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Bookworms Library - English Learning Stories - Collection

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Bookworms Library • English Learning Stories • Collection
7 Levels | 137x Books with Audio + 55x Books without Audio | Mostly PDF, 24x DJVU, MP3 | English | 18 GB
Graded Reading Tests and Tool kits also included

This award-winning collection of adapted classic literature and original stories develops reading skills for low-beginning through advanced students. Accessible language and carefully controlled vocabulary build students' reading confidence. Introductions at the beginning of each story, illustrations throughout, and glossaries help build comprehension. Before, during, and after reading activities included in the back of each book strengthen student comprehension. Audio versions of selected titles provide great models of intonation and pronunciation of difficult words.

Research shows that the more you read, the better your English language becomes. Reading in English improves your listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, fluency and confidence.

Starter

Red Roses
Author: Christine Lindop
Series: Human Interest
description:

'Who is the man with the roses in his hand?' thinks Anna. 'I want to meet him.'
'Who is the girl with the guitar?' thinks Will. 'I like her. I want to meet her.'
But they do not meet.
'There are lots of men!' says Anna's friend Vicki, but Anna cannot forget Will. And then one rainy day . . .

Sally's Phone
Author: Christine Lindop
Series: Human Interest
description:

Sally is always running - and she has her phone with her all the time: at home, on the train, at work, at lunchtime, and at the shops.
But then one afternoon suddenly she has a different phone . . . and it changes her life.

The Girl with Red Hair
Author: Christine Lindop
Series: Human Interest
description:

Every day people come to Mason's store - old people, young people, men and women.
From his office, and in the store, Mark watches them. And when they leave the store, he forgets them.
Then one day a girl with red hair comes to the store, and everything changes for Mark. Now he can't forget the beautiful face, those green eyes, and that red hair.

Girl on a Motorcycle
Author: John Escott
Series: Crime & Mystery
description:

'Give me the money,' says the robber to the Los Angeles security guard. The guard looks at the gun and hands over the money. The robber has long blond hair and rides a motorcycle - and a girl with long blond hair arrives at Kenny's motel - on a motorcycle. Is she the robber?

Drive into Danger
Author: Rosemary Border
Series: Thriller & Adventure
description:

'I can drive a truck,' says Kim on her first day at work in the office. When Kim's passenger Andy finds something strange under the truck things get dangerous - very dangerous.

Police TV
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Crime & Mystery
description:

'Every day someone steals money from people near the shops. We must stop this,' says Dan, a police officer.
The police use TV cameras but it is not easy because there are so many suspects - who is the robber?


Stage 1

The Butler Did It and Other Plays
Author: Bill Bowler (retold by Clare West)
Series: Playscripts

How do you get a licence if you want to keep a monkey? What can you do if your wife has a lover? How can you see into the future? Where can you go for an exciting but cheap holiday somewhere hot and far away? How can you persuade your girlfriend or boyfriend to marry you?
The characters in these six original short plays are looking for answers to these questions. While trying to solve their problems, people get into some very funny situations. Each play gives an amusing view of life today, and there is often an unexpected ending.

Note:
The book is not complete.

Weddings
Author: Christine Lindop
Series: Factfiles

'The bride wore a long white dress, with flowers in her hair. After the wedding, there was a party, and people gave presents to the bride and groom.' This wedding was nearly two thousand years ago, in Rome. Some things don't change.
But some things do. Today you can have a wedding on a mountain, or under the sea, or 'Elvis' can sing for you. And different things happen in different places. Little birds made of paper, small trees, money in the bride's shoe, and lots of noise - they are all important for weddings somewhere. Welcome to the wonderful world of weddings!

NOTE:
The book is not complete

A Little Princess
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Human Interest

Sara Crewe is a very rich little girl. She first comes to England when she is seven, and her father takes her to Miss Minchin's school in London. Then he goes back to his work in India. Sara is very sad at first, but she soon makes friends at school.
But on her eleventh birthday, something terrible happens, and now Sara has no family, no home, and not a penny in the world . . .

One-way Ticket. Short Stories
Author: Jennifer Bassett
Series: Human Interest

Tom Walsh had a lot to learn about life. He liked travelling, and he was in no hurry. He liked meeting people, anyone and everyone. He liked the two American girls on the train. They were nice and very friendly. They knew a lot of places. Tom thought they were fun. Tom certainly had a lot to learn about life.
This is a collection of short stories about adventures on trains. Strange, wonderful, and frightening things can happen on trains - and all of them happen here.

The Omega Files. Short Stories
Author: Jennifer Bassett
Series: Fantasy & Horror

In EDI (the European Department of Intelligence in Brussels) there are some very secret files - the Omega Files. There are strange, surprising, and sometimes horrible stories in these files, but not many people know about them. You never read about them in the newspapers.
Hawker and Jude know all about the Omega Files, because they work for EDI. They think fast, they move fast, and they learn some very strange things. They go all over the world, asking difficult questions in dangerous places, but they don't always find the answers . . .

The Phantom of the Opera
Author: Jennifer Bassett
Series: Fantasy & Horror

It is 1880, in the Opera House in Paris. Everybody is talking about the Phantom of the Opera, the ghost that lives somewhere under the Opera House. The Phantom is a man in black clothes. He is a body without a head, he is a head without a body. He has a yellow face, he has no nose, he has black holes for eyes. Everybody is afraid of the Phantom - the singers, the dancers, the directors, the stage workers . . .
But who has actually seen him?

The President's Murderer
Author: Jennifer Bassett
Series: Thriller & Adventure

The President is dead!
A man is running in the night. He is afraid and needs to rest. But there are people behind him - people with lights, and dogs, and guns.
A man is standing in front of a desk. His boss is very angry, and the man is tired and needs to sleep. But first he must find the other man, and bring him back - dead or alive.
Two men: the hunter and the hunted. Which will win and which will lose? Long live the President!

Goodbye, Mr Hollywood
Author: John Escott
Series: Thriller & Adventure

Nick Lortz is sitting outside a café in Whistler, a village in the Canadian mountains, when a stranger comes and sits next to him. She's young, pretty, and has a beautiful smile. Nick is happy to sit and talk with her.
But why does she call Nick 'Mr Hollywood'? Why does she give him a big kiss when she leaves? And who is the man at the next table - the man with short white hair?
Nick learns the answers to these questions three long days later - in a police station on Vancouver Island.

London
Author: John Escott
Series: Factfiles

Come with us to London - a city as old as the Romans, and as new as the twenty-first century. There are places to go - from Oxf_ Street to Westminster Abbey, from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to Wimbledon Tennis Club. And things to do - ride on the London Eye, visit the markets, go to the theatre, run in the London Marathon.
Big, beautiful, noisy, exciting - that's London.

Sister Love and Other Crime Stories
Author: John Escott
Series: Crime & Mystery

Some sisters are good friends, some are not. Sometimes there is more hate in a family than there is love. Karin is beautiful and has lots of men friends, but she can be very unkind to her sister Marcia. Perhaps when they were small, there was love between them, but that was a long time ago.
They say that everybody has one crime in them. Perhaps they only take an umbrella that does not belong to them. Perhaps they steal from a shop, perhaps they get angry and hit someone, perhaps they kill . . .

Christmas in Prague
Author: Joyce Hannam
Series: Human Interest

In a house in Oxf_ three people are having breakfast - Carol, her husband Jan, and his father Josef. They are talking about Prague, because Carol wants them all to go there for Christmas.
Josef was born in Prague, but he left his home city when he was a young man. He is an old man now, and he would like to see Prague again before he dies. But he is afraid. He still remembers another Christmas in Prague, many long years ago - a Christmas that changed his life for ever . . .

Note:
The book is not complete.

Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp
Author: Judith Dean (retold by Judith Dean)
Series: Fantasy & Horror

In a city in Arabia there lives a boy called Aladdin. He is poor and often hungry, but one day he finds an old lamp. When he rubs the lamp, smoke comes out of it, and then out of the smoke comes a magical jinnee.
With the jinnee's help, Aladdin is soon rich, with gold and jewels and many fine things. But can he win the love of the Sultan's daughter, the beautiful Princess Badr-al-Budur?

The Wizard of Oz
Author: L. Frank Baum (retold by Rosemary Border)
Series: Fantasy & Horror

Dorothy lives in Kansas, USA, but one day a cyclone blows her and her house to a strange country called Oz. There, Dorothy makes friends with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion.
But she wants to go home to Kansas. Only one person can help her, and that is the country's famous Wizard. So Dorothy and her friends take the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, to find the Wizard of Oz . . .

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Author: Mark Twain (retold by Nick Bullard)
Series: Classics

Tom Sawyer does not like school. He does not like work, and he never wants to get out of bed in the morning. But he likes swimming and fishing, and having adventures with his friends. And he has a lot of adventures. One night, he and his friend Huck Finn go to the graveyard to look for ghosts.
They don't see any ghosts that night. They see something worse than a ghost - much, much worse . . .

A Ghost in Love and Other Plays
Author: Michael Dean
Series: Playscripts

Do you believe in ghosts? Jerry doesn't. He's a nineteen-year-old American, who just wants a good holiday with his friend, Brad. They are travelling round the north of England by bicycle. But strange things begin to happen in the small hotel where they are staying. First, Brad seems to think that he has been there before. And then a girl called Ellen appears . . .
The first of these three original plays is set in the seventeenth century, and the other two take place in modern times. In each play, a ghost comes back from the dead to change the lives of living people.

Love or Money
Author: Rowena Akinyemi
Series: Crime & Mystery

It is Molly Clarkson's fiftieth birthday. She is having a party. She is rich, but she is having a small party - only four people. Four people, however, who all need the same thing: they need her money. She will not give them the money, so they are waiting for her to die. And there are other people who are also waiting for her to die.
But one person can't wait. And so, on her fiftieth birthday, Molly Clarkson is going to die.

Remember Miranda
Author: Rowena Akinyemi
Series: Human Interest

Cathy Wilson is driving to Norfolk, to begin her new job with the Harvey family. She is going to look after the two young children, Tim and Susan. Cathy meets the children's father, and their grandmother, and their aunt. She meets Nick, the farmer who lives across the fields. But she doesn't meet Miranda, the children's mother, because Miranda is dead.
She died two years ago, and Cathy cannot learn anything about her. Everybody remembers Miranda, but nobody wants to talk about her . . .

The Witches of Pendle
Author: Rowena Akinyemi
Series: True Stories

Witches are dangerous. They can kill you with a look, or a word. They can send their friend the Devil after you in the shape of a dog or a cat. They can make a clay picture of you, then break it . . . and a few weeks later you are dead.
Today, of course, most people don't believe in witches. But in 1612 everybody was afraid of them. Young Jennet Device in Lancashire knew a lot about them because she lived with the Witches of Pendle. They were her family . . .

Under the Moon
Author: Rowena Akinyemi
Series: Fantasy & Horror

It is the year 2522, and the planet Earth is dying. The Artificial Ozone Layer is only 300 years old, but it is breaking up fast. Now the sun is burning down on Earth. There is no water. Without water, nothing can live. Trees die, plants die, animals die, people die . . .
In a colony under the moon, people wait for news - news from home, news from the planet Earth. And in a spaceship high above Earth, a young man watches numbers on a computer screen. The numbers tell a story, and the young man is afraid.
The planet Earth is burning, burning, burning . . .

Sherlock Holmes and the Duke's Son
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Crime & Mystery

Dr Huxtable has a school for boys in the north of England. When the Duke of Holdernesse decides to send his young son there, that is good news for the school. The Duke is a very important person, and Dr Huxtable is happy to have his son in the school.
But two weeks later Dr Huxtable is the unhappiest man in England. Why? And why does he take the train down to London and go to Baker Street? Why does he need the help of the famous detective Sherlock Holmes?
Because someone has kidnapped the Duke's son . . .

Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Crime & Mystery

Horseracing is the sport of kings, perhaps because racehorses are very expensive animals. But when they win races, they can make a lot of money too - money for the owners, for the trainers, and for the people who put bets on them to win.
Silver Blaze is a young horse, but already the winner of many races. One night he disappears from his stables, and someone kills his trainer. The police want the killer, and the owner wants his horse, but they can't find them. So what do they do?
They write to 221B Baker Street, London, of course - to ask for the help of the great detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Sherlock Holmes. Two Plays
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (retold by John Escott)
Series: Playscripts

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective the world has ever seen, and he knows it. As the famous bank-robber, John Clay, says to him, 'You think of everything, Mr Holmes. You're very clever.' People come to him with problems that no one, not even the police, can solve. Holmes sits, and thinks, and smokes his pipe, and in the end he finds the answer.
In these plays, based on two of his stories, Holmes, helped by his old friend, Dr Watson, uses his great intelligence to solve two unusual and interesting cases.

Scotland
Author: Steve Flinders
Series: Factfiles

More than 20 million visitors come to Scotland each year. Some love it for its long white beaches and quiet green hills. Some like the busy cities, with their shops and museums, castles and parks. Others come to see the home of their parents and grandparents, to hear Scottish music, to find their family tartan. And some come to visit the whiskey distilleries, eat wonderful food, and go to one of the world's biggest street parties. Scotland has something for everybody. Come and find what Scotland has for you.

The Withered Arm
Author: Thomas Hardy (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Classics

A woman and a man . . . words of love whispered on a summer night. Later, there is a child, but no wedding-ring. And then the man leaves the first woman, finds a younger woman, marries her . . . It's an old story.
Yes, it's an old, old story. It happens all the time - today, tomorrow, a hundred years ago. People don't change. But this story, set among the green hills of southern England, has something different about it. Perhaps it is only a dream, or perhaps it is magic - a kind of strange dark magic that begins in the world of dreams and phantoms . . .

Mary, Queen of Scots
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: True Stories

England and Scotland in the 1500s. Two famous queens - Mary, the Catholic Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I, the Protestant Queen of England. It was an exciting and a dangerous time to be alive, and to be a queen.
Mary was Queen of Scotland when she was one week old. At sixteen, she was also Queen of France. She was tall and beautiful, with red-gold hair. Many men loved her and died for her.
But she also had many enemies - men who said: 'The death of Mary is the life of Elizabeth.'

Mutiny on the Bounty
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: True Stories

It is night in the south seas near Tahiti, and the ship HMS Bounty has begun the long voyage home to England. But the sailors on the ship are angry men, and they have swords and guns. They pull the captain out of bed and take him up on deck. He tries to run, but a sailor holds a knife to his neck. 'Do that again, Captain Bligh, and you're a dead man!' he says.
The mutiny on the Bounty happened in April, 1789. This is the true story of Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian, and the ship that never came home to England.

Pocahontas
Author: Tim Vicary (retold by Tim Vicary)
Series: True Stories

A beautiful young Indian girl, and a brave Englishman. Black eyes, and blue eyes. A friendly smile, a laugh, a look of love . . . But this is North America in 1607, and love is not easy. The girl is the daughter of King Powhatan, and the Englishman is a white man. And the Indians of Virginia do not want the white men in their beautiful country.
This is the famous story of Pocahontas, and her love for the Englishman John Smith.

The Coldest Place on Earth
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: True Stories

In the summer of 1910, a race began. A race to be the first man at the South Pole, in Antarctica. Robert Falcon Scott, an Englishman, left London in his ship, the Terra Nova, and began the long journey south. Five days later, another ship also began to travel south. And on this ship was Roald Amundsen, a Norwegian.
But Antarctica is the coldest place on earth, and it is a long, hard journey over the ice to the South Pole. Some of the travellers never returned to their homes again.
This is the story of Scott and Amundsen, and of one of the most famous and dangerous races in history.

The Elephant Man
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: True Stories

He is not beautiful. His mother does not want him, children run away from him. People laugh at him, and call him 'The Elephant Man'.
Then someone speaks to him - and listens to him! At the age of 27, Joseph Merrick finds a friend for the first time in his life.
This is a true and tragic story. It is also a famous film.

The Murder of Mary Jones
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Playscripts

At the start of this play, the court room is full for today's trial. Two young men, Simon Clark and Dan Smith, stand up. The clerk asks, 'Are you guilty of the murder of Mary Jones?' 'Not guilty!' they reply. But perhaps they are guilty. The police found the murder weapon in their stolen car, and there was blood on Simon's face. If the court finds them guilty, they will go to prison for a very long time.
Can the lawyers find out the truth, by asking the right questions? Everyone in court wants to know who murdered Mary Jones, especially her mother, and her boyfriend, Jim. You can help to find the answer, too!

Titanic
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Factfiles

On a quiet sea, the biggest ship in the world is waiting. There is no noise from the engines. Up in the night sky there are hundreds of stars. Behind the ship, an iceburg - a great mountain of ice - goes slowly away into the black night.
In the beautiful first-class rooms, rich passengers eat and listen to music. Down in the third-class cabins, families sleep. An exciting new life is waiting for them in America.
But for many of the people in this small 'city on the sea', this is their last night alive.

White Death
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Thriller & Adventure

Sarah Harland is nineteen, and she is in prison. At the airport, they find heroin in her bag. So, now she is waiting to go to court. If the court decides that it was her heroin, then she must die.
She says she did not do it. But if she did not, who did? Only two people can help Sarah: her mother, and an old boyfriend who does not love her now. Can they work together? Can they find the real criminal before it is too late?

The Monkey's Paw
Author: W. W. Jacobs (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Fantasy & Horror

Outside, the night is cold and wet. Inside, the White family sits and waits. Where is their visitor?
There is a knock at the door. A man is standing outside in the dark. Their visitor has arrived.
The visitor waits. He has been in India for many years. What has he got? He has brought the hand of a small, dead animal - a monkey's paw.
Outside, in the dark, the visitor smiles and waits for the door to open.


Stage 2

Stories from the Five Towns
Author: Arnold Bennett (retold by Nick Bullard)
Series: Human Interest

Arnold Bennett is famous for his stories about the Five Towns and the people who live there. They look and sound just like other people, and, like all of us, sometimes they do some very strange things. There's Sir Jee, who is a rich businessman. So why is he making a plan with a burglar? Then there is Toby Hall. Why does he decide to visit Number 11 Child Row, and who does he find there? And then there are the Hessian brothers and Annie Emery - and the little problem of twelve thousand pounds.

Dracula
Author: Bram Stoker (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Fantasy & Horror

In the mountains of Transylvania there stands a castle. It is the home of Count Dracula - a dark, lonely place, and at night the wolves howl around the walls.
In the year 1875 Jonathan Harker comes from England to do business with the Count. But Jonathan does not feel comfortable at Castle Dracula. Strange things happen at night, and very soon, he begins to feel afraid. And he is right to be afraid, because Count Dracula is one of the Un-Dead - a vampire that drinks the blood of living people . . .

The Children of the New Forest
Author: Captain Marryat (retold by Rowena Akinyemi)
Series: Human Interest

England in 1647: King Charles is in prison, and Cromwell's men are fighting the King's men. These are dangerous times for everybody.
The four Beverley children have no parents; their mother is dead and their father died while fighting for the King. Now Cromwell's soldiers have come to burn the house - with the children in it.
The four of them escape into the New Forest - but how will they live? What will they eat? And will Cromwell's soldiers find them?

Robinson Crusoe
Author: Daniel Defoe (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Classics

'I often walked along the shore, and one day I saw something in the sand. I went over to look at it more carefully . . . It was a footprint - the footprint of a man!'
In 1659 Robinson Crusoe was shipwrecked on a small island off the coast of South America. After fifteen years alone, he suddenly learns that there is another person on the island. But will this man be a friend - or an enemy?

The Murders in the Rue Morgue
Author: Edgar Allan Poe (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Crime & Mystery

The room was on the fourth floor, and the door was locked - with the key on the inside. The windows were closed and fastened - on the inside. The chimney was too narrow for a cat to get through. So how did the murderer escape? And whose were the two angry voices heard by the neighbours as they ran up the stairs? Nobody in Paris could find any answers to this mystery.
Except Auguste Dupin, who could see further and think more clearly than other people. The answers to the mystery were all there, but only a clever man could see them.

Five Children and It
Author: Edith Nesbit (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Fantasy & Horror

When the children dug a hole in the gravel-pit, they were very surprised at what they found. 'It' was a Psammead, a sand-fairy, thousands of years old.
It was a strange little thing - fat and furry, and with eyes on long stalks. It was often very cross and unfriendly, but it could give wishes - one wish a day. 'How wonderful!' the children said.
But wishes are difficult things. They can get you into trouble . . .

The Year of Sharing
Author: Harry Gilbert
Series: Fantasy & Horror

Richard is bored with the quiet life of his village. He would like to have a motor-car and drive it . . . very fast. But Richard lives in a future world where there are no cars, only bicycles and small villages and green forests.
And now he is twelve years old, and like the other children, he must do his Year of Sharing. He must live alone in the forest with the wild animals. He must learn to share his world; he must learn how animals live and eat and fight . . . and die.

Seasons and Celebrations
Author: Jackie Maguire
Series: Factfiles

In English-speaking countries around the world people celebrate Easter, Valentine's Day, Christmas, and other special days. Some celebrations are new, like Remembrance Day and Mother's Day; others, like the summer solstice, go back thousands of years.
What happens on these special days? What do people eat, where do they go, what do they do? Why is there a special day for eating pancakes? Who is the 'guy' that children take onto the streets in November? And where do many people like to spend the shortest night of the year in England?
Come on a journey through a year of celebrations, from New Year's Eve to Christmas.

Henry VIII and His Six Wives
Author: Janet Hardy-Gould
Series: True Stories

There were six of them - three Katherines, two Annes, and a Jane. One of them was the King's wife for twenty-four years, another for only a year and a half. One died, two were divorced, and two were beheaded. It was a dangerous, uncertain life.
After the King's death in 1547, his sixth wife finds a box of old letters - one from each of the first five wives. They are sad, angry, frightened letters. They tell the story of what it was like to be the wife of Henry VIII of England.

Cries from the Heart. Stories from Around the World
Author: Jennifer Bassett (retold by Jenifer Bassett)
Series: World Stories

From Botswana to New Zealand, from Jamaica to Nigeria, from Uganda to Malaysia, from India to South Africa, these moving stories show us that the human heart is the same in every place. Fear and pain, happiness and sadness belong to us all.
These eight stories were winning entries in the 2004 Commonwealth Short Story Competition. The writers are Sefi Atta, Adrienne M. Frater, Lauri Kubuitsile, Erica N. Robinson, Jackee Budesta Batanda, Janet Tay Hui Ching, Anuradha Muralidharan, and Tod Collins.

William Shakespeare
Author: Jennifer Bassett
Series: True Stories

William Shakespeare. Born April 1564, at Stratford-upon-Avon. Died April 1616. Married Anne Hathaway: two daughters, one son. Actor, poet, famous playwright. Wrote nearly forty plays.
But what was he like as a man? What did he think about when he rode into London for the first time . . . or when he was writing his plays Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet . . . or when his only son died?
We know the facts of his life, but we can only guess at his hopes, his fears, his dreams.

Agatha Christie, Woman of Mystery
Author: John Escott
Series: True Stories

What does the name 'Agatha Christie' mean? To many people, it means a book about a murder mystery - a 'whodunnit'. 'I'm reading an Agatha Christie,' people say. 'I'm not sure who the murderer is - I think it's . . .' But they are usually wrong, because it is not easy to guess the murderer's name before the end of the book.
But who was Agatha Christie? What was she like? Was her life quiet and unexciting, or was it full of interest and adventure? Was there a mystery in her life, too?

Dead Man's Island
Author: John Escott
Series: Thriller & Adventure

Mr Ross lives on an island where no visitors come. He stops people from taking photographs of him. He is young and rich, but he looks sad. And there is one room in his house which is always locked.
Carol Sanders and her mother come to the island to work for Mr Ross. Carol soon decides that there is something very strange about Mr Ross. Where did he get his money from? How can a young man buy an island? So she watches, and she listens - and one night she learns what is behind the locked door.

The Death of Karen Silkwood
Author: Joyce Hannam
Series: True Stories

This is the story of Karen Silkwood. It begins with her death.
Why does her story begin where it should end? Certain people wanted her death to be an ending. Why? What were they afraid of? Karen Silkwood had something to tell us, and she believed that it was important. Why didn't she live to tell us? Will we ever know what really happened? The questions go on and on, but there are no answers.
This is a true story. It happened in Oklahoma, USA, where Karen Silkwood lived and worked . . . and died.

Anne of Green Gables
Author: L. M. Montgomery (retold by Clare West)
Series: Human Interest

Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew want to adopt an orphan, to help on the farm at Green Gables. They ask for a boy, but they get Anne, who has red hair and freckles, and who talks and talks and talks.
They didn't want a girl, but how can they send a child back, like an unwanted parcel? So Anne stays, and begins a new life in the sleepy, quiet village of Avonlea in Canada.
But it is not so quiet after Anne comes to live there . . .

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
Author: Lewis Carroll (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Classics

There, on top of the mushroom, was a large caterpillar, smoking a pipe. After a while the Caterpillar took the pipe out of its mouth and said to Alice in a slow, sleepy voice, 'Who are you?'
What strange things happen when Alice falls down the rabbit-hole and into Wonderland! She has conversations with the Caterpillar and the Cheshire Cat, goes to the Mad Hatter's tea party, plays croquet with the King and Queen of Hearts . . .

Huckleberry Finn
Author: Mark Twain (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Classics

Who wants to live in a house, wear clean clothes, be good, and go to school every day? Not young Huckleberry Finn, that's for sure.
So Huck runs away, and is soon floating down the great Mississippi River on a raft. With him is Jim, a black slave who is also running away. But life is not always easy for the two friends.
And there's 300 dollars waiting for anyone who catches poor Jim . . .

Voodoo Island
Author: Michael Duckworth
Series: Fantasy & Horror

Mr James Conway wants to make money. He wants to build new houses and shops - and he wants to build them on an old graveyard, on the island of Haiti.
There is only one old man who still visits the graveyard; and Mr Conway is not afraid of one old man.
But the old man has friends - friends in the graveyard, friends who lie dead, under the ground. And when Mr Conway starts to build his houses, he makes the terrible mistake of disturbing the sleep of the dead . . .

New Yorkers. Short Stories
Author: O. Henry (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Human Interest

A housewife, a tramp, a lawyer, a waitress, an actress - ordinary people living ordinary lives in New York at the beginning of this century. The city has changed greatly since that time, but its people are much the same. Some are rich, some are poor, some are happy, some are sad, some have found love, some are looking for love.
O. Henry's famous short stories - sensitive, funny, sympathetic - give us vivid pictures of the everyday lives of these New Yorkers.

The Canterville Ghost
Author: Oscar Wilde (retold by John Escott)
Series: Fantasy & Horror

There has been a ghost in the house for three hundred years, and Lord Canterville's family have had enough of it. So Lord Canterville sells his grand old house to an American family. Mr Hiram B. Otis is happy to buy the house and the ghost - because of course Americans don't believe in ghosts.
The Canterville ghost has great plans to frighten the life out of the Otis family. But Americans don't frighten easily - especially not two noisy little boys - and the poor ghost has a few surprises waiting for him.

The Love of a King
Author: Peter Dainty
Series: True Stories

All he wanted to do was to marry the woman he loved. But his country said 'No!'
He was Edward VIII, King of Great Britain, King of India, King of Australia, and King of thirty-nine other countries. And he loved the wrong woman.
She was beautiful and she loved him - but she was already married to another man.
It was a love story that shook the world. The King had to choose: to be King, or to have love . . . and leave his country, never to return.

The Mystery of Allegra
Author: Peter Foreman
Series: Fantasy & Horror

Allegra is an unusual name. It means 'happy' in Italian, but the little girl in this story is sometimes very sad. She is only five years old, but she tells Adrian, her new friend, that she is going to die soon. How does she know?
And who is the other Allegra? The girl in a long white nightdress, who has golden hair and big blue eyes. The girl who comes only at night, and whose hands and face are cold, so cold . . .

Ear-rings from Frankfurt
Author: Reg Wright
Series: Thriller & Adventure

Richard Walton is in trouble again. He has lost his job, and he has borrowed money from his sister, Jennifer - again. And now he has disappeared. Jennifer is looking for him, and so are the police. They both have some questions that they want to ask him.
How did he lose his job? Why did he fly to Frankfurt? Who gave his girlfriend those very expensive gold ear-rings?
Only Richard can answer these questions. But nobody can find Richard.

The Piano
Author: Rosemary Border
Series: Human Interest

One day, a farmer tells a farm boy to take everything out of an old building and throw it away. 'It's all rubbish,' he says.
In the middle of all the rubbish, the boy finds a beautiful old piano. He has never played before, but now, when his fingers touch the piano, he begins to play. He closes his eyes and the music comes to him - and the music moves his fingers.
When he opens his eyes again, he knows that his life is changed for ever.

Rainforests
Author: Rowena Akinyemi
Series: Factfiles

Deep rivers, tall trees, strange animals, beautiful flowers - this is the rainforest. Burning trees, thick smoke, new roads and cities, dead animals, people without homes - this is the rainforest too. To some people the rainforests mean beautiful places that you can visit; to others they mean trees that they can cut down and sell.
Between 1950 and 2000 half of the world's rainforests disappeared. While you read these words, somewhere in the world people are cutting down rainforest trees. What are these wonderful places that we call rainforests - and is it too late to save them?

The Jungle Book
Author: Rudyard Kipling (retold by Ralph Mowat)
Series: Classics

In the jungle of Southern India the Seeonee Wolf-Pack has a new cub. He is not a wolf - he is Mowgli, a human child, but he knows nothing of the world of men. He lives and hunts with his brothers the wolves. Baloo the bear and Bagheera the panther are his friends and teachers. And Shere Khan, the man-eating tiger, is his enemy.
Kipling's famous story of Mowgli's adventures in the jungle has been loved by young and old for more than a hundred years.

Sherlock Holmes Short Stories
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (retold by Clare West)
Series: Crime & Mystery

Sherlock Holmes is the greatest detective of them all. He sits in his room, and smokes his pipe. He listens, and watches, and thinks. He listens to the steps coming up the stairs; he watches the door opening - and he knows what question the stranger will ask.
In these three of his best stories, Holmes has three visitors to the famous flat in Baker Street - visitors who bring their troubles to the only man in the world who can help them.

Tales from Longpuddle
Author: Thomas Hardy (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Classics

Tony Kytes is a favourite with the girls but he's not terribly clever. If you meet an old girlfriend and she asks for a ride home in your wagon, do you say yes? And then if you meet the girl you are planning to marry, what do you do? Very soon, Tony is in a great muddle, and does not know how to escape from it.
These stories are set in an English country village of the nineteenth century, but Hardy's tales of mistakes and muddles and marriages belong in any place, at any time.

Death in the Freezer
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Crime & Mystery

Ellen Shore's family is an ordinary American family, and Ellen is six years old when her brother Al is born. Her parents are very pleased to have a son, but Ellen is not pleased, because now baby Al comes first.
And when they are adults, Al still comes first. He begins a rock band and makes records. Soon he is rich and famous - very rich, but he gives nothing to his sister Ellen. She has a difficult life, with three young kids and very little money. And she learns to hate her rich, famous, unkind brother.

Grace Darling
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: True Stories

All they could hear was the wind, and the waves crashing on to the rocks. All they could see was the night. They could not see the ship, broken in two. They could not see the people holding on to the dark wet rock, slowly dying of cold. And they could not hear the cries for help - only the wind.
How could they save the people on the rock? Was their wooden boat stronger than the iron ship? Were a man and his daughter stronger than the great waves that broke the ship in two?
The Forfarshire was wrecked off the north-east coast of England in 1838. This is the true story of Grace Darling - a girl who became a famous heroine on that stormy night.

Ireland
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Factfiles

There are many different Irelands. There is the Ireland of peaceful rivers, green fields, and beautiful islands. There is the Ireland of song and dance, pubs and theatres - the country of James Joyce, Bob Geldof, and Riverdance. And there is the Ireland of guns, fighting, death, and the hope of peace. Come with us and visit all of these Irelands - and many more . . .


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Martin Luther King
Author: Alan C. McLean
Series: Factfiles

The United States in the 1950s and 60s was a troubled place. Black people were angry, because they did not have the same rights as whites. It was a time of angry words, of marches, of protests, a time of bombs and killings.
But above the angry noise came the voice of one man - a man of peace. 'I have a dream,' said Martin Luther King, and it was a dream of blacks and whites living together in peace and freedom. This is the story of an extraordinary man, who changed American history in his short life.

The Prisoner of Zenda
Author: Anthony Hope (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Thriller & Adventure

'We must leave for Zenda at once, to find the King!' cried Sapt. 'If we're caught, we'll all be killed!'
So Rudolf Rassendyll and Sapt gallop through the night to find the King of Ruritania. But the King is now a prisoner in the Castle of Zenda. Who will rescue him from his enemies, the dangerous Duke Michael and Rupert of Hentzau?
And who will win the heart of the beautiful Princess Flavia?

A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics

Christmas is humbug, Scrooge says - just a time when you find yourself a year older and not a penny richer. The only thing that matters to Scrooge is business, and making money.
But on Christmas Eve three spirits come to visit him. They take him travelling on the wings of the night to see the shadows of Christmas past, present, and future - and Scrooge learns a lesson that he will never forget.

Australia and New Zealand
Author: Christine Lindop
Series: Factfiles

What do you find in these two countries at the end of the world? One is an enormous island, where only twenty million people live - and the other is two long, narrow islands, with ten sheep for every person. One country has the biggest rock in all the world, and a town where everybody lives under the ground; the other has a beach where you can sit beside the sea in a pool of hot water, and lakes that are bright yellow, green, and blue.
Open this book and start your journey - to two countries where something strange, beautiful or surprising waits around every corner.

The Long White Cloud. Stories from New Zealand
Author: Christine Lindop
Series: World Stories

Nani Tama looked at each of us - Dad, Auntie Hiraina, my cousin Timi, and myself. His eyes were angry. 'You fullas want me to die here in this room? Looking at these four walls? When the whakapapa is not yet finished?'
But Nani Tama gets his own way, and his grandson drives him through the night, to find the missing pieces from the family history.
The stories in this volume of World Stories are by New Zealand writers James Courage, Witi Ihimaera, Philip Mincher , and Joy Cowley.

Dancing with Strangers. Stories from Africa
Author: Clare West (retold by Clare West)
Series: World Stories

'Sometimes I think this search is hopeless. So much has happened since I last saw my friends. Perhaps they have died or the rebels have taken them away. But I know I have to find Laker. I know she needs me.'
In a country torn by war, it is easy to stop hoping. All Atita has is an old photograph. She does not even know if she will recognize Laker after all these years . . .
The stories in this volume of World Stories are by African writers Jackee Budesta Batanda, Jack Cope, Mandla Langa, and M. G. Vassanji.

Tales of Mystery and Imagination
Author: Edgar Allan Poe
Series: Fantasy & Horror

The human mind is a dark, bottomless pit, and sometimes it works in strange and frightening ways. That sound in the night . . . is it a door banging in the wind, or a murdered man knocking inside his coffin? The face in the mirror . . . is it yours, or the face of someone standing behind you, who is never there when you turn round?
These famous short stories by Edgar Allan Poe, that master of horror, explore the dark world of the imagination, where the dead live and speak, where fear lies in every shadow of the mind . . .

The Railway Children
Author: Edith Nesbit (retold by John Escott)
Series: Human Interest

'We have to leave our house in London,' Mother said to the children. 'We're going to live in the country, in a little house near a railway line.'
And so begins a new life for Roberta, Peter, and Phyllis. They become the railway children - they know all the trains, Perks the station porter is their best friend, and they have many adventures on the railway line.
But why has their father had to go away? Where is he, and will he ever come back?

Ethan Frome
Author: Edith Wharton (retold by Susan Kingsley)
Series: Classics

Life is always hard for the poor, in any place and at any time. Ethan Frome is a farmer in Massachusetts. He works long hours every day, but his farm makes very little money. His wife, Zeena, is a thin, grey woman, always complaining, and only interested in her own ill health.
Then Mattie Silver, a young cousin, comes to live with the Fromes, to help Zeena and do the housework. Her bright smile and laughing voice bring light and hope into the Fromes' house - and into Ethan's lonely life.
But poverty is a prison from which few people escape . . .

Love Story
Author: Erich Segal (retold by Rosemary Border)
Series: Human Interest

This is a love story you won't forget. Oliver Barrett meets Jenny Cavilleri. He plays sports, she plays music. He's rich, and she's poor. They argue, and they fight, and they fall in love.
So they get married, and make a home together. They work hard, they enjoy life, they make plans for the future. Then they learn that they don't have much time left.
Their story has made people laugh, and cry, all over the world.

The Secret Garden
Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett (retold by Clare West)
Series: Human Interest

Little Mary Lennox is a bad-tempered, disagreeable child. When her parents die in India, she is sent back to England to live with her uncle in a big, lonely, old house.
There is nothing to do all day except walk in the gardens - and watch the robin flying over the high walls of the secret garden . . . which has been locked for ten years. And no one has the key.

The Star Zoo
Author: Harry Gilbert
Series: Fantasy & Horror

In our world today a hummingbird is a small, brilliantly coloured bird that lives in the tall trees of tropical forests.
In the far distant future, Hummingbird (Hummy for short) is a girl of sixteen who lives somewhere in the Galaxy, on a planet called Just Like Home. She has the name 'Hummingbird' in big letters on all her clothes, but she has never seen a real hummingbird. She has never seen any living animal or bird at all. The Book of Remembering says that there were once many animals on a planet called Earth, but that was before the Burning, a long, long time ago . . .

The Call of the Wild
Author: Jack London (retold by Nick Bullard)
Series: Classics

When men find gold in the frozen north of Canada, they need dogs - big, strong dogs to pull the sledges on the long journeys to and from the gold mines.
Buck is stolen from his home in the south and sold as a sledge-dog. He has to learn a new way of life - how to work in harness, how to stay alive in the ice and the snow . . . and how to fight. Because when a dog falls down in a fight, he never gets up again.

Playing with Fire. Stories from the Pacific Rim
Author: Jennifer Bassett (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: World Stories

He smiled, showing teeth yellow from cigarette smoke. He looked at his desk diary, then at her papers again. 'Mmm. a hundred pesos a month, Why, that's one thousand two hundred pesos a year. Surely, you can afford to buy me a forty-peso dinner!'
How can Marina say no? How can she refuse the Chief's next request? He is an evil man, but she needs her promotion.

As the Inspector Said and Other Stories
Author: John Escott (retold by John Escott)
Series: Crime & Mystery

The murder plan seems so neat, so clever. How can it possibly fail? And when Sonia's stupid, boring little husband is dead, she will be free to marry her handsome lover. But perhaps the boring little husband is not so stupid after all . . .
Murder plans that go wrong, a burglar who makes a bad mistake, a famous jewel thief who meets a very unusual detective . . . These five stories from the golden age of crime writing are full of mystery and surprises.

The Cinema
Author: John Escott
Series: Factfiles

For millions of people in every country, the cinema is a magic place of dreams. And Hollywood, at the heart of those dreams, is today a multi-million dollar business. But how did it all start? This book looks at the history of the cinema, the great films of the past and present, and some of the most famous stars.

The Wind in the Willows
Author: Kenneth Grahame (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Classics

Down by the river bank, where the wind whispers through the willow trees, is a very pleasant place to have a lunch party with a few friends. But life is not always so peaceful for the Mole and the Water Rat. There is the time, for example, when Toad gets interested in motor-cars - goes mad about them in fact . . .
The story of the adventures of Mole, Rat, Badger, and Toad has been loved by young and old for over a hundred years.

Through the Looking-Glass
Author: Lewis Carroll (retold by Jennifer Bassett)
Series: Classics

'I wish I could get through into looking-glass house,' Alice said. 'Let's pretend that the glass has gone soft and . . . Why, I do believe it has! It's turning into a kind of cloud!'
A moment later Alice is inside the looking-glass world. There she finds herself part of a great game of chess, travelling through forests and jumping across brooks. The chess pieces talk and argue with her, give orders and repeat poems . . .
It is the strangest dream that anyone ever had . . .

Frankenstein
Author: Mary Shelley
Series: Fantasy & Horror

Victor Frankenstein thinks he has found the secret of life. He takes parts from dead people and builds a new 'man'. But this monster is so big and frightening that everyone runs away from him - even Frankenstein himself!
The monster is like an enormous baby who needs love. But nobody gives him love, and soon he learns to hate. And, because he is so strong, the next thing he learns is how to kill . . .

The Picture of Dorian Gray
Author: Oscar Wilde (retold by Jill Nevile)
Series: Fantasy & Horror

'When we are happy, we are always good,' says Lord Henry, 'but when we are good, we are not always happy.'
Lord Henry's lazy, clever words lead the young Dorian Gray into a world where it is better to be beautiful than to be good; a world where anything can be forgiven - even murder - if it can make people laugh at a dinner party.

Kidnapped
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (retold by Clare West)
Series: Thriller & Adventure

'I ran to the side of the ship. "Help, help! Murder!" I screamed, and my uncle slowly turned to look at me. I did not see any more. Already strong hands were pulling me away. Then something hit my head; I saw a great flash of fire, and fell to the ground . . .'
And so begin David Balfour's adventures. He is kidnapped, taken to sea, and meets many dangers. He also meets a friend, Alan Breck. But Alan is in danger himself, on the run from the English army across the wild Highlands of Scotland . . .

Tooth and Claw
Author: Saki (retold by Rosemary Border)
Series: Human Interest

Conradin is ten years old. He lives alone with his aunt. He has two big secrets. The first is that he hates his aunt. The second is that he keeps a small, wild animal in the garden shed. The animal has sharp, white teeth, and it loves fresh blood. Every night, Conradin prays to this animal and asks it to do one thing for him, just one thing.
This collection of short stories is clever, funny, and shows us 'Nature, red in tooth and claw'. In other words, it is Saki at his very best.

Recycling
Author: Sue Stewart
Series: Factfiles

What will we do when there is nowhere to put our rubbish? Every day, all over the world, people drop cans, boxes, paper, and bottles into bins and never think about them again. And the rubbish mountains get bigger and bigger.
But there is another way - a way that makes old paper into houses, broken bottles into jewellery, and old cans into bridges. Anyone can recycle - it's easy, it saves money, and it's a way to say, 'I care about the Earth.' Saving the world starts with you - here - now.

The Three Strangers and Other Stories
Author: Thomas Hardy (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics

On a stormy winter night, a stranger knocks at the door of a shepherd's cottage. He is cold and hungry, and wants to get out of the rain. He is welcomed inside, but he does not give his name or his business. Who is he, and where has he come from? And he is only the first visitor to call at the cottage that night . . .
In these three short stories, Thomas Hardy gives us pictures of the lives of shepherds and hangmen, dukes and teachers. But rich or poor, young or old, they all have the same feelings of fear, hope, love, jealousy . . .

Chemical Secret
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Thriller & Adventure

The job was too good. There had to be a problem - and there was.
John Duncan was an honest man, but he needed money. He had children to look after. He was ready to do anything, and his bosses knew it.
They gave him the job because he couldn't say no; he couldn't afford to be honest. And the job was like a poison inside him. It changed him and blinded him, so that he couldn't see the real poison - until it was too late.

Justice
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Thriller & Adventure

London: November.
Terrorists blow up the Queen's coach outside Parliament. The Queen escapes, but five people are killed, and forty others badly hurt - ordinary, innocent people, like Alan Cole, the Queen's coachman, who loses his leg in the bombing. And for Alan and his daughter Jane there is more terror to come, in the search for the truth behind the bombing. Will the terrorists be caught and brought to justice?
But what kind of justice? What can give Alan Cole his leg back, or give life back to people who have been blown to pieces by a bomb?

Skyjack!
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Thriller & Adventure

When a large plane is hijacked, the Prime Minister looks at the list of passengers and suddenly becomes very, very frightened.
There is a name on the list that the Prime Minister knows very well - too well. There is someone on that plane who will soon be dead - if the hijackers can find out who he is!
And there isn't much time. One man lies dead on the runway. In a few minutes the hijackers will use their guns again. And the Prime Minister knows who they are going to kill.

The Bronte Story
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: True Stories

On a September day in 1821, in the church of a Yorkshire village, a man and six children stood around a grave. They were burying a woman: the man's wife, the children's mother. The children were all very young, and within a few years the two oldest were dead, too.
Close to the wild beauty of the Yorkshire moors, the father brought up his young family. Who had heard of the Brontës of Haworth then? Branwell died young, but his sisters became famous writers.
But they did not live to grow old or to enjoy their fame. Only their father was left, alone with his memories.

The Everest Story
Author: Tim Vicary
Series: Factfiles

It is beautiful to look at, hard to reach, and terribly difficult to climb. Winds of 200 kilometres per hour or more scream across it day and night, while the temperature falls to -20 °C or lower. Every year, some who try to climb the highest mountain in the world do not return.
But for a century people have been coming to climb Everest - some alone, some in groups, but all with a dream of going to the highest place in the world. This is their story.


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Black Beauty
Author: Anna Sewell (retold by John Escott)
Series: Human Interest


When Black Beauty is trained to carry a rider on his back, or to pull a carriage behind him, he finds it hard at first. But he is lucky - his first home is a good one, where his owners are kind people, who would never be cruel to a horse.
But in the nineteenth century many people were cruel to their horses, whipping them and beating them, and using them like machines until they dropped dead. Black Beauty soon finds this out, and as he describes his life, he has many terrible stories to tell.




History of English Language
Author: Brigit Viney
Series: Factfiles


About a quarter of the people in the world today speak or use English. In homes and schools, offices and meeting rooms, ships and airports, people are speaking English…
How has this happened? How did English begin, and what will become of it in the future? The history of the English language is a journey through space and time, from thousands of years ago to today and beyond, and to all parts of the world. Come on that journey and meet the monks and soldiers, the kings and scientists, the printers, poets, and travellers who have helped to make the English of today.




A Tale of Two Cities
Author: Charles Dickens (retold by Ralph Mowat)
Series: Classics


'The Marquis lay there, like stone, with a knife pushed into his heart. On his chest lay a piece of paper, with the words: Drive him fast to the grave. This is from JACQUES.'
The French Revolution brings terror and death to many people. But even in these troubled times people can still love and be kind. They can be generous and true-hearted . . . and brave.




The Price of Peace. Stories from Africa
Author: Christine Lindop (retold by Christine Lindop)
Series: World Stories


Careful, Connie, please. Your little sister's eyes are looking angry. Look at the sudden lines around her mouth. Connie, a sister is a good thing. Even a younger sister. 'Mercy, who are you going out with?'
Connie gets an answer to her question, but it is not the answer she wants to hear. And what is the price of peace between sisters?




Cranford
Author: Elizabth Gaskell (retold by Kate Mattock)
Series: Classics


Life in the small English town of Cranford seems very quiet and peaceful. The ladies of Cranford lead tidy, regular lives. They make their visits between the hours of twelve and three, give little evening parties, and worry about their maid-servants. But life is not always smooth - there are little arguments and jealousies, sudden deaths and unexpected marriages . . .
Mrs Gaskell's timeless picture of small-town life in the first half of the nineteenth century has delighted readers for nearly 150 years.




Silas Marner
Author: George Eliot (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


In a hole under the floorboards Silas Marner the linen-weaver keeps his gold. Every day he works hard at his weaving, and every night he takes the gold out and holds the bright coins lovingly, feeling them and counting them again and again. The villagers are afraid of him and he has no family, no friends. Only the gold is his friend, his delight, his reason for living.
But what if a thief should come in the night and take his gold away? What will Silas do then? What could possibly comfort him for the loss of his only friend?




Washington Square
Author: Henry James (retold by Kieran McGovern)
Series: Classics


When a handsome young man begins to court Catherine Sloper, she feels she is very lucky. She is a quiet, gentle girl, but neither beautiful nor clever; no one had ever admired her before, or come to the front parlour of her home in Washington Square to whisper soft words of love to her.
But in New York in the 1840s young ladies are not free to marry where they please. Catherine must have her father's permission, and Dr Sloper is a rich man. One day Catherine will have a fortune of 30,000 dollars a year . . .




Three Men in a Boat
Author: Jerome K. Jerome (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Human Interest



'I like work. I find it interesting . . . I can sit and look at it for hours.'
With ideas like this, perhaps it is not a good idea to spend a holiday taking a boat trip up the River Thames. But this is what the three friends - and Montmorency the dog - decide to do. It is the sort of holiday that is fun to remember afterwards, but not so much fun to wake up to early on a cold, wet morning.
This famous book has made people laugh all over the world for a hundred years . . . and they are still laughing.




The Thirty-Nine Steps
Author: John Buchan (retold by Nick Bullard)
Series: Thriller & Adventure


'I turned on the light, but there was nobody there. Then I saw something in the corner that made my blood turn cold. Scudder was lying on his back. There was a long knife through his heart, pinning him to the floor.'
Soon Richard Hannay is running for his life across the hills of Scotland. The police are chasing him for a murder he did not do, and another, more dangerous enemy is chasing him as well - the mysterious 'Black Stone'. Who are these people? And why do they want Hannay dead?




Great Crimes
Author: John Escott
Series: Factfiles


It is more than forty years since the Great Train Robbery. But what happened to the rest of the money that was taken? Two million pounds has never been found. Perhaps some of the robbers would like to know the answer to this question too…
Many great crimes end in a question. Who really killed President Kennedy? What happened to Shergar? Who knows the truth about Azaria Chamberlain? Not all the answers are known. Join the world's detectives and discover the love, death, hate, money, and mystery held in the stories of these great crimes.




Gulliver's Travels
Author: Jonathan Swift (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


'Soon I felt something alive moving along my leg and up my body to my face, and when I looked down, I saw a very small human being, only fifteen centimetres tall . . . I was so surprised that I gave a great shout.'
But that is only the first of many surprises which Gulliver has on his travels. He visits a land of giants and a flying island, meets ghosts from the past and horses which talk.




Lord Jim
Author: Joseph Conrad (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


A hundred years ago a seaman's life was full of danger, but Jim, the first mate on board the Patna, is not afraid of danger. He is young, strong, confident of his bravery. He dreams of great adventures - and the chance to show the world what a hero he is.
But the sea is no place for dreamers. When the chance comes, on a calm moonlit night in the Indian Ocean, Jim fails the test, and his world falls to pieces around him. He disappears into the jungles of south-east Asia, searching for a way to prove himself, once and for all . . .




Little Women
Author: Louisa May Alcott (retold by John Escott)
Series: Human Interest


When Christmas comes for the four March girls, there is no money for expensive presents and they give away their Christmas breakfast to a poor family. But there are no happier girls in America than Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy. They miss their father, of course, who is away at the Civil War, but they try hard to be good so that he will be proud of his 'little women' when he comes home.
This heart-warming story of family life has been popular for more than a hundred years.




The Unquiet Grave. Short Stories
Author: M. R. James (retold by Peter Hawkins)
Series: Fantasy & Horror


If you find a locked room in a lonely inn, don't try to open it, even on a bright sunny day. If you find a strange whistle hidden among the stones of an old church, don't blow it. If a mysterious man gives you a piece of paper with strange writing on it, give it back to him at once. And if you call a dead man from his grave, don't expect to sleep peacefully ever again.
Read these five ghost stories by daylight, and make sure your door is locked.




The Scarlet Letter
Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne (retold by John Escott)
Series: Classics


Scarlet is the colour of sin, and the letter 'A' stands for 'Adultery'. In the 1600s, in Boston, Massachusetts, love was allowed only between a husband and a wife. A child born outside marriage was a child of sin.
Hester Prynne must wear the scarlet letter on her dress for the rest of her life. How can she ever escape from this public shame? What will happen to her child, growing up in the shadow of the scarlet letter? The future holds no joy for Hester Prynne.
And what will happen to her sinful lover - the father of her child?




Lorna Doone
Author: R. D. Blackmore (retold by David Penn)
Series: Human Interest


One winter's day in 1673 young John Ridd is riding home from school, across the wild lonely hills of Exmoor. He has to pass Doone valley - a dangerous place, as the Doones are famous robbers and murderers. All Exmoor lives in fear of the Doones.
At home there is sad news waiting for young John, and he learns that he has good reason to hate the Doones. But in the years to come he meets Lorna Doone, with her lovely smile and big dark eyes. And soon he is deeply, hopelessly, in love . . .




Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (retold by Rosemary Border)
Series: Fantasy & Horror


You are walking through the streets of London. It is getting dark and you want to get home quickly. You enter a narrow side-street. Everything is quiet, but as you pass the door of a large, windowless building, you hear a key turning in the lock. A man comes out and looks at you. You have never seen him before, but you realize immediately that he hates you. You are shocked to discover, also, that you hate him.
Who is this man that everybody hates? And why is he coming out of the laboratory of the very respectable Dr Jekyll?




Treasure Island
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson (retold by John Escott)
Series: Thriller & Bestseller


'Suddenly, there was a high voice screaming in the darkness: "Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight! Pieces of eight!" It was Long John Silver's parrot, Captain Flint! I turned to run . . .'
But young Jim Hawkins does not escape from the pirates this time. Will he and his friends find the treasure before the pirates do? Will they escape from the island, and sail back to England with a ship full of gold?




The Hound of the Baskervilles
Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (retold by Patrick Nobes)
Series: Crime & Mystery


Dartmoor. A wild, wet place in the south-west of England. A place where it is easy to get lost, and to fall into the soft green earth which can pull the strongest man down to his death.
A man is running for his life. Behind him comes an enormous dog - a dog from his worst dreams, a dog from hell. Between him and a terrible death stands only one person - the greatest detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes.




Desert, Mountain, Sea
Author: Sue Leather
Series: True Stories


Three different parts of the world, but all of them dangerous, lonely places. Three different women, but all of them determined to go - and to come back alive!
Robyn Davidson walked nearly 3,000 kilometres across the Australian desert - with a dog and four camels.
Arlene Blum led a team of ten women to the top of Annapurna - one of the highest mountains in the world. Only eight came down again.
Naomi James sailed around the world alone, on a journey lasting more than 250 days.


Stage 5





David Copperfield
Author: Charles Dickens (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


'Please, Mr Murdstone! Don't beat me! I've tried to learn my lessons, really I have, sir!' sobs David.
Although he is only eight years old, Mr Murdstone does beat him, and David is so frightened that he bites his cruel stepfather's hand. For that, he is kept locked in his room for five days and nights, and nobody is allowed to speak to him.
As David grows up, he learns that life is full of trouble and misery and cruelty. But he also finds laughter and kindness, trust and friendship . . . and love.




Great Expectations
Author: Charles Dickens (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


In a gloomy, neglected house Miss Havisham sits, as she has sat year after year, in a wedding dress and veil that were once white, and are now faded and yellow with age. Her face is like a death's head; her dark eyes burn with bitterness and hate. By her side sits a proud and beautiful girl, and in front of her, trembling with fear in his thick country boots, stands young Pip.
Miss Havisham stares at Pip coldly, and murmurs to the girl at her side: 'Break his heart, Estella. Break his heart!'




Treading on Dreams. Stories from Ireland
Author: Clare West (retold by Clare West)
Series: World Stories


'At home we started with an innocent life. Walking home from village dances across pale wet fields, looking at birds on the moonlit lake, playing a tune across the water in the early morning with no other sound in the clear cold air.'
Innocence and experience, loss and longing, humour and sadness run hand in hand through these stories.
The stories in this volume of World Stories are by Irish writers Brian Friel, Edna O'Brien, William Trevor, Lorcan Byrne, Frank O'Connor, Claire Keegan, Eamonn Sweeney, and Somerville & Ross.




King's Ransom
Author: Ed McBain (retold by Rosalie Kerr)
Series: Crime & Mystery


'Calling all cars, calling all cars. Here's the story on the Smoke Rise kidnapping. The missing boy is eight years old, fair hair, wearing a red sweater. His name is Jeffry Reynolds, son of Charles Reynolds, chauffeur to Douglas King.'
The police at the 87th Precinct hate kidnappers. And these kidnappers are stupid, too. They took the wrong boy - the chauffeur's son instead of the son of the rich tycoon, Douglas King. And they want a ransom of $500,000.
A lot of money. But it's not too much to pay for a little boy's life . . . is it?




The Age of Innocence
Author: Edith Wharton (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


Into the narrow social world of New York in the 1870s comes Countess Ellen Olenska, surrounded by shocked whispers about her failed marriage to a rich Polish Count. A woman who leaves her husband can never be accepted in polite society.
Newland Archer is engaged to young May Welland, but the beautiful and mysterious Countess needs his help. He becomes her friend and defender, but friendship with an unhappy, lonely woman is a dangerous path for a young man to follow - especially a young man who is soon to be married.

Note:
The book is not complete




Wuthering Heights
Author: Emily Bronte (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


The wind is strong on the Yorkshire moors. There are few trees, and fewer houses, to block its path. There is one house, however, that does not hide from the wind. It stands out from the hill and challenges the wind to do its worst. The house is called Wuthering Heights.
When Mr Earnshaw brings a strange, small, dark child back home to Wuthering Heights, it seems he has opened his doors to trouble. He has invited in something that, like the wind, is safer kept out of the house.




Sense and Sensibility
Author: Jane Austen (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


Sometimes the Dashwood girls do not seem like sisters. Elinor is all calmness and reason, and can be relied upon for practical, common sense opinions. Marianne, on the other hand, is all sensibility, full of passionate and romantic feeling. She has no time for dull common sense - or for middle-aged men of thirty-five, long past the age of marriage.
True love can only be felt by the young, of course. And if your heart is broken at the age of seventeen, how can you ever expect to recover from the passionate misery that fills your life, waking and sleeping?




The Garden Party and Other Stories
Author: Katherine Mansfield (retold by Rosalie Kerr)
Series: Human Interest


Oh, how delightful it is to fall in love for the first time! How exciting to go to your first dance when you are a girl of eighteen! But life can also be hard and cruel, if you are young and inexperienced and travelling alone across Europe . . . or if you are a child from the wrong social class . . . or a singer without work and the rent to be paid.
Set in Europe and New Zealand, these nine stories by Katherine Mansfield dig deep beneath the appearances of life to show us the causes of human happiness and despair.

Note:
The book is not complete.




This Rough Magic
Author: Mary Stewart (retold by Diane Mowat)
Series: Thriller & Adventure


The Greek island of Corfu lies like a jewel, green and gold, in the Ionian sea, where dolphins swim in the sparkling blue water. What better place for an out-of-work actress to relax for a few weeks?
But the island is full of danger and mysteries, and Lucy Waring's holiday is far from peaceful. She meets a rude young man, who seems to have something to hide. Then there is a death by drowning, and then another . . .




Ghost Stories
Author: Rosemary Border (retold by Rosemary Border)
Series: Fantasy & Horror


After dinner we turned the lights out and played 'hide-and-seek'. In the dark, I touched a hand, a very cold hand. Now, because of the game, I had to hide in the dark with . . . with this cold person - not speaking, not knowing who it was. Slowly the others found us, hid with us, until we were all there - all thirteen. Thirteen? But there were only twelve people in the house!
We touched each other in the dark, counting. Thirteen. Quickly, nervously, I lit a match to see . . .




Far from the Madding Crowd
Author: Thomas Hardy (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


Bathsheba Everdene is young, proud, and beautiful. She is an independent woman and can marry any man she chooses - if she chooses. In fact, she likes her independence, and she likes fighting her own battles in a man's world.
But it is never wise to ignore the power of love. There are three men who would very much like to marry Bathsheba. When she falls in love with one of them, she soon wishes she had kept her independence. She learns that love brings misery, pain, and violent passions that can destroy lives . . .



Stage 6





Oliver Twist
Author: Charles Dickens (retold by Richard Rogers)
Series: Classics


London in the 1830s was no place to be if you were a hungry ten-year-old boy, an orphan without friends or family, with no home to go to, and only a penny in your pocket to buy a piece of bread.
But Oliver Twist finds some friends - Fagin, the Artful Dodger, and Charley Bates. They give him food and shelter, and play games with him, but it is not until some days later that Oliver finds out what kind of friends they are and what kind of 'games' they play . . .




Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


Jane Eyre is alone in the world. Disliked by her aunt's family, she is sent away to school. Here she learns that a young girl, with neither money nor family to support her, can expect little from the world. She survives, but she wants more from life than simply to survive: she wants respect, and love. When she goes to work for Mr Rochester, she hopes she has found both at once. But the sound of strange laughter, late at night, behind a locked door, warns her that her troubles are only beginning.




The Enemy
Author: Desmond Bagley (retold by Ralph Mowat)
Series: Thriller & Adventure


On a beautiful summer evening in the quiet town of Marlow, a young woman is walking home from church. She passes a man who is looking at the engine of his car. He turns round, smiles at her . . . and throws acid into her face.
Then her father, the scientist George Ashton, disappears. And her sister, Penny, discovers that her husband-to-be, Malcolm, is a government agent. Why has Ashton disappeared, and why is Malcolm told to hunt for him? Who is George Ashton, anyway?
And who is the enemy?




Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


'The moment I first met you, I noticed your pride, your sense of superiority, and your selfish disdain for the feelings of others. You are the last man in the world whom I could ever be persuaded to marry,' said Elizabeth Bennet.
And so Elizabeth rejects the proud Mr Darcy. Can nothing overcome her prejudice against him? And what of the other Bennet girls - their fortunes, and misfortunes, in the business of getting husbands?
This famous novel by Jane Austen is full of wise and humorous observation of the people and manners of her times.




American Crime Stories
Author: John Escott (retold by John Escott)
Series: Crime & Mystery


'Curtis Colt didn't kill that liquor store woman, and that's a fact. It's not right that he should have to ride the lightning - that's what prisoners call dying in the electric chair. Curtis doesn't belong in it, and I can prove it.' But can Curtis's girlfriend prove it? Murder has undoubtedly been done, and if Curtis doesn't ride the lightning for it, then who will?
These seven short stories, by well-known writers such as Dashiel Hammett, Patricia Highsmith, and Nancy Pickard, will keep you on the edge of your seat.




Tess of the d'Urbervilles
Author: Thomas Hardy (retold by Clare West)
Series: Classics


A pretty young girl has to leave home to make money for her family. She is clever and a good worker; but she is uneducated and does not know the cruel ways of the world. So, when a rich young man says he loves her, she is careful - but not careful enough. He is persuasive, and she is overwhelmed. It is not her fault, but the world says it is. Her young life is already stained by men's desires, and by death.




The Woman in White
Author: Wilkie Collins (retold by Richard G. Lewis)
Series: Thriller & Adventure


The woman in white first appears at night on a lonely heath near London and is next seen at a grave-side in Cumberland. Who is she? Where has she come from, and what is her history? She seems alone and friendless, frightened and confused. And it seems she knows a secret - a secret that could bring ruin and shame to a man who will do anything to keep her silent.
This famous mystery thriller by Wilkie Collins has excitement, suspense, romance, and a plot that twists and turns on every page.


Books Without Audio

S0 Helen Brooke - Mystery in London
S0 Helen Brooke - Survive!
S0 Jane Cammack - The Mystery of Manor Hall
S0 Janet Hardy-Gould - King Arthur
S0 John Escott - Dead Man's Money
S0 John Escott - Girl with Green Eyes
S0 John Escott - Robin Hood
S0 John Escott - Star Reporter
S0 Lester Vaughan - The White Stones
S0 Maeve Clarke - Give us the Money
S0 Michael Dean - New York Cafe
S0 O. Henry - The Ransom of Red Chief
S0 Paul Shipton - Vampire Killer
S0 Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster - Escape
S0 Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster - Last Chance
S0 Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster - Oranges in the Snow
S0 Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster - Orca
S0 Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster - Pirate Treasure
S0 Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster - Starman
S0 Phillip Burrows and Mark Foster - Taxi of Terror
S0 Rosemary Border - The Fifteenth Character

S1 Christine Lindop - William and Kate
S1 Jennifer Bassett - The Meaning of Gifts. Stories from Turkey
S1 John Escott - England
S1 Martyn Ford - Five Short Plays
S1 Rosemary Border - The Lottery Winner

S2 Barnaby Newbolt - Climate Change
S2 Catherine Cookson - Matty Doolin
S2 Jan Mark - Too Old to Rock and Roll and Other Stories
S2 Jenifer Bassett - Changing their Skies. Stories from Africa
S2 Rosemary Border - Pollution
S2 Steve Flinders - Football
S2 Steve Flinders - Forty Years of Pop
S2 William Shakespeare - Romeo and Juliet

S3 Alison Baxter - The USA
S3 Raymond Chandler - Goldfish

S4 C. S. Forester - The African Queen
S4 Ellis Peters - A Morbid Taste For Bones
S4 Ian Serraillier - The Silver Sword
S4 Penelope Lively - The Whispering Knights
S4 Raymond Chandler - The Big Sleep
S4 Rosemary Sutcliff - The Eagle of The Ninth

S5 Anne Tyler - The Accidental Tourist
S5 Buchi Emecheta - The Bride Price
S5 Colin Dexter - The Dead of Jericho
S5 Erskine Childers - The Riddle of the Sands
S5 Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep
S5 Sara Paretsky - Deadlock

S6 Alistair MacLean - Night Without End
S6 John Briley - Cry Freedom
S6 John Escott - The Fly and Other Horror Stories
S6 John Wyndham - Meteor and Other Stories
S6 Maeve Binchy - Dublin People. Short Stories
S6 Reginald Hill - Deadheads
S6 Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm



Without book, Only Audio with Activity

S2 Oscar Wilde - The Importance of Being Earnest
S2 William Shakespeare - Much Ado About Nothing

S4 Clare West - Land of my Childhood. Stories from South Asia
S4 Mary McIntosh - Disaster!
S4 Rowena Akinyemi - Nelson Mandela
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