Author(s): Michael Ford
Framed for a murder she did not commit and sentenced to hang, Esmerelda's only hope for survival is the bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and an unlikely friendship is formed. Vibrant full-colour artwork brings fresh animation to these classic tales. Speech bubbles containing text from the original novel work with the main text to emphasise and enhance the retelling. A running glossary at the foot of each page helps young readers with any challenging vocabulary without disrupting their reading experience. End matter provides information about the authors, the historical background to the period in which the author lived and a time line of world events that places the work in historical context. This work fits into Key Stage 2 English reading and supports Key Stage 3 English literary heritage. It also helps achieve the goals of the Scottish Standard Curriculum 5-14.
Michael Ford was born in Macclesfield, Cheshire. He read English and Classics at Worcester College, Oxford. Having taught English in Greece, he now works as a writer and editor of children's non-fiction. Penko Gelev graduated from the National Art School in Sofia in 1987. He is a film and children's television producer, and also finds time to draw comics and illustrations for children. He lives in Sofia, Bulgaria.