Inside All Graded Readers (31)
Some people in the world of sport are heroes only because they are the best at their sport. But the sportsmen and sportswomen in this book - Oscar Pistorius, Michael Phelps, Wilma Rudolph and Natalie du Toit - are all that and much more. All of them went through bad times and learned to be stronger people through sport. Because it isn't living through good times, but living through bad times that makes you into a true hero!
Text adaptation by Bill Bowler
The weather in England that summer had been so awful that Gerald's mother sold the family house and took her children to live on the Mediterranean island of Corfu. Between lessons, the ten-year-old Gerald was free to walk round the sunny island and discover the wonderful people and animals living there.
This is the story of Gerald's adventures with the fascinating animals of Corfu, and, of course, with his surprising family and their friends.
Text adaptation by Susan Kingsley
Thomas Gradgrind believes that facts and money are more important than feelings and imagination. After Cissy Jupe - a circus child - is left alone in the world, Gradgrind takes her into his house, looking after her and teaching her facts with his own children Tom and Louisa. Some years later the Gradgrind family meets hard times. Louisa becomes a prisoner in a loveless marriage, and Tom has problems at work.
In the end, Thomas Gradgrind learns the importance of feelings and imagination.
Over the years hunters, poachers, and war have killed many of the gorillas of central Africa. But there are still a few hundred living high in the mists of the Virunga Mountains.
When Dian Fossey first saw a family of wild mountain gorillas in the Virungas she knew that she must help these wonderful animals. This true story tells of the twenty years she lived with them, watched them, wrote about them, and protected them. In the end, she gave her life for them.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Text adaptation by Jann Huizenga
'Let's go see the West,' said Pa. 'The land is flat and the grass grows thick and high. Animals run freely and there are no settlers. Only Indians live there.'
So, more than a hundred years ago, the Ingalls family went by covered wagon into Kansas - Indian Territory. This is the true story of how they lived in those exciting, difficult, and sometimes dangerous, times.
Text adaptation by Tim Herdon
'There's some bad weather out there,' Captain MacWhirr said to himself just before he sailed his ship, the Nan-Shan, into the middle of the most terrible storm in the South China Sea.
The typhoon brings out the best in some men on the ship, and the worst in others.
Can MacWhirr bring the ship through the storm safely?
And what will happen to all the poor Chinese workers travelling home down in the ship's hold?
Zoe Baker works in a bookstore. She also likes acting, and she has a part in the play Romeo and Juliet. Mike Morrison writes about the play for the newspaper. What does he write about Zoe? Is Zoe a good actress ... or is she just 'a pretty face'?
What does Zoe think when she reads the newspaper? What does she do?
Text adaptation by Clare West
'Why shouldn't we offer to take care of her? She could live with us at Mansfield.'
In this way Mrs Norris persuades her sister, Lady Bertram, and Lady Bertram's husband, Sir Thomas, to ask their poor niece Fanny Price to live with them at Mansfield Park.
At first Fanny is unhappy there. Then, after she makes friends with her young cousins, things improve. But what happens when the cousins are older, and starting to think of love?
Text adaptation by Tim Herdon
When his father dies a poor man, Nicholas Nickleby goes to London with his mother and sister, Kate. He hopes for help from his rich Uncle Ralph. But Ralph Nickleby is only interested in making money.
So Nicholas takes a teaching job at Dotheboys Hall - a terrible school belonging to Mr Wackford Squeers. There he helps a poor boy called Smike who has no one to look after him.
Leaving Dotheboys, Nicholas makes both friends and enemies on his journey towards better things. But will Smike, who travels with him, ever find the happy family life that he so dearly wants?