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Three witches decide to confront the great Scottish general Macbeth on his victorious return from a war between Scotland and Norway. The Scottish king, Duncan, decides that he will confer the title of the traitorous Cawdor on the heroic Macbeth. Macbeth, and another General called Banquo, happen upon the three witches. The witches predict that he will one day become king. He decides that he will murder Duncan. Macbeth’s wife agrees to his plan. He then murders Duncan assisted by his wife who smears the blood of Duncan on the daggers of the sleeping guards. A nobleman called Macduff discovers the body. Macbeth kills the guards insisting that their daggers smeared with Duncan’s blood are proof that they committed the murder. The crown passes to Macbeth. More murders ensue and the bloodied ghost of Banquo appears to Macbeth. Lady Macbeth’s conscience now begins to torture her and she imagines that she can see her hands covered with blood. She commits suicide. Macduff kills Macbeth and becomes king.
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is—she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.
During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles to determine who her friends really are—and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes infuriating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers a growing conflict that threatens to unravel her seemingly perfect society, she also learns that her secret might help her save those she loves . . . or it might destroy her.
Against all odds, Katniss Everdeen
has survived the Hunger Games twice.
But now that she’s made it out of the bloody arena alive,
she’s still not safe.
The Capitol is angry.
The Capitol wants revenge.
Who do they think should pay for the unrest? Katniss.
And what’s worse, President Snow has made it clear that no one else is safe either.
Not Katniss’ family, not her friends, not the people of District 12.
Imagine you’re the only boy in a town of men.
And you can hear everything they think.
And they can hear everything you think.
Imagine you don’t fit in with their plans.
Todd Hewitt is just one month away from the birthday that will make him a man.
But his town has been keeping secrets from him.
Secrets that are going to force him to run.
And run he does, with an army chasing him, and untold dangers ahead.
Something is going to have to give, but he can’t fail, because he holds more than his own fate in his hands.
The Famous Five are a group of children who have the sort of adventures most kids dream about,
in a world where ginger beer flows and ham rolls are a staple diet. Julian, Dick and Anne get together with their cousin George in the first adventure, Five On A Treasure Island.
George is actually a girl who wants so desperately to be a boy she crops her hair and struts about doing boy things.
She hates it when people call her by her correct name, Georgina.
She has a dog called Timmy—oh yes, and an island.
Most kids just have a dog, but George’s parents own Kirrin Island and let her run around on it as if it were her play-thing.
Her parents are known to Julian, Dick and Anne as Uncle Quentin and Aunt Fanny.