The Call of the Wild by Jack London

Rating 2 Stars ★★☆☆☆

Buck did not read the newspapers, or he would have known that trouble was brewing, not alone for himself, but for every tide-water dog, strong of muscle and with warm, long hair, from Puget Sound to San Diego.

Plot

Life is good for Buck in Santa Clara Valley, where he spends his days eating and sleeping in the golden sunshine. But one day a treacherous act of betrayal leads to his kidnap, and he is forced into a life of toil and danger. Dragged away to be a sledge dog in the harsh and freezing cold Yukon, Buck must fight for his survival. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his realm once again?

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe CS Lewis

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Once there were four children whose names were Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy.

Plot

Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy find their way through an old wardrobe into the world of Narnia. There, they unite with Aslan to fight the White Witch and save Narnia from perpetual winter.

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James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

James and the Giant Peach Roald Dahl

Rating: 4 Stars ★★★★☆

Until he was four years old, James Henry Trotter had a happy life.

Plot

When James accidentally drops some magic crystals by the old peach tree, strange things start to happen. The peach at the top of the tree begins to grow, and before long it’s as big as a house. When James discovers a secret entranceway into the fruit and crawls inside, he meets wonderful new friends–the Old-Green-Grasshopper, the dainty Ladybug, and the Centipede of the multiple boots. After years of feeling like an outsider in his aunts’ house, James finally found a place where he belongs. With a snip of the stem, the peach household starts rolling away–and the adventure begins!

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Cujo by Stephen King

Cujo Stephen King

Rating: 1.5 Stars ★★☆☆☆

Once upon a time, not so long ago, a monster came to the small town of Castle Rock, Maine.

Plot

Cujo is a huge Saint Bernard dog, the best friend Brett Camber has ever had. Then one day Cujo chases a rabbit into a bolt-hole. Except it isn’t a rabbit warren any more. It is a cave inhabited by rabid bats.

And Cujo falls sick. Very sick. And the gentle giant who once protected the family becomes a vortex of horror inexorably drawing in all the people around him . . .

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Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs

Tarzan Edgar Rice Burroughs

Rating: 2.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

I had this story from one who had no business to tell it to me, or to any other.

Plot

A mutiny on board their ship leaves Lord and Lady Greystoke stranded on a desolate African beach with their newborn son. Soon after, the aristocratic couple perishes, leaving the boy an orphan–until the she-ape Kala rescues the infant, names him “Tarzan” (“white skin”), and raises him as one of her own. As he grows, Tarzan schools himself in the ways of both man and beast and rises to become king of the jungle. But when he falls in love with Jane Porter, a beautiful American explorer, he is forced to choose between the two very different worlds.

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The Witches by Roald Dahl

The Witches by Roald Dahl

Rating: 3.5 Stars ★★★☆☆

In fairy-tales, witches always wear silly black hats and black cloaks, and they ride on broomsticks.

Plot

Grandmamma loves to tell about witches. Real witches are the most dangerous of all living creatures on earth. There’s nothing they hate so much as children, and they work all kinds of terrifying spells to get rid of them. Her grandson listens closely to Grandmamma’s stories—but nothing can prepare him for the day he comes face-to-face with The Grand High Witch herself!

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Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

Charlottes Web by EB White

Rating: 3 Stars ★★★☆☆

“Where’s Papa going with that axe?” said Fern to her mother as they were setting the table for breakfast.

Plot

Some Pig. Humble. Radiant. These are the words in Charlotte’s Web, high up in Zuckerman’s barn. Charlotte’s spiderweb tells of her feelings for a little pig named Wilbur, who simply wants a friend. They also express the love of a girl named Fern, who saved Wilbur’s life when he was born the runt of his litter.

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