The selected works, both classic and contemporary, appeal to many interests, reading abilities, and maturity levels. Each title under consideration contains a plot summary, three evaluation tools (a 20-question quiz, 5 short-answer questions, and a challenge essay question), answers and suggested responses, glossary of literary terms, and bibliographical entries.
The 150 titles are arranged in ten units:
- Tales of Adventure and Survival (such as The African Queen, A Night to Remember, and The Once and Future King)
- Coming of Age (such as Great Expectations, Christy, and Macho)
- History in Fiction (such as The Great Gatsby, Exodus, and Becket)
- Tales of Fantasy and Science Fiction (such as Fahrenheit 451, Harvey, and The Hobbit)
- The Literature of Social Issues (such as I Am the Cheese, Black Like Me, and Animal Farm)
- Overcoming Handicaps (such as The Miracle Worker, On Golden Pond, and I Never Promised You a Rose Garden)
- The Top of the Ladder (such as Auntie Mame, Anchorwoman, and All Creatures Great and Small)
- Tales of the Dark and Mysterious (such as Where Are the Children?, The Mousetrap, and Nine Coaches Waiting)
- Childhood Remembered (such as I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, My Antonia, and The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds)
- Tales of Love and Romance (such as Pride and Prejudice, The Peacock Spring, and The Beloved Invader)
Note: The original literary works are not included.