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Books in the series: 3.2 Young Reading Series Two (Blue)

The Gunpowder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/09/2016

Stories of Thor

Stories of Thor

Author: Alex Frith Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/08/2016

The Great Fire of London

The Great Fire of London

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/09/2015

Find out all about the Great Fire of London, in 1666 - what caused it, how it spread, how it was put out and how the city was rebuilt in its wake. A simple but comprehensive introduction to this key historical event. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme, this book is for children who can read fluently but are still building their confidence.

Spartacus

Spartacus

Author: Russell Punter Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2013

Accused of deserting the Roman army, Spartacus finds himself sold into slavery. When he is forced to join gladiator school, only one thing is on his mind - escape. The remarkable, true story of a slave who gained fame as a gladiator and led a revolt against Roman slave owners. Specially written for children growing in reading confidence. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of the Olympics

The Story of the Olympics

Author: Minna Lacey Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/05/2012

A brilliant introduction to the history of The Olympics, from the traditional games of Ancient Greece, to their revival by Pierre de Coubertin and the pomp and ceremony of the modern Games. Specially written as part of the Usborne Reading Programme for children growing in reading confidence and ability, featuring humorous illustrations throughout by Paddy Mounter. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

Perseus and the Gorgon

Perseus and the Gorgon

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/10/2011

A brand new retelling of the Greek myth, Perseus and the Gorgon . Perseus is determined to rescue Andromeda, even though it means facing the hideous Gorgon, Medusa, whose glare turns warriors to stone - Fantastic illustrations by Simona Bursi give a very modern feel to this classic tale. A new title in Young Reading Series Two , part of the Usborne Reading Programme . Aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. Developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a Principal Lecturer in Education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

Hercules The World's Strongest Man

Hercules The World's Strongest Man

Author: Alex Frith Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/08/2011

This is a brand new retelling of the action-packed story of Heracles as he completes his most famous set of challenges: the Twelve Tasks. It is a new title in Young Reading Series Two , part of the Usborne Reading Programme. Aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is Principal Lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood

Author: Rob Lloyd Jones Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/04/2011

This is a new title in Young Reading Series Two , based on the tales of England's most famous outlaw and part of the Usborne Reading Programme. It is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. The outlaw Robin hood is determined to stop the evil Sheriff of Nottingham from bribing his way to becoming King. He sets out to steal the Sheriff's treasure - by winning an archery competition and becoming one the Sheriff's chief guard. But when his gang are all captured, will Robin be able to save them from the hangman's noose? It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is Principal Lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

The Tempest

The Tempest

Author: Rosie Dickins Format: Hardback Release Date: 19/03/2010

Prospero and his daughter Miranda are stranded on a lonely desert island. Then a magical storm washes a royal ship ashore - and Prospero finally has the chance to right old wrongs. Shakespeare's classic romantic comedy retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme.

The Firebird

The Firebird

Author: Mairi Mackinnon Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/02/2010

The Russian folktale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Prince Ivan sets off in search of the Firebird, which has been stealing his father's golden apples. A story of bravery, determination and magic that has captivated generations, and inspired iconic paintings, music and ballet. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Author: Rosie Dickens Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2009

Shakespeare's classic comedy retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Viola is left shipwrecked on the coast of Illyria, she must disguise herself as a boy for protection. But when she becomes a page for Duke Orsino, things start to get a little complicated. This title is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

East of the Sun, West of the Moon

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/07/2009

The Norwegian folk tale retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. A young girl sets out with a great white bear on a journey to the ends of the earth. She visits enchanted castles, rides the wind and battles with a troll queen - all for the sake of true love. Part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, which is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories.

Hamlet

Hamlet

Author: Louie Stowell Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/04/2009

Shakespeare's classic story retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When a ghostly figure appears to Prince Hamlet, he discovers the dreadful truth about his father's death. His quest for revenge leads him into a world of mayhem, madness and murder. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Alice Through the Looking Glass

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/02/2009

The quirky sequel to Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. After returning from Wonderland, Alice's adventures continue when she steps through a looking glass and into the topsy-turvy world beyond. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of Rubbish

The Story of Rubbish

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/01/2009

This is a new edition to the classic title in Young Reading Series Two , which is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. It smells horrible and look disgusting, but rubbish hasn't always been a problem. Some of it can even be useful. You can squelch through its intriguing story, past ancient animal droppings, stinking sewers and dirty nappies. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

The Phantom of the Opera

The Phantom of the Opera

Author: Kate Knighton Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/03/2008

The Phantom of the Opera lurks beneath the Paris opera house, a mysterious shadow who takes young opera singer Christine under his tutelage and transforms her into a star. But will his growing obsession with Christine, and her blossoming romance with Count Raoul, be the end of them all? Specially rewritten as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, aimed at children growing in reading confidence and ability.

The Prince and the Pauper

The Prince and the Pauper

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 22/01/2008

A tale of mistaken identity in which a poor young boy named Tom is mistaken for the young Edward VI, and the two boys discover what life is like when the tables are turned. Part of the Usborne Young Reading Series 2 , aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, and helps build confidence and ability.

The Story of Ships

The Story of Ships

Author: Jane Bingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/11/2007

The fascinating history of ships and the explorers who sailed in them told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Beautifully illustrated by Alan Marks, winner of the Carnegie Medal. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 23/11/2007

The enchanting classic by Frances Hodgson Burnett retold for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Mary Lennox feels forlorn and lonely in her uncle's gloomy house on the moors. But behind an old ivy-covered wall is a garden, waiting to be discovered...Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story Of Hanukkah

The Story Of Hanukkah

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/09/2007

Developed in consultation with Allison Kelly, this story is aimed at at children aged five and over who are just beginning to read to help build confidence and ability.

Robinson Crusoe

Robinson Crusoe

Author: Angela Wilkes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

The classic story re-told for children growing in reading confidence. Follows the adventures of Robinson Crusoe, who survives a shipwreck only to find himself stuck of a desert island! How will he manage alone? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Incredible Present

The Incredible Present

Author: Harriet Castor Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

An amusing and original story for children growing in reading confidence. Lily receives an incredible present which grants her six wishes, but none of them turn out quite as planned. Will anything turn out right for Lily in the end? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of Trains

The Story of Trains

Author: Jane Bingham Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

A lively account of the story of trains for children growing in reading confidence. Follows the history of trains from the first engines of the eighteenth century to the high-speed trains of today. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Jason and the Golden Fleece

Author: Claudia Zeff Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

The classic Greek myth re-told for children growing in reading confidence. When Jason is sent on a quest for the Golden Fleece, he doesn't expect it to involve clashing rocks, man-eating birds and a murderous king. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Story of Cars

The Story of Cars

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

Young Reading Series Two is aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, and helps build confidence and ability. Six popular titles in Usborne Young Reading Series Two are re-issued in luxurious hardback editions with ribbon markers. The Young Reading series is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Author: Paul Stewart Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/07/2007

An exciting and original story for children growing in reading confidence. Dom and Abi set out on a dangerous quest to discover the secrets of the magician Mesmo. Are they putting themselves in the line of fire? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

The Shocking Story Of Electricity

The Shocking Story Of Electricity

Author: Anna Claybourne Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2007

The story of one of the modern world's most valuable inventions told for children growing in reading confidence. An exploration of the fascinating story of electricity from earliest experiments to the gadgets and gizmos of the modern world. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Aesop's Fables

Aesop's Fables

Author: Carol Watson Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2007

A collection of eight of Aesop's best-loved fables retold for children growing in reading confidence. Sly foxes, thirsty storks and greedy dogs all feature in these fun stories, each with its own moral at the end. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Story Of Rome

The Story Of Rome

Author: Rosie Dickins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 31/05/2007

The story of the Roman Empire, from the myth of Romulus and Remus to the foundations of the vast Empire and the Emperors who ruled it and its eventual collapse, retold as a story for children growing in reading confidence. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Magical Book

The Magical Book

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/05/2007

When young King Leo disobeys all his advisors and opens a magical book, he gets a huge surprise as a greedy dragon is released. He needs to find a solution before all his kingdom is eaten - maybe the magical book can help? Each book in this series helps build confidence and ability in young readers.

The Amazing Adventures of Ulysses

The Amazing Adventures of Ulysses

Author: Heather Amery Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/04/2007

Ulysses faces many challenges on his way home from the Trojan War, including a one-eyed giant, a witch and a many-headed whirlpool monster. Will he survive them all? The classic ancient Greek adventure story retold for children growing in reading confidence as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme.

The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: Mary Sebag-Montefiore, Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

A brand new addition to Usborne Young Reading Series 2 , aimed at children whose reading ability is beginning to grow, building confidence and ability. The Railway Children is a re-telling of the beloved E. Nesbitt story following the story of three children growing up after their father is wrongly accused of spying. It is evocatively illustrated by Alan Marks. It is developed in consultation with Alison Kelly, who is a senior lecturer in education and an early reading specialist from Roehampton University.

The Story of Flying

The Story of Flying

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 30/03/2007

The history of man-made flight for children growing in reading confidence. From Da Vinci to the Wright Brothers, find out how people dreamed of taking to the sky in complex flying machines , before inventions such as hot-air balloons, airships, helicopters and of course aeroplanes made it all possible. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Amazing Adventures of Hercules

The Amazing Adventures of Hercules

Author: Claudia Zeff Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/01/2007

The classic Greek myth re-told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Hercules is set 12 impossible tasks to earn the forgiveness of the Gods, but will he succeed? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Angela Wilkes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/11/2006

The classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson re-told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Jim Hawkins sets sail searching for buried treasure and adventure, he finds himself caught up in a deadly mutiny where he must outwit the cunning pirate Long John Silver in order to stay alive. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Clumsy Crocodile

Clumsy Crocodile

Author: Felicity Everett Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 24/11/2006

Cassy the clumsy crocodile leaves a trail of destruction at the Everglades Department Store. But her clumsiness saves the store from a pair of greedy robbers. A comical story for children growing in reading confidence, written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme.

The Story Of Castles

The Story Of Castles

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

The fascinating history of castles specially written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme. for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Explains why castles were first built, what it was like to live in one, and the cunning tricks used to defend them.

The Midnight Ghosts

The Midnight Ghosts

Author: Emma Fischel Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

When Adam and Sally arrive at Twelve Bells End, everything is not entirely what it seems. Soon they learn the truth about the curse of the Midnight family and are involved in a race against time before they become the next victims...A spine-chilling story from the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially written for children growing in reading confidence and ability.

The Adventures Of King Arthur

The Adventures Of King Arthur

Author: Angela Wilkes Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

The daring and bold adventures of King Arthur told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Arthur pulls a sword from a stone, he is proclaimed King of Britain. However many challenges lie ahead, including treacherous knights, a mysterious lady in a lake and a fight for his kingdom. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Mystery Mansion

Mystery Mansion

Author: Phil Roxbee Cox Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

When the worst nightmares of the villagers of Nether Bogey seem to be coming true, Harry suspects that something is amiss. Could Mystery Mansion and the shadowy characters who live there have something to do with it? A chilling story from the Usborne Young Reading Programme, for children growing in reading confidence and ability.

The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

A thrillingly spooky tale based upon the story by Oscar Wilde for children growing in reading confidence and ability. The Canterville Ghost has been scaring away new residents in his castle for 500 years, but when the Otis family move in it becomes clear they are just as determined to make him leave. But who will succeed? Part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme.

The House of Shadows

The House of Shadows

Author: Karen Dolby Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/11/2006

Part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, this spooky story is for children growing in reading confidence and ability. Kit and Ned's new home looks perfectly normal from the outside, but inside swirling mists reveal glimpses of its shadowy past. Can the children uncover the house's chilling secret in time?

Treasure Island

Treasure Island

Author: Angela Wilkes Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 24/11/2006

The classic adventure story by Robert Louis Stevenson re-told for children growing in reading confidence and ability. When Jim Hawkins sets sail searching for buried treasure and adventure, he finds himself caught up in a deadly mutiny where he must outwit the cunning pirate Long John Silver in order to stay alive. Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. The audio CD includes a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard Of Oz

Author: Rosie Dickins Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/10/2006

The classic story by L. Frank Baum, retold for children growing in their reading confidence and ability, sumptuously illustrated by Mauro Evangelista. When Dorothy is whizzed to Oz in a tornado, she lands in a place where nothing is quite as it seems. Can she find the Wizard, defeat the Wicked Witch of the West, and be granted her wish to return to Kansas? Usborne Young Reading has been developed with reading experts from Roehampton University.

The Revealing Story Of Underwear

The Revealing Story Of Underwear

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/07/2006

A fascinating delve into the history of underwear, from the first medieval pants to rib-cracking corsets and petticoats so wide women had trouble fitting through doors. Children can read how historical, social and industrial factors have affected what we wear under our clothes. Specially written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme for children growing in reading confidence.

The Fabulous Story Of Fashion

The Fabulous Story Of Fashion

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/02/2006

A fantastic new gift edition in the Usborne Young Reading series, this is a title to treasure, published in foiled hardback with a ribbon marker. This entertaining title tells the fascinating story of fashion - from cavemen's coats to the catwalk couture of the modern age. Beautifully and vividly illustrated, this book is full of fabulous fashion detail, bringing the costumes alive through every fold, sequin and pearl. Usborne's Young Reading series was developed in conjunction with experts from the University of Surrey and is designed to encourage independent reading. Each title has clear, engaging text and is accompanied by original illustrations.

The Story of Heidi

The Story of Heidi

Author: Mary Sebag-montefiore Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/01/2006

Johanna Spyri's Heidi is beautifully retold, following the exploits of the orphaned girl sent to live in the Alps with her grumpy grandfather. Part of Series 2 of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, specially written for readers growing in confidence, with clear, engaging text and stunning original illustrations. Developed in conjunction with reading experts from Roehampton University.

Alice In Wonderland

Alice In Wonderland

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2006

An attractive retelling of Lewis Carroll's story with evocative illustrations, written as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme for readers growing in confidence.

Romeo and Juliet

Romeo and Juliet

Author: Anna Claybourne Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/01/2006

These two new gift editions in the Usborne Young Reading Series are titles to treasure, published in hardback with a ribbon marker. Each title is a classic: The tragedy of William Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet is delicately re-examined; and Lewis Carroll's imaginative fantasy Alice in Wonderland is given a larger-than-life retelling. Usborne's Young Reading Series was developed in conjunction with experts from the University of Surrey and is designed to encourage independent reading. Each title has clear, engaging text and is accompanied by stunning original illustrations.

The Swan Princess

The Swan Princess

Author: Rosie Dickins Format: Hardback Release Date: 29/09/2005

Princess Eliza and her brothers are perfectly happy - until their father marries a woman who is secretly a witch. Determined to get rid of the children, the witch turns the brothers into swans. But Eliza is harder to deal with. Follow her as she sets out to undo the spell. Ages 5+.

A Little Princess

A Little Princess

Author: Susanna Davidson Format: Hardback Release Date: 26/08/2005

Rich little Sara Crewe loves to imagine things. At her English boarding school, surrounded by luxury, she sees herself as a princess. But then disaster strikes as Sara is forced to work as a servant. Only her imagination can make life bearable, until something truly incredible happens. Ages 5+.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/06/2005

An entertaining retelling of one of Shakespeare's best-loved comedies, beautifully illustrated by Serena Riglietti. - Young readers will treasure this gift edition, which is published in hardback with a ribbon marker. - The Young Reading Series is designed to encourage independent reading and covers a range of subject matter, including the retelling of children's classics, fairytales, and a wide variety of narrative non-fiction.

Pinocchio

Pinocchio

Author: Katie Daynes Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/09/2004

'Only good sons have the chance of becoming real boys', warns the wise cricket. But, try as he might, Pinocchio the puppet just can't stay out of trouble. Treasure hunts, false friends and funfairs lead him far from his poor, lonely father. Is Pinocchio doomed to be wooden forever?

The Snow Queen

The Snow Queen

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 27/08/2004

A retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairy tale about the wicked Snow Queen's attempt to kidnap a boy in the frozen north. Designed for young children who are just beginning to read alone and are looking for lively stories to tackle. Colurful pictures combine with narrative text written to encourage reading skills for developing and emergent readers.

Around the World in 80 Days

Around the World in 80 Days

Author: Jules Verne Format: Hardback Release Date: 25/06/2004

The classic tale of Phileas Fogg and his quest to travel around the world in just eighty days, specially retold as part of Young Reading Series 2 for readers growing in confidence.

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Author: Lesley Sims Format: Hardback Release Date: 31/10/2003

Ebenezer Scrooge is a mean-spirited old man who hates everything - even Christmas! But when three spirits visit him one Christmas Eve, Scrooge is taken on a journey into the past, present and future that will change him forever. Specially rewritten as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme for readers growing in confidence.

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