Sherlock Holmes in Simple English: The Speckled Band
Publisher: A L Stringer
In the middle of the night a young woman lets out terrible scream, collapses and dies. Her only words are a mysterious phrase: 'the speckled band'. Sherlock Holmes is called down to the family's ancient mansion in the countryside, where he has to deal with the frightening Dr Roylott and a garden of wild animals.
This book is a graded reader. The story has been retold in modern English for students of English as a foreign / second language at intermediate level (CEFR B1) and younger native speakers.
Comprehension and vocabulary tasks
Summary of the story
Endnotes for difficult words, place names and cultural references
Word list at the end of the book