Inside All Graded Readers (37)
Retold by Jennifer Bassett
Love stories with a difference . . . There's a kiss by a fireside that was a mistake, there's a man-hating aunt by the seaside, and a gunman in Texas wanting a fight. There's a white heron flying over a forest, and a messenger running between two benches in a park. And of course, there's a girl who meets a boy . . .These love stories are by US writers Kate Chopin, Stephen Crane, Sarah Orne Jewett, O. Henry, and Canadian writer Lucy Maud Montgomery (author of the famous Anne of Green Gables).
Johnston McCulley Retold by Bill Bowler
'Señor Zorro is on the road again, they say,' the landlord began.
'Why do I always hear his name?' cried Sergeant Gonzales angrily.
Zorro fights to help the poor and weak in California under the Spanish Governor's rule. Sergeant Gonzales has promised to catch and kill him, so how does Zorro always escape? And how will Señorita Lolita - the only daughter of a fine but poor old family - choose between Zorro, the exciting outlaw, and Don Diego, the rich but boring young man who wants to marry her?
Text adaptation by Lesley Thompson
When ship after ship goes down in the Atlantic, Dr Pierre Aronnax and his servant, Conseil, journey from Paris to learn more. What - or who - is attacking these ships?
Aronnax, Conseil, and the Canadian, Ned Land, find the answer to this question when they meet the strange Captain Nemo.
After a long journey under the sea in Nemo's submarine, the Nautilus, the doctor and his friends plan to leave for the surface.
But how can they escape?
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?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Text adaptation by Susan Kingsley
'You said that you wanted danger, didn't you?' says McArdle, the editor of the Daily Gazette. And he sends his young reporter, Malone, on a strange journey into South America with the famous Professor Challenger.
Challenger believes he can find a lost world full of dinosaurs in the middle of the Amazon forest. But this world is dangerous to reach, and, once the Professor and his small group of explorers arrive, things get even more dangerous for them.
Will they return alive?
James Fenimore Cooper
Text adaptation by Bill Bowler
The year is 1757. The English and the French are at war in North America. Two sisters - Cora and Alice - want to visit their father, General Munro. They begin their dangerous journey with the handsome English officer, Duncan Heyward and the Indian guide, Magua.
On the way they meet friends and enemies, and many adventures. Some people will be heroes and some people will die. And what will happen to their friend Uncas, the last of the Mohican Indians?
Retold by Janet Hardy-Gould
Sinbad the sailor spends many years at sea. He visits strange countries, meets some strange people and some frightening animals. He is sometimes rich, sometimes poor and always in danger. But all the time he is learning from his adventures, until finally he returns home to Baghdad, an older and wiser man.