The Invisible Man by H.G. Wells

The Invisible Man by H.G. WellsThe Invisible Man by H.G. Wells
Genres: Classics, Science Fiction
Pages: 168

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Having devoted his studies to optics and refraction, an impulsive scientist named Griffin has rendered himself invisible. Unable to reverse the effects, his struggle to survive grows desperate until he realizes that there are benefits to living out of the public eye. Increasingly isolated, he soon spirals into a life of crime and degenerates into madness. He can’t see that he has become his own worst enemy.

Exploring the loss of identity and the willful disappearance of conscience and morality, H. G. Wells crafted one of his most suspenseful and cautionary tales, which continues to intrigue to this day.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol by Charles DickensA Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Genres: Classics, Historical, Paranormal
Pages: 104

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Ebenezer Scrooge has no time for the poor or the wretched. And it’s “Bah, humbug!” to anyone who wishes him a Merry Christmas. But when he turns in for the night one cold, fateful Christmas Eve, his past, present, and future converge. Three haunting guests are about to show him that the time has come to change his miserly ways—before it’s too late.

Discover the everlasting spirit of the holiday season in Charles Dickens’s cherished story of hope, joy, empathy, and love.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark TwainThe Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Genres: Classics, Historical
Pages: 352

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Refusing to be civilized by Southern society or cowed by his drunken father’s lashings, young Huckleberry Finn decides he has only one option left: fake his own death and hop a raft down the Mississippi River. Instead of carrying him far from trouble, though, Huck’s raft delivers him to a place of moral uncertainty.

Mark Twain unwinds Huck’s harrowing journey to manhood with satirical wit, revealing the troubled history of the American South, where slavery held sway long after the Civil War ended. Huck’s relationship with runaway slave Jim forces him to confront his beliefs about friendship and freedom.

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain

The Prince and the Pauper by Mark TwainThe Prince and the Pauper by Mark Twain
Genres: Classics, Historical
Pages: 226

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Poor boy Tom Canty admires the royals who seem so far out of his reach in sixteenth-century English society, but when he meets young Prince Edward, he realizes they are very much alike. They share the same birthday and the same face. And when Edward dons Tom’s rags, and Tom slips into the royal cloak, no one can tell them apart. The wrong prince will soon be crowned king, unless Edward can produce the Great Seal of England in time to prove his right to the throne.

In The Prince and the Pauper, Mark Twain sheds satiric light on class distinctions, personal identity, and power dynamics that seem as germane today as ever before.

The Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

The Jungle Book by Rudyard KiplingThe Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling
Genres: Classics
Pages: 138

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Orphaned as a baby, human-boy Mowgli is adopted by wolves, befriended by Baloo the bear, and educated in the wonders and dangers of the Indian jungle. But the adventures of The Jungle Book don’t end with the young man-cub and his unusual new family. Through tales of Kotick the White Seal, Rikki-tikki-tavi the mongoose, and others, readers learn about courage and survival, rules and order, principles and morals, coming-of-age, and the thrill of self-discovery.

Rudyard Kipling’s fables reflect both his childhood in India and his vivid imagination, while exploring the relationship between civilization and the wild.

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules VerneJourney to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
Series: Extraordinary Voyages #3
Genres: Classics, Historical, Paranormal
Pages: 266

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A sixteenth-century cryptogram spurs modern geologist Otto Liedenbrock to embark on the most remarkable human quest ever taken. With his nephew and guide, he leads the descent from a dormant Icelandic volcano into the unexplored realm beneath their feet. There, a vast subterranean ocean, prehistoric creatures, and natural phenomena are but a few of the wonders hidden from all but the boldest eyes.

Journey to the Center of the Earth epitomizes the subterranean fiction genre. Author Jules Verne leads readers deep below the world’s surface to the core of his inventive, visionary mind.

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne

Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules VerneAround the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne
Series: Extraordinary Voyages #11
Genres: Classics, Fantasy, Historical
Pages: 225

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Pragmatic gambler Phileas Fogg has made a gentlemanly wager to the members of his exclusive club: that he can circle the world in just eighty days, right down to the minute. Fetching his newly appointed French valet, Fogg embarks on a fabulous journey across land and sea—by steamer, rail, and elephant—to win the bet of a lifetime.

Inspired by Jules Verne’s own sea travels and his fascination with circumnavigating the globe, the avid dreamer’s picaresque voyage inspired generations of adventurers who were eager to best Verne’s challenge—from nineteenth-century journalist Nellie Bly to Monty Python’s Michael Palin.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark TwainThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Series: The Adventures of Tom and Huck #1
Genres: Classics, Historical
Pages: 266

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Whether he’s sneaking doughnuts, mooning over a pretty girl, or snookering the local boys to do his work for him, Tom Sawyer is the consummate schemer—but his charm and easygoing nature keep him from being in anyone’s bad graces for long. However, when Tom teams up with his friend Huck Finn, their sleepy Missouri town had better watch out.

Based on Mark Twain’s memories of growing up along the Mississippi River, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is both an idyllic picture of boyhood and an affectionate satire of adult conventions.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

The Call of the Wild by Jack LondonThe Call of the Wild by Jack London
Genres: Classics
Pages: 98

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In this classic American adventure, Jack London explores the laws of civilization and wilderness—and the pull of instinct—through the eyes of Buck, a half Saint Bernard, half Scottish shepherd. Stolen from his comfortable life in California, Buck is sold into service as a sled dog during the Klondike Gold Rush, where returning to his primordial nature is the only way for him to survive.

London drew on his own experiences as a prospector in the Canadian wilderness, as well as the philosophies of Charles Darwin and Friedrich Nietzsche, for this enduring tale of survival.

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women by Louisa May AlcottLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
Series: Little Women #1
Genres: Classics, Historical
Pages: 566

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As a New England mother struggles to support her family in the wake of her husband’s service in the Civil War, her four daughters struggle, too—caught between childhood dreams and the realities of burgeoning adulthood. For Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy March, raised in integrity and virtue, negotiating the right path in life means making choices that will either narrow or expand their destinies.

Based on the author’s life, Little Women transcends genre, gender, and class with its examination of personal quests, societal restrictions, family ties, and the end of innocence.