Ransom of Red Chief by O Henry
(Bookworms Starters)

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It crosses the line between reality and fancy, but it's easy enough to suspend any notion of disbelief long enough to enjoy the story. If you have 5-10 minutes to spare for a fun story, give this a shot.
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Starters are an introductory level to the new Oxford Bookworms Library, suitable for readers in their first or second years of learning English. The Starters series are original stories in a variety of formats: narrative, interactive, and comic strip. They contain glossaries and exercises and are carefully graded in structure and vocabulary. Cassettes are available for some titles.
 

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O. Henry is the pen name of William Sidney Porter, who was born on September 11, 1862 in Greensboro, North Carolina. Porter was a licensed pharmacist and worked on a sheep ranch in Texas. He was a draftsman for the General Land Office and a teller for the First National Bank of Texas. He was convicted of embezzlement and eventually served five years in prison. While in prison, he began writing short stories under his pseudonym and eventually wrote over 300. As O. Henry, Porter is one of America's best known writers, and his stories, such as "The Gift of the Magi" and "The Ransom of Red Chief", are still taught in schools. In 1918, the O. Henry Awards, an annual anthology of short stories, was established in his honor. Porter died on June 5, 1910.
 
Published June 1, 1940 by Amereon Ltd. 40 pages
Genres: Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Reviewed by Steve Gregory on Dec 16 2009

It crosses the line between reality and fancy, but it's easy enough to suspend any notion of disbelief long enough to enjoy the story. If you have 5-10 minutes to spare for a fun story, give this a shot.

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