J. J. Gardner - Men in Black (Penguin Readers)
Kay and Jay are Men in Black. They have an important job - they watch all the aliens in the world. There are usually fifteen hundred aliens on Earth at any one time. Things are usually quiet. But then a neww alien arrives and this one wants to fight.
Kenneth Grahame - The Wind in the Willows (Penguin Readers)
This is the story of four friends – Toad, Rat, Mole and Badger. Rat loves the river. Mole is often afraid. Badger likes to stay at home. But Toad is always looking for new adventures – and some of his ideas are dangerous.
Morton Rhue - The Wave (Penguin Readers)
Mr Ross had something special he wanted to teach his students - the Wave. And now the Wave is all over the school. But there is something about the wave, something people don't like. The wave is always moving - so can it be stopped?
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).
Vicky Shipton - London (Penguin Readers)
London is one of the great cities of the world. It is the biggest city in Britain and in Europe. In 1900, it was the biggest city in the world. In this book you will find a lot of interesting information about London. You will read about its history from Roman times. You will learn about its famous people – and the shops, museums and palaces of this exciting city.
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.
Jane Austen - Persuasion (Penguin Readers)
When they were very young, Anne Elliot and Captain Wentworth were in love. They did not marry, but Anne never forgot her love for him. Now, many years later, they meet again. Does Wentworth feel anything for Anne, or is he only interested in her pretty young friends?
Andrew Matthews - Freckles (Penguin Readers)
Susie has freckles and hates them. She has problems with boys. Her friend Donna is very pretty and the boys fall at her feet. But there is a new boy at school. Will Jack fall for Donna? Will he laugh at Susie's freckles? Susie and Donna are about to learn an important lesson about life. Andrew Matthews has written more than forty books for children and young people. He wrote this story especially for Penguin Readers.
Lewis Carroll - Alice in Wonderland (Penguin Readers)
One hot summer day, Alice sees a white rabbit and runs after it. She follows it down a rabbit hole and arrives in "Wonderland". Here catterpillars can talk, rabbits have watches and the Queen wants to cut everybody's head!
Jack London - The Call of the Wild (Penguin Readers)
Buck is a strong, intelligent dog who moves from his easy life in California to the Klondike. Life is tough in the cold north of Canada and Buck has to learn many hard lessons to survive. Buck meets dangerous men - and dogs - in this difficult snowy country. He changes because he has to change. But can he really be happy there? The life of Jack London (1876-1916) was as interesting as his books. People around the world love his stories about the lives of the people and animals of the north.
Todd Strasser - Jumanji (Penguin Readers)
"Do you want to leave the world behind? Then this game is for you. The first one to finish and shout Jumanji wins the game." But you must finish. Because with the first throw of the dice strange things start to happen. Peter and Judy find they must face lions, crocodiles, rhinoceroses and a hunter with a big gun. Can they finish the game before it finishes them?
Irene Trimble - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (Penguin Readers)
Elizabeth lives on a Caribbean island, a very dangerous place. A young blacksmith is interested i her, but pirates are interested too. Where do the pirates come from and wht do they want? Is there really a curse on their ship? And why can't they enjoy their gold?
David Levithan - The Mummy (Penguin Readers)
In Egypt Imhotep, High Priest of the Dead, stays in the ground for 3215 years. Then he wakes up from his half-life and he starts to kill. Evelyn works in a museum. Rick is a soldier. Can these very different people send Imhotep back to the dead -- and also find love?
Anne Fine - Flour babies (New Longman Literature)
Flour Babies is a day school novel for young adults, written by Anne Fine and published by Hamilton 1992. It features a group "science experiment" in a classroom full of poor students (underachievers). "When his class of underachievers is assigned to spend three torturous weeks taking care of their own "babies" in the form of bags of flour, Simon makes amazing discoveries about himself while coming to terms with his long-absent father."
Herman Melville - Moby Dick (Penguin Readers)
Moby Dick is the most dangerous whale in the oceans. Captain Ahab fought him and lost leg. Now he hates Moby Dick. He wants to kill him. But can Captain Ahab and his men find the great white whale! A young sailor, Ishmael, tells the story of their exciting and dangerous trip.
Caroline Thompson - Coleen Degnan-Veness - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (Penguin Readers)
Everbody in Halloweentown loves Halloween - but not Jack Skellington. Every year he has to sing the same scray songs and do the same dangerous dances. He is bored with them. Then, one day, he visits Christmastown and he has an idea. Why can't the vampires, whitches, and skeletons of Halloweentown celebrate Christmas, too - their way?
Adriana Gabriel - Dragonheart (Penguin Readers)
Young Prince Einon is dying. Only the Great Dragon can help him! But first the boy has to say, 'I won't be a cruel king. I'll love my people and be kind to them.' But Einon is cruel, and everybody in the country is afraid. Now the Dragon, good Sir Bowen and the peasants have to fight in a great battle between Good and Bad.
Liz Austin - Robin Hood (Penguin Readers)
The story of Robin Hood is very famous. Robin Hood robbed rich people and gave the money to poor people. He loved adventure, and he was the best fighter in England. The greedy Sheriff of Nottingham hated Robin, and the beautiful Lady Marian loved him. His most famous adventures are in this book.
Deborah Tempest - King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table (Penguin Readers)
Only the next king can pull the sword out of the stone. Many people try, but they cannot move the sword. Then young Arthur tries, but it comes out easily. Now he will be king. But will he be a good king? And will his life be happy?