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              Quicklet on S.E. Hinton's The Outsiders
               

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              By Holzwarth, Larry

              ABOUT THE BOOK Written by a teenage girl, who chose a teenage boy to narrate the story, The Outsiders describes the rivalry between two groups, divided by their social and economic circumstances. The book was instantly successful and remains so today, despite being challenged... repeatedly for its depictions of violence, teenage drinking and smoking and juvenile crime. Set in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the mid-nineteen sixties, The Outsiders borrows liberally from cultural icons of its day. There are references to The Beatles and Elvis Presley. Scenes from the book are similar to West Side Story, where the Jets and the Sharks can be compared to The Outsiders Socs and Greasers. There are lines drawn from contemporary films; sixteen going on seventeen for example, used to describe a character, was the title of a song in the 1965 film, The Sound of Music. Although rather tame by the standards of today, (hard drugs and automatic weapons are conspicuously absent) the book continues to generate controversy for its descriptions of dysfunctional parents and broken homes. The book was written about teenagers from the perspective of a teenager and was immediately controversial as parents objected to its portrayals of teens coming from dysfunctional homes. Few parents appear in the book and when they do it is generally in an unflattering light. Numerous challenges to The Outsiders have resulted in its being banned from school curricula and libraries. Despite its controversy, The Outsiders was awarded The New York Herald Tribune Best Teenage Books Award in 1967, the year of its release. It has won numerous awards since and continues to sell nearly 500,000 copies a year, forty-five years after publication. It has been produced as a stage play, a major motion picture and a short-lived television series. It continues to be part of the curriculum for both middle school and high school in the United States. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK p>The Outsiders tells the story of two weeks through
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              ISBN 9781614646297
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              Released NZ 1 Mar 2013
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              Quicklet on The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde (CliffNotes-like Summary and Analysis)
               

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              By Kohlmoos, Lacey

              What does it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? If you could drink, smoke, and eat as much as you wanted and see no change in your appearance, would you indulge? If you could cheat, steal, and even murder without any consequences, would you do it? Wha...t would you sacrifice for eternal youth and beauty? Is your soul too much of a price to pay? With The Picture of Dorian Gray, Oscar Wilde weaves a tale of love, betrayal, murder, and revenge that delves into all these questions and more. When Dorian sees a portrait of himself and becomes aware of his own intense youth and beauty, he proclaims that he would give anything to preserve his looks and let the portrait grow old instead. This simple wish uttered in a moment of passion changes his life forever. As the portrait grows old over time and bears the marks of Dorian's bad habits and cruelty, his innocent and youthful face never changes. As he sets out on a mission to experience every type of pleasure that the world has to offer, he discovers that he can get away with anything. Even murder. The Picture of Dorian Gray is Oscar Wilde's only novel. When it was first released, its homoerotic undertones and harsh criticism of strict Victorian morality made it wildly controversial. The novel was even used as evidence against Wilde when he was tried for "gross indecency." Today it is considered classic literature and often read in high school and college English classes. The book's themes, as well as the author himself, continue to intrigue readers. Wilde challenges people to look at the way they live their lives and question their happiness. Are they freely pursuing happiness or constricting their personal growth by repressing their desires? Although written over 100 years ago, the story's intrigue still holds up and even manages to deliver quite a few shocking moments. As Dorian plunges into the grimy underworld of Victorian London, he does things that many people would condemn in public while
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              ISBN 9781614645252
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              Released NZ 1 Jan 2011
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              Elon Musk: Biography of the Mastermind Behind Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors: The life and times of Elon Musk in one convenient little book
               

              Elon Musk: Biography of the Mastermind Behind Paypal, SpaceX, and Tesla Motors: The life and times of Elon Musk in one convenient little book (EPUB ebook)

              By Pauline, T.

              Elon Musk is primarily known for the part he played in founding the widely known electronic money transfer site Paypal.com. Though the company been the subject of several controversies, it remains the most trusted medium for Internet commerce. These days, Musk applies the same im...agination and ability to innovate.
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              ISBN 9781614649038
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              Released NZ 1 Mar 2013
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              Quicklet on Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist
               

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              By Limley, Charles

              ABOUT THE BOOK Paulo Coelho has taken on the reputation of a modern-day mystic, an artist whose work is at once practical self-help, myth, New Age spiritualism, and personal inspiration. Coelho's reputation centers around his unfaltering belief in the inherent value of each ind...ividual, and the potential of every person to achieve greatness. The Alchemist is his treatise to the world. In it he asserts the importance of following dreams, even in the face of obstacles, and explores the reasons why this pursuit so often becomes complicated, difficult, and fraught with fear and danger. MEET THE AUTHOR Charles Limley is a native of Colorado. After earning bachelor's degrees in both English Literature and Humanities from the University of Colorado Boulder, he entered the world of professional writing. He began his work with Hyperink during the fall of 2011. In addition to writing, Limley is an avid reader. He also loves bicycles, and has completed several long-distance bicycle tours.
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              ISBN 9781614648048
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              Released NZ 9 Nov 2011
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              Quicklet on George Orwell's 1984
               

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              By Wen, Tiffanie

              ABOUT THE BOOK Few novels have influenced the way generations of readers shaped their understanding of society as much as George Orwell's 1984, or added as many terms to the English lexicon: Big Brother, doublethink, Room 101, and thoughtcrime, to name a few. Even the term "Orw...ellian" invokes an immediate sense of caution against a repressive totalitarian regime who monitors our every move and manipulates the masses for its own gain. Published by British publisher Secker and Warburg in 1949, only one year before the author's death, 1984 is one of the most popular English novels of all time and has been translated into over 65 languages. In 2005, Time Magazine listed 1984 as one of the best English-language novels since 1923. According to banned-books.org.uk, the novel was banned in the USSR for its criticisms of Stalin's regime. It was also banned in Florida for its communist and sexual content. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK For the first time in the novel, Winston is not alone. Chapter 3 The next time Winston and Julia meet is a couple weeks later in a belfry of a deserted church. Winston discovers that Julia is 26, works in the Fiction Department at the Ministry of Truth (at one point she even worked on Porncsec, creating cheap porn for Proles), lost her virginity at 16, and hates the Party, in a kind of superficial, rebellious-youth kind of way. In turn, Winston tells Julia about his wife Katharine, how she made sex unbearable, and how on one occasion, he was tempted to kill her by pushing her over a cliff. When Julia asks him if he regretted not doing it, Winston tells her it doesn't make a difference. He says, "In this game we're playing, we can't win." Julia is annoyed by Winston's fatalist attitude, dismisses his talk about dying and makes plans to meet again. - In chapter 3, two important distinctions are made between Winston's deep-rooted rebellion against the Party, and Julia's more superficial one. While Winston dreams of an organized rebellion
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              ISBN 9781614646754
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              Released NZ 1 Mar 2013
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              Quicklet on Animal Farm by George Orwell (CliffNotes-like Book Summary)
               

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              By Middendorp, Steve

              Quicklets: Learn more. Read less. George Orwell (1903-1950) was born as Eric Blair in in Motihari, Bengal. Along with Animal Farm, 1984 is among Orwell's most popular works. Before he wrote either of these novels, Orwell supported himself as a book reviewer and journalist. Orwe...ll lived through the Spanish Civil War, which was the inspiration for many of his politically-charged works. 1984 is another book about a totalitarian government. The book was originally published in 1949 as a look into the future to the year 1984. The strength of Animal Farm and 1984 have attributed to Orwell's worldwide success as a political satirist more than 60 years after his death. Animal Farm was translated into a 1954 animated film. In 1999 it was filmed as a live action feature starring Patrick Stewart and Kelsey Grammar as the voices for Napoleon and Snowball. Pink Floyd released an album in 1977 titled Animals. The themes from Animal Farm were used for this Pink Floyd album. The songs classify people as pigs, dogs or sheep. The book has been translated into several languages including Hungarian, Russian, Serbian and Ukrainian. It has sold more than 20 Million copies worldwide. Time Magazine included Animal Farm on a top 100 list of books between 1923 and 2005. Modern Library created a list of the best novels in the 20th century and included Animal Farm at 31st. Animal Farm received a Hugo award in 1996, which was 50 years after it was originally published.
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              ISBN 9781614641452
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              Released NZ 20 Dec 2011
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              J.D. Robb: A Biography
               

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              By Truex, Leslie

              J.D. Robb is the pen name Nora Roberts uses for her In Death series of futuristic police procedurals. She is a prolific writer with over 200 published novels, 176 New York Times bestsellers, and over 400 million copies of her books in print worldwide. Over 34 of the books are fro...m Robbs In Death series and since 2007, each In Death book has been a New York Times bestseller. Robb didnt grow up dreaming of mystery, romance or writing. However, she was an avid reader and enjoyed making up stories. A snowstorm that left her alone with two young children and a need to fill the time, led her to write her stories down. Once she started, she didnt stop.
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              ISBN 9781614642602
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              Released NZ 1 Jan 2011
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              Biography of Shaquille O'Neal
               

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              By Sztajnkrycer, Ben

              ABOUT THE BOOK He's got dozens of nicknames: Shaq Fu, The Big Shaqtus, The Big Daddy, The Big Baryshnikov, The Big Shamrock, The Diesel, Dr. Shaq, The Real Deal, Superman. But no matter what you choose to call him, Shaquille O'Neal is a living legend. He's larger than life...li...terally. He stands a breathtaking seven-feet, one-inch tall, making him lofty even by the standards of the NBA. He weighs 325 pounds. He was a star athlete at Louisiana State University, where the Associated Press named him College Player of the Year in 1991. The Orlando Magic drafted him number one overall in 1992, and in 1993 he became the NBA Rookie of the Year. He was an unstoppable center, and went on to play in the league for 19 years, amassing four NBA titles. He was named MVP in the regular season, the Finals, and the All-Star Game. MEET THE AUTHOR Ben Sztajnkrycer was born in Montreal, Canada and moved to Los Angeles to pursue filmmaking. He is a graduate of UCLA's prestigious screenwriting program, where he won numerous awards for his work. He teaches screenwriting at Cal State Fullerton. In his free time, Ben loves watching "Polar Express" and "Thomas the Tank Engine" over and over and over and over with his four-year-old son. EXCERPT FROM THE BOOK In his second year, Shaq led the Magic to finish the season with a record 50 wins, enabling them to make the playoffs for the first time. The Magic ultimately lost every playoff game to the Pacers, but this did not stop Shaq from being voted into the All-Star game. In his third season, Shaq led the NBA in scoring, helping the Magic secure a phenomenal 57 wins (the best record in the Eastern Conference). But once again the team was routed in the playoffs, with the Houston Rockets sweeping the series. Shaq finished in second place in the MVP voting. Shaq was sidelined by injuries for much of his fourth and final season with the Magic, ultimately missing 28 games. His time on the court nonetheless helped the Magic win 60 games. But hi
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              ISBN 9781614641964
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              Released NZ 1 Mar 2013
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              Quicklet on Lois Lowry's The Giver (CliffNotes-like Summary & Analysis)
               

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              By Pavlov, Natacha

              ABOUT THE BOOK What comes to mind when you envision a perfect society? Does it consist solely of happiness and peace? Are there equal rights for everyone regardless of gender, age and/or ethnic background? What about the weather, wildlife and natural landscapes? Is there a limi...t to the number of children families can have, or even to how they go about producing them? Is there a fair judicial system in place? Lois Lowry's The Giver tells the story of such a utopian society in which twelve-year old Jonas is the main character. Although his society might at first seem perfect and balanced-there are, after all, no feelings, hunger, inequalities or pain-Jonas eventually realizes that his community has been missing out on all that life has to offer, calling into question the very concept of "ideal." The Giver, Lois Lowry's 21st novel, was published in 1993 and earned a Newbery Medal in 1994, "[becoming] an almost instant classic." As a novel of the utopian genre written in 23 chapters and from a third-person perspective, the story follows Jonas' life in his perfect society as he progresses from an innocent eleven-year old to a wise twelve-year-old Receiver of Memories. It is easy to wonder exactly how Lois Lowry came up with such a concept, and the truth is that "inspirations for The Giver are so varied" that it can be challenging to give a short answer. As she states in detail in her 1994 Newbery Acceptance speech, her childhood in Japan, her college years, her father's aging and reaction to losing one of his daughters, and her parents' attempts to adjust to constant moves all played a part in creating the storyline. In reference to her writing of The Giver, Lowry recalled, "In the beginning to write The Giver I created - as I always do, in every book - a world that existed only in my imagination - the world of 'only us, only now.' I tried to make Jonas's world seem familiar, comfortable, and safe, and I tried to seduce the reader. I seduced myself along the way. It
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              ISBN 9781614645177
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              Quicklet on The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien
               

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              By Melendez, Macie

              Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Tim O'Brien is an American author who is most known for writing on his experience serving in the Vietnam War. He was born in a small town called Austin in Minnesota in 1946. He currently resides in Austin, Texas where he teaches at Texas State U...niversity-San Marcos. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Harvard after his tour in Vietnam. He was drafted into the Army and served in the Vietnam war from 1968 to 1970. Other notable titles O'Brien has published include If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home, Northern Lights, The Nuclear Age, and Going After Cacciato The Things They Carried is a collection of related short stories about the Vietnam war. Although based upon the real-life experiences of author Tim O'Brien's time served in the war, the title page of the novel refers to the book as a "work of fiction". Additionally, a few of the book's characters show similarities to characters from O'Brien's autobiography If I Die in a Combat Zone: Box Me Up and Ship Me Home. Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less.
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              ISBN 9781614641865
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              Released NZ 14 Dec 2011
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