Five new classic readers

We are excited to announce the publication of five new classic titles in our Helbling Readers Fiction series for teen and young adult language learners. These new books feature a series of popular stories from a wide range of eras and styles, and readers of diverse interests will find something to enjoy. Do encourage higher-level readers to read books below their language level, too. Not only does this allow your students to ‘rest’ their active learning skills and get into the story and read for pleasure, but it also consolidates the language they know and builds their confidence. We all enjoy reading the legend of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table, the adventures of Robinson Crusoe and the lessons of mischievous yet kindhearted Katy. Pre-intermediate and intermediate level readers can enjoy the spooky and unforgettable story of the Turn of the Screw, and the evergreen Pride and Prejudice with the one of the most popular couples in literary history, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr Darcy.

Please do come back in November as we will be offering lesson plans and projects for the stories and their major themes, authors and film adaptations.

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King Arthur

by Howard Pyle, adapted by Scott Lauder and Walter McGregor, illustrated by Roberto Tomei

Britain is a sad and dangerous place. The kingdom needs a true and good king. One day Arthur comes to the cathedral and pulls the sword from the stone. Only the true King of England can do this. From that day Arthur becomes King Arthur. Follow the adventures of King Arthur, Merlin, the Knights of the Round Table, Lady Guinevere and Sir Lancelot and decide for yourselves if you think the legend is real or not.

Robinson Crusoe 

by Daniel Defoe, adapted by Jennifer Gascoigne, illustrated by Arianna Vairo

Robinson Crusoe looked for adventure from an early age. He preferred life at sea and travelling to new places to an easy life at home. Then on one journey he was shipwrecked and forced to make his home on a desert island, alone. Robinson has a choice. He can give up all hope or fight to survive. What will Robinson decide and will he ever be able to escape from the island and return home to England?

What Katy Did 

by Susan Coolidge, adapted by Geraldine Sweeney, illustrated by Francesca Galmozzi

Katy Carr likes running around. She wants to set a good example to her five brothers and sisters but she is always untidy and forgetful. She also dreams of being grown up and famous. Then, one terrible day all her dreams seem to come to an end. Katy feels very sorry for herself until Cousin Helen comes to stay and she teaches Katy an invaluable lesson. Will Katy be able to learn from her situation and become the Katy everyone knows and loves again?

The Turn of the Screw

by Henry James, adapted by Jennifer Gascoigne, illustrated by Francesca Protopapa

When a young girl accepts a position as governess to look after Flora and Miles little does she know that her job will be so difficult. Both children seem perfect and charming but after a few weeks at the grand house of Bly two strange figures appear. Are these figures real people or ghosts? And what influence do they have on the children? Can Miss Jessel protect Flora and Miles?

Pride and Prejudice 

by Jane Austen, adapted by Elspeth Rawstron, illustrated by Sara Menetti

Mrs Bennet’s main purpose in life is to see her five daughters married. She is very happy when
a handsome rich gentleman, Mr Bingley, arrives in the neighbourhood, and falls in love with her eldest daughter Jane. However, when her sister, the clever and witty Elizabeth, meets his handsome and wealthier friend, Mr Darcy, she hates him. Little do Elizabeth and Mr Darcy both know that this is to be the beginning of a wonderful love story. Will the couple be able to overcome his pride and her prejudice and fall in love?

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