A Tale of Two Cities (Bestselling Illustrated Classics)

A Reign of Terror!

The mobs in the streets run wild, and danger is everywhere. Lucy Manette, half-English, half-French, lives quietly with her family in London. Having rescued her father many years earlier she feels safe. But the long, bloody hand of the mob reaches out for her and her family, thrusting them into ever-increasing danger.

Love, loyalty, friendship and even life itself are threatened in Charles Dickens’ unforgettable, most dramatic book.

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Bookset: Bestselling Illustrated Classics (11 books)

Age Range: 6 – 12 years

A pack of some of the Classics that have endured over the years and which kids love to bits! Illustrated with eye-catching drawings, this pack is just what you need to introduce your young one to these Classics.

This bookset includes:

  1. Kidnapped
  2. A Christmas Carol
  3. David Copperfield
  4. A Tale of Two Cities
  5. Alice in Wonderland
  6. Gulliver’s Travels
  7. Jane Eyre
  8. Robinson Crusoe
  9. Treasure Island
  10. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  11. Pride and Prejudice
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Oliver Twist (Penguin Readers Level 6)

Age Range: 12 – 17  years

Oliver Twist’s parents are dead and he grows up in the workhouse, where life is very hard. One day Oliver runs away to London. There, he enters a life of crime with the old man Fagin, the Artful Dodger, frightening Bill Sykes and kind-hearted Nancy. How will Oliver live in this dangerous world?

Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activities that help readers to develop key skills.

Oliver Twist, a Level 6 Reader, is B1+ in the CEFR framework. The longer text is made up of sentences with up to four clauses, introducing future continuous, reported questions, third conditional, was going to and ellipsis. A small number of illustrations support the text.

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A Christmas Carol (Penguin Readers Level 1)

Age Range: 12 – 17  years

Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas. He is angry that people are not working. Then, he meets the ghost of his old partner, Jacob Marley. Can Scrooge be a good person before it is too late?

Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction written for learners of English as a foreign language. Beautifully illustrated and carefully adapted, the series introduces language learners around the world to the bestselling authors and most compelling content from Penguin Random House. The eight levels of Penguin Readers follow the Common European Framework and include language activities that help readers to develop key skills.

A Christmas Carol, a Level 1 Reader, is A1 in the CEFR framework. Short sentences contain a maximum of two clauses, introducing the past simple tense and some simple modals, adverbs and gerunds. Illustrations support the text throughout, and many titles at this level are graphic novels.

Story word count: 1,315

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Great Expectations

“I loved her against reason, against promise…against all discouragement that could be.”

Taken to the Satis House by his Uncle Pumblechook one day, Pip, a young orphan, meets a wealthy, eccentric spinster, Miss Havisham and her beautiful, cold-hearted ward, Estella. Pip instantly falls in love with her. But in the days to come, he is constantly reminded that Estella is heartless.

“You must know,” said Estella, condescending to me as a brilliant and beautiful woman might, “that I have no heart..”

Apprenticed as a blacksmith with his brother-in-law, Pip yearns to become a wealthy gentleman in order to be worthy of her. and when he learns of the expectations from a secret benefactor for him to be trained in the gentlemanly arts, he goes to London. As a series of events follow, including Estella’s marriage to the brutal nobleman, Bentley Drummle, will Pip and Estella ever unite?

Set in the early Victorian England, Great Expectations mirrors scenes from Dickens’ own childhood. Rich in imagery, this Bildungsroman traces Pip’s journey of self-discovery and self-improvement from childhood to maturity.

First serialized in All the Year Round, Dickens’ weekly periodical, Great Expectations was published in the novel form in 1861. it has not only been adapted into films but has also influenced a number of writers and continues to receive universal acclaim.

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Oliver Twist (Macmillan Popular Classics)

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’s most popular novels, with many famous film, television and musical adaptations. It is a classic story of good against evil, packed with humour and pathos, drama and suspense, in which the orphaned Oliver is brought up in a harsh workhouse, and then taken in and exploited by the criminal Fagin, before being eventually rescued and taken in by a loving family.

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