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REMEMBER MIRANDA

Rowena Akinyemi

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 1 EASY

Cathy Wilson is driving to Norfolk, to begin her new job with the Harvey family. She is going to look after the two young children, Tim and Susan. Cathy meets the children's father, their grandmother, and their aunt. She meets Nick, the farmer who lives across the fields. But she doesn't meet Miranda, the children's mother, because she is dead.

 

THE PRESIDENT'S MURDERER

Jennifer Bassett

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 1

The President is dead!
A man is running in the night. He is afraid and needs to rest. But there are people behind him - people with lights, and dogs, and guns.
A man is standing in front of a desk. His boss is very angry, and the man is tired and needs to sleep. But first he must find the other man, and bring him back - dead or alive.
Two men: the hunter and the hunted. Which will win and which will lose?
Long live the President!

 

THE TURN OF THE SCREW

Henry James

OXFORD DOMINOES 2

A young woman arrives at a large country house. Her job is to look after the two children who live there, but she soon discovers that there is something very strange about both the house and the children. The longer she stays, the more she feels that the two children are in danger - or is it that the children are the danger, and the person in danger is herself?

 

HENRY VIII

AND HIS SIX

WIVES

Janet Hardy-Gould

 

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2 MEDIUM

There were six of them - three Katherines, two Annes, and a Jane. One of them was the King's wife for twenty-four years, another for only a year and a half. One died, two were divorced, and two were beheaded. It was a dangerous, uncertain life.
After the King's death in 1547, his sixth wife finds a box of old letters - one from each of the first five wives. They are sad, angry, frightened letters. They tell the story of what it was like to be the wife of Henry VIII of England.

 

THE DEATH OF KAREN SILKWOOD

Joyce Hannam

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2

This is the story of Karen Silkwood. It begins with her death. Why does her story begin where it should end? Certain people wanted her death to be an ending. Why? What were they afraid of? Karen Silkwood had something to tell us, and she believed that it was important. Why didn't she live to tell us? Will we ever know what really happened? The questions go on and on, but there are no answers.

THE DEAD MAN'S ISLAND

John Escott

 

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2

Mr Ross lives on an island where no visitors come. He stops people from taking photographs of him. He is young and rich, but he looks sad. And there is one room in his house which is always locked.

Carol Sanders and her mother come to the island to work for Mr Ross. Carol soon decides that there is something very strange about Mr Ross. Where did he get his money from? How can a young man buy an island? So she watches, and she listens - and one night she learns what is behind the locked door.

 

 

TOO OLD TO ROCK AND ROLL

Jan Mark

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 2

Greg is a teenager with a problem - his father. After the death of Greg's mother in an accident, his father takes no interest in life at all. Greg tries hard to help him. His father is too old to rock and roll, of course . . . or is he?

These short stories by Jan Mark look at life, love, and friendship through teenagers' eyes.

 

 

 

HARD TIMES

Charles Dickens

OXFORD DOMINOES 3

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.

 

THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO

Alexandre Dumas

OXFORD DOMINOES 3

Marseille, France, 1815. It is Edmond Dantès' wedding day. But his enemies have other plans, and Edmond is arrested and sent to the terrible island prison of Château d'If. For fourteen long years he waits for the right moment to escape.
And now Edmond is a rich man, with many disguises, and a new name. The Count of Monte Cristo begins his revenge…

 

 

PSYCHO

Robert Bloch

PENGUIN READERS 3

Marion’s dream is coming true. She only needs a room for one more night before she can marry Sam. Driving through the night, she’s lost and tired. Then she sees the Bates Motel. She thinks she is lucky. But there, something terrible is waiting for her.

 

 

THE ROAD AHEAD

Bill Gates

PENGUIN READERS 3

Bill Gates, the richest man in the world, started Microsoft in 1975 with a friend when he was only nineteen years old. Twenty years later he wrote this book about the future of computers and the Internet. Read the ideas and dreams of a man who has changed the world.

 

 

THE RING

Bernard Smith

PENGUIN READERS 3

One day Rafael was well; the next day he was completely mad. What happened to him? The story of Rafael and his gold ring is a strange story of murder, mystery and love. Many people know part of the story. But only Rafael knows the true facts. And Rafael is mad.

 

THE MAN FROM NOWHERE

Bernard Smith

CAMBRIDGE READERS 2

A plane crashes in the middle of the desert in Oman leaving a pilot and his family hurt and stranded. The pilot begins a journey across the desert to get help but collapses from exhaustion. He is found and taken to a nearby hospital but he is unconscious and no one has any idea who he is or where he has come from. Meanwhile time is running out for his wife and son who are waiting in the desert for help to arrive.

 

LOGAN'S CHOICE

Richard MacAndrew

CAMBRIDGE READERS 2

When Edinburgh restaurant owner Alex Maclennan is found dead in his bathroom, Inspector Jenny Logan is called in to investigate. At first his death looks like an accident but Logan begins to think it could be murder. Does his wife, his brother-in-law or his friend know more about his death than they will admit? Logan uncovers the truth about Alex's business affairs and personal life, and devises a plan to catch the killer.

 

 

MARTIN LUTHER KING

OXFORD FACTFILES 3

The United States in the 1950s and 60s was a troubled place. Black people were angry, because they did not have the same rights as whites. It was a time of angry words, of marches, of protests, a time of bombs and killings.
But above the angry noise came the voice of one man - a man of peace. 'I have a dream,' said Martin Luther King, and it was a dream of blacks and whites living together in peace and freedom. This is the story of an extraordinary man, who changed American history in his short life.

 

 

THE OLYMPIC GAMES

OXFORD FACTFILES 3

 

 

 

THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL

Baroness Orczy

BURLINGTON 4º ESO

During the French Revolution in late 18th century France, fifteen to forty thousand people lost their lives under the guillotine. Many others escaped. The Scarlet Pimpernel is the story of an Englishman who takes it upon himself to save at least a few from sure death under the blade of 'The Terror'.
Of course, the Scarlet Pimpernel is a pseudonym, and the book’s appeal lies in the unveiling of this gentleman’s identity.

 

THE CHEMICAL SECRET

Tim Vicary

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 3 ADVANCED

The job was too good. There had to be a problem - and there was.
John Duncan was an honest man, but he needed money. He had children to look after. He was ready to do anything, and his bosses knew it.
They gave him the job because he couldn't say no; he couldn't afford to be honest. And the job was like a poison inside him. It changed him and blinded him, so that he couldn't see the real poison - until it was too late.

 

THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY

Oscar Wilde

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 3

'When we are happy, we are always good,' says Lord Henry, 'but when we are good, we are not always happy.'
Lord Henry's lazy, clever words lead the young Dorian Gray into a world where it is better to be beautiful than to be good; a world where anything can be forgiven - even murder - if it can make people laugh at a dinner party.

 

 

LOVE STORY

Erich Segal

OXFORD BOOKWORMS 3

This is a love story you won't forget. Oliver Barrett meets Jenny Cavilleri. He plays sports, she plays music. He's rich, and she's poor. They argue, and they fight, and they fall in love.
So they get married, and make a home together. They work hard, they enjoy life, they make plans for the future. Then they learn that they don't have much time left.
Their story has made people laugh, and cry, all over the world.

 

   

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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