French Classics

Greek Classics, Chinese Classics, Indian Classics – now Real Reads moves into one of the world’s richest seams of classic literature, the French canon. Starting with Victor Hugo’s powerful take on Beauty and the Beast set high in Paris’s most famous landmark, the novel-turned-blockbuster-film Les Misérables, and Jules Verne’s story of a madcap rush round the globe to win an almost unwinnable wager, Real Reads French classics turn a new leaf for young readers.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame cover

Victor Hugo

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Catty Flores

ISBN 978-1-906230-69-2

£4.99

A frightful horde of men and women, armed with scythes, pikes, billhooks and rusty swords, advanced towards the massive front doors of Notre Dame Cathedral.

For many years Quasimodo the bellringer has lived peacefully in the Cathedral of Notre Dame with his master, Archdeacon Claude Frollo. But the arrival of Esmeralda, the young and dazzlingly beautiful gypsy dancer, changes everything.

Esmeralda has fallen in love with the brave and handsome Captain Phoebus. Will the Archdeacon be able to control his violent jealousy when Esmeralda rejects him?

Esmeralda’s life is in danger, but Quasimodo will do anything to protect her. When the Kingrsquo;s soldiers clash with the thieves and beggars of Paris, can the innocent young dancer survive?

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Les Miserables

Les Miserables cover

Victor Hugo

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Catty Flores

ISBN 978-1-906230-79-1

£4.99

‘Send the brat home? Oh no we won’t! Her mother must have met some rich man – we can make a load of money out of this.’

It seems that poor Cosette will never escape from the wicked Monsieur and Madame Thénardier. She is only eight years old, but they force her to work hard every day.

Jean Valjean has promised her mother that he will rescue the little girl – but Inspector Javert is on his trail. Will the fierce Inspector arrest Jean Valjean? If he does, will Cosette ever be set free?

Cosette is not the only person who desperately needs help. When Marius is badly wounded, will even Jean Valjean’s courage and determination be enough to save the brave young student?

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Around the World in Eighty Days

Around the World in Eighty Days cover

Jules Verne

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Stephen Lillie

ISBN 978-1-906230-70-8

£4.99

‘Today is Wednesday 2nd October. If I am back in this very room in the Reform Club on Saturday 21st December by eight forty-five in the evening, I win.’

Phileas Fogg bets £20,000 that he can go round the world in eighty days – a huge sum of money in 1872, worth more than a million pounds today.

When he sets off on his amazing journey with his clever servant, Passepartout, they cannot afford the slightest delay. Will the two travellers have time to help Princess Aouda, when the brave and beautiful young woman is threatened with a cruel fate?

Detective Fix believes that Mr Fogg is a bank robber, and plans to arrest him. Will that be the end of Phileas Fogg’s chance to save his fortune?

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Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea

Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea cover

Jules Verne

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Stephen Lillie

ISBN 978-1-911091-06-6

£4.99

Clouds of multi–coloured fish rose from our feet like surprised birds from long grass. Every so often I caught a glimpse of the gleaming eyes of enormous crabs, their gigantic claws threatening to bar my path.

When Professor Aronnax and his two companions find themselves aboard the Nautilus they are amazed by the huge and powerful submarine and its mysterious owner, Captain Nemo. The three friends travel vast distances beneath the oceans, exploring an undersea realm full of excitement, discoveries and danger.

Captain Nemo seems to have some secret purpose. Why has he shut himself off from the world, and what are his plans for the Nautilus? The captain has told them that he can never leave his vessel. Will the Professor and his companions find a way to escape from their underwater prison?

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Journey to the Centre of the Earth

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Jules Verne

Retold by Tony Evans

Illustrated by Stephen Lillie

ISBN 978-1-911091-07-3

£4.99

Just beyond me on the rocky floor of the volcanic crater was the gaping vertical shaft which marked the starting point of our journey. As I gazed into its fearful depths my hair stood on end and my head swirled with dizziness.

Most scientists believed that the fierce heat and tremendous pressure would make a journey to the Earth’s centre impossible. When Professor Lindenbrock decides to prove them wrong it is the beginning of an amazing adventure, full of surprising discoveries and unpredictable threats.

When Axel – the Professor’s nephew – agrees to join his uncle’s expedition, he has no idea of the dangers which lie ahead of him. Can he and his companions survive their encounters with the strange creatures which inhabit the depths of the Earth, and will they ever return safely to their families and friends?

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