Pauvre Anne, by Blaine Ray
The easiest novel in the easiest series of novels that exists in French – for first-year students. A vocabulary of 300 words. Anne is a 16 year-old girl from New York State 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 Belgium, she goes to a city where she lives with a very nice family that has conflicts similar to the ones inher own family. Her view of her life changes radically. When she gets back home, she sees everything in a different light. Pauvre Anne is short and easy. When they read it, beginning students discover that they have actually learned a significant amount of French.