Cover of book The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank

The story you are going to read was written by a girl. She left this world many years ago. Her secret diary was found after the Second World War. She wrote there all the events which happened to her for the last five years. As you see, this book is based on the real events. After the war had burst, the Jewish family left Germany. The Franks moved to Holland. The father created a successful business there. But the German army invaded Holland in 1942. A new but horrible life began for the Jews. They could go only to some certain shops, had certain time to be in the street and wear yellow stars on their clothes. The father made a shelter in one of his firm’s buildings. He felt a disaster. They used it. Eight people were living in the shelter for two years. The only window to the outside world for Anne Frank was a radio. She heard only bad news. One day they got hope. Unfortunately, this hope wasn’t to come true for Anne’s family.

Total words: 11781
Unique words: 1441

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mender, invaded, afterword, nightdress, moveable, lorry, practise, typist, august, deathly, postman, goodnight, schoolwork, schoolgirl, cowardly, woodwork, rubbish, quickest, smelly, lying, stored, mummy, upside, bookcase, doorbell, ration, further, quarrel, sharing.

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Cover of book Seven by Bruno Anthony

The book is based on the famous American thriller with the main Hollywood stars in the lead roles. According to the story, two police detectives are investigating the case of the serial killer John Doe. The maniac considers himself as the instrument of God and consistently pushes people for seven deadly sins. The killer exposes his victims to fatal physical and mental suffering, which is prepared with a cold premeditation. Each expose is carefully planned. Each victim (as Doe thins) is the standard of that sin to be punished. The sophisticated tormentor and murderer leaves only а title of the sin and a clever puzzling clue at the crime scene, allowing to find the next ‘sinner’. John Doe thinks his activity is a sermon aimed to teach the citizens a good lesson.

Film version: Seven

Total words: 10629
Unique words: 1164

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emptying, gluttony, bandaged, drier, imagining, weighing, sloth, stringy, darkroom, matched, lasagna, woolly, retiring, doorman, lying, typing, upside, unimportant, impossibly, undress, imaginable, further, fitting, wrath, annoy, uniformed, managed.

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Jennifer Lopez

Level: elementary
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Length: shortest

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Cover of book Jennifer Lopez by Rod Smith

A heroine of this story is a Latin American girl from a poor American emigrant family. She reached the tops in the show business, cinema and garment business. It was thanks to her nature talent and enormous diligence. Nowadays Jennifer Lopez is a recognized queen of pop music who drives men crazy around the world with her bright beauty. Her impressive success sets a great example for women. Jennifer’s biography is a vivid example of how a simple woman from an indigent family can achieve her goal through faith and diligence. It is a definite proof that everything is possible. Your life is in your own hands. Your fate depends on you. This book will inspire the reader to follow his cherished dream and change life for the better.

Total words: 1865
Unique words: 435

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synchronicity, policewoman, august, businesswoman, schoolwork, woody, jack, rebirth, grace, unfinished, perfume, maid, glow, brave, planner, cuban, angel, performer, dancer, monster, boyfriend, charity, actress, girlfriend, divorce, crash, singer.

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Cover of book Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote

Holly Golightly is an unbelievable young woman. Her way of life and manners are not always objective. She just follows her heart and not mind. She wants some things and tomorrow she will be interested in some other feelings or ideas. Holly wants to live in wealth and luxury. She manages to reach this goal. Despite of a quite young age she can charm almost everyone who spoke to her. Her behavior can be interpreted in different ways. Someone thinks Holly is a dishonest woman. One can say there is nothing wrong in her attitude towards men. Holly’s nature doesn’t let her stop and settle in a certain place. Her life is one big endless journey, which corresponds to the inscription on her mailbox: “Miss Holiday Golightly. Travels”.

Film version: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Total words: 17652
Unique words: 1604

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underclothes, windowed, skinned, boathouse, fatherly, stork, unsigned, mag, mailman, trawler, smartly, housework, raincoat, shyly, lawful, playfully, lying, organizing, tulip, doorbell, childish, cameraman, racing, brandy, packing, portuguese.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Film version: The House of the Seven Gables

Total words: 8592
Unique words: 1126

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