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Reading Level: Grades 9-12 

Lexile Level: 1200L

Setting: England, 1800s

Genre: British Literature

Page Count: 480

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Embark on an unforgettable literary journey as you delve into the pages of this beloved classic. Join Pip, a young boy whose life takes a mesmerizing and often intricate path towards adulthood. Residing with his sister, Mrs. Joe, and her husband, the skilled blacksmith Joe Gargery, Pip eagerly awaits the day when he can become Joe's apprentice. However, an unexpected encounter with an escaped convict amidst the quiet of a churchyard and a peculiar request from the enigmatic spinster, Miss Havisham, forever alter Pip's course.
Witness Pip's world turned topsy-turvy when he crosses paths with Estella, the protégé of Miss Havisham, whose disdain for Pip's humble background and appearance fills him with a profound sense of shame. Suddenly, an anonymous benefactor, facilitated by the esteemed lawyer Mr. Jaggers, reaches out to Pip, promising to mold him into a refined gentleman and pave his way to a prosperous life.
As years unfold, the grown-up Pip finds himself consumed by "Great Expectations" that revolve around Estella, Miss Havisham, wealth, and the future. Yet, in this intricate tapestry of hopes and dreams, he discovers that everyone harbors their own expectations, and appearances can be deceiving.
Prepare to be enthralled by Charles Dickens' remarkable storytelling prowess, where unforgettable characters and profound insights into the human soul intertwine to create a literary masterpiece.

Book Awards:
#17 on the Big Read List (UK’s top 200)   •   Great American Read #29

Extra Information

Recommended Grade Level:
England 1800s
British Literature
Page Count:
484 pages
Charles Dickens
Lexile Level:
Book ISBN:
9780141439563 / 9780375757013