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Extensive Reading Foundation 2016
Language Learner Literature Award Winners & Finalists

Every year, the Extensive Reading Foundation recognises the best new works of language learner literature in English.
From books published in 2015, an international jury have chosen the winning book in each of the 6 categories: Very Young Learners, 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.

Very Young Learners Winner & Finalists

Vera The Alien Hunter 2

Vera The Alien Hunter 2  Winner  

Authors: Jason Wilburn & Casey Kim  Illustrators: Seungjun Park & Bioh Kang
Vera the Alien Hunter is an exciting series about Vera and her mysterious cat, Luca. Together they try to protect Earth from invading aliens. With e-future's Vera the Alien Hunter, students will tag along with Vera as she sets out to save planet Earth from doom. Volume 2 contains three stories: Luca's Mission, Getting Ready for the Worst & All is Safe
Judges' Comments: The continued adventures of Vera the Alien Hunter keeps the reader turning the pages to see what will happen next. The stories are fast paced and interesting, with a touch of humour and wonderful cartoon-style illustrations.
Series: e-future Graded Comic Readers Level: High Beginning  Publisher: e-future  ISBN: 9791156801122  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £11.99

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A Letter to Roberto

A Letter to Roberto

Author: Jon Maes  Illustrator: Glenn Zimmer
A boy named Brian writes a letter to his pen pal, Roberto. You can try writing a letter ...
Judges' Comments: This book uses simple and clear language, and has illustrations which are appropriate for young learners. A Letter to Roberto provides some guidelines about formal writing through an example of a real life situation in which children could write: having a pen pal.
Series: Compass Readers Level 1 Elementary / A2  Publisher: Compass Publishing  ISBN: 9781613525623  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £4.95

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Vera The Alien Hunter 1

Vera The Alien Hunter 1

Authors: Jason Wilburn & Casey Kim  Illustrators: Seungjun Park & Bioh Kang
Vera the Alien Hunter is an exciting series about Vera and her mysterious cat, Luca. Together they try to protect Earth from invading aliens. With e-future's Vera the Alien Hunter, students will tag along with Vera as she sets out to save planet Earth from doom. Volume 1 contains three stories: Vera's Tall Tales, Meet Luca & A Real Alien
Judges' Comments: The book introduces a character that has some dimensionality and liveliness; her relationship with her monster hunting equipment seems just right. The unresolved conflict with the monster will keep young readers engaged with their reading. The language is usefully colloquial while staying simple.
Series: e-future Graded Comic Readers Level: High Beginning  Publisher: e-future  ISBN: 9791156801115  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £11.99

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Young Learners Winner & Finalists

Vera The Alien Hunter 3

Vera The Alien Hunter 3  Winner  

Authors: Jason Wilburn & Casey Kim  Illustrators: Seungjun Park & Bioh Kang
Vera the Alien Hunter is an exciting series about Vera and her mysterious cat, Luca. Together they try to protect Earth from invading aliens. With e-future's Vera the Alien Hunter, students will tag along with Vera as she sets out to save planet Earth from doom. Volume 3 contains three stories: Back to School, Dancing with Danger & Sour Milk
Judges' Comments: The story is set after an alien invasion. A smart little girl who is an alien hunter and is constantly saving the world from them is the lead character. It is delivered in an interesting and appealing graded comic readers format. The story is written in easy English and it focuses on specific verb tenses, forms and sentences patterns that are repeated with very clear and easy examples of their usage. The illustrations and layout are attractive and engaging.
Series: e-future Graded Comic Readers Level: High Beginning  Publisher: e-future  ISBN: 9791156801139  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £11.99

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The Ooze

The Ooze

Author: Kyle Maclauchlan  Illustrator: Hiroki Funayama
You are a college student. One day, while cleaning the bathroom, you find something odd... and very hungry!
Judges' Comments: This story is about a strange new life called Ooze. It is a multiple-path adventure style and you, the main character, have to make choices on which page to read next depending on how you want to treat this life. The vocabulary is simple and the story is engaging with original full-color illustrations that help comprehension. Actually, this unique, fun and strange story is both entertaining and educational, because it can make readers think about animal rights and other important issues.
Series: Atama-ii Readers (A2 / Elementary)  Publisher: Atama-ii Books  ISBN: 9781941140376  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £5.70

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A Problem for Prince Percy

A Problem for Prince Percy

Authors: Herbert Puchta & Gunter Gerngross  Illustrator: Andrea Alemanno
Prince Percy is handsome and clever and kind, but he is also poor. One day he finds out about a very special contest. The winner can marry beautiful Princess Isabel. When Prince Percy wins, the king isn't very happy. What happens when the king sets Prince Percy another problem?
Judges' Comments: This is a cute fairytale with a twist about a poor prince who likes making other people happy. His problem involves trying to win the hand of a princess in a competition, and he must use all his ingenuity to do so. The story is suitable for primary age learners, with appropriate leveling that does not interfere with its flow. The use of superlatives adds a teachable grammar aspect too. Finally, its full-page color illustrations and large easy to read typeface add to its charm.
Series: Thinking Train Readers Level D (Beginner / A1)  Publisher: Helbling Languages  ISBN: 9783990453056  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £6.05

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Adolescents & Adults: Beginner Winner & Finalists

Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band

Sherlock Holmes: The Speckled Band  Winner  

Author: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Adapted By: Lesley Thompson  Illustrator: Giorgio Bacchin
'Help me,' says Helen Stoner. 'My sister died, and now I am going to die too.' Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson must answer the question of how Julia Stoner died, two years ago. If they cannot, then Helen Stoner will die too. But her house is very strange - and her stepfather, Dr Grimesby Roylott, is very angry and does not want Holmes there. Who kill Julia, and how? And why did she say 'the speckled band!' before she died?
Judges' Comments: The exciting plot and controlled language will keep lower-level students engaged with this well-written retelling of the famous story. Plentiful illustrations support understanding and contribute to a satisfying reading experience.
Series: Dominoes Starter (Beginner / A1; 250 Headwords)  Publisher: Oxford University Press  ISBN: 9780194609050  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £8.50

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The Lift

The Lift

Author: Julian Thomlinson  Illustrator: Redbean Design PTE Ltd 
Cameron's friend Hilary seems to have the perfect life - she's beautiful, she's rich, and she's smart. But one day, Hilary does something that makes Cameron wonder if she knows her friend at all...
Judges' Comments: Controlled vocabulary and structure are skillfully employed in creating a high-interest story that will keep low-level readers involved with the characters to the end. Illustrations and character introductions support understanding.
Series: Page Turners Readers Level 3 (A2 / Elementary)  Publisher: National Geographic Learning  ISBN: 9781424048878  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £7.80

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The Railway Children

The Railway Children

Author: Edith Nesbit Adapted By: Michael Lacey Freeman  Illustrator: Zosia Dzierzawska
Three children and their mother move to a new home because their father gets sent away. They are sad at the beginning of their new life, but they make a new friend along the way and live a lot of adventures.
Judges' Comments: Lower-level students ready to take on a somewhat longer text will enjoy the well-told episodes making up this heart-warming retelling of the famous novel.
Series: ELI Teen Readers 1 (A1 / Beginner)  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853620125  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £7.95

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Adolescents & Adults: Elementary Winner & Finalists

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb

Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb  Winner  

Author: Lynda Edwards
Another adventure for night watchman Larry Daley and friends. When the Tablet of Ahkmenrah begins to corrode, Larry Daley and his friends from the New York Museum of Natural History must travel to the British Museum in London to find out how to fix it.
Judges' Comments: A thriller that keeps the reader totally involved. Very well written.
A delightful fantasy book with interesting plot twists. The book is truly an amazing read that wholly captures the reader's interest.
Series: Scholastic ELT Readers Level 2 Pre-Intermediate  Publisher: Mary Glasgow / Scholastic  ISBN: 9781910173343  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Discounted Price: £5.32  (Recommended UK Price £7.10)

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Malala

Malala

Author: Fiona Beddall
This biography tells the fascinating and empowering story of Malala Yousafzai - a Pakistani activist for female education and the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate.
Judges' Comments: Malala is a wonderful story of an incredible girl. It was hard for me to stop reading. Very inspiring!
Malala is a terrific book that keeps me turning pages. The story of courageous Malala is purely beautiful and inspirational.
Series: Scholastic ELT Readers Level 1 Elementary  Publisher: Mary Glasgow / Scholastic  ISBN: 9781910173602  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Discounted Price: £5.10  (Recommended UK Price £6.80)

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Adolescents & Adults: Intermediate Winner & Finalists

A New Song for Nina

A New Song for Nina  Winner  

Author: Fiona Joseph  Illustrator: Redbean Design PTE Ltd 
Twenty-five-year-old Nina Cross loves music, so she is happy when she gets a job with the Jambox Music Festival. When she sees the band Breakdown, she knows she must have them play for the festival - especially when she finds out that the drummer is her first boyfriend, Craig! Before long, Nina realizes that her feelings for him haven't gone away...
Judges' Comments: This is a truly original story. The writing is so good you really feel you know the characters. The popular topics of love and music turn it into an exciting reading.
Series: Page Turners Readers Level 7 (B1 / Intermediate)  Publisher: National Geographic Learning  ISBN: 9781424046591  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £8.30

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20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea

Author: Jules Verne Adapted By: Rachel Blandon  Illustrator: Nick Harris
It is 1866, and there is trouble in the world's oceans. What is the extraordinary thing that people have seen there, travelling faster than a whale and cutting holes in the bottom of the strongest ships? Professor Aronnax joins the search for the 'monster', hoping for an exciting adventure. But when he meets the mysterious Captain Nemo, his adventure becomes more extraordinary then he had ever imagined, and he discovers a new underwater world, full of wonders, but of strange dangers too...
Judges' Comments: This is an exciting story retold by a talented writer. I have read many versions of this story over the years, but this one is the best. The illustrations and layout of the book really suit this classic story.
Series: Oxford Bookworms Library 4 (B1/B2) (Intermediate)  Publisher: Oxford University Press  ISBN: 9780194237994  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £11.00

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The Eighth Sister

The Eighth Sister

Author: Victoria Heward  Illustrator: Rodolfo Brocchini
When a mysterious birthday present arrives from somebody she doesn't know, Helen realises that there's something strange going on. With her cousin Will, she discovers a terrifying secret which is hundreds of years old and a curse which has almost destroyed her family. It's a race against time to solve the mystery and stop the curse, before it destroys them too.
Judges' Comments: This frightening story is all the more frightening because is it subtle, the intrinsic interest of reading the book is maintained through the witchcraft topic. The superior standard of editing recommends it as a successful reader.
Series: Black Cat Reading and Training Step 2 (B1 / Pre-Intermediate)  Publisher: Black Cat Publishing  ISBN: 9788853015136  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £6.85

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Adolescents & Adults: Upper Intermediate & Advanced Winner & Finalists

Battle for Big Tree Country

Battle for Big Tree Country  Winner  

Author: Gregory Strong  Illustrator: Redbean Design PTE Ltd 
When some of the tallest, oldest trees in the world are threatened by logging, nineteen-year-old Gail Klutesi, a native Canadian from the Nuu-chah-nulth band, knows that she can't just stand by and watch. When Gail's protest group is broken up by the police, she makes a decision that might change everything.
Judges' Comments: This book with its human interest plot is well-narrated, engaging, exciting, and enjoyable to read. The characters are well-developed, and the modern-day issues together with twists in the plot make the story appealing to young adolescents. The language is contemporary and is pitched well in terms of reading level. The exercises are given at the end of the book, so they do not interfere with the enjoyment of reading.
Series: Page Turners Readers Level 11 (C1 / Advanced)  Publisher: National Geographic Learning  ISBN: 9781424048861  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £8.30

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Agnes Grey

Agnes Grey

Author: Anne Bronte Retold By: Helen Holwill  Illustrator: Giorgio Baccin
Agnes Grey is a classic story written by Anne Bronte. The story is about Agnes, the eighteen-year-old daughter of a poor clergyman. When her family loses a lot of money, Agnes decides to help by finding a job as a governess. But it proves to be a lot more difficult than Agnes imagined...
Judges' Comments: This story is well told and gripping and has captured the strength of the original in terms of plot, characterization and setting. The writer has taken into consideration the young adult reader and provides them with an engaging experience of authentic language in use. Vocabulary was mostly presented in glosses; however, several new words were presented in the text where a rich context provided clues to the meaning.
Series: Macmillan Readers Level 6 Upper Intermediate  Publisher: Macmillan Education  ISBN: 9780230470279  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £11.50

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Moby Dick

Moby Dick

Author: Herman Melville Retold By: Sara Weiss  Illustrator: Arianna Vairo
One of the most widely-read books worldwide. Moby Dick is the saga of Captain Ahab and his continuous pursuit of Moby Dick, the great white whale who maimed him during their last encounter.
Judges' Comments: The story is well narrated and engaging and encourages the readers to continue reading to the end. The language used is authentic and smooth, and the illustrations are interesting. The story sometimes lacks coherence when parts of the original are omitted, and many characters get lost as the story progresses. The exercises interrupt the reading process and distract the reader from the main plot.
Series: ELI Readers Young Adult Stage 4 Upper Intermediate / B2  Publisher: ELI Publishing  ISBN: 9788853620316  Publication Date: 2015  Format: Paperback Price:  £9.50

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