Les Yeux de Carmen

Les Yeux de Carmen, by Veronica Moscoso

Daniel is a 16 year-old American boy who wants to enter a photography contest. He travels to French Guyana, where he visits his aunt’s family and explores this diverse and intriguing country. On a day trip he meets Carmen, a girl with exceptional eyes. He wants to find Camren because he thinks he can win the contest with a picture of her. But he doesn’t see her again, until one day… Les Yeux de Carmen is a novel filled with cultural substance and significant facts about French Guyana.  3rd year high school students will find it accessible and engaging.

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Vive le Taureau!

Vive le Taureau!, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

Anne Silva, 17, travels to Arles in southern France, where she lives with a family which has three children.  She attends a typical schools with one of her French sisters and meets a nice, handsome boy there.  Everything goes smoothly until she goes to a bullfight.  The ending is a big surprise.  Vive le taureau! cleverly links French culture with the life of North American high school students.  The vocabulary has been carefully chosen for the final months of second year.  All 4th and 5th semester students canVive le taureau! with no trouble.

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Le Nouvel Houdini

Le Nouvel Houdini, by Carol Gaab (French adaptation by Lynette Lang)

Brandon Brown is dying to drive his father’s 1956 T-bird while his parents are on vacation. Will he fool his parents and drive the car without them knowing, and win the girl of his dreams in the process? Cleverly illustrated and written to be exceedingly entertaining and completely comprehensible! Both present and past versions under one cover!
 
 
 
 
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Où est passé Martin?

Où est passé Martin?, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

Summer vacation is beginning for 17-year-old Catherine Banks of Louisville, Kentucky.  Catherine is looking forward to spending a  lot of time with her riends.  However, her mother has promised a friend that Catherine will accompany the friend’s 7-year-old son Martin to the Caribbean nation of Guadeloupe to visit his grandparents.  Depite her extreme misgivings, Catherine gives in and decides to go.  As soon as Catherine and Martin get seated on the plane, the problems start.  When they arrive in Guadeloupe, one crisis follows another.  Including a variety of interesting cultural material, Où est passé Martinis excellent for the middle of the second year of high school French (or later).

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