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  • A Christmas Carol by: Charles Dickens  12,00

    “The ghosts make the story very exciting, and the pictures are absolutely brilliant.” Reem, 11

    ‘Bah, humbug! Fools wishing me a Merry Christmas should be forced to sit on cushions stuffed with holly leaves or boiled with their own Christmas puddings.’

    Miserable old miser Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas. Can somebody so selfish, so harsh and so horribly lonely ever change his ways?

    In one terrifying night, poor Scrooge is haunted by four ghosts. Why do they show him visions of his past? Why do they show him other people enjoying Christmas? Why do they show him the deaths of a young boy and of a miserable old miser?

    Weep and laugh as you read this much-loved Christmas story. Will Scrooge always think that Christmas is ‘Humbug’, or will he learn to shout ‘Merry Christmas, one and all’?

  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by: William Shakespeare  12,00

    “I think it’s very funny when Titania is under a spell and loves Bottom. And I like Puck, he’s so cheeky and naughty.” Josh, 9

    Mischief is in the air when the King and Queen of the Fairies quarrel and Puck is left in charge of the love potion.

    Four young people are lost in the woods on midsummer’s night. Will they find each other and true love, or will Puck’s meddling leave them broken-hearted and alone?

    A band of players prepares to entertain the Duke of Athens. But now that the fairies have made a donkey out of their leading man, will Quince and the others ever get to play their parts?

    Is there time to put everything right before this magical night is over?

  • A Study in Scarlet by: Arthur Conan Doyle  12,00

    “What a lot of blood for one story! Sherlock Holmes is very clever to know chemistry and German.” William, 11

    ‘On his rigid face was an expression of horror and hatred such as I had never seen before upon human features.’

    When Dr Watson agrees to share lodgings with Sherlock Holmes, he soon finds himself involved in a shocking and mysterious murder case.

    What will Holmes discover when he examines the body? There are no marks on the dead man, so why is there so much blood at the scene of the crime?

    Inspector Lestrade and Inspector Gregson have asked Holmes to help them. But will they listen to his advice?

    Can the famous detective and his new friend discover the truth before the murderer strikes again?

  • A Tale of Two Cities by: Charles Dickens  12,00

    “I like the way Sydney was able to change and become such a brave man.” Ollie, 10

    ‘It is a far, far better thing that I do than I have ever done.’

    Sydney Carton is a lawyer who has wasted his abilities and his life. Now he has to make a difficult choice about what is really important to him, which could be a matter of life or death.

    The French Revolution is running its violent course; lives are ruined as a new France is created. How did the gentle Doctor Manette and his daughter Lucie become caught up in France’s struggles? What is the real identity of the handsome Charles Darnay, who wins Lucie’s hand in marriage? And why does the shadow of La Bastille Prison hang over them all?

    The best of times and the worst of times. London and Paris. Sydney Carton and Charles Darnay. A story of contrasts and chaos. Can peace ever be restored in France? Can it ever be restored in the hearts of the people involved?

  • Aladdin And His Magic Lamp by:  12,00
    “Aladdin shows that even if you’re a bit lazy to begin with, you can still use your wits to help things come out right.” Abdul, 14
    As soon as Aladdin started cleaning the lamp there was a sound like a clap of thunder.  A swirling cloud of smoke filled the room, changing until it formed the outline of a huge green figure.
    Aladdin and his mother live a poor and humble life. Then one day Aladdin meets his long-lost uncle, and his life is changed for ever. Can his new friend be trusted?
    When Aladdin persuades the Sultan to let him marry the beautiful Princess Badroulbadour, he thinks his happiness is complete. But what will the Sultan’s Vizier do now that his own son’s chances of marrying the Princess are doomed to failure?
    It seems that Aladdin’s beloved Princess has been lost forever when he angers the evil sorcerer. Can Aladdin think of a way to bring his wife and his elderly mother back to safety?           
  • Ali Baba And The Forty Thieves by:  12,00
    “Ali Baba is a very lucky young man, but he wouldn’t be so fortunate if the servant girl Morgiana wasn’t so intelligent.” Zarah, 12
    The horsemen stopped close to where Ali Baba was hiding. He could scarcely breathe.  As they dismounted he counted them – there were forty in all, and they were carrying bags of gold, silver and precious stones.
    When Ali Baba goes into the forest as usual to gather wood to sell, he can hardly imagine that it is the start of an amazing adventure that will change his life.
    After he discovers the secret of the treasure cave, his good fortune soon turns into terrible danger. Can he ever live safely again with his wife and family?
    Ali Baba’s brother Cassim is a rich man, but cares little for the happiness of others. Where will his selfishness lead him?
    Morgiana, the servant girl, is faced with a deadly crisis. Is she clever and brave enough to save herself and Ali Baba’s family from destruction?
  • All Quiet On The Western Front by:  12,00
    “It must have been awful seeing your friends get hurt – and sometimes killed.” Hans, 10
    ‘There is a whistling sound behind us. Shells pass overhead and explode in a sheet of flame a hundred metres away.’
    When Paul Bäumer and his classmates join the army, nothing has prepared them for the death and destruction that they witness. Machine guns, huge artillery shells and poison gas create a nightmare world for these young men and their older comrades.
    For months and years attack is followed by counter-attack. Will any of Paul’s friends survive long enough to return to their families and loved ones? Will there be a place for them at home, when peace finally comes?
    Can any of these soldiers make sense of the massive conflict in which they are involved?
  • Anna Karenina by: Lev Nikolayeviç Tolstoy  12,00
    “I know it’s sad for Anna, but I feel very sorry for poor little Sergey, having to live with such a cold and uncaring father.” Eva, 13
    A guard had stepped back into the path of a train and been crushed beneath the wheels. He had been killed instantly.
    When Anna Karenina arrives at the scene of a horrible accident, it is the beginning of a new and troubling time in her life. Will she ever find happiness with the man she loves?
    Anna’s sister-in-law, Darya Oblonsky, is threatening to leave her selfish husband. Is Anna able to save their marriage?
    Anna’s young son, Sergey, is sure that one day his mother will return to him. Can the pair ever be reunited?
    Konstantin Levin is determined to marry Kitty, but she is dazzled by the lively and handsome Count Vronsky. Levin prefers a quiet life in the countryside to dinner parties and dances. Which of them will she finally choose?
  • Around The World In Eighty Days by: Jules Verne  12,00

    ‘Today is Wednesday 2nd October. If I am back in this very room in the Reform Club on Saturday 21st December by eight forty-five in the evening, I win.’

    Phileas Fogg bets £20,000 that he can go round the world in eighty days – a huge sum of money in 1872, worth more than a million pounds today.

    When he sets off on his amazing journey with his clever servant, Passepartout, they cannot afford the slightest delay. Will the two travellers have time to help Princess Aouda, when the brave and beautiful young woman is threatened with a cruel fate?

    Detective Fix believes that Mr Fogg is a bank robber, and plans to arrest him. Will that be the end of Phileas Fogg’s chance to save his fortune?

  • Bleak Hause by: Charles Dickens  12,00
    “This is a very exciting story. I can really imagine what London was like So many years ago.” Luke, 11
    ‘It would have been far better if you had never been born.’
    Esther, at fourteen, has never known love. Determined to live well, earn some love and overcome the shadow of her birth, she takes her first steps into an unknown world.
    A family curse, a manipulating lawyer, poverty and secrets threaten to destroy Esther’s world. Are the walls of Bleak House strong enough to protect her and her new friends from such powerful forces?
    The reader will be caught up in an unfolding mystery, full of surprises. Perhaps the biggest mystery of all is: Who is Nemo?