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RECOMMENDED READING

SOME OF YOU MIGHT BE INTERESTED IN THIS BOOK:

I AM MALALA

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When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was 15, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive.

Instead, Malala’s miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At 16, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest nominee ever for the Nobel Peace Prize.

I AM MALALA is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls’ education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I AM MALALA will make you believe in the power of one person’s voice to inspire change in the world.

 

NI-2 SUITABLE READING FOR INTERMEDIATE STUDENTS

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HERE IS A LIST OF SUITABLE BOOKS FOR THIS LEVEL. REMEMBER, YOU CAN ALSO PAY A VISIT TO YOUR BOOK SHOP. BUT PLEASE CHOOSE AN UNABRIDGED PUBLICATION (NOT A SIMPLIFIED BOOK).

  • Lois Lowry, Number the Stars – people from Denmark help rescue Jews from the Nazis during World War II.
  • Mildred Taylor, The Land; Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry; Let the Circle be Unbroken; The Road to Memphis – these four books tell the story of a black family in Mississippi from the time they were slaves in the 1800s until World War II.
  • Linda Sue Park – A Single Shard; When My Name Was Keoko – wonderful stories from a Korean-American writer.
  • Paul Fleischman, Seedfolks – people from an apartment building in Cleveland get to know each other when they share a community garden started by a young Vietnamese girl.
  • Karen Hesse, Letters from Rifka – a Jewish family escapes from the Ukraine after World War I; also Phoenix Rising
  • Helen Fielding,Bridget Jones Diary etc
  • Najaf Mazari and Robert HillmanThe Rugmaker of Mazar-E-Sharif The autobiography of a Afghan refugee
  • Waris Dirie and Cathleen Miller Desert Flower – autobiography of a Somalian girl, victim of genital mutilation and her fight to erradicate this practice. Waris has been a special UN Ambassador.
  • Gerald Durrell My Family and Other Animals or any other book by this author
  • Roald Dahl The Witches or any other book by this authorbookworm

C1 – READING…just published

dr sleepRight now, the most talked-about release is DOCTOR SLEEP, the sequel to Stephen King’s 1977 classic, THE SHINING, that answers the burning question, “Whatever happened to Danny Torrance?” Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel, a now-middle-aged Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father’s legacy of despair, alcoholism and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an Alcoholics Anonymous community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant shining power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Then Dan meets Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan’s own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra’s soul and survival.

lowlandTen years after the release of her Pulitzer Prize-winning debut novel Jhumpa Lahiri returns with her second novel, THE LOWLAND. Two brothers born in Calcutta during World War II share a close childhood but separate from one another as adults. Subhash, the older, quieter brother, moves to the US to study marine chemistry. Udayan, the younger and more volatile, stays in India and becomes active in the Naxalite Communist movement. The circumstances that draw them apart and eventually bring their families together form the drama of THE LOWLAND. Reviewer Michael Magras calls the book “one of the most beautiful novels I have ever read. To reveal the details of the plot would spoil the pleasure, but Lahiri fans shouldn’t be surprised to learn that the novel is packed with beautiful, deceptively simple sentences and perceptive observations about American life.” It’s longlisted for the National Book Award and shortlisted for the Booker Prize.

  • THE FOLLOWING LINK WILL TAKE YOU TO A GOOD WEBSITE WITH BOOK REVIEWS AND MUCH MORE…BOOKREPORTER

NA-1 SOME MORE BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS…

IN CASE YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A BOOK TO READ AND THINK THE PREVIOUS LIST WAS RATHER SHORT, TAKE A LOOK IN THE DROP BOX FOLDER (ADVANCED 1) TO SEE SOME MORE RECOMMENDATIONS. MOST OF THESE ARE AVAILABLE AT “THE BOOK DEPOSITORY”. GOOD PRICES…FREE DELIVERY…AND FAST SERVICE. CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO GO THERE:

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS AND AUTHORS FOR NA1 STUDENTS

THE FOLLOWING IS JUST A SHORT LIST OF BOOKS OTHER STUDENTS HAVE READ AND ENJOYED.

OTHER TITLES BY THE SAME AUTHORS ARE ALSO RECOMMENDED.

 
AUTHOR …………………………..TITLE
Adiga, Aravind ……………….The White Tiger
Bennett, Alan …………………The Uncommon Reader
Capote, Truman ……………..Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Chevalier, Tracy …………….Girl with a Pearl Earring
Collins, Suzanne ……………..The Hunger Games
Golden, Arthur………………. Memoirs of a Geisha
Harris, Joanne ……………….Chocolat
Highsmith, Patricia …………The Talented Mr Ripley
Hornby, Nick ………………..How to be Good, About a Boy, High Fidelity, etc
Ishiguro, Kazuo …………….The Remains of the Day
McCall Smith, A. …………..The Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency
Tan, Amy ……………………..The Joy Luck Club
Jobs, Steve………………….. Autobiography

Timbuktu (by Paul Auster) Review by David Corell

Paul Auster (born in New Jersey (USA), February 3rd 1947), is a well-reputed novelist thanks to some excellent novels such as “The New York Trilogy”, “Oracle Night” or “The Brooklyn Follies”, and Timbuktu is on a par with all of them. Since 1982, Paul Auster has written almost 20 books, including fiction, poetry and screenplays, and a common feature of most of them is that they deal with ordinary people and their daily routine, and so does Timbuktu. Just a few characters and a slow-moving storyline make a sweet story narrated from a dog’s point of view.

William Gurevitch is a brilliant but unsuccessful poet who lives in Brooklyn with his mother (a Polish immigrant, as were Paul Auster’s parents) and with Mr. Bones, his faithful, smart and anything but a pedigree dog. When his mother dies, William, who is alcoholic as well as schizophrenic, loses all his belongings and becomes homeless together with Mr. Bones. Like Don Quijote and Sancho Panza before them, they travel all around their country, having all kinds of adventures. And the book begins with the last one, their journey to Baltimore to find Bea Swanson, William’s beloved mentor, who was his teacher in high school and has not been in touch for years. William, who feels ill himself, thinks he is about to die and wants to give Bea his poems and persuade her to find a new home for Mr. Bones.

But the dream of finding Mrs. Swanson never comes true, and Mr. Bones has to start a new life without hisbeloved owner, master and friend. And in this new life, Mr. Bones finds a couple of new owners: firstly, a Chinese boy, with whom it lives several weeks, until his father discovers Mr. Bones in its hiding-place in the garden of the house; and secondly, a wealthy and well-structured family with two lovely kids, who make Mr. Bones almost forget those days full of miseries together with William. But despite everything, it never forgets its former owner and “every thought, every memory, every particle of the earth and air was saturated with Willy’s presence”. So, its last wish is to join his master in Timbuktu, that great hereafter in the sky, where “you were at one with the universe, a speck of antimatter lodged in the brain of God”.

With no doubt, it is worth reading this novel, which, even though being simple, has a tender and sweet story in the background. But also, as the novel is narrated from a dogs perspective, the story is full of funny situations. The novel is short (200 pages) and suitable for young and adult readers.

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