Classic Literature

Timeless Classics

These classic novels have been adapted and designed for struggling readers, while retaining the tone and plot of the original work.

Oliver Twist
Oliver Twist is a penniless orphan. What chance has he got on the dangerous streets of 19th century London? Before long, he's taken in by a gang of thieves. The boy's future looks grim indeed, until a few kindly souls enter the picture.
Lexile:570, RL:4.4

Robinson Crusoe
Shipwrecked! A young Englishman finds himself stranded on a small island in the middle of nowhere. For 24 years he survives- and even thrives. How will his life change now that his island has a visitor?
Lexile:650, RL:4.6

The Hound of the Baskervilles
Something very peculiar is going on at Baskerville Hall. The local people claim that the moor is haunted. But Sir Henry isn't satisfied with that explanation. So he calls on the great detective Sherlock Holmes. For a while, Holmes and his faithful sidekick Dr. Watson are stumped. But only for a while.
Lexile:590, RL:4.1

The Man in the Iron Mask
The mysterious prisoner is called Marchiali- but is that his true name? And why has an innocent man been imprisoned for so long? The fabled three musketeers suspect a royal conspiracy. But there are deadly dangers in confronting the royal family. The musketeers could be killed- and poor Marchiali could end up wearing an iron mask!
Lexile:560, RL:4.1

The Time Machine
"The white bar can propel my Time Machine into the future," he explained. "The black bar can send it into the past." As the Time Traveler continues his amazing story, his friends become increasingly suspicious. They can't quite believe his wild story about the evil Morlocks and the beautiful Eloi. Would you believe it?
Lexile:530, RL:4.2

Great Expectations
Pip is headed for an apprenticeship at the blacksmith's forge. Then an anonymous donor appears, and sends Pip to London to live as a gentleman. Pip is sure he knows the identity of his secret benefactor. He couldn't be more surprised when he finds that he's been mistaken all along.
Lexile:430, RL:3.7

The Prince and the Pauper
wo young boys discover that they look just alike. But the lives they lead could hardly be more different. What could it hurt to trade places for a while? When the old king dies, they find out in a hurry. Will poor Tom Canty actually be crowned the new King of England?
Lexile:520, RL:4.3

A Christmas Carol
Scrooge is downright mean and cold-hearted-- the stingiest man in all of London. Could anything on earth transform him into a kind and caring human being? Probably not. But the spirit of Christmas is very powerful--more powerful by far than anything on earth.
Lexile:500, RL:4.1

The Swiss Family Robinson
Just one family survives the shipwreck. Now the father, mother, and their four young sons find themselves stranded on a remote island. What will it take to stay alive? The odds are against them. But the clever, hard-working Robinsons have what it takes to face the ultimate test.
Lexile:680, RL:4.6

Jane Eyre
Jane Eyre has had bad luck. In a fit of anger, her cruel aunt sent her off to Lowood, a bleak, charity institution for orphaned girls. There Jane learned to expect little from life. But her new position at a great country estate promises to be far more interesting than she ever dreamed.
Lexile:490, RL:3.9

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
Freedom is everything to Huckleberry Finn. How can he avoid being "civilized" by the good-hearted Widow Douglas? But just now Huck has more important things on his mind-- like helping his friend Jim escape the slave-catchers!
Lexile:440, RL:3.5

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Searching for a sea monster, a scientist discovers an amazing underwater vessel. At first he's thrilled to be invited aboard the Nautilus. What changes his mind? He discovers that the mad captain plans to stay at sea forever.
Lexile:580, RL:4

Dracula
Why are the Transylvanian peasants so fearful of Count Dracula's castle? When a young businessman discovers the truth, it is nearly too late. Will Jonathan have enough time to save his beloved fiance from the vampire's deadly embrace?
Lexile:580, RL:4.5

Moby Dick
A bored school teacher seeks adventure as a whale hunter. He has no idea that the mad captain of the Pequod is interested in prusuing only one whale- the enormous white beast that bit off his leg! Now it's too late to turn back. Will Ahab's insane quest for revenge cost the entire crew their lives?
Lexile:640, RL:4.6


Captains Courageous
Boy overboard! After falling off a luxury liner the spoiled teenager is rescued by a crew of rough fishermen. His parents think he drowned. Little do they know that, for the first time in his life, their lazy son is working hard... and becoming a man.
Lexile:570, RL:3.8

Pride and Prejudice
Silly Mrs. Bennet is "husband hunting" for her five daughters. Heaven knows it isn't easy! Darcy would make a great match for Elizabeth- if it weren't for his false pride and her stubborn prejudice. And the other girls aren't cooperating either. Jane is too shy to show affection, and Lydia has run off with an unsuitable army officer! What's a poor mother to do?
Lexile:580, RL:4.3

Gulliver's Travels
Lemuel Gulliver has bad luck at sea. A series of shipwrecks lands him in some unimaginable places. First, there's the land of the little people. Next there's the fantastic flying island and the land of the giants. Last but not least, Gulliver visits a nation ruled by intelligent horses!
Lexile:710, RL:5.2

The Red Badge of Courage
The Civil War battlefields are nothing like Henry Fleming had imagined them to be. Isn't it the duty of every living creature to save its own life? Yet Henry is afraid to return to his regiment. His comrades are sure to sneer at his cowardice.
Lexile:500, RL:4.3

Around the World in 80 Days
Phileas Fogg must be insane. No one has ever been able to circle the globe in only 80 days! Yet he's bet his friends that he'll do just that. Half of his fortune is one the line... and the outcome looks far from certain.
Lexile:550, RL:5

The Scarlet Letter
Hester Prynne must be punished. Why won't she name her baby's father? The vengeful Puritans of Boston demand an answer. Can the new doctor in town unlock the mystery of the shameful secret? Hester's gentle pastor seems unable- or unwilling- to give her any help.
Lexile:540, RL:4.4

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer, and Frollo, the archdeacon, are both in love with Esmeralda. But the beautiful gypsy has already married another man to save his life- and her heart belongs to an army captain! Poor Quasimodo doesn't have much of a chance. Then an angry crowd cries out for Esmeralda's blood, and Quasimodo proves that true love is eternal.
Lexile:530, RL:3.9

The Three Musketeers
The young man has only one dream-- join the brave company of the king's musketeers. Will he be clever and daring enough to make his dream come true? He rides into Paris on his old, broken-down horse. A world of adventure is just ahead.
Lexile:530, RL:4.2

The Count of Monte Cristo
On the night before his wedding, an innocent young man is arrested and imprisoned. How could such a thing have happened? When he finally discovers the truth, he bitterly plots revenge. Then he escapes from prison and begins to punish his enemies, one by one.
Lexile:570, RL:4.7

Treasure Island
Jim and his friends have the treasure map but they're badly outnumbered. Do they have a chance against the bloodthirsty mutineers? Long John Silver says he's on Jim's side. But the one-legged old pirate is clever and wily-- and Jim's very life is at stake!
Lexile:570, RL:4.2

The Jungle Book
In long ago India, a toddler wanders off and is taken in by a family of wolves. Coached by a friendly bear, the "man-cub" has many adventures as he learns the ways of the jungle. But things begin to change when Mowgli becomes a young man. Now he feels a strange pull towards creatures of his own kind.
Lexile:570, RL:4.2

A Tale of Two Cities
The workers are in revolt! Every French nobleman is in danger of losing his head to the infamous guillotine. Yet Charles Darnay renounced his title years ago. Why is he scheduled to die for the crimes of his corrupt family? His only hope lies in the hands of one unlikely man.
Lexile:460, RL:3.8

War of the Worlds
Victorian England is riding high. People are so prosperous and smug they imagine themselves the masters of the universe. Then the unthinkable happens: England is attacked by Martians! Panic erupts as the countryside goes up in flames. Is there no way to stop the ghastly, machinelike creatures and their deadly heat rays?
Lexile:670, RL:4.9

The Last of the Mohicans
Uncas and Chingachgook are the last survivors of the once mighty tribe of Mohicans. Their friend, a white scout named Hawkeye, needs their help in the British fight against the French. The odds they face are overwhelming. Magua, a cunning Huron, is determined to see them fail.
Lexile:500, RL:4.1

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
As usual, Tom Sawyer and his pal Huck Finn were only out looking for fun. They never dreamed they'd witness a murder! And that isn't Tom's only problem. There's a new girl, Becky Thatcher, and the fence he's suppose to paint-- not to mention the hunt for Injun Joe's buried treasure!
Lexile:450, RL:3.7

The Call of the Wild
Buck is much bigger and stronger than the other dogs. But he wasn't born to the savage life of the Alaskan frontier. Is it too late for him to learn the "law of club and fang"? Can he survive the bitter weather, a vicious rival, and the deadly mistakes of his bungling owners?
Lexile:640, RL:4.8

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Henry Jekyll is a respected doctor-- a kindly man much loved by all. Why is he so protective of the vicious criminal, Edward Hyde? Jekyll's friends are stunned when the mystery is finally unraveled. They can scarcely believe that the man they had so admired had been living a double life!
Lexile:560, GRL:4.4

Kidnapped
On the run from his kidnapper, an orphaned boy acquires an unexpected traveling companion. Is Alan Breck the notorious outlaw that people say he is? Or is he really a patriotic hero?
Lexile:540, RL:3.1

White Fang
Life is a constant struggle in the frozen wilderness of Alaska. For a wolf-dog called White Fang, every day is a fight for survival-- until he's taken in by a young American mining engineer. White Fang's world turns upside down when his new owner takes him home to California. How does he react? Is it likely that a wild wolf-dog can adjust to civilization?
Lexile:620, RL:4.4

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3rd/4th Grade Readability

Grades 3-12


Subject/Genre: Classic Literature

Ratings: Lexile: 430-710

Recommended Ages: 9-18

Pages: 80 pp.

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Complete 34 book set

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The Swiss Family Robinson


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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea


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The Man in the Iron Mask


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Frankenstein


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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


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Kidnapped


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The Time Machine


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Dracula


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White Fang


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Oliver Twist


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A Christmas Carol


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The Hound of the Baskervilles


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Robinson Crusoe


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The Scarlet Letter


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Captains Courageous


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The Three Musketeers


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The Last of the Mohicans


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Treasure Island


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Around the World in 80 Days


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War of the Worlds


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Moby Dick


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A Tale of Two Cities


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Great Expectations


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The Count of Monte Cristo


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Pride and Prejudice


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Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde


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Gulliver's Travels


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The Red Badge of Courage


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The Jungle Book


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The Adventures of Tom Sawyer


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The Call of the Wild


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Jane Eyre


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The Prince and the Pauper


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The Hunchback of Notre Dame


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