Mi propio auto

Mi propio auto, 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 El Salvador, 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 El Salvador. 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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¡Viva el toro!

¡Viva el toro!, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

Anne Silva, 17, travels to Seville, Spain, where she lives with a Sevillian family which has three children. She attends a typical schools with one of her Spanish sisters and meets a nice, handsome boy there. Everything goes smoothly until she goes to a bullfight. The ending is a big surprise. ¡Viva el torocleverly links Spanish 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 can read ¡Viva el toro! with no trouble.

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¿Donde está Eduardo?

¿Donde está Eduardo?, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

Summer vacation is beginning for 17-year-old Carmen Rodriguez of Colorado. Carmen is looking forward to spending lot of time with her riends. However, her mother has promised a friend that Catherine will accompany the friend’s 7-year-old son Eduardo to Costa Ricato visit his grandparents. Despite her extreme misgivings, Carmen gives in and decides to go. As soon as Carmen and Eduardo get seated on the plane, the problems start. When they arrive in Guadeloupe, one crisis follows another. Including a variety of interesting cultural material,¿Donde está Eduardo is excellent for the middle of the second year of high school Spanish (or later).

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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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