Rival

Rival, by Mira Canion

RivalTension is mounting. Despite 500 years of the Spanish Reconquista, Christian Kings have managed to recapture only two-thirds of the Iberian Peninsula from Muslims. When Muslim leader Al-Nasir starts amassing troops from Africa, Christians declare a crusade to recruit and gather military forces in Toledo.

The epic 1212 Battle of Las Navas de Tolosa looms. With a call of duty and a sense of holy devotion Knight Templar Pedro Vega Garcia, whose secrets run deeper than his battle scars, is eager to meet his rivals. However, his immediate challenge just may be his 16-year-old niece Clara and her insatiable curiosity about Islamic and Arabic cultures.

An easy Spanish reader containing just 270 new vocabulary words and many English-Spanish cognates.

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Tumba

Tumba, by Mira Canion

An easy Spanish reader containing just 170 new vocabulary words and many English-Spanish cognates.

As the Mexican Day of the Dead celebration approaches, Alex is skittish. He should be excited but his grandma’s creepy conversations with returning spirits is nerve-racking. Some say she is a witch and Alex is beginning to believe it. However, the discovery of grandpa’s sketchbook could change his mind.

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Piratas del Caribe y el Triángulo de las Bermudas

Piratas del Caribe y el Triángulo de las Bermudas, by Carol Gaab and Christine Tiday

When Tito and his father set sail from Florida to Maryland, they have no idea that their decision to pass through the Bermuda Triangle could completely change the course of their voyage, not to mention the course of their entire lives! They soon discover that rough seas and bad weather are the least of their worries, as they become entangled in a sinister plan to control the world and subsequently become the target of Henry Morgan and his band of pirates. Will they escape from the Triangle and from the pirates, and save their new friend, Carlos, in the process?

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Anna mei Banfa!

Anna mei Banfa!, by Terry Waltz

“Anna Mei Banfa!” is a short, simple novel in Chinese characters and Pinyin that emphasizes and repeats the highest-frequency words and phrases of the language while telling a story. First in a series for Chinese learners, “Anna Mei Banfa” tells the story of Anna, a high school freshman living in upstate New York, who is frustrated with her family and her problems. An unexpected opportunity presents itself when her high school announces a chance for a student to travel to Taiwan for a summer. While living in southern Taiwan, Anna experiences the local culture and makes new friends.

Learners of Chinese may choose to read the Chinese characters or turn the page to see the Hanyu Pinyin romanization. A full glossary of the words as they appear in the text makes this reader accessible to anyone with a basic knowledge of Chinese.

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Susan you mafan

Susan you mafan, by Terry Waltz

Susan is caught on the treadmill of life in her boring town — dealing with an obsolete computer, a nagging mother, and that nice guy at the ValuMart who just doesn’t know she exists. Until one day, that is — when a chance errand brings her family something that will change their lives — well, not forever, but at least for a few months!

“Susan you mafan” is a true first-year Chinese reader. The first chapter can be read in the first month of Chinese study, and each chapter builds on the language that has been used in earlier in the book. The story is 9871 words long, uses 207 unique Chinese characters, and contains 431 extended words (about 212 “headwords”).

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