Alex Garland - The Beach (Penguin Readers)
On Richard's first night at a backpackers' hostel in Bangkok, a mysterious traveller commits suicide leaving Richard a map to the beach. An idyllic secret island, the beach is a legend among young travellers. But paradise isn't always what it seems. A compulsive first novel by Alex Garland now a blockbuster film starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Richard.
Winston Groom - Forrest Gump (Penguin Readers)
Everybody tells Forrest Gump that he's an idiot. But he's a great football player, and he plays the harmonica beautifully. He's also a brave soldier. But can he ever marry the girl he loves? This story of his journey through life is sometimes sad and sometimes very funny.
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.
Jane Austen - Sense and Sensibility (Penguin Readers)
Elinor and Marianne Dashwood are two very different sisters. Marianne loves excitement; her sister is more sensible and serious. But both girls must use the same honesty and intelligence before they can find happiness. Pre-Intermediate (1200 words) Classics British English
Edgar Allan Poe - The Black Cat and Other Stories (Penguin Readers)
Four short stories of murder and mystery. Edgar Allan Poe wrote about terrible people who lead strange lives. If you have a black cat yourself, watch out! Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849) - the master of the macabre - is one of the best-known writers of horror stories in the English language.
Ellis Peters - A Morbid Taste for Bones (Oxford Bookworms)
Murder in the twelfth century is no different from murder today. There is still a dead body, though this time with an arrow through the heart instead of a bullet. There is still a need to bury the dead, to comfort the living - and to catch the murderer. When Brother Cadfael comes to a village in the Welsh hills, he finds himself doing all three of those things. And there is nothing simple about this death. The murdered man's daughter needs Cadfael's help in more ways than one. There are questions about the arrow. And the burial is the strangest thing of all...
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. . . .
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.
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.
Chris Rice - Audrey Hepburn (Penguin Readers)
Audrey Hepburn was a beautiful and great actress. When there were unhappy times for her, Audrey would always show a warm, friendly face to the world. The world loved her, and people love her now! This is her story...
John Escott - Dead Man's Island (Oxford Bookworms)
Mr Ross lives on an island where no visitors come. He stops people from taking photographs of him. He is young and rich, but he looks sad. And there is one room in his house which is always locked. Carol Sanders and her mother come to the island to work for Mr Ross. Carol soon decides that there is something very strange about Mr Ross. Where did he get his money from? How can a young man buy an island? So she watches, and she listens - and one night she learns what is behind the locked door.
Stella Gibbons - Cold Comfort Farm (Oxford Bookworms)
The farm Lies in the shadow of a hill, and the farmyard rarely sees the sun, even in summer, when the sukebind hangs heavy in the branches. Here live the Starkadders - Aunt Ada Doom, Judith, Amos, Seth, Reuben, Elfine ... They lead messy, untidy lives, full of dark thoughts, moody silences, and sudden noisy quarrels. That is, until their attractive young cousin arrives from London. Neat, sensible, efficient, Flora Poste cannot bear messes (they are so uncivilized). She begins to tidy up the Starkadders' lives at once... (Word count 32,850)
Nicholas Evans - The Horse Whisperer (Penguin Readers)
One winter's morning in New York State, there is an accident on an icy mountain road. Thirteen-year-old Grace and her much-loved horse, Pilgrim, are very badly hurt. Grace's mother beleives her daughter will only recover if her horse can be saved. Can Pilgrim be nursed back to health? Contemporary / British English Level (3) Pre-Intermediate
Thomas Hardy - The Three Strangers and Other Stories (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" On a stormy winter night, a stranger knocks at the door of a shepherd's cottage. He is cold and hungry, and wants to get out of the rain. He is welcomed inside, but the does not give his name or his business. Who is he, and where has he come from? And he is only the first visitor to call at the cottage that night... In these three short stories, Thomas Hardy gives us pictures ot the lives of shepherds and hangmen, dukes and teachers. But rich or poor, young or old, they all have the same feelings of fear, hope, love, jealousy...
Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist (Penguin Readers)
Oliver's mother dies when he is born and he is brought up in a workhouse. His first years are cold and lonely - and then he runs away to London. But he falls into the hands of Fagin and the terrifying Bill Sykes. They try to turn Oliver into a criminal. Will he escape to find a better life?
John Escott - Prince William (Penguin Readers)
Prince William is rich, handsome and the future King of England! But in many ways he is also an ordinary teenage boy. This is the story of his life and tells you all about his school, his friends, the sports, music and fashion he likes, as well as interesting facts about the Royal Family and his mother, Princess Diana. With seven pages of full colour photographs, this is a wonderful way to learn more about the British Royal Family and in particular this shy, eighteen-year- old Prince.
John Grogan - Marley & Me (Penguin Readers)
A young husband and wife buy a puppy and call him Marley. Marley gets bigger and bigger, and he is not an easy dog. He eats everything. He breaks things. He doesn't listen. But he loves John and Jenny and they love him. Is this really the story of the world's worst dog?
Alexandre Dumas - The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Readers)
Edmond Dantes is a young seaman. On the day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, jealous enemies have him arrested and thrown into prison. There he meets an old man who tells him about the treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. Can Edmond escape from prison and get his revenge on his enemies?
Charles Dickens - Oliver Twist (Oxford Bookworms)
Oliver’s mother dies when he is born and he is brought up in a workhouse. His first years are cold and lonely – and then he runs away to London. But he falls into the hands of Fagin and the terrifying Bill Sykes. They try to turn Oliver into a criminal. Will he escape to find a better life?