miner Thompson
This is a cute story of a mysterious feline annoyance and the result of a man acting upon his annoyance. The cat begins a vicious spiral of events that ends with lies, the arrest of a boy, and the guilty conscience of a man. (Summary written by Allyson Hester)
Lessons in Collection: 7, New This Month: 7
The Chessmen of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Chessmen of Mars is a science fiction novel by the mental sword- and physical pen- wielding author Edgar Rice Burroughs. It the fifth installment of his Barsoom series. The Chessmen of Mars is a tale of wonder and excellence that follows John Carter and Dejah Thoris, along with their daughter Tara, princess of Helium, as she is sought after by Gahan, Jed of Gathol. Adventure and peril ensue as the story unfolds. (Summary by tubeyes)
Lessons in Collection: 25, New This Month: 25
The Cinema Murder by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Phillip Romilly is a poor art teacher in London. He finds out that his wealthy cousin Douglas has been seeing his girl friend Beatrice behind his back. He strangles Douglas, throws him in the canal, and assumes his identity. Douglas had booked passage to America for the next day, so after a pleasant sea voyage Phillip arrives at the Waldorf Hotel in New York as Douglas Romilly. An hour after checking in he disappears again, and assumes yet another identity, one that his cousin had set up for himself.(Summary by Maikki)
Lessons in Collection: 32, New This Month: 32
The Clue of the Twisted Candle by Edgar Wallace
Well-known mystery writer John Lexman is charged with murder and sent to Broadmoor Prison. His friend T.X., head of a special branch of Scotland Yard, tries to prove his innocence. (Summary by Gesine)
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
The Coral Island by R. M. Ballantyne
Ralph Rover is a traveler at heart, and has always dreamed of shipping out to the South Seas islands. He finally convinces his aging parents to let him go and find his way in the world. But the islands that Ralph finds are not as idyllic as in his dreams. Shipwrecked on a large, uninhabited island, Ralph and his fellow survivors, Jim and Peterkin, discover a world of hostile natives and villainous pirates. Danger, high adventure, and wonders of the sea greet them at every turn. (Summary by Tom Weiss)
Lessons in Collection: 37, New This Month: 37
The Daffodil Mystery by Edgar Wallace
Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals. He is most famous today as the co-creator of “King Kong”, writing the early screenplay and story for the movie, as well as a short story “King Kong” (1933) credited to him and Draycott Dell. He was known for the J. G. Reeder detective stories, The Four Just Men, the Ringer, and for creating the Green Archer character during his lifetime. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 38, New This Month: 38
The Dark House by George Manville Fenn
An extremely wealthy but reclusive man has died, leaving an eccentric will which hints at great riches hidden somewhere in the house. Most of the people at the reading of the will did not know the deceased in person, but had received kindnesses from him, for instance by the payment of school and university fees. The principal beneficiary, a great-nephew, also did not know him. The only two people who really knew him were the old lawyer who dealt with his affairs, and an old Indian servant. (Summary by Gutenberg)
Lessons in Collection: 30, New This Month: 30
The Dawn of Canadian History : A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada by Stephen Leacock
Volume 1- The Dawn of Canadian History: A Chronicle of Aboriginal Canada by Stephen Leacock takes Canada from the beginning of existence to its first European discoverers and includes a brief history of the aboriginal people. These little books were designed to cover Canadian history in a scholarly and readable fashion. Summary by Esther
Lessons in Collection: 6, New This Month: 6
The Day Boy and the Night Girl by George MacDonald
A boy named Photogen, who has never seen the moon, meets a girl named Nycteris, who has never seen the sun. The two of them must escape from the witch Watho. As usual with George MacDonald, this fairy tale has layers of meaning that go deeper than the story on the surface. (summary by L.A. Walden)
Lessons in Collection: 20, New This Month: 20
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Lessons in Collection: 32, New This Month: 6
The Dog Crusoe and His Master by Robert Michael Ballantyne
This is a story of an adventure involving a young man, his dog, and two friends. Together they wander through the Western prairies on a mission to make peace between the “pale-faces” and the “Red men”. They face many perils and become heroes many times over. This wonderful story takes the characters (and the reader) on an action-packed journey through the Western prairies during the times when relations between the white man and the Natives were not always peaceful.
Lessons in Collection: 29, New This Month: 29
The Fairy Ring Edited by Kate Douglas Wiggin and Nora Archibald Smith
The Fairy Ring, originally published in 1910, is a collection of 63 fairy tales from around the globe. It includes such well-known favorites as “History of Jack the Giant-Killer,” “The Frog Prince,””Rumpel-stilts-ken,” and “Snow-white and Rose-red,” among many others. Children of all ages will enjoy these stories. (Summary by Paul Williams)
Lessons in Collection: 56, New This Month: 56
The Father of British Canada: a Chronicle of Carleton by William Wood
Carleton’s first eight years as governor of Canada were almost entirely occupied with civil administration. The next four were equally occupied with war.This is the account of how Carleton and his multiracial army fought off the American invasion of Quebec. It is the first time French and British troops worked together to defend Canada. Summary by Esther.
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
The Fighting Governor : A Chronicle of Frontenac by Charles W. Colby
The Canada to which Frontenac came in 1672 was no longer the infant colony it had been when Richelieu founded the Company of One Hundred Associates. Though its inhabitants numbered less than seven thousand, the institutions under which they lived could not have been more elaborate or precise. In short, the divine right of the king to rule over his people was proclaimed as loudly in the colony as in the motherland. This book follows Frontenac through his life as a public officer in Canada.
Lessons in Collection: 10, New This Month: 10
The Founder of New France – A Chronicle of Champlain by Charles W. Colby
For Canada, Champlain is not alone a heroic explorer of the seventeenth century, but the founder of Quebec; and it is a rich part of our heritage that he founded New France in the spirit of unselfishness, of loyalty, and of faith.
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
The Getting of Wisdom by Henry Handel Richardson
The Getting of Wisdom tells the story of Laura Rambotham, a 12-year-old girl who is just starting at her boarding school. This is based on Henry Handel Richardson’s experiences of her own school, the Prebysterian Ladies College in central Melbourne. The story goes through her friends and enemies and all the life of a boarding school in early 20th century Australia, and all the subjects and learning too. (Summary by Bronwyn Kate)
Lessons in Collection: 25, New This Month: 25
The Girl Who Sat by the Ashes by Padraic Colum
“Because she used to herd Goats in the high places and the rocky places, she went by the name of Girl-go-with-the-Goats. But that was not the name that she herself called herself. She called herself Maid-alone…” So begins Padriac Colum’s renderation of this classical, well-known tale. He was a master story teller, and in this short book combines vivid characters and a depth of plot with the rough-hewn simplicity the story demands. If you are fond of Cinderella stories, you will enjoy this book. (Summary by Arctura)
Lessons in Collection: 6, New This Month: 6
The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
“The Glimpses of the Moon” (1922) is about Nick and Susy Lansing, both of whom live a decadent life in Europe by sponging off wealthy friends. They marry out of convenience and have an “open” relationship, but are unprepared for where their feelings will take them. (Summary by Elizabeth Klett)
Lessons in Collection: 30, New This Month: 30
The Gods of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Gods of Mars is a 1918 Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the second of his famous Barsoom series. It can be said that the novel set the tone for much science fiction to come. Its influence can clearly be seen in franchises such as Star Trek and Farscape. While Burroughs no doubt borrowed liberally from the pulp fiction of his day, particularly westerns and swashbuckling tales, the pacing and themes set the tone for the soft science fiction genre.
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 24
The Golden Dream by Robert Michael Ballantyne
A thoroughly engaging, at times even harrowing, adventure tale set in the San Francisco gold rush. Detailed depiction of its time and place, complete with everything from mining techniques to societal attitudes. You’ll feel like you’re in the diggings. (Summary by Lee Elliott)
Lessons in Collection: 33, New This Month: 33
The Golden Road by Lucy Maud Montgomery
In the sequal to The Story Girl Sara Stanley returns to join the King children in publishing their own local magazine to entertain the town of Carlisle.
Lessons in Collection: 34, New This Month: 34
The Great Impersonation by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Great Impersonation was written following World War I and is considered by many to be perhaps his best novel. The story focuses on German espionage in England prior to the start of World War I. The tale centers on two characters that are almost identical in appearance. Indeed, while both attend the same school in England, they are often mistaken for one another.
Lessons in Collection: 30, New This Month: 30
The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
Mr Robert Grell, millionaire and socialite, is found murdered in his study on a stormy evening. It’s up to Heldon Foyle, the detective, to unravel the mystery. (Summary by Christine Blachford)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
The Hand of Fu-Manchu by Sax Rohmer
Further adventures of Nayland Smith and Doctor Petrie as they continue their battles against the evil genius, Dr Fu-Manchu. (summary by Elaine Tweddle)
Lessons in Collection: 40, New This Month: 40
The Jesuit Missions : A Chronicle of the Cross in the Wilderness by Thomas Guthrie Marquis
These little books were designed to cover Canadian history in a scholarly and readable fashion.. This volume, as suggested in the title, folows the Jesuit missionaries through North America as they attempt, with little success, to convert the natives of the new world. (Summary by Esther)
Lessons in Collection: 12, New This Month: 12
The Land that Time Forgot by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Land That Time Forgot is a science fiction novel, the first of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ “Caspak” trilogy. His working title for the story was “The Lost U-Boat.” Starting out as a harrowing wartime sea adventure, the story ultimately develops into that of a fantastical lost world. (Adapted from Wikipedia.)
Lessons in Collection: 11, New This Month: 11
The Madman And The Pirate by Robert Michael Ballantyne
Born Robert Michael Ballantyne in Edinburgh, he was part of a famous family of printers and publishers. At the age of 16 he went to Canada and was six years in the service of the Hudson’s Bay Company. He returned to Scotland in 1847, and published his first book the following year. For some time he was employed by Messrs Constable, the publishers, but in 1856 he gave up business for the profession of literature, and began the series of adventure stories for the young with which his name is popularly associated.
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
The Melting of Molly by Maria Thompson Daviess
Meet Molly: a quirky, spirited twenty-five-year old, widowed for 6 years, living in picturesque Hillsboro with her aunt amidst gossipy neighbors, on a strict diet, and in serious boy trouble. There’s Arthur, her childhood sweetheart; then, there’s the enigmatic, charming Judge Wade; and of course, there’s her cousin Tom; and then, her infuriating neighbor, John Moore… But who will melt her heart?
Lessons in Collection: 8, New This Month: 8
The Most Dangerous Game (part 1)
An audio book of The Most dangerous Game by Richard Connell.
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
The Motor Girls by Margaret Penrose
When Cora Kimball got her new auto for her birthday she had no idea what adventures would start for her and brother Jack. Where did Ed’s money and bonds disappear? Were they misplaced or were they stolen and lost forever. Did the conceited Sid Wilcox have something to do with the missing money, with the help of Ida Giles? And what did the obnoxious Lem Gildy have to do with it all? Join Cora and her friends in this mystery and adventure of The Motor Girls. (Summary by Lucy Burgoyne)
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 23
The Motor Girls on a Tour by Margaret Penrose
This is the second book in the series of the Motor Girls. Join Cora and her friends in this mystery and adventure of The Motor Girls. Also the search for a missing table and promise book belonging to a cripple girl called Wren. Why is Clip so mysterious? What is she up to? Is Sid Wilcox up to his old tricks with his chum Rob Roland? (Summary by Lucy Burgoyne)
Lessons in Collection: 30, New This Month: 30
The Night Horseman by Max Brand
A man, a dog, and a horse. The call of the wild geese. A very smart doctor from the east who finds there is a lot to learn from these desert people. A woman loved by three men. A gunslinger who has a debt to settle. Max Brand brings them all together in another one of his over three hundred exciting western tales. Brand is not your typical western writer.(Summary by rkilmer)
Lessons in Collection: 42, New This Month: 42
The Old Peabody Pew: A Christmas Romance of a Country Church by Kate Douglas Wiggin
A sweet, old fashioned Christmas romance set in an old New England meeting house. (Summary by Maria Therese)
Lessons in Collection: 9, New This Month: 9
The Real Thing by Henry James
The Real Thing is, on one level, a somewhat ironic tale of an artist and two rather particular models. Yet it also raises questions about the relationship between the notion of reality in our humdrum world, and the means that an artist must use in trying to achieve, or reflect, that reality. Though the protagonist is an artist and illustrator of books, not a writer, it’s not hard to imagine that James has himself, and other writers, in mind.(summary by Nicholas Clifford)
Lessons in Collection: 4, New This Month: 4
The Red House Mystery by A. A. Milne
Antony Gillingham arrives at the Red House moments after a gunshot is heard. The room is locked, the murderer has disappeared and, in Antony’s opinion, the police are going about it the wrong way. Antony, who was looking for a new profession anyway, decides to solve the murder himself, with a little help from his friend Bill. (Summary by Kristin Hughes)
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 23
The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The novel picks up where Tarzan of the Apes left off. The ape man, feeling rootless in the wake of his noble sacrifice of his prospects of wedding Jane Porter, leaves America for Europe to visit his friend Paul d’Arnot. On the ship he becomes embroiled in the affairs of Countess Olga de Coude, her husband, Count Raoul de Coude, and two shady characters attempting to prey on them, Nikolas Rokoff and his henchman Alexis Paulvitch. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 27, New This Month: 27
The Riddle of the Frozen Flame by Mary E. Hanshew and Thomas W. Hanshew
Another full-length mystery story featuring Hamilton Cleek, whom we met first in Cleek: The Man of the Forty Faces. This time, Cleek investigates the sinister disappearance of people and the mysterious appearance of flames at night in the desolate Fens, and his friend Superintendent Narkom of Scotland Yard tries to solve some tricky cases of bank robberies in London.
Lessons in Collection: 28, New This Month: 28
The Rosary by Florence Louisa Barclay
Gareth Dalmain falls in love with the Honorable Jane Champion. She loves him back, but does not trust his love, as is known to be a great lover of beauty, and she – alas – is very plain. Just as she decides to trust him, she receives news that he has been blinded in a hunting accident. She wants to go visit him, but he will not receive her, as he wants only her love – not her pity. (Summary by Maria Elmvang)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
The Seventh Man by Max Brand
The Seventh Man by Max Brand, tells part of the story of the larger-than-life western character, Dan Barry, known as “Whistling Dan,” and his alter-ego companions, Black Bart, the wolf-dog, and Satan, the indomitable black stallion. It’s also the story of Kate Cumberland and the incredible five-year-old daughter of Kate and Dan, Joan.
Lessons in Collection: 41, New This Month: 41
The Sleeper Awakes by H. G. Wells
The Sleeper Awakes is a dystopian novel about a man who sleeps for two hundred years, waking up in a completely transformed London, where, because of compound interest, he has become the richest man in the world. He has been the famous Sleeper for centuries. A fanatic socialist, the main character awakes to see his nightmares realized, and the future revealed to him in all its horrors and malformities. (Summary by Stephan and Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 28, New This Month: 28
The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children by Jane Andrews
“You may think that Mother Nature, like the famous “old woman who lived in the shoe,” has so many children that she doesn’t know what to do. But you will know better when you become acquainted with her, and learn how strong she is, and how active; how she can really be in fifty places at once, taking care of a sick tree, or a baby flower just born…” (Summary from Chapter One of The Stories Mother Nature Told Her Children)
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 14
The Story Girl by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The Story Girl, by Anne of Green Gables author L.M. Montgomery, tells about the summer Felix and Beverly King visit their cousins in Carlise, Canada. Along with various cousins and other soon-to-be-friends, they meet Sara Stanley, the Story Girl, a cousin who has a story for every situation. As the children pass the summer, they get into trouble, have adventures, listen to the Story Girl’s enchanting tales, and then… get into a bit more trouble! (Summary by Heather Barnett)
Lessons in Collection: 32, New This Month: 31
The Story of a Candy Rabbit by Laura Lee Hope
The Candy Rabbit wakes up one morning to find his Destiny has arrived: he is part of a wonderful Easter display at the toy shop in which he lives — and any moment now the customers will arrive! Follow this sweet chap as he has many little adventures, making new friends and catching up with old friends along the way. — Summary by Cori.
Lessons in Collection: 2, New This Month: 2
The Tale of Benny Badger by Arthur Scott Bailey
Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never ‘write down’ to children and frequently used words beyond the average juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar.” (Summary – Wikipedia )
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 23
The Tale of Betsy Butterfly by Arthur Scott Bailey
Arthur Scott Bailey (1877 – 1949) was the author of more than forty children’s books. “Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never ‘write down’ to children and frequently used words beyond the average juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar.” (Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 22
The Tale Of Daddy Long Legs by Arthur Scott Bailey
THERE was great excitement in the neighborhood of Farmer Green’s house. Rusty Wren had found some strange tracks. And nobody knew whose they were. Now, when they were puzzled like that the field- and forest-folk usually went straight to Mr. Crow for advice. But this time it happened that the old gentleman had gone on an excursion to the further side of Blue Mountain, where Brownie Beaver lived. And there seemed to be no one else at hand who was likely to be able to explain the mystery. (Summary Wikipedia and Gutenberg)
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 24
The Tale of Grandfather Mole by Arthur Scott Bailey
Bailey’s writing has been described thusly by the Newark Evening News: “Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never ‘write down’ to children and frequently used words beyond the average juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar.” (Summary by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Scott_Bailey)
Lessons in Collection: 25, New This Month: 25
The Tale of Major Monkey by Arthur Scott Bailey
Arthur Scott Bailey was the author of more than forty children’s books. Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. (Summary Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 23
The Tale of Master Meadow Mouse by Arthur Scott Bailey
This volume in the series, Sleepy-Time Tales, follows the adventures of Master Meadow Mouse as he moves his home to various (safer) places, and tells how he cleverly avoids creatures such as Fatty Coon, Mr. Crow, and Mr. Great Blue Heron, just to name a few. (Summary by Laura Caldwell)
Lessons in Collection: 24, New This Month: 24
The Tale of Peter Mink by Arthur Scott Bailey
Arthur Scott Bailey (1877 – 1949) was author of more than forty children’s books. Bailey’s writing has been described thusly by the Newark Evening News: “Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers.” (Summary by Lucy)
Lessons in Collection: 19, New This Month: 19
The Tale of Timothy Turtle by Arthur Scott Bailey
One of Bailey’s “Sleepy-Time Tales,” this is the story of Timothy Turtle, a grumpy old turtle trying to live his life alongside Black Creek. Timothy’s adventures lead him to encounters with other Black Creek creatures, Fatty Coon, Mr. Crow, Brownie Beaver, Peter Mink, Ferdinand Frog, and even the local boy, Johnnie Green. (Summary by Robin Cotter)
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 23
The Tale of Tommy Fox by Arthur Scott Bailey
Bailey’s writing has been described thusly by the Newark Evening News: “Mr. Bailey centered all his plots in the animal, bird and insect worlds, weaving natural history into the stories in a way that won educator’s approval without arousing the suspicions of his young readers. He made it a habit to never ‘write down’ to children and frequently used words beyond the average juvenile vocabulary, believing that youngsters respond to the stimulus of the unfamiliar. (Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 21, New This Month: 21
The Touchstone by Edith Wharton
Stephen Glennard’s career is falling apart and he desperately needs money so that he may marry his beautiful fiancee. He happens upon an advertisement in a London magazine promising the prospect of financial gain. Glennard was once pursued by Margaret Aubyn, a famous and recently deceased author, and he still has her passionate love letters to him. Glennard removes his name from the letters and sells them, making him a fortune and building a marriage based on the betrayal of another. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 14
The Untamed by Max Brand
Whistlin’ Dan Berry is one of the most interesting characters in Western fiction. With uncanny abilities he controls a wild stallion, appropriately named Satan, and a ferocious wolf dog, Black Bart. Easy going, Berry proves absolutely unforgiving when physically assaulted by a feared, vicious outlaw, Jim Silent. Seemingly without any emotions, Whistlin’ Dan is relentless in his vengeful search for Silent and his outlaw gang. The is the first book in the “Whistlin Dan” series. (Introduction by rkilmer)
Lessons in Collection: 38, New This Month: 38
The Upas Tree, A Christmas Story for all the Year by Florence Louisa Barclay
Ronald West has a brilliant idea for his next novel, but to do it right, he wants to spend the next six months tramping around central Africa to experience the setting first hand. His wife Helen fully supports his trip, but for the first time in their marriage, she refuses to go along herself. Ronnie is disappointed at her reticence, but plows ahead, planning to be back in England by Christmas. (Introduction by MaryAnn)
Lessons in Collection: 20, New This Month: 20
The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle by Hugh Lofting
Doctor John Dolittle is the central character of a series of children’s books by Hugh Lofting. He is a doctor who shuns human patients in favour of animals, with whom he can speak in their own languages. He later becomes a naturalist, using his abilities to speak with animals to better understand nature and the history of the world. (summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 61, New This Month: 61
The Winning of Canada: a Chronicle of Wolf by William Wood
Any life of Wolfe can be artificially simplified by treating his purely military work as something complete in itself and not as a part of a greater whole. But, since such treatment gives a totally false idea of his achievement, this little sketch, drawn straight from original sources, tries to show him as he really was, a co-worker with the British fleet in a war based entirely on naval strategy and inseparably connected with international affairs of world-wide significance. AUTHOR’S NOTE
Lessons in Collection: 11, New This Month: 11
The Wise Woman by George MacDonald
MacDonald’s works (particularly his fairy tales and fantasy novels) claimed the admiration of such authors as J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and Madeleine L’Engle. The Wise Woman fairy tale was one of MacDonald’s more popular works. This delightful story describes how a woman of mysterious powers pays visits to two very different young girls: one a princess, the other a shepherd’s daughter. The Wise Woman has been subsequently republished under various titles, including: – The Lost Princess, and – A Double Story.(Summary by Godsend)
Lessons in Collection: 15, New This Month: 1
The Wizard by H. Rider Haggard
Described by the author, best known for his King Solomon’s Mines, as “a tale of victorious faith,” this story begins on a Sunday afternoon in an English church. Most of the book, though, is set in Africa, and the adventure story is as engaging as any of Haggard’s African tales. What makes this one different is the religious question: What has happened to miracles in the church? Is there any power left in Jesus’ promise, “Whoso that believeth in me, the works that I do he shall do also, and whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do”?
Lessons in Collection: 22, New This Month: 22
The Zeppelin’s Passenger by E. Phillips Oppenheim
The Zeppelin’s Passenger is a tale of German espionage in England during World War I. Dreymarsh is a fictional “backwater” area in England with no apparent military value. The story begins with Dreymarsh residents discovering an observation car from a German zeppelin along with a Homburg hat near Dreymarsh.
Lessons in Collection: 33, New This Month: 33
This Country of Ours by Henrietta Elizabeth Marshall
Another fine history book for children! Published in 1917, Marshall’s book of stories from the history of the United States begins with accounts of exploration and settlement, and ends with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson.
Lessons in Collection: 63, New This Month: 62
This is America
VOA Special English broadcasts a fifteen-minute program about life and issues in the United States.
Lessons in Collection: 29, New This Month: 1
Thuvia, Maid of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
In this novel the focus shifts from John Carter, Warlord of Mars, and Dejah Thoris of Helium, protagonists of the first three books in the series, to their son, Carthoris, prince of Helium, and Thuvia, princess of Ptarth. Helium and Ptarth are both prominent Barsoomian city state/empires, and both Carthoris and Thuvia were secondary characters in the previous two books. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 14
Trailin’! by Max Brand
Trailin’! (1919) tells the story of Anthony Bard, a young aristocract from the east with a hunger for adventure, who sees his father murdered in the yard of their home. This starts young Anthony on a trail of vengeance that leads him to the far west. Here, Anthony, a tenderfoot with a knack for survival must track down a legendary outlaw who waits for him, not with a gun, but with a story. Along the way he braves the elements, resists a band of cold-blooded killers and finds love.(summary by Rowdy Delaney)
Lessons in Collection: 41, New This Month: 41
Tremendous Trifles by G. K. Chesterton
“None of us think enough of these things on which the eye rests. But don’t let us let the eye rest. Why should the eye be so lazy? Let us exercise the eye until it learns to see startling facts that run across the landscape as plain as a painted fence. Let us be ocular athletes. Let us learn to write essays on a stray cat or a coloured cloud. I have attempted some such thing in what follows; but anyone else may do it better, if anyone else will only try. ” (Gilbert Keith Chesterton)
Lessons in Collection: 40, New This Month: 40
Uncle Remus and Brer Rabbit by Joel Chandler Harris
Uncle Remus’ stories feature a trickster hero called Br’er Rabbit (“Brother” Rabbit), who uses his wits to slide out of trouble and gain the advantage over the slower witted other animals, many of whom are trying to eat him. Br’er Rabbit stories were mostly collected directly from the afro-american oral story-telling tradition and are said to be a direct interpretation of Yoruba tales of Hare. This book contains 11 unique stories and was the last one published before the author’s death. (Introduction by Phil Chenevert)
Lessons in Collection: 1, New This Month: 1
VOA, American Stories
Voice of America (VOA), the Special English program, American Stories
Lessons in Collection: 17, New This Month: 11
VOA (EDITORIALS)
Voice of America (VOA) EDITORIALS (regular speed) : reflecting the views of the US Government
Lessons in Collection: 43, New This Month: 4
VOA Education Report
VOA (Voice of America) Special English Education Report
Lessons in Collection: 23, New This Month: 2
VOA Entertainment
Entertainment news in Voice of America (VOA) (Regular Speed) Movie Reviews and Interviews, Music
Lessons in Collection: 90, New This Month: 4
VOANews.com 2010
Voice of America, News and articles (regular speed) on VOANews.com
Lessons in Collection: 28, New This Month: 15
VOA Special English (2010)
Voice of America in Special English
Lessons in Collection: 36, New This Month: 15
VOA Special English News
Here are excepts of daily news by VOA Special English
Lessons in Collection: 37, New This Month: 2
VOA with video
VOA (Voice of America) videos in Special English and some natural speed speaking. You can watch the videos in your lesson page.
Lessons in Collection: 14, New This Month: 4
Warlord of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Warlord of Mars is an Edgar Rice Burroughs science fiction novel, the third of his famous Barsoom series. John Carter continues his quest to be reunited with his wife, the princess Dejah Thoris, and discovers more fantastic creatures and ancient mysterious Martian races. (Summary from Wikipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
What Katy Did at School by Susan Coolidge
The continuing story of Katy Carr, recounting the time she spent at boarding school with her sister Clover. (Summary by Karen Savage)
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
What Katy Did by Susan Coolidge
What Katy Did is a children’s book written by Susan Coolidge, the pen name of Sarah Chauncey Woolsey. It follows the adventures of Katy Carr and her family, growing up in America in the 1860s. Katy is a tall, untidy tomboy, forever getting into scrapes but wishing to be beautiful and beloved. When a terrible accident makes her an invalid, her illness and recovery gradually teach her to be as good and kind as she has always wanted. (Summary by Wikiipedia)
Lessons in Collection: 16, New This Month: 16
What Katy Did Next by Susan Coolidge
This is the third book of the famous “What Katy did” series. (Summary by Elli)
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
Wild Life in Woods and Fields by Arabella B. Buckley
Wild Life in Woods and Fields by Arabella B. Buckley is a collection of stories that will encourage children to become little naturalists and explore the majesty of the great outdoors. This is science taught in such a charming, delightful way that children will learn without even realizing it! Summary by Laura Caldwell
Lessons in Collection: 13, New This Month: 13
Winesburg, Ohio
Title: Winesburg, Ohio Author: Sherwood Anderson THE TALES AND THE PERSONS Winesburg is an unincorporated community in southwestern Paint Township, Holmes County, Ohio, United States. The town sits on the crest of a hill in the Amish country of Ohio, with a quaint downtown containing antique shops.
Lessons in Collection: 65, New This Month: 65

 

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