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Extensive Reading Foundation 2013
Language Learner Literature Award Winners & Finalists

Every year, the Extensive Reading Foundation recognises the best new works of language learner literature in English. From readers published in 2012, an international jury have chosen the winning book in each of the 5 categories: Young Learners, Adolescents & Adults: Beginner, Elementary, Intermediate, Upper Intermediate & Advanced, taking into account Internet votes and the comments of students and teachers around the world.

Young Learners Winner & Finalists

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow   Winner  

Author: Washington Irving, Retold By: Casey Malarcher   Illustrator: Fabio Leone
Ichabod Crane is the hero of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Peculiar-looking and socially inept, this schoolmaster is a joke to the people of Sleepy Hollow as he tries to win the love of the beautiful daughter of a rich farmer.
Judges' Comments: Innovation and classic story telling are mixed seamlessly in this story. The book includes a playlet for a class performance and wonderful illustrations.
Series: Young Learners Classic Readers Level 5  Publisher: Compass Publishing  ISBN: 9781599666785  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
The Canterville Ghost

The Canterville Ghost

Author: Oscar Wilde, Retold By: Jane Cadwallader  Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali
Do you believe in ghosts? Well, the Otis family didn't until they met the Canterville Ghost. This is a story of life and death and love... of a ghost trapped in the present because of the bad thing he did in the past and how a young girl helps him to move on.
Judges' Comments: Beautifully illustrated, fast moving story of the Otis family and Sir Simon, the ghost. Do they just see past each other?
Series: Young ELI Readers Stage 3 (A1/Beginner)  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853607690  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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White Fang

White Fang

Author: Jack London, Retold By: Jane Cadwallader   Illustrator: Gustavo Mazali
Would you like a wolf as a pet? This is the story of a wolf named White Fang and his journey through the world of men. This is the story of White Fang, a wild wolf who falls into the hands of men. They use White Fang's strength and are cruel to him so that he becomes fierce and dangerous. But through Scott, a different type of man, White Fang learns that between animals and people there can be love and respect and loyalty.
Judges' Comments: Well managed retelling of a classic story of love, respect, and loyalty between people and animals. We promise you'll keep turning the pages quickly.
Series: Young ELI Readers Stage 4 (A2/Elementary)  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853607713  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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Adolescents & Adults: Beginner Winner & Finalists

The Girl with Green Eyes

The Girl with Green Eyes   Winner  

Author: John Escott   Illustrator: Dylan Gibson
Greg is a porter at the Shepton Hotel in New York. When a girl with beautiful green eyes asks him for help, Greg can't say no. The girl's name is Cassie, and she says she is an artist. She tells Greg that her stepfather has her sketchbooks, and now she wants them back. Cassie says her stepfather is staying at Greg's hotel . . . so what could go wrong?
Judges' Comments: Who is the girl with the green eyes? Why is she so interested in Mark? And is the man in the hotel really her stepfather? Find out when you read this story. Boy meets girl with a difference!
Series: Oxford Bookworms Library Starter (A1)  Publisher: Oxford University Press   ISBN: 9780194794343  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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The Little Match Girl

The Little Match Girl

Author: Hans Christian Andersen, Retold By: Bill Bowler  Illustrator: Monica Armino
It's a cold winter's day, and a poor little girl can't sell any of her matches to people in the street. She can't go home with no money. But how can she stay warm? That 31st December, the little match girl sees rich people's homes, Christmas trees, and wonderful things to eat. She also remembers her kind grandmother - now sadly dead. Can the New Year make things any better for the poor young girl?
Judges' Comments: The little match girl lives in a big city. Her family is very poor, and the little match girl is very cold, and very, very hungry. What will happen to her? This famous story is more than 100 years old. It is told here in simple words with beautiful pictures.
Series: Dominoes Quick Starter (Beginner / A1; 250 Headwords)  Publisher: Oxford University Press  ISBN: 9780194249409  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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Adolescents & Adults: Elementary Winner & Finalists

Les Miserables

Les Miserables  Winner  

Author: Victor Hugo's, Retold By: Jennifer Bassett
France 1815. Jean Valjean leaves prison after nineteen years. These are dangerous and troubled times, and life is hard. Valjean must begin a new life, but how can he escape his past, and his enemy, Inspector Javert? This story for Bookworms is loosely based on the famous novel Les Miserables by Victor Hugo, one of France's greatest writers. The novel was written in 1862, and the story has been retold many times - in a musical, in plays for radio and theatre, and in more than fifty films for television and cinema.
Judges' Comments: This well written retelling is an excellent way for beginner/elementary level learners to get to know this great story. We found ourselves involved in the story, caring about the characters. In particular, the "set the stage" sections help the reader quickly catch up on important events without creating an overly complex narrative. The recent popularity of the film musical should increase students' interest, and lead many to a rewarding reading experience.
Series: Oxford Bookworms Library 1 (A1/A2) (Beginner)  Publisher: Oxford University Press  ISBN: 9780194794404  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels

Authors: Jonathan Swift, Retold By: Janet Borsbey & Ruth Swan  Illustrator: Simone Massoni
Gulliver is a doctor on a ship. He travels from England to many places. He meets little people and giants, he meets people from the past and horses who can talk. He also encounters pirates and terrible storms. Will he ever return home? Will he be happy in England?
Judges' Comments: This is an excellent retelling of the classic story, with good clarity and language control. Including several of Gulliver's journeys, it goes much farther than some other "simple" versions in familiarizing readers with the scope of this important cultural point of reference, and with the thrust of Swift's social commentary.
Series: Young Adult ELI Readers Stage 1 (A2/Elementary)  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853607874  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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Marley and Me

Marley and Me

Author: John Grogan, Retold By: Ann Collins
A young husband and wife buy a puppy and call him Marley. Marley gets bigger and bigger, and he is not an easy dog. He eats everything. He breaks things. He doesn't listen. But he loves John and Jenny and they love him. Is this really the story of the world's worst dog?
Judges' Comments: A simply told, true story about a dog by his owner, Marley & Me brings the reader through years of shared experiences to gain a feeling for Marley, his family and the bond that develops between them. Dog lovers, especially, will love this story and lose track of time as they read page after page.
Series: Penguin Readers Level 2 Elementary  Publisher: Pearson ELT  ISBN: 9781408263761  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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Adolescents & Adults: Intermediate Winner & Finalists

The Green Room

The Green Room  Winner  

Author: Robert Campbell  Illustrator: Valentina Russello
Laura's dream is to become a famous actress. When she auditions for The Green Room summer school she meets Nathan, who shares her dream. But Laura and Nathan both have secrets. That summer at The Green Room Laura and Nathan grow up and learn that that it is better to tell the truth and keep their acting for the stage.
Judges' Comments: This is a sort of 'classical' story about adolescents' conflicts and growing up process. What makes it different is the clever way in which the author interweaves the main plot with the plot of the play within the story.
Series: Helbling Readers Blue Series Level 4 (B1/Pre-Intermediate)  Publisher: Helbling Languages  ISBN: 9783852723273  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
The Case of the Dead Batsman

The Case of the Dead Batsman

Author: Peter Viney  Illustrator: ay Dixey
This original story is based on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. 'I have been investigating cricket matches, Watson,' said Holmes. 'In the last twenty-five years, three people have been killed during cricket matches. Two of them were Pendryth and Dodds during the last two weeks, in the same village cricket team.' Two tragic accidents in two weeks. Two players from the same village team are dead, both struck on the forehead by the cricket ball. Is this a case for the famous detective Sherlock Holmes?
Judges' Comments: You may think, 'Oh another Sherlock story!'… But this is a nice one indeed. It is extremely well written with a master control of the language. It manages to be accessible without patronizing the reader. Sure there are clichés, but that is what Sherlock is all about! It has an interesting plot and good illustrations that help the reader.
Series: Garnet Oracle Readers Level 3 & 4 Pre-Intermediate / B1  Publisher: Garnet Education  ISBN: 9781907575211  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
Owl Hall

Owl Hall

Author: obert Campbell  Illustrator: Simon Williams
Owl Hall is the story of Janet, a single mother, who goes to stay in an old farmhouse with her children, Kara and Martin. But there's something strange about Kara's relationship with her mother and brother. As the story develops, we discover that everyone at Owl Hall has a secret - even the house itself!
Judges' Comments: This is a very well constructed story with a quite elaborate plot that develops in a very intelligent way. It builds on the tension and adds a couple of good twists that keep you hooked to the end. A pageturner!
Series: Macmillan Readers Pre-Intermediate  Publisher: Macmillan Education  ISBN: 9780230422834  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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Adolescents & Adults: Upper Intermediate & Advanced Winner & Finalists


Manhunt  Winner  

Author: Richard MacAndrew  Illustrator: Malcolm Barnes
'The first killing went well. Perfectly, in fact. Though I always knew it would. I had planned it well. Arrangements, organisation - these are things I'm good at. Now I've discovered I'm good at killing too.' The police are in a race against time to catch the murderer before he kills again. And again...
Judges' Comments: Manhunt is a well researched, original murder mystery story by Richard MacAndrew. Using very easy English grammar and vocabulary, MacAndrew has an excellent sense of how to tell a story in a way that builds interest and a sense of suspense in the reader. MacAndrew's original murder mystery, set in a rural community outside London, is a compelling read for crime story enthusiasts. Moving back and forth between the voices of the criminal and the police, MacAndrew draws the reader into the narrative. With clear yet vivid language, the reader is able to participate in the problem solving of the detectives as they unravel the mystery.
Series: Cambridge English Readers Level 4 (Intermediate)  Publisher: Cambridge University Press  ISBN: 9781107692695  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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One Day

One Day

Author: David Nicholls, Retold By: FH Cornish   Illustrator: Bruce Emmett
15th July 1988. Emma and Dexter meet for the first time on the night of their university graduation. Soon their lives will go in separate directions. But where will they be on 15 July of the following year, and the year after that? One Day is a wonderful and moving love story which takes place over the decades of the eighties and nineties.
Judges' Comments: One Day is a wonderfully well written adaptation of David Nichols 2009 novel (which was made into a 2011 movie starring Anne Hathaway) about the friendship and romance between its two main characters, Dexter and Emma over a 20 year period. The very well illustrated story is written in clear and easy English and told in episodic style, with each chapter visiting their lives on a different July 15th over a 20 year period. F.H. Cornish's retelling of David Nichols novel “One Day” successfully draws the reader into the complicated 20 year romance of Dexter and Emma. With good illustrations and accessible language, Cornish propels the reader through a series of moments, each on July 15th, in which Dexter and Emma are revealed—sometimes together, sometimes not—sometimes struggling, sometimes at peace. This episodic narrative allows the reader to consider many aspects of relationships and modern life.
Series: Macmillan Readers Intermediate  Publisher: Macmillan Education  ISBN: 9780230422353  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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Sherlock: A Study In Pink

Sherlock: A Study In Pink

Author: Steven Moffat, Retold By: Paul Shipton  Illustrator: Colin Hutton
Jennifer Wilson is the latest victim in a growing number of suicides and only one person can help – the brilliant detective Sherlock Holmes. As Sherlock launches an investigation, he becomes caught up in one of the most dangerous cases of his career. A contemporary re-telling of Conan-Doyle's classic story adapted from the award-winning BBC series, 'Sherlock'.
Judges' Comments: Although Sherlock: A Study In Pink is actually an adaptation of an adaptation, in other words, it is a graded reader version of a TV script from the BBC adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's 1887 novel, A Study in Scarlet, which introduces us to the famous character of Sherlock Holmes, Paul Shipton does an absolutely wonderful job of capturing the atmosphere of the original novel, using easy English to build a sense of mystery and excitement that truly pulls the reader into the story. The book is also well illustrated and contains several fascinating "fact file" essays that connect very well to the story and topic. Steven Moffat's adaptation of the screenplay “A Study in Pink,” has retained both the suspense and the complexity of the original mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The familiar character of Sherlock Holmes comes to life in this modernized crime story. The shifts between the perspectives of the main characters propels the reader through the chapters. The language is rich but not confusing and the pictures, front and end notes, provide sufficient support without distracting the reader from the story.
Series: Scholastic ELT Readers Level 4 Upper Intermediate  Publisher: Mary Glasgow / Scholastic  ISBN: 9781906861926  Publication Date: 2012  Format: Paperback
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