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Great Expectations

Young Reading Series 3 Classic stories
Great Expectations

  • The classic Charles Dickens novel retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories.
  • Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.

Orphaned Pip lives a humble life with his sister and her husband, until a fateful encounter causes his life to change irrevocably. Will his great expectations be fulfilled?


Key Stage: KS2 E; Age 7+

Lexile Measure: 590L

Book Band: 13 - Grey

CEFR Level: C1

Hardback with ribbon marker:
Price: £5.99
ISBN: 9780746085547
64 pages
196 x 130mm

Author/Editor: Retold by Lesley Sims

Illustrator: Barry Ablett

Reader Reviews

Great Expectations
I liked Pip because he was a kind and generous boy. I liked how he tried to help Miss Haversham and Magwich. It was a happy ending because Estella and Pip were never parted again. I read it to my Dad and he thought it was brilliant.

Gabi Siday, 9th April 2013
An Amazing Book
I really enjoyed this book as it was full of emotions and details. My favourite character was Pip because he was a nice person and very brave in trying to resue Miss Havisham. It was a sort of sad ending.

Lucas Cowie, 8th April 2013
Great Expectations
I liked the book because it was scary and good. My favourite character was Magwich because he was scary.

molly mchugh, 3rd March 2010
Great expectatations
This book is wonderful for children and adults. There is a young boy called Pip who lives with his older sister, and Joe the blacksmith. Barry Ablett the illustrator has drawn very impressively to my point of view for this book because the pictures almost look like they are telling the story themselves. My favourite character is Miss Havisham, because I like the description of her house. Hope you enjoy this book.

kirsty maclellan, 1st November 2009


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