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Real Reads are retellings of great literature from around the world, each fitted into a 64-page book. These lovely books make classic stories, dramas and histories available to intelligent young readers as a bridge to the full texts; to language students wanting access to other cultures; and to adult readers who are unlikely ever to read the original versions.

The world’s greatest literature, from William Shakespeare to F. Scott Fitzgerald, from Jane Austen to the Ramayana, all made accessible through masterful retellings. Each Real Read reflects the depth and power of the original story, and retains much of the author’s vocabulary, style and tone. For more information about the series, please visit www.realreads.co.uk


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Around the World in Eighty Days (RRL18877)

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General comments on this item: ‘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?

Author: Jules Verne

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Stephen Lillie

ISBN: 978-1-906230-70-8

 
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Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea (RRL18878)

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General comments on this item: Clouds of multi–coloured fish rose from our feet like surprised birds from long grass. Every so often I caught a glimpse of the gleaming eyes of enormous crabs, their gigantic claws threatening to bar my path.

When Professor Aronnax and his two companions find themselves aboard the Nautilus they are amazed by the huge and powerful submarine and its mysterious owner, Captain Nemo. The three friends travel vast distances beneath the oceans, exploring an undersea realm full of excitement, discoveries and danger.

Captain Nemo seems to have some secret purpose. Why has he shut himself off from the world, and what are his plans for the Nautilus? The captain has told them that they can never leave his vessel. Will the Professor and his companions find a way to escape from their underwater prison?

Author: Jules Verne

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Stephen Lillie

ISBN: 978-1-911091-06-6

 
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Journey to the Centre of the Earth (RRL18879)

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General comments on this item: Just beyond me on the rocky floor of the volcanic crater was the gaping vertical shaft which marked the starting point of our journey. As I gazed into its fearful depths my hair stood on end and my head swirled with dizziness.

Most scientists believed that the fierce heat and tremendous pressure would make a journey to the Earth’s centre impossible. When Professor Lindenbrock decides to prove them wrong it is the beginning of an amazing adventure, full of surprising discoveries and unpredictable threats.

When Axel – the Professor’s nephew – agrees to join his uncle’s expedition, he has no idea of the dangers which lie ahead of him. Can he and his companions survive their encounters with the strange creatures which inhabit the depths of the Earth, and will they ever return safely to their families and friends?

Author: Jules Verne

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Stephen Lillie

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The Great Gatsby (RRL18880)

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General comments on this item: Nick Carraway’s mysterious neighbour Gatsby gazes across the dark bay at a distant green light.

As the summer unfolds, Nick is drawn into Gatsby’s world of luxury cars, speedboats and extravagant parties. But the more he hears about Gatsby – even from what Gatsby himself tells him – the less he is sure of the truth. Did Gatsby really go to Oxford University? Was he a hero in the war? Did he once kill a man?

Nick recalls how he came to know Gatsby. He recounts how he enters the world of his cousin Daisy and her wealthy husband Tom. But does their money make them any happier? How do everybody’s stories connect?

Will you come to know the real Gatsby after reading Nick’s account of that fateful summer?

Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Retold by Sean Connolly

Illustrated by Sam Kalda

ISBN: 978-1-906230-74-6

 
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The Red Badge of Courage (RRL18881)

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General comments on this item: Henry Fleming leaves his widowed mother behind and marches off to join a war that is tearing his country apart.

His regiment has yet to be tested in the fire of battle. Together the soldiers wait while distant guns rumble and the lights of enemy campfires flicker on the hills beyond a darkened river.

The young man recalls his childhood dreams of valiant combat. Will he pass the test and return home to tell others of his triumphs on the battlefield? Or will he flee at the first sign of real danger?

And what of his fellow soldiers, whose lives are caught up with his once the fighting begins? Will they examine the young man for any sign of real courage – or will he slink away in shame?

Author: Stephen Crane

Retold by Sean Connolly

Illustrated by Bruno Nadalin

ISBN: 978-1-906230-75-3

 
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The Scarlet Letter (RRL18882)

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General comments on this item: Hester Prynne stands defiantly on a scaffold before hostile Puritans in seventeenth-century Boston, Massachusetts.

The baby in her arms and the bright scarlet letter ‘A’ on her gown are evidence and punishment for the shame she has brought on her religious neighbours.

Will Hester continue to conceal the name of the husband who sent her away from Europe years before as well as that of the father of her baby? Will the husband get his revenge on the man who has shamed him? Will that man admit his past, and join Hester and her daughter Pearl?

Or is the matter out of their hands, waiting to be decided between the forces of the Lord and of Satan?

Author: Nathaniel Hawthorne

Retold by Sean Connolly

Illustrated by Bri Hermanson

ISBN: 978-1-906230-76-0

 
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The Call of the Wild (RRL18883)

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General comments on this item: Buck recognised the wild brother. He was whining softly, and they touched noses. A second wolf, old and battle-scarred, came forward and sniffed noses with him; he sat down, pointed his nose at the moon, and broke out in a long wolf howl. Buck, too, sat down and howled.

Buck, a big, powerful dog, is kidnapped from his California home and sold as a sled dog in the Arctic. In his new environment he must learn quickly how to deal with man’s club and dog’s fang, or he will not be able to survive.

He is transformed by two opposing forces – his love for John Thornton who saved his life, and the memories that awaken within him of the ways of his ancestors, both dogs and wolves. How will Buck survive, and not just survive, but become a leader of dogs and eventually a leader of wolves?

Author: Jack London

Retold by Hagit Borer

Illustrated by Melanie Reim

ISBN: 978-1-906230-77-7

 
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The Awakening (RRL18884)

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General comments on this item: What price will Edna Pontellier pay to be free?

She seems to have everything she needs – her loving husband Léonce, two beautiful children, and a wonderful home in turn-of-the-century New Orleans. But deep inside her burns a creative fire that longs to be unleashed.

One summer changes everything. When Edna meets Robert, she starts to question all that she was taught to believe. Is her comfortable marriage nothing more than a cage? Will she ever be able to explore her creativity and passion to the full? Is it possible for a woman to be responsible for the needs of others and still to live her own life to the full?

Author: Kate Chopin

Retold by JoAnne Drake

Illustrated by Stephen Davis

ISBN: 978-1-906230-78-4

 
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Anna Karenina (RRL18885)

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General comments on this item: 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?

Author: Leo Tolstoy

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Maxim Larin

ISBN: 978-1-911091-04-2

 
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The Brothers Karamazov (RRL18886)

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General comments on this item: As Dimitry struck him Grigory screamed and fell back, the blood streaming horribly from his head. Dimitry bent over him, trying to stop the flow with his handkerchief which turned soaking red in an instant.

Alexey, Ivan and Dimitry Karamazov were sent away by their father Fyodor when they were very young, and never knew a father’s love. Now what will Dimitry’s bitter quarrel with Fyodor lead to?

Dimitry and his father both want to marry the beautiful Grushenka. Fyodor is old and ugly, but offers her wealth and security. Will she accept either of them, and if so, which?

The sickly, timid servant Smerdyakov confesses to a terrible crime. Is he telling the truth?

Can the deadly rivalry between father and son be settled peacefully, or must it end in tragedy?

Author: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Maxim Larin

ISBN: 978-1-911091-04-2

 
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Inferno (RRL18887)

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General comments on this item: ‘Abandon hope all ye who enter here.’

Dante, our young, naive hero, has woken from a deep sleep to find himself in a cold, dark wood. Before he can begin to work out where he is, his path is blocked by a leopard, a lion and a she-wolf. Things get worse from here, and our pilgrim finds himself on a journey through the very depths of Hell. Why is he here, and will he ever make it out alive?

During his journey, Dante meets the worst sinners imaginable and witnesses how God punishes them.

Although they writhe and wail in tortured agony, he must remain strong, for he has to make it through or he may find himself lost in this dismal place forever.

Who will Dante meet on his journey, and what will he learn?

Author: Dante Alighieri

Retold by Isabel Coe

Illustrated by Elena Menga

ISBN: 978-1-906230-52-4

 
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My Brilliant Career (RRL18888)

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General comments on this item: This was my life, my career, my brilliant career!

Sybylla Melvyn yearns for a life in the arts. She loves music and is determined to write a book. But as the daughter of a poor dairy farmer, she despairs of ever realising her ambitions.

Then comes the opportunity for Sybylla to go and live with wealthy relatives. In her new home she tastes a life of culture and refinement. She also meets handsome, rich Harold Beecham, who offers her a future most young women would dream of. But Sybylla is torn between a comfortable married life and the career she craves.

Will Harold win her over? How will Sybylla live with the choice she makes?

Author: Miles Franklin

Retold by James Bean and Gillian Flaherty

Illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever

ISBN: 978-1-906230-83-8

 
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Seven Little Australians (RRL18889)

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General comments on this item: A word of warning – if you are expecting to read a story about model children, you’d better read something else. Not one of the seven children in this story is truly good – Australian children never are.

The Woolcot children enjoy a life of fun and adventure in their rambling riverside home, despite frequent reprimands from their strict father, Captain Woolcot.

However, when one of Judy’s escapades tests the Captain’s patience to the limit, he decides that extreme measures are called for and sends her away to boarding school. But this leads to consequences not even he could anticipate. How will the headstrong Judy respond to her punishment? And how will this family recover from the disaster that strikes them?

Author: Ethel Turner

Retold by James Bean and Gillian Flaherty

Illustrated by Jenny Masters

ISBN: 978-1-906230-84-5

 
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Ramayana (RRL18890)

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General comments on this item: Rama is the embodiment of righteousness, honour and valour – the perfect man and the ideal king of Kosala.

Rama’s stepmother Kaikeyi longs to see her son Bharata crowned king, and persuades King Dasaratha that Rama, the rightful heir, should be sent into exile for fourteen years.

Rama’s beautiful and devoted wife Sita, and Lakshmana his inseparable half-brother, both choose to accompany him.

Rama, Sita and Lakshmana live happily in the forest until the demon king Ravana is told by his sister that Sita is the most beautiful princess in the world. He decides to kidnap her, and lures her away to his kingdom in the south. Rama and Lakshmana must rescue Sita, and call on the great monkey army, led by the warrior Hanuman, to help them find her.

Rama uses his time in exile to learn the true meaning of devotion and loyalty, but will the lessons earn him the reward he deserves?

Author: Valmiki

Retold by Prema Jayakumar

Illustrated by K. R. Raji

ISBN: 978-1-906230-30-2

 
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Mahabharata: How It All Began (RRL18891)

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General comments on this item: If there ever was an epic that touches upon every conceivable human emotion and poses the most complex of questions, it has to be the Mahabharata, the most famous of stories from India.

The rivalry between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, royal cousins fighting for the throne at Hastinapura, will end in a mighty battle, but what is it that makes such a conflict inevitable?

Is it the eldest Kaurava brother’s envy of his cousins’ exceptional military skills? Is it the eldest Pandava’s belief that he is the rightful heir to the throne? Or are elements beyond their control deciding the path each will take?

In the first of this exciting three-part story, meet the fascinating characters who play such important roles in escalating the tension between the two families.

Author: Vyasa

Retold by Prema Jayakumar

Illustrated by K. R. Raji

ISBN: 978-1-906230-31-9

 
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Mahabharata: Rolling The Dice (RRL18892)

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General comments on this item: If there ever was an epic that touches upon every conceivable human emotion and poses the most complex of questions, it has to be the Mahabharata, the most famous of stories from India.

In the second book of this exciting three-part series a single roll of the dice reverses the fortunes of the Pandavas.

The peaceful years following the division of the kingdom of Bharata are soon to end because of Duryodhana’s jealousy. With his uncle Sakuni he now plots to secure the entire kingdom for the Kauravas, but will his cunning strategy work? Can the Pandavas ever win against the cunning Sakuni?

Yudhishtira, the oldest of the Pandava brothers and the architect of their misfortune, is prepared to gamble away his territory, his wealth, his brothers, himself – even his wife. What can the Pandavas do now?

Author: Vyasa

Retold by Prema Jayakumar

Illustrated by K. R. Raji

ISBN: 978-1-906230-32-6

 
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Mahabharata: The Final Battle (RRL18893)

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General comments on this item: If there ever was an epic that touches upon every conceivable human emotion and poses the most complex of questions, it has to be the Mahabharata, the most famous of stories from India.

The deadly rivalry between the royal cousins, the Pandavas and the Kauravas, can only end one way – in the mightiest of battles imaginable. The gods watch in dismay as the opponents draw up their forces.

Will the mighty warriors Bhishma and Drona survive to see the end? And what of Karna? Where will his loyalties lie – with his true friend Duryodhana, or with his brothers, the Pandavas? Lord Krishna sees what is about to happen, and is so concerned that he comes to earth to counsel the mortals, especially the distraught Arjuna.

In the last book of this exciting three-part series, the final battle fought on the field at Kurukshetra decides who will triumph and who will fall.

Author: Vyasa

Retold by Prema Jayakumar

Illustrated by K. R. Raji

ISBN: 978-1-906230-33-3

 
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My Experiments with Truth (RRL18894)

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General comments on this item: ‘Get out!’ the official said, ‘or I will get a constable to push you out!’ ‘Do that,’ I said. ‘I will not get off the train!’

Mahatma Gandhi is best known as the father of the Indian nation and a charismatic leader in the fight for justice for all. But who was Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, and what made him the phenomenon he became? Born into a middle class family, Gandhi’s thirst for truth was evident from an early age, and his insistence on speaking and living his truth often got him into trouble. Why did it matter so much to him not to cheat at school, to stand up to officials who told him what he could and could not do, to fight relentlessly for the rights of the poor and those with little power over their own lives? What was it about Gandhi’s life and experiences that brought him to the clear understanding that love and non-violence are the best weapons in any struggle?

Author: Mahatma Gandhi

Retold by Nandini Nayar

Illustrated by Shailja Jain Chougule

ISBN: 978-1-906230-88-3

 
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Journey to the West (RRL18895)

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General comments on this item: In ancient China a magical monkey appears, creating chaos everywhere he goes. The only way to put his tricks and talents to good use is to make him protector of Xuanzang, a young and handsome monk determined to travel from China to India in search of the precious scriptures.

Monkey and his fellow disciples, Piggy and Sandy, have to protect Xuanzang from monsters and demons who think they can live forever just by taking a bite out of the monk.

Can Xuanzang and his loyal disciples reach India safely and find what they are looking for? Do they have enough confidence and courage to conquer the demons, both those lurking around them and those within their own hearts?

Full of humour and adventure, Journey to the West is a story of self-discovery and the pursuit of excellence. Written by Chinese scholar Wu Cheng’en more than four hundred years ago, it reflects everyone’s pilgrimage towards truth, peace and beauty.

Author: Wu Cheng'en

Retold by Christine Sun

Illustrated by Shirley Chiang

ISBN: 978-1-906230-34-0

 
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Dream of the Red Chamber (RRL18896)

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General comments on this item: Baoyu has always believed that he will marry his childhood sweetheart, Daiyu. Daiyu is beautiful and talented, very sensitive, and physically fragile. It is a huge shock to him when he learns that his parents want him to marry Baochai instead, a healthy and considerate girl.

Baoyu’s family is fast losing its fame and fortune. One by one, Baoyu’s female friends, relatives and servants are being married off or sold, and he realises just how much he values the qualities of the women in his life.

Will Baoyu surrender to life’s harsh realities and give up his true love? What can he do to protect the women he loves from violence, neglect and abuse? Full of a fiery passion for love and beauty, Dream of the Red Chamber is the story of a young man in search of what is truly important to him.

Author: Cao Xueqin

Retold by Christine Sun

Illustrated by Shirley Chiang

ISBN: 978-1-906230-36-4

 
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The Three Kingdoms (RRL18897)

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General comments on this item: The great empire of China is in turmoil.

As the government becomes increasingly incompetent, warlords and nobles battle for power. In the north is the Kingdom of Wei, headed by cunning and manipulative Cao Cao. In the southeast is the Kingdom of Wu, ruled by masterful and charismatic Sun Quan. In the west is the Kingdom of Shu, commanded by kind-hearted and humble Liu Bei.

Cao has committed murder and betrayal on his way to glory, only to see his family’s throne overthrown by other scheming crooks. Sun and his advisor Zhou Yu have established a military stronghold, but are no match against Liu’s military strategist Zhuge Liang, who wisely advocates tolerance and mutual respect.

Full of thrilling action, sophisticated stratagems, passionate brotherhood and loyalty, The Three Kingdoms sums up all the most important lessons of history.

Author: Luo Guanzhong

Retold by Christine Sun

Illustrated by Shirley Chiang

ISBN: 978-1-906230-35-7

 
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The Water Margin (RRL18898)

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General comments on this item: Although Song Jiang is only a lowly local government official, he is loyal to the emperor and kind to all the citizens in his care. But Song is in trouble. A series of unfortunate incidents have led to him being arrested, and his political enemies are keen to see him sentenced to death.

There is still hope, however. One hundred and eight brave bandits from Mount Liang have heard of Song’s good name – they are willing to rescue him as long as Song will lead them in rebelling against the corrupt government.

Will Song agree to become an outlaw? Will he be able to tread the narrow path between right and wrong? Will justice eventually prevail over corruption and the misuse of power?

Author: Shi Naian

Retold by Christine Sun

Illustrated by Shirley Chiang

ISBN: 978-1-906230-37-1

 
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Aladdin and his Magic Lamp (RRL18899)

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General comments on this item: 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?

from the One Thousand and One Nights

Retold by Haitham Al-Khawaja

Illustrated by Sura Ghazwan

ISBN: 978-1-911091-00-4

 
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Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves (RRL18900)

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General comments on this item: 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?

from the One Thousand and One Nights

Retold by Abdul-Fattah Sabri

Illustrated by Sura Ghazwan

ISBN: 978-1-911091-01-1

 
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Sindbad the Sailor (RRL18901)

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General comments on this item: A great roaring came from the mouth of the cave and to our horror we saw an enormous giant striding towards us. His skin was a sickly green, and his eyes burned red like fiery coals.

Sindbad makes an enormous fortune from his voyages, but he cannot resist joining further dangerous expeditions to far off lands. Will anything persuade him to remain at home in Baghdad?

When Sindbad finds himself in the valley of huge serpents, there seems no way out. What clever plan does he use to escape?

How can Sindbad and his friends possibly survive when they are trapped by a gigantic monster who seems determined to cook and eat each of them in turn?

The Old Man of the Sea is weak and feeble, and asks for Sindbad’s help. But can he be trusted?

After Sindbad marries for the first time, tragedy strikes when his wife falls sick and dies. When he finds a second bride, will they ever find happiness together?

from the One Thousand and One Nights

Retold by Ali Abdul-Qader

Illustrated by Sura Ghazwan

ISBN: 978-1-911091-02-8

 
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South (RRL18902)

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General comments on this item: At 5 o’clock on the evening of November 21st, after the ice had drawn back like pall bearers at a funeral, Endurance slipped lower in the water, her stern pointing skywards. We stood in silence while she said her last farewell. A cacophony of cracking timber and rushing water signalled her end and then she was silent, slipping into the watery grave. The bravest ship, she had struggled to the bitter end and now she was gone. Endurance – well named.

When his ship Endurance sinks in the icy Antarctic, Ernest Shackleton is left with the responsibility of getting his crew safely back home. Can they survive crossing dangerous icefloes and setting up camp on a remote island?

Even when they reach land nobody will know where they are unless somebody can sail the tiny ship’s boat across eight hundred miles of the world’s most dangerous seas to summon help. Can it be done?

Author: Ernest Shackleton

Retold by John MacKenna

Illustrated by Maurice Pierse

ISBN: 978-1-911091-03-5

 
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Gawain and the Green Knight (RRL18903)

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General comments on this item: A horrific apparition interrupts the Christmas festivities at King Arthur’s Camelot.

A green giant throws down a deadly challenge: one of the gathering must cut off his head, after which he will return the favour in a year’s time! King Arthur must accept this challenge or appear a coward, but it’s left to young Sir Gawain to act.

Gawain chops off the giant’s head and, horror of horrors, the giant strides over to pick up his head, which then begins to speak. He holds Sir Gawain to his promise, and rides off into the wintry night.

A year passes and Gawain sets off with terrible dread to find the Green Knight and keep to his side of the bargain. Can he avoid his certain doom?

An Early English Classic

Retold by Christine Kidney

Illustrated by Felix Bennett

ISBN: 978-1-906230-86-9

 
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Egil's Saga (RRL18904)

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General comments on this item: Is it really possible to become famous throughout your country and beyond both as a fearless warrior and as a renowned poet?

Egil Skallagrimsson lived in Iceland a thousand years ago, and this is the story of his long and violent life. He could compose beautiful poetry, but he was also capable of staggering brutality.

Can Egil successfully avenge his father’s exile from Norway, defend his honour against the Norwegian King Erik Bloodaxe, and support the English King Athelstan in his battles against the Scots?

When his travels finally find him at home again in Iceland, how will Egil feel about his family - his loving wife Asgerd, the brother he lost in battle, and his dead sons? And what will he do with his two chests of silver?

An Icelandic Classic

Retold by Brynhildur Thorarinsdottir

Illustrated by Halldor Baldursson

ISBN: 978-1-906230-87-6

 
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Jesus of Nazareth (RRL18905)

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General comments on this item: I had been given a simple but enormous task. This was the role for which I had spent my whole life preparing.

After encountering John the Baptist, Jesus’s work begins. He will meet many people; some will help him, many will need his help, and some will become his enemies.

Jesus challenges the way people live, the way they relate to God, and the way Jewish law is enforced. Although he is a man of peace, he is not afraid to challenge authority, no matter where this might lead.

What exactly are Jesus’s responsibilities as God’s son? How will he lead people towards a new relationship with God?

How much can a man achieve in one short lifetime? How much more can he achieve by his death?

Retold by Alan Moore and Gill Tavner

Illustrated by Karen Donnelly

ISBN: 978-1-906230-24-1

 
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Mary of Galilee (RRL18906)

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General comments on this item: Can you spare the time to listen to my account? I should like to tell the whole story, just once before I die.

Mary is a young woman living a simple life in Nazareth, when an angel’s visit changes her life forever. She has been chosen by God to bear him a son. She alone amongst women has been chosen to bear the agony and the joy.

From the moment of his birth, she knows that Jesus’s life will be like no other: she has been warned of the pain that lies ahead. When Jesus begins his work, how will she react to her increasing awareness of the dangers facing her son?

When Mary experiences anguish that no mother should ever experience, is her faith strong enough to sustain her? Might there be grounds for joy in the midst of such brutality?

Retold by Alan Moore and Gill Tavner

Illustrated by Karen Donnelly

ISBN: 978-1-906230-25-8

 
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