The Princess and the Goblin

The Princess and the Goblin

George MacDonald

A children’s fantasy novel that tells the story of 8 year old Princess Irene. She lives a lonely life in a castle in a mountainous kingdom, with only her nursemaid for company. Her father, the king, is normally absent, and her mother is dead. Unknown to her, the nearby mines are inhabited by a race of goblins, long banished from the kingdom and now anxious to take revenge on their human neighbours.

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The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Frances Hodgson Burnett

The Secret Garden tells the story of Mary Lennox, a young English girl who returns to England from India, after losing both her parents in a cholera epidemic. She is given to the care of her uncle, whom she has never met, and when she arrives at his house in Yorkshire, she is rude, stubborn, and prone to temper tantrums. However, she undergoes a transformation when she learns of the tragedies…

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The Brown Fairy Book

The Brown Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

Stories include: What the Rose did to the Cypress; Ball-carrier and the Bad One; How Ball-carrier Finished His Task; The Bunyip; Father Grumbler; The Story of the Yara; The Cunning Hare; The Turtle and His Bride; How Geirald The Coward Was Punished; Habogi; How the Little Brother Set Free His Big Brothers; The Sacred Milk of Koumongoe; The Wicked Wolverine; The Husband of the Rat’s Daughter; The Mermaid…

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A Tangled Tale

A Tangled Tale

Lewis Carroll

A Tangled Tale is a collection of 10 brief humorous stories, published serially between April 1880 and March 1885 in The Monthly Packet magazine. The stories, or Knots as Carroll calls them, present mathematical problems. In a later issue, Carroll gives the solution to a Knot and discusses readers’ answers. The mathematical interpretations of the Knots are not always straightforward. In the December…

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Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja the Golden Lion

Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins with Jad-bal-ja the Golden Lion

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Part of a two novella collection; the other book being The Tarzan Twins. Although these novellas come eleventh in the chronology of the Tarzan Series, they aren’t usually counted as part of the main series because they are children’s book. But yeah, chronologically, they fall between Tarzan and the Ant Men, and Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. Two schoolboys, Dick and Doc, are cousins who resemble each other because their mothers…

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The Tarzan Twins

The Tarzan Twins

Edgar Rice Burroughs

Part of a two novella collection; the other book being Tarzan and the Tarzan Twins, with Jad-bal-ja, the Golden Lion. Although these novellas come eleventh in the chronology of the Tarzan Series, they aren’t usually counted as part of the main series because they are children’s book. But yeah, chronologically, they fall between Tarzan and the Ant Men, and Tarzan, Lord of the Jungle. Two schoolboys, Dick and Doc, are cousins who resemble…

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Bob Cook and the German Spy

Bob Cook and the German Spy

Paul G. Tomlinson

From the Preface: “Every one knows that Germany is famous for her spy system. Scarcely a land on earth but is, or was, honeycombed with the secret agents of the German Government. Ever since this country began to send war munitions to the Allies an organized band of men has plotted and schemed against the peace and welfare of the United States. When America itself declared war their efforts naturally were redoubled…

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Heidi

Heidi

Johanna Spyri

Fully illustrated. Heidi is a novel about the events in the life of a young girl in her grandfather’s care, in the Swiss Alps. Heidi is an orphaned girl initially raised by her aunt Dete in Maienfeld, Switzerland after the early deaths of her parents, Tobias and Adelheid (Dete’s sister and brother-in-law). Dete brings 6-year-old Heidi to her…

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The Lilac Fairy Book

The Lilac Fairy Book

Andrew Lang

A collection of 33 Fairy Tales, including; The Shifty Lad; The False Prince and the True; The Jogi’s Punishment; The Heart of a Monkey; The Fairy Nurse; A Lost Paradise; How Brave Walter Hunted Wolves; The King of the Waterfalls; A French Puck; The Three Crowns; The Story of a Very Bad Boy; The Brown Bear of Norway; Little Lasse; ‘Moti’; The Enchanted Deer; A Fish Story; and more.

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Tales from Chaucer

Tales from Chaucer

Charles Cowden Clarke

This is a modern retelling of the highlights of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, illustrated by fairy-tale style color drawings by Arthur Szyk. Chapters include: The Knight’s Tale; The Lawyer’s Tale; The Student’s Tale; The Wife of Bath; The Squire’s Tale; The Pardoner’s Tale; The Nun’s Priest’s Tale; The Cook’s Tale of Gamelin; and, The Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale.

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The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

Margery Williams

With 8 colour illustrations by William Nicholson. Given as a Christmas gift to a young boy, the Velveteen Rabbit lives in the nursery with all of the other toys, waiting for the day when the Boy (as he is called) will choose him as a playmate. In time, the shy Rabbit befriends the tattered Skin Horse, the wisest resident of the nursery, who reveals the goal of all nursery toys: to be made ‘real’ through the love of a human…

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Daddy Long-Legs

Daddy Long-Legs

Jean Webster

Jerusha Abbott grew up in an orphanage but was sent to college by a mysterious benefactor she calls Daddy Long-Legs. In college she falls in love with a young man who wants to marry her, but she refuses because she is an orphan. Finally, after Jerusha–now Judy–graduates, she asks to meet her benefactor.

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