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Oliver grows up in an orphanage, and when he dares to ask for more is cast out into a world of colourful characters in which he will have to keep his wits about him and pick a pocket or two to survive. A retelling of the classic Charles Dickens story for children growing in their reading confidence and ability. Part of the Usborne Reading Programme developed with reading experts from Roehampton University. Also available with an audio CD with a dramatic listen-along recording with music and sound effects, followed by a read-along version with prompts for page turns.

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Book information

Key Stage
Lexile Measure
Book Band
CEFR Level
Accelerated Reader level
3.7 MY
Hardback with ribbon marker
ISBN: 9780746077078
Extent: 64 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Hardback + CD
ISBN: 9781409505389
Extent: 64 pages
Dimensions: 196 x 130mm
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Barry Ablett

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“Oliver Twist”
My daughter was thrilled with this book. She is a confident reader but likes lots of pictures to engage her with a more challenging text. She enjoys very contemporary story lines but I wondered if I could get her reading a little more widely. Not wanting to be too pushy I left the book for her to discover at the end of her bed. I usually have to shout up the stairs more than once to get her up for school and the next morning was no different. After no response I stomped up the stairs ready to let rip...and there she was engrossed in this delightful adaptation... I closed my mouth and went to make the breakfast. Pure magic - and she keeps reading it over again!

Press reviews

“Mary Sebag- Montefiore’s retellings of David Copperfield and Oliver Twist...are perhaps the best – well-written and dramatic.”
“This classic is retold with simple text to delight and inspire any child who is just beginning to read.”


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  • Usborne Reading Programme
    Find out more about the Usborne Reading Programme, download a chart of the seven levels and watch an interview with reading consultant Alison Kelly.