Bilbo Baggins is a very respectable hobbit: he lives in a fine, cozy hobbit-hole and never does anything unexpected. So when the wizard Gandalf and a party of 13 dwarves select him for an adventure, Mr. Baggins steps quite suddenly and jarringly into a quest to reclaim a hoard of gold from the clutches of the wicked dragon Smaug. A journey of perils lies ahead, but there is more to Bilbo Baggins than anyone expects, and one should never underestimate the cleverness—or courage
Oliver Twist is born with no name between the walls of a government-funded shelter for the poor, and in minutes, he is an orphan. Named by authorities and wholly alone in the world, Oliver is subjected to all the cruelties and misfortunes faced by poor orphans with love from no one, and reproach from everyone. Running away to London seems the answer to his desperate prayers, for there is a place for homeless orphans in the city—especially in the business of crime. But Oliver'