Action and Adventure

Ragged Dick

Horatio Alger, Jr. was well known for his best-selling series of books highlighting “the American Dream” of poor boys making good and becoming rich and successful through “luck and pluck”. Ragged Dick was the first in this niche, and follows the adventures of Dick Hunter, a ragged bootblack as he makes the decision to “grow up ’spectable”, and how he goes about achieving his goals through the help of his friends, his inherent honesty, and his belief in hard work and study.

Swiss Family Robinson

This is a well-known book which has excitement, danger, and heartbreaks, written without the big words that puzzle younger children. Lucy Aikin, an accomplished writer and writing as Mary Godolphin, accomplishes this with apparent ease in this little book.

The Jungle Book

A classic children's book by Rudyard Kipling tells the story of Mowgli, a young boy raised by wolves. The account of Mowgli's adventures is followed by several short stories, including the tales of the brave white seal, Kotick, and the tenacious mongoose.

The Rebel of the School

A beautiful and impulsive Irish girl enters Great Shirley School. She is frivolous with a casual disdain of what could be important to the other girls and converts others to her ways of thinking and acting. News of Kathleen's exploits reach the headmistress and the governors of the school, and an inquiry is made.

The Story of Doctor Dolittle

In the first of Hugh Lofting's Doctor Dolittle books, we are introduced to the good doctor who gives up treating people after Polynesia, his parrot, teaches him animal languages. His fame in the animal kingdom spreads throughout the world and soon he sets off to cure a monkey epidemic in Africa, finding all sorts of exciting adventures on the way.

Peter and Wendy

Peter and Wendy tells the classic story of Peter Pan, a mischievous little boy who can fly, and his adventures on the island of Neverland with Wendy and her brothers, the fairy Tinker Bell, the Lost Boys, the Indian princess Tiger Lily, and the pirate Captain Hook.

Tarzan of the Apes

Tarzan of the Apes is a story of an English lord, left by the death of his stranded parents in the hands of a motherly African ape who raises him as her own. Although he is aware that he is different from the apes of his tribe, who are neither white nor hairless, he nevertheless regards them as his “people.”