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Rogue Trader (Penguin Readers 3)

Nick Leeson , Penguin , 2000
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
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Rosa Raye, Crime Reporter (Penguin Readers 3)

Sue Kerman , Penguin , 2000
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
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Sense and Sensibility (Macmillan Readers 5)

Jane Austen , Macmillan , 2005
After the sudden death of her husband, Mrs Dashwood and her daughters, Elinor, Marianne and Margaret, must leave their family home, the beautiful Norland Park. They must move to a small cottage in Devon. There Marianne falls in love with the handsome John Willoughby and Elinor misses Edward Ferrars, the man she had to leave behind
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Stories From Shakespeare (Penguin Readers 3)

Anne Collins, Andy Hopkins, & Jocelyn Potter , Penguin , 2000
These stories are based on some of Shakespeare's most famous plays. We travel to Venice, Greece, Denmark and Rome, and meet many different people. There is a greedy moneylender, a fairy king and queen, a man who is 'the finest Roman of them all', and a young prince who discovers that his uncle murdered his father.
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Tess of the D'Urbevilles (Macmillan Readers 5)

Thomas Hardy , Macmillan , 2006
When Tess Durbeyfield is driven by family poverty to claim kinship with the wealthy D'Urbervilles and seek a portion of their family fortune, meeting her 'cousin' Alec proves to be her downfall. A very different man, Angel Clare, seems to offer her love and salvation, but Tess must choose whether to reveal her past or remain silent in the hope of a peaceful future. With its sensitive depiction of the wronged Tess and powerful criticism of social convention, Tess of the D'Urbervilles is one of the most moving and poetic of Hardy's novels.
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The Black Cat and Other Stories (Penguin Readers 3)

Edgar Allan Poe , Penguin , 1991
These four stories of murder and mystery will frighten you! Edgar Allen Poe writes about terrible people with strange lives. Do you have a black cat…?
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The Boys From Brazil (Penguin Readers 4)

Ira Levin , Penguin , 1995
It is 1974, but for Dr Mengele and his group of Nazis the war is not over. They have a plan to rule the world. First there is a list of men who must die. Then there are the boys who appear in different countries of the world. They all have the same body, the same hair, the same face… Why is Mengele so interested in them?
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The Canterbury Tales (Penguin Readers 3)

Geoffrey Chaucer , Penguin , 2000
"We'll give a free dinner to the person who tells the best story. Now, put up your hands if you agree." The pilgrims all held up their hands. A group of pilgrims are travelling together for five days from London to Canterbury. On the way, each pilgrim has to tell a story to keep the others amused. Some stories are happy, and some are sad. But they all have a message, and we can learn from them
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The Climb (Penguin 3)

John Escott , Penguin , 2000
A mysterious stranger has come to the island. Why is he there? Why does he look at Eagle's Rock, and at Mr Vitalis' house? Costas wants to know the answers to these questions. And he wants to be the first person to climb the dangerous Eagle's Rock. But will the stranger climb it first?
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The Count of Monte Cristo (Penguin Readers 3)

Alexandre Dumas , Penguin , 2000
Edmond Dantes is a clever young seaman, but he has enemies who tell lies about him. On the day of his wedding to the beautiful Mercedes, Edmond is thrown into prison. There he meets a man who tells him about some treasure on the island of Monte Cristo. Will Edmond escape from prison and find the treasure? And will he see Mercedes again?
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The Day of the Jackal 2nd Edn.(Penguin Readers 4)

Frederick Forsyth , Penguin , 2008
A secret organisation plans to assassinate the French president, General de Gaulle. Their leader, Colonel Marc Rodin, decides to hire a professional, someone unknown to the French police. He and his men choose "the Jackal." Can police detective Claude Lebel stop the killing and save the President's life?
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The Fall of the House of Usher and other stories (Penguin Readers 3)

Edgar Allan Poe , Penguin , 2000
There are five stories in this book. 'The Fall of the House of Usher' and 'The Barrel of Amontillado' are stories of madness; 'The Maelström' describes fear of death during a storm on the ocean; and in 'The Stolen Letter' meet C. Auguste Dupin, Poe's famous Parisian detective
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The Fruitcake Special and other stories (Cambridge English Readers 4)

Frank Brennan , Cambridge University Press , 2000
Five stories about discovery - a perfume that attracts men, a book that shows people's thoughts, a remarkable change in a widow's life, the secret of high intelligence, and a way of making time stand still - make up this entertaining collection
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The Great Discovery (Penguin Readers 3)

Mandy Loader , Penguin , 2000
Archaeologist Tim Saunders sits opposite a mysterious girl on a train in Egypt. He notices the bracelet she's wearing. He thinks it may be a treasure from the lost tomb of Queen Cleopatra. Is Tim going to make a great discovery? And is there a curse on the lost treasure?
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The Hound of the Baskervilles (Oxford Bookworms 4)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Oxford University Press , 1989
When the body of Sir Charles Baskerville is found in his garden, there are no signs to explain his death. Did he die of fright? Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson have another mysterious case to solve. The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end. The Hound Of The Baskervilles gripped readers when it was first serialised and has continued to hold its place in the popular imagination.
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The Long Goodbye (Penguin Readers 6)

Raymond Chandler , Penguin , 1997
Philip Marlowe likes Terry Lennox. So, when Lennox's wife is murdered, Marlowe helps him to leave the country. The police arrest Marlowe, but then release him and tell him to forget everything. Of course, Marlowe does not forget
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The Mosquito Coast (Penguin Readers 4)

Paul Theroux , Penguin , 1995
Allie Fox hates America and he hates the twentieth century. He takes his wife and children to the jungle in Honduras to make a new, simple life. But Allie starts to go mad and pulls his family into a life which is much worse and more frightening than anything they knew in America
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The Mystery of the Blue Mines (Penguin Readers 3)

Kris Anderson , Penguin , 2000
There's something wrong with the Blue Mines at Arralooma in Central Australia. Is the company only mining opals there, or are they doing other things? A policeman is found dead near the Blue Mines. The Special Police Team in Sydney sends Steve Malone to solve the mystery
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The Phantom of the Opera (Penguin Readers 5)

Gaston Leroux , Penguin , 2002
There is a climate of secrecy and fear at the Paris Opera. People are dying and a beautiful young singer has disappeared. Is this the work of the Opera ghost? Is the ghost a man or a monster? And what else will he do to get what he wants?
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The Picture of Dorian Gray (Oxford Bookworms 3)

Oscar Wilde , Oxford University Press , 1989
"When we are happy, we are always good," says Lord Henry, "but when we are good, we are not always happy." Lord Henry's lazy, clever words lead the young Dorian Gray into a world where it is better to be beautiful than to be good; a world where anything can be forgiven - even murder - if it can make people laugh at a dinner party
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The Red Badge of Courage (Penguin Readers 3)

Stephen Crane , Penguin , 2000
Henry Fleming leaves home and joins the army. He wants to be a hero! But what will he do when the battle starts? Henry and the other new soldiers are tested. They measure their courage against the enemy, their comrades, and themselves
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The Ring (Penguin Readers 3)

Bernard Smith , Penguin , 2000
One day Rafael was well; the next day he was completely mad. What happened to make him crazy? The story of Rafael and his gold ring is a story of murder, mystery and love. Many people know part of the story, but only Rafael knows what really happened. And Rafael is mad.
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The Story of the Internet (Penguin Readers 5)

Bryant, S. , Penguin
This is the story of the Internet. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, the Internet will change the lives of almost every person on the planet.
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The Swiss Family Robinson (Penguin Readers 3)

Johann Wyss , Penguin , 2000
"It was the seventh day of the storm. We didn't know where we were. Everyone on the ship believed that death was very near." The Robinson family do not die at sea; they find their way to a small island. But what can they do now? What will they eat? Luckily, the mother and father have useful skills and they can teach their four sons. But how long will they be there on the island?
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The Talented Mr Ripley (Penguin Readers 5)

Patricia Highsmith , Penguin , 2001
Tom Ripley goes to Italy. He needs to find Dickie Greenleaf. Dickie's father wants him to go back to America. But Tom likes Italy, and he likes Dickie's money. Tom wants to stay in Italy, and will do anything to get what he wants
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The Thirty-Nine Steps (Penguin Readers 3)

John Buchan , Penguin , 1999
A man is killed in Richard Hannay's home. Before his death he tells Hannay a deadly secret. Now Hannay's life is in danger. Who are his enemies and what are they trying to do? And how will he solve the mystery of 'the thirty-nine steps?'
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The Thorn Birds (Penguin Readers 6)

Colleen McCullough , Penguin , 1995
One of the most popular novels if recent times, "The Thorn Birds" tells the story of Meggie Cleary. Meggie is loved by Father Ralph de Bricassart, and his struggle with ambition and love is at the heart of the story
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The Way Home (Cambridge English Readers 6)

Sue Leather , Cambridge University Press , 2004
Eight journeys which change lives forever - a New York fashion buyer returns to her English home, a successful author meets an old friend, a reporter travels to an execution, a lorry driver gives an escaped prisoner a lift, a taxi driver picks up 'Bruce Lee', a bus ride home changes a film writer's life and work, a man's love for a tram driver leads him to follow her, and four strangers meet at a motel for the first and last time.
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The Young King and Other Stories (Penguin Readers 3)

Oscar Wilde , Penguin , 2000
Strange and wonderful things happen in the seven short stories in this book. Oscar Wilde takes us into a world of kings and queens, mermaids and witches, giants and dwarfs, and talking animals. Exciting and amusing, happy and sad, these are stories for people of all ages
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Three Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Readers 4)

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle , Penguin , 2000
Sherlock Holmes is a great detective. There are few cases that he cannot solve. In these three stories we meet a young woman who is terrified by a 'speckled band,' a family who think five orange pips are a sign of death, and a banker who believes his son is a thief. But are things really as they seem?
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