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?
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.
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?
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
John Escott - Goodbye Mr. Hollywood (Oxford Bookworms)
'The girl suddenly took Nick's face between her hands, and kissed him on the mouth. "Drive carefully, Mr Hollywood. Goodbye," she said, with a big beautiful smile. Then she turned and wwalked quickly away.' ....
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...
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. . . .
Stephen Rabley - Marcel and the White Star (Penguin Readers)
Marcel is a mouse and famous detective. He lives in Paris. One evening, two thieves steal very expensive diamond ring - the "White Star". Then they steal a car. Marcel follows them across Paris to a cafe. Can he get the "White Star" and bring it back?
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.
Joseph Conrad - Lord Jim (Oxford Bookworms)
A hundred years ago a seaman's life was full of danger, but Jim, the first mate on board the Patna, is not afraid of danger. He is young, strong, confident of his bravery. He dreams of great adventures - and the chance to show the world what a hero he is. But the sea is no place for dreamers. When the chance comes, on a calm moonlit night in the Indian Ocean, Jim fails the test, and his world falls to pieces around him. He disappears into the jungles of south-east Asia, searching for a way to prove himself, once and for all ... About the Author Joseph Conrad (1857-1924) was born into a Polish family who lived in the Ukraine. At the age of sixteen he went to sea, and later joined the British Merchant Navy, becoming a Master Mariner and a British citizen in 1886. After twenty years at sea, he came to live in England, where he wrote many famous novels, including Lord Jim, Nostromo, Heart of Darkness, and The Secret Agent.
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.
Rosemary Border - The Piano (Oxford Bookworms)
One day, a farmer tells a farm boy to take everything out of an old building and throw it away. "It's all rubbish,' he says In the middle of all the rubbish, the boy finds a beautiful old piano. He has never played before, but now, when his fingers touch the piano, he begins to play. He closes his eyes and the music comes to him-and the musicmoves his fingers. When he opens his eyes again, he knows that his life is changed for ever...
John Grisham - The Firm (Penguin Readers)
Mitch McDeere is a young, intelligent and ambitious lawyer. When he gets a job with a top law firm in Memphis he is delighted. But soon Mitch discovers that the firm is listening to his phone calls, and the FBI want to speak to him ...It is impossible to put this book down. It has also been released as a major film starring Tom Cruise.