Hannah loves her job on old Mr Duval’s small boat. The boat takes people to the beautiful coral reef every day. Then a rich man arrives with a big new boat. Suddenly, there isn’t any work for Hannah and Mr Duval. Then the hurricane comes ...
Rip Van Winkle walks into the mountains one day and meets some strange old men. He comes home twenty years later. One dark night, Ichabod Crane is riding home and sees a man on a black horse behind him. The man has no head. Are there ghosts in these stories? What do you think?
Abdullah knows a lot about oryx, the rare and gentle creatures of the desert. But there are cruel and ignorant people in the desert too - and someone needs to stop them.
Ricardo and Gisela are going home to Rio. Gisela likes reading and quiet people. Ricardo likes noise … and he likes Gisela. In Rio, a thief takes Gisela’s bag. What can Ricardo do?
Charlie's family is poor, so he cannot go to school. He works as a shoeshine boy and dreams of being rich. Then one day, he has a chance to make his dreams come true. Recommended for younger readers. * 16 pages * full colour illustrations
Pete and the Pirates Pete Morgan is on a boat in the Caribbean with his mother and father. It is the only boat near Blue Sea Island. Or is it? One day, Pete has a visitor...
For Grace, a ghost in a haunted house, the arrival of a young mother with a baby stirs memories of the man and the child she lost so many years before. But then danger threatens the baby girl and Grace must act decisively.Complete audio recording available online. Original stories at seven levels from starter to advanced, written specially for learners...
One day a leopard swims across the sea to Sindi. He is hungry and he is looking for food. He runs into an old lighthouse. The people of Sindi do not want the leopard in their lighthouse. But what can they do? How can they catch the leopard?
One of Hollywood’s most successful actors, Tom Cruise has starred in numerous films since his début in Risky Business. Read about his life and career, his major film roles, his involvement with Scientology and his marriages.
Kim is running through the streets of the old town. She is frightened. A man with dark eyes and a knife is looking for her. He is going to catch her. This holiday in beautiful Barcelona is suddenly very dangerous. Where is Kim’s friend Dave? What can she do?
Norma is always right. But has she got the right train tickets? What happens when Mrs Roberts has coffee with Mrs Price? And is David ready for his wedding? The answers are in these six sketches.
Marcel is a mouse and a famous detective. He lives in Paris. One evening, two thieves steal a very expensive diamond ring – the ‘White Star’. Then they steal a car. Marcel follows them across Paris to a café. Can he get the ‘White Star’ and bring it back?
Marcel is a French mouse, and a detective. One evening, at the Louvre museum, he sees a man steal a famous painting – the Mona Lisa. Marcel follows the thief to Venice and risks his life to get the painting back again.
Billy and his sister want new bicycles, but they don’t have any money. Then their grandmother has an idea. There’s a competition in Palace magazine. The first prize is £500. ‘What do you think?’ Billy asks his sister. ‘We can buy two new bicycles for £500,’ she says.
Tom breaks his leg in a football game — it’s not his lucky day! A week later, Tom sees his favorite movie star. But Tom falls again—and suddenly the movie star is falling too! Reporters are taking pictures of Tom. Is this his lucky break?
Tommy Grant is a taxi driver. One morning his boss telephones him. ‘Can you be at the Ritz hotel at 9 o’clock?’ he asks. The 12-year-old son of a film star is in London. His name is Dino. ‘Be very nice to the boy,’ Tommy’s boss says.