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.
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?
Two 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?
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!
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.
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.
A bored school teacher seeks adventure as a whale hunter. He has no idea that the mad captain of the Pequod is interested in pursuing 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?
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?
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.
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!
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?
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!
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.
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!
Victor Frankenstein was only trying to advance the cause of science. How could his experiment have produced such a terrible result? The creature's powers were superhuman. Was there any real chance that Victor could stop the monster before he murdered again?
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?
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.
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.
n 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.
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.
Romeo and Juliet has become Shakespeare's well-known love story. See how true love can blossom, even in an unfriendly setting of hatred and feuding. Read along and find out how their innocence enables them to overlook the fighting between their families. Romeo and Juliet are betrayed by the very families they care about, forcing them to take their lives instead of being separated. Through the pain of losing their children, the families realize how trivial their differences really were.
A triumphant Caesar enters Rome after defeating the sons of his old enemy, Pompey. Jealousy and fear over Caesar's reforms reveal a brewing conspiracy to assassinate him. As the plot thickens, Caesar's wife is plagued by terrible nightmares and begs him not to go to the Capitol. But Caesar shrugs off her fears and is accompanied to the Senate by the conspirators thus sealing his fate. Caesar's loyal friends rally to avenge his death and preserve his legacy.
Moby Dick is an exciting story about Captain Ahab's compelling obsession to get his revenge and defeat the Great White Whale. The story truly portrays the tragedy of hatred. This timeless epic is considered one of the strangest yet most powerful stories ever written.
You'll be kept in suspense with these four Edgar Allan Poe short stories! The Pit and the Pendulum, The Fall of the House of Usher, The Cask of Amontillado, The Murders in the Rue Morgue.
Many people think that Charlotte Brontë loosely based Jane Eyre on her own life and experiences. See how Brontë tells her story through the eyes of Jane Eyre. Even though Jane was orphaned at an early age and forced to live with her evil aunt, Mrs. Reed, she still managed to be happy. Read along as Jane travels to Lowood School and eventually to Thornfield Hall where she meets Mr. Rochester, the only true love she ever knows.