Cover of book Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

This case made our hero think not only with his head, but also with his heart. The passengers of one of the most luxurious trains in Europe could not even imagine that their journey would turn out this way. At the beginning, everything was fine. But later everyone was shocked by the news. One of the passengers had been killed. All thirteen people who travel in this unblessed train carriage are under suspicion. No one knows the motives of the murder. And no one has an iron alibi. M. Hercule Poirot was accidentally travelling by this train. Being one of the best detectives in the world, he started investigating this case. So, the usual journey turned into one of the most fascinating riddles in history. The detective had to solve the murder as soon as possible, until the killer struck a new blow…

Film version: Murder on the Orient Express

Total words: 18096
Unique words: 1561

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unhelpfully, tommy, goddaughter, tidily, notepaper, jewellery, manservant, unemotional, ford, unfashionable, toothache, governess, unpleasantness, ting, judging, firstly, imagining, heartbroken, goodnight, numbered, tearful, moustache, schoolgirl, disprove, surname, flattened, rubbish.

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Viking Tales

Level: elementary
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Cover of book Viking Tales by Chris Rose

Asgard is a country, which Odin, Willy and Ve made for themselves. Odin populated it with his sons, the rare inhabitants of many other worlds (Njord, Freyr and Freya from Van and Loki from the Giants). The souls of the warriors who died with a sword in their hands also came to this country. The latter live in Valhalla and wait for the last battle. The Ases are gods who send protection to the Earth for people from the giants. The Ases observe the life of mankind. One of the main differences between the Viking religion and many other ones is the existence of some negative qualities for the gods. They are no longer considered infalliable as the Christian god. They are not absolutely good like the Chinese gods. The Ases bear (though in the future) responsibility for their atrocities, in contrast to the Greek Olympians.

Total words: 10695
Unique words: 812

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queen, armour, jewellery, keyhole, goodnight, chariot, lying, waking, snore, connected, salty, greedy, cloak, farmhouse, thunder, bum, veil, disappointing, blonde, fastest, goddess, necklace, skeleton, hammer, bored, castle, loudly, axis, goodbye, frighten, grind.

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Tom Jones

Level: intermediate
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Cover of book Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Mr. Allworthy is a rich squire. He lives together with his sister Miss Bridget. One day an unknown baby boy is found in his house. Soon Mr. Allworthy manages to find the mother of the abandoned child. It is a poor woman from one village Jenny Jones. Jenny refuses to reveal the father’s identity. Still the mother repents her deed. The squire only sends her out of her native places and provides her with a better life. Mr. Allworthy lost his wife and children several years ago. He decides to take this boy and bring him up as his own son. The squire gives all his love to this baby. After some time, his sister Bridget gets married to Captain Blifil. Soon the couple is blessed with a son. The foundling Tom Jones is being raised with the young Blifil. Captain Blifil is a greedy and envious person. He fears that Mr. Allworthy’s fortune will pass to Tom. The captain hates the boy and tries to defame him in the eyes of his adoptive father.

Film version: Tom Jones

Total words: 24402
Unique words: 1946

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appreciating, queen, tommy, gamekeeper, sickroom, jewellery, honour, lord, licence, banknote, forcing, incognito, disobedient, squeezing, delaying, neighbourhood, unfashionable, thundering, schoolmaster, birdsong, unsteadily, seaport, partridge, penniless, deciding, unfaithful, declared, landlady, dishonesty, deathbed.

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Ireland

Level: elementary
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Cover of book Ireland by Tim Vicary

This book will introduce Ireland to you. This country is incredibly beautiful. There are many mountains and rivers. One can see emerald greenery there. Certainly, you have heard that the Irish are the most drinking people in Europe. That they are the descendants of the redheaded Celts. You have also heard about the Irish step and the pubs. There are lots of famous Irishmen. The book contains an overview on geography, sport, history, religion, language, music, dance and wars. It includes the descriptions of the most significant cities. The material is presented in a fascinating form as an experienced teacher created this book. The author teaches the course on “Northern Ireland” at the university. This writer is famous not only for writing historical novels but also for criminal ones. His books are very popular among the English learners.

Total words: 6194
Unique words: 944

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harbour, jewellery, colourful, lord, craw, boomtown, churchman, celt, unionist, gaelic, defence, causeway, titanic, wheelbarrow, loyalist, celtic, shipyard, marching, cork, stony, mussels, centimeter, thirsty, norwegian, hound, windy, monastery, pub, nationalist.

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Mutiny on the Bounty

Level: elementary
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Cover of book Mutiny on the Bounty by Tim Vicary

What is honor and dignity for an officer? Perhaps it is the most important thing that he must cherish no matter what. In 1787 ship Bounty departs from the coast of England. Officer Christian Fletcher, a young fourteen-year-old assistant officer Peter Heywood, sailor John Adams and captain William Bligh are on the deck, parting with the shores of the homeland. The men are encouraged by the future journey, as they have to visit Tahiti. But they do not even guess what adventures are to happen to them. Not all of them will see their beloved England again. The ship has 33 sailors and 11 officers. The captain is very concerned as it is his first ship. He cares about the sailors but not about his assistant officers, to whom his demands are clearly overstated. The captain’s right hand and best friend in the past Christian suffers most form this demanding leadership. A year later, the ship leaves the coast of Tahiti. Christian decides to escape. Sailor John Adams stops him and proposes to solve the problem with the intolerable captain.

Total words: 5582
Unique words: 605

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tahitian, breadfruit, fryer, topaz, dutchman, hag, mutiny, sinking, centimeter, rum, bounty, midday, underwater, moonlight, nineteen, eighty, trousers, coconut, canoe, reef, seventeen, thirteen, sixty, fourteen, eighteen, excite, sixteen, sailor, sunny, damn, eleven.

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Between Two Worlds

Level: elementary
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Cover of book Between Two Worlds by Stephen Rabley

It is a short and simple story about kind and professional people who live in Australia. Australia is a huge land. There is a plenty of places that are difficult to get to. When somebody needs help in those places, the doctors use the planes. These doctors are called Flying Doctors. Bob Mills is one of them. Joanna Jimbuku is a nurse. She works together with Bob Mills. Once they got a call from Woomara – homeland of Joanna. An eighteen-month girl was very ill. Five minutes later the doctor and his nurse were flying to Woomara – a very small place between the trees and a river. After the examination Flying Doctor had to take the baby to Sydney. The little patient had serious problems with her heart. But her mother couldn’t go with the child. She had to look after six children. The kind nurse Joanna left her job for two weeks to take care of the sick baby in Sydney. Will the girl be able to recover?

Total words: 902
Unique words: 295

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bluebird, goodbye, eighteen, grind, ill, breakfast, boss, hello, reply, sad, hat, noise, beside, holiday, tired, everywhere, nurse, airport, expensive, thanks, works, weather, lunch, reading, quiet, shop, river, quick.

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The Shivering Mountain

Level: elementary
Genre:

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Cover of book The Shivering Mountain by Antoinette Moses

These holidays are the worst for Paolo. He lives in Italy. Next year he is going to university, so his parents decided to send him to one English family for three weeks. Paolo has to improve his English and understand English way of life. The member of this English family Nick came to Paolo’s family last year. The boys spent time very well. They even managed to became friends. This year Nick’s family is going to Peak District to watch the birds. For a teenager, who loves movies, cafes and urban entertainments, the trip to nature does not seem tempting. He wishes to stay in London and have fun. Paolo is filled with hatred about Peak District. Bu there is no choice. Parents will not take him home. So how do you think, will Paolo accept it or not?

Total words: 3650
Unique words: 797

Words, you might not know:

goshawk, situated, jewellery, murmured, anorak, motorway, lorry, siesta, suntan, despairing, nick, ridiculously, rubbish, madman, mummy, melted, haunted, horribly, guidebook, misty, cavern, noted, cheerfully, disgusted, disapproval, grassy, connected, annoy, amuse, horrify, midday.

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Police TV

Level: elementary
Genre:

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Cover of book Police Tv by Tim Vicary

Stealing from strangers is not good, but not everyone learns this simple rule from childhood. Very often people choose this way of making money for living. They do it without thinking about how their victims feel. Everybody can become a victim of some pickpocket. It is enough to encounter a man on the street and no matter how attentive you are, the sleight of the swindler’s hand deprives you of your purse. Here the custodians of law, valiant police come to your rescue. Their duty is to serve the society by maintaining order and justice. With the help of the modern technical means, they catch intruders. So, our heroes Dan and Sue are trying to catch one pickpocket. They use surveillance cameras and manage to identify him.

Total words: 1526
Unique words: 297

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jogger, peg, trousers, cafe, dock, policeman, upstairs, purse, lane, hungry, anger, knife, arrest, bread, milk, tired, careful, everywhere, steal, angry, bridge, ring, thanks, pocket, carefully, lots, lady, following.

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Death in the Clouds

Level: upper-intermediate
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Cover of book Death in the Clouds by Agatha Christie

The author of this novel does not only bring Poirot aboard the plane but also makes him be in a new role of a murder suspect. One elderly Frenchwoman Madame Giselle is found dead for some time before getting on the plane. The murder is daring as there were 10 passengers, but nobody saw how it happened. The case is shameless because somebody put the direct evidence to none other than Hercule Poirot! He cannot stand such unprecedented impudence. So, we have 12 suspects: a well-known archeologist and his son-archeologist, two stewards, an aristocrat, a countess, a former actress, an assistant of one London hairdresser, a popular dentist, an ENT doctor, a head of one large company, a famous author of detective stories and Hercule Poirot himself. Do you have any ideas, which one of these people is the murderer?

Total words: 23030
Unique words: 2300

Words, you might not know:

plage, phrasebook, hairdryer, blowpipe, hairdressing, interfering, blackmailer, croupier, frenchwoman, rouge, moneylender, honour, cheque, lord, aeroplane, injected, baccarat, forcing, favour, matchbox, jugular, silenced, soothingly, dressmaker, enquiry, unroll, speciality.

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Cover of book They Do It with Mirrors by Agatha Christie

Miss Marple goes to pay a visit to her old friend Ruth Van Ridock. They studied together in Italy. Ruth tells Miss Marple that there is something wrong in the mansion where her sister Carrie Louise and her husband Lewis live. Miss Marple agrees to visit Carrie Louise and find out what is happening in the mansion. Carrie Louise is pleased to welcome the guest. Lewis, her third husband, controls everything in the house. In addition, some young criminals reside here. Lewis takes care of them. There are also many people in the mansion, but only a few of them are in blood relationship with Carrie Louise. Miss Marple is invited to dinner with a large family. The next night a murder happens in the house. Now she intends to stay here to figure it out

Total words: 24435
Unique words: 2216

Words, you might not know:

mistaking, poisoner, trustful, accountancy, doubting, handcart, marvellous, wrongness, misdirection, forcing, modernized, fused, loyally, unorganized, yugoslavian, fitter, tactfully, unconvincing, charmingly, unpainted, tearfully, unacknowledged, supposing, uncovered, joyfully, embezzlement, regards, unconnected, imagining.

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