The Thirty-Nine Steps
Illustrated by Giordano Poloni - Retold by Michael Lacey Freeman
STAGE 2 Pre-Intermediate | 800 headwords | A2 | Key | Classic
An adventure novel featuring Richard Hannay, an all-action hero with a stiff upper lip and a miraculous knack for getting himself out of sticky situations.
Richard Hannay is bored. He is all alone in a big city, and he wants something to happen, anything. One evening, when he gets back home, someone is waiting for him. This someone will leave him with a question, and Hannay must find an answer. His future, and indeed the future of the whole of Europe depends on it. The question is, what are the thirty-nine steps?
Verb tenses, Present Simple and Present
Continuous - Past Simple and Past
Continuous - Present Perfect -
Future forms – Will, Going to, Ing form -
Modals – can (ability, permission), could
(ability in the past), shall (suggestions),
should (advice), may (possibility), must
(obligation), need (necessity)
In this Reader you will find:
Information about John Buchan | A section focusing on
background and context | A glossary of difficult words
| Comprehension activities | An exit test
Animals | Friendship | Adventure
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