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Excerpt from The Tempest
The sorcerer Prosper threatens one of the inhabitants of the island, Caliban, to do his bidding.
The Fox and the Horse
The Brothers Grimm
A fox helps a horse prove himself to his master.
Excerpt from 'Roughing It': Lost in the Snow
A man and his companions struggle to reach their destination in the snow.
A town takes part in an annual ritual called “the lottery.”
A family comes to realize how much they use and depend on the technology of their futuristic home.
The Rescue of the Tin Woodman
L. Frank Baum
Dorothy, Toto, and the Scarecrow meet the Tin Woodman.
Excerpt from Five Weeks in a Balloon
Three Englishmen travel across Africa in a hydrogen filled balloon in this excerpt from Jules Verne’s novel.
Excerpt from Sister Carrie
A country girl sets out with nothing but a train ticket, four dollars, a Chicago address on a slip of paper, and a heart full of illusions.
“The Worst Birthday” from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Tensions rise at home as a boy must suppress his magical abilities around his non-magical family, who has forgotten his birthday.
Excerpt from Far From the Madding Crowd
A young woman captures attention of men at the market.
Zora Neale Hurston
A man has an affair with another man's wife and suffers the consequences.
Excerpt from A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
A young boy feels out of place at his school.
A man struggles to find anyone willing to help him answer his question in a government office.
Queens of the Spy World Whose Intrigues Sway the Fate of Nations
This article discusses the legendary women of the spy world and their contributions to the countries they served in wartime.
A daughter comes home to visit her mothers and sister with a new understanding of her identity.
That Evening Sun
Young Quentin wonders why Nancy, the black washerwoman, is afraid of her husband in this Southern Gothic story.
Hans Christian Andersen
Born in the center of a tulip and stuck forever at her small size, Thumbelina faces many challenges because she is so different from others around her.
Excerpt from Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist asks for more food in this excerpt from Charles Dickens’ classic.
Excerpts from Roughing It
Twain recounts his time looking for work in the West in this semi-autobiographical, comic travelogue.