Arme Anne, by Blaine Ray
Anna is a 16-year-old girl from Virgina 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 Switzerland, she goes to a city where she lives with a very nice family. Her view of life changes radically. When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light. Arme Anna is short and easy. This novel has a vocabulary of 300 words. When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of German.