Bednaya Ana, by Blaine Ray (Russian adaptation by Katya Paukova)
Ana 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 Russia, she goes to the city of Tula, 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. Bednaya Ana 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 Russian.