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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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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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"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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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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"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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"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 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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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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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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