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Classic Adventures

The Silver Skates Or Hans Brinker

Author: Mary Mapes Dodge

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

First published in 1865, this novel takes place in the Netherlands and is a colorful fictional portrait of early 19th-century Dutch life, as well as a tale of youthful honour. The book's title refers to the beautiful silver skates to be awarded to the winner of the ice-skating race Hans Brinker hopes to enter. The novel introduced the sport of Dutch speed skating to America and is also notable for popularising the story of the little Dutch boy who plugs a dike with his finger.

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The Last Of The Mohicans

Author: J Fenimore Cooper

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

The wild rush of action in this classic frontier adventure story has made The Last of the Mohicans the most popular of James Fenimore Cooper's Leatherstocking Tales. Deep in the forests of upper New York State, the brave woodsman Hawkeye (Natty Bumppo) and his loyal Mohican friends Chingachgook and Uncas become embroiled in the bloody battles of the French and Indian War. The abduction of the beautiful Munro sisters by hostile savages, the treachery of the renegade brave Magua, the ambush of innocent settlers, and the thrilling events that lead to the final tragic confrontation between rival war parties create an unforgettable, spine-tingling picture of life on the frontier. And as the idyllic wilderness gives way to the forces of civilization, the novel presents a moving portrayal of a vanishing race and the end of its way of life in the great American forests.

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Treasure Island

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1990)

When a mysterious seafarer puts up at the Admiral Benbow, young Jim Hawkins is haunted by his frightening tales; the sailor's sudden death is the beginning of one of the most exciting adventure stories in literature. The discovery of a treasure map sets Jim and his companions in search of buried gold, and they are soon on board the Hispaniola with a crew of buccaneers recruited by the one-legged sea cook known as Long John Silver. As they near their destination, and the lure of Captain Flint's treasure grows ever stronger, Jim's courage and wits are tested to the full.

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Tales From Shakespeare

Authors: Charles Lamb, Mary Lamb

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

The Tales from Shakespeare by Charles and Mary Lamb was written to be an 'introduction to the study of Shakespeare', but are much more entertaining than that. All of Shakespeare's best-loved plays, comic and tragic, are retold in a clear and robust style, and their literary quality has made them popular and sought-after ever since their first publication in 1807.

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Peter Pan and Wendy

Author: J M Barrie

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

The magical Peter Pan comes to the night nursery of the Darling children, Wendy, John and Michael. He teaches them to fly, then takes them through the sky to Never-Never Land, where they find Red Indians, wolves, Mermaids and... Pirates. The leader of the pirates is the sinister Captain Hook. His hand was bitten off by a crocodile, who, as Captain Hook explains 'liked me arm so much that he has followed me ever since, licking his lips for the rest of me'. After lots of adventures, the story reaches its exciting climax as Peter, Wendy and the children do battle with Captain Hook and his band.

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Pollyanna

Author: Eleanor H Porter

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

Pollyanna is a best-selling 1913 novel by Eleanor H. Porter that is now considered a classic of children's literature, with the title character's name becoming a popular term for someone with the same optimistic outlook.

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King Arthur and his Knights

Author: Anon

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

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The Swiss Family Robinson

Author: J D Wyss

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing (1992)

This story tells of the happy discovery of the wonders of natural history by a family shipwrecked on a desert island, who remain united through all the adversities they encounter. Inspired by Robinson Crusoe, this joyful narrative by a Swiss pastor remains a classic tale to be enjoyed by all.

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The Thirty Nine Steps

Author: John Buchan

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

Richard Hannay's boredom with London society is soon relieved when the resourceful engineer from South Africa is caught up in a web of secret codes, spies, and murder on the eve of WWI. When a neighbor is killed in his flat, Richard, suspected, decodes the journal, runs to the wilds of his native Scotland in disguises and evades Germans and officials.

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The Time Machine

Author: H G Wells

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

When a Victorian scientist propels himself into the year 802,701 AD, he is initially delighted to find that suffering has been replaced by beauty, contentment and peace. Entranced at first by the Eloi, an elfin species descended from man, he soon realises that this beautiful people are simply remnants of a once-great culture now weak and childishly afraid of the dark. They have every reason to be afraid: in deep tunnels beneath their paradise lurks another race descended from humanity the sinister Morlocks. And when the scientist's time machine vanishes, it becomes clear he must search these tunnels, if he is ever to return to his own era.

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Robin Hood

Author: Charles Wilson

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

The classic adventures of Robin Hood and his merry men, retold by Charles Wilson.

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Around The World In Eighty Days

Author: Jules Verne

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

The classic adventure novel by the French writer Jules Verne, first published in 1873. In the story, Phileas Fogg of London and his newly employed French valet Passepartout attempt to circumnavigate the world in 80 days on a £20,000 wager set by his friends at the Reform Club. It is one of Verne's most acclaimed works.

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Lassie Come-Home

Author: Eric Knight

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

When Sam Carraclough fall on hard times, he is forced to sell his prize collie to a wealthy family. But Lassie, although she is taken hundreds of miles away, knows it is her duty to meet young Joe from school - so she starts on the long and difficult journey home.

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Twenty Thousand Leagues Under The Sea

Author: Jules Verne

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

The classic adventures of Captain Nemo and Professor Aronnax aboard the Nautilus submarine.

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Tom Brown's Schooldays

Author: Thomas Hughes

Publisher: Fabbri (1992)

Lively and mischievous, idle and brave, Tom Brown is both the typical boy of his time and the perennial hero celebrated by authors as diverse as Henry Fielding (in Tom Jones) and Alec Waugh (in The Loom of Youth). The book describes Tom's time at Rugby School from his first football match, through his troubled adolescence when he is savagely bullied by the unspeakable Flashman, to his departure for a wider world as a confident young man. This classic tale of a boy's schooldays under the benevolent eye of the renowned Dr Arnold still retains the appeal for which it was acclaimed on its first publication in 1857. In its less well-known sequel, Tom Brown at Oxford, we follow our hero to St Ambrose's College, and, in sharing his undergraduate experiences, gain a vivid impression of university life in the mid nineteenth century.

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Kidnapped

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing (2010)

Kidnapped is classic of high adventure. "A young heir whose greedy uncle connives to do him out of his inherited fortune and plots to have him seized and sold into slavery. But honor, loyalty, and courage are rewarded; the orphan and castaway survives kidnapping and shipwreck, is rescued by a daredevil of a rogue, and makes a thrilling escape to freedom across the wild highlands of Scotland." A totally engrossing novel filled with excitement and intrigue

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The Wizard Of Oz

Author: L Frank Baum

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

One of the best-known stories of all time, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (often shortened to The Wizard of Oz) is a timeless classic. Written as a children's book it has captured the hearts and minds of generations and can be read and enjoyed at any age. The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz, after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a tornado. She makes her way to the Emerald City, along the way meeting the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman and Cowardly Lion, all desperate to meet the infamous Wizard whom they believe has the power to grant their most desired wishes.

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Follyfoot

Author: Monica Dickens

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

Follyfoot Farm is a retirement home for old or unwanted horses, invariably horses rescued from a cruel fate or cruel owners. It's run by the Colonel who is helped by his stepdaughter, Callie, and two stable-hands, Dora and Steve. These three youngsters have plenty to do at the stables, but can always find time to get involved in the mysteries and adventures that abound at Follyfoot.

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Alice In Wonderland

Author: Lewis Carroll

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing (1992)

‘Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”’ So begins the tale of Alice, following a curious White Rabbit down a rabbit-hole and falling into Wonderland. A fantastical place, where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatter's throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice's attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn. A beloved classic, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland has continued to delight readers, young and old for over a century.

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Anne Of Green Gables

Author: L M Montgomery

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1992)

When the Cuthberts send to an orphanage for a boy to help them at Green Gables, their farm in Canada, they are astonished when a talkative little girl steps off the train. Anne, red-headed, pugnacious and incurably romantic, causes chaos at Green Gables and in the village, but her wit and good nature delight the fictional community of Prince Edward Island, Canada, and ensure that Anne of Green Gables continues to be a firm favourite with readers worldwide.

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The Coral Island

Author: R M Ballantyne

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

The Coral Island opens with the shipwreck on a Pacific Island of the young friends Ralph Rover, Jack Martin and Peterkin Gay. Despite the pleasurable presence of delicious breadfruit, coconuts, and succulent oysters, the intrepid trio are not alone and they soon witness a battle between rival bands of cannibals.Their lives are placed in serious peril from which only courage and determined pluck can save them.

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The Jungle Book

Author: Rudyard Kipling

Publisher: Fabbri Publishing Ltd (1991)

The Jungle Book (1894) is a collection of stories by the English author Rudyard Kipling. Most of the characters are animals such as Shere Khan the tiger and Baloo the bear, though a principal character is the boy or "man-cub" Mowgli, who is raised in the jungle by wolves. The stories are set in a forest in India.

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