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Here are some of the reviews and wonderful comments we have received. If you would like to talk to us about Real Reads, do get in touch.

Miniature masterpieces.

BBC R4 Open Book

Not every child will get Dickens, but a chance to get to know him should be the birthright of every Briton. Break them in gently. Let schools show Lionel Bart’s incandescent Oliver! Let younger ones learn the remarkable stories of Pip and Tiny Tim through Gill Tavner’s excellent condensed Dickens Real Reads and prove that the vast human spirit under that slab in Westminster Abbey is not dead, only sleeping.

The Telegraph. Click here to see the full article.

The Real Reads series is definitely held in high regard here at Scholastic – titles that are that elusive mix of teacher- and student-friendly. I only wish it existed when I was at school so that I knew what happened in the last two-thirds of Jane Eyre!

Lauren Nightingale, Scholastic Education

These unassuming and undaunting books are doing brilliant work in getting the classics to children. With sensitivity to the original text, they offer an introduction to the original novels which encourages readers to go on to the real thing. Judging from our sales, teachers love them!

Fiona Waters, Editorial Director, Troubadour Ltd/The Travelling Book Company

Finally an intelligent, exciting and inviting way to introduce younger readers to the classics. As a children’s bookseller I have found parents, teachers and children have been thrilled at the opportunity to read Shakespeare, Dickens and Austen as super stories that they can understand and love.

Octavia Karavla, Octavia’s Bookshop, Cirencester

I have just met some teachers that have been using the Real Reads books and they are really positive; the students love them, love the drawings and the look. They said they find that the books encourage kids that are not used to reading to sit down and enjoy the stories ... and they want more of them!

Sigríður Wöhler, Editor, Icelandic Schoolbooks

The Use of English: The English Association Journal for Teachers of English

Click here for a review by Jane Campion, exploring the use of the Jane Austen Real Reads in the classroom.

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