Locked doors, bricked-up alcoves and premature burial close in on Poe’s narrators as they, like their victims, are cut off from light, air and human society. The “disordered chambers” of the author’s mind resonate with archetypal, if extreme, psychological states; these 46 tales also present the incurable hoaxer and teller of excessively tall tales, a master of this difficult genre.
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.
Jack London - The Call of the Wild (Oxford Bookworms)
When men find gold in the frozen north of Canada, they need dogs - big, strong dogs to pull the sledges on the long journeys to and from the gold mines. Buck is stolen from his home in the south and sold as a sledge-dog. He has to learn a new way of life - how to work in harness, how to stay alive in the ice and the snow ... and how to fight. Because when a dog falls down in a fight, he never gets up again.
Elizabeth Gaskell - Cranford (Oxford Bookworms)
Life in the small English town of Cranford seems very quiet and peaceful. The ladies of Cranford lead tidy, regular lives. They make their visits between the hours of twelve and three, give little evening parties, and worry about their maid-servants. But life is not always smooth - there are little arguments and jealousies, sudden deaths and unexpected marriages ...Mrs Gaskell's timeless picture of small-town life in the first half of the nineteenth century has delighted readers for nearly 150 years.
Lucy Maud Montgomery - Anne of Green Gables (Oxford Bookworms)
Marilla Cuthbert and her brother Matthew want to adopt an orphan, to help on the farm at Green Gables. They ask for a boy, but they get Anne, who has red hair and will freckles, and who talks and talks and talks. They didn't want a girl, but how can they send a child back, like an unwanted parcel? So Anne stays, and begins a new life in the sleepy, quiet village of Avonlea in Canada. But it is not so quiet after Anne comes to live there...
L. Frank Baum - The Wizard of Oz (Oxford Bookworms)
Dorothy lives in Kansas, USA, but one day a cyclone blows her and her house to a strange country called Oz. There, Dorothy makes friends with the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But she wants to go home to Kansas. Only one person can help her, and that is the country's famous Wizard. So Dorothy and her friends take the yellow brick road to the Emerald City, to find the Wizard of Oz. . . .
Philip K. Dick - Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? (Oxford Bookworms)
Description San Francisco lies under a cloud of radioactive dust. People live in half-deserted apartment buildings, and keep electric animals as pets because so many real animals have died. Most people emigrate to Mars - unless they have a job to do on Earth. Like Rick Deckard - android killer for the police and owner of an electric sheep. This week he has to find, identify, and kill six androids which have escaped from Mars. They're machines, but they look and sound and think like humans - clever, dangerous humans. They will be hard to kill. The film Blade Runner was based on this famous novel. Key features Word count 31,300
Charlotte Brontë - Jane Eyre (Oxford Bookworms)
Egyszerűsített olvasmány angol nyelven. Hasznos segítség a nyelvtanulásban. A kötet 6. nehézségi fokozatú, az olvasásához kb. 2500 szavas szókincs szükséges. Jane Eyre is alone in the world. Disliked by her aunt's family, she is sent away to school. Here she learns that a young girl, with neither money nor family to support her, can expect little from the world. She survives, but she wants more from life than simply to survive: she wants respect, and love. When she goes to work for Mr Rochester, she hopes she has found both at once. But the sound of strange laughter, late at night, behind a locked door, warns her that her troubles are only beginning.
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.
Christine Lindop - The Girl with Red Hair (Oxford Bookworms)
Every day people come to Mason's store - old people, young people, men and women. From his office, and in the store, Mark watches them. And when they leave the store, he forgets them. Then one day a girl with red hair comes to the store, and everything changes for Mark. Now he can't forget that beautiful face, those green eyes, and that red hair . . .
Frances Hodgson Burnett - A Little Princess (Oxford Bookworms)
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 penny in the world...
Tim Vicary - Christine Sparks - The Elephant Man (Oxford Bookworms)
Ez egy angol nyelvű könyv, több részes. Egy férfiról, Merrick-ről szól, akit az emberek csak "Elephant Man"-nek, azaz Elefántembernek csúfolnak, mert nagyon csúnya külsővel van "megáldva." A történet elején Dr Treves, a London Hospital orvosa rátalál Merrick-re, és magával viszi a kórházba. Az emberek megkedvelik. Merrick naphosszat olvas, és még a királynő is meglátogatja! Érdekes, izgalmas történet, minden korosztály számára.
John Escott - The Fly and Other Horror Stories (Oxford Bookworms)
Flies are a nuisance. They are annoying when they buzz around you, but you can brush them away with your hand. After all, a fly is only about half the size of your fingernail. But suppose it wasn't. Catch a fly and look at it closely – at its head, its eyes, its legs. Now imagine that this thing was the size of a human being... These eight stories offer horror in many shapes and forms, in worlds full of monsters and evil spirits, where terror lies waiting in the shadows, and where the living and the dead dance hand in hand.
Stephen King - A remény rabjai
Mit tehet a fogoly, ha életfogytiglanra ítélik? Ha senki nem hiszi el, hogy ártatlan? Miben bízzon? A kegyelemben? A szökésben? Megannyi kérdés, amelyre King letehetetlen könyvének végén, de csakis a legvégén kapjuk meg a feleletet. Rabokról szól a második kisregény is - sorsának foglya a náci háborús bűnös, meg az újságkihordó gyerek, aki valahogy kiszagol valamit... Az _Állj ki mellettem!_-ben sem marad az olvasó borzalmak nélkül - élő gyerekek nyomoznak eltűnt társuk után... _A légzőgyakorlat_ klasszikus krimi: karácsony előestéjén öregurak hátborzongató történetekkel szórakoztatják egymást. A kisregények javát a moziból ismerheti az olvasó.
Jane Austen - Pride and Prejudice (Oxford Bookworms)
The moment I first met you, I noticed your pride, your sense of superiority, and your selfish disdain for the feelings of others. You are the last man in the world whom I could ever be persuaded to marry,’ said Elizabeth Bennet. And so Elizabeth rejects the proud Mr Darcy. Can nothing overcome her prejudice against him? And what of the other Bennet girls – their fortunes, and misfortunes, in the business of getting husbands? This famous novel by Jane Austen is full of wise and humorous observation of the people and manners of her times.
Isaac Asimov - I, Robot (Oxford Bookworms)
A human being is a soft, weak creature. It needs constant supplies of air, water, and food; it has to spend a third of its life asleep, and it can't work if the temperature is too hot or too cold. But a robot is made of strong metal. It uses electrical energy directly, never sleeps, and can work in any temperature. It is stronger, more efficient - and sometimes more human than human beings. Isaac Asimov was one of the greatest science-fiction writers, and these short stories give us an unforgettable and terrifying vision of the future.
Rosemary Border - Ghost Stories (Oxford Bookworms)
After dinner we turned the lights out and played 'hide-and-seek'. In the dark, I touched a hand, a very cold hand. Now, because of the game, I had to hide in the dark with . . . with this cold person - not speaking, not knowing who it was. Slowly the others found us, hid with us, until we were all there - all thirteen. Thirteen? But there were only twelve people in the house! We touched each other in the dark, counting. Thirteen. Quickly, nervously, I lit a match to see . . .