Le Voyage de sa vie

Le Voyage de sa vie, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

16-year-old Jean-Luc Bartolin of Denver, Colorado, goes to Switzerland with his family.  He is the only witness to the theft of an object of great monetary and personal value.  The thief tries to kill him, but….  Le Voyage de sa vie can be read without difficulty by any 2nd or 3rd semester class.  Contains a full vocabulary section.  Brief and captivating!

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Pauvre Anne

Pauvre Anne, by Blaine Ray

The easiest novel in the easiest series of novels that exists in French – for first-year students.  A vocabulary of 300 words.  Anne is a 16 year-old girl from New York State who leads a tough life.  Her mother is always on her.  Her family doesn’t have much money, but her best friends’ families are rich.  She’s extremely jealous of them.  When she gets an opportunity to go to Belgium, she goes to a city where she lives with a very nice family that has conflicts similar to the ones inher own family.  Her view of her life changes radically.  When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light.  Pauvre Anne is short and easy.  When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of French.

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Presque mort

Presque mort, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

An engaging story, with a taste of romance, about an American girl who goes to high school in Brittany and two French boys, a nice one and a mean one.  Can the mean one change?  Presque Mort can be read without difficulty by any 2nd or 3rd semester class.  Short and sweet!
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Les Aventures d’Isabelle

Les Aventures d’Isabelle, by Karen Rowan (French adaptation by Donna Tatum-Johns)

Isabelle is a precocious 9-year-old girl who is always getting herself into trouble while on a trip to Paris with her mom.  The book focuses on the 300 highest frequency words in French, but the book has a total of 2500 words.  Students of French rapidly understand the book because it uses a high number of cognates and recycles important vocabulary. The book contains a glossary and a cultural glossary of places in Paris that Isabelle visits.  The book is set in Paris and the book reflects the French culture that surrounds her.

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Vol des Oiseaux

Vol des Oiseaux, by Kristy Placido

Fifteen-year-old Nathalie Gauthier had reservations about her father’s new job in Cameroon, but little did she know that missing her home and her friends would be the least of her worries. She finds herself in the middle of an illegal bird-trading scheme, and it’s a race against time for her father to save her and the African Grey Parrot.
 
 
 
 
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