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A Scandal in Bohemia (Penguin Readers 3)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Penguin
"A Scandal in Bohemia" is one of six stories in this collection about the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, the famous private detective. All kinds of people want his help, from the King of Bohemia to a London shopkeeper. Who put a diamond in a chicken? Why is there a special club for men with red hair? Will he solve every mystery? Or are some people even cleverer than Sherlock Holmes?

Alexander The Great (Penguin Readers 4)

Fiona Beddall , Penguin
Alexander the Great became king of Macedonia at the age of twenty. When he died, twelve years later, he ruled the biggest empire that the world had ever known. Many people died as he and his army fought their way east. But he became a hero to many others, and his achievements were extraordinary

All I Want (Cambridge English Readers 5)

Margaret Johnson , Cambridge University Press
Alex is thirty and wants just one thing in life: her boss, Brad. But however hard she tries, things keep on going wrong for her. Then Alex discovers what it is she really, really wants

Anne Frank - The Diary of a Young Girl (Penguin Readers 4)

Anne Frank & Cherry Gilchrist , Penguin
It is 1942 in Holland and the Germans have invaded. All Jewish people are frightened for their lives and the Frank family decide to hide. Life is dangerous but they hope for the best, until they are finally discovered. This is the diary of Anne Frank, a young girl - her description of love and fear during two years of hiding

Billy Budd, Sailor (Penguin Readers 3)

Herman Melville , Penguin
Billy Budd is an honest sailor, and everyone likes him. But Budd makes an enemy, John Claggart. Claggart hates Budd, and the result is a serious problem! The captain of the ship is an honest man, and he wants to do the right thing. But he must choose between his feelings and the law

Blood Ties (Penguin Readers 3)

Nigel Hinton , Penguin
Tom and his family are on Kirren Island. Vicky Rochester's family are there too. When Tom sees Vicky he's happy and excited. But strange and terrible things begin to happen. Tom's mother and father, and Vicky's parents… There's something wrong with them

Chance of a Lifetime (Penguin Readers 3)

Margaret Iggulden & Julia Allen , Penguin
Helen is traveling through Europe on her first job after university. It's a wonderful chance to travel and meet people - a chance of a lifetime. But what secrets are the other people on the trip hiding? And what does Helen discover about herself?

Dangerous Game (Penguin Readers 3)

William Harris , Penguin
For a number of years, William Harris plays a game with a ghost before he goes to sleep. The ghost is a poltergeist that William calls 'Poldy.' At the beginning William and Poldy play a friendly game every night, but then the game begins to change. It becomes a dangerous game. Who will win?

Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (Penguin Readers 3)

Robert Louis Stevenson , Penguin
Why has Dr Jekyll made a friend of the frightening Mr Hyde? Who is the evil little man? And why does he seem to have power over the good Dr Jekyll? Then there is a murder. Everybody is looking for Mr Hyde. But the evil little man has disappeared. Or has he?

Dracula (Penguin Readers 3)

Bram Stoker , Penguin
Count Dracula is a vampire. He drinks people's blood. He lives in a lonely castle in the mountains of Transylvania. But then he comes to England… Professor van Helsing knows about vampires, but can he stop Dracula?

Falling Leaves 2nd Edn.(Penguin Readers 4)

Adeline Yen Mah , Penguin
This book is the life story and family history of Adeline Yen Mah. Adeline was born in China at a time of great change and trouble. At the same time, she suffered terrible unkindness from the members of her own family. "Falling Leaves" is a story of pain and fear, but also of hope as Adeline fights for her independence

Farewell, My Lovely (Penguin Readers 4)

Raymond Chandler , Penguin
Private detective, Philip Marlowe, is in trouble again! He witnesses a murder. He knows the killer. The police do not want to find the murderer, and Marlowe thinks this is strange. He knows something is wrong. Will he discover the truth?

Frankenstein (Penguin Readers 3)

Mary Shelley , Penguin
Frankenstein is probably the most famous horror story in the world. Victor Frankenstein is a young scientist who creates a monster from parts of dead bodies. At first the monster looks for loves and wants to be kind. But soon, he learns to hate people and becomes evil. Frankenstein has learnt to create life. But will this life destroy him?

Frozen Pizza and other slices of life (Cambridge English Readers 6)

Antoinette Moses , Cambridge University Press
These highly enjoyable stories offer eight slices of life in England today. The themes covered include food, the media, immigration, student life, football hooliganism, inner-city problems, leisure activities and the countryside. Lively and amusing, these stories provide a fascinating picture of the country at the start of a new century

Ghost in the Guitar (Penguin Readers 3)

Paul Shipton , Penguin
Katy and her boyfriend Tom are happy in their band, Steel City. But then Tom gets a new guitar and the trouble begins. Suddenly he can play very well, but he seems to be a different person. Why is he always so angry? When Katy discovers the secret of the guitar, she is very afraid. Can she save her boyfriend's life?

Ghost Stories (Oxford Bookworms 5)

Rosemary Border , Oxford University Press
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

Great Expectations (Oxford Bookworms 5)

Charles Dickens , Oxford University Press
In a gloomy, neglected house Miss Havisham sits, as she has sat year after year, in a wedding dress and veil that were once white, and are now faded and yellow with age. Her face is like a death's head; her dark eyes burn with bitterness and hate. By her side sits a proud and beautiful girl, and in front of her, trembling with fear in his country boots, stands young Pip

Happy Christmas (Penguin Readers 3)

John Escot , Penguin
Do you know where Santa Claus's name comes from? Are you a santa or a scrooge? Answer our questions, and find out! You can make our yule log chocolate cake in 'A Great Time for Eating!' And there are Christmas stories and a play for you to read too

How to be an Alien 2nd Edn. (Penguin Readers 3)

George Mikes , Penguin
Why are the English different from Europeans? George Mikes' book describes the strange things the English do and say. And because the English are strange, they don't get angry when they read the book. They love it!

Jane Eyre (Penguin Readers 3)

Charlotte Brontë , Penguin
Jane Eyre is a poor teacher who works for the wealthy Mr Rochester. She loves him and wants to marry him. He loves her too, but he has a secret which brings them great sadness

Millennium: The Year 2000 (Penguin Readers 3)

Cherry Gilchrist , Penguin
Read about the special celebrations at the start of 2000. Read our story about a millenium party two. And are you ready for the new millenium? What will the future bring you? Perhaps the planets have the answer - your birthday horoscope's inside

Monkey (Penguin Readers 5)

Wu Ch'Êng-Ên , Penguin
Monkey is a magical creature and so are his friends Pigsy and Sandy. On their long journey from China to India they learn more about themselves, each other, and the world around them. This Chinese classic tells the story of man's journey through life with humour and a great sense of adventure

My Fair Lady (Penguin Readers 3)

Alan Jay Lerner , Penguin
When Professor Higgins meets Eliza Doolittle he understands that it is her strong London accent that will always keep her in the street. In this wonderful story about two very different people, Higgins decides to teach Eliza to speak English without her accent. But what will happen to Eliza when he's finished?

Oliver Twist (Penguin Readers 4)

Charles Dickens , Penguin
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?

On the Road (Penguin Reader 5)

Jack Kerouac , Penguin
Love, jazz, and excitement! These are all part of Sal Paradise's adventures 'on the road' with wild friend Dean Moriarty, and their crazy companions, as they travel across the USA

Photo of the Tall Man (Penguin Readers 3)

Stephen Rabley , Penguin
Kelly Logan is travelling to London to stay with her Uncle Max. She reads about the Tall Man in the newspaper. He is a very dangerous criminal, and the police think he is in London. Then strange things start happening. Does Kelly's uncle know more about the Tall Man than the police?

Psycho (Penguin Readers 3)

Robert Bloch , Penguin
Marion is lost. It's dark, she's tired and hungry. She thinks she is dreaming when she sees a sign shining in the night: Bates Motel. She can't believe her luck. But for Marion the bad dream is only just beginning…

Rain Man (Penguin Readers 3)

Leonore Fleischer , Penguin
Charlie Babbitt thinks he will get a lot of money when his father dies. The money goes to someone he does not know. He is a man who lives in a special hospital, and is the brother Charlie never knew. The two men meet and this is the start of a surprising new life for both of them

Rogue Trader (Penguin Readers 3)

Nick Leeson , Penguin
Nick Leeson ran the Barings Bank futures operation in Singapore. He became the star trader and made millions of dollars. But then he began to lose money. Barings was destroyed and Nick Leeson went to prison. "Rogue Trader" is his story

Rosa Raye, Crime Reporter (Penguin Readers 3)

Sue Kerman , Penguin
Rosa Raye is a crime reporter for a newspaper. On her way to work one morning, Rosa sees a man throwing something from a big truck into the sea. She decides to write a story about him for the newspaper. But this man works for Rudy Fowler, a very dangerous criminal. And Fowler does not want Rosa to write about him