Problemas en Paraíso

Problemas en Paraíso, by Carol Gaab

Victoria Andalucci and her 16-year-old son, Tyler, are enjoying a fun-filled vacation at Club Paradise in Mexico. A typical teenager, Tyler spends his days on the beach with the other teens from Club Chevere, while his mother attends a conference and explores Mexico. Her quest for adventure is definitely quenched, as she ventures out of the resort and finds herself alone and in a perilous fight for her life! Will she survive the treacherous predicament long enough for someone to save her?
 
 
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Vida y muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha

Vida y muerte en la Mara Salvatrucha, by Anonymous

This compelling drama will captivate all of your senses, as the narrator recounts his life in one of the most violent and well-known gangs in Los Angeles, La Mara Salvatrucha 13.  Joining MS-13 brings certain gang-  related responsibilities, but being born into la Salvatrucha requires much more. Sometimes, it even requires your life! This is a gripping story of one gang member’s struggle to find freedom.
 
 
 
 
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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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Die Reise seines Lebens

Die Reise seines Lebens, by Lisa Ray Turner and Blaine Ray

The first novel in an engaging series of German novels for second-year students.  16 year-old Karl Schmidt of Cincinnati, OH, goes to Germany with his family.  He is the only witness to the theft of an object of great monetary and personal value.  The thief tries to kill him, but….. Written especially for use with Blaine Ray’s Look, I Can Talk! TPR Storytelling series.  Die Reise seines Lebensis best used with 3rd or 4th semester classes.  Totally in German with no vocabulary section.  Brief and captivating!

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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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