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The Prisoner of Zenda

Young Reading Series 3 Classic stories
The Prisoner of Zenda

  • The classic swashbuckling adventure by Anthony Hope retold for children ready to tackle longer and more complex stories.
  • When Rudolf Rassendyll, a young Victorian gentleman, travels to Ruritania, all he expects is a pleasant summer holiday. But when the King is kidnapped, he soon becomes involved in a plot to rescue him.
  • Each scene is atmospherically brought to life with Simona Bursi’s illustrations.
  • Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts at the University of Roehampton.


Key Stage: KS2 E; Age 7+

Lexile Measure: 600L

Book Band: 11 - Lime

CEFR Level: C1

Hardback with ribbon marker:
Price: £5.99
ISBN: 9780746097014
64 pages
196 x 130mm

Author/Editor: Sarah Courtauld

Illustrator: Simona Bursi

Press Reviews

"wonderful retellings of famous stories for young children and first readers"

Reader Reviews

An amazing story!

Lucia, 8th January 2016


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