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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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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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2010-2019 CEFR A2 CEFR B1 CEFR B2 Date of publication Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Language Level Length Other Physical Format Print Short Length (up to 2 hrs) Text Format

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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2000-2009 Audiobook Available For Free (Open Access) CEFR B2 eBook Extensive Length (more than 8 hrs) Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Novel Online Print

The Secret Life of Bees

Lily Owens lives with her abusive father and has trouble remembering what happened to her mother. When she finds the mysterious Black Mary picture, she feels she needs to investigate her past to come to terms with her unrecognized trauma. She and their maid, Rosaleen, leave her father and try to find a new place to live. They meet the Boatwright sisters who invite Lily and Rosaleen to stay.

Year of Release: 2002

Author(s): Sue Monk Kidd

Preview: https://suemonkkidd.com/books/the-secret-life-of-bees/

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/37435.The_Secret_Life_of_Bees?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=pV4wphzdD0&rank=1

ISBN: 13: 978-0142001745

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The film adaptation of the novel came out in 2008.
Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WY9RvcbzTCw
IMDB site: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0416212/

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2020-today CEFR B2 eBook Extensive Length (more than 8 hrs) Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Novel Print

West with Giraffes

Woodrow Wilson Nickel is 105 years old and feels his life is ebbing away at an assisted living residence. He tells the most memorable story of his youth when he helped to get two giraffes to Southern California and met the love of his life. Woodrow grew up in the Texas Panhandle where he lost his parents and sister during the Great Depression. The year is 1938. Penniless due to the lingering depression, rowdy Woodrow arrives in New York after the hurricane devastated the coast. He ends up driving a truck on a twelve-day road trip to Southern California taking the two giraffes to the San Diego Zoo.

Year of Release: 2021

Author(s): Lynda Rutledge

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGMuq8uPLko

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56449476-west-with-giraffes?ac=1&from_search=true&qid=Q0r0lvK7EB&rank=1

ISBN: 9781542023344

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Ch. 1 deals with the consequences of the Great Depression



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2000-2009 CEFR B1 Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Novel Print

Just a Little Run Around the World: 5 Years, 3 Packs of Wolves and 53 Pairs of Shoes

After her partner dies of cancer, Rosie, heartbroken, sets off from Wales to run around the world. In what would become a five-year adventure, she faces harsh climates, packs of wolves, serious illnesses and faces many other challenges. This extraordinary journey helps her overcome her grief and find new joy in life.

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Author(s): Rosie Swale Pope

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Further information (link): https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780007306206/just-a-little-run-around-the-world/

ISBN: 978-0-007306206

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Instead of reading the whole book, chapters could be grouped by region (e.g. pages 121-172 for Russia, pages 173-235 for Alaska, pages 236-276 for Canada and USA). Different students read different groups of chapters and then process this in some way (e.g. presenting to the others verbally or via a digital story).



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While reading the book from beginning to end, students can try to record and reconstruct an approximate timeline and locations and plot them on a world map. It will not always be possible to pin down exact places, but students can try to approximate locations as best as possible.

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2010-2019 Audiobook CEFR B1 eBook Extracts - Well Suited for Teaching With Extracts Medium Length (up to 8 hrs) Novel Print

In Order to Live: A North Korean Girl’s Journey to Freedom

Yeonmi Park tells her story of living as a young girl in North Korea and how she eventually managed to flee. The book gives insights into North Korean life, her escape from there and the ordeals and pains Park had to endure “in order to live”.

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Author(s): Yeonmi Park, Maryanne Vollers

Preview: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318940/in-order-to-live-by-yeonmi-park-with-maryanne-vollers/

Further information (link): https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/24611623-in-order-to-live

ISBN: 978-0-241-97303-5

ebook URL: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318940/in-order-to-live-by-yeonmi-park-with-maryanne-vollers/

Audiobook URL: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/318940/in-order-to-live-by-yeonmi-park-with-maryanne-vollers/

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Pages 1-6: Prologue

Pages 9-121: Part One takes take place in North Korea.

Pages 125-198: Part Two focuses on the journey through China

Pages 201-267: Part Three covers life in South Korea



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While reading the book from beginning to end, students can try to record and reconstruct an approximate timeline and locations and plot them on a map (such as the one in the book). It will not always be possible to pin down exact places, which is a fact which can also be used for discussions.

Large digital version for the map in the book: http://ebookassets.penguinrandomhouse.com/ebookassets/features/inordertolive/IOTL_Map.pdf