Active Readers

Pearson English Active Readers provide a structured and intensive learning experience, with regular comprehension exercises throughout each book. Ideal for classroom use with teenagers.

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    One winter's morning in New York State, there is an accident on an icy mountain road. Thirteen-year-old Grace and her much-loved horse, Pilgrim, are very badly hurt. Grace's mother believes her daughter will only recover if her horse can be saved.

    Can Pilgrim be nursed back to health? Can the Horse Whisperer work his magic?

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    Laura and her father live quietly in a castle in the middle of a thick forest, but their lives change when beautiful, strange Carmilla becomes their guest. People start dying, and Laura also becomes ill. Laura's father is worried. Will his daughter die too? Or can the deaths be stopped?

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    On the night of April 14, 1912, the Titanic hit an iceberg and sank. This is the full story. Why did the Titanic sink so quickly? Why did so many people die? What are the stories of all those people, young and old, rich and poor?

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    The legal case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce has become a joke to some people. People are born, marry and die, and still the case continues. But will the lives of Ada and Richard be ruined, like so many before? And how will their friend Esther be affected by secrets from her past?

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    Donte Drumm is four days away from execution for a murder that he didn’t commit, when the real murderer decides to confess to the crime. But will the lawyers, judges, and politicians listen to his confession? Is it too late now to save the innocent man?

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    These are three of Shakespeare's greatest, and most tragic, plays. In each story, the main characters die - cruel Lord Macbeth, unhappy King Lear and the doomed lovers, Romeo and Juliet. They die because they, of others, are weak, greedy or veryfoolish. But, like real people, they have good qualities and moments of greatness too.

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    After his father's death, Nicholas has no money, no job and a family to support. His only hope is Uncle Ralph, a cold-hearted money-lender with unpleasant, dangerous friends. Can Nicholas and his family find happiness, or will his uncle manage to destroy them?

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    Everybody, it seems, is looking for the stutue of a bird, and some of them are dying. Who has the bird? Who knows where it is? Who is telling the truth? Who knows what the truth is? Sam Spade - one of the great private detectives of American fiction - has a new client, and it is his job to find out.

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    The country is wild and dangerous. Mountains are high, rivers run fast, and there are strange animals in the woods. But three family pets, two dogs and a cat, begin a long, long walk through western Canada. They miss their family and they are trying to get home. But will anyone see them again?

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    Adam and Lily are on holiday in Africa. They want to see the Big Five.

    But one person in the group is not very happy, or very friendly. Who is she? What is she doing in Kenya?

    What is her problem?