Sweetie

Level: elementary
Genre:
Length: shortest

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Cover of book Sweetie by Antoinette Moses

The story from this book is familiar to everyone. You may have such a friend or a relative. Maybe it is you yourself. Those who do not appreciate what they have. The story tells about a young English girl. She is a freshman. Thanks to her father’s efforts, she is able to get higher education at the university. Her father started working at the age of sixteen and graduated from school only. He wants his daughter to graduate and have a better life. The whole book consists of e-mails. The reader will see the whole story through the eyes of a student. Many temptations faced by first-year students are waiting for the girl. Her choices determine her future. People always choose to sleep or to go to school, learn material or go to a party, work or go on a date. They decide whether making money themselves or asking their parents for help.

Total words: 4952
Unique words: 892

Words, you might not know:

waitressing, oversleep, punctual, pathetically, bookshop, goodnight, impressed, ridiculously, gatekeeper, exhausting, unattractive, mummy, sarcastic, redundant, compulsory, lunchtime, urgently, sweetie, yawn, ringing, anyhow, managed, dissertation, dreadful, popcorn, refreshing, lighten, aged, awfully, packed, cinema.

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Cover of book Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

Cranford is a quiet and cozy town, located in the South of England. Whatever happens there – the public immediately learns about it. It is quite difficult here to hide something from other people. It is worthwhile to smile at some beautiful girl in the street and the whole town starts thinking that you are going to get married. A young, handsome and very promising doctor comes to Cranford and becomes an object of sighs and love of the local beauties. They try to gain his trust and friendship using any methods. As for the captain who came to the city – he was not initially accepted, which is mostly due to the manner of his communication. He has two lovely daughters. These girls gradually change the opinion of the citizens about their family

Film version: Cranford

Total words: 14415
Unique words: 1443

Words, you might not know:

queen, vulgarly, conjurer, sixpence, honour, lord, lodger, helpfulness, agreeably, suddenness, unfashionable, girlhood, fortnight, fanny, hungrily, disorganized, burmese, uncovered, rector, grandly, firelight, meanness, friendliness, landlady, madam, trembling, bonnet, shyness, turban, gratefully, lying.

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Frozen Pizza

Level: elementary
Genre:
Length: shortest

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Cover of book Frozen Pizza by Antoinette Moses

Sooner or later everybody leaves the house where they grew up. They have to deal up with many things. If you are going to be an exchange student or just move and live with other people, you should know which conditions are comfortable for you and declare them in advance. Then you will be able to avoid awkward situations. The character of this story is a young foreign student. He entered the university in England. But he refused to live at the student hostel. He wanted comfort as he had in his native country. All he said in his requirements of the house was the availability of the desk in the bedroom. He moved to a house where a modern family lived. Their mother did not cook at all. There were only a fridge, a sandwich-making machine and a microwave in her kitchen. The family ate a frozen pizza during the day.

Total words: 2343
Unique words: 585

Words, you might not know:

colourful, cookery, defrost, stencil, ping, unsuitable, cooker, bookcase, aerobics, threatened, unpack, timer, kettle, tidy, cupboard, amazement, fridge, pineapple, disgusting, quiz, cinema, wardrobe, baked, fashionable, pub, puzzled, filling, freezer, sunglasses, zoo, packet.

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Cover of book The Old Oak Bowl by Antoinette Moses

Robert Walker lived a simple life as a teacher. For forty years, he had taught how to work with wood in one school. He was a good specialist in his subject. The teacher knew who he was. He felt in the right place. Robert did not like changes, so he was not particularly pleased when his school started accepting girls and not only boys. He also did not like foreigners and was very proud that he was a true Englishman. Robert Walker loved the history of England and could not bring himself to respect people from other countries. Those people who called themselves Englishmen just because they lived in this country and spoke English or their parents migrated here. What will happen to the worldview of such a patriotic person if he suddenly finds out that he is not a true Englishman himself?

Total words: 2153
Unique words: 554

Words, you might not know:

murmured, mugging, woodworker, absorbed, woodworking, flemish, charged, woodwork, rubbish, restoring, charging, restored, mend, kettle, schoolteacher, waterfall, monastery, seventy, hay, superb, multicultural, circular, respected, hobby, satisfying.

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Cover of book King's Ransom by Ed Mcbain

Douglas King has been in the shoe business almost all his life. All this time he worked for Granger Shoe – one shoe company where he started as a boy. Now Douglas is a part-owner of Granger Shoe and has a good share of it. Doug has great plans connected with this company. He is going to implement them in the near future. Suddenly two unexpected events happen and ruin all Doug’s plans. Some co-owners of Granger Shoe suggest him to cooperate with them in order to have over 50% shares together and make the goods of lower quality. In this case they will have more profit. Doug refuses to produce poor quality goods and makes the greedy co-owners his enemies. Later someone kidnaps King’s son and wants a big ransom. If the father pays the ransom, his plans will get ruined. He will lose the house, the cars and everything he owns.

Total words: 18978
Unique words: 1536

Words, you might not know:

transmitting, cheque, forcing, madhouse, hammered, stupidest, oscillator, fortieth, dully, caddy, tracing, shaving, wiretap, providing, whisky, merciless, begging, hesitantly, trembling, dryly, tantamount, shyly, tycoon, fatherhood, chauffeur, peck, lying, miserably.

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Two Worlds

Level: elementary
Genre:
Length: shortest

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Cover of book Two Worlds by Antoinette Moses

You never thought that there are absolutely two different worlds in the society – one world of poor and another one of rich people. These two worlds have always existed and they will go on existing. You can ask how great the difference is between them. In this story, a journalist from England Karen will try to answer this question on the example of her country. Many of the British believe that the country is divided into two parts. Those poor people live in the North of the country, and the rich ones are in the South. Karen wants to shed light on life of poor children and make a documentary about it. She chose to interview a little girl Rosie, who lives in a housing complex with many other poor families. This complex is only half a mile from Karen’s office. But it is totally different from London where she lives.

Total words: 3534
Unique words: 798

Words, you might not know:

underlined, canary, wharf, reflected, lying, mum, hopelessness, threatened, insensitive, lunchtime, horrifying, further, cameraman, thoughtfully, spotted, anyhow, fridge, affected, divided, luckily, hamburger, sober, sticky, reported, zoo, packet, lobster, cereal, amazed, nicely, idiot.

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Cover of book Captain Corelli's Mandolin by Louis De Bernieres

An old doctor lived on a calm Greek island. But in 1941 the island was captured by Italy which was the ally of Hitler’s Germany in World War II. The doctor has a daughter. She is an educated and determined woman. She falls in love with a local fisherman. The couple wants to get married. Soon the fiancé goes to war. The girl in love writes him lots of letters. There is no answer. The Italian army occupies the island. Their authorities resettle the officers. So Captain Corelli was settled under the roof of the doctor’s house. The captain is cheerful and captured by the passion for the mandolin. The doctor’s daughter feels disappointed in her fiance. She starts doubting that he really loves her. Nothing goes unnoticed by the attentive eyes of Captain Corelli. If you are a fan of such books as “Gone with the Wind”, “Cold Mountain”, then this novel will undoubtedly be to your liking.

Film version: Captain Corelli’s Mandolin

Total words: 32194
Unique words: 3177

Words, you might not know:

disbelievingly, cheekily, appreciating, surrendered, challengingly, commandingly, gesturing, recalling, hector, skilful, invaded, sorrowing, signorina, tolerantly, eccentrically, taverna, unfired, thinned, harbour, tuned, sickened, healed, indescribably, unselfconsciously, raped, wonderingly, honour, breathlessness.

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Cover of book Miss Bracegirdle's Night of Fear by Stacey Aumonier

Miss Bracegirdle arrived in France to meet her sister from America. It should be noted that Miss Bracegirdle is a very timid person. She protects her good name very much. It is the first time she has travelled alone. Miss Bracegirdle lives with her brother, but he couldn’t accompany her in this travelling. She came to the hotel really late. Being too tired, she asked the staff to prepare a bath for her. The staff was very friendly and she liked it. The bathroom was at the end of the corridor. After having the bath at night, Miss Bracegirdle went back to her room. When she closed the door, the door handle remained in her hand. So she could not leave the room. Miss Bracegirdle decided to go to bed. This problem would be solved in the morning. But an unbelievable surprise was waiting for her in the bed…

Total words: 2476
Unique words: 439

Words, you might not know:

nightdress, moustache, lying, sneeze, frenchman, lunchtime, waking, hairy, cupboard, luckily, madame, trousers, seventeen, closing, excite, sixteen, loving, eleven, bath, closer, dirty, sudden, unknown, friendly, killer.

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Madame Bovary

Level: advanced
Genre:
Length: shortest

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Cover of book Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert

Charles Bovary graduates from the college. He is not a very smart person, so his mother helps him to get a doctor’s job in a provincial French town. Thanks mother’s efforts, he marries a local widow. The woman is over 40. She is unattractive, but wealthy. One day Charles goes to examine another patient – a local farmer. He meets a farmer’s daughter Emma, who is very pretty. The doctor feels a desire towards the young girl. After his wife’s death, Charles starts communicating with Emma and after a while decides to ask for her hand. Her father gives a consent and arranges a magnificent wedding. But when the young couple begins to live together, Emma suddenly realizes her true feelings. She does not love Charles. She is unaware of what real love is.

Film version: Madame Bovary

Total words: 31935
Unique words: 2637

Words, you might not know:

curtainless, surrendered, unordered, mortgaged, labelled, doctoring, harbour, rouge, faintness, marquise, hatbox, bush, honour, unexciting, lord, crowding, bowing, friendless, nightdress, waterside, forcing, noiselessly, narrowed, manservant, boatman, spitting, maintained, slowing, nightcap.

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Cover of book One of the Lads by Antoinette Moses

We live in a huge world where thousand ways are opened. Very often people live unconsciously and cannot see how varied their lives could be. Each human has special moments of clear understanding In his life. When you see that you do not live your life properly. You do not follow your own mind and heart. In this book, you will read a familiar story about an ordinary guy. His name is Luc. Once he was forced to meet the demands of the society. He had been living in this manner for many years. Luke did not want to differ from others. He is one of the lads from the gang. The interests of the gang are football hooliganism and pubs. The lads live from one football match to the next one waiting for some good fights with the fans of the rival team. But is it what our hero truly wants?

Total words: 3332
Unique words: 748

Words, you might not know:

motorway, threateningly, seasick, departing, dutchman, goalkeeper, swearing, woodworking, deciding, reflected, heron, electrician, thoughtfully, handmade, euro, spotted, tidy, indonesian, blush, recommended, cycling, carpenter, bill, cautiously, pub, ginger, trousers, blonde, postcard, insult, opposing.

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