Real Reads - Classic novels re-written for the 21st Century Real Reads - Classic novels re-written for the 21st Century

Huckleberry Finn - retold by Anna Kirwan
Mark Twain
Huckleberry may have got himself rich following his escapades with Tom sawyer but now with Jim, a runaway slave Huck must figure out the difference between wrong and right as his life and his freedom are at stake. This is... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/2009
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Tom Sawyer - retold by Anna Kirwan
Mark Twain
Tom Sawyer is a respectable boy in a little Mississippi River town. Huck Finn is a freedom-loving, neglected outcast. Join them on an adventure of a lifetime when only courage and quick-thinking on their part will save them. This is... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/08/2009
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Wuthering Heights - retold by Gill Tavner
Emily Bronte
This famous story of Heathcliff and Catherine will thrill you and chill you to the bone. Real Reads bring this and Jane Eyre to a new audience. Both of these retellings have been checked for accuracy to the originals by the Collections... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2009
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Jane Eyre - retold by Gill Tavner
Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre is poor, parentless and plain, detested by her aunt and cousin; her future looks bleak. Follow her story as she seeks independence and then eventual peace in the arms of Mr Rochester. Real Reads bring this and Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/07/2009
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Jane Austen: 6 book boxed set
Jane Austen - retold by Gill Tavner
What a treat! All six Real Reads Jane Austen titles in a smart, tidy box. Now you can be the best-read Austen fan on the block with the most enjoyment and the least effort. The box set contains: Pride... Featured in: 11+ readers
Format: Quantity Pack | Released 01/03/2009
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Dracula, retold by Chaz Brenchley
Bram Stoker
Can love, courage and goodness defeat the evil thirst of a vampire? In this fight to the bitter end, who will live, who will die, and who will be doomed to a living death? From Shannon, aged 11: 'It's really... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2009
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The War of the Worlds
H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
With the original first published over 100 years ago this retelling of The War of the Worlds will once you've read it make you realise how fragile a world we live in and the threat to extinction hangs over us... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/01/2009
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The Lost World - retold by Chaz Brenchley
Arthur Conan Doyle
Join journalist Ed Malone on his visit to the terrible lost world discovered by the eccentric Professor Challenger - but can he get back out alive? From Tom, aged 12: 'It was exciting when the baby pterodactyl came back... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/11/2008
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Frankenstein - retold by Gill Tavner
Mary Shelley
When Frankenstein unleashes forces beyond his control, an epic battle of friendship and horror begins between man and monster - and as it reaches fever pitch a tragic chain of events occurs. From Chesca, aged 10: 'The pictures are... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 30/09/2008
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Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde
R L Stevenson - retold by Peter Crowther
When Dr. Henry Jekyll dares to explore the delicate balance between good and evil, he little suspects the destructive powers he will unleash. Gripping and scary it will send shivers down your spine. This and the other retellings by Real... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/12/2008
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The Time Machine
H G Wells - retold by Eric Brown
The time traveller has invented a time machine. Its capabilities are beyond even his fertile imagination. Wonderfully exciting and so relevant to today as we all consider the future of the human race. From Reena aged 12: 'The Time... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/12/2008
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A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
Can somebody so selfish, so harsh and so horribly lonely ever change his ways? In one terrifying night, poor Scrooge is haunted by four ghosts. Will he change his ways? Weep and laugh as you read this much-loved Christmas story.... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 25/11/2007
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Oliver Twist
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
In this gripping tale of kidnapping, shooting and murder, Charles Dickens shows the threats to a vulnerable boy's existence and asks the eternal question: which is more powerful, good or evil? This and the other retellings by Real Reads are... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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Hard Times
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
A disappearing father, an unhappy marriage, a handsome suitor and a bank robbery all bring challenges to Louisa's life. Will she be able to control her powerful emotions, or will they lead her to ruin? This and the other retellings... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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David Copperfield
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
Can one lonely little boy show the strength and determination to survive the dangers that lie ahead? Charles Dickens presents a world of colourful characters to amuse us, astonish us, disgust us and move us to tears. This and the... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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Great Expectations
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
Mysteries abound in this superb novel featuring Pip, an escaped convict, the ghostly Miss Havisham, a mysterious benefactor. Pip's life will never be the same again. But who has given Pip his great expectations? This and the other retellings by... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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Bleak House
Charles Dickens - retold by Gill Tavner
A family curse, a manipulating lawyer, poverty and secrets threaten to destroy Esther's world. Are the walls of Bleak House strong enough to protect her and her new friends from such powerful forces? Caught up in an unfolding mystery that's... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/11/2007
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Mansfield Park
Jane Austen - retold by Gill Tavner
What a fantastic way to introduce young children to classic literature. Retellings of some of the best-known and best-loved classics; beautifully presented and skilfully retold (and condensed – 64 pages in total) and illustrated, they are true to the original... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/02/2008
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Persuasion
Jane Austen - retold by Gill Tavner
Differing from Austen's other novels in adopting a more sober tone, this one describes the ordeals of Anne Elliot, who has been persuaded by her family to reject Captain Wentworth. This and the other Real Reads retellings are a fantastic way... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2008
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Northanger Abbey
Jane Austen - retold by Gill Tavner
Catherine Morland has little experience of the world. Guided only by the gothic horror stories she so loves reading, Catherine stumbles through her adventures. Will hers be a happy ending? Will she find a hero to share her ‘happily ever... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2008
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Emma
Jane Austen - retold by Gill Tavner
Following her governess's marriage, wealthy, spoilt Emma Woodhouse seeks new company and new amusement. But that gets her into awful trouble...shocking secrets and mysteries to unravel. With little understanding of her own feelings, can Emma lead anyone towards happiness? Can... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 24/03/2008
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Sense and Sensibility
Jane Austen - retold by Gill Tavner
Will Elinor's sense be strong enough to support both sisters, or will Marianne's sensibility bring tragedy? This and the other retellings by Real Reads are a fantastic way to introduce young children to some of the best-known and best-loved classics; beautifully... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2008
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Pride and Prejudice
Jane Austen - retold by Gill Tavner
Misunderstandings, poor judgement, wicked lies, broken hearts, hurtful words. Will Elizabeth's prejudice and Darcy's pride be the ruin of them both? This and the other retellings by Real Reads are a fantastic way to introduce young children to some of the best-known... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 14/02/2008
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'MINIATURE MASTERPIECES' BBC R4 Open Book Welcome to the exciting world of Real Reads – a fantastic way to introduce children to classic literature

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REAL READS ARE A REAL TREAT

So many great stories, so many great characters, so many great big books. Pick up these great little versions of the world’s greatest books, and you’ll discover that Real Reads are a Real Treat.

Beautifully presented, skilfully retold (condensed – 64 pages in total) and illustrated, they are true to the original plot, capture something of the flavour and tone of the original work, while simplifying the narrative and dialogue.

Real Reads - perfect for younger readers aged 8+ but they are also an excellent ‘quick fix’ for teenagers and adults.



Are you a Real Reads potential reader?
Real Reads is not just a new publisher of illustrated classics... it’s a new and exciting way of presenting our literary heritage to a whole new readership. Whether it’s confident young readers, children who have seen the films and now want the books, teenagers and adults who want a ‘quick fix’ of a classic story without reading the original because of lack of time or indeed dedication, less confident readers who don’t want to be left out and perhaps even those people where English isn’t their first language but want to explore the classics in an easier way than reading the original.

They are not intended in any way to replace the originals, more to be a bridge to the originals so that more children move on to enjoy the treasures of our literature. Think of them as the book equivalents of films and television versions.

Josephine Ross, author of ‘Jane Austen: A Companion’, said of Real Reads “Where a novelist of Jane Austen’s calibre and formidable reputation is concerned, some introduction to the originals may be invaluable for the uninitiated. These lively, attractive little volumes are ideal. Even as a purist, I think these Real Reads are a Real Help for the younger, novice reader.”

For more information visit the Real Reads website at http://www.realreads.co.uk/


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