This compilation of short stories, excerpts, and poems is aimed for English Literature classes (high school). The writers include Ray Bradbury, William Shakespeare, Mark Twain, Alice Walker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Emily Dickenson, Rudolfo Anaya, etc. The book offers useful portraits of each author, and the selections are followed by sharp questions measuring comprehension and critical thinking. Unfortunately, despite notable exceptions (THE FLYING MACHINE, THE FINAL PROBLEM, etc.) most writings here do not represent the authors' best efforts. We recently taught this book in literature classes comprised of English-speaking students from Latin America; many complained it was boring and difficult. Sadly, my colleagues and I sometimes agreed. This book may be well-placed among advanced literature students, but it will leave many ordinary learners frustrated.