New Books For Level 3   Leave a comment

I have added four new books to the Level 3 book list.  The first two are highly recommended.  One of them my Japanese students likely know.

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan (Scholastic, 1992). The story of a girl and her brother growing up in the Dakota Wilderness during the 1800s in the United States. Their mother dies and the joy in their lives goes right along with her. Then, their father puts an advertisement in an East Coast newspaper, asking for a woman to come to the prairie and be his wife and the children’s mother. She ends up being warm and wise and changes their lives.

Sarah, Plain and Tall

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr (Scholastic, 1977). The story of a young girl who is the school running star in Hiroshima, Japan during the 1940s. She falls ill with leukemia and decides to make a thousand paper cranes in order to have her wish to recover granted. Very heartwarming story of a girl’s fight for life.

The Pioneers Go West by George R. Stewart (Random House Books, 1987). Seventeen-year-old Moses Schallenberger wanted to go to California. In 1844, he joined a wagon train to do just that. There was only one problem: Nobody had ever made it to California by wagon before. For a year, he and 50 others struggled through high mountain passes and across wide rushing rivers, enduring dangerous encounters with Indians and buffalo, inclement weather, difficult terrain, near-starvation and disaster. Ultimately, Moses and his friends succeeded–becoming the first pioneers to cross the Sierra Nevadas by wagon. Today, the trail they blazed is a major route into California.

 If you like The Pioneers Go West, and would like to read more American history books at your level, search on for Landmark Books.

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Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Clyde Robert Bulla (Scholastic, 1954). The biography of a native American who goes with the Pilgrims back to England. He did not realize at the time that he would be gone from his village for many years. When he returned, everyone in his village had died of disease, and he was left having to make a new life for himself.

As always, I have purposely chosen books that have less slang and idiomatic expressions that would make them harder to read for someone learning English as a second language.


Posted March 6, 2014 by laurieflood in Uncategorized

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