When Alice follows a white rabbit in a waistcoat down a hole, she finds herself in a mixed-up world where nothing is as he expects it to be, and anything can happen!
Alice meets a pipe smoking catterpillar, a grinning cat, a Mad Hatter, and a formidable Queen of Hearts.
By Ian Buruma
These are among the questions that Ian Buruma poses in this enlightening and often moving tour of Chinese dissidence. Ranging from the quarrelsome exile communities of the United States to Singapore and Hong Kong and from persecuted Christians to Internet “hacktivists,” Buruma captures an entire spectrum of opposition to the orthodoxies of the Communist Party. He explores its historical antecedents, ints conflicting notions of freedom, and the paradoxical mix of courage and cussedness the inspires its members. Panoramic and intimate, disturbing and inspiring, Bad Elements is a profound meditation on the themes of national identity and political struggle.
By Dai Sijie
The two friends re-education starts when they discover a comrade’s hidden stash of classics of great nineteenth-century Western literature — Balzac, Dickens, Dumas, Tolstoy, and others, in Chinese translation. They need all their ingenuity to get their hands on the forbidden books, but when they do their lives are turned upside down. And not only their lives: after listening to their dangerously seductive retellings of Balzac, the Little Seamstress will never be the same again.
Without betraying the truth of what happened, Dai Sijie transforms the bleak events of China’s Cultural Revolution into an enchanting and unexpected story about the resilience of the human spirit and the magical power of great storytelling. This
Aldous Huxley’s tour de force, Brace New Wold is a darkly satiric vision of a “utopian” future — where humans are genetically bred and pharmaceutically anesthetized to passicely serve a ruling order. A powerful work of speculative fiction that has enthralled and terrified readers for generations, it remains remarkably relevant to this day as both a warning to be heeded as we head into tomorrow and as thought-provoking, satisfying entertainment.
By Roald Dahl
ROAR! Now I’ve got your attention, can I interest you in a book of poems about dinosaurs?
Though they went extinct 65 million years ago, dinosaurs are still everywhere. They’re on TV in The Land Before Time, in classrooms and museum collections, but it might still be hard to believe that dinosaurs walked here once. The poets in this anthology bring dinosaurs out of their display cases and into your home, and ask them politely to be careful with the carpet.
This book is approximately for children aged 8+.
Bursting with energy and an immense love of nature, Heidi proves to have remarkable, transforming powers over those people closest to her, including Clara, a handicapped young lady from a wealthy German family, Peter, a goatherd, and his blind grandmother. Even Heidi’s pessimistic grandfather eventually accepts and enjoys the healing effects of Heidi’s innocence, sensitivity, and love.
Going to school can be tough. Exciting, but tough. You’ll learn to say hello, you’ll meet new friends, but you’ll learn to say good bye too, which can be difficult at times. If you’re feeling like that, Ming is too. She goes to school every day and grows up there, and she’d love to share you her story.