What’s in a name? Does it really matter if you are called Montague or Capulet? When Romeo, son of Lord and Lady Montague, falls in love with the most beautiful girl he’s ever seen, he finds out that it does matter. It makes all the difference in the world, because both families hate each other bitterly. For a time, Romeo and Juliet manage to keep their love secret. But when Romeo is sent away from Verona, and arrangements are made for Juliet to marry Paris, a friend of her father’s, hope begins to die. Can any of their friends help the young lovers to be together for ever?
Erich Segal - Love Story (Oxford Bookworms)
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 future. Then they learn that they don't have much time left.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Jennifer Bassett - Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings (Oxford Bookworms)
Sherlock Holmes and the Sport of Kings. 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.
Rowena Akinyemi - Love or Money (Oxford Bookworms)
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.
Michael Dibdin - The Last Sherlock Holmes Story (Oxford Bookworms)
For fifty years after Dr Watson's death, a packet of papers, written by the doctor himself, lay hidden in a locked box. The papers contained an extraordinary report of the case of Jack the Ripper and the horrible murders in the East End of London in 1888. The detective, of course, was the great Sherlock Holmes - but why was the report kept hidden for so long? This is the story that Sir Arthur Conan Doyle never wrote. It is a strange and frightening tale...
Jerome K. Jerome - Three Men in a Boat (Oxford Bookworms)
'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 a 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.
Bram Stoker - Dracula (Oxford Bookworms)
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... (Word count7,875)
John Escott - American Crime Stories (Oxford Bookworms)
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. (Word count 26,500)
Charles Dickens - Clare West - Great Expectations (Oxford Bookworms)
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!'
Catherine Fisher - Incarceron
Üdvözlünk Incarceronban! A reményt hagyd a kapuknál, és készülj fel egy véres, kegyetlen harcra a túlélésért. Ugyanis Incarceron nem egy egyszerű börtön, nem csak elzár a külvilágtól, hanem szereti kínozni a bentlakókat, játszik az életükkel és elszórakoztatja magát. Mert Incarceron él… És itt él Finn, aki nem emlékszik a múltjára, csak hogy pár éve egy cellában tért magához. Látomások gyötrik, amik azzal kecsegtetik, hogy talán Odakint született, és pont ezért tekintik néhányan a kulcsnak ahhoz, hogy megszökjenek. De vajon kicsoda igazából Finn és tényleg van-e kiút vagy csak legenda az egész? Odakint pedig, Claudia, Incarceron Igazgatójának lánya küzd a maga módján a szabadságáért. Ugyanis hiába él nemesként, egy olyan világban, ahol csak a gazdagok élvezhetik a technika vívmányait, így sem élhet úgy, ahogy akar, ugyanis miután bevezették a Protokollt, hogy egy utópisztikus világot teremtsenek, megállították az időt. Nincs fejlődés, és egy régi kor értékrendje szerint élnek. Így Claudia sorsa az, hogy hozzámenjen egy herceghez és majd valamikor esetleg átvegye a Királynő helyét.
Edgar Allan Poe - Murders in the Rue Morgue (Oxford Bookworms)
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.
O. Henry - New Yorkers (Oxford Bookworms)
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.
William Shakespeare - Alistair McCallum - Much Ado About Nothing (Oxford Bookworms)
There are tow love stories in this fast-moving comedy. Brave young Claudio and Leonato's pretty daughter Hero are in love and want to marry, but Don John has a wicked plan to stop their wedding. Will he succeed, or will the truth come out? Will Claudio and Hero marry, after all? Beatrice and Benedick are always arguing with each other, but how do they really feel? Perhaps they are more interested in each other than they seem to be! Their friends work hard to bring them closer together. (700 headwords)
Charles Dickens - A Christmas Carol (Oxford Bookworms)
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.
Oscar Wilde - The Canterville Ghost (Oxford Bookworms)
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 suprises waiting for him.
Charlotte Brontë - Evelyn Attwood - Jane Eyre (Penguin Readers)
This is Charlotte Bronte's powerful story of a young woman struggling to make a life for herself. Jane Eyre is a poor young teacher who works for the rich and mysterious Mr. Rochester. At first Jane has little to do with her employer, but she soon finds herself falling in love with him. Rochester loves Jane too, but he has a terrible secret from his past. Tragedy follows when Jane learns the truth. Will their love survive?
Lewis Carroll - Through the Looking-Glass (Oxford Bookworms)
Egyszerűsített olvasmány angol nyelven. Hasznos segítség a nyelvtanulásban. A kötet 3. nehézségi fokozatú, az olvasásához kb. 1000 szavas szókincs szükséges. "Oxford Bookworms Stage 3" "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...
H. E. Bates - Go, Lovely Rose and Other Stories (Oxford Bookworms)
A warm summer night. The moon shines down on the quiet houses and gardens. Everyone is asleep. Everyone except the mand in pyjamas and slippers, standing on the wet grass at the end of his garden, watching and waiting... In these three stories, H. E. Bates presents ordinary people like you and me. But as we get to know them better, we see that their feelings are not at all ordinary. In fact, what happens to them - and in them - is passionate, and even extraordinary. Could this happen to you and me?
Ken Follett - A katedrális
A világszerte népszerű Ken Follett legsikeresebb regénye. A cselekmény a középkorban, a XII. századi Angliában játszódik. A könyv oldalain középkori világ kel életre, mely színes, mint egy festmény, és mozgalmas, mint egy jó film. Olvasása közben belemerülünk a háború borzalmaiba, átélhetjük a zsarnokok önkényeskedéseit, a hideg kőpadlókon zajló forró ölelkezéseket, kínzást, gyilkosságot és a szerzetesi élet keserveit. A cselekmény egy katedrális építése körül bonyolódik, melyért Benedek-rendi szerezetesek küzdenek szinte az egész világgal és még saját, féltékeny egyházukkal is. Mindez egy polgárháború közepén; körülöttük vér, ármány és szerelem.