The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie by Muriel Spark

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is about an unorthodox teacher in 1930s Edinburgh who amusingly and dangerously influences six girls aged 10 to 12 in a private school. They are called the Brodie set and they are each famous for something. The conflict comes when one of the girls, Sandy, breaks the mold when she comes of age and betrays Ms. Brodie's confidence in a final act of defiance.

Candide by Voltaire

If you read The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and Pride and Prejudice, you will at least be familiar with the styles that Voltaire used when he composed this novella: picaresque and satire. And what a combination in one book! To have adventures and laughs in one sitting is such a rare treat. The story begins… Continue reading Candide by Voltaire