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Summer Reading I

Summer Reading I

Date: Jul 04 2003


1. Learn Vocabulary - Learn some new vocabulary before you start the lesson.

2. Read and Prepare - Read the introduction and prepare to hear the audio.

One of the best ways to spend a lazy summer day is to read a great book. Not only is reading entertaining, but it can be a great way to improve your English. With every page you read, you’ll be expanding your vocabulary and your understanding of English grammar.
Check out the list below for some summer reading suggestions!


1. Listen and Read - Listen to the audio and read the dialog at the same time.

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2. Study - Read the dialog again to see how the vocab words are used.

The following books are much different from each other, but they all have a similar theme. All involve characters who are changing, growing and coming-of-age.
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
The fifth book in J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series follows the darkest year yet for the young wizard. In his fifth year at Hogwarts School, 15-year-old Harry Potter is experiencing adolescence, complete with regular outbursts of rage, a crush on a girl, and a growing sense of rebellion. More than any of the four previous books in the series, Order of the Phoenix is a coming-of-age story. Harry faces the tough journey into adulthood. (amazon.com)
Life of Pi
Author Yann Martel’s imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience. The son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in India. Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and they hitch a ride on an enormous boat. After a shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger. What happens next is extraordinary. (amazon.com)
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Japanese author Haruki Murakami’s seventh novel is a beautiful and powerful story about the loneliness of the human condition. It’s a love story, but it’s filled with sadness. The characters try to connect with one another but never quite succeed. Like the satellite of the title they are essentially alone. (amazon.com)



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If you like novels, you’ll love all three of these books. Each one is unique and different from the others, but they all contain the feeling of hope and courage in the face of danger. If you’re looking for a good book to read, check one of them out today!
Stay cool!
- John


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