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2010-2019 Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English Extensive Length (more than 8 hrs) Language Novel Other Physical Formats Print

Tyler Johnson was Here

The book tells about the story of police violence in the United States where Marvin Johnson’s twin brother, Tyler, was deadly shot. Talking about current race debates in the United States, the book brings quetsions of (in)justices to the forefront.

Year of Release: 2018

Author(s): Jay Coles

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/35604682-tyler-johnson-was-here?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=XoToFWDyjp&rank=1

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Tyler-Johnson-Was-Here-English-ebook/dp/B073Q2R9SN

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Tyler-Johnson-Was-Here/dp/B07BHS5Y62/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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2020-today Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English Extensive Length (more than 8 hrs) Novel Physical Format Print

Felix Ever After

Felix, a transgender teenager, falls in love for the first time while making sense of his identity and growing up at the same time. Fearing that he is one marginizaliation too many as a transgender, queer, black, teenager, the novel depicts a complex coming-of age story.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Kacen Callender

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Felix-After-English-Kacen-Callender-ebook/dp/B07WCPKFLD

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Felix-Ever-After/dp/B092RBR7BR/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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2010-2019 Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English Extensive Length (more than 8 hrs) Novel Physical Format Print

What if it’s us

This romantic comedy novel published by Becky Albertalli and Adam Sivera depicts the stories of the two very different boys Arthur and Ben whose lives seem to collide and be pushed apart at the same time.

Year of Release: 2019

Author(s): Becky Albertalli, Adam Sivera

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36341204-what-if-it-s-us

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ISBN: 0062795252

ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/What-If-Its-Us-English-ebook/dp/B07B3LJ6QT/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.de/What-If-Its-Us/dp/B07F3ZTB4F/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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2010-2019 Audiobook CEFR B2 eBook English Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Physical Format Short Length (up to 2 hrs) Short Story

Black Enough: Stories of Being Young & Black in America

Black Enough is short story collection that delves into the hidden experiences and thoughts of black teenagers in the United States. From diverse backgrounds—urban and rural, wealthy and poor, mixed race, immigrants, and more—Black Enough showcases diversity within diversity

Year of Release: 2019

Author(s): Ibi Zoboi (et al.)

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37819089-black-enough

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Collection of stories, so each chapter can be used seperately



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2020-today CEFR B1 CEFR B2 English Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Novel Physical Format Poetry Uncategorized

Poet X

Poet X tells the story of teenage girl Xiomara growing up in the United States feeling lost and finding herself in the poetry she writes. The poet-style novel describes her family, school, and love life by mediating everyday struggles for teenager coming-off age. Intercultural and intergenerational tensions are evident in the book and challenge heteronormative assumptions of gender, age, and ethnicity.

Year of Release: 2020

Author(s): Elizabeth Alcevedo

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33294200-the-poet-x

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ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/Poet-X-Elizabeth-Acevedo-ebook/dp/B07RN4RJVP/ref=tmm_kin_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1637328546&sr=8-1

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The chapters are written in verse form and can be used as extracts.



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2010-2019 Audiobook CEFR B1 CEFR B2 eBook English Extensive Length (more than 8 hrs) Novel Print

We Set the Dark on Fire

As a young adult version of Atwood’s A Handmaid’s Tale, We Set the Dark on Fire mirrors real world issues of immigration and equality by describing the Medio School of Girls, an institute that trains distinguished young women for the roles in their dystopian society. Depending on the girl’s quality, she will either ran a husband’s household or take care of his children. The book traces Daniela’s story at the school and brings pressing questions of gender equality, diversity, sexuality, and immigration to the forefront.

Year of Release: 2019

Author(s): Tehlor Kay Meija

Preview: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37868569-we-set-the-dark-on-fire

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ISBN: 0062691325

ebook URL: https://www.amazon.de/We-Set-Dark-Fire-English-ebook/dp/B078R3DFK3

Audiobook URL: https://www.amazon.com/-/de/dp/B07N7M3RY4/ref=tmm_aud_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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As part of a series, they could be used as a sole set of texts for teaching throughout a semester. Level of English is B1-B2+.

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1946-1999 CEFR B2 English Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Novel Print Short Story Uncategorized Very Short Length (up to 20 min)

The house on Mango street

The House on Mango Street is Sandra Cisneros’s greatly admired novel of a Latina girl growing up in Chicago. It tells the story of Esperanza Cordero, whose neighborhood is one of harsh realities and harsh beauty. Esperanza doesn’t want to belong — not to her rundown neighborhood, and not to the low expectations the world has for her. Esperanza’s story is that of a young girl coming into her power, and inventing for herself what she will become.

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Jane, the Fox and Me

Jane, the Fox and Me, written by Fanny Britt and illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault is a graphic coming-of-age story for pre-teens and teens as much as it is a story for adults. It is also a great book for language learners. It is easy to connect to the characters, who range from cool-kid gangs to everyday nerds and outcasts. There are also lots of fun language resources to explore. The visual world of the book is a real treat as it will support language learners in understanding the narrative in depth.

“I told her, You’ll see, the story ends well.”

Year of release: 2014

Author(s): Fanny Britt, Isabelle Arsenault

Preview: https://www.walker.co.uk/Jane-the-Fox-and-Me-9781406353044.aspx

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/17214302-jane-the-fox-me

ISBN: 9781406353044

Extract and usage suggestions for teaching: https://www.helblinglanguages.com/int/en/blog/beat-the-bullies-through-books-a-review-of-jane-the-fox-me

Further comments for teachers: Explore the visual world of the book and use it as a starting point for discussions. The typography, the colours and the layout of the pages add new layers of meaning to the written narrative. You can also talk about the intertextual references to Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

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2010-2019 Available For Free (Open Access) CEFR B1 Online Poetry Print Uncategorized Very Short Length (up to 20 min)

Masks

A very short poem about feeling different and about the importance of being your true self. Illustrated by the author.

(From the volume: Everything On It)

Year of Release: 2011

Author(s): Shel Silverstein

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ISBN: ISBN 10: 0061998168ISBN 13: 9780061998164

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Online text: https://www.commonlit.org/texts/masks?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd_fVtRlDijt2OPs4sH9XwMt8X6ajdtb.fLhmMrXjgrynw-1634156927-0-gqNtZGzNAjujcnBszQhl

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https://www.commonlit.org/texts/masks?__cf_chl_jschl_tk__=pmd_fVtRlDijt2OPs4sH9XwMt8X6ajdtb.fLhmMrXjgrynw-1634156927-0-gqNtZGzNAjujcnBszQhl



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The language of this poem is very simple, but you may want to use it as a starting point for discussions that go far beyond B1 level.

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2000-2009 CEFR B2 Extensive Length (more than 8 hrs) Other Print

Persepolis

Marjane Satrapi’s graphic memoir tells the story of her family in Iran during the Islamic Revolution in the 1980s. AFter a few years, Marjane’s family decided that she should be sent to Austria to live at a boarding school to avoid harassment. She talks about her homesickness, the discrimination she faced and how she coped with life in a strange culture.

Year of Release: 2002

Author(s): Marjane Satrapi

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Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/991197.The_Complete_Persepolis?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=SBo8pdhzlK&rank=2

ISBN: 9780099523994

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Film also available: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0808417/