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By diverting a stream that was puddling through his dad’s farmyard, Colin, an industrious Scottish boy, inadvertently locks himself into a test of wills with the Queen of the Fairies. Colin would never have dreamed his engineering expertise and hard work would lead to an encounter with the queen. Or that to prepare himself to match wits with her, he must first visit a place where he would lose, then find himself. So why not take a walk and get lost with Colin in that special place? After you find yourself there, maybe you too will be emboldened to face any problem that might confront you.
Twain Illustrated: Three Stories by Mark Twain, is a collection of three classic Mark Twain stories, illustrated by Marc Johnson-Pencook. All three stories, Emerson, Holmes, and Longfellow, The Facts Concerning the Recent Carnival of Crime in Connecticut, and Running for Governor, show why Mark Twain is recognized as a master of wild, American humor.
Poe Illustrated, Three Stories by Edgar Allan Poe, collects three illustrated classic stories by Edgar Allan Poe: Thou Art the Man, Hop-Frog, and The System of Dr. Tarr and Professor Fether. Edgar Allan Poe, master of the macabre, inventor of the detective story, and a sower of sly humor throughout all of his works, remains hugely popular with readers the world over. He ably executes all the elements of his stories, and tells them with straightforward prose that plants delightful sound into the ears and minds of modern readers, young and old alike.
Nathaniel Hawthorne’s stories are visually-rich. In Hawthorne Illustrated, master pen & ink illustrator Marc Johnson-Pencook interprets three of Hawthorne’s best stories: Dr. Heidegger’s Experiment, Mr. Higginbotham’s Catastrophe, and Feathertop. Marc’s illustrations, combined with adapter Jerome Tiller's lightly modified, modernized prose, will help middle school readers fully enjoy Hawthorne's brilliance as writer and story-teller.