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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Pirates français des Caraíbes

Pirates français des Caraíbes, by Mira Canion and Carol Gaab

Adventure, suspense and deception abound in this novel based on historical fiction. Set in the 1600’s, this engaging plot commandeers the reader through a pirate’s quest for a secret map and leaves him/her with rich treasures of crucial vocabulary and enhanced language skills.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Nuits mystérieuses à Lyons

Nuits mystérieuses à Lyons, by Kristy Placido

Kevin used to have the perfect life. Now, dumped by his popular girlfriend, Kevin leaves for a summer in France with his best friend, and his life seems anything but perfect. Taking classes he can’t understand, living with a very odd host-family, trying to get the attention of a girl with whom he has no chance and dealing with a guy who has a dark side and who seems to be out to get him, Kevin escapes into a book and enters a world of long-ago adventures. As the boundaries between his two worlds begin to blur, Kevin discovers that nothing is at it appears… especially at night! This is a level 1 novel.

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Ma voiture à moi

Ma voiture à moi, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

17-year-old Ben Sullivan, from San Jose, California, was determined to have his own car.  He thought his parents were going to give him one for his birthday.  But they had a surprise for him.  Part of the present was a trip to Haiti, a country that Ben wasn’t interested in at all.  Ben wanted to spend the summer with his friends, his girlfriend and his video games.  Instead, resigned to his fate, he left to spend the summer in Haiti.  While there he had a variety of experiences in a culture different from his own.  Ben came to understand life quite differently.

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Le Voyage Perdu

Le Voyage Perdu, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

Craig and Buzz go on a Caribbean cruise.  While in Martinque, they miss the boat to the next island.  Then all their money is stolen and they are unable to reach their families in Ohio for help.  On the cruiser they had met the gorgeous Martinican Rose, who takes them to meet her grandmother.  It turns out that Carmen’s grandmother is not your typical grandmother.  As they struggle with their dilemma, Le Voyage perdu brings various aspects of the culture of Puerto Rico to life.  The vocabulary has been carefully chosen so that the 2nd and 3rd year students will be able to read the book without difficulty.  Written in past tense.

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