Americas and the Caribbean
The graded readers series of original fiction, adapted fiction and factbooks especially written for teenagers. Twins, Andy and Mary, are in Dublin on a school trip. When Mary discovers that she has been given a forged €20 note, she thinks she knows the identity of the forger.
When Mary Lennox’s parents die in India, she moves to England to live in her uncle’s enormous manor. Mary is sad and lonely but one day she finds an old key to a secret garden that no one goes into and a whole new world of magic and enchantment opens up to her. Before long Mary learns to make friends for the first time.
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It's a good place for gold,' said people in the 1840s, and they came from all over the world. 'It's a good place for a prison,' said the US government in the 1920s, and they put Al Capone there on the island of Alcatraz. 'It's a good place for love,' said the hippies in the 1960s, and they put flowers in their hair and came to Haight Ashbury. And San Francisco is still a good place - to take a hundred photographs, or see the Chinatown parade, or just to sit in a coffee shop and be in this interesting, different city...
'One day, I'm going to be famous,' John Lennon said when he was young - and soon he was! His band The Beatles became one of the greatest in the world, and people loved them. After John Lennon went solo, he wrote some of the most important songs of all time. He was a family man and a peace protestor - he wanted to change the world. But one autumn day, four gun shots rang out across New York, and took away that dream for ever...
In 2008, Usain Bolt became the fastest man in the world. He won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympic Games that year - and he did it again in 2012, and in 2016. So how did a boy from a little Jamaican village become the world's greatest athlete? And why do his fans love him so much?
The bride wore a long white dress, with flowers in her hair. After the wedding, there was a party, and people gave presents to the bride and groom.' This wedding was nearly two thousand years ago, in Rome. Some things don't change. But some things do. Today you can have a wedding on a mountain, or under the sea, or 'Elvis' can sing for you. And different things happen in different places.
Twenty-five million people come to England every year, and some never go out of London. But England is full of interesting places to visit and things to do. There are big noisy cities with great shops and theatres, and quiet little villages. You can visit old castles and beautiful churches - or go to festivals with music twenty-four hours a day. You can have an English afternoon tea, walk on long white beaches, watch a great game of
Hollywood - nine big white letters against the Hollywood Hills. Every year millions of people come from all over the world and look up at this famous sign. Why do they come? They come to see the stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and to see the hand and foot prints outside Grauman's Chinese Theatre. They come to visit Universal Studios, and perhaps to see a movie star or two. Most of all, they come to be in the most famous place in movie history - exciting, wonderful Hollywood!
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Everybody took photos of Prince William when he first arrived at the University of St Andrews. Crowds of photographers came to the little Scottish town next to the sea and took pictures of this new student - the nineteen-year-old grandson of the Queen of England. But nobody photographed Kate Middleton on her first day at the university. She moved in quietly, ready to begin her studies in art history. She was just an ordinary student with an ordinary future in front of her. Or was she?
What can you do in New York? Everything! You can go to some of the world's most famous shops, watch a baseball game, go to the top of a skyscraper, see a concert in Central Park, eat a sandwich in a New York deli, see a show in a Broadway theatre. New York is big, noisy, and exciting, and it's waiting for you. Open the book and come with us to this wonderful city.
More than 20 million visitors come to Scotland each year. Some love it for its long white beaches and quiet green hills. Some like the busy cities, with their shops and museums, castles and parks. Others come to see the home of their parents and grandparents, to hear Scottish music, to find their family tartan. And some come to visit the whiskey distilleries, eat wonderful food, and go to one of the world's biggest street parties. Scotland has something for everybody. Come and find what Scotland has for you.
Look at a desert, and what do you see? Nothing much - just a hot, flat, dry place, with lots of sand, and no animals or people. But look again. There are deserts with mountains, and deserts with snow. There are millions of people - some live in towns, and some move across the desert all the time. There are plants that live for hundreds of years, and animals that can sleep for months under the ground, When you look closely, the desert is a wonderful place, full of exciting things...
On a quiet sea, the biggest ship in the world is waiting. There is no noise from the engines. Up in the night sky there are hundreds of stars. Behind the ship, an iceberg - a great mountain of ice - goes slowly away into the black night. In the beautiful first-class rooms rich passengers eat and listen to music. Down in the third-class cabins, families sleep. An exciting new life is waiting for them in America. But for many of the people in this small city on the sea, this is their last night alive...
People love and need animals. They keep them in their homes and on their farms. They enjoy going to zoos, and watching animals on films and on TV. Little children love to play with toy animals. But people are a great danger to animals too. They take their land, and cut down the trees where animals have their homes. They pollute the rivers and seas, and kill big animals for their skins or for medicine. Now there are about 7,000 species of animals in danger. What can we do to protect the animals of the world - from us?
What is Japan? It is everything new and modern: the Tokyo Sky Tree, 634 metres high; amazing cameras and phones; karaoke and manga; trains going past at 300 kilometres an hour. And it is everything ancient too: beautiful palaces; high mountains and hot springs; cherry blossom in the spring; quiet gardens with water and trees. Here the past meets the future all the time. From sumo wrestlers to robots, Japan has something amazing for everybody.
Come with us to London - a city as old as the Romans, and as new as the twenty-first century. There are places to go - from Oxford Street to Westminster Abbey, from Shakespeare's Globe Theatre to Wimbledon Tennis Club. And things to do - ride on the London Eye, visit the markets, go to the theatre, run in the London Marathon. Big, beautiful, noisy, exciting - that's London.
In Brazil, you can find interesting old towns, modern cities, and thousands of different animals and plants. It is home to famous artists and writers, and sporting events like the World Cup or Olympics, too. What other interesting things can you see here? Why is there music and dancing on its streets? Who are the people of this amazing country?
Guy loves everything about computers. In fact, he's a bit of a computer geek. He spends his pocket money on old computer technology and programs, and he spends most of his free time in his room trying out what he has bought. One day, on the way back from school, Guy buys a CD-ROM called The Gunpowder Plot. As soon as he starts the CD-ROM, he finds himself in London in 1605 - an important year as he soon finds out. As he is drawn into this world, Guy learns a lot more than just the facts about The Gunpowder Plot …
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Jim and Sally are on holiday by the beach. They take a small boat to a little island where nobody lives. When their boat disappears into the sea, they have to stay on the island for the night. They find an old hut to sleep in, but when they hear voices, they know they are not alone…
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Kevin, a young Canadian, has just finished school and is on his way to start working in New York. Worried about Cathy, a young woman he recently met in Canada, Kevin has come to New York to look for her. It doesn't take too long for him to experience first-hand the dangers of the world she inhabits and find himself caught up in the world of drug dealers.
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