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Books in the series: Classic Starts

Classic Starts (R): The Iliad

Classic Starts (R): The Iliad

Author: Homer Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/12/2013

This high interest/low vocabulary retelling of The Iliad introduces young readers to Homer's thrilling epic tale. Set during the siege of Troy, The Iliad is truly the ultimate adventure story. It is suitable for ages 7-9. Homer's The Iliad is the perfect way for young readers to become familiar with the epic tale of the Trojan War. Rewritten for third and fourth graders who can't quite tackle the original and older children at lower reading levels, this high interest/low vocabulary volume is truly the ultimate adventure story.

Classic Starts (R): Roman Myths

Classic Starts (R): Roman Myths

Author: Diane Namm Format: Hardback Release Date: 05/12/2013

This title features eleven of the best-loved ancient myths in one beautiful abridged collection. This high interest/low vocabulary volume features stories such as Romulus and Remus, Escape from Troy and more. It is suitable for ages 7-9. Roman Myths gathers eleven of the best-loved ancient myths in one beautiful abridged collection, rewritten for third and fourth graders who can't quite tackle the originals and older children at lower reading levels. This high interest/low vocabulary volume features stories such as Romulus and Remus, Cupid and Psyche, Escape from Troy, Oedipus and the Sphinx and more. This book also begins with a detailed list and family tree of all the important gods and goddesses for easy reference.

Classic Starts (R): Journey to the Center of the Earth

Classic Starts (R): Journey to the Center of the Earth

Author: Jules Verne Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2011

This title is suitable for children aged 7 to 9 years old. 'Go down the crater of the volcano Snaefells. Follow the shadow just before the month of July. You will find your way to the center of the Earth. I did it'. That mysterious message, found in a long-lost letter, propels a young man and his uncle on the adventure of a lifetime: to a prehistoric world below the earth where dinosaurs and other strange creatures still roam. Jules Verne's classic fantasy will enchant a new generation of readers.

Classic Starts (R): Greek Myths

Classic Starts (R): Greek Myths

Author: Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2011

This title is suitable for children aged 7 to 9 years old. From Icarus' legendary flight to Orpheus' trip to the underworld, this stunning edition brings to life 15 classic Greek myths. Easy to read and beautifully illustrated, it includes Heracles' mighty tasks, Pandora's box, King Midas' golden touch and more.

Classic Starts (R): The Odyssey

Classic Starts (R): The Odyssey

Author: Homer, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 07/06/2011

This title is suitable for children aged 7 to 9 years old. In this title, Homer's epic tale of the warrior Odysseus' decades-long struggle to return home after the Trojan War is simply and beautifully retold, with all the drama intact. Young readers will thrill at Odysseus' adventures with the man-eating Cyclops; the enchantress Circe, who turns his crew into pigs and the angry sea god Poseidon.

The Secret Garden

The Secret Garden

Author: Frances Hodgson Burnett Format: Mixed media product Release Date: 24/06/2010

Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, this classic novel is filled with all the magic and excitement that made the original story a beloved favourite. The audio CD enables young readers to listen to the story, whilst following along with the book. It is aimed at children aged 7 to 9 years old. The discovery of a neglected garden transforms the life of a sullen and unloved little girl - and everyone around her, too. When the newly orphaned Mary Lennox leaves her native India and arrives at her uncle's mansion in Yorkshire, everything seems strange to her. Then Mary hears of a mysterious garden where no one has set foot in 10 years. With the help of some new friends, she plans to uncover its secrets...and make it blossom once again. With Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): Moby-Dick

Classic Starts (R): Moby-Dick

Author: Herman Melville Format: Hardback Release Date: 02/02/2010

Call me Ishmael. These three famous words begin one of the most epic novels ever written, a tale of one obsessed captain, his doomed crew and an elusive white whale named Moby-Dick. The massive original, however, can be very hard for young readers to navigate. This beautifully abridged and adventure-filled version will thrill children and whet their appetite for the complete work - when they are ready to tackle it.

Classic Starts (R): Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass Retold from the Lewis Carroll Originals

Classic Starts (R): Alice in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass Retold from the Lewis Carroll Originals

Author: Lewis Carroll Format: Hardback Release Date: 03/03/2009

Nothing's more magical than going down the rabbit hole and through the looking glass with Alice. There, in worlds unlike any other ever created, conventional logic is turned upside down and wrong-way round to enchanting effect. Children will love reading Carroll's many humorous nonsense verses and meeting such unforgettable characters as the Mad Hatter, the Knave of Hearts who steals some tarts and the grinning Cheshire Cat (in Alice in Wonderland ) and Tweedledee, Tweedledum, Humpty Dumpty and the Jabberwocky (in Through the Looking Glass ).

Classic Starts (R): Around the World in 80 Days Retold from the Jules Verne Original

Classic Starts (R): Around the World in 80 Days Retold from the Jules Verne Original

Author: Jules Verne Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2007

One boy, penniless and in rags, forced to beg in the street. The other, a king's son, coddled and given all he could want. What happens when the two boys change clothes and places and learn how the other half lives? Mark Twain's satirical and suspenseful novel about the thin line that separates prince and pauper is a perennial favourite. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark], young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): Heidi Retold from the Johanna Spyri Original

Classic Starts (R): Heidi Retold from the Johanna Spyri Original

Author: Johanna Spyri Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

When Heidi's Aunt Dete brings the orphaned girl to live with her grandfather, no one can imagine the bitter, solitary old man caring for a child. But, to everyone's surprise, the two grow to love each other - and Heidi blossoms in her new home. Johanna Spyri's charming story - and spirited heroine - have won children's hearts for more than a century. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): The Swiss Family Robinson Retold from the Johann David Wyss Original

Classic Starts (R): The Swiss Family Robinson Retold from the Johann David Wyss Original

Author: Johann David Wyss, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

A shipwreck; a deserted island; a family, wondering if they can survive. Rich in suspense and surprises, The Swiss Family Robinson entices young readers to come along on a wonderful adventure, where each moment brings a new thrill. Featuring amazingly resourceful characters and a wondrous landscape bursting with exotic wildlife and plants, it's an irresistible tale of ingenuity. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): Pollyanna Retold from the Eleanor H. Porter Original

Classic Starts (R): Pollyanna Retold from the Eleanor H. Porter Original

Author: Eleanor H. Porter, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Once you start looking for the happy things, you don't think about the bad ones as much. That's the joyful way Pollyanna sees the world: no matter what happens, she plays her Just Be Glad game and finds the sunny side of any situation. But when she's orphaned and forced to live with her rigid Aunt Polly, will high-spirited Pollyanna succeed in melting her Aunt's cold heart? Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): The Wind in the Willows Retold from the Kenneth Grahame Original

Classic Starts (R): The Wind in the Willows Retold from the Kenneth Grahame Original

Author: Kenneth Grahame Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Since 1903, the escapades of Mole, his friend Water Rat, shy Badger and Toad of Toad Hall have delighted children and adults, too. Follow the winning foursome through the seasons as they sail the river, get lost in the Wild Wood, take off on a merry adventure in Toad's colourful carriage and rescue Toad Hall from a band of nasty marauding weasels. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): The Three Musketeers Retold from the Alexandre Dumas Original

Classic Starts (R): The Three Musketeers Retold from the Alexandre Dumas Original

Author: Alexandre Dumas, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

All for one and one for all! That's the rallying cry of the Musketeers - guards of the French King - and the call to adventure for young readers enjoying their first taste of Dumas' classic swashbuckler. Aramis, Athos, Porthos, and the not-quite-yet Musketeer D'Artagnan use their wits and their swords to battle an evil Cardinal, the traitorous Milady and other enemies of the French court. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): Dracula Retold from the Bram Stoker Original

Classic Starts (R): Dracula Retold from the Bram Stoker Original

Author: Bram Stoker Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/02/2007

Dracula, that compelling creature of the night, continues his neck-biting ways in a version of the novel that children will devour. Moving from Transylvania to London, the timeless vampire serves up thrills and chills as he imprisons and terrorizes the innocent Jonathan Harker and then goes after his fiancee, Mina and her friend Lucy. From creepy, insect-eating Renfield to Dr. Van Helsing - who valiantly fights Dracula's evil - the characters and drama are spellbinding.

Classic Starts (R): Gulliver's Travels Retold from the Jonathan Swift Original

Classic Starts (R): Gulliver's Travels Retold from the Jonathan Swift Original

Author: Jonathan Swift, Martin Woodside, Jamel Akib, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

Through the eyes of Lemuel Gulliver, Swift's unforgettable satire takes readers into worlds formerly unimagined. Visit four strange and remarkable lands: Lilliput, where Gulliver seems a giant among a race of tiny people; Brobdingnag, the opposite, where the natives are giants and Gulliver puny; the ruined yet magical country of Laputa; and the home of the Houyhnhnms, gentle horses far superior to the ugly humanoid Yahoos who share their universe. Abridged for easier reading, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): Robinson Crusoe Retold from the Daniel Defoe Original

Classic Starts (R): Robinson Crusoe Retold from the Daniel Defoe Original

Author: Daniel Defoe, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

A shipwreck, a sole survivor, a deserted island - What could be more appealing to children than Robinson Crusoe's amazing adventure? Set in the 17th century and unfolding over a 30-year period, it offers plenty of adventure and suspense while painting a fascinating portrait of the age - including references to slavery and Europe's view of the New World. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark], young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): Oliver Twist Retold from the Charles Dickens Original

Classic Starts (R): Oliver Twist Retold from the Charles Dickens Original

Author: Charles Dickens, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

Dickens' timeless novel transports young readers to a colorful Victorian England filled with mistreated orphans, grim workhouses and gangs of thieving children. The hero finds himself in dire circumstances but escapes to London, where he becomes involved with criminals...and finally finds a real home. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Retold from the Jules Verne Original

Classic Starts (R): 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Retold from the Jules Verne Original

Author: Jules Verne, Lisa R. Church, Dan Andreasen, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

You are about to enter a world of Jules Verne's classic science fiction undersea adventure. Join Professor Aronnax on a thrilling and dangerous journey far below the waves where he encounters something extraordinary: the mysterious Captain Nemo and his futuristic submarine, a vessel that Verne imagined but had not yet been invented. It's a suspenseful journey of danger and discovery. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): Frankenstein Retold from the Mary Shelley Original

Classic Starts (R): Frankenstein Retold from the Mary Shelley Original

Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Deanna McFadden, Jamel Akib, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

From the bits and pieces of dead bodies and the power of electricity, the brilliant Victor Frankenstein fashions a new form of life - only to discover, too late, the irreparable damage he has caused. Mary Shelley's tragic story of the creation of man, or monster, is as compelling and powerful now as it was when it was written. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark] , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): The Story of King Arthur & His Knights Retold from the Howard Pyle Original

Classic Starts (R): The Story of King Arthur & His Knights Retold from the Howard Pyle Original

Author: Howard Pyle, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

From the Sword in the Stone and the founding of Camelot to the famed Round Table and the Lake of Enchantment, the legend of King Arthur has held generations spellbound with its magic. With Classic Starts , young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories - such as King Arthur's winning of Guinevere and Merlin's tragic downfall at the hands of the evil Vivien.

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Retold from the Mark Twain Original

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn Retold from the Mark Twain Original

Author: Mark Twain, Oliver Ho, Dan Andreasen, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

Sail down the Mississippi with Huck Finn and the runaway slave, Jim. Twain's beloved tale, with its folksy language, creates an indelible image of pre-Civil War America with its sleepy river towns, con men, family feuds and a variety of colourful characters. Abridged for easier reading and carefully rewritten, with Classic Starts[trademark], young readers can experience the wonder of timeless stories from an early age.

Classic Starts (R): The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Retold from the Robert Louis Stevenson Original

Classic Starts (R): The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Retold from the Robert Louis Stevenson Original

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson, Kathleen Olmstead, Jamel Akib, Arthur Pober Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2006

This work talks about a single person - but with two personalities: one that's noble and kind and another that's pure, repulsive evil. Robert Louis Stevenson's engrossing masterpiece about the dual nature of man - and a good doctor whose thirst for knowledge has tragic consequences - serves up all the suspense and satisfying chills one expects from the best horror and science fiction.

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Retold from the Mark Twain Original

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Tom Sawyer Retold from the Mark Twain Original

Author: Mark Twain Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2005

Following Sterling's spectacularly successful launch of its children's classic novels (240,000 books in print to date), comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price. Tom Sawyer liked adventures, which means he was always getting in trouble. Searching for treasure, witnessing a murder, getting caught in a bat cave, tricking others into doing his work, running away with Huckleberry Finn--Tom Sawyer's antics and mischief-making are sheer, child-pleasing delight. Every boy and girl should experience the joy and fun of this classic tale.

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Retold from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Original

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Retold from the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Original

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2005

Following Sterling's spectacularly successful launch of its children's classic novels (240,000 books in print to date), comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price. No child is too young to appreciate the amazing deductive powers of the world's smartest detective. These easy-to-read Sherlock Holmes stories provide the perfect introduction to the super sleuth and his friend and assistant, Dr. Watson. Among the intriguing tales: A Scandal in Bohemia, Holmes's first encounter with the mysterious Irene Adler; The Red-Headed League ; The Adventure of the Six Napoleons and others.

Classic Starts (R): Treasure Island

Classic Starts (R): Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2005

Every child deserves an appealing introduction to the classics, with age-appropriate text and beautiful art throughout. That's exactly what this Classic Starts(TM) provides. Welcome to the world of TREASURE ISLAND! The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price. Pirates, buried treasure, and action aplenty--that's what's served up in this fine story, mates, and kids will eat it up. After Jim Hawkins finds the map to a mysterious treasure, he sets sail in search of the fortune. Little does he realize he's boarded a pirate ship, and that surprises and danger await him . . . including a meeting with the unforgettable Long John Silver.

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Robin Hood Retold from the Howard Pyle Original

Classic Starts (R): The Adventures of Robin Hood Retold from the Howard Pyle Original

Author: Howard Pyle Format: Hardback Release Date: 01/03/2005

Following Sterling's spectacularly successful launch of its children's classic novels (240,000 books in print to date), comes a dazzling new series: Classic Starts. The stories are abridged; the quality is complete. Classic Starts treats the world's beloved tales (and children) with the respect they deserve--all at an incomparable price. He robbed from the rich and gave to the poor, and had escapades enough to please any adventure-loving child. Now even the youngest readers can have the chance to enter Sherwood Forest with Robin's band of merry men, and meet such unforgettable characters as Friar Tuck, Little John, Allan-a-Dale, the nasty Sheriff of Nottingham, and wicked King John. Every moment of the story is filled with action and excitement.

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