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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens
Editor Monica Kulling

Random House Children's Books | November 19, 1996 | Trade Paperback |

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Seven-year-old Pip is an orphan. He lives with his nasty older sister and works as a blacksmith's apprentice. Pip dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to turn his luck around. Then a mysterious stranger decides to make all of Pip's dreams come true. Pip's lonely life is about to change forever. Will his great expectations be realized? Or will he learn that money and power are worthless without love and friendship?

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0 in

Published: November 19, 1996

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679874666

ISBN - 13: 9780679874669

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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Great Expectations

Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens
Editor Monica Kulling

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 112 Pages, 5.12 × 7.48 × 0 in

Published: November 19, 1996

Publisher: Random House Children's Books

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0679874666

ISBN - 13: 9780679874669

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Chapter I. My father''s family name being Pirrip, and my christian name Philip, my infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip. So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip. I give Pirrip as my father''s family name, on the authority of his tombstone and my sister – Mrs. Joe Gargery, who married the blacksmith. As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them (for their days were long before the days of photographs), my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones. The shape of the letters on my father''s, gave me an odd idea that he was a square, stout, dark man, with curly black hair. From the character and turn of the inscription, "Also Georgiana Wife of the Above," I drew a childish conclusion that my mother was freckled and sickly. To five little stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long, which were arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine – who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle – I am indebted for a belief I religiously entertained that they had all been born on their backs with their hands in their trousers-pockets, and had never taken them out in this state of existence. Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within as the river wound, twenty miles of the sea. My first most vivid and broad impressi
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Seven-year-old Pip is an orphan. He lives with his nasty older sister and works as a blacksmith's apprentice. Pip dreams of a better life, but has no idea how to turn his luck around. Then a mysterious stranger decides to make all of Pip's dreams come true. Pip's lonely life is about to change forever. Will his great expectations be realized? Or will he learn that money and power are worthless without love and friendship?

From the Jacket

Expect great adventures for seven-year-old Pip, a blacksmith''s apprentice who dreams of a better life. Can a dangerous escaped convict, a wealthy old woman, and a secret guardian help him turn his rags to riches? With a rich cast of characters and more plot twists than the most tangled video game, this lively, easy-to-read adaptation of the Dickens classic is sure to capture the imaginations of young and reluctant readers.

About the Author

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) was a leading playwright of the twentieth century. His plays include Man and Superman (1905), Major Barbara (1905), Pygmalion (1913), and Saint Joan (1923).

From Our Editors

Expect great adventures for seven-year-old Pip, a blacksmith's apprentice who dreams of a better life. Can a dangerous escaped convict, a wealthy old woman, and a secret guardian help him turn his rags to riches? This easy-to-read adaptation of the Dickens classic is sure to capture the imaginations of young and reluctant readers

Editorial Reviews

"No story in the first person was ever better told."

Appropriate for ages: 6 - 8

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