The man who wrote "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory" was once a chocolate candy tester for Cadbury's. For more golden details from the boyhood of Roald Dahl that inspired his bestselling children's...
Dylan Thomas would have been 100 years old on October 27, 2014. The Welsh poet, who died in 1953, is most famous for " Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night," " A Child's Christmas in Wales," and the...
As a collective noun, the title of the novel by Kathryn Stockett refers to the black maids working in the white households of the American South. As an abstract noun, "the help" could refer to the...
Be drawn "Into the Wild" through the words of Jon Krakauer as he retraces the steps of Alexander Supertramp, also known as Christopher McCandless, who chose to disappear from a safe and orderly life....
Set in a high school English classroom, "Bronx Masquerade" removes the masks from students as they step up to an open mike every Friday to share their poems. In this novel, Nikki Grimes, born and...
An odyssey now refers to any long wandering and eventful journey. But despite including encounters with an angry god, a one-eyed monster, and a man-changing witch, the ancient Greek poet Homer was not...
No one knows for sure how New Orleans got the nickname of "The Big Easy" but the main character of John Kennedy Toole's novel "A Confederacy of Dunces" seems to be on a quest to embody the...
Published in 1969 after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., "The Cay" is a call for cooperation among humans. Theodore Taylor develops this theme by setting his plot in the middle of a world...