The Railway Children, E. Nesbit

Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis were just ordinary suburban children, living comfortably in a modern villa with their lovely parents. They always had everything they needed, and their parents always take care of them well. Then, one night, two men came to their house. After a heated conversation with their father…

The Secret of Red Gate Farm (Nancy Drew Mystery Stories #6), Carolyn Keene

One-Sentence Summary: A bottle of perfume which reluctantly being sold to Bess leads to the adventure of capturing a counterfeit syndicate. When waiting for the train to return to River Heights, Nancy is contemplating their encounter with the mysterious woman in the Oriental perfume shop. She still feels suspicious with…

Moby-Dick, Herman Melville

One-Sentence Summary: Ishmael joins the adventure of hunting whales but almost lost his own life due to Captain Ahab's obsession of hunting the white whale (Moby Dick) which he had lost his leg to it. "Call me Ishmael." The narrator introduces himself as Ishmael. He recalls his life…

An American Tragedy, Theodore Dreiser

"The difference between the attitudes of these two girls - Sondra with everything offering all - asking nothing of him; Roberta, with nothing, asking all." Clyde Griffiths is raised by poor and devoutly religious parents to help in their street missionary work. Clyde always struggles with the inferiority…

1984, George Orwell

"It was terribly dangerous to let your thoughts wander when you were in any public places or within a range of a telescreen. The smallest thing could give you away." Winston Smith works in the Ministry of Truth, returns to his apartment and begins writing a diary to…

The Catcher In The Rye, J.D. Salinger

The narrator is living in an unspecified institution when he recounts his week in New York City during Christmas break following his expulsion from Pencey Prep, a preparatory school in Pennsylvania. The narrator later tells the reason for his expulsion is due to his poor performance at the school. He…

The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

A graduate from New Haven and veteran of the Great War decides to travel East to learn the bond business. He rents a small house with another young man at West Egg, a less unfashionable village but populated with wealthy people. His next-door neighbour is a mysterious gentleman named Jay…