Fiction books to help you learn English
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Easy reads for teens and tweens
Bobbie is thrilled that a golden eagle has settled near her family farm. She loves climbing the hills to watch it soar across the sky and stalk its prey. But not everybody shares her feelings for the magnificent bird. When it becomes clear that the eagle is in grave danger, Bobbie is determined to do everything she can to protect it. But she is also facing the threat of being sent away to boarding school, far from everything she knows. Will Bobbie be brave enough to fight for the bird and home that she loves?
Breaking the rules by Maxine Linell
Mo’s got no friends in her boring new town and home is almost as bad as school. When she meets Shadow online he is the only person who seems to care. So when he wants to meet up, Mo agrees. She knows he’s a stranger. But he feels like a friend. And Mo is making her own rules now…
Tom knew better than to dive alone. But the day was so hot, and the water was so cool. He was lucky to escape with his life. Tom’s still in shock from the neardisaster in the Blue Dam when the alarm sounds in the camp site. The Dam has burst its banks, and a torrent of water is heading down the valley. Nothing that stands in its way can survive. Has Tom’s luck run out?
Eliza turns to me. «Sam,» she says, as tears run down her face. «I died.»
Since the crash, since Eliza died, Samuel is lost. Overwhelmed by the need to see his love again, everyday life offers no solace. Memories of his Aunt Marie’s healing powers lead Samuel to the Milk Man– and a pact with dark forces that he can scarcely understand, let alone control...
When your childhood disappears in a blizzard. When you’re a girl in a man’s world. When the only thing that stands between you and a life worth having is a gun. You’re only going to get one shot.
A powerful and deeply moving coming-of-age drama inspired by the life of famous sharpshooter Annie Oakley.
The Plain Janes by Cecil Castelucci
When a transfer student named Jane is forced to move from the cool confines of Metro City to Suburbia, she thinks her life is over. But there in the lunch room at the reject table she finds her tribe: three other girls named Jane. Main Jane encourages them to form a secret art gang and paint the town P.L.A.I.N. - People Loving Art In Neighborhoods.
Stone Cold by Robert Swindells
17-year-old Link is distrustful of people until he pairs up with Deb, homeless like him. But what Deb doesn't tell him is that she's an ambitious young journalist on a selfimposed assignment to track down a killer, and that she's prepared to use herself as bait...
The Starlight Watchmaker by Lauren James
At an elite academy where the wealthiest students from across the galaxy come to be educated, Hugo works as a watchmaker in a dusty attic room. But he is one of the lucky ones. Many androids like him are jobless and homeless. A privileged student like Dorian could never understand their struggle – or so Hugo thinks when the pompous duke comes knocking at his door. But when Hugo and Dorian uncover a potential terrorist threat, android and student must overcome their differences and work together to track down the culprit before the whole academy is placed in danger.
Under the Skin by Catherine MacPhail
Omar’s family had to fight to survive in their own country. Now they have come to the UK and at last they have a safe place to live. But then Omar meets Sam and the fighting begins all over again. Sam’s always there — in Omar’s tower block, in his class, in his face and getting under his skin. He wants to push Omar around, but Omar’s had enough and he’s ready to push back.
Kai just wanted a bit of fun but now his video has gone viral, his friends are upset, and he is getting messages from strangers on the internet... Join Kai, Lena, Chelsea, and Sanjay as they struggle with friendship, family and growing up. Welcome to The Street!
Space Ace by Eric Brown and Tony Ross
Billy can’t wait to take a trip around Earth with Grandad. But Grandad’s old spaceship malfunctions and soon the two are zooming off on a tour of the entire solar system!
The Book that Ate my Brother by Michael Dahl
A letter wings its way through the night
Jack, who lost his brother, is full of fright.
One book with teeth devoured the boy.
Bring him back, return his family’s joy!
The Ghost Tower by Gillean Cross
Dot and Ryan's sneaky Halloween visit to a condemned tower leads to an exciting discovery but can curiosity save the bat in this quirky adventure story from Gillian Cross.
Easy reads for children
Pokemon: The Guardian Challenge by Prue Goodwin
Gotta Catch 'Em All! Ash is starting at the Pokemon School in the Alola region, and his classmates are planning a party for him. But no one is expecting the surprise guest... Tapu Koko!
Boffin Boy and the Temples of Mars by David Orme
Boffin Boy and Wu Pee are exploring the Solar System. On the planet Mars they find an ancient building - with some dead Martians inside. Except they're not Martians, and they're not dead! Who are they? How did they get such a cool spaceship? And can they help our heroes save the Earth from being destroyed?
Hilo: the Boy who Crashed to Earth by Judd Winnick
D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids until a mysterious boy comes crashing down from the sky and nearly blows up their club house! Hilo doesn't know where he came from, or what he's doing on Earth (or why going to school in only your underwear is a bad idea!) but he's starting to think he might not be the only alien to have crashlanded on our planet.
The Monster from the Blue Planet by Cornelia Funke
Zaleb is fascinated by the solar system and when she gets her very own spaceship for her birthday, she decides to go on an adventure! She's always loved the tales about the little blue planet called Earth and the monsters that live there, so she decides to catch one to be her pet. But Izzy isn't about to be anybody's pet...! Can the two become friends?
Ottoline Goes to School by Chris Riddell
Meet Ottoline and her hairy, helpful friend Mr Munroe. Ottoline is off to the Alice B. Smith School for the Differently Gifted, but she is rather worried that she doesn't have a special gift. Mr Munroe is more worried about the ghost who is said to haunt the school halls at night. Does Ottoline discover her hidden talent and can they expose the spook?
The Sneakie Sweet Stealer by Chae Strathie
Welcome to Cap'n Firebeard's School for Pirates - the fiercest, baddest school on all the Seven Seas. Step aboard me hearties, and learn how to become a real pirate. It's a new term at Captain Firebeard's School for Pirates, and Tommy, Jo, Milton and Spencer are back on board the Rusty Barnacle for another adventure. But something fishy is going on. Someone is stealing sweets from Liquorice Len's tuck shop.
We are in a Book by Mo Willems
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not. Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends. In this book Gerald and Piggie discover the joy of being read. But what will happen when the book ends?
The Witch Dog by Margaret Mahey
The Witch Dance is a special party. Every witch brings a cloak, a hat and a cat. But not Witch Rose. She is allergic to cats! Luckily for her, Nightshade, the perfect Witch Dog is on hand to help. But can Witch Rose and Nightshade convince the other witches that a Witch Dog really can be as good as any cat?
Horrid Henry and the Comfy Black Chair by Francesca Simon
The comfy black chair makes TV watching perfect. That's what Horrid Henry thinks ... and so does Perfect Peter. Now Henry and Peter are locked in a battle for the chair, and the TV. Only one brother can win ... but who will it be?
Tellytastic Winnie by Laura Owen and Korky Paul
Two exciting stories about Winnie, the world’s wackiest witch, and her cat Wilbur. In Winnie the Bold, Winnie is inspired by a tv-show to have her own adventure- and ends up rescuing a dragon. In Wilbur’s got talent, Wilbur wins a competition to star in a cat food advert and becomes a TV celebrity!
The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots and talking animals.