The merchant of Venice
edited by William Baker and Brian Vickers. (2005)
The Merchant of Venice has always been regarded as one of Shakespeare’s most interesting plays. Before the nineteenth century critical reaction is relatively fragmentary. However between then and the late twentieth century the critical tradition reveals the tremendous vitality of the play to evoke emotion in the theatre and in the study. Since the middle of the twentieth century reactions to the drama have been influenced by the Nazi destruction of European Jewry. (Goodreads)
By Meg Cabot
Heather Wells Rocks!
Or, at least, she did. That was before she left the pop-idol life behind after she gained a dress size or two — and lost a boyfriend, a recording contract, and her life savings (when Mom took the money and ran off to Argentina). Now that the glamour and glory days of endless mall appearances are in the past, Heather’s perfectly happy with her new size 12 shape (the average for the American woman!) and her new job as an assistant dorm director at one of New York’s top colleges. That is, until the dead body of a female student from Heather’s residence hall is discovered at the bottom of an elevator shaft. (Goodreads)
by Yann Martel
Martel’s novel tells the story of Pi–short for Piscine–an unusual boy raised in a zoo in India. Pi‘s father decides to move the family to live in Canada and sell the animals to the great zoos of America. The ship taking them across the Pacific sinks and Pi finds himself the sole human survivor on a lifeboat with a hyena, an orangutan, a zebra with a broken leg and Bengal tiger called Richard Parker. (Goodreads)
A special adaptation for children of all ages of John Grogan’s international bestseller: Marley & Me.
Meet Marley, a yellow furball of a puppy who quickly grows into a large, rowdy labrador retriever. Marley is always getting into trouble, whether he is stealing food, crashing through doors or flinging drool on guests. (Goodreads)
Do you like art? I do! So when Thea heard that there was a secret map hidden beneath Mouse Island’s most famous painting, the Monamouse, I knew we had to get the scoop! (Goodreads)
Nina Harrison, fanged at fifteen and still living with her mother, hates the Reformed Vampire Support Group meetings every Tuesday night. (Goodreads)
‘A REAL WITCH is easily the most dangerous of all the living creatures on earth.’
That’s a pretty horrifying thought. More horrifying still is that real witches don’t even look like witches. They don’t ride around on broomsticks. They don’t even wear black cloaks and hats. They are vile, despicable, scheming harridans who disguise themselves as nice, ordinary ladies. (Goodreads)
IT’S NOT EVERYDAY YOU FIND YOURSELF IN COMBAT WITH A HALF-LION, HALF-HUMAN.
But when you’re the son of a Greek god, it happens. And now my friend Annabeth is missing, a goddess is in chains and only five half-blood heroes can join the quest to defeat the doomsday monster. (Goodreads)
Ah, there’s nothing like a relaxing vacation on the beach! I would spread out by the crystal-clear water with a good book. What more could a mouse want? At least, that was the plan. But somehow, my vacations never seem to go according to plan. Instead of a beautiful seaside resort, I found myself in a fleabag hotel that was falling down around my ears! Oh, would I ever be able to relax and enjoy my vacation?? (Goodreads)