Strange and wonderful things happen in t seven short stories. Oscar Wilde takes us into a world of kings and queens, mermaids and witches, giants and dwarfs, and talking animals. Exciting and amusing, happy and sad, these stories are for all ages.
Emma is beautiful, clever, rich, happy and never wants to get married. She enjoys match-making her friends in the village of Highbury but slowly seems to lose her touch as complications begin with Frank, Harriet, Jane and Mr Knightley. No one seems to love the person Emma thinks they should.
Don and Mike are best friends. They both live in the sleepy town of Saltley and they both love birdwatching. Their lives suddenly become exciting when Mike spots a pair of osprey at a nearby lake. The boys decide to protect the birds so that they can make a nest. But when Mr Roberts takes an interest in the birds the boys become suspicious.
This year Tom is really excited about Christmas. He is going to spend the holidays with his friend Mahir in the Kingdom of the Snow Leopard. He even has a special invitation from Mahir’s father, the King. But someone is following the boys on their journey and Tom is worried that he wants to hurt them.
No one knows where Michael comes from or who his parents are. One day he starts to grow wings and his life changes forever. Michael moves from hospitals to research clinics to life in isolation on a remote island. Will he ever manage to have a normal life?
Laura’s dream is to become a famous actress. When she auditions for The Green Room summer school she meets Nathan, who shares her dream. But Laura and Nathan both have secrets. That summer at The Green Room Laura and Nathan grow up and learn that that it is better to tell the truth and keep their acting for the stage.
Anne Banks struggles to make ends meet. There is never quite enough money to buy everything she needs for her two teenage children, Gus and Ellie. Gus keeps growing and wants a football kit and Ellie keeps changing the colour of her hair and wants to buy more make-up.
In America, during the French and Indian wars, two young women, Cora and Alice, set off on a dangerous journey to be reunited with their father Colonel Munro. They are aided by Hawkeye, a brave frontier scout, and Chingackgook and Uncas, his Mohican companions.
In The Garden Party, Laura is excited about her mother’s annual garden party until she discovers that a man has died close to the family’s home. In Sixpence, when Dicky, an active, exuberant young boy, accidentally breaks a plate, is his mother her usual understanding self, or does she give in to interfering Mrs Spears’ pressure to punish him?
Buck leads a good life in California, but one day he is stolen to be a sledge dog and taken to the harsh and freezing cold Yukon. Here Buck must learn to fight for his survivial. Can he rise above his enemies and become the master of his world once again?
This is the story of Ichabod Crane, a superstitious schoolmaster who arrives in Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod falls in love with Katrina van Tassel, a wealthy farmer’s daughter, but he must compete with the strong, handsome Brom Bones for her hand.
Jonathan Harker travels to Transylvania to see a local nobleman, Count Dracula. Jonathan realises that things are not what they seem at Castle Dracula and, before he knows it, his nightmare begins.
Heathcliff, an orphan, is raised by Mr Earnshaw with his own children, Hindley and Catherine. Hindley hates him but his passionate sister Catherine becomes his close friend, and they fall deeply in love. When Catherine decides to marry Edgar Linton instead of Heathcliff, Heathcliff’s terrible revenge destroys everyone’s lives.
Artist Basil Hallward sees Dorian Gray at a party and suddenly feels that something bad is going to happen. But then the young and handsome Dorian becomes his friend and Basil paints the most wonderful picture of him. What does Dorian wish for when he sees his picture? And why does Dorian then hide his picture for no one to see?
Poor orphan Jane Eyre lives an unhappy childhood. She is hated by her guardian aunt and cousins and then sent to the strict and loveless Lowood School. But life at school improves, and Jane stays on as a teacher, though she still longs for friendship and love.
When poor orphan Pip falls in love with the rich and beautiful Estella he never imagines that he, too, one day will have money. After Mr Jaggers tells Pip he has great expectations and a secret rich benefactor, Pip moves to London and starts a new life as a gentleman.
When Miss Jessel accepts a position as governess to look after Flora and Miles little does she know that her job will be so difficult. Both children seem perfect and charming but after a few weeks at the grand house of Bly two strange figures appear.
Mr Verloc appears to be a simple shopkeeper in London who lives with his wife’s family at the back of his shop. But in reality he also works as a spy for a foreign government and has links with a group of anarchists who meet regularly at his shop.