Cover of book Lord Arthur Savile's Crime by Oscar Wilde

It is a satirical book about the Victorian era. The author elegantly mocks Victorian sense of duty and the aristocracy as a model of social morality. Lady Windermere has the last party at her estate before Easter. Lots of people from the aristocratic circles are invited. Mr. Podgers entertains the guests at the party. Being the personal chiromancer of Lady Windermere, he reads fortune on the palms of those who wish to learn their future. When Arthur Savile’s turn comes, the chiromancer suddenly gets pale and pauses. Gradually he recovers and predicts a journey and death of one of the relatives. Lord Arthur Savile notices the embarrassment of the fortune teller. The lord demands the truth and proposes a considerable reward. The chiromancer tells the lord what he had really seen on his palm.

Total words: 4783
Unique words: 1052

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destined, dressmaking, cheque, lord, indiscreet, postponed, mantelpiece, chessboard, duchess, impostor, regards, postponement, indigestion, rabies, solicitor, gunpowder, sender, sunburn, irritated, painless, expressed, agitation, irritating, telegram, dynamite, affectionate, obituary, dreamer, beggar, grace, timid.

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Cover of book A Pocket Full of Rye by Agatha Christie

A businessman dies while having a cup of traditional morning tea in his office. The results of the medical examination clearly indicate that he had been poisoned. Such kind of poison does not work right away, so according to the time of death the victim was poisoned at home during breakfast. The police found some rye grains in his pockets. The relatives did not love the businessman, so his death was beneficial to almost every member of this large family. The first suspect is his young wife. She is the main heiress of the fortune. The elder son recently quarreled with his father. His daughter-in-law could not stand him. The late businessman forbade his daughter to marry. And all at once, the youngest son arrives. Long time ago he broke the relationship with the father and lived in Africa with his wife. The youngest son says his father sent an unexpected letter with the intention of making peace.

Film version: A Pocket Full of Rye

Total words: 24401
Unique words: 2079

Words, you might not know:

poisoner, queen, dressmaking, overexcited, ruby, sixpence, pinewood, enclosing, comfortingly, pocketful, cheque, lord, teatime, delightedly, housemaid, possessed, luxuriously, sanatorium, encouragingly, laying, kitty, neighbourhood, unfashionable, unpunished, inquest, remarriage, schoolmaster, marmalade, yew, typist.

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The Year of Sharing

Level: elementary
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Cover of book The Year of Sharing by Gilbert Harry

Have you ever wondered what will be with our planet in five hundred years? How will the infrastructure develop? What will happen to the nature? Richard lives in the world, which is significantly different from ours. They live in villages instead of cities. They use bicycles as transport. In the forests, there are only wild animals. Every inhabitant of this world must bring his Year of Sharing when he reaches the age of twelve. It means the child will go to the wild forest to live alone. This term lasts for a whole year. They do it for learning to share the world with the animals. This way every person finds a new family in the wild. Tomorrow Richard is going somewhere deep into the forest. He cannot even imagine how many dangers are waiting for him there.

Total words: 5910
Unique words: 658

Words, you might not know:

catapult, oops, unimportant, stony, sharing, losing, howl, specially, moonlight, climbing, answering, recorder, bored, underneath, goodbye, rocky, grind, excite, clever, boring, crowded, bicycle, wolf, lonely, hurry, drinking, killing, twelve, hungry, asleep.

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Level: intermediate
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Cover of book Leonardo Da Vinci by Clarke Georgia

Leonardo da Vinci is a man who was more than for hundred years ahead of his time. He achieved a stunning success in various areas. He was a writer, an inventor, a musician and an artist. But he considered himself a scientist. He was the first who understood the human anatomy. Leonardo da Vinci is the clearest example of the universal man. He is primarily known as an artist and the greatest representative of High Renaissance art. He was born in the 15th century and created a drawing of the aircraft. People began to fly only a century later. Leonardo proposed a project of an ideal city with the sewerage system, but the Duke of Milan rejected his project. Several centuries later, the project was recognized as a perfect basis for the construction of the city. Even nowadays Leonardo da Vinci remains one of the most mysterious and brilliant people of the second millennium.

Total words: 19478
Unique words: 1912

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recognisable, surveying, hollowed, aeroplane, moveable, surveyed, tempera, codex, geometrical, august, defence, cleverness, staged, tuscan, florentine, matched, adoration, admiring, powered, surname, sculpted, rubbish, sculptural, softness, believable.

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The Interpreter

Level: pre-intermediate
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Cover of book The Interpreter by Charles Randolph

Dictators must be overthrown with words, and not pistols. This way is slower but more reliable. Otherwise, there is a big chance that everything will happen again and the country will be involved into a war. Only the interpreter can know the true value and strength of the right words. Sylvia Broome works as an interpreter at the UN headquarter. She is just a tiny cog in one complex mechanism. Her work is very important, as the leaders of the different countries have to find a common language with each other. Suddenly Sylvia finds out about the preparation of a murder. The Matobo President is to be a victim. Then agent Keller appears in her life. He is in charge of investigating the case. The agent does not trust Sylvia as some details from her dark past are constantly coming out. Still he is devoted to his work and strives to protect the interpreter. It is not his duty unlike the foreign leaders’ protection. But is this interpreter so defenseless as it seems?

Film version: The Interpreter

Total words: 13282
Unique words: 1175

Words, you might not know:

interpreted, coastguard, interpreting, jowly, unshaven, unmoving, stoplight, washcloth, goodnight, repeating, lying, madman, restroom, urgently, cameraman, portuguese, protector, arabic, peacefully, token, aged, luckily, newborn, climbing, answering, waitress, passport.

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The Inspector of Schools

Level: elementary
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Cover of book The Inspector of Schools by M. Athar Tahir

Every child has the right to education. He must have a big classroom where he can study. He must have good teachers and books. The government’s duty is to take care of these necessary things. That is how it should be. But our world is not perfect and the inspector who checks schools knows about this. He arrived in this Pakistani village to check out the room and how the classes are being taught. He has to control the conditions and quality of the children’s education. The Inspector has been holding this post for three years. He has been constantly travelling around the towns and villages of this region. Everywhere he faces the same problems: lack of books, lazy students, carefree people and teachers who work only for gifts and extra fees. But here he has one more difficult task. He cannot find the only school in this village. The Inspector wanders through the dirty streets and fields. The only local resident who he meets is also unable to help him.

Total words: 1946
Unique words: 542

Words, you might not know:

schoolroom, schoolmaster, leaked, suitably, exhausting, smelly, turban, footwear, madly, respectfully, visibly, shady, depressing, noticeable, respectful, divided, uneven, planting, puzzled, delighted, noisy, muddy, lazy, villager, bundle, confused, goodbye, enthusiastic, grind, dusty, silently.

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The Cinema

Level: pre-intermediate
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Cover of book The Cinema by John Escott

What role does the cinema play in your life? What is movie? It is some kind of a parallel reality where we go for travelling and to be filled with new impressions, emotions and knowledge. Some people just relax. Cinema has become an integral part of our life. Hollywood is traditionally considered the center of the film industry. Nowadays it is a multi-billion business. It was not always like this. In this book, you will read about the history of the cinema creation and development to date. The charming era of silent movies, interesting facts about film creation, Hollywood, the Oscars and special effects are presented in an entertaining form. The book also tells about famous actors, directors and even Disney cartoons. This is a worthwhile thing for the cinema fans.

Total words: 4218
Unique words: 1028

Words, you might not know:

pearl, starred, queen, cel, pinewood, gaffer, projectionist, scots, gunfight, indemnity, technicolor, hunchback, unpainted, racehorse, phonograph, stagecoach, starring, businesswoman, apocalypse, blackmail, godfather, peep, bazaar, racetrack, roaring.

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The Bronte Story

Level: pre-intermediate
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Cover of book The Bronte Story by Tim Vicary

This book is about the greatest English writers-sisters of the 19th century, whose novels were a sensation. Their books were admitted as the classic English literature. How do people get their talents? Some think that it is a gift from God. Other think that people are born with it. Somebody says that a talent can be developed due to hard work. Or it is simply a good luck. The Brontë family got an unordinary talent. They did not have any special education in this area, but still they achieved a huge success. But fate was not benevolent to them. Their lives were short and hard. Poverty made the sisters work since childhood. The diseases took them away one by one. The writers left immortal works. The biography of famous sisters Charlotte, Emily and Ann has a significant mark in the literature.

Total words: 9871
Unique words: 1012

Words, you might not know:

minster, laudanum, churchman, schoolroom, practise, governess, rune, curate, rector, postman, moor, schoolwork, housework, lying, wavy, childish, candlelight, centimeter, cloudy, ringing, graveyard, tidy, eldest, donkey, cupboard, handwriting, wonderfully, windy, drunken, moonlight, seventy.

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Cover of book Five Famous Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen

The first story tells us about a woman who had three sons. They lived in the village. The family was poor but happy. So the boys found a job. They received magical things as a salary. In the second story, you will learn about an evil queen, who had the most beautiful daughter in the world. The Queen didn’t want to let her young princess get married. She just enjoyed the girl’s torment. One day, a resourceful Prince appeared. The third story is about a poor man named Hans. He was happy and very cheerful until he met a witch. In the fourth story you will read about a fisherman who was poor and couldn’t catch enough fish to feed his family. Once he got lucky. In the fifth story the main character is a king with ten sons and one daughter. Unfortunately his wife died. Soon a wicked stepmother came to the royal family.

Total words: 9549
Unique words: 644

Words, you might not know:

queen, nightdress, goodnight, jack, donkey, cutter, bob, fairy, jealous, jewel, daylight, goodbye, grind, excite, clever, sometime, fisherman, jar, servant, magic, shine, dear, lovely, cooking, ugly, twelve, hungry.

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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

Words, you might not know:

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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