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The story of one of the major art movements of the 19th Century told for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Today, Impressionist paintings draw huge crowds and sell for millions. But when they were first painted they caused public outrage. This is the fascinating story of those called The Impressionists.
The book tells the story of spying, from Alexander the Great's secret scouts to more recent Cold War espionage techniques. It contains fascinating details of real life plots uncovered by spies, famous spies such as Violette Szabo, amazing inventions used in the world of spying, and the important roles which spies have played through the ages.
The dramatic story of a young boy's escape from an unhappy childhood into the adventures of an adult life, full of unforgettable characters from the cruel Mr Mudstone, the formidable Aunt Betsey and worm-like Uriah Heap. Specially rewritten as part of the Usborne Young Reading Programme, aimed at children growing in reading ability and confidence.
Three vampire tales for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories. Young heroes and heroines meet pale and mysterious strangers. But whom should they trust? And will they survive the night? Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.
It is aimed at children whose reading ability and confidence allows them to tackle longer and more complex stories. Richard Hannay is in a race against time. Can he crack the code that could prevent an invasion? Or will the ruthless agents of the sinister Black Stone get to him first? Is anywhere safe? Whom can he trust? And just what is the secret of the...
Sold into slavery by his greedy uncle, David Balfour's only hope of escape is by siding with the outlaw Alan Breck. Follow his daring adventure in this action-packed retelling of Robert Louis Stevenson's famous adventure, specially written for readers ready to tackle longer stories on their own.
A dramatic adaptation of the much-loved classic by Charlotte Bronte, with atmospheric illustrations by Alan Marks. It is the compelling story of Jane Eyre and the mysterious Mr. Rochester, sensitively retold for younger readers.
A reformed convict, a policeman bent on revenge and a lonely orphan come together in Victor Hugo's classic novel, vividly retold for newly independent readers by Mary Sebag-Montefiore. Lives change for the better - or for the worse - against the turmoil of revolutionary France. With internet links to find out more about life in France at the time.