Everybody loves heroes – brave men and women who win wars and lead their countries to freedom. But this book isn’t about those people…this book is about the heroes that you’ve probably never heard of, but who have made your and millions of other people’s lives much better – unsung heroes that deserve recognition.
We hope that you find these everyday heroes’ stories as inspiring and eye-opening as we do.
Remember…anything is possible.

Level: Intermediate

Welcome to a magical world of dark wizards, angry giants, wicked witches and scary spells.
In these fantastic stories, you will meet Maxim the Giant, who builds a wall around his garden to keep the children out, but learns a valuable lesson in the process; and Bart the Nightingale, who helps his human friend, Lance, to find a present for the girl he loves. You will also read about a Magic Bed that gets grumpy if you don't jump on it; a Money Tree that has a dark secret; and a dark wizard who tries to use spells to win the heart of the beautiful Seraphina...

Level: Intermediate

What makes people do the things they do? Where do great ideas come from? What inspires people to do the extraordinary?
In this fascinating collection of short stories based on real events, you will read about six people that went the extra mile and changed their own and other people's lives forever. Inspirational Stories for English Language Learners will help you to improve your language skills, but, more importantly, it will also inspire you to do something wonderful.

Level: Intermediate

Have you ever seen a really tall person? You know, like two meters tall? Well, imagine a person twice that size and that's my brother Fafner. He's a giant, you see. It's strange because he's the only giant in our family (apart from my grandparents) so our house is a little bit strange, we have two of everything - one for giants and one for us.
Anyway, this book is about our first adventure. It's the one where we (my brother Fafner and I) first meet Renata, the Morozon princess. It's a great story, even if I do say so myself. It's full of adventure and mystery, heroic acts and sinister villains, but don't worry, it's not too scary, so you can all read it...

Level: Intermediate

What happens when we die? Are there really spirits walking among us? Haunting us and helping us?
The six short stories in Against the Night will make you think and make you wonder. From the terror ofThe Mechanical Turk and the evil Mr. Clean, to the mystery of Messages and The Floating Girl, and the horror of Gone and Sixteen Years, once you start reading this book, you won't be able to stop until the last page. And after that, you'll check the cupboards and under your bed... to make sure you really are alone in the night.

Level: Upper Intermediate

In this book, you'll read about Unsinkable Sam, a cat that survived three shipwrecks; and Lulu, a pot-bellied pig that saved her owner from certain death. You'll also learn about Elephant Bill and his amazing escape from Burma in World War II; and a baboon that got a job as a signal man on the South African railways. You will also meet Hachiko, the most famous dog in Japan; and Old Tom, a killer whale that befriended and helped fishermen in Australia a hundred years ago.

Level: Pre-intermediate

In this collection of short stories about great Pioneers, you will read about William Morton, the brave dentist who perfected anesthesia by practicing on himself; and Marie Curie, who dedicated her entire life to the advance of scientific knowledge. You will also learn about Frederick Douglass, who went from being a slave to advising Abraham Lincoln; and Ada Lovelace, one of the first people to realize the power of computers. We also recount the stories of how the Lumière brothers invented what we now know as the cinema; and how Nikola Tesla proved that alternating current was safe... by electrocuting himself live on stage.

Level: Intermediate

It has always been man’s dream to fly. In this book we meet the brave pioneers of the skies who have made that dream come true.
John Damian, The Flying Priest, was one of the first men to attempt to fly when he jumped off a Scottish castle in 1506. The Wright Brothers achieved what many before them had failed to do, and became the first men to fly an airplane in 1903. The Red Baron, Manfred von Richthofen, was a daredevil pilot who ruled the skies over Germany and France in World War One. Charles Lindbergh was a fearless aviator who became the first man to fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

Level: Intermediate

In these horrific stories, you will find out how far a man will go to protect his home from man-eating hogs, and what happens when killer wasps and the military mix. You will learn the true nature of fear when you read what starving wolves will do to satisfy their desperate hunger, and what happens when a giant anaconda gets loose on the Beijing Subway. You will go back in time to witness the bloody battle to the death between a Neanderthal and a cave bear. And then, when you think it's all over and it's safe to breathe again, the jungle comes alive, it surrounds you, crushes you, drags you in and holds on to you, and then you hear a sound... breathing... getting closer...

Level: Upper Intermediate

This is the perfect collection for students who want to improve their knowledge of past, present and future tenses, as well as improving their vocabulary and reading skills.

Today in the Life, Yesterday in the Life and Tomorrow in the Life are published by Hippo Books, a publisher dedicated to producing interesting, readable and fun books. These books are suitable for English students with elementary English or higher. Be sure to check out our other Hippo Graded Readers.

Level: Elementary

Explorers is a collection of stories about men and women who were willing to risk their lives for the thing they truly loved... adventure.

Read about the thrilling adventures of Marco Polo as he grew from a boy to a man on his travels along the Silk Road. Join James Cook on his captivating journey through the Pacific in search of the Great Southern Continent - a place many doubted even existed. Be amazed by the bravery of Robert Scott as he and his team battle freezing conditions in an attempt to reach the South Pole.

Level: Intermediate

Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman in space.

Joan of Arc was a sixteen year old farm girl who led France to victory over the English.

Aung San Suu Kyi is one of the most respected and fearless political leaders in the world.
Rosa Parks is an iconic figure in the Civil Rights Movement in America.
Florence Nightingale is considered to be the founder of modern nursing.

Chen Shu-chu has spent her life helping the poor and sick of Taiwan.

Level: Intermediate
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