ELI readers is a beautifully illustrated series of timeless classics and specially-written stories for learners of English.
“Gatsby?” asked Daisy urgently. “What Gatsby?”
Could it be the same young army lieutenant whom Daisy Fay met five years ago – and who owns a sumtuous house on Long Island, where New York society enjoys the best parties on offer? Is it just coincidence that Gatsby lives across the bay from Daisy – now married to wealthy polo-player Tom Buchanan?
As one man’s mysterious dream moves towards its ultimetaly tragic conclusion, Midwesterner Nick Carraway is drawn into the dark world of Gatsby’s past and present – a world of hidden frustration and superficial relationships which perfectly illustrates the “careless and confused” nature of America’s Jazz Age. Scott Fitzgerald’s third novel was published in 1925 and has justifiable become a 20th century literary classic.
In this reader you will find:
- Information about F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life
- Sections focusing on backgrounds and context
- Glossary of difficult words
- Comprehension activities
- CAE–style activities
- Exit test
Wilkie Collins - Richard G. Lewis - The Woman in White (Oxford Bookworms)
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.
Maria von Trapp - The Sound of Music (Alpha General Fiction)
The true story of a young Austrian girl who brought love and music to a lonely widower and his large family. When the Nazis invaded Austria, Maria Von Trapp led the whole family to safety in a thrilling escape across the mountains.
Geoffrey Chaucer - The Canterbury Tales (Longman Classics)
This series provides a stimulating introduction to the great classic stories of literature and the best in children's fiction. The books are easy and enjoyable to read, and feature full-page, full-color pictures and photographs. Each title includes interesting information about the authors, and comprehension questions to spark discussion.
Ruth Prawer Jhabvala - Heat and Dust (Oxford Bookworms)
Heat and dust - these simple, terrible words describe the Indian summer. Year after year, endlessly, it is the same. And everyone who experiences this heat and dust is changed for ever. We often say, in these modern times, that sexual relationships have changed, for better or for worse. But in this book we see that things have not changed. Whether we look back sixty years, or a hundred and sixty, we see that it is not things that change, but people. And, in the heat and dust of an Indian summer, even people are not very different after all.
Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book (Longman Classics)
This is a Stage 1 title in a series which contains some of the best classic stories retold in English. The series is graded in four stages: Stage 1 - 500 word vocabulary, Stage 2 - 750, Stage 3 - 1300 and Stage 4 - 1800. Each book includes an introduction to the author and story, a glossary of new words and exercise material (comprehension and discussion questions). The series should also be of interest to children and to readers who have learning difficulties.
Michael Duckworth - Voodoo Island (Oxford Bookworms)
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... (Word count 5,910)
Joyce Hannam - The Death of Karen Silkwood (Oxford Bookworms)
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? Wilt 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.
Kazuo Ishiguro - The Remains of the Day (Penguin Readers)
It is the summer of 1956, and the ageing butler of Darlington Hall takes a rare holiday. But it is a journey that will also take him deep into his past. The Remains of the Day is a remarkable story: a man's exploration of his own life, and his heart-breaking attempt to make sense of it.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle - Sherlock Holmes Short Stories (Oxford Bookworms)
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 his stairs; he watches the door opening - and he knows what question the stranger will ask. In these threeof 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 wo can help them.
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)
Jennifer Bassett - Gaston Leroux - The Phantom of the Opera (Oxford Bookworms)
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?
Rudyard Kipling - The Jungle Book (Oxford Bookworms)
Ki ne hallott volna a Maugliról, Bagiráról, Baluról és a többiekről, vagyis a Dzsungel könyvéről? Egyszerűsített olvasmány angol nyelven. Hasznos segítség a nyelvtanulásban. A kötet 2. nehézségi fokozatú, az olvasásához kb. 700 szavas szókincs szükséges. "Oxford Bokkworms Stage 2" 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.
Judith Dean - Aladdin and the Enchanted Lamp (Oxford Bookworms)
Egyszerűsített olvasmány angol nyelven. Hasznos segítség a nyelvtanulásban. A kötet 1. nehézségi fokozatú, az olvasásához kb. 400 szavas szókincs szükséges. 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?
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.
Thomas Hardy - Tess of the d'Urbervilles (Oxford Bookworms)
Egyszerűsített olvasmány angol nyelven. Hasznos segítség a nyelvtanulásban. A kötet 6. nehézségi fokozatú, az olvasásához kb. 2500 szavas szókincs szükséges. "Oxford Bookworms Stage 6"
Geoffrey Trease - The Crown of Violet (Oxford Bookworms)
High up on a stone seat in the great open-air theatre of Athens, Alexis, son of Leon, watches the Festival of Plays - and dreams of seeing his own play on that famous stage. So, as the summer passes, Alexis writes his play for the next year's Festival. But then, with his friend Corinna, he learns that Athens has enemies - enemies who do not like Athenian democracy, and who are planning a revolution to end it all . . .
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)
Christine Lindop - Ned Kelly (Oxford Bookworms)
When he was a boy, he was poor and hungry. When he was a young man, he was still poor and still hungry. He learnt how to steal horses, he learnt how to fight, he learnt how to live - outside the law. Australia in the 1870s was a hard, wild place. Rich people had land, poor people didn't. So the rich got richer, and the poor stayed poor. Some say Ned Kelly was a bad man. Some say he was a good man but the law was bad. This is the true story of Australia's most famous outlaw.
Rowena Akinyemi - The Witches of Pendle (Oxford Bookworms)
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...