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THE MISSING COINS

 

 

PENGUIN READERS 1 EASY

 

Pete and Carla are students. One day they look at some very old coins and stamps in a shop. Pete wants to buy some stamps, but they are very expensive. Later that day some coins are missing from the shop – and the shopkeeper wants to find Pete.

 

 

 

NEW YORK

 

OXFORD FACTFILES 1

What can you do in New York? Everything! You can go to some of the world's most famous shops, watch a baseball game, go to the top of a skyscraper, see a concert in Central Park, eat a sandwich in a New York deli, see a show in a Broadway theatre.
New York is big, noisy, and exciting, and it's waiting for you. Open the book and come with us to this wonderful city.

 

DIANA, PRINCESS OF WALES

Tim Vicary

OXFORD FACTFILES 1

It is not always easy to be famous. And for a famous, beautiful princess like Diana, life was certainly very difficult at times. She was just twenty years old when she married Prince Charles, and from that moment millions of people around the world watched every move she made. And so did the photographers, who followed her everywhere - even on that terrible night in Paris when Diana's young life ended.

 

 

KINGS AND QUEENS OF BRITAIN

Tim Vicary

 

OXFORD FACTFILES 1

This is the story of Boudicca, Alfred, Henry VIII and many other kings and queens, some great, some not so great. Each of them changed the history of Britain. But to become queen in 1558, like Elizabeth I, was very different from becoming queen in 1953, like Elizabeth II. They have the same name, but the job is very different. This book tells us just how it has changed.

 

 

TITANIC

Tim Vicary

OXFORD FACTFILES 1

The Titanic was the most famous ship in history. But what really happened to the Titanic on that terrible April night in the North Atlantic? Why did it hit an iceberg? Why did it sink? Why did more than one thousand people die? This book looks at the true story - and gives some of the answers.

 

 

FROM THE HEART

Alan McLean

OXFORD DOMINOES 1

Anna is a new student at Oxford University. When she arrives in Oxford, she meets Selim, and they become good friends. But Selim is not English, and living in a different country is not easy for him. Anna tries to help – but she knows that her father isn't going to like it.
Selim and Anna have each other. But is that enough? And can they find true happiness together?

 

TRUE HEROES FROM SPORT

Donatella Fitzgerald

OXFORD DOMINOES 1

Some people in the world of sport are heroes only because they are the best at their sport. But the sportsmen and women in this book – Pelé, Magic Johnson, Jennifer Capriati, Ellen MacArthur, and others – are true heroes of sport not only because they are champions, but because they live through bad times and learn to be stronger people through sport.

 

 

 

MORE SPORT STARS

Martin Sinclair

BURLINGTON 3º ESO MEDIUM

Following on from the success of our popular reader, Sports Stars, this book presents another three fascinating biographies. It follows the exciting sporting careers of David Beckham, the Williams sisters (Venus and Serena) and Pau Gasol from early childhood to their achievement of world fame and success. The biographies give a clear picture of the dedication and hard work that it takes to get to the top.

THE GHOST OF THE GREEN LADY

BURLINGTON 3º ESO

Billy’s parents decide to send him to a boarding school near their home after the Christmas holidays. At
first, Billy is angry but after he arrives at the school, he is impressed by the amazing scenery and begins to
feel more enthusiastic. He likes his friendly roommates, although on his first night at the school, Alan tries
to frighten Billy by telling him the legend of Duke Sebastian. The Duke was killed in a bloody battle near
the school in 1651. His wife then killed herself, but before she died, she promised to haunt the nearby lake
each year on 1st February, the anniversary of her husband’s death. People call her the Ghost of the Green
Lady because a green glow appears over the lake when she comes into sight.

 

 

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

Oscar Wilde

BURLINGTON 3º ESO

In the summer of 1870, an artist, Basil Hallward, is finishing the portrait of his friend, Dorian Gray. Dorian is young, handsome and innocent, and he is delighted with his beautiful portrait. But when Dorian meets cynical Lord Henry Wotton, things start to go wrong for him. Under Lord Henry’s influence, Dorian’s life becomes wild and wicked and the portrait starts to reflect these changes taking place in his personality. This story is one of Oscar Wilde’s best-known works.

 

 

KIDNAPPED

Robert Louis Stevenson

BURLINGTON 3º ESO

Stevenson’s famous novel is set in the Highlands of Scotland in the middle of the 18th century and tells the story of young David Balfour. David, an orphan, has a series of adventures including an attempted murder by his uncle, a kidnapping and a shipwreck. Finally, with the help of his friend, Alan Stewart, David manages to right the wrongs which have been done to him.

 

 

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA

Gaston Leroux

BURLINGTON 3º ESO

This classic horror story has been filmed many times and even turned into a successful stage musical. Erik the Phantom is cruelly disfigured and he haunts the Paris Opera House using secret passages and underground tunnels. This tragic love story has touched generations of readers across the world.

 

 

JUST LIKE A MOVIE

Sue Leather

CAMBRIDGE READERS 1

Brad and his girlfriend Gina love the movies and go every Saturday night. They want to get married but haven't got much money. Then one day, Brad gets an idea from a movie about how to make a lot of money - an idea that involves murder. But Brad's plan doesn't go quite as he hoped and he discovers that real life doesn't always have a happy ending.

 

 

EMMA

Jane Austen

OXFORD DOMINOES 2

Emma Woodhouse is beautiful, clever and rich. She lives alone with her father, and spends a lot of her time thinking about future husbands - for her friends. When she meets Harriet Smith, a poor girl with no family, Emma decides that she must find a husband for her. Harriet is pleased to be Emma's friend - but will Emma's matchmaking make Harriet happy?

 

THE PROJECT OMEGA

Elaine O'Reilly

PENGUIN READERS 2

Charles Hatfield Baker III, one of the richest men in New York City, suddenly disappears. His daughter, Julia, wants to find him. The directors of his company want power and money. Do they know where he is? And what is Project Omega? Can Julia find her father and save his company?

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Henry James

OXFORD DOMINOES 2

A young woman arrives at a large country house. Her job is to look after the two children who live there, but she soon discovers that there is something very strange about both the house and the children. The longer she stays, the more she feels that the two children are in danger - or is it that the children are the danger, and the person in danger is herself?

REMEMBER MIRANDA

Rowena Akinyemi

 

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 1

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, 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 she is dead.

 

THE PRESIDENT'S MURDERER

Jennifer Bassett

 

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 1

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!

 

 

A LITTLE PRINCESS

Frances Hodgson Burnett

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 1

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 . . .

 

 

LOVE OR MONEY?

Rowena Akinyemi
 

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 1

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.

 

FORTY YEARS OF POP

Steve Flinders

OXFORD FACTFILES 2

Popular music - from Elvis to the present day. In 1956, a young man called Elvis Presley made a record that changed the history of music. Where he started, others followed: Bob Dylan and The Beatles, Madonna and Nirvana. This book looks at the way pop music has changed and grown over the last forty years.

 

 

SEASONS AND CELEBRATIONS

Jackie Maguire

 

OXFORD FACTFILES 2

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.

 

 

THE ROAD AHEAD

Bill Gates

 

 

PENGUIN READERS 3 ADVANCED

Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, started Microsoft in 1975 with a friend when he was only nineteen years old. Twenty years later he wrote this book about the future of computers and the Internet. Read the ideas and dreams of a man who has changed the world.

 

HARD TIMES

Charles Dickens

 

 

OXFORD DOMINOES 3

Thomas Gradgrind believes that facts and money are more important than feelings and imagination. After Cissy Jupe – a circus child – is left alone in the world, Gradgrind takes her into his house, looking after her and teaching her facts with his own children Tom and Louisa. Some years later the Gradgrind family meets hard times. Louisa becomes a prisoner in a loveless marriage, and Tom has problems at work.
In the end, Thomas Gradgrind learns the importance of feelings and imagination.

 

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING

OXFORD FACTFILES 3

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 LOVE OF A KING

Peter Dainty

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2

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.

 

MURDERS IN THE RUE MORGUE

Edgar Allan Poe

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2

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.

 

 

VOODOO ISLAND

Michael Duckworth

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2

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 . . .

 

   

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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