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CEF level: A2
Authors: Jules Verne, retold by Elizabeth Gray & Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Professor Lidenbrock finds a strange message in an old book. He goes with his nephew Axel on a dangerous journey under a volcano to find – the center of the Earth! The teacher and Axel have many amazing adventures along the way and even see prehistoric monsters! But will they find the center of the Earth?

the-last-of-the-mohicans

CEF level: A2
Authors: James Fenimore Cooper, retold by Elizabeth Gray
Credit: Express Publishing

When Uncas, the Mohawk Indian, first saw the Englishwoman, he immediately fell in love with her. But he could not imagine at that moment the price he would pay for this love. Could his white brother, Hawkeye, help him? Will the Mohawk tribe finally survive?

prince-pauper

CEF level: A2
Authors: Mark Twain, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Edward, the Prince of Wales, has all the riches in the world, but dreams of playing on the street like a simple boy. Poor Tom, on the other hand, only dreams of princes and palaces. When the two boys meet and change places, they both get big surprises. Can poor Tom rule England? Can Edward live the life of a poor man? Hard to say, but they certainly have the adventures of a lifetime in the classic story of Mark Twain.

robinson-crusoe

CEF level: A2
Authors: Daniel Defoe, retold by Elizabeth Gray
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I headed for the highest part of the island and looked around. The island was quite large, but there were no people on it. I looked out to sea and there were no boats. “Why did this happen to me?” I asked myself. But I’m still alive. There must be a reason for this. “

The Tempest

CEF level: C1
Authors: William Shakespeare, retold by Jenny Dooley
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On the way to his daughter’s wedding in Tunis, King Alonso’s ship is hit by a violent storm that threatens the lives of everyone, including his brother and the Duke of Milan. Stuck on an island full of strange creatures and noises, their conspiracy against the true Duke of Milan, Prospero, is revealed. How will the magic and illusion on the island affect him? Will justice be done in the end?

excalibur

CEF level: B1
Authors: Jenny Dooley
Credit: Express Publishing

Will Uther keep her promise and give her son to Merlin? Who will be the one to get Excalibur out of the rock and become the leader who will unite England? Is love enough to beat hatred and save Arthur and Lancelot’s friendship? Will Morgan Le Fay’s evil plans succeed? Will peace ever return to England?

the Man in the Iron mASK

CEF level: B1
Authors: Alexandre Dumas, retold by Elizabeth Gray & Ian Robertson
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Should D’Artagnan keep his promise and protect the stubborn and selfish King Louis, or should he do what was right for France and put Philippe on the throne? But will Philippe really be a better king than Louis? Alexandre Dumas’s thrilling story of a man’s struggle with his conscience takes us to seventeenth-century France and examines the lives of people in power and those who are at their mercy.

The Prisoner of Zenda

CEF level: A2
Authors: Anthony Hope, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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The evil Duke Michael poisons his brother to stop him from becoming King of Ruritania. The young Rudolf Rassendyll just happens to look like a poisoned prince. So Rudolf finds himself involved in a thrilling adventure in which he must pretend to be king and fight with Duke Michael to save the country.

Jane Eyre

CEF level: B2
Authors: Charlotte Brontë, retold by Jenny Dooley
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Who is the dark stranger Jane meets on a winter’s evening and how will it change her life? And who is the mysterious woman who threatens to destroy Jane’s happiness just as her dreams are about to come true?

Oliver Twist

CEF level: A1
Authors: Charles Dickens, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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The young orphan Oliver Twist runs away from the cruelty of a workhouse and meets Fagin and his gang of thieves on the streets of London. Who will save Oliver from a criminal life? And what is the secret of Oliver’s real identity?

Robin Hood

CEF level: A1
Authors: retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Robin Hood and his merry men steal from the rich to give to the poor, while the evil Prince John rules England and his brother, King Richard, is out of the country. Can Robin and his friends beat the Prince and save the crown for Richard?

The Phantom of the Opera

CEF level: B2
Authors: Gaston Leroux, retold by Jenny Dooley
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Who is the Phantom of the Opera? And who prepares the young singer, Christine Daae? Gaston Leroux’s awful story reveals the secrets behind the horror that haunts the Paris Opera.

Romeo & Juliet

CEF level: A2
Authors:William Shakespeare, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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It was love at first sight for Romeo and Juliet, but their two families have been fighting for years. Can Romeo and Juliet survive hatred and find happiness together?

A Midsummer Night's Dream

CEF level: A2
Authors: William Shakespeare, retold by Steve Carter & Virginia Evans
Credit: Express Publishing

Hermia and Lysander decide to get married and run into the woods. Demetrius and Helena follow. Oberon, the Fairy King and Puck, his mischievous helper, play tricks and use a magic potion. The result is an unforgettable summer night!

David Copperfield

CEF level: A2
Authors: Charles Dickens, retold by Jenny Dooley & Virginia Evans
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His father dies before David is born, but he is a very happy boy – until his mother marries the cruel Mr. Murdstone. This is just the first of many changes, both good and bad, that David faces as he grows up and eventually becomes a famous writer. This beloved story invites us to share David’s happiness and sadness and to meet all the fascinating people, both good and bad, whom he meets along the way.

Journey to the center of the Earth

CEF level: A1
Authors: Jules Verne, retold by Elizabeth Gray & Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
Credit: Express Publishing

Professor Lidenbrock finds a strange message in an old book. He goes with his nephew Axel on a dangerous journey under a volcano to find – the center of the Earth! Profesorul și Axel au multe aventuri uimitoare pe parcurs și văd chiar și monștri preistorici! But will they find the center of the Earth?

Moby Dick

CEF level: B2
Authors: Herman Melville, retold by Jenny Dooley & Virginia Evans
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The young Ishmael leaves for the whaling ship “Pequod”, hoping to free himself from his earthly anger and pain. But the mad Captain Ahab, who hunts the whale that snatched his leg, leads the great ship into dangerous waters. Will “Pequod” return safely? Or will Ahab’s obsession with his mortal enemy end in death?

Good Wives

CEF level: B2
Authors: Louisa May Alcott, retold by Jenny Dooley & Virginia Evans
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Leaving behind the gloomy reality of war, the March family relishes the prospect of a bright future. Their struggle for survival is over. However, the new task they face is no less difficult. Will they be able to fulfill their dreams and ambitions? Will they be victorious in their fight against life?

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

CEF level: A1
Authors: L Frank Baum, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Dorothy is a Kansas farmer. She is alone and dreams of a better place, so she intends to run away. During a tornado, she is transported to a land “beyond the rainbow” where she meets magical characters. After many adventures, she and her friends are rewarded by the Wizard of Oz and allowed to return home to Kansas.

The Merchant of Venice

CEF level: B1
Authors:William Shakespeare, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Antonio is a wealthy and popular merchant from Venice. His friend Bassanio needs money to travel to Belmont, where he hopes to marry the beautiful Portia. Antonio has no money, so he goes to Shylock, a moneylender. Shylock will lend him the money, but with one condition: if Antonio does not return the money on time, Shylock can take “a kilogram of meat” from Antonio. Will Antonio lose his life so Bassanio can marry the woman he loves?

Hamlet

CEF level: B1
Authors:William Shakespeare, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Prince Hamlet’s father is dead, and to make matters worse, his uncle Claudius took the throne and married his recently widowed mother. The ghost of his father reveals that his death was not an accident and demands that the young prince take revenge. What will Hamlet do, and how will this affect the lives of those around him, especially Ophelia’s girlfriend?

Peter Pan

CEF level: A1
Authors: J M Barrie, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Wendy Darling lives with her parents and two younger siblings in London. One night, she has an unexpected visitor, Peter Pan, the boy who refuses to grow up with the Tinkerbell Fairy. Peter Pan takes the children to the magical world of Neverland, where they meet the lost boys and confront Captain Cook, a terrible pirate who is chasing Peter Pan. Who will be the winner?

Great Expectations

CEF level: B1
Authors: Charles Dickens, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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The young David Balfour goes to find his uncle Ebenezer and claim his inheritance. Ebenezer arranges for David to be abducted and sent to America to be sold as a slave. A shipwreck, a murder and a chase through Scotland, all lead to an unforgettable adventure!

A Christmas Carol

CEF level: B1
Authors: Charles Dickens, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Scrooge is rich, but bad and unhappy. He especially hates Christmas. His assistant, Bob Cratchitt, is poor but happy, even though his son Tiny Tim is very ill. One Christmas, three ghosts visit Scrooge to show him the terrible past, present and future. Will this soften Scrooge’s heart and turn him into a generous man?

A time machine

CEF level: A2
Authors: H G Wells, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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In the future, the Time Traveler discovers that the human race has changed. Here, the Eloi are simple people who are attacked by the evil Morlocks in their underground world. When he fails to help Eloi, he travels further into the future and sees a lifeless planet. Then take one last trip…

Pygmalion

CEF level: B1
Authors: George Bernard Shaw, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Life changes dramatically for Eliza Doolittle, a modern Cinderella who is transformed from a florist into a lady. Lessons with Professor Higgins prove valuable to both of them in different ways. But who will learn their lesson better? Who will know that correct pronunciation cannot compensate for inappropriate manners?

Wuthering Heights

CEF level: C1
Authors: Emily Brontë, retold by Jenny Dooley
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Heathcliff and Cathy fall in love deeply, but by a strange coincidence, she marries someone else and dies in childbirth. Heathcliff is destroyed and promises revenge on those who took it from him. Will succeed? Ce se întâmplă cu fiica lui Cathy? Will Heathcliff ever find peace?

Pride & Prejudice

CEF level: C1
Authors: Jane Austen, retold by Jenny Dooley & Virginia Evans
Credit: Express Publishing

Elizabeth, a free spirit, does not like Mr. Darcy, believing that he is the proudest man in the world when he looks down at her at a dance. However, she is surprised to soon discover that the proud and arrogant Darcy is a benevolent and caring person. First impressions are not always reliable in this funny story about love and marriage.

Little Women

CEF level: B2
Authors: Louisa May Alcott, retold by Jenny Dooley
Credit: Express Publishing

The March sisters and their mother are struggling to make a living, while their father is away in the civil war. Can I survive this troubled time? More importantly, will Mr. March return home safely?

CEF level: A2
Authors: Jules Verne, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
Credit: Express Publishing

One night, four men and a boy, who are prisoners of war, escape in a hot air balloon. They travel for five days in a dangerous storm and then crash on a very strange island. During their adventures on the island, they realize that someone is following them and helping them. Who is this unknown person? And will they ever escape the Mysterious Island?

CEF level: A2
Authors: Robert Louis Stevenson, retold by Virginia Evans & Jenny Dooley
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Jim Hawkins, a boy with a great passion for adventure, runs an inn with his mother on the south coast of England. One day, an old sea captain, once part of the crew of the famous Captain Flint, comes to the inn. When the sea captain dies suddenly, Jim finds the treasure island captain’s map. He and his friends find a ship and set out to find the buried treasure. They soon find out that their crew is full of pirates. Will they receive the treasure or will they be left at the mercy of the pirates?

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Pride and Prejudice

Little Women

A Christmas Carol

Tresure Island