The Chocolate War is the story of Trinity High’s annual fund raising chocolate sale. No where within the school seems safe enough to escape the peer pressure and bullying. The bullies in Trinity take on many faces from the not-so-secret club, The Vigils, to the principle, Brother Leon. It would seem impossible for any boy to escape the demands of those in power.
Slaughterhouse-Five is the story of Billy Pilgrim. He serves in World War II, surviving the bombing of Dresden. After the war, he makes a living as an optometrist. On his wedding night, he is kidnapped by aliens an taken to their home planet. There he tells the aliens his story and what happened to him.
It’s England in the 1520s. Henry VIII is married to his first wife and Thomas Cromwell has just been luck enough to become Cardinal Wolsey’s clerk. The whispers of the castle are Wolsey’s business and soon they become Cromwell’s. As Cromwell ascends the ranks, so does the reader. And as the King loses his grasp on his ability to govern his nation and his personal affairs, Cromwell rises to control parliament.
It’s the 1980s and Eleanor is new in school. Her crazy red hair and silent demeanor keep the kids at school away. Through her eyes, Park seems so cool. Park’s worked hard to keep a low profile while in high school as well. On that fateful day when they sit next to each other on the bus, neither of them speaks. Day after day this silence goes on until one day he speaks. I think it was said best, “ They fall in love the way you do the first time, when you’re 16, and you have nothing and everything to lose.” Though, Eleanor’s home life may just take that away from them.
The Outsiders focuses on Ponyboy, who is a Greaser just like the rest of his friends. These boys aren’t seen as cool kids in their school. In fact, the Socs, the gang of rich kids, enjoy beating up the Greasers for sport. Getting in a physical altercation with the Socs is a part of Ponyboy’s daily routine. On one night, things go too far and the future of the Greasers change forever.
Telegraph Avenue begins at the end of the summer of 2004 and perhaps the end of Archy Stallings and Nat Jaffe’s friendship. They’re longtime friends, bandmates, and co-owners of Brokeland Records. Their wives, Gwen Shanks and Avia Roth-Jaffe, are Berkley Birth Partners. When the fifth richest black man in America, Gibson Goode, beings to build a meaga-store near Telegraph, Nat and Archy know it means doom for their beloved street. Avia and Gwen find themselves in the middle of a battle over their profession.
Shades of Grey is about Chromatacia, a society where everyone has a color and every color has a place. The placement and treatment of a certain color is organized by the prism. All Eddie Russets wants is to move up. He hopes that he can use his red perception to marry into a powerful family. The plan quickly dissipates as he relocated to a new position. Eddie soon discovers there is more to this society than he’s been told.
After many years as the head monarch and troubles that follow it, Britain’s Queen needs some cheering up. Unexpectedly, she’s given the opportunity to visit her former yacht, Britannia, in Edinburgh. The Queen hides beneath a skull bedazzled hoodie to escape the palace walls. Her lady-in-waiting, a butler, an equerry, a girl from the stables, a dresser, and a clerk work together to find her and bring her back to the palace before a scandal develops.
Zozimos is banished from his kingdom of Sticatha by an evil witch. He trains for battle, journeys across dangerous seas, destroys monsters, and charms women in order to act on his revenge. Of course, that’s what Zozimos would like to tell you what happened. What really happened is he chased some butterflies, angered Poseidon, was helped immensely in slaying monsters, and charmed no one in order to get no closer to home than when he started.
When Odilia and her four sisters find a dead body in a swimming hole, they start a journey to return the dead man to his family in Mexico. With the supernatural aid of a ghost, the girls make the long trip to their grandmother’s house, outsmarting a witch, a warlock, half-human barn owls, and chupacabras. Can the girls make it home to the real world where no goddess can help them?
This is Homer’s poem The Odyssey expertly brought to life in a vivid and beautiful form. Odysseus’ story does not start with him, but with the gods and their plans for him. Odysseus’ son, Telemachus, attempts to find him. All the while Odysseus is captured by Calpso and held on her island. The gods intervene by sending Hermes to let Odysseus free, but Odysseus is far from home yet.
The Trojan War has been over for years now and still there’s no sign of Odysseus. The city is overrun with suitors attempting to win Penelope’s hand in marriage. Klymene, a young girl who is like a daughter to Penelope, tells the story of the kingdom without a king.
Seth is drowning. His shoulders have hit the rocks and his body is being pushed steadily down. He can’t stop it. He is just watching it happen. His head cracks against a rock on the sea floor. Then darkness. Then he wakes up. He’s naked, thirsty, starving, and some how alive. He remembers dying. He remembers drowning, his bones breaking, and his skull cracking. So how is he alive? How is he here? What is here? It looks like the English neighborhood he was born in, but completely abandoned. Seth begins to search for answers, hoping he’s not alone, and hoping this is not his hell.
The Prisoner of Heaven opens up on Daniel Sempere and Fermín Romero de Torres in Barcelona in 1957 working in Sempere & Sons. It’s Christmas time and with the birth of Bea and Daniel’s son, Julian, everyone is celebrating. When a stranger visits the bookshop to threaten to bring up the past, Fermín and Daniel are thrown back into another dangerous adventure into the city’s dark history. The frightening past lead them on a journey riddled with peril. Their findings may forever change their lives.
The Angel’s Game is the prequel to Zafón’s The Shadow of the Wind. The novel is set in Barcelona in the 1920′s. It follows a fiction writer, David Martin, as he struggles to stay afloat in writing world. He moves into an abandoned mansion with it’s own set of ghosts where he types out his stories and becomes consistently desperate and frustrated. When he’s approached by a mysterious publisher offering a book deal that seems too good to be true, David jumps at the opportunity. As he beings his work and visits the Cemetery of Forgotten Books, he realizes there are bigger mysteries afoot.