David Copperfield

David Copperfield lives happily with his mother and his nurse, Peggotty. Then his mother marries Mr Murdstone, and he and his sister come to live with them. Suddenly everything changes . . . With carefully adapted text, new illustrations, language practise activities and additional online resources, the Penguin Readers series introduces language learners to bestselling

Slumdog Millionaire

Slumdog Millionaire tells the story of a poor, eighteen-year-old waiter in Mumbai called Ram Mohammad Thomas. Ram goes on a television quiz show, and he answers all the questions correctly. But the people who work on the programme think that he has cheated, so Ram must explain how he knew the answers. With carefully adapted

Far from the Madding Crowd

Bathsheba Everdene is young and beautiful. She has her own farm and she likes to do things her way. Three men are in love with her – a poor shepherd, a rich farmer and a soldier. Which man will she choose, and will he be the right one for her? With carefully adapted text, new

The Boy in Striped Pyjamas

One day, Bruno’s father gets a new job, and the family have to move from Berlin, Germany, to a new place. There is a strange camp at the end of the garden. Bruno is very unhappy and bored until he meets Shmuel. The two boys become very good friends. But why is Shmuel in the

Great Expectations

When the orphan Pip is taken to the house of Miss Havisham, he meets and falls in love with Estella. Estella is beautiful but cold and Pip decides that he will become rich so that he can marry her. Later he learns that somebody has given him a lot of money, but Pip does not

Jane Eyre

Jane goes to work at Thornfield Hall as a governess for the strange Mr Rochester. They become friends and she is finally happy. But Mr Rochester is going to marry the beautiful Blanche Ingram and soon Jane must leave Thornfield forever. Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics, exciting contemporary fiction, and thought-provoking non-fiction,

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876) is the story of a boy in Missouri in the 1840s. Tom Sawyer’s parents are dead and he lives with his aunt in a small village next to the long Mississippi river. One night, Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn see Injun Joe kill Dr Robinson. “We can’t say

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist’s parents are dead and he grows up in the workhouse, where life is very hard. One day Oliver runs away to London. There, he enters a life of crime with the old man Fagin, the Artful Dodger, frightening Bill Sykes and kind-hearted Nancy. How will Oliver live in this dangerous world? Penguin Readers

Little Women

Little Women is the story of a poor American family in the American Civil War. The four sisters, Beth, Jo, Meg and Amy are very different. But together they work hard and help their mother and father. Sometimes their lives are very happy, and sometimes they are very sad. But the family’s love always helps

The Extraordinary Life of Malala Yousafzai

Malala Yousafzai lived in Pakistan where she was one of the best students in her class. But then a group of Islamist extremists called the Taliban came and a war began. Then, one day, two men from the Taliban shot Malala on the bus home from school. Penguin Readers is a series of popular classics,