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2010-2019 CEFR B2 English Medium Length (up to 8 hrs)

The Universe Versus Alex Woods

A boy named Alex finds an unlikely friend in an old man from a Kurt Vonnegut related book club in his local area. Alex’s life turns upside down when Mr. Peterson is diagnosed with a terminal illness, while having to manage his school life and teenage problems.

Year of Release: 2013

Author(s): Gavin Extence

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Playing a part

Grisha adores the Moscow puppet theater where his parents work, but is bullied mercilessly because of it, and is considered not “masculine” enough, even by his own grandfather. Things take a turn for the worse when Grisha learns that Sam, his favorite actor and mentor, is leaving the country to escape homophobia.

Year of Release: 2015

Author(s): Daria Wilke, Marian Schwartz

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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

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

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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.