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Classic Stories for Young Readers

The perfect stories to capture the imaginations of young readers
  • Around the World in Eighty Days

    by Jules Verne ...
    A twenty thousand pound wager sparks one of the greatest adventures of all time as London gentleman Phileas Fogg and his loyal valet Passepartout set off in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe in only eighty days. Their journey sees them race across the globe by sea, by rail, and even by elephant. But Fogg has more than time working against him -- a Scotland Yard detective, convinced that Fogg ... Read more

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  • The Tale of Peter Rabbit

    Don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden, Mama Rabbit says. But little Peter doesn’t listen – after all, who can resist a larder full of fresh vegetables? While his sisters pick blackberries for dinner, the mischievous rabbit sneaks away, and crosses paths with the farmer next door. Will Peter make it home in time for dinner, or will he meet the same fate as his father and end up in Mrs. McGregor’s pie ... Read more

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  • The Wind in the Willows

    “Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!”After retiring from the Bank of England in 1908, Scottish writer Kenneth Grahame went on to create one of the best-loved children’s stories of all time. The banks of the Thames near his childhood home inspired the setting of The Wind in the ... Read more

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  • Heidi

    by Johanna Spyri ...
    High up in the Swiss Alps, a young orphan girl is brought to live with her grandfather. Intelligent and cheerful, Heidi befriends the neighbours and frolics among the alpine flowers, bringing sunshine into her grumpy grandfather’s life. But one day her aunt comes to take her away to Frankfurt, to become a companion to an invalid named Clara. Will Heidi ever return to the mountain? Or is this big ... Read more

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  • The Prince and the Pauper

    by Mark Twain ...
    “When I am king they shall not have bread and shelter only, but also teachings out of books, for a full belly is little worth where the mind is starved.”Passing by the palace gates, Tom Canty comes face to face with Edward Tudor, Prince of Wales. Shocked at how alike they look, the boys hatch a plan – they’ll trade places temporarily to experience how the other lives. The young prince discovers ... Read more

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  • The Railway Children

    by Edith Nesbit ...
    Whisked away from their London home, Bobbie, Peter, and Phyllis find themselves in near-poverty. Their father was suddenly taken away by the authorities and falsely imprisoned for selling state secrets, forcing the family to settle in a small house in the country. Drawn to the railway station nearby, the children befriend Mr Szczepansky, who is looking for his own family in England. They also meet ... Read more

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  • The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood

    by Howard Pyle ...
    “In merry England in the time of old, when good King Henry the Second ruled the land, there lived within the green glades of Sherwood Forest, near Nottingham Town, a famous outlaw whose name was Robin Hood.”The woods in Nottinghamshire are full of thieves, chief among them Robin Hood. Stealing from the rich to give to the poor, Robin and his band of outlaws find themselves in all sorts of sticky ... Read more

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  • Rip Van Winkle

    “Rip Van Winkle, however, was one of those happy mortals, of foolish, well-oiled dispositions, who take the world easy, eat white bread or brown, whichever can be got with least thought or trouble, and would rather starve on a penny than work for a pound.”In the early 1770s, right before the American Revolution, a man wandered off in the Catskill mountains to escape his wife and vanished. Twenty ... Read more

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  • The Adventures of Pinocchio

    by Carlo Collodi ...
    “Lies, my dear boy, can easily be recognized. There are two kind of them: those with short legs, and those with long noses. Your kind have long noses.”When a block of wood destined to become a table leg suddenly starts talking, Master Antonio gives the wood to his poor neighbour Gepetto, who carves out of it a puppet. Mischievous from the start, Pinocchio gets up to all sorts of misadventures – ... Read more

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  • The Princess and the Goblin

    "They worked only at night, for the miners' night was the goblins' day. Indeed, the greater number of the miners were afraid of the goblins; for there were strange stories well known amongst them of the treatment some had received whom the goblins had surprised at their work during the night."Wandering around her big empty house, Princess Irene discovers a mysterious staircase that leads to a ... Read more

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  • The Velveteen Rabbit

    "There was once a velveteen rabbit, and in the beginning he was really splendid. He was fat and bunchy, as a rabbit should be; his coat was spotted brown and white, he had real thread whiskers, and his ears were lined with pink sateen."Peeking out from a stocking on Christmas morning, a velveteen rabbit is the best gift a little boy could have. That is, until the aunts and uncles had come for ... Read more

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  • Raggedy Ann

    Playing alone one day, little Marcella comes across a doll in the corner of her grandmother’s attic. Despite her old-fashioned clothes, red-yarn hair, and painted face, Raggedy Ann quickly becomes Marcella’s favourite companion. But when no one is around, the toys come to life and go on all sorts of adventures. Whether it’s rescuing the family dog from the pound, sneaking into the pantry to eat ... Read more

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  • Anne of Avonlea

    “Do you know what I think about the new moon, teacher? I think it is a little golden boat full of dreams. And when it tips on a cloud some of them spill out and fall into your sleep.”Now sixteen and almost grown up, Anne Shirley starts a new job as the schoolteacher in Avonlea. It’s not all reading, writing and arithmetic – the personalities and quirks of her students quickly become the true test ... Read more

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  • Anne's House of Dreams

    “'Changes come all the time. Just as soon as things get really nice they change,' she said with a sigh.”Finally, after three years of waiting, Anne and Gilbert are married in the orchard at Green Gables. Moving into their first home in a small seaside community near Gilbert’s medical practice, the young couple find themselves drawn into the lives of their new neighbours. Star-crossed lovers, a ... Read more

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  • Anne of the Island

    “All life lessons are not learned at college,' she thought. 'Life teaches them everywhere.”Anne’s adventures continue at Redmond College as she leaves the Island, and her teaching position in Avonlea, to pursue higher education. With the help of her new friends and roommates Priscilla and Phillippa, Anne explores her surroundings and even visits her birthplace in Nova Scotia. The tragic death of ... Read more

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  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    by L. Frank Baum ...
    “In the civilized countries I believe there are no witches left, nor wizards, nor sorceresses, nor magicians. But, you see, the Land of Oz has never been civilized, for we are cut off from all the rest of the world. Therefore we still have witches and wizards amongst us.” When a cyclone drops a young girl and her dog from the grey prairies of Kansas into the lush greenery of Munchkin Country – ... Read more

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  • Through the Looking Glass

    by Lewis Carroll ...
    “It’s a great huge game of chess that’s being played—all over the world—if this is the world at all, you know.” What’s it like on the other side of the mirror? Finding her way into Looking-Glass World one snowy afternoon, Alice discovers a new adventure where everything is opposite to what she knows. When the Red Queen challenges Alice to a chess match, she encounters many strange creatures that ... Read more

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  • The Children of Odin: The Book of Northern Myths

    by Padraic Colum ...
    “Odin took the horn in both his hands and drank and drank. And as he drank all the future became clear to him. He saw all the sorrows and troubles that would fall upon Men and Gods.” Padraic Colum’s retelling of the old Norse myths is a great introduction to the gods and monsters of the Viking age. Odin All Father attempts to bring peace to the world of men, but the trickster god Loki causes ... Read more

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  • The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles

    by Padraic Colum ...
    One of the first-ever recipients of the Newbery Honor medal in 1922, Padraic Colum’s The Golden Fleece and The Heroes Who Lived Before Achilles introduces young readers to some of the classic stories of Greek mythology. Jason and his crew of Argonauts set sail on a quest to find the Golden Fleece and help Jason reclaim his rightful place on the throne of Iolcus.During the voyage, other members of ... Read more

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  • The Adventures of Odysseus and The Tales of Troy

    by Padraic Colum ...
    The journey of Odysseus from his island home of Ithaca is filled with danger, from the many-headed monster Scylla and deadly whirlpool Charybdis, to the spellbinding enchantress Circe. The reason for his quest is to join the hero Achilles, who is fighting in the war against the Trojans (yes, the horse does make an appearance!). In turns helped and hindered by the gods, our heroes capture the city ... Read more

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  • The Jungle Books

    “The python dropped his head lightly for a moment on Mowgli's shoulders. "A brave heart and a courteous tongue," said he. "They shall carry thee far through the jungle, manling. But now go hence quickly with thy friends. Go and sleep, for the moon sets and what follows it is not well that thou shouldst see.”Rudyard Kipling’s collection of fables, based on the ancient tales and folklore of his ... Read more

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  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

    In a small Dutch settlement known as Sleepy Hollow, Yankee transplant Ichabod Crane is competing with local hero Brom Bones for the hand of a wealthy farmer’s daughter. Will the legends and ghost stories of Sleepy Hollow scare off the superstitious schoolmaster from his pursuit of the lovely Katrina Van Tassel? Is the Headless Horseman truly to be feared, or is this just another one of Bones’ ... Read more

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  • Black Beauty

    by Anna Sewell ...
    Told from the perspective of a horse, rather than a human, Black Beauty tells the life story of a horse, from his carefree youth spent in the apple orchards at an English farm, to working for a horse-drawn taxicab driver. Despite his many owners — some kind, some cruel — Black Beauty is determined to survive and earns a well-deserved retirement in the country. One of the best-selling books of all ... Read more

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  • A Little Princess

    “If I am a princess in rags and tatters, I can be a princess inside. It would be easy to be a princess if I were dressed in cloth of gold, but it is a great deal more of a triumph to be one all the time when no one knows it.” Ranked among the best children’s novels of all time, A Little Princess tells the story of Sara Crewe, the darling daughter of a British officer. Raised in India by a doting ... Read more

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