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James and the Giant Peach

by Roald Dahl

Author: Roald Dahl

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Language: English

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After his parents are eaten by a rhinoceros, young James Henry Trotter has to go live with his two mean aunts named Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker, who treat him very very badly. Poor James has to live with his aunts for three whole years until one day a mysterious man gives him a bag of magic things. (He tells him they are crocodile tongues.) James is so excited that he starts running back to the house, but when he is underneath an old peach tree in the garden he accidentally slips and spills all the tiny little things and they dig themselves into the roots of the tree.
Suddenly a peach appears on the very tip of the tree and then starts to grow and grow and doesn't stop until it is as big as a house! The aunts are so excited about th... Read more

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...Spiker cried. "It's getting bigger and bigger!" "What is?" "The peach, of course!" "You're joking!" "Well, look for yourself!" "But my dear Spiker, that's perfectly ridiculous. That's impossible. That's -- that's -- that's -- Now, wait just a minute -- No -- No -- that can't be right -- No -- Yes -- Great Scott! The thing really is growing!" "It's nearly twice as big already!" Aunt Spiker shouted. "It can't be true!" "It is true!" "It must be a miracle!" "Watch it! Watch it!" "I am watching it!" "Great Heavens alive!" Aunt Spiker yelled. "I can actually see the thing bulging and swelling before my very eyes!" 7 The two women and the small boy stood absolutely still on the grass underneath the tree, gazing up at this extraordinary fruit. James's little face was glowing with excitement, his eyes were as big and bright as two stars. He could see the peach swelling larger and larger as clearly as if it were a balloon...

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