The first is from a great site for everyone to check out since you are all required to read The Things They Carried: http://www.neabigread.org/books/thethingstheycarried/ Also, BookDrum is a great site for explanations for all the technical language in O'Brien's The Things They Carried. You can find much information about O'Brien's work of fiction at the BookDrum site for this book: http://www.bookdrum.com/books/the-things-they-carried/9780767902892/index.html
You can also find many of our other summer reading choices on BookDrum, for instance, Never Let Me Go. The BookDrum link for that book is
When you get to the site for a book, look for the bookmarks" tab. Click on that to find explanations on terms, phrases you don't understand, etc. Keep the site open as you read or just check it out as you come upon a term or allusion that mystifies you! It has maps, photographs, links to other sites that give information about your book, and so much more information about your books. Here is their web address: http://www.bookdrum.com/
Some you you may be reading Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. They are truly a fascinatiing literary family. They lived in a place called Haworth in Yorkshire. This site is filled with interesting information about Haworth and the Bronte family:
Please do comment on information that you have found on your summer reads that you think may help others who have chosen that book. For instance, if your book is on the BookDrum site, let people know here.
Hope your summer is going well!