The Best of times

Level: advanced
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Length: shortest

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Cover of book The Best of times by Alan Maley

The book tells about a crash in one happy Malaysian family from Kuala Lumpur by the eyes of a sixteen-year-old teenager. The story begins when the teenager and his aunt came to the hospital to visit his mother. She is in the intensive care unit. The son feels terrible as there is his fault in everything that had happened. The boy pulls himself together and tries to comprehend his life. The starting point is his sixteen’s birthday party. His parents arranged a grand celebration and invited many relatives and friends. The family is very famous in the city. They are very beautiful and successful. It was the happiest day in the boy’s life. But after the celebration everything went wrong. The guy witnessed one scene to which he tried to close his eyes. It was the end of the best times.

Total words: 28003
Unique words: 2504

Words, you might not know:

recognisable, mangosteen, queen, hesitatingly, blaming, skilful, overtaking, maths, bounced, sickened, satay, chaotically, tossing, murmured, lord, bared, nightdress, glancing, uneaten, favour, partying, sarong, tamarind, accusingly, drifting, unmade, curried.

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Cover of book The Vampire's Tear by Clemen D. B. Gina

A young boy Nick finds a summer job in one of the museums in new York. He decides to invite his two best friends. Bill and Michelle are brothers. They gladly accept the invitation. At this time, there is an exhibition with one of the most expensive and rarest diamonds called Vampire Tear in the museum. At night, the diamond disappears and the security guard is killed under mysterious circumstances. People begin to believe that a vampire committed everything. All the citizens start panicking. They say the vampire wanders in search of another victim every night. The police have no evidence. In addition, three brave teenagers decide to initiate an investigation. They already have an access to the crime scene. This summer will be an unforgettable experience for them. They are going to make a terrible discovery.

Total words: 10074
Unique words: 1441

Words, you might not know:

beheaded, punctually, undead, beheading, pastrami, macadamia, cotta, fashionably, folktale, bay, august, carat, sundae, ugh, occult, bye, ahh, nick, madam, uneasily, lying, unsolved, cheesecake, veterinary, jeweler, romanian, rightful, fifteenth, elegantly.

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The Testament

Level: advanced
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Length: shortest

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Cover of book The Testament by John Grisham

Would you like to have a lot of money? Have you ever thought that big money means not only happiness, but also a big distress? Life of an old millionaire is almost finished. He was diagnosed a cancer. The doctors suppose he has about only three months left. Everyone in his place would make a will and say goodbye to his relatives. But the millionaire has not any worthy heir. Or rather, he has four children, but there are no people around, who love him sincerely. Nobody will mourn after his death. The man did not succeed in bringing up the worthy descendants unlike his business empire. Such things happen. The old millionaire acts very clever. He would not let his children spend thoughtlessly that what he built all his life long.

Total words: 26860
Unique words: 2550

Words, you might not know:

blaming, biff, cremated, rouge, priced, unchained, bush, branched, unemployable, contesting, lord, deckhand, minibar, nonpayment, traded, dengue, narrowed, slowing, doubled, secured, skinned, unloved, unroll, bay, joyfully.

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Cover of book Being Frank by Ian Rankin

The story takes place in Meadows – the city in the north of Edinburgh. Two respectable men were sitting on the bench and talking to each other. They didn’t suspect that somebody could hear them. There was only a napping homeless not far from the bench. However, the men underestimated the beggar. His name was Frank and he was a famous English artist and a brother of an English poetess. Frank often came to Edinburgh in summer to be a tramp. The local people considered him a mad dreamer. Somebody liked, others hated. Everybody knew that Frank was a great chatterbox. When Frank heard the conversation of those men, he went to the local inspector Rebus. Those suspected discussed a terrorist attack. Frank told the inspector the information about a possible threat. Rebus only laughed at him and gave some coins.

Total words: 3988
Unique words: 1001

Words, you might not know:

mishear, basing, scrounger, letterbox, dozing, jangling, layabout, meagre, obliged, hollowly, sibilant, sizing, clawing, glancing, councillor, raking, magnified, squashed, jawbone, chipping, downwards, wavering, bannister, thousandth, nigh, heathen, millionth, guiltily, seeking.

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Cover of book Staying Together by Judith Wilson

Two stories are described in this book. They are completely different but their endings are very similar. The first story is about a girl named Ikuko. She is going to marry. She decides to go to England to improve her English. To her own surprise, she meets an African student Bernerd. Their friendship quickly developed into love. In spite of their feelings they have to overcome many difficulties to be together. The second story is about a girl Joyce and a guy Taka. They are totally different and have nothing in common. Joyce is a media scientist. She is very selfish. Taka doesn’t like her. But he likes the way she works. Once Joyce steppes on a stonefish. Taka manages to save her life. They become closer. Joyce and Taka realize that there is much more common between them than they had thought before.

Total words: 18075
Unique words: 1551

Words, you might not know:

airmail, motorway, zambian, minibus, laying, humming, practise, undated, restlessly, ironing, moonlit, headband, gentleness, weightless, darkroom, chopsticks, supersonic, considerate, hostel, housework, shyly, micro, lying, snowfall, cooker, tombstone, scuba, diving, flowering.

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Cover of book The Long Shot by Terry Tomscha

Basketball is a meaning of life for a guy named Ricky. He studies at high school. His dream is to play in the school team, which is invincible. All high school students dream to get into the team and it is just the time of selection of the players for the next season. Ricky and his best friend Tony decide to participate in the selection. One day after coming to school, they find a note with a threat in the locker. It states that if the boys get involved, something terrible will happen. The children accept everything as a cruel joke. After school, they check their emails and read two more threatening letters. Despite the threats, the boys still dare to play and win. Next day Ricky and Tony join the basketball team. They are incredibly happy. After the lessons, a car hits Ricky. This is just a beginning.

Total words: 8492
Unique words: 1102

Words, you might not know:

dodging, immobilized, blab, gloomily, pizzeria, truancy, hag, lunchroom, incredulously, billiards, expectantly, intelligently, considerate, daydream, swish, defiantly, moron, cheers, vandalism, lying, buzzer, caper, fractured, uncomfortably, fright, concussion, redwood.

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Cover of book The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Once upon a time one man named Matthew Maule built a small hut. It happened in the town of New England. He was the first man to build a hut in that street. Later the street was named Maule’s Lane. It was rumored Maule practiced magic. Practicing magic was a big crime in those times. Colonel Pyncheon also lived in that town. He had power and always got what he wanted. The biggest Pyncheon’s desire was to owe wizard’s hut. Maule did not agree to sell his house. The colonel decided to act in another way. Pyncheon accused the stubborn man of witchcraft and the community sentenced Maule to death. Maule’s decease was awful. His curse was more terrible, which he pronounced in the last minutes of life. Colonel Pyncheon achieved his goal and built a house on the wizard’s territory. It was the house of the Seven Gables.

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Total words: 8592
Unique words: 1126

Words, you might not know:

daguerreotypist, bush, rediscovered, lodger, handprint, daguerreotype, socialized, occult, whilst, goodnight, schoolboy, moustache, respectability, turban, eyesight, hoarse, carefree, witchcraft, townspeople, grinder, shopkeeper, fright, bookcase, haunted, alright, horribly, lovingly, mysteriously, disturbed, further.

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White Death

Level: elementary
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Length: shortest

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Cover of book White Death by Tim Vicary

A mother from England arrived in one very hot country. She came to see her daughter arrested at the airport. During their meeting the mother learnt that her daughter was brought to the prison last week. The Police had found some drugs in her toothpaste. The daughter swore that it wasn’t her and she was innocent. The Police also had arrested one man with her. He was a good man and he wasn’t able to commit such a crime. But as mother discovered, her daughter’s previous boyfriend was on the plane during the arrest. Her daughter had gone to this country with him. Something happened two months ago and the girl found another guy. There was something very strange in this story and the mother would try to find the truth to save her child.

Total words: 6145
Unique words: 468

Words, you might not know:

toothpaste, cheaply, handbag, eighty, heroin, loudly, goodbye, excite, policeman, upstairs, courtroom, detective, inspector, boyfriend, dear, girlfriend, dirty, innocent, clock, tube, stomach, round.

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Deadheads

Level: intermediate
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Length: shortest

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Cover of book Deadheads by Reginald Hill

This is an unusual detective novel. You won’t be able to predict the end of it. There are a lot of unsolved crime mysteries and much British humor. Patrick Aldermann is in the center of this story. Many deaths regularly occur around him. People die every day. But when these deaths play right into someone’s hand, it becomes very suspicious. When Patrick’s aunt passes away in the rose garden, he inherits her big mansion. When the man comes to work for a new company, he has a great career development. It is not because he is a good specialist. The reason is many people die and Patrick takes their positions. Patrick’s boss starts fearing for his life. So he goes to the inspectors Dalziel and Pascoe. The police become interested in this case.

Total words: 19959
Unique words: 1902

Words, you might not know:

pitying, envied, sneezing, impermanent, edged, deadhead, boasting, sorrowfully, improbability, impermanence, forcing, affecting, buttonhole, regretful, rosebush, overwork, sourly, bandaged, daft, offence, multi, disloyal, imagining, bye, approvingly, expressionless, chairmanship, scratching, informer, unplanned.

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Cover of book Gone with the Wind 2 by Margaret Mitchell

It is a love story, which conquered the whole world and became the benchmark of romance and true feelings. The main character is flirtatious green-eyed Scarlett. She captivated hearts of many men. Her mind, charm, courage and strength of spirit cannot but attract attention. In spite of a huge popularity, she loves only Ashley Wilkes. One day she met a daring and rude, strong, handsome and charming Captain Butler. Scarlett did not like him as he was arrogant and mocked her. Captain Butler fell in love with her at first sight. Later a civil war between the North and the South starts. Scarlett would change and stop thinking only about men and dresses. She would become a strong, powerful woman and take responsibility for her loved ones.

Total words: 15207
Unique words: 1285

Words, you might not know:

overdressed, jewellery, raped, honour, sally, carpetbagger, typhoid, wading, prissy, fatherless, hungrily, unguarded, deathly, unsigned, sawmill, careen, cowardly, fussy, hateful, coolly, lying, blackened, softness, nervousness, cheaply, fright, sweetly, insulting, sadden, hardened.

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