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Siddhartha

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Hermann Hesse


Siddhartha is one of the great philosophical novels. Profoundly insightful, it is also a beautifully written story that begins as Siddhartha…

Treasure Island (version 2)

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Robert Louis Stevenson


A mysterious map, pirates, and pieces of eight! When young Jim Hawkins finds a map to pirates’ gold he starts on an adventure that takes him…

The Wind in the Willows (version 3)

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Kenneth Grahame


The classic story of how Rat, Mole, and the other river-bankers saved Toad from his excesses. This book has it all: excitement, sentiment, d…

The Thirty-nine Steps

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John Buchan


Richard Hannay’s boredom is soon relieved when the resourceful engineer is caught up in a web of secret codes, spies, and murder on the eve …

Tess of the d'Urbervilles

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Thomas Hardy


One of the greatest English tragic novels, TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES (1891) is the story of a “pure woman” who is victimized both by convent…

Kim

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Rudyard Kipling


Kim is a fabulous adventure story set in India during the former British Empire. It tells the story of a street-wise but (in typical Kipling…

Through the Looking-Glass (version 2)

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Lewis Carroll


The sequel to “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” finds Alice back in Wonderland and a piece in a surreal chess game. This weird and wonderfu…

My First Summer in the Sierra

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John Muir


The journal of nature-lover John Muir who spent the summer of 1869 walking California’s Sierra Nevada range. From French Bar to Mono Lake an…

The History of Mr. Polly

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H. G. Wells


A funny and touching account of the imaginative Mr. Polly who, bored and trapped in his conventional life, makes a U-turn –- and changes eve…

The Big Bow Mystery

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Israel Zangwill


It's a cold and foggy night in London. A man is horribly murdered in his bedroom, the door locked and bolted on the inside. Scotland Yard is…

A Jewish State

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Theodor Herzl


Read in English, this is a pivotal document in the history of Zionism and the State of Israel. Herzl designed this work to elevate the discu…

The Blue Lagoon

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H. De Vere Stacpoole


Two shipwrecked children grow up on a South Pacific island. This beautiful story of adventure and innocent love was H.D. Stacpoole’s most po…

Jimbo

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Algernon Blackwood


Fantasy novel about the mystical adventures of a lonely English boy, Jimbo. It’s really quite beautiful and can be enjoyed by both older kid…

Mr. Midshipman Easy

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Frederick Marryat


One of the first novel-length pieces of nautical fiction, MR. MIDSHIPMAN EASY (1836) is a funny and easygoing account of the adventures of J…

Children of the Ghetto

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Israel Zangwill


In this 1892 novel of London's Jewish East End, Israel Zangwill sets the apparently irrational and decidedly indecorous religious practices …

Kari the Elephant

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Dhan Gopal Mukerji


The adventures of an Indian boy and his beloved elephant. Born near Calcutta, Mukerji won the Newbury Medal for children's fiction. (Summary…

Yiddish Tales (יידיש מעשה)

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Various


A collection of 48 wonderful English language stories from Sholem Alechem, I. L. Perez, Shalom Asch, and others. Tales of humour and drama, …

Jewish Children (Yudishe Kinder)

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שלום עליכם Sholem Aleichem


Although written from a child's perspective, this is not a kids book but a series of funny, poignant, and sometimes disturbing stories about…

The King of Schnorrers

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Israel Zangwill


Manasseh da Costa, protagonist of this hilarious novel, is a schnorrer (beggar) who lives on the charitable contributions of the Jews of lat…

California Coast Trails

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Joseph Smeaton Chase


In 1911, decades before California's coast Highway 1 was built, an Englishman rode 2000 miles on horseback the length of California, from Me…

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