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A mysterious sea monster has been creating havoc in the ocean. Ships of all shapes and sizes, as well as humans, have been destroyed by this enigma! No corner of the earth has been spared from its terror, as it continues to kill all who cross its path. In reaction to this destructive force, the US Government wastes no time in sending out a team of experienced professionals to track down and destroy it. Professor Pierre Aronnax, a marine biologist; Conseil, his faithful assistant; and Ned Land, a Canadian master harpooner, come together in an epic hunt. On board a naval ship, the Abraham Lincoln, the three men set out to track down this terrifying beast of the ocean. But, will they succeed? And what will they discover if they do? Published in 1870, originally in French, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea is a classic example of the imagination and foresight of Jules Verne. His pioneering approach to writing in the late 19th century led many to refer to him as the father of science fiction.
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Fortune favours the bold... They were an unstoppable force hired to take the crown from the King of Persia. They were a fearless army of Greek soldiers, and one hundred thousand men fighting as one. They were led by the finest and most courageous generals in all of Greece. They were being led to unimaginable wealth, but that was days ago. Now their leaders are dead and their army has scattered. Now their numbers have fallen to ten thousand men and nothing remains but fear. Now they are men praying not for victory, but for the slim chance of living one more day. Cut off by impassible terrain and pursued by an army of one million enemy soldiers; they must stand together to survive. To find their way home, one of their own must lead them. And to live one more day... they must fight.
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A ghost turns up at Ebenezer Scrooge's home one Christmas Eve. It is Jacob Marley, his business partner, who has been dead for seven years. He is dragging heavy chains, and is obviously full of great sorrow and unbearable pain. While Scrooge is still trying to decide whether the apparition is real or a piece of his imagination, Marley's ghost tells him something that might change his life forever: You will be haunted by three spirits. Without their visits, you cannot hope to avoid the path I tread. Expect the first tomorrow, when the bell tolls one. Expect the second on the next night at the same hour. The third upon the next night when the last stroke of twelve has stopped vibrating. One of the most popular Christmas stories of all time, Dickens's novel remains a great favourite all over the world. A poignant and though-provoking story, it's a delight to read again and again.
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When Professor Von Hardwigg and his nephew Henry discover a mysterious parchment, little do they know that it will change their lives forever. After many hours of studying the manuscript, and a great deal of painstaking research, they finally decipher the hidden code. It dates back to the sixteenth century, and is written by an Icelandic philosopher, who claims to have found a passage to the centre of the Earth. Is it a hoax? Or is it the greatest scientific discovery of the day? There is only one way for them to find out. And so begins an adventure where the two men, accompanied by their guide Hans Bjelke, set out to climb Mount Sneffels. On reaching the top of the mountain, they search for the crater that will supposedly take them to the centre of the Earth. The promise of finding a subterranean fantasy world, filled with prehistoric life forms and mythical monsters, drives them on. Will they really reach the centre of the Earth, or is it all a myth?
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Ali Baba's life was far from fantastic. A small house in the poorest part of Mumbai, a loving son, and his own autorickshaw- that was his world.. Til one day, he accidentally stumbles upon the secret stash of a gang of forty thieves. What follows is a storm that changes his life completely. One little dip into the pile, and Ali Baba brings on more trouble than he had bargained for, as he finds that the robbers aren't ones to take things lightly. They are dangerous, armed, and cunning. And while Ali Baba himself isn't a greedy man, the secret doesn't stay with him.. This thrilling graphic novel recreates the classic tale of Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Arabian Nights in contemporary times.
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Alice was just an ordinary girl- imaginative and curious and thirsting for adventure. She was an ordinary girl, that is, until she found herself instantly transported to a place that was anything but ordinary. After diving down a rabbit hole, young Alice encounters a magical world ruled by a vicious Queen. It is a world where anything can happen; a world filled with a talking caterpillar, a puppy as big as a house, and a Cheshire Cat that can disappear and reappear in the blink of an eye. Are these colourful characters real? And if so, how will Alice ever fnd her way back home? Beloved for more than a century, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland is widely viewed as Lewis Carroll's masterpiece; a fantastic journey that will never be forgot.
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Tenzing Norgay was the son of poor Tibetan immigrants living in Nepal. He longed to see the world but was told he could aspire to be little more than a servant. While Edmund Hillary was a humble beekeeper from New Zealand, who spent his youth dreaming of adventures he could never hope to experience. And Everest was the ultimate adventure. The mountain’s peak was the highest point on Earth, stretching beyond the clouds. So dangerous and challenging, Everest had never been successfully climbed and many had died trying. In 1953, Tenzing Norgay and Edmund Hillary joined a team of explorers determined to reach its top. Alone at the top of the world with their oxygen running low, they faced off against the brutal elements and new dangers at every turn. And they were armed with little more than their courage, their determination and a belief in each other. But would that be enough to achieve the impossible, what no man had done before?
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Don Quixote. The name is universally known for the idealistic, possibly insane, wannabe knight as much as a masterpiece of literature. Don Quixote, the book, is widely regarded as the first modern novel while Don Quixote, the character, is among the most recognizable and beloved ever created. The misadventures of Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, are comical and entertaining to readers of all ages. At the same time, they speak deeply of man's place in the world and his aspirations.
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Don Quixote. The name is universally known for the idealistic, possibly insane, wannabe knight as much as a masterpiece of literature. Don Quixote, the book, is widely regarded as the first modern novel while Don Quixote, the character, is among the most recognizable and beloved ever created. The misadventures of Quixote and his faithful squire, Sancho Panza, are comical and entertaining to readers of all ages.
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In three days the world will end... Pembleton was the most boring place in the world until Count Dracula, Doctor Frankenstein, and a whole host of terrifying monsters moved in. They are under the leadership of an evil man known as Pierceblood. The only thing stopping Pierceblood, and his creatures of darkness, from destroying the world is the Dusk Society. A secret organization created after World War I, the Dusk Society was formed to ensure that ancient, magical weapons do not fall into the wrong hands. Now the conflict has come to small-town America and the fate of the world lies in the hands of the Dusk Society's newest recruits. But will they be able to overcome their differences, and combine their newly-discovered talents, to stop Pierceblood's evil plan?
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Young Victor Frankenstein- a devoted student of science- becomes obsessed with the idea of conjuring life out of 'lifeless matter'. Using his formidable skills in chemistry and other sciences, Victor begins to assemble a being from scavenged and stolen body parts. Once he has fathered a son created by his own science, Victor rejects the hideous creature. Eventually, the creature mounts a campaign of revenge against his creator, and so begins the battle between the creator and the created...
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Lemuel Gulliver always dreamed of traveling the world. But when a violent storm claims his ship and casts him adrift among uncharted lands, he is taken to places that he could not even dream of. Traveling to the nation of Lilliput, where the inhabitants measure just centimeters tall, and to Brobdingnag, where they tower into the sky like giants, Gulliver voyages to an island floating above the clouds, visits a race of immortals, and finds himself stranded in a land ruled by horses. Face to face with warring armies and power-hungry kings, each new journey makes Gulliver more desperate to find a way back home. But once he discovers the truth about his own land and himself.. returning home becomes the last thing he desires. Written by world-renowned satirist, Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels is one of the most gripping and poignant adventures ever told.
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This is the story of Ehrich Weiss. If you don't recognise this man's name, that is because the world came to know him as the one and only Harry Houdini. George Bernard Shaw once remarked that Harry Houdini is the third most famous name in history after Jesus Christ and Sherlock Holmes. While that might be a bold and debatable statement, there is no doubt that Houdini is the most famous magician to have ever lived. Almost a hundred years after his death, his name is still synonymous with death defying stunts and unimaginable escapes. His ability to get out of seemingly impossible situations, along with his knack of dealing with the public and the press, made him a legend in his own time. Some of his most notable escapes, which still cannot be explained, were the Mirror Handcuff Challenge, the Milk Can Escape, the Chinese Water Torture Cell and the Suspended Straitjacket Escape. How did a poor, uneducated boy rise out of poverty and become the greatest illusionist of the 20th century? The story of Houdini's life is not only entertaining, but also educational. His struggles in life and his determination to succeed are a lesson to all.
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In an ancient age, when the pyramids were being built in Egypt, and Mesopotamia was rising under the rule of the Akkadians, the Indus Valley Civilisation grew in the plains of western India.. Four times the size of its more famous contemporaries, the Indus Valley Civilisation grew around a network of five great cities where peace and prosperity reigned. Prince Meluha, the young crown prince of Dholavira, enjoyed a life of pleasure until Sargon, the ambitious ruler of the Mesopotamian city of Akkad, turned his eye towards the east and sent his army to take these lands. Will Prince Meluha be able to save his kingdom? Or will the powerful Akkadians and their fearsome weapons of mass destruction destroy all before help is at hand? Read on to join Prince Meluha in his adventure to reclaim the sovereignty of his lands in what is truly a brilliant and insightful recreation of the times of the Indus Valley Civilisation.
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The rightful prince of Iolcus, brought up in exile by the great centaur Chiron, Jason has just one goal in mind, to save his people from the tyrannical rule of his uncle, Pelias. Warned about his downfall by Apollos Oracle at Delphi, Pelias challenges Jason to do the impossible, retrieve the Golden Fleece from the kingdom of Colchis, in return for the throne. Thus flags off one the greatest voyages in Greek mythology, the voyage of Jason and his group of warriors, the Argonauts. Overcoming tremendous odds, Jason moves relentlessly towards his goal. But he is not unaided in his mission. Insanely in love with him, the sorceress Medea ensures Jasons success at every turn, while being unaware of the larger divine intervention at work. So then what is Jasons achievement, what is his victory in a preordained world? Does Jason remain ignorant of the truth of his triumph, or does he come to terms with his flaws to gain a deeper realisation of his destiny? Retold in the graphic medium with amazing visual effects, this enduring tale of adventure, comradeship, temptation, and betrayal makes one reflect on the true meaning and value of heroic success.
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It took an epic journey to get back to where he started from.. Arriving at his Uncle's house, David Balfour expects a warm welcome, a hearty meal and a friendly conversation. Instead he is jailed, kidnapped, lost at sea, falsely accused of murder and finds himself on the run with a smuggler called Alan Breck. All that David wants is to return to his Uncle's home and exact revenge, but the path that leads him there will be fraught with terror and danger. Join David as he fights to survive on a desert island, and journeys through the wild Highlands of Scotland encountering notorious outlaws and other strange characters. Based on a true story, Kidnapped has enchanted readers since its first publication in 1886.
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Kimball O Hara was a child, like many others, living on the streets of India in the early 1900s. That was, until he befriended a Buddhist lama and became his disciple. The story of Kim follows our cheeky, fun loving hero as he journeys across northern India, from Lahore to the vast beauty of the Himalayan mountains, in the company of the lama. The two of them have different goals, but the physical paths they follow are very similar. Before leaving Lahore, Kim is entrusted by one of his fathers friends to deliver a very special message. Through this he meets a member of the British Secret Service and discovers secrets he couldnt have imagined. As the story progresses and his journey continues, Kim begins to learn more and more about what is known as the Great Game. As we follow Kim, we see him transformed from a simple vagabond into a sharpened operative in the dangerous world of politics, betrayal and death. All the excitement of Kims adventures takes place in the backdrop of a beautiful country full of amazing sights, incredible sounds and an extremely rich culture. In what is considered by many to be Kiplings finest work, he draws on his own experiences of living in India to tell an unforgettable and action packed story within a vivid and accurate setting.
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"Many years ago George Curtis set out for South Africa in the wild hope of making a fortune. Since then his brother, Sir Henry Curtis, has not seen or heard of him. Sir Henry and his friend, Captain Good, decide that sitting around waiting is doing no good, and set out to find him. As luck would have it they meet Allan Quatermain, an experienced elephant hunter, who encountered the missing brother many years earlier. He had told Quatermain that he was searching for the mines of King Solomon – diamond mines, which most people believe to be a myth. With a glimmer of hope, and an idea which way he had headed, our heroic trio venture out into the unexplored regions of Africa. Their quest takes them into the very heart of danger. Unbelievable adventures follow involving ancient tribes, terrifying Kings and evil witches. Will our adventurers find George and the treasures rumoured to be hidden in King Solomon's Mines? Or will the obstacles they experience prove too much for them?"
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Evil rakshasa Kalanemi is back on Earth, this time as Kansa, the tyrant king of Mathura. To vanquish him and his horde of evil monsters, Lord Vishnu takes birth on earth in his eighth avatar - Krishna, the defender of dharma. Since his birth, Krishna valiantly fights evil in the form of monsters, showing courage and valour. But as he grows up and becomes a councillor of the race of Yadavas, he observes that the real struggle in this age is not with magical monsters but with evil kings and warriors. Accompany this wise and courageous hero on his journey on Earth as he conquers evil to put mankind back on the path of righteousness.
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Their first mistake was to assume he would give up.. Heracles had it all: A beautiful home, a loving family, and a reputation as a great soldier who would stop at nothing to defend his homeland. As the result of a vicious plot, Heracles is hypnotised into committing the worst crime of all. Devastated by his actions, he wanders aimlessly, immersed in depression. He finally finds some solace in the fact that he can atone for his sins by completing ten impossible tasks. Where other men would give up and consider themselves defeated, Heracles uses his courage, strength and intellect to take up the tasks one by one. Will he succeed? Or has destiny other plans for him...
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Painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer, Leonardo da Vinci was a genius who was well ahead of his time and the best example of the Renaissance man. This is the story of one of the greatest painters of all time, and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. Leonardo grew up in the hamlet of Anchiano in Tuscany where he received an informal education. Young Leonardo had an unquenchable curiosity in life and moved to Florence where he took an interest in painting. At the age of fourteen, Leonardo began an apprenticeship with Andrea del Verrocchio. Here, his talent blossomed and as fate would have it, he was soon employed by the rich and powerful Duke of Milan. Soon, Leonardo moved to the city of Rome, where some of the greatest artists of the time lived. This tale traces the fascinating life of one of the best and most famous artists that the world has ever seen.
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Fair is foul and foul is fair. so said three weird women in ghoulish glee, predicting a subversion of order in fair Scotland...In the reign of King Duncan, Scotland is a just and hospitable land, with loyal, warlike thanes guarding the best interests of people...Till the very best among them, Macbeth, gives in to a fatal temptation and commits regicide. But will the crown of Scotland sit easy on his head? Will justice be restored to Scotland? Or will Macbeth remain invincible? One of Shakespeares most famous plays, Macbeth goes beyond a mere tragedy of moral order to a deeply psychological study of a mind preyed on by ambition, insecurities, fear, and regret.
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It was an obsession that would destroy them all.. On a cold December night, a young man called Ishmael rents a room at an inn in Massachusettes. He has come from Manhattan to the north-east of America to sign up for a whaling expedition. Later that same night, as Ishmael is sleeping, a heavily tattooed man wielding a blade enters his room. This chance meeting is just the start of what will become the greatest adventure of his life. The next day, Ishmael joins the crew of a ship known as the Pequod. He is approached by a man dressed in rags who warns him that if he sails under the command of Captain Ahab, he may never come back. Undaunted, Ishmael returns early the next morning and leaves for the high seas. For the crew of the Pequod, their voyage is one of monetary gain. For Captain Ahab, however, it is a mission driven by hatred, revenge, and his growing obsession with the greatest creature of the sea.
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Muhammad Ali. His ferocious skill inside the ring made him a champion, his gentle spirit outside made him a hero, and his courage in life made him a legend. Like David taking on Goliath, he fought against the biggest and the strongest and managed to come out on top. Like a modern day Robin Hood, he gave his wealth to the poor. He had the good looks of a movie star and the words of a poet, and left his fans and critics absolutely spellbound every time. He soon became the champion of the world, but gave it all up by standing for what he believed in. Refusing to abandon his Muslim faith, and refusing to fight in the Vietnam War, cost him the best years of his career, and nearly stripped him of his freedom. But Muhammad Ali survived it all, and fought his way back to the top all over again.
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In 1948, justice and equality were outlawed in the country of South Africa. The people needed one voice to speak up when the world fell silent. They needed one leader to stand up when the world looked away. One man answered that call, one man who sacrificed his own future for the future of his people and transformed a nation. The story cuts back to Mandelas childhood where we see him going through school and then university and finally, to when he gets his first job as an articled clerk. The narrative focuses on him as being a positive leader and the face of change in South Africa, omitting later criticisms, like his lack of action in trying to stop the sweep of AIDS in South Africa when he was president.
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"Oliver Twist's life has been a hard and desperate one. With his mother dying during his birth, and having no idea who his father was, Oliver has spent his first nine years struggling to survive in a world that has little pity for a poor orphan such as him. After Oliver gets involved with the nefarious Fagin and the sinister Bill Sikes, he is wounded during a burglary. Oliver is rescued by Sikes's intended victims, the young Rose Maylie, and her guardian, Mrs Maylie. At last, the boy finds a loving home and people who care for him. But how long will Oliver's happiness endure, especially when Fagin begins to conspire with a mysterious stranger with a link to the boy's past?"
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In the time of myth and legends...Perseus always believed he was destined to live the life of a simple fisherman. He never believed he was special. When in an audience with the king of his island home in Sephiros, young Perseus inadvertently made a boastful claim. King Polydectes long wanted this young fisherman out of the way to pursue his beautiful mother and the king has used the claim to his advantage. The sinister king has now charged Perseus with an impossible task. As a wedding present, Perseus must present the head of a monster so hideous one look into her eyes will turn a man to stone. But on this road to accomplish the impossible, Perseus will learn of his true origins. He will discover the tragic circumstances revolving around his birth, including his mother in chains, a murderous grandfather, and the identity of his unknown father who is known to reside in Olympus, the home of the gods. To accomplish the impossible, Perseus gains gifts from the gods. But tools can only take a man so far. He must gird himself with courage, audacity and believe in himself to achieve the unachievable. With the life of his mother and family on the line, Perseus the Avenger must answer the call of destiny...This is a story of heroism, honor, family, and embracing ones true calling, during the golden age of mythology.
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No one ever took Joan seriously...Joan of Arc was gifted with visions instructing her to liberate France from the armies of the English. As a young woman she defied friends, family, and even members of the government in her attempts to free the French. By the strength of her personality and her ability to foretell the future, Joan convinced the King of France to grant her an armed force. In return, she led her small band of followers to take on and defeat the might of the English. Her conviction ensured her a place at the forefront of Frances military history. During her adventures, Joan of Arc inspired unlikely allies to join her, faced danger unflinchingly, planned battle winning strategies and had the insight to motivate a nation. All that stood between Joan and her visions becoming reality were the treacherous actions of bureaucrats, and a King unable to think for himself. From Mark Twain, the writer of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (also published by Campfire), comes an engaging tale of friendship, courage, conviction and treachery. Since 1896, the original Joan of Arc novel has been reprinted again and again, proving that its themes of determination, friendship and sacrifice are still relevant in todays modern world.
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He wanted to change the past, but first he would have to alter the future...A new deadly drug is about to flood the streets of New York City. The police have no leads on who is producing the drug, or where it is coming from. As far as Praveer Rajani, a wreckless Interpol agent, is concerned, the only way to prevent countless deaths lies in a handful of mysterious photographs. Within the photographs, Praveer can see images of places he has never known, and people he has long forgotten. But what are the photographs leading him to? Is Praveer being told that his life is spiraling out of control, and he now has one chance to put things right? Or are the photographs related to a murder that Praveer is desperate to solve? Perhaps they are showing the love that his brother, Jayendra, let slip away or even the family that his sister, Nisha, wants back? The mystery will finally be solved in this exciting romantic thriller from Campfire.
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Robinson Crusoe is not content with his life in England. He is bored and wants to see more of the world. His curiosity convinces him to leave his homeland and travel abroad. Without telling his parents, young Robinson sets off on a voyage of discovery. During the years that follow he learns much, not just about the world, but about himself as well. Following disaster at sea on more than one occasion, Robinson toys with the idea of settling down. However, his adventurous character gets the better of him and he boards ship once again. This time, though, a calamitous shipwreck wipes out the whole of the crew and leaves Crusoe alone on a seemingly deserted island. How is it possible for one man to survive in such a situation? Will he manage to leave or be forced to remain on the island?
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"A story of ill-fated lovers whose untimely deaths unite two feuding families, Romeo and Juliet has become the archetype of young love destined to meet a tragic end. The hatred between the House of the Capulets and the House of the Montagues is well known in Verona. Yet love blossoms between Romeo and Juliet. A brawl between the kinsmen of the Houses leads to Romeo's exile, and from then on it is a series of misjudgments and chance - of time, place, and event that inexorably play out the lovers' doom. One of the most popular of Shakespeare's plays, and one of his most performed, Romeo and Juliet is an enduring love story of emblematic proportions. Campfire's adaptation seeks to bring this iconic work of Shakespeare to young readers in a language that is simple yet Shakespearean, and art that movingly recreates a tragic romance of 16th-century feudal Italy."
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In search of riches, Sinbad sets sail for adventure. In the course of his seven voyages, he will encounter seahorses and rocs, a cannibalistic monster and a madness inducing plant, and much more. His courage and his daring will see him and his crew through many adventures - and at the end, they will find many riches.
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In an ancient age, when gods and goddesses walked with mortals... Sita is the kind-hearted and intelligent princess of the kingdom of Videha. Married to Rama, prince of Ayodhya, her journey in life takes her from exhilaration to anguish. Along the way, she has to leave behind the luxury of royal comforts and live the simple, harsh life of a forest dweller, where danger is lurking in every shadow. Ensnared in the evil plans of the wicked demon-king Ravana, Sita is abducted and hidden away in Lanka. Will Rama muster up a strong army to rescue Sita from the demon's clutches? Will Sita return to Ayodhya to become queen of the land... or is she destined to be mistrusted and live alone for the rest of her life? Adapted from the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana, this is a touching tale of love, honour, and sacrifice that reveals one woman's shining strength in an unforgiving world.
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A substance from Earth that would carry man into space.. How did charcoal, one of the key ingredients in gunpowder, alter the course of warfare and make it possible for us to build giant structures in space? This question and many more like it are answered in this thrilling historical story from Campfire. Join Chet Riley and his grandfather as they relive the story of the Space Race: an event that was contested by the two greatest powers on Earth, and involved some of the most brilliant and inventive minds the world has ever seen. From gunpowder in ancient China, to discoveries in Russia and the United States of America, the story of the Space Race is one that takes the reader all over the world.. and beyond! Suitable for readers of all ages, Space Race combines beautiful artwork and a gripping story.
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In the time of myths and legends...Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of beauty, has grown jealous of a young girl named Psyche. She is envious of the praise being heaped upon the mortal girl for her splendour. The goddess decides to dispatch her mischievous son Eros, the god of love, to perform a nasty trick. When the trick goes awry, Eros finds himself falling in love with Psyche. Unable to resist her allure, he whisks her away to a palace in the sky. Wanting Psyche to fall in love with him for who he is and not for his name or looks, Eros hides his true identity from her and forbids her to see him in the light. Persuaded by her two jealous sisters, Psyche plots a way to see him by lamplight. Her plan backfires and, feeling spurned and betrayed, Eros abandons her. Not wanting to live with anyone but Eros, Psyche sets out on a quest to regain the trust of her one true love. This is a wonderful story of true love, redemption, and the conquering of impossible odds during the golden age of mythology.
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Ravan, the king of Lanka, has abducted and imprisoned Ram's wife Sita. As they search for her, Ram and his brother Lakshman meet Sugreev, the king of the monkeys. In aid of Ram, Sugreev sends out search teams in all directions. One of the teams discovers that Sita is imprisoned in Lanka, the rich and splendid city of demons, across the southern sea. The wide and tumultuous sea poses a challenge. There is only one who can cross it and bring back news of Sita. He is Hanuman, son of the Wind, advisor to Sugreev, and devotee of Ram. Based on an episode from the Ramcharitmanas by the poet Tulsidas, the story described here needs little introduction to readers familiar with the Indian epic of Ramayan. Hanuman is strong and invincible, but he is also a brave and loyal follower of Ram and is able to overcome all crises through his single-minded devotion.
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The Widow Douglas is doing her best to civilize Huckleberry Finn, but it just isn't working. Wearing clean clothes, going to school, and having a hot meal waiting for him when he gets home are becoming boring and tedious. So, to make his life more interesting Huck sets sail on his raft for a secluded island. When he arrives he finds he's not the only one who has decided to live there. On the river, he encounters thieves, a flood, con men, violent shootouts, family feuds and much more.
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Tom Sawyer is a mischievous young boy with an undying hunger for adventure, and a knack for getting into trouble. He lives with his Aunt Polly in the Mississippi River town of St Petersburg, Missouri. He plays hooky from school, hangs around with Huck Finn, the unsophisticated son of the village drunkard, and deceives his friends into trading their treasures with him. Tom falls in love with Becky Thatcher, a new arrival in town, who returns his affection initially, and even agrees to an engagement. However, after a slip of the tongue from Tom, she walks off in a huff. From innocent and imaginary adventures, Toms life suddenly takes a new turn. One night, while Tom and Huck Finn are in a graveyard, they witness an incident they should not have. Terrified, they flee from the spot, and swear a blood oath that they will never reveal their secret to anyone. Tom and Huck then find themselves entangled in a series of real and exciting adventures, with dangerous men constantly at their heels. Can the boys stand up to the occasion, and become real life heroes? Will they ever be able to reclaim their normal, carefree lives again?
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Buck is a four-year old shepherd dog, living a pampered life of an estate dog. His life changes when he is kidnapped and sold into service during the Klondike gold rush, where he is made to haul heavy sleds through the deep snow fields. In the new environment, he soon discovers his dominant primordial instinct. He learns not only to survive, but also flourishes in it. Jack London's The Call of the Wild is a masterpiece on both its style, which set standard for generations to come, and its genre, raising adventure writing to the level of classic literature. While being exciting and entertaining, Buck's story is also so thought provoking that it makes an enduring sotry for all ages.
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When Edmond Dantes is imprisoned for a crime he didn't commit, he vows to escape and destroy those who betrayed him. Revenge drives him to transform himself into the powerful and enigmatic Count of Monte Cristo, and systematically he hunts the men who put him behind bars. Acting as destiny's agent, Dantes must face not only his enemies but also the moral dilemmas raised by his ruthless quest for justice. Can the man who once had so much to live for find peace, or will fate thwart his plan at the very last?
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When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the moors, a heart attack seems to be the likely cause. However, a certain Dr. Mortimer thinks there is more to it than that. Although it seems impossible, he believes that a supernatural hound haunts the moors. His theory suggest that this beast has been on the rampage for years, killing generations of male Baskervilles. With the heir to the Baskerville estate returning home from Canada, and the mystery still unsolved, Dr Mortimer turns to SHerlock Holmes for help. He is worried that the deaths will continue until all the Baskerville men are dead - or someone discovers the truth. The unparalleled detective, Sherlock Holmes; his sidekick, Dr Watson; and an intriguing and mysterious plot make Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles a compelling reading.
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The adventure of a lifetime begins on the night a man-cub escapes certain doom at the hands of the tiger Shere Khan. In defiance of the tiger, the boy, Mowgli, is taken in by the Seeonee wolf pack and made a member. Mowgli comes of age in the jungle and is taught how to survive by Bagheera, the black panther; Baloo, the brown bear; and Kaa, the python. Always lurking nearby, though, is Shere Khan, who is determined that Mowgli will be his prey. But the hunter soon becomes the hunted when the boy and the tiger square off in an epic struggle in which only one will survive. But greater than his fight with Shere Khan is the conflict Mowgli faces as he tries to find a place among wolves and humans – neither of whom truly accept him as one of their own.
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A sleepy American town is woken up in the middle of the night by horrifying noises. Terror-stricken citizens claim to have heard unexplained rumblings and there are reports of bright lights emanating from a nearby mountain. As the head police inspector in Washington DC John Strock is assigned to investigate the mysterious happenings. He sets out on the case, having no idea what shocking secrets will be discovered. During his investigation, reports of other inexplicable events around the country start to come to light. Unusual boats, fast cars and flying machines all play a part in the mystery as it unfolds. Strock starts to suspect that all these incidents are connected in some way, and strives to get to the bottom of it. Will he succeed in his quest? Or will the Master of the World live up to his name?
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A gamble on trading ships at sea, a penalty of a pound of flesh, a contest to win the hand of a rich heiress, and the final rescue in a court of law - The Merchant of Venice has everything to make it one of the most dramatic romantic comedies of Shakespeare. Antonio is the merchant of Venice who borrrows money to help his friend Bassanio win Portia in marriage. He borrows the money from Shylock, a shrewd moneylender who devises a retribution unprecedented in the annals of law... ...till a young lawyer defeats him in his own game. Who is the young lawyer? What is the clinching argument? The Merchant of Venice is memorable as much for its dramatic scenes as for its strong characters, all of which remain etched in the mind long after the story has been read.
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The Mahabharat is an abiding collection of stories about the ancient Pandav-Kaurav feud over the Kuru throne. Traditionally, the Pandavs are accepted as the good side but there is one story that drops an ungraceful shadow on that notion -- and that is the story of Ekalavya. Ekalavya, whose skill with archery could have rescued the Kauravs from defeat. Ekalavya, who gave away his most important asset as guru dakshina so that the guru-shishya parampara is not let down. Ekalavya enters the Mahabharat years before Kurukshetra, when the Pandavs were still learning warfare under Dronacharya. The story begins simply -- the tribal Prince seeks the tutelage of Guru Dronacharya, only to incite the jealously of Arjun -- but ends terribly. Narad, the great Rishi, who despises lies but loves trouble, is determined to make this story of Ekalavya live on. And it is on the battlefield of Kurukshetra, where the rectification of injustice was sought at all costs, that he chooses to retell the tale.
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A chance meeting between a member of the royal family and a street urchin triggers a course of events that form the basis of this enthralling story. Tom, the pauper; and Edward, the prince, discover that not only do they share the same birthday, but they also look identical. Being the boys that they are, they decide to have some fun and exchange clothes. However, little do they know that this will land them up in the most bizarre of situations. Inadvertently, the boys end up swapping places with each other – Tom becomes the prince; and Edward, the pauper. No one believes them when they try to explain their true identities, so they are forced to adapt to their new lifestyles, with very interesting consequences. This well-loved novel by Mark Twain takes a humorous look at the sixteenth-century society, and the inequalities that existed at that time, and perhaps still do today.
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Swordfights, midnight rides, castles and dungeons... The Prisoner of Zenda is the classic romantic adventure! When Rudolf Rassendyll decides to take a journey to see his distant cousin crowned king of Ruritania, it soon becomes apparent that it is not going to be a normal trip. The first indication of this comes with the realization that he bears an uncanny resemblance to his cousin. Added to that there is the discovery that Black Michael, a relative of the rightful king, is determined to prevent the coronation taking place, so that he might receive the crown himself. What follows is an adventure involving abduction, imprisonment and deceit. As the story races to its conclusion, Rudolf Rassendyll faces choices that will determine not only his future, but the futures of King Rudolf, Princess Flavi and the whole of Ruritani. Published in 1894, The Prisoner of Zenda launched Hope's writing career, and was followed by the sequel, Rupert of Hentzau.
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Bold, visionary Henry Jekyll believes he can use his scientific knowledge to divide a person into two beings- one of pure good and one of pure evil. Working tirelessly in his secret laboratory, concocting a potion that would tear at the core of what makes a man human, he eventually succeeds- but only halfway. Instead of separating the good and the evil halves, Jekyll isolates only the latter. What seems at first a relief to the doctor becomes a nightmare as he loses control of the transformation. His friends feel Jekyll will waste away and fear the worst. Can Jekyll undo what he has done? Or will it change him forever?
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When a boat travelling to Australia hits a reef and is destroyed, only one family survives. Shipwrecked on an island, and with no sign of rescue, the Robinsons are forced to use whatever means possible to stay alive. Through their struggles, the members of the family learn, not only how to survive, but also how to enjoy themselves in the face of adversity. The pastor, his wife, and four children share many experiences together – both arduous and fun – and grow closer as a result. This classic tale of adventure on a desert island is exciting to read, as much as it is a story with a moral.
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When a tempest-a violent storm-wrecks the ship of King Alonso of Naples and his entourage in the Mediterranean Sea, the men all find safety on a small, isolated island. The storm was conjured up by the magician Prospero, who lives on the island with his teenage daughter Miranda, his faithful spirit Ariel, and his half-human, half-animal slave Caliban. Why has Prospero brought the king, his teenage son Ferdinand, his devoted advisor Gonzalo, and the others to the island? What plans does he have for them? A mixture of tender romance and cruel revenge, The Tempest is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest plays. Although the play, Shakespeare's last, is filled with the supernatural, its message is that real magic lies in the emotions of the human heart: love, loyalty, the desire to be free, remorse, and forgiveness. By the end of the story, the tempest-in its sense of severe storm and emotional upheaval-has enabled love to blossom, reunited old friends, freed the enslaved, washed away the sins of evildoers, and calmed the vengeance of a wronged man.
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