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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone If you haven’t read the first Harry Potter book by now, probably nothing short of a cattle prod will get you to crack the spine. You know that the series has sold over 500 million copies over the past 20-odd years. You’ve heard of the theme park and seen the relentless merchandising of

everything from wands to bedspreads. You may even have attended a Harry Potter-themed wedding. Ok, we get it. Some people just don’t love fantasy. But haven’t you ever wondered if so many J.K. Rowling fanatics can be wrong?

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Nowadays Mark Twain’s quintessential American boy would probably be diagnosed with ADHD. His hilariously bad behaviour starts on the first page

when he distracts his Aunt Polly and runs away from a “switching,” and hardly pauses till the book is done. There’s a good reason Tom Sawyer has never been out of print since its publication in 1876. But if you’re getting bogged down in Twain’s old-fashioned slang, dialect, and dialogue, give the audio version of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer a try. Reading aloud brings Tom back to

life as nothing else could… not even attending his own funeral.

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