Raskolnikoff, a young student, has been forced to give up his university studies because of lack of money. He withdraws from society and, poor and lonely, he develops a plan to murder a greedy old moneylender. Surely the murder of one worhless old woman would be excused, even approved of, if it made possible a thousand good deeds? But this crime is just the beginning of the story. Afterwards he must go on a journey of self-discovery. He must try to understand his motives and explain them to others. Can he succees?
Penguin Readers are simplified texts designed in association with Longman, the world famous educational publisher, to provide a step-by-step approach to the joys of reading for pleasure. Each book has an introduction and extensive activity material. They are published at seven levels form Easystarts (200 words) to Advancet (3000 words).
Oscar Wilde - The Canterville Ghost (Easy Readers)
A funny and touching story about the American family Otis, who move into an old English castle where a ghost has walked for three hundred years. But the Otises are not afraid of the ghost. On the contrary, it soon becomes the other way round. When the ghost howls around the castle at night, Mr Otis gives him oil for his chains and Mrs Otis offers him medicine. The smaller children play tricks on him and frighten him. Only the kind-hearted, fifteen year old Virginia Otis feels sorry for the poor ghost, and through her innocence and courage she is able to help him to eternal rest.
Peter Benchley - Jaws (Penguin Readers)
This Level 2, Elementary "Penguin Reader" contains 500 words and tells the story of Amity, a quiet town near New York, that gets terrorized by a Great White Shark. Policeman Brody is a good policeman and tries to close the beaches, but people won't listen to him. "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified stories which introduces the reader step-by-step to classics, best-sellers, film-titles and original stories. Each text contains exercises, an introduction and information about the syllabus. They are published at six levels, from Beginner (300 words) to Advanced (3000 words).
John Escott - The Ghost of Genny Castle (Penguin Readers)
Claire goes to stay with her Aunt Min in a village that has an old castle, with a black tower. The castle has a dangerous secret, but what is it and can Claire find out? "Penguin Readers" is a series of simplified novels, film novelizations and original titles that introduce students at all levels to the pleasures of reading in English. Originally designed for teaching English as a foreign language, the series' combination of high interest level and low reading age makes it suitable for both English-speaking teenagers with limited reading skills and students of English as a second language. Many titles in the series also provide access to the pre-20th century literature strands of the National Curriculum English Orders. "Penguin Readers" are graded at seven levels of difficulty, from "Easystarts" with a 200-word vocabulary, to Level 6 (Advanced) with a 3000-word vocabulary. In addition, titles fall into one of three sub-categories: "Contemporary", "Classics" or "Originals". At the end of each book there is a section of enjoyable exercises focusing on vocabulary building, comprehension, discussion and writing. Some titles in the series are available with an accompanying audio cassette, or in a book and cassette pack. Additionally, selected titles have free accompanying "Penguin Readers Factsheets" which provide stimulating exercise material for students, as well as suggestions for teachers on how to exploit the Readers in class.
Sarah Williams - Kevin Hood - Becoming Jane (Penguin Readers)
Jane, a 20-year-old writer falls in love with Tom Lefroy who studies law. Jane’s romance inspired her to write Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. Read the story of Jane Austen and how she became one of the greatest writers of English literature.
Charles Dickens - Hard Times (Oxford Dominoes)
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.
William Shakespeare - Macbeth (Penguin Readers)
Macbeth, a brave soldier, is trusted by the Scottish king. Then a strange meeting with three witches makes him greedy for power. Macbeth wants to be king. He and his evil wife make murderous plans. But how many people will have to die before their dreams come true? This Penguin Reader play is written for acting - making English come alive.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables (Penguin Readers)
The Cuthberts ask the orphanage for a boy to help at their farm, but a little girl steps off the train. Anne causes chaos at Green Gables, but her good nature wins everyone's heart.
Alexander Solzhenitsyn - Cancer Ward
One of the great allegorical masterpieces of world literature, Cancer Ward is both a deeply compassionate study of people facing terminal illness and a brilliant dissection of the “cancerous” Soviet police state. Cancer Ward examines the relationship of a group of people in the cancer ward of a provincial Soviet hospital in 1955, two years after Stalin's death. We see them under normal circumstances, and also reexamined at the eleventh hour of illness. Together they represent a remarkable cross-section of contemporary Russian characters and attitudes. The experiences of the central character, Oleg Kostoglotov, closely reflect the author's own: Solzhenitsyn himself became a patient in a cancer ward in the mid-1950s, on his release from a labor camp, and later recovered.
Ismeretlen szerző - Tales from the Arabian Nights (Penguin Readers)
Tales from the Arabian Nights is a collection of stories from Persia, Arabia, India and Egypt which were brought together over hundreds of years. Stories include Aladdin and the Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and more.
Sara Paretsky - Margery Allingham - Sue Grafton - Patricia Highsmith - Simon Brett - Jack Ritchie - Colin Dexter - Crime Story Collection (Penguin Readers)
Most of these stories are about murder. We see what can drive a person to murder. Some people are angry or frightened. Others are clever planners. In one of the stories we meet a man who is making careful preparations for his third murder. Will he succeed?
Charles Lamb - Mary Lamb - More Tales from Shakespeare (Penguin Readers)
Charles and Mary Lamb have delighted generations of adults as well as children with their famed prose renderings of Shakespeare's originals. Bringing the plays to life in a form that encourages readers to enjoy and explore, Tales from Shakespeare provides an entertaining and informative introduction to the great works while retaining much of Shakespeare's lyricism, phrasing, and rhythm. It is a captivating work of Romantic storytelling as well as the original literary homage to the Bard. For more than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English-speaking world. With more than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines. Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up-to-date translations by award-winning translators.
John Escott - Star Reporter (Oxford Bookworms)
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.
Mark Twain - The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (Penguin Readers)
From the famous episodes of the whitewashed fence and the ordeal in the cave to the trial of Injun Joe, "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" is redolent of life in the Mississippi River towns in which Twain spent his own youth. A somber undercurrent flows through the high humor and unabashed nostalgia of the novel, however, for beneath the innocence of childhood lie the inequities of adult reality - base emotions and superstitions, murder and revenge, starvation and slavery.
Gillian Cross - On the Edge (Oxford Bookworms)
When Tug wakes up, he is not in his own bedroom at home. The door is locked and there are bars across the window. Loud music hammers through the house and through his head. Then a woman comes in and says that she is his mother, but Tug knows that she is not his mother . . . Outside, Jinny stares through the trees at the lonely house on the hill. She hears strange noises, but she turns away. After all, it's none of her business . . .
Elaine Kirn - Robin Hood (Regents Illustrated Classics)
Level A – beginning – 500 basic words The _Regents Illustrated Classics_ series provides highly motivational material for beginning and intermediate ESL students and for native speakers of English who want to develop basic reading skills. Each classic is presented in a fully illustrated format which aids comprehension and actually stimulates the desire to read. The for levels - beginning, low intermediate, and high intermediate - are all based on limited vocabulary and structure lists. Exercises are designed to develop reading strategies and build vocabulary. _Robin Hood_ is an old English folk tale; its author is unknown. It tells the story of a folk hero of twelfth century England who, through no fault of his own, becomes an outlaw. Robin lives in Sherwood Forest with his "band of merry men", which includes the giant Little John, the jolly monk Friar Tuck, and the young Will Scarlet. Fighting injustice and cruel laws, the men rob from the rich and pompous and give to the poor and needy. In the episodes in this book, Robin cleverly tricks the hated Sheriff of Nottingham again and again, wins an archery contest, and finally meets the king himself.
Joyce Annette Barnes - Amistad (Penguin Readers)
It is 1839. The slave ship, Amistad, is carrying African slaves to America. There is a bloody fight on the ship, and the Africans are free. But soon they are in prison in the US. Must they return to their ‘owners’, or are they free people?
Jonathan Swift - Gulliver's Travels (Penguin Readers)
Gulliver travels across the sea from England and has an accident. He arrives in a country of very, very small people. What will they do with him? How will he talk to them? And why are the Big-enders fighting the Little-enders?
John Escott - As the Inspector Said (Oxford Bookworms)
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.