The Jacket

Level: elementary
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Cover of book The Jacket by Graeme Lay

Every person deserves a chance in his life. Including the chance to get a good education. Even if it means that you have to live and study far away from home, family and loved ones. Tuaine is a young girl who came to study in New Zealand. The young student deeply misses her homeland which is far from there. It is an island in the South Sea, where the warm waters are as bright as the sky. In New Zealand the girl writes a diary. The readers will get the opportunity to look into it. Tuaine records all the events that happen to her. She also writes about her thoughts and feelings. The new place is not as warm as her native island. Here everything is so unusual and hostile. Every time Tuaine closes her eyes, she sees her own home and family.

Total words: 3886
Unique words: 699

Words, you might not know:

queen, motorway, shoplifter, aunty, motorbike, schoolwork, rubbish, whiteness, lunchtime, lagoon, aged, lighter, polished, rainbow, daytime, detention, noisy, reef, seventeen, miserable, ashamed, fried, wool, frighten, shiny, thief, fare, cruel, supermarket.

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The Curse of Capistrano

Level: elementary
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Cover of book The Curse of Capistrano by Johnston Mcculley

Sergeant Gonzalez was sitting in a small tavern. He was holding a glass of wine, and a storm was raging outside the windows. The end of February in California turned out to be worrying. Many other military men were sitting around the tables. Gonzalez asked for more wine from the tavern keeper, and he hurried to bring a new batch. The sergeant was famous. But he was very annoyed that the public in the tavern was discussing Zorro. This folk avenger with a sword and a black mask had been the main topic of conversation for ordinary people for a long time. Gonzalez said loudly that he was tired of talking about this man. And that soon there would be the one to put an end to his adventures. The governor offered a large sum for the murder of Zorro. The target would not be able to hide from anyone wishing to receive an award.

Total words: 8834
Unique words: 857

Words, you might not know:

thirstily, reddening, courting, neighbourhood, siesta, galloping, dividing, obediently, goodnight, cowardly, slaying, punishing, obedient, manly, hurriedly, veranda, whipped, lovingly, gallop, fray, stormy, coward, wrongly, magistrate, thirsty, traitor, outlaw, rewarding.

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A Picture to Remember

Level: elementary
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Cover of book A Picture to Remember by Sarah Scott Malden

Christina Rinaldi works at the National Museum. She loves her work and art is her great interest. In the morning, the director of the museum calls her to his office. There is an important job for her to do: the famous Paris museum wants to send several expensive paintings to Buenos Aires. These artworks are need to be met and accompanied. Christina happily agrees. She herself wants to see these canvases in her hometown. Christina’s mood is great for the rest of the day. This exhibition promises to be be very interesting. After work, Christine gets on her motorcycle and leaves the museum. The day is warm and pleasant. But on the way, she meets an armed man with an unusual bright tattoo around his neck. He notices the motorcyclist. Christina realizes that soon she will have new problems. It’s time to forget about the paintings.

Total words: 8856
Unique words: 896

Words, you might not know:

queen, saturnalia, merrymaking, maypole, invaded, proclaimed, jewellery, colourful, honour, crackers, banished, cupid, bobbing, carol, mistletoe, toffee, addressee, practise, moorish, calypso, candied, nativity, motorbike, august, shamrock, flagpole, barbecued, imposed.

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Cover of book British and American Festivities by Clemen D. B. Gina

How much do you know about the festivities of the United States of America and Great Britain? Why do people celebrate Halloween? Did you know that this is the Celtic day of the dead, and at this time people were waiting for the arrival of good and evil spirits in the world of the alives? Scary costumes and make-up are needed in order for the evil spirit to take you for one of the monsters. Who was the person that invented Christmas cards? Why are they so popular nowadays in most countries of the world? And what about the most romantic holiday on the whole planet? Is Valentine’s Day a project of good marketers or a festivity with a long respectful history and deep roots? This book will give interesting answers to most of your questions.

Total words: 6432
Unique words: 1347

Words, you might not know:

queen, saturnalia, merrymaking, maypole, invaded, proclaimed, jewellery, colourful, honour, crackers, banished, cupid, bobbing, carol, mistletoe, addressee, practise, moorish, calypso, candied, nativity, august, shamrock, multi, flagpole, barbecued, imposed, serpentine.

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Cover of book The Intelligence of Wild Things by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

This book tells the story of one family. They all lived in India. The main character moved to America and began to live in California. His sister Tarun stayed to live with his mother. The girl was very attached to her. Later the reader discovers that the mother made her son leave the country and go to the college. The political situation in India was very tense, and the woman wanted her son to be safe. Many men in the country died at that time. He refused for a long time, but was forced to agree. The disputes were very long. Finally, the woman convinced her son at the cost of great difficulties. Mom often sends letters to the young man, but he never answers. At the end, the mother confesses why her son left the country. The book is about the great love of a mother for her children. The author shows how far she would go in order to protect them.

Total words: 3220
Unique words: 854

Words, you might not know:

queen, edged, jewellery, bengali, wheeling, dreamland, aloneness, bengal, pitifully, ungrateful, homesick, scratching, talkative, speeding, flooded, lovemaking, reflected, cooker, reconnect, fondness, whiteness, blindly, reddish, faraway, stupidity, secretive, further, confidently, yawn.

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The Final Problem

Level: elementary
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Cover of book The Final Problem by Conan Doyle

Holmes worked for the French government so Dr. Watson saw less and less of his friend. One fine evening Sherlock Holmes managed to visit his precious friend. Holmes told Watson about one criminal world genius, who created a powerful criminal network throughout London. It was James Moriarty, a famous professor from London. It was a gifted man with phenomenal mathematical abilities. An insidious teacher developed criminal schemes but no one could prove the guilt of this clever mathematician. Sherlock Holmes firmly decided to end the monstrous plans of Moriarty. In response, the professor threatened his rival. In case of his death, Moriarty promised to take Holmes with him. The detective strongly refused to back off.

Total words: 2842
Unique words: 711

Words, you might not know:

restlessly, cauldron, mastermind, melted, telegram, stupidity, further, baker, observed, loaded, occupied, reserved, emptiness, waterfall, thunder, fingernail, disguise, luggage, pity, madness, carriage, disappearance, ferry, amazed, thesis, educated, bored, swiss, aloud, loudly, afterwards.

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For a Horseshoe Nail

Level: elementary
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Cover of book For a Horseshoe Nail by Amara Bavani Dev

Because of the nail the boot was damaged. Without a boot, it was not possible to ride. Without a horse, the rider could not arrive on time. And without the rider all the battle was lost. This is a story about a poor Indian farmer named Raju, who has to work hard for pennies. Fifty rupees a day is his limit. But once, one man offers him to sell a kidney for thirty five thousand rupees. This is a lot of money. The Indian poor can’t earn such an incredible sum in his whole life. He decides to make this operation. Now Raju can buy pink and green halva and a bouquet of flowers for his beloved woman. He can buy whiskey for a blind old woman who loves to drink a shot before going to bed. The life of a poor farmer has changed for the better. After all, people live with one kidney. The main thing is do not pay attention to the pain.

Total words: 679
Unique words: 306

Words, you might not know:

farmworker, whisky, hilly, lying, horseshoe, exhausted, brightness, newborn, stall, packet, proudly, frighten, hut, kidney, brave, kingdom, bicycle, waist, toilet, anxious, rider, nail, swallow, worried, shrug, rice, blind, fortune.

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Jack the Ripper

Level: pre-intermediate
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Cover of book Jack the Ripper by Foreman Peter

In 1888 the whole England was shocked by a series of brutal terrifying killings. The murderer who later became known as Jack the Ripper showed neither empathy nor remorse. The victims he chose were poor women with bad reputation. The criminal killed them with inhuman violence and severely mutilated their bodies. In spite of the constant police control with a thorough investigation and wide public attention, Jack the Ripper always managed somehow to escape. For the years there have been many suspects, but even nowadays the real identity of the killer still remains unknown. This book offers the readers a unique opportunity to examine the facts and possibly some clues to the most blood-curling and mysterious murder case in history.

Total words: 7501
Unique words: 1346

Words, you might not know:

eagle, surrendered, graffito, clubroom, publican, sixpence, laundress, mitre, labourer, elusiveness, quarrelsome, slimmer, demolished, workhouse, favour, semitic, barmaid, bloodhound, postscript, dominated, inquest, ripper, invisibly, collard, august, muslin, revolting, homicidal.

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The Moving Finger

Level: intermediate
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Cover of book The Moving Finger by Agatha Christie

“The Moving Finger” is a famous detective novel written by Agatha Christie. The book offers plenty of riddles and mysterious events. Jerry Burton, a former pilot, is recovering after a plane crash. Following his doctor’s advice, the man decides to get away from the city noise. Together with his sister Joanna, he rents a house in a small village of Lymstock. But the place doesn’t seem as quiet as they had expected. Very soon, the Burtons get a rude anonymous letter hinting they are not really brother and sister. Later it turns out that they are not the only people in the village tormented by the unpleasant letters. However, many local citizens take it as a bad joke until one woman commits suicide after receiving a similar letter. Now everyone who knows something about her death is in real danger.

Film version: The Moving Finger

Total words: 23010
Unique words: 1902

Words, you might not know:

letterbox, enjoyably, maths, wastepaper, bush, cheque, aeroplane, cloakroom, nether, dressmaker, schoolroom, inquest, idleness, governess, unpleasantness, august, churchyard, vicar, frighteningly, unforgivable, partridge, stepdaughter, postman, ungrateful, shapeless, immorality, laziness, curling, expressionless.

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Cover of book The Children of the New Forest by Captain Marryat

Captain Frederick Marryat was an English writer well known for his adventure novels. He wrote “The Children of the New Forest”, one of the first historical books for children. The story takes us to the England of 1647. Cromwell’s soldiers have sent the King to prison and everybody who takes his side becomes their enemy. Colonel Beverley was a brave man and died fighting for the King. Now his house is burnt and his four children are in danger. Luckily, they manage to escape to the New Forest, where they live with their father’s old friend Jacob. The children have to forget about their noble origin and learn to run the household. They live a quiet but poor life and secretly dream not only to survive, but also to restore justice.

Total words: 6403
Unique words: 735

Words, you might not know:

fortnight, partridge, forester, lying, unimportant, fright, lovingly, oatmeal, mend, thirst, tidy, bedside, aged, packed, seventy, parliamentary, puppy, smoker, grandson, underneath, loudly, calf, wildly, goodbye, frighten, fourteen, grind, parliament, silently, autumn, clever.

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